For Dad and For Yourself

Happy Father's Day!
Today I'm celebrating my dad (and his dad) and my husband and his step-dad, all of whom are fantastic fathers and incredible role models. I wish I had a picture with all of them in it. Did you see the article about the program in CA where they'll bus kids to see their dads who are incarcerated?  Makes me thankful for my blessings and for programs like Get On The Bus

This shot of John with two of our children is from last week's Beach Boys concert - 
FuN, fUn, FUN!

And now, today's question:  
What do you do for yourself?

I just found an inspirational blog 
(Healthy Green Kitchen) whose author Winnie shared some words of wisdom on self-compassion and kindness {here}.  
Do yourself a favor and stop by to see her GoRgEoUs scenic shots from a recent trip to a reunion at Cornell and read the simply salient suggestions from her One Simple Change series.

So here are some things that I do for myself, that refresh me and make me feel good:  I write, create in the kitchen, take long walks, chat with friends and family, knit, treat myself to an occasional pedicure, listen to music, read, mentor, forgive myself (that one's hard for me!), nap, float on my pool, pick weeds (I know, that's kind of weird but it's relaxing to me!), affirm and encourage others . . . and nap. Yep, I listed nap twice because a good power nap is magical, pure decadence for me.  In fact, I may just go outside and nap by the pool this afternoon . . . zzzzzzzzz.  Cheers to you, Dads!


  1. Happy Father's Day to John and your sweet family! Much Love!

  2. I've never heard of a program like that but it sounds wonderful! I teach in a very high poverty area and about 7 of my students (that I know of) have a family member in jail or prison. It breaks my heart to hear them talk about it. I had to be very careful around Mother's Day because one of my sweetest boy's mom is in prison (and dad in jail) but he doesn't want any of his friends to know. He always tells his friends his parents went away to school so they could make themselves better and one day earn more money for him :( I'm so glad you found my blog. I look forward to following your posts. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Fathers Day!

  3. Lovely! Thanks for mentioning my blog...I am happy my post resonated with you :)


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