Personal Reflections; Random

Life is moving fast, and the moments

we slow down to savor the good stuff

are honorable and make it rich.

Wanted a photo with this treasured necklace.

It feels reaaaaallly nice to be forgiven.

It feels even better to forgive.

Even if it’s forgiving yourself.

Shhhhhh…hair is strategically fluffed to conceal turkey-licious neck lines. 

Let’s not ever overlook the lovely.

In spite of so much

struggle, injustice, and stress

swirling around,

Eden remains just beneath our noses,

waiting for us to notice.

You already know this stuff.

I’m truly just reminding myself to

see the lovely, see the garden, and

give thanks for it.

What are you thankful for today?

Peace to you right where you are.

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27 Comments

  1. November 14, 2011 / 4:08 am

    omg, i'm pretty sure i love you…

    it amazes me how a bright spirit can reveal itself through words and photos in a blog…but i knew you without hesitation, immediately…

    and thanks, you're message is perfect

    cindy

  2. November 14, 2011 / 5:10 am

    must be something in the air…I just wrote my post for tomorrow about this exact topic!

  3. November 14, 2011 / 7:07 am

    Hi "sister"… 🙂
    You look great..love your photos..and your necklace is beautiful..
    Have a great day!!
    Hugs:)

  4. November 14, 2011 / 7:46 am

    Mich! You look absolutely stunning and like already conveyed before, I love your hair.

    Seriously, let's forget everything else and bask in the glory of being happy, alive and human.

    Splendid indeed!

  5. November 14, 2011 / 8:47 am

    Good morning Michelle….You are gorgeous!!!…I'm once again visiting your LOVELY kitchen and home on your blog. I've told you before, that your home is the one I seem to connect the most to…We finally took the plunge and started painting our kitchen cabinets…I usually have no problem taking on painting projects, but we put this kitchen in ourselves 10 years ago so I was a little reluctant…and soooo….I am thankful for my fabulous husband who has removed all of the doors, sanded and primed the cabinets for me…and I'm thankful for LOVELY inspiration like you provide!…
    ps: I'm 44 and totally get the turkey neck thing……enjoy your day…I'll be painting away…lol!!
    xoxo, Mariaelena

  6. November 14, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Hello! Nice pictures and blog!

    Lisette

  7. November 14, 2011 / 10:20 am

    I'm thankful that I have your precious thoughts to read daily, the humour and laughter you bring and the privilege of calling you my bloggie friend 🙂

    You are a gorgeous lady, inside and out!

    PS. I'm totally jealous of your beautiful hair.

    Have a great week darlin xxx

  8. November 14, 2011 / 12:41 pm

    Michele you're gorgeous and look like you had fun wiith this post! What am I thankful for today…waking up and being aable to move. The older you get the more that makes sense especially working outside all weekkend.

  9. November 14, 2011 / 2:59 pm

    You! I am thankful for you.

    Looking good you mega model you!

    Happy new week my friend,

    Mon

  10. November 14, 2011 / 3:39 pm

    I am VERY
    grateful for
    beautiful blogging
    friends who are
    what they are and
    don't pretend to
    be any different.
    That said, I'm
    totally coveting
    your hair…..AND
    your age! Thanks
    for slowing down
    with me to take in
    all that is precious,
    as you so aptly put
    it, right under
    our
    noses : )

    xx Suzanne

  11. November 14, 2011 / 6:40 pm

    You are gorgeous! Love how you captured who you are today and reveled in it. Is there anything more beautiful than a happy girl?

  12. November 14, 2011 / 8:30 pm

    Hellooooo gorgeous! Oh you are so beautiful, inside and out! I'm so thankful to have found you and your beautiful thoughts which have positively helped to change my perception of everything. Love to you sweet lady!

    Meera xx

  13. November 14, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    Well….now I know why you named your blog "Hello Lovely", Michele. You are gorgeous! I adore your hair and would love to grow mine out like that. Would you share how you style your hair..? (Products you use, curling iron or rollers, etc.) You are absolutely right on being happy with our inner and outer selves as we get older. We can't take ourselves too seriously! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  14. November 14, 2011 / 9:52 pm

    Ooh Beachy sista you are gorgeous both inside and out!! It does feel good to be forgiven and sometimes it is the hardest to forgive ourselves but it is what we should do in order to see ourselves. 🙂
    Love your hair, just chopped all mine off today!!
    xoxo

  15. November 15, 2011 / 1:21 am

    Michelle, you are lovely indeed!! As we become wiser with time, we truly do become more and more thankful for people and the time we can spend with the one's we love. All the other stuff is just that,"STUFF!" people are what is important and I am so thankful to have had so much love in my life!! I am forgiven and loved unconditionally, now that is a true blessing indeed!! I hope the rest of your week is as lovely as you are, Kathysue

  16. November 15, 2011 / 11:12 am

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog so that I could come over and meet you, too! You have the most gorgeous hair, and I know of 20-somethings who would kill to look as slim as you do. 🙂 We all need to be reminded to focus on the good things and it's swell that you just did. My blog is a place for me to do just that, to look and be grateful for the good things. God knows there's enough negativity in the world. 🙂

  17. November 15, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    Ok, now I'm SURE i'm doing the right thing growing my hair long at my age… yours is lovely, and is the perfect camouflage for any (probably very minor) neck issues. Loving your blog!

  18. November 15, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    HI MICHELE YOU ARE SO BEATIFUL YOUR HAIR IS YOUR CROWN AND GLORY, I ADMIRE A WOMAN WITH LONG LONG HAIR YES IT TAKES TIME AND LOVE TO STYLE LONG HAIR AND THE RIGTH STYLING PRODUCTS AND TOOLS.MY HAIR IS GETING LONGER 3 YEARS AGO I WENT TRUE BREAST CANCER AND LOST IT ALL ,I HAVE NEVER HAVE A SHORT HAIR IN MY LIFE .NOW IS PAST MY SHOULDERS AND I LOVE IT..THIS IS A HAIRSTYLIST TALK ME.I HAVE TO TAKE MY OWN PICTURES ONE OF THIS DAYS TOO…XO SANDRA

  19. November 16, 2011 / 12:32 am

    What a lovely post Michele. I always love when people can take something simple and beautiful and apply God's principles to it. Thanks for reminding me of God's grace.
    Cindy

  20. November 16, 2011 / 12:49 am

    Hi Michele!
    Hello Lovely girlfriend!
    Gorgeous shots of a gorgeous girl. Love the necklace I am have sooOOOO much to be thankful for these days.
    Love this post.
    Alway good to stop and smell the roses aand thank the good Lord for all of his many blessings!

    Love ya!
    xox
    Alison

  21. November 17, 2011 / 2:46 pm

    I can tell that current events have been on your mind too. I am thankful for trying to keep a bigger perspective of good. So weird, I just published a blog post about this too. Your energy must have been sending me inspiration! Thank you Michele ~ you are so beautiful, outside and best of all, inside too. xoxo, diane

  22. November 17, 2011 / 7:14 pm

    Oh, la la!!! I want to get on my 40s looking good as you do! va, va, va vooommmm missy! 😉

    I'm so happy you're part of this with Monika. Isn't she so lovely?

    Wishing you a gorgeous day, my friend and thank you so very much for all of your support. I appreciate your sweet words to me. I really do, Michele. And yes, I'm so ready to give birth. It seems that my body is giving up too..lol… everything hurts lately! 🙂

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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