Sometimes you have to leave the forest to see the trees. I realized this quite literally attempting to trace fallen poplar blossoms to their origin. It wasn’t until I removed myself a significant distance that I was able to find the flowers swaying in the treetops.

Similar to getting outside your comfort area to help you find the focus of beauty in your life. Not 100% sure my brain will be able to put the connection in words, but I searched for the audiobook “the life changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo and it’s been game on. (I was able to borrow the audiobook from the library via OverDrive, thanks to a good friend for telling about this app!)

I took every piece of clothing I owned out of every drawer, out of every closet. I sorted. I wanted to bury my head in a pile of shirts out of frustration, but by the end of the day it was done.

This sounds a little material minded to me. However at the risk of sounding fru, it was spiritual. I’m realizing it’s an exercise in energy & awareness. Things most certainly contain energy, we learn that in elementary science. We are honing our skills on what we appreciate and giving gratitude on the seemingly mundane items that surround us everyday. So, on to the next category in our home. My goal is to feel more alive in our space. To, in the future, add items with actual meaning & value.

Many times I’ve complained about not having enough storage in our small house. I began to realize our space was plenty big to accommodate our small family. I just don’t have a firm grasp on how utilize it correctly.

By this initial act of piling (it all!), stepping away and re-approaching with the intent of finding joy, of searching for the tulip poplar flowers, you can find what inspires you & weed out what does not. 

wander



“Tag me and I’ll come back!” my son called out about 100 feet down a less traveled path. Ok! But we kept going. And how beautiful. You kind of lose yourself in these places. Lose track of time & responsibility. These are the days you want to last forever. 

lose your mind


Not sure who came up with this quote (I couldn’t find a credit) but I love it.  

photo: dawn tagawa, a walk by the creek March 2017

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