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I am a wife, mother, artist, teacher - seeking the extraordinary in the everyday moments.
Interests: my favorite things... travel, yoga, bookstores, red wine, harry potter books, airports, kai's laugh, my grandma's voice, snuggly kitties, limone gelato, conversations with dear friends, aromatic baths, sunrise light, blank canvas, paige's beach house and our times there, my great grandmother's poems written on paper bags, my mom's patience & love, flagstaff az, spicey food, warm sand, firenze, cafe, catching up with long lost friends, the smell of ice-skating rinks (lots of years growing up on one), the beach, fitness, silence, fresh flowers, twilight, savannah ga, j's bad jokes, memories of taking photos with my dad, "morning's house" that we found in hs in marietta, my father's voice, new places, j's friendship, my beautiful boys
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there is a quote of jon kabat-zinn's that i love and at the moment, i find my mind coming back to it again and again these days. "you can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" ~jon kabat-zinn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at sperlygirl
presently, i so value heartfelt conversation with good friends, they anchor my heart presently, i love running outside in the chill and alongside the sunshine presently, i dwell in limbo and am trying to see this instead as dwelling in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at sperlygirl
last week, we had to say goodbye to a very special person. my son's teacher lost her battle to cancer and her absence leaves a void for many. in italy, teachers stay with their same class from first through fifth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at sperlygirl
this installation project and how he believes our memories stay in the marrow of our bones - i love this idea. our memories become us ~ and we become them. powerful stories of how art has helped soldiers to heal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at sperlygirl
it has been a looooong journey to get to finally creating a website. first i thought, no problem i have blogged for 8 years now on various platforms, i have some tech skills - i got this. but wordpress had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at sperlygirl
i love that being a bit more aware of self-care doesn't have to be costly. i find this rosewater at the market here and it is only a couple euro. i use it in the evening before a moisturizer. i... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at sperlygirl
i am grateful for the ways life can show up and present itself to when you are greeted at your mailbox with a box of beautiful handmade treasures that speak straight to your heart. to my sweet friend, kim,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at sperlygirl
swirling... that's about the word for my world at the moment. there's a lot of uncertainty swirling about us and where it will take us is just about anyone's guess. it reminds me a lot of watching seeds being blown... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at sperlygirl
congrats mandy, your name was the one choosen for the passion planner! Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at sperlygirl
i am a bit of a recovering planner addict. the funny thing is, i would try different ones over the years and ditch them a month or so in because i just could not make it work for me. my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at sperlygirl
i came across this quote today, "all life instructs"~ralph waldo emerson. it rang true for a million little reasons - and in perfect harmony with what my 5 yr old little teacher illuminated for me. today was gray and rainy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at sperlygirl
agree, thats THE BEST feeling! easy on the earth and easy on the body. good stuff
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over the last year, i have tried to make room for better self-care. for me, this means taking small and simple steps. i thought i might share here and there on my blog some of the more successful ways in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at sperlygirl
although there was a small group of words rolling around in my head for consideration, she grabbed my arm, whispered in my ear, and it all made perfect sense. she merely sparkled a little brighter and it was the perspective... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at sperlygirl
may this new year lift your heart, you spirits, and your creativity, my friend!
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2014 on scheming for a new year... at sperlygirl
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in these in between days, i have several priorities i work towards and one of those is to complete susannah's unraveling for the new year. i have done this since 2010 and it is a beautiful way to acknowledge all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at sperlygirl
today's prompt from susannah's december reflections had me wander back a bit in memory. today is day 15: your favorite camera. my favorite camera will always be my dad's beat up old Minolta because that's what he used and what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at sperlygirl
1. the scent of a real pine tree in my home 2. hot cocoa 3. the anticipation of the holidays through the eyes of two excited little people 4. twinkling lights 5. winding down a year and reflecting upon all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at sperlygirl
it is soooo good to hear from you! thank you for your kind words, jenn. i hope you and your beautiful family are well. love to you all, friend. thank you for stopping by here.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2014 on on my easel... at sperlygirl
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grat·i·tude ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness." This is how we define gratitude, it is the box we create around it to give it its place in our vocabulary. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at sperlygirl
she has been beckoning me for weeks, reminding me that she is not quite finished. so finally, i flipped her over and read the words that i had written before i began. the words that are buried into the first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at sperlygirl
oh thanks mandy...and i always love your floral fauna photos there too!!
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on presently... at sperlygirl
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i am loving changing my perspective by adding headstands into my practice (it's been a lot of work to get here, and although i am still near a wall, i so love being upside down!) i am realizing the true... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at sperlygirl
how my afternoon unfolded...this cranked in my ears as my brush danced across repurposed chocolate wrappers, adding to my collection for the 100faces challenge. it's grey, wet, rainy, and all around blah feeling outside, but it's ok. this morning there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at sperlygirl