Finding Answers In Mindfulness

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a set of Grace Cards by Cheryl Richardson.  In an effort to figure out my next step in a more fulfilling life and after reading my friend Barbara Techel’s book Wisdom In The Pause, I decided to give them a try.  Although you can use them any way you like, I like to shuffle the deck and draw a card everyday.  That card serves as a “mantra” for my day.  If I am struggling with something I will ask a question, draw a card, and let the card guide…

Social Media, Opinons, And The Presidential Election

Never mind that I have had an epic fail in the daily blog post challenge, it seems I have lost my public writing voice this past week. The combination of this past weeks events and still struggling a bit with my new job has left me mentally drained. All I can do is journal my personal thoughts. Words that I will not share with anyone. As people took to social media to be very vocal in their opinions, I have tried to stay away from it, unfortunately I have not been able to avoid it all. Instead the words that…

Lampposts Outside The Louvre

This photo of the row of lampposts in the courtyard outside the Louvre is one of my favorites from all the hundreds I took in Paris in September.  My goal was to take enough pictures to keep my Instagram account supplied until my next trip to Paris! If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram (@lorilovesparis) to see all my photos. I was going through  my Paris photos (again!) and decided instead of writing a full blog post today, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos with you. This photo just puts me in such…

Life Is Ok In The Empty Nest

Honestly I thought I would have a harder time adjusting to an empty nest after my daughter left home for her first year of College. Not to say I don’t miss her, I do, but I’m getting used to her being away.  It’s a great feeling knowing she is in charge of herself and her new life as a College student.  She is adjusting well and making friends and not one bit homesick.  That has probably helped me adjust to my new life as well. Adjusting to an empty nest is a challenge for…

It’s National Blog Post Month! What I Do For Self Care

Happy November!! I decided to make a commitment and join other bloggers in the blog post a day challenge in November. Yes it’s National Blog Post Month or #NaBlogPoMo. So if you see this hashtag, you will know what it means.  I really am hoping I will be able to do it. So as a member of the Blogher community, we will get daily prompts for blog post subject matter.  We do not need to use these and there will probably days when I do, and others where I just wing it.  I decided to use today&#8217…

A Parents Guide To Yallfest 2016

I originally wrote this piece in 2015 after attending Yallfest the year before for the first time with my then 16 year old daughter.  I wanted to resurrect it and post it again since it is time for Yallfest for another year. My daughter is now in her first year of college and I have to say this is one of my favorite things we did together in her High School years. If you are not familiar with YALLfest you are probably asking yourself What is YALLfest 2016? YALLfest is one of-if not the largest young adult book events…

Wisdom Found In The Pause-Joie’s Gift…Book Review

I just finished reading Wisdom Found In The Pause Joie’s Gift by Barbara Techel.  This book was about quieting your mind to find your path in life as we go through transition, It is Barbara’s story about losing her beloved dachshund Joie so soon after she adopted her and the following soul searching she needed to do to not only deal with her grief, but to find a new purpose in her life. I have know the author for many years since we went to College together for the same Associates Degree,  We lost track of…

Two Lessons I Learned From My Paris Trip

Could Paris live up to my high expectations? Now that I’ve been back home from my second trip to Paris for nearly a month I can sit back and think about the lessons I learned from my Paris trip. There were a few things I was concerned about before I left for Paris.  Mainly, will it live up to the expectations that I had?  I built Paris up in my mind so much that I was worried that it would not be the magical place I remembered from the first time around.  Since this was the first time…

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