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Mt. Diablo - Juniper Campground Overlook

Mt. Diablo – Juniper Campground Overlook

Over the fourth of July weekend, my husband and I went camping in Mount Diablo. We hiked and watched the sunset on the summit, and it was breathtaking. I’m really not much of a camper, but I couldn’t resist the lure of roasting marshmallows over a fire. Knowing that cell phone reception wouldn’t be available was another plus.  Read More

Be an author to your life story

In this TED talk by philosopher Ruth Chang, she discusses how hard choices– who to marry, where to live, which career path to take, and so on– are opportunities for us to write our own life stories.

If you think about it, when you’re confronted with a hard choice, there is no concrete way saying one choice is better than another. Instead, they offer meaningful value in different ways.

Have you ever made a pros and cons list for a tough decision you confronted? Read More

Ten questions

I was inspired to answer these ten questions from Maryn, a fellow inspirational blogger (and my former college roomie!). Check out her blog at The Well, and I invite you to answer these questions, too!

1.  What is the first creative moment you remember? Interestingly, I remember getting my hand caught while trying to open (or close?) the piano seat. The seat was also a container for piano books. It reminds me that I was learning how to play when I was 5 or 6, but I remember crying a lot more than the actual practicing!

2.  What is the best idea you’ve ever had? What made it great in your mind? Starting a stationery company called “SwiSh Productions” when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I would spend every night drawing designs with colored pens and coming up with poems and quotes. I wanted to inspire other people to reach for their dreams, because at the time, it’s exactly what I needed to hear. I didn’t think I was the only one.

3.  What is the dumbest idea? That I would have had to wait until I was really old (read: retirement age) to make it happen. Read More