Inspirational quotes

  • Domestic arts,  Inspirational quotes,  Optimism

    Little sparks of daily joy

    “Joy has been leaking out of our lives. The small pleasures of the ordinary day seem almost contemptible, and glance off us lightly.…So, perhaps it’s a good time to reconsider pleasure at its roots. Changing out of wet shoes and socks, for instance. Bath robes. Yawning and stretching. Real tomatoes.” ~ Barbara Holland, Endangered Pleasures There’s not much happy news in the world lately. We can count on a depressing cycle of mass shootings; political turmoil; war casualties; vicious winter storms. Which is why I always look forward to David Muir’s “America Strong” segment on ABC’s “World News Tonight.” Concluding the nightly news show, “America Strong” highlights uplifting stories of…

  • Friendship and relationship advice,  Health & wellbeing,  Inspirational quotes

    Trusted friends

    “Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.” ~Virginia Woolf English author Virginia Woolf often celebrated female friendship in her books and diaries. She knew how precious it is to have a friend or two who will listen to our fears, hopes, and dreams. That level of trust, she suggested, is built on shared history, common interests, and a deep commitment to supporting one another. It’s true: If you’re feeling down and blue, a good talk with a trusted friend is the best antidote. I’m grateful for the friendships I lean on when the light goes out in my heart, or when I want to share…

  • Health & wellbeing,  Inspirational quotes,  Motivation

    Time management

    “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying ‘I don’t want to do it.'” ~Cheryl Richardson There are many things I don’t do because I don’t have time for them. For instance, I’ve put off scheduling certain medical tests and reading all those epic novels that appear on lists of great books that I “should” read. But when I slow down and get honest with myself, I often realize that it’s not a matter of lacking time. I’m usually avoiding something (or putting it off) out of fear, laziness, or sheer disinterest. Truth is, most of us find the time for what we truly…

  • Health & wellbeing,  Inspirational quotes

    One day at a time

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~Mary Anne Radmacher Did you make any resolutions (or set new intentions) for the year? Now that we’re nearly halfway through January, the novelty of a healthy diet or exercise program might be wearing off. It’s not always easy to keep the momentum that fueled us from the start. Sticking with any goal takes courage and optimism. Along these lines, a reader of this blog recently wrote to tell me that she likes the “one day at a time” approach to living well. She asked if I had…

  • Adventure and exploration,  Change and challenge,  Inspirational quotes,  Personal growth

    Good or bad luck?

    “Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.” ~Roald Amundsen Today’s quote is a handy piece of advice from the famed Norwegian polar explorer who led the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911. Amundsen understood that success isn’t a whim of fate or chance. There’s really no such thing as “good luck” or “bad luck,” after all. If we look ahead, anticipate the pros and cons, devise a plan, and map out our own course, we’re more likely to reach our goal or…