I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in scheduled working on weekdays and sleeping in on Sundays. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.

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Swagger (Taken with Instagram at Home…Where my heart is.)

Swagger (Taken with Instagram at Home…Where my heart is.)

October, Be Kind

Ah, October is finally here! Time to kick about in the leaves, snuggle under covers and spend long afternoons in the kitchen with family and friends cooking up yummy noms. In honor of the tenth month and all the goodness it brings, here are a baker’s dozen tracks including music by Broken Bells, Green River Ordinance, and Incredible String Band with October in the title and/or lyrics. Enjoy and eat ‘em up!

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”

—Nathaniel Hawthorne

“A philosophical attitude: a drinking and living of life to the lees: please don’t let me stop thinking and start blindly frightendly accepting! I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of non-feeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think; to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”

—Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals

“To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter everyday. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.”

— Louise Erdrich

“Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, moulding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us.”

—Orison Swett Marden

10 plays

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Broken Bells - “October”

Remember what they say
Their’s no shortcut to a dream
It’s all blood and sweat
And life is what you manage in between

“Please believe that things are good with me, and when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And I will believe the same about you.”

—Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Kitch Witch: Creepy Cookin’ 101 (Taken with Instagram at Home…Where my heart is.)

Kitch Witch: Creepy Cookin’ 101 (Taken with Instagram at Home…Where my heart is.)


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