the inspiration garden

Putting it down on paper

What comes to mind when you think of journaling?    Is it something like this?     Perhaps you imagine a woman, deep in thought, pouring her soul onto the page. And journaling certainly can be that, but it doesn’t always have to be.   …

Are You Happy Now?

I’ve given up on happiness.   No, this isn’t some dark manifesto on the virtue of cynicism in the modern world.    Choosing to no longer pursue happiness has been a gift, a blessing!   Many of us have erroneously been brought up to believe …

Signs Along the journey

Do you believe in signs?   When was the last time you were aware of a sign?   Do you wonder if maybe there are signs you are missing in your life?   Over the past several months, I’ve done some emotional and mental cleansing: …

Two winters ago, I met my friend and colleague, Fran, for lunch. After we left the restaurant in our local village, we walked past some shops and chatted.    “I’m thinking of having a Hygge party,” she said. “Wanna come?”   “A hookah party?” My …