Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Swim Out Into the Deep

I am a complete summer person. I realize I have devoted a lot of my posts to talking about my favorite time of year but it’s on my mind. I am working on becoming a better swimmer and enjoying swimming laps in my pool for the first time in years. What’s that about? It is refreshing, renews my mind and is great exercise. I am trying to stretch my mental muscles as well as my physical ones.

Your choice is this - either you stay in the shallow end of the pool or venture out into the ocean. Which is going to be?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lemonade and Dreams

This painting grabbed me in Target of all places. It had my name on it and I fell in love instantly. I thought about it for a week and then rushed back to Target, practically running through the aisles, fearful that it would not be there. After a moment of panic, I found it shoved under a less worthy painting.

It was finally mine and now it graces the pale yellow wall of my cottage-like home every day, reminding me to not give up on my dreams. I thank its artist, Rodney White (http://www.rodneywhite.com/) everyday for the poetry that lifts my spirits and helps me to press forward when I need a push.

Always remember that it costs nothing to dream and everything not to.

Life Begins Where Land Ends

I saw the words, “Life begins where land ends" somewhere and they resonated with me on a deep level. Here I am with Emma, my travel and try-anything-fun girl, at my first feeble attempt at kayaking. Emma did most of the work (can’t you tell?) and I found out that it was not as easy as it looks, but it is relaxing and a great get-back-to-nature experience.

There will be more of these adventures, goofy ones I am sure, but all I know is how great it felt to be so close to the water. Now I understand why people are addicted to this sport.

In the end, this first-time water fling might not have been an “On Golden Pond” experience, but it sure was nice.