Caged Freedom

This is what ‘working from home’ often looks like:)


It’s been a busy morning of phone interviewing, editing and press release sorting, and it really needs to be a busy afternoon of inspired, crisp writing. I did take a nice lakeside break, though, just now for lunch–a delightful egg salad sandwich, Avett Bros Pandora station, gazing out at the placid water. Not too shabby. (Till I spilled a thermos of cold water all down my jeans…brrr.) Back to work now!

Hope the days are treating you well, whatever your work scene looks like this Tuesday!

Eat up!

It was a weekend full of some darn good eating around these parts (eek, hopefully offset by physical activity like snowshoeing and neighborhood strolls!). Sometimes you just need to buckle down, cozy in and warm up over some good food (and drinks).

I think Sunday took the (cup)cake, literally, highlights being a Bimbo’s no meato burrito (YUM…”How are they so good?” we kept repeating), a Cupcake Royale sweet treat and then another hearty, cozy Crock-Pot creation by KL. Talk about a good way to get a start on the week:)

What’s been helping you face these long winter days? Happy Monday, friends!

Bucket List: Snowshoeing!

Yesterday gave me the fresh air, the space and the perspective that I so needed and craved this week. It was my first time snowshoeing, and I think I’m hooked!

Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth. And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”~Paulo Coelho20120129-135314.jpg






Week in photos

This week I’ve been a bit scattered, all over the place. It’s been frustrating. But these have been some highlights/great things about it:

My lil playmate while her parents, my friends, moved into their cute new home (not so far from me!)


Blue skies and sun!


Great light, some inspired moments anyway


Breaking out my cozy Xmas slippers


Dogs in Starbucks! Including my favorite one, Diva



Playing gift card roulette


What was on yer best-of reel this week? Happy weekend!

Me Vs. The Gut

From time to time, I get mad at my gut. I want things to feel right that just don’t. Sometimes it involves situations, other times people. Logically speaking–these things, these connections, these projects, these whatever they are–for all intents and purposes, they should work. So why don’t they then?

The gut can’t always know, can it??

When I first come to this realization, I often feel disappointed and let-down. I want to fight it. An inexplicable sadness descends; I’m inclined to cower inside my shell. (It’s as if I’m mourning the loss of something that never even was.) I waver in an uncomfortable zone of confused indecisiveness. And limbo-land, we’ve all learned, is never a nice place to visit.

I know that not everyone can relate to this, perhaps only us ultra-sensitive souls. (Maybe it’s my two Pisces fish forever swimming in opposite directions:)?) To some, life is more clear-cut. If something isn’t working, if it doesn’t feel right, then why on earth do it? Pull the plug; cut it off; move on. No big whoop.

For those of us in the other camp, it’s a bit less definitive. Just know that we’re trying.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned up till now, it’s that guts don’t lie. And you can force and finagle and make do all you want, and perhaps it’ll work for awhile. It’ll probably be fine, maybe it’ll even be good.

But in the end, the gut always wins. Things that felt “off” snowball into feeling, well, awfully “off.” And arriving at that place is not something I wish upon anyone.

So it’s simple, right? I should just learn to listen to that trusty gut early on. I’m getting there. Slowly.

** “Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to hear the screams.”~Cherokee proverb (often reiterated by our gal Oprah)

Raise yer glass to Rabbie!

Happy Burns Day! May it be  full of haggis, neeps, tatties and wee (or not so wee) drams of whisky. And of course, the wise words of the guest of honor himself.

“The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn.”

“There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.”

“Dare to be honest and fear no labor.”

“Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.”

“Some hae meat and canna eat, 
And some wad eat that want it, 
But we hae meat and we can eat, 
And sae the Lord be thankit.” 

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
and never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
and days of auld lang syne? 
For auld lang syne, my dear, 
for auld lang syne, 
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.” 

Oh, how I love those Scots. Wait for me l’Écosse …touch wood, I’ll be back soon!

*If anyone happens to be looking for Burns Suppers in the Seattle area this upcoming weekend, please message me; I know of a few. Cheers!


Another day, another coffee shop. Hunkered down and immersed in cherry blossom writing, dreaming of sun and petals and the promise of spring. But alas, it’s quite gray and drizzly out there, and I shudder to remember that winter has  just barely begun.

Yesterday, at least, we got these delicious rays. What a treat!

This week I’m working on getting re-inspired and refocused on some priorities I’ve let fall to the wayside. I’m reading this book The Art of Non-Conformity (thanks, Martin, for the rec!) and really enjoying the simple yet powerful message. It reminds me to feel pride for some big steps I’ve already taken, for decisions I, somewhere along the way, already made. (Sometimes I look back, and it all feels a blur. Did I really do this? Do I really live here?! Que? )

I may feel frustrated and far from the “end goal” on certain days, but it’s important to keep in mind that this is all part of the journey-the good, the bad, the ugly…the coffee shops, the dreary days, the Euro beats, the Google docs, the smiles from strangers, the emptier-than-I’m-used-to-calendar, the little victories, the awkward stumbles, the vastness of this great unknown. It’s all unbelievably exciting, really.

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearful you will make one.~Elbert Hubbard


**Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.~Lou Holtz**

Here’s wishing you (and me!) a week of responding well:)

p.s. The Chinese couple next to me is eating BYO noodle bowls to complement their Starbucks lattes. Somehow this seems extremely fitting. Happy Chinese New Year!

Luck Be a Lady (@Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort)

I am long overdue a photo essay about a 24-hour, decadent escape I took with one of my college amigas last month. On December 9th, in a post titled “Stillness,” I wrote:

The past 24 hours with Alli at a Leavenworth resort called Sleeping Lady were pure magic. The second we entered the winter wonderland, I felt my heart rate slow and my breaths deepen. We dipped in a steaming hot tub tucked beside a snowy hill and afterwards warmed up by a crackling fire, chatting for hours over indulgent plates of food and glasses of wine. We met kind people (the few that were there), and I slept more soundly than I have all week. Completely decadent and spoiled. I am so grateful.

I will write more soon, but for now I am relishing the quiet that I found out east in that serene, special place. Happy weekend, friends.

‘All is well. You did not come here to fix a broken world. The world is not broken. You came here to live a wonderful life. And if you can learn to relax a little and let it all in, you will begin to see the universe present you with all that you have asked for.’~Esther Abraham-Hicks 

Here’s how our trip looked~

Roadtrippin’: does a soul good!

Blue skies, snowy peaks, open road, ahhhhhh. More of this in the near future, please!

The grounds of Sleeping Lady (near where I was treated to an hour-long massage). Spoiled!

View from the steaming sauna @ sunset.

Our room. Rustic-chic! Cozy, warm ‘n’ very comfortable. I was ready to move right in.

Enjoying a multi-course, multi-hour “buffet” (think organic goodness) in the friendly, lodge-style dining hall. Scottish chef  Kenneth MacDonald provides visitors an unforgettable dining experience. We closed that place down, unable to tear ourselves away!

A in her private loft: happy as a lil’ clam:)

Tree art! All eyes on YOU.

Delectable brekkie spread.

Chihuly’s only permanent alfresco sculpture graces the Sleeping Lady grounds.

I am a Pisces, and I love many things about this image! So tranquil.

On-site music center.

Riding home, feeling very lucky indeed.

If you ask me, this is a sure one for the bucket list:)

Tune in, tune out

I am having  a day where, despite craving company,  it feels more natural to be a life observer than participant. Do those ever happen to you?

“We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.”~Epictetus

On the note of listening, here’s a musical treat for you below. Hope your weekends are melodious, whatever volume and tempo they may be.




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