embrace yourself

“I have no need to be average or normal.
I surrender to the need to fit into the expectations of others at the expense of my own evolution. I joyfully celebrate my loss of normalcy.. and claim my authenticity.. sanity and health.” ~ Donny Epstein


i love this quote and as i am aging it becomes more and more true,there is a kind of freedom that comes with age,an acknowledgement that there is only this moment so grab life and fall in love with yourself,you are amazing 3 1663

letter to my grandmother…

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my grandma’s name is Rose,her favorite flower

i wrote this almost three years ago,and since i’ve been thinking of her so much lately i want to post this,

     Hi grandma, I sure miss you, tomorrow is your birthday. I am so thankful i was able to see you last year at this time. No matter how long I was gone, one hour, one day, one year, when you saw me you would always say my name with such love and welcome invitation it was a hug. Even though your earthly presence is no longer here you live on in all of us, your children , grandchildren and great grandchildren.

I miss you grandma, it is still too hard to think about you, I am overwhelmed by grief and I cannot breathe. You were my touchstone where I could draw strength, love and roots.

You were my mother, my friend, my teacher, my advisor, my protector, my biggest fan.  The one who sewed me pretty plaid skirts with suspenders and made me sit still while you home permed my hair again and again.

I am your granddaughter, your student, your puppy that followed you everywhere, probably a pain in the ass and one of your biggest fans.


Most of all you are my grandma the most important role of all, I can still hear you whistling and every now and then I get a hint of Emeraude perfume and I know you are still close by. Your wisdom and lessons will echo down through those of us that you left behind, love always leslie


faded memories

faded memories turn to pastel dreams,

walking down the paths of my childhood’s imagination

mysterious places held sacred in the remembering…

be careful where to step,there are dark corners and spaces here

where shadowy ghosts lurk

but time loosens their grip and i move forward in hope and joy

falling crazy happy in love with the world again

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best friends

‘fixit’ and lucy, best friends 4ever! Its a joy to watch and love and learn from them.

They are devoted to each other and in sync to the other’s slightest idea…

just like knowing what your friend is going to say,sharing a history.

Enjoying a gorgeous day,in that mindful moment they decided to

stop…drop…and roll.

…and it was a beautiful green day so i did too !

living life in the moment

living life in the moment

dropand roll!