Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized, Wonder and Whimsy

Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade

I believe in the power of self-love, but I also believe that self-love is quite different from how many people think of it. People often think that self-love is going on shopping trips, getting manis and pedis, and treating one's self to chocolate and other delectable delights. And certainly these things can play a role… Continue reading Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade

Wonder and Whimsy

Our Backyard Has Become a Nature Sanctuary: Pictures of our Wildlife Visitors and Other Magical Happenings

My husband and I live in the suburbs, close to downtown. There are some things about my neighborhood that aren't always ideal. For instance, sometimes our neighborhood can be a little noisy and wild. But one thing I love about my house is that we have a spacious back yard with lots of trees in… Continue reading Our Backyard Has Become a Nature Sanctuary: Pictures of our Wildlife Visitors and Other Magical Happenings

Whimsical Watercolors

Zen Garden Bunny–A Whimsical Watercolor

This summer, we have a bunny who comes and hangs out in our back yard all the time.¬† He likes to come in the morning especially and explore different places in our yard. The other morning, I looked out the window, and he was sitting right in the middle of our wildflower garden looking as… Continue reading Zen Garden Bunny–A Whimsical Watercolor

Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Gardening as Self-Love: A Guest Post by Ali from The Mindful Gardener

I found my friend Ali's blog The Mindful Gardener¬†over a year ago, and I am so glad I did. Ali is clearly passionate about gardening, and her posts are a feast both for the eye--as she shares her beautiful nature photography--and for the soul--as she includes such gentle wisdom, humor, and kindness in all her… Continue reading Gardening as Self-Love: A Guest Post by Ali from The Mindful Gardener

Whimsical Watercolors

The Bunny and a Cardinal: A Whimsical Watercolor

I have a wild bunny that visits my back yard regularly. The other day, she was by my flower garden and a cardinal was perched on one of flower stems. This morning I decided to paint the scene, which looked a little like this. I am continually amazed at the gifts that nature brings us:… Continue reading The Bunny and a Cardinal: A Whimsical Watercolor