he said it best...

to live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable; and
wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think
quietly, talk gently, act frankly...to 
listen to stars and buds, to babes and 
sages, with open heart; await occasions, 
hurry never...this is my symphony.
-william henry channing

oh my...how much i have yet to learn. i love reading something as beautiful as the quote above. the switch in my heart flips on and eureka! i feel joy knowing someone's expressed exactly what my heart wishes to unleash. mr channing's blueprint tickled me green but it also exposed the holes i have to fill in alone. i've got lots of living to do, lots of books to devour and lots of people to meet and rump pinch...

today i travel to the distant land of san francisco to do some more of that living i mentioned above. j and i are participating in this totally wicked-licious event for fit bottomed girls. (don't be surprised if i come home sore but hopped up on energizer bunny-like life crack.) i plan to write about it of course...the shameless plugs will keep on keepin' on. hopefully i get some book edits in too. it takes balls to write a book i've decided. my balls are currently the size of raisins but they're there nonetheless. i plan to use them to get my heart some expressive practice.

i'm really starting to like this side gig. the writing, traveling, meeting new people, working out the ticker...well it's empowering to boot. when i wrap it all together, i can't help but admire the unintentional symphony i've started to create for myself.

baby steps to contentment...


  1. love this. thank you for sharing. also lovely picture...captures the poem and your thoughts so well.

    and yes, writing is MORE work than i ever bargained for! thought legal briefs were a pain. the only difference: i wake up still wanting to do it, even though I am drained from the 10 hour day before.


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