Author Archives: Danielle Smith
I love everything about the holidays: the decorating, the music, the food, and yes, the gift giving. I mean I really, really love the gift giving.
As life becomes more and more hectic, I have become more and more enticed by the beauty of meditation. The challenge, as always, is in getting starting and finding the time in your schedule to give yourself this space and room to breathe.
You probably took the Halloween decorations down as quickly as I did, ready to move on to the next holiday (Thanksgiving! And then is it Christmas? Or Hanukkah?). But before you pass on the pumpkins, let’s talk about the beauty of this fruit.
The leaves in my part of the country are already starting to change. As the greens make way for the bright reds, oranges and yellows, I’m reminded that so many of my routines are ready for a makeover as well.
It is going on four years ago that I woke in the very early morning hours to a call no one wants to get: my mom, panicked, in an ambulance on her way to the hospital with my dad. He had suffered a grand mal seizure while he was sleeping and at that moment, both the cause and prognosis were completely unknown.
Sending my small people back to school is fantastic. And by fantastic, I mean, I almost skipped around the house on the first day of school. We are back to a routine, they are back with their friends and have resumed structured learning, and my house is blessedly quiet for hours during the day. There is only one small hiccup: School lunches.
Living in the Midwest, we don’t have the luxury of a year-round Farmer’s Market, so the experience this time of year is a heady one. Just walking through manages to hit all of my senses – the vibrant colors, the fresh sweet aroma of summer fruits – it is such a luxury.
So, really…. what IS the big deal about kale? Suddenly you can’t go anywhere, watch any cooking shows or even have a meal with friends without someone mentioning this previously unknown green.
It is safe to say, I have now spent the equivalent of days on the “Summer Sidelines” watching my small people play one sport or another. Typically this time of year, they are mainly playing softball and baseball – the most traditional of summer sports, but the frequent rains in the Midwest have pushed both their football and soccer schedules much later in to the warm months.
If I’m honest, summer means more to me than warm weather and my small people being home from school. It also means taking a VACATION. Yes, time away from the daily chaos… heading somewhere relaxing that allows me to breathe and reclaim that soulful feeling.