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20 things that I want more of in my life.

I went to the library on Friday in the hopes of getting some work done. While I managed to slog through a newsletter for Propelle, it was an epic battle to stay focused and on task. Instead of fighting it, I got up and browsed the shelves, looking for some interesting books to bring home. After about 20 minutes, I started to think I would be going home empty handed. In a last ditch effort, I swung by the “new and interesting” section at the front of the library and BAM. I found two books that I wanted to bring home. The first, Wicked Charms* by Janet Evanovich and Phoef...

Everyday Heroes: Logan Walker

When I opened up the Everyday Heroes feature for nominations, I knew that I was going to get to learn about some crazy inspiring women. And I have truly met some inspiring women. And then, I received an email from Chrystal Mueller. I just ran across your blog while searching for nightshade-free recipes for my sister-in-law.  As always happens when I find an interesting blog, I got pulled into past posts and ran across the Everyday Hero section. When I read that I could nominate my own, so many incredible women ran through my mind, but there is one who stands out the most. My ten-almost-eleven-year-old daughter Logan is most...

Make today ridiculously amazing.

I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with this mantra: Make today ridiculously amazing. Like, totally in love with it. Because, seriously, why shouldn’t every day BE ridiculously amazing? And not in a superficial way. But in the deepest, most incredibly satisfying way. How much better would your day (week, month, year…) be if you were able to find joy, amazement, and sheer wonder in everything you do? I know I’m going to take a lesson from my 5-week old; the world is an amazing place. Here for us to discover, enjoy, and take in. I hope you find a ridiculous amount of amazing in your day. X+O...

Everyday Heroes: Amy Watson

Everyday Hero: Amy Watson

When I first opened up the Everyday Heroes feature for nominations, I had no idea what to expect. In a delicious twist of irony, the very first nomination was someone that I already knew! And, quite frankly, had kicked myself for not thinking to include her sooner. I’m referring to this week’s Everyday Hero, Amy Watson. Amy and I met on Twitter many moons ago. Like, probably the first few months that I was on there. I was trying to follow as many Pittsburgh people as I could, and also had stumbled upon the awesomeness that was librarians on Twitter. Amy happened to embody both of those things. And while...

Wherever you are, be all there.

"Wherever you are, be all there." Jim Elliot

(Image Source: Abby Hyslop) Loving this quote from Jim Elliot (and illustration from Abby Hyslop): Wherever you are, be all there. It’s not the first time I’ve heard it, nor the first time it’s felt meaningful, but it’s definitely something that is sticking with me as we await the arrival of Baby Levenson. I want to make sure that with everything that comes my way—through labor, delivery, and the first everything with this baby and beyond—that I am all there. Taking in every detail. And just being all in. No multi-tasking. No wishing I were somewhere else. No feeling guilty about not doing work. Just enjoying every second spent with...