Category Archives: Happiness and Gratitude

I Went to Hell and Back for This — Twice

This is a story about expectations. In the beginning of the story you may think I’m quite thick-headed. But I think I redeemed myself in the end, so I’m willing to suffer some embarrassment in the interest of making a … Continue reading

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The Wings That Lifted Me Up

I just had the most extraordinary experience thanks to the kindness of a friend. I’d been feeling down for a few days and was keeping to myself, refusing to socialize with anyone. I knew I just needed some time away … Continue reading

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Oh, How Time Flies

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since I moved to my new hometown.  I just looked back at what I wrote as I was in the process of moving and settling into the new house. I was … Continue reading

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Here They Come…

April and May are so exciting here in Ohio! Every walk brings the possibility of finding new flowers and trees blooming, and new birds arriving.  And now that I have so many new places to explore after my move, it’s … Continue reading

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The Power of One Little Flower

Well, I did it! I’ve been in my new house for 9 days now. I’m still trying to find places for some of my stuff in this smaller space, but overall the place feels like home now. I’ve got my … Continue reading

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This Moment is My Life

Today I’m in my new home, two days before my move-in day, waiting for various installers and service people to show up. In the quiet times between appointments, I sit in a lawn chair in my empty kitchen, working my … Continue reading

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Paying It Forward?

I’ve had the most amazing experience this week, and I want to share it with you. My home has always been my sanctuary from an overly-stimulating world. My goal whenever I’ve looked for a place to live has been to … Continue reading

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A Fresh New Year: Why Is That So Important?

Reblogging this New Year’s post from my archives because many of you liked it. And I do too. See you in 2017!  https://natureismytherapy.com/2015/01/01/a-fresh-new-year-why-is-that-so-important/

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Saying Goodbye

I said goodbye to a friend today and am feeling a deep sense of loss. I spent the afternoon helping him load his moving truck, along with another close friend. For the most part, the three of us tried to … Continue reading

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Finding the Joy

I have a little dry erase board on my refrigerator door, and I use it to write motivational messages or reminders to myself. About a week ago, I was feeling sort of blah about my life when I realized that … Continue reading

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