Kristen’s Kaleidoscopic Kale Salad!

"Kristen's Kaleidoscopic Kale Salad" 1. salad ingredients: bag of organic kale, pre-washed dried  cranberries dried mangoes (snipped into little pieces with scissors) sliced almonds green apple (1 or 2, diced) 2. dressing ingredients: olive oil balsamic vinegar red wine vinegar chia seeds salt n pepper fresh ginger root, minced fresh squeezed lemon juice 3. directions: … Continue reading Kristen’s Kaleidoscopic Kale Salad!

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Give the Gift of a Phone Call

Making meaningful social connections is good for mental & physical health. When’s the last time you’ve called someone with the sole purpose of encouraging, uplifting, or supporting them? In recent years I’ve begun making time each week to call a few people I know to say “hello.” It’s an act I’ve cultivated with intention. I usually … Continue reading Give the Gift of a Phone Call

Plant a Tree – How and Why To Do It

Where to buy trees and how to plant them. My husband and I recently bought our first home together, and while there are many trees on our property, we’re having fun planting new ones, as well. We feel excited and blessed by the chance to plant trees on the land, in our own small way, … Continue reading Plant a Tree – How and Why To Do It

Why I Tithe

I give 10% back to my community with every paycheck “We rise by lifting others.” — Robert Ingersoll “No one has ever become poor from giving.” — Maya Angelou “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop *** …Why do I tithe? I tithe because it feels good to know that some of my money each month is … Continue reading Why I Tithe

The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

What I learned from him. It was a cold spring day in New England. Cherry-tree flowers hung ripe and fluttering in the chilly breeze, and I watched the wind send their white petals blowing down the sidewalk ahead of me as I walked to my office. Gray clouds hung low and menacing overhead. “Why is it … Continue reading The House Painter Who Was Belting Out Reggae

The One Question to Ask Yourself Every Day

What can I do to make the world a more beautiful place? What will you do today, to make the world a more beautiful place? As author and illustrator Barbara Cooney prompts us to consider in her famous children’s book, Miss Rumphius, we see powerful results when we ask ourselves this question. The character “Miss … Continue reading The One Question to Ask Yourself Every Day

Fire Up Your Everyday Routine by Looking At Art

It’s like bottled inspiration and I drink from it daily. To fire up inspiration in my life, I keep artwork all around me. When I was a young school girl, I loved making drawings based on artwork I was familiar with. I was exposed to a variety of visual art both through the small progressive school … Continue reading Fire Up Your Everyday Routine by Looking At Art