Hindsight is 2020

This was the year that I finally got moving with this blog. It has been a much needed creative outlet which has honed my writing and photography skills as well as required no small amount of self discipline. Today, on the last day of 2020, I want to revisit all the things I accomplished this year. 

In 2020 I…

  1. Mastered apartment baking (without burning down the building)
  2. Knit a hat for bigfoot
  3. Enjoyed dinner for one
  4. Shared Easter dinner under one roof
  5. Marveled at the Indiana fog
  6. Put a bookshelf where a TV would go
  7. Got all dressed up with nowhere to go
  8. Said good morning to a goose
  9. Was filled with home
  10. Went walkin on sunshine
  11. Caught a photo with the popcorn guy
  12. Satisfied my sweet tooth
  13. Had a girls’ night (with the boys)
  14. Fell in love with the last three pages
  15. Ate a burger that changed my life
  16. Watched robbins play soccer
  17. Prayed to a tissue paper cross
  18. Went on a hot date (with me)
  19. Made the best tomato soup ever
  20. Faked it like a pro
  21. Enjoyed rainy day baking
  22. Was the middle man
  23. Went walking in the rain (just a little rain)
  24. Communed with nature
  25. Savored pierogi culture
  26. Smelled the flowers
  27. Went jogging in Indiana
  28. Had an authentic conversation
  29. Battled writer’s brain
  30. Smiled
  31. Adulted in a new place
  32. Listened to the echoes of the Shire
  33. Was wooed by Indiana
  34. Pulled the trigger on a range day
  35. Stuck my toes in the sand
  36. Unplugged and recharged
  37. Honed my aim with target practice
  38. Discovered where the Entwives went
  39. Had a good day
  40. Showed off my Colorado pride
  41. Dipped my feet in crystal clear water
  42. Discovered the freedom of flight
  43. Got whipped into shape at Colorado bootcamp
  44. Believed in magic
  45. And angels
  46. Had pizza in the park
  47. Listened to music in the plaza
  48. Learned how paper beats rock
  49. Overcame cabin fever
  50. Took up space
  51. Packed everything but the kitchen sink
  52. Found the way to the castle
  53. Looked up
  54. Experienced Sunday in Little Italy
  55. Felt a change in the air
  56. Made Parmesan Spinach Gnocchi
  57. Apologized to all the books I should have read
  58. Picniced in a secret garden
  59. Touched my toes
  60. Watched summer turn to fall
  61. Got some shut-eye
  62. Relished that new shoes feeling
  63. Started with a blank canvas
  64. Dreamed of snowflakes
  65. Made time for family time
  66. Found 6 things to do in Ohio
  67. Heard the elf song
  68. Believed in dragons
  69. Made a few ripples
  70. Found home in the details
  71. Met with tower guards and fair maidens
  72. Said so long to summer
  73. Was the dancing queen
  74. Channeled Audrey
  75. Gave Superman a hand
  76. Got moving
  77. Witnessed the last rays of sunshine
  78. Considered what the founding fathers knew
  79. Was strangled by inspiration
  80. Played a song for our heroes
  81. Passed into the realm of Gondor
  82. Journeyed to tall places for tall tales
  83. Welcomed Jack Frost
  84. Played tourist
  85. Visited James A. Garfield Monument
  86. Had a girls’ day (fire powered girl power)
  87. Gave thanks
  88. Set the table for a feast
  89. Watched ducks drifting in the shallows
  90. Went for an evening stroll during the season of lights
  91. Didn’t overthink it
  92. Let a book eat my weekend
  93. Breathed fresh air
  94. Had a very Jan Brett Christmas
  95. Celebrated little wins
  96. Saw the world upside down
  97. Felt peace and joy
  98. Relaxed with good vibes
  99. Donned my warm woollen mittens
  100. Overreacted


Sometimes the best action is an overreaction. Speak your mind. Do what you have to do. Don’t stifle your heart, mind or soul for fear of appearing overdramatic. Sometimes the people we love, even the ones we don’t know yet, need a loud and decisive nudge in the right direction. 

To the polite perfectionist types like myself, such measures usually feel like a trainwreck waiting to happen; thoughtless, messy ordeals that are bound to end in chaos and tears. To some, spontaneity comes as easily as breathing, one experience naturally flowing into another without hesitation. It’s risky and uncomfortable but a skill that must be mastered even among the most meticulous planners of the world.

Life is messy. If you spend all your time thinking you won’t have any left for doing. If you go to your grave never having made a scene I doubt your service will be well attended. Of course be polite, be kind, be gracious. But live boldly. Say what you mean when you mean it and don’t let life’s big moments pass you by. The perfect time won’t arrive until you choose it. 

Some people spend their lives waiting for their moments. Others dedicate themselves to creating theirs. Which one will you be? 

POTD: Warm Woolen Mittens

When the weather outside is frightful, I make sure to bundle up with a few of my favorite things. My mom, the knitting queen, always ensures that we are outfitted for the great outdoors, whatever the sky decides to do. Each fuzzy cabled sweater, pom pom hat and set of Jan Brett mittens is knit with great care and love in every stitch. Today, huge fluffy flakes drifted downward like white cotton to settle over lawns and rooftops, finally transforming the world into the winter wonderland I’ve been waiting for. I can’t wait to don my winter woolens for a stroll through town as the world reigns in the new year.

POTD: Made With Love

When getting into the Christmas spirit my family has religiously conformed to one golden rule. Never bake alone! The preparation of holiday sweets is not meant to be a solo activity and goes from a chore to a holiday treat when you’re surrounded by the people you love. Whether you gathered this year via phone, video or in person, hopefully you found ways to keep the family traditions alive. Everything tastes better with family. 

POTD: The Season of Giving

Christmas is in two days! This is a public service announcement to all the procrastinators out there. No judgement. Life gets busy and things fall off the To Do list but make sure to show your friends and family exactly how much they mean to you this year. Get into the spirit of the season with gift giving this Christmas.

POTD: Do You See What I See

Last night, December 21, as black ink spilled across the night sky people left their homes to look westward at the lights hanging above the mountainous horizon. A rare and wondrous sight appeared in the fading light of the longest day of the year — a sight that for 800 years has not been visible. The marvels of this world, like the universe, are infinite and I feel blessed to have been able to witness this celestial anomaly. 

POTD: Good Vibes

After a full day of travel, coordinating rides and connections to keep a schedule, it’s good to kick back. Nothing like sampling the local flavors to put the world to rights. Happy Monday! This Christmas week make sure to spare a little time to share a glass with your favorite people. 

POTD: Peace and Joy

During this advent season I attended my very first Vespers service at my church and left with my heart lightened and a smile on my lips. Having only recently begun attending Sunday mass and participating in church, I had no idea what to expect at this evening prayer. I was content to watch and listen and follow along with my fellow parishioners. The overhead lights were dimmed so that the main source of illumination in the huge room was the flickering orange light of dozens of candles that burned silently on the altar. The floor to ceiling stained glass windows were back lit from the outdoor lights and glowed softly. The priest’s ringing tenor filled the space with psalms, prayers and reflection before the room settled into a reverent quiet as church goers knelt for a period of individual prayer. 

All my irritations and stresses from the week melted away as I watched people make their way to the front of the church to light still more candles for their own prayer intentions. By the time the service was over and I was tiptoeing across the icy church parking lot, the altar wasn’t the only thing that was glowing. For the first time in weeks, I felt lighter than air as I started my car. 

Peace be with you. May your days be bursting with joy and an excess of Christmas cheer. 

Little Wins

Success! I am writing this blog post before 11pm. It’s been a while since I was able to say that and it’s been driving me crazy. Despite all the goal setting, reorganizing and lifestyle changes that I’m constantly trying to work into my day to day, sleep always seems to be the one thing that I can never save quite enough time for. Not tonight! Tonight I will be sleeping well before midnight. I will not stare at my computer screen for three hours while I wait for inspiration to strike, all the while willing the cursor to move. 

There are still so many things on my To Do list but this evening I can sleep easy knowing that I accomplished just one. Eight hours of sleep, here I come! Make sure to carve out time for rest and healing in your day and to celebrate all the little wins.