Recharge Your Battery

I crawled into bed, turned off the lamp and noticed my room pitch black. The nightlight was off. My daughter and I have this thing about, “As soon as you get into bed, you notice the nightlight is off and it’s across the room!” The nightlight is a battery operated candle, and I love the […]

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Get Over Yourself

That’s what my sponsor would say. When I felt alone, or decided to have a pity party, she would encourage me to look outside myself. To find a need and fill it. Not my own need, but the needs of others. The first line in one of my favorite books, ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ says, […]

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To Feel Embraced

It may look messy, but this feels needed. I woke up before the dawn and lit my holiday candle. Strolled into the den to grab my stacks of reading from the coffee table. Brought it all into the bedroom and plopped it on my bed. It’s only Friday, but I’m where I need to be. […]

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Redefining Self Care

Self-care began as a weekend treat, but now it’s a part of my everyday life. My neighbor saw me sitting outside and asked, “What are you doing Barbara?” Me: “Staring at a page with a question in the middle of it! It says, ‘I want to say thank you to myself because…’” He just nodded his […]

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To Be Alone

It’s been an off day. Friday I told a friend how good I am at being alone. Saturday morning I woke up feeling very alone and I wasn’t very good with it. 🙂 Friday night, I saw this meme before bed. Walking through my day and going to some of my favorite haunts didn’t do […]

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The Care List

The tag was attached to a new pair of jeans. It wasn’t noticeable the day of purchase, but it spoke up weeks later as I slipped them on. Is it really referring to denim? To finish this year victoriously, we gotta keep it slow and steady. As the busiest time of year approaches, be aware […]

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A Peaceful Sunday

My camera roll reflects my life. The caption for this photo would read, “Happy Sunday. It’s ‘be good to you’ day. Which should be everyday, but it’s a little bit sweeter on a Sunday.” It’s how this day began. Sunday has rapidly become my favorite day of the week. What I do today and the […]

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Pause and Rest

I walked out on the front porch with coffee in hand. It was early morning, but the temperature was already warm. August in Texas. My daughter gauges my well-being by the amount of glitter on the porch. This morning, you could tell it has not been maintained and every potted plant was struggling. I sat […]

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A Chill Day

I just made my second Chemex. The first one was shared with my daughter. She is the Queen of Chemex, so it makes me a little nervous when I hand her one that I make. This morning as I was making it, thoughts of her and how happy she is right now were floating through […]

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