Enjoying A Gray Day

Today was another gray day but Lilly and I went outside and enjoyed it anyway.

Lilly swinging!

Lilly swinging!

We walked around the lake and I took photos of whatever looked fun or pretty.

Flying High

Flying High

Interesting Tree

Interesting Tree

Lilly In The Tree

Lilly In The Tree

Lonely Lake

Lonely Lake

Naked Tree

Naked Tree

I love the photo above, such a lovely tree.

Lilly Among The Berries

Lilly Among The Berries

Berries

Berries

Jungle Gym

Jungle Gym

Tire Swing

Tire Swing

Tire Swing

Tire Swing

Playground

Playground

Even though we did not have the snow we wanted, we were determined to enjoy the outdoors. Today was full of wonderful small moments. I am grateful my children still want to hang out with mom from time to time. :)

D

xoxo

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Tiny Snow Flakes

Today we got a tiny bit of snow. I don’t think I have ever been so happy to see snowflakes. It has been so gloomy around here lately. Gray skies every day and the ground is mud and brown grass. The snow we got today did not stick and it was not a lot but it was nice to see. It immediately lifted my mood. In that moment I reminded myself to be present and take in the moment. I stood outside and watched the flakes fall and I breathed in the cold air. That little bit of snow gave me hope. Maybe we will have a white Christmas after all. So many things have been off this year. Two kids out of the house has made things feel kind of empty. My two at home are teens and busy with teen stuff. That tiny bit of snow made me think that maybe everything will work out ok.

Here is one of my favorite holiday movies scenes complete with lots of snow!

D

xoxo

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Book Review: Lean In

Last night I finally finished “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.

I really enjoyed this book even though it took me a long time to get through it. I struggled some to apply it to my life because I am not currently in the workplace. The big take away for me was to take risks. I tend to be conservative and I have always admired people who could take risks. I know to get to the places I want to go there is going to be some risk, this book helped me see how to take risks in a smart way.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

D

xoxo

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In Case You Did Not Know…

Every so often I like to remind people of all the places they can connect with me. Part of the reason I have this blog is to make real connections with people.  I have a Facebook page for this blog called “Life Is A Journey.” I would love to connect with more of you over there. Facebook can be a great place to have conversations about all sorts of things.

https://www.facebook.com/WordsAndJourneys

Another fun place to connect is over at Pinterest. I have tons of boards over there! I find the boards to be so inspiring. Whether I am looking for something to meditate on, a DIY project, or just eye candy, Pinterest is fun!:) Here is one of my boards…

You can also find me over at Twitter.

https://twitter.com/DMcNulty70

I have two other blogs here on WordPress. One is “The Glitter Room”, this blog is about pop culture, fashion, music, etc…

http://theglitterroom.wordpress.com/

The next one is called “The Temple Within.” That one is about spirituality.

http://thetemplewithin.wordpress.com/

In case I have not been obvious enough I want to connect with all of you! Please look me up in some of these other places. I’d love to be better acquainted with my readers.

D

xoxo

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Giving From The Heart

Giving gifts is a big part of the holiday season for many of us. Shopping at this time of the year can be joyful or awful depending on the day. Family gift exchanges can feel forced and uninspiring. People seem to shop from a list and in reality they seem to not really know the ones they are giving the gifts to. I love receiving gifts from people who seem to really know me and what I like. I love it when I can tell that they have taken time to search for the perfect thing/experience. Price matters not, thought matters more. Even more than receiving the gift, I love to hunt for that perfect gift for another. IMO time plus a thoughtful gift is the perfect gift. For example I would rather have a friend take me to coffee once a month, instead of giving me a $50.00 Panera gift card. Going with me to a fun event ( movie, ballet, hike, whatever) is better than buying me the tickets etc…Something as simple as a box of Pocky (candy) can bring me so much delight! Only someone who really knows me would understand my love for Pocky. I guess I am trying to say part of giving from the heart is giving of your time. Time to look for a gift, and giving of your time in person. If time is something you are short on at the very least seek out a gift that will bring joy to the one you love.

D

xoxo

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Big Date

Tonight Shawn and I have a big date planned. Every year we go out to his company holiday party. I always buy a new dress and try to look extra nice. This year I bought a red dress. I will post photographs later. :) I really wanted a splash of color this year. I have been wearing neutrals for the last couple of years. Lots of white and gray, now all of a sudden color is calling to me again. I wanted to wear heels, but I think I might wear ballet flats. This year there will be dancing and so I want to be comfortable. I am looking forward to having a date night with my sweetheart! No matter how the party goes it will be nice to have an excuse to dress up and get out of the house. Right now my plan is to take a short nap. I don’t want to be tired later.

 

D

xoxo

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Sights Of The Seasons

I recently created this little nook for Shawn and I. It has a new television and we moved our loveseat down there. I decorated it for the holidays with red holly berry lights.

Our Nook

Our Nook

Here is one of my nutcrackers. He is hanging out in our little nook this year.

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

Irish Holly King hangs out with the Nutcracker.

Irish Holly King

Irish Holly King

I have a thing for moose and so I have some holiday moose.

Mama, papa, and baby moose.

Mama, papa, and baby moose.

Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Mr. and Mrs. Claus

This is just a bit of holiday flavor from me to you. I will post more later. :)

D

xoxo

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