Thursday, August 14, 2014


It's been so long since the last time I sat down to write.  I am not sure why.  When I do, it always feels like coming home.  Writing is a way I share my heart and get the thoughts out of my head and into print.  It is a comfortable feeling that leaves me with clarity and a better perspective.

Speaking of a better perspective, you may have noticed the name change on my blog.  Since my last post, I have changed the name of my blog to Empty Space, Open Life.  The new title reflects some changes we have made in our lives and in our home.  We are learning so much from Becoming Minimalist! We are already seeing changes in our lives even though our journey to minimalism is just beginning.  Our goal is to take you with us through posts and photos.  We will share with you tips and encouragement so you can decide if any form of minimalism is right for you.  We will learn together!

Thank you for spending some time with me today!  I am glad to be home and more importantly glad that YOU are here with me.   
Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Your Challenge, If You Choose To Accept It

I just watched Alan Jackson's video, Where were you when the world stopped turning.  I love this song...he had it right.  Faith, hope and love were some good things he gave us, and the greatest is love.  

So today, 9/11, I will focus on love.  Hate doesn't make hate disappear.  It only feeds it.  Love is the only thing that will loosen the hold that fear and hate has on our lives. One choice, one day, one person, one community, one nation at a time, we must choose love.  

I challenge you today to take a moment today and see another person, a stranger.  I mean truly see another person.  Notice the expression on their face, notice their body language and how they are interacting with the world around them.  Then, do just one simple thing. Smile. That's it.   If you are feeling ambitious you might even say "Hi!"  For our over-achievers out there, give that person a sincere compliment or start up a conversation.  I think you will discover we are not really that different from one another.  We are humanity.  We share the same universal community.  We are the love the world so desperately needs.  

Take a step back in time and watch this video if you have a few minues:

Here are some smiles from my family and friends to you!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When Life Happens

  • Old habits reappear
  • Life becomes about reacting instead of acting
  • Activities that bring us pleasure drop on our list of priorities
  • Survival begins to trump living fully
That is what has happened to me.  I have been dealing with a health crisis due to an injury. 

  • I have fallen into the "I'll be happy...when" trap
  • I have been letting my emotions be controlled by the ups and downs of dealing with insurance companies and all of the physicians
  • I have all but stopped writing
  • I anxiously count the days and weeks instead of living in the moment

How do we let ourselves do this so easily? 

I think it is easy for me because I have expectations of how life "should" be.  Occasionally during these times, I am reminded that it is my expectations that set the trap.  Instead of being frustrated by external drivers, I am working on embracing each beautiful moment knowing that what I am looking for is not external.  It is inside my heart and my soul and has indeed always been.