I stopped making resolutions years ago. (Who ever sticks to them, anyway? Unless if it’s, eat all the chocolate you want, that is. Now, that one I could keep!) Goals work better for me. However, I tend to do those every month, quarter, and year to readjust as I go in order to stay on top of what’s working and what isn’t—okay, skipping the flat-on-my-face failures make me feel better. Why wait until I hit rock bottom, right?

My last resort came down to finding a word or phrase to focus on for the entire new year. Bingo! Once I did that, I discovered a compass and set it to the “north star” and away I went. I had direction. I had a chance at achieving it. I had a winner. Well…

To be honest, there’s been years I wished I hadn’t picked that particular catch phrase—since I saw both sides of the coin. Who knew I had to experience sorrow to get to my joy? Yeah, that was not a pleasant year. And health? Oh, don’t get me started on that one!

So, hopefully, my 2018 word/focus/mantra will work through the little nasty glitches and get me somewhere. The one singular word Believe is my theme. Believe is a universal way to look at my little slice of the world. Believe in myself. Believe in the goodness of others. Believe I can overcome whatever life throws my way. Believe better things are there, waiting for me and for all of us. I can only believe…

Here’s hoping you find something to believe in in 2018, too.

Hope, love, and peace,


Pictures from the Passenger Seat: Texas Charm Part 1

In a few months, my husband and I will mark our 20th anniversary of moving to Texas. East coasters all our lives, imagine our surprise when we came to Central Texas on a vacation and promptly fell in love. Within a year, we were here.

There’s hardly a drive around town or a road trip to some quaint town that we don’t find something new, fun, strange, or even a little weird. (After all, the capital of Texas’s slogan is Keep Austin Weird.)

Needless to say, I’m always taking pictures of the charming sights (okay, also the slightly surprising). Here’s a few I’d love to share with you.


Texas yard art


Stunning gem hidden along the highway during the day. (I’m thinking a little creepy at night, though.)


I love Texas creativity!



That’s just a few images of Texas charm for now. I’ll be back in a few weeks with more to share. Stay tuned…



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