I’m back.

I hate that I haven’t written here in almost a month. I have been overwhelmed with work and life and just haven’t taken the time to sit down and write out my thoughts, my activities, my inspiration. Nothing. And the worst part is I am the FIRST person to get frustrated when my favorite bloggers go unexpectedly silent. So I’m sorry.

Secondly, I was thinking about why I haven’t blogged in awhile and I think it’s because I started to lose focus. I got away from the reason I started this blog to begin with, as a place to record my thoughts, document what I’m doing in life and reflect. I also became bogged down with finding a cohesive theme and making sure that I had clever pictures and a post that had a clear beginning, middle and end. Well guess what? That’s not real. That’s not life. Everything that happens doesn’t lay itself out like a perfectly cohesive essay. Life is messy. Life is confusing. One minute we feel like we are on top of the world and the next we are stuck in traffic or dealing with people with bad attitudes. Life is choosing the one line in the grocery store where the person in front has lost their wallet. That’s real life. Sometimes there is no reason or lesson, it just happens.

Today was sunny, so sunny that I spent the entire day outside. When you live in New England and winter seems to last forever you take advantage of the sun the minute it comes out. It wasn’t even that warm (maybe 50 degrees in the sun) but I forced my winter logged body outside and breathed in as much fresh air as I could possibly get into my lungs. I went for a long walk with my mom and marveled at every bud we saw on the trees or tiny flower pushing up from the earth. And now, it’s not even 11 at night and I’m ready for bed. I’m exhausted. I literally think the fresh air wore me out.

After my full day spent outside I gathered a few things for dinner, some chicken salad, a french baguette and some cheese and crackers and made myself the most simple dinner (very Parisian) and yet it was DELICIOUS! Sometimes the most joy really does come from the simplest things.

Tomorrow I am going to a bridal shower for a really good friend. I had such a great time picking out a gift for her, wrapping it and making it look perfect.

Now I’m off to bed (ridiculously early but obviously much-needed). I have resolved to post here much more frequently if for no other reason than I would love to have a simple place where I can let my thoughts wander and share bits and pieces of my life.

I will leave you, sweet readers, with an inspiring quote I found from one of my favorite bloggers (Elise Blaha).

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company a church a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

And so it is with you, we are in charge of our ATTITUDES. – Charles Swindoll

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