Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I usually do something for lent. I was raised Catholic and that's the part that stuck I guess. (And my love for Palm Sunday. I miss those long slender palms handed out at the doorway that one Sunday of the year. I miss shaping them into a cross, or inventing other shapes I could create.)


This year I struggled to decide what to "do" for lent. Since I am no longer a practicing Catholic, I decided I can just make up my own rules for the 40 days. But this year I just couldn't nail down my goal until today. Yes, I know I'm late, but as aforementioned, it isn't part of my religion anymore anyway. I figure it's a bonus now.

CARPE DIEM will be my theme for lent 2012. Each day I will find someway to grab hold and do something I love.

YESTERDAY: My blog helped me define my goal for today.
TODAY: I watched my K/1 Spanish class listen to books and plays written by my 2nd/3rd grade class. They have worked for MONTHS on this performance and it was an hour of bliss. I loved it!

Monday, March 5, 2012

getting more out of life...

As I chatted with a friend at work today we were having a Carpe Diem kind of discussion.
I found a silver lining in the downturn of the economy -
When I was in my 20s I thought life was great and would only get better in my 30s and so on.
In some ways it has, in many it has not. In fact, I would say I am less optimistic now than I was a decade ago. However, because I no longer believe there is any security that the future brings something better than today, it helps me to make the most of things now. Life might only get harder, so I'll make the most of things now.

1. Working for something I care about = Teaching Spanish & Global Studies at Foothills School
2. Helping & Creating = www.originallynew.com
3. Watching my flowers bud in the yard. Spring is coming!
4. Making sure my family knows I love them.
5. Finding ways to help in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

What do you do to seize the day?