Spring wakes me up, gets me going, and tells me, “Anything is possible.” Every delicate sprout pushing its way upwards through the heavy weight of the ground above is proof that, with determination, we can all blossom. This is the month to plant seeds for summer fun. What’s the thing that makes you feel most alive? Do more of that this spring!
What a thrill it was for me to be back in South Carolina to accept the “Distinguished South Carolina Public School Graduate” award at the inaugural gala sponsored by the SC Association of School Administrators. The night was extra special for me. First, because my guest for the gala was Sarah “Miss Porter” Cloaninger, MY FIRST GRADE TEACHER! Second, the other 6 recipients included former Governor Dick Riley who had the vision to start the SC Governor’s School for the Arts, which I attended. To find out more about the awards, SCASA, and how you can contribute to a great public education, click here.
I had some fun on Good Day NY recently with Rosanna Scotto, Greg Kelly, and MSNBC’s Alison Stewart. (Check out her new book: JUNK.) We had ourselves a New York City street sale, raising money for charity. Rosanna wanted to know my #1 secret for buyers to get good deals at sales. That is, Wear your worst shoes! Why? If you’re dressed to the nines, you’re going to pay more. When you’re asking for a better price, sellers appraise what you’re wearing. The finer the stitch, the higher the price. And if you’re having a sale this year. Here’s a tip: Put up a rope line across your driveway and drop it when the sale starts. Buyers will be running to grab your stuff. Oh, and for other tips check this out and if you want to watch me find treasures. Here’s a Today show adventure I took.
Happy to say that Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is a WINNER of the 5th annual “Living Now” book awards, celebrating must-read books that encourage better living. Moving In won the bronze award in the relationships & marriage category. I’ll take it! The award gives me street cred as I now try to convince Scott we need an indoor pool during phase 3 of our renovation! If you’re in a relationship, you’ll get a laugh out of this book. (Check out the reviews!)
Spring is a time of rebirth and new life, so let me share one of Mother Teresa’s quotes about life:
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.
And to that I’ll add a Life 101 thought from Brother Bruce: “Every new day is a chance to try harder, live better, dream bigger, and find a way to have a little fun.”
We’re being bombarded with bad news, and it’s apparently getting to us. How do we make ourselves feel better?
Find things that make us laugh like these 100 funny pictures.
Seek out stories that show humanity at its best. Did you hear about the people in a NYC subway car who teamed up to wipe away anti-Semitic graffiti and Swastikas? It’s a great story of hand sanitizer, elbow grease and people coming together.
Find ways to share and feel more love. If you’ve never heard the Story Corps of Danny & Annie, WATCH & LISTEN. Your heart will grow three sizes.
“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.” – John Lennon
Dawn. New Year’s Day. My terrace. Tulum, Mexico
Each year, rather than resolutions, Scott and I write down our “goals” for the year. We read them aloud to each other and seal them in an envelope, which we tuck in our underwear drawer and open the following New Year’s Day. We’ve found the action inspires us and that often we get to most things on our list. (Though I still haven’t taken those Spanish lessons!) As we head into 2017, I wish you all good things. I’m reminded of a quote by the late great Joey Adams: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.”
It’s ’17. Go get ’em!
I’ve heard it said that fall is like a second spring in which each leaf is a flower. As a child, my grandparents would take me to the Blue Ridge Mountains to catch a peek at nature’s calico quilt. It’s a memory that brings me joy and makes me wistful for childhood innocence. Don’t worry, I’ll find it in hikes with my love, carving pumpkins, planting bulbs, roasting marshmallows by a campfire, and maybe even sneaking in one last outdoor shower or two. Hoping you find the color in this season with those you love.