Gratitude and Blessings During Hard Times

Recently, I shared my unlikely birth story (read about it here) that involved nearly 40 days of hospitalization. While it was shocking, a bit frightening, and challenging, my husband Michael and I never lost sight of the many miracles that were upon us. We are deeply grateful. Michael and I are enormously blessed.  In fact, I was so happy to share things were going better than they could have that people didn’t realize just how many challenges we faced for a while. If you don’t mind, I’d love to share these blessings with you: Baby and I lived! Neither of

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38 days in the hospital with my baby

    If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~ Milton Berle I’ve wanted to write you ever since I landed in the hospital. But as being sick goes, things were just too intense to do anything other than take life moment-by-moment. I apologize for taking forever to write you via email to explain. As any new parent can attest, your time is not your own, and you need six arms. This newsletter will update you on what happened over the last 2-1/2 months. I haven’t shared this level of detail anywhere publicly. Several images of

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How to deal when you’re frustrated

A few days ago, multiple snags attacked my beautifully cast fishing lines. Debris seemed like the only thing interested in accomplishing my week’s goals. Maybe it was the cold-grey rains of Seattle, or the weight of deadlines combined with endless project flops. Computer work can engender such feelings, especially when you’ve been glued to the same screen for hours and days on end.

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Happitude

Buddha stated that happiness is not found in a set of circumstances, but is found in a set of attitude.  An easy way to find unhappiness is to grumble and complain about life.  When the mind is focusing on the positive with gratitude,  it is difficult to complain, and hence, happiness naturally flows through us. Nature is  very kind to us. Whichever attitude we choose, complaining or celebrating, nature reflects back to us exactly what we are seeking.

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