41 6-word days

During my year of fearless love, I met so many like-hearted people. One of them is the astonishingly talented Julia Fehrenbacher, artist-poet-writer-photographer and blogger at Painted Path.

I told her that I wanted to kick off my new site with something fun and collaborative, and we came up with the idea of 41 6-word days. (Julia is inexplicably fond of 41-day projects.) Every night, we’ll email each other a 6-word glimpse of our day, whether it was wonderful or terrible or hilarious or strange, and we’ll post them on our sites. It’ll be like holding hands; together apart.

I’d love for you to join us. Post your 6-word days here in the comment thread. At the end of our project, I’ll rearrange this page, organize each of our 41 days by person (Julia, me and anyone else who plays with us for the whole time). I think it’ll be cool to look into each other’s windows a bit.

Update: I did it! Look into our windows!


41 6-word days


Julia: Snow falls and nudges us awake.

j: On the edge of something new.

Day 2:

Julia:  Ibuprofen and tissue save the day.

j: Celebrated today with wine and cheesecake.


Julia: Taking NyQuil and going to bed.

j: I think I’m stealing Julia’s energy.


Julia: I’m willing to be too much.

j: Writing all day. Yeah, today rocked.

Day 5:

Julia: Wanting answers to all these questions.

j: A sweet and sour kinda day.

Day 6:

Julia: Continually awed by the creative process.

j: Beyond the margins, we fully connect.

Day 7:

Julia:  Rediscovering the hotness of my husband.

j:  At the center of everything… love.

Day 8:

Julia: I vow to do things differently.

j: We’re so fucked up and remarkable.

 Day 9:

Julia: One conscious decision shifts it all.

j: Superhumanly balanced on the mat today.

Day 10:

Juilia: I’d rather be ALIVE than “comfortable.”

j: Riding momentum, must remember to steer.

Day 11:

Julia: I love the sound of silence.

j: I lost myself in words today.

Day 12:

Julia: Thanks, nature, for helping me remember.

j: I think it’s okay to yearn.

Day 13:

Julia: Don’t feel like writing poetry today.

j: Finding intersection of love and kickassery.

Day 14:

Julia: Seriously think I need a lobotomy.

j: A big-time, love-filled day.

Day 15:

Julia: Singing makes my spirit come alive

j: Awed, astonished, surprised, confounded… and loved.

Day 16:

Julia: Savoring the sweetness of my lil’family

j: Sometimes six words is not enough.

Day 17:

Julia: Feeling overwhelmingly grateful for beautiful connections.

j: Scratchy throat? Say it ain’t so!

Day 18:

Julia: The magic is nowhere but here.

j: My internal compass keeps finding north.

Day 19:

Julia: Namaste to the whole precious world.

j: Humming (in spite of the plague).

Day 20:

Julia: Savoring the preciousness of this life.

j:  Body in revolt. Need softer Kleenex.

Day 21:

Julia: Another’s loss cracks me wide open.

j: Just need two words. Puffs tissues.

Day 22:

Julia: Fresh sheets, cozy bed.  Can’t wait!

j: I let Sunday wash over me.

Day 23:

Julia: Blissfully blown away by beautiful synchronicities.

j: Bolstered by love today; standing taller.

Day 24:

Julia: Bikram Yoga totally kicks my ass.

j: When will I learn? Just START.

Day 25:

Julia: I’m no longer listening to doubt.

j: Endings are always clearest in hindsight.

Day 26:

Julia: It’s all about shedding the shit.

j: Relocated my center today; then flew.

Day 27:

Julia: I wanna go to Bali now.

j: What a funny, sweet, surprising day.

Day 27:

Julia: I’m all out of words today.

j: Today: yoga, words, boys, dogs, polenta.

Day 28:

Julia: I’m inviting abundance into my life.

j: Unplugged today. Awash in the 3-D world.

Day 29:

Julia: A whirlwind kind of a day.

j: I’m learning… fearlessness is a practice.

Day 30:

Julia: Had the best lemondrop ever tonight.

j: Shattered, awed, fortified by Sugar love.

Day 31:

Julia: Embracing the women in my life.

j: I remembered! JUST START. Good day.

Day 32:

Julia: Imagining my book in my hands.

j: Surrounded by so damn much love.

Day 33:

Julia: Closer to making this dream happen.

j: I was willing to be misunderstood.

Day 34:

Julia: Wishing I had a magic wand.

j: So grateful for all of you.

Day 35:

Julia: Get to see my sister tomorrow!

j:Sweet, winding paths, old barns, sunshine.

Day 36:

Julia: Drinking with fancy boy at airport.

j: Where can I get a fancyboy?

Day 37:

Julia: There was nothing normal about today.

j: The scenic route is my north.

Day 38:

Julia: It’s been a wild birthday week.

j: Feeling loved, fortified, believed in, lucky.

Day 39:

Julia: So good it makes me weep.

j: Had a little crush on Thursday.

Day 40:

Julia: So very thankful for my health.

j: Inspiration, acceptance, rebellion, love… It’s Friday.

Day 41:

Julia: Does this really have to end?

Julia: This moment is the perfect teacher.

j: It’s a magnificent thing, this life.

858 Responses to 41 6-word days

  1. Julia January 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Oh am I giddy about this!

    • j January 14, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      I see what you did there. :)

  2. Rita January 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    you gals are way too cute

  3. Christa January 16, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    what words of pure loveliness here…

  4. Amy January 16, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Slowly starting to catch a glimpse.

  5. Eydie January 16, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    This is going to be much fun

  6. jb January 16, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Yay! I’ll play with you, too! ;-)

  7. Marcie January 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Looking forward to joining you here.

  8. Christie January 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    You fill my heart with love!

  9. Joanne Firth January 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    With love, we all have….something.

  10. Susan January 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Show us how to love fearlessly!

  11. Cynthia January 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Ending my day with a smile =)

  12. Melissa January 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Tummy full of chocolate chip cupcakes.

  13. Nancy January 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Sadness, comfort, dragon tattoo, loving friends.


  14. j January 17, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    WOW! You guys are a) talented, b) concise, and c) FUN! I’m so happy you’re playing!

    I just posted Day 2. Clearly Julia and I had very different days today, but I did tell her that cheesecake and wine help the medicine go down. (j’s cure-all.)

    How’s Day 2 for you?

  15. Amy January 17, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    Rough throat, fighting to be well.

  16. Holly January 17, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Cooper is gone. It’s so quiet.

  17. Marlyn Marincas January 17, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    a day late but never short

  18. Joanne Firth January 17, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Ready for anything…… that involves pillows.

  19. Miguel January 17, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Ooooh I wanna play!

    Here’s yesterday’s: Downton Abbey and sweetheart’s epic meal

  20. mousebert January 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    What did I just step in?

  21. Christie January 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Already looking forward to the weekend!

  22. Estrella Azul January 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    What a great way to look at our days. Now let’s see…

    Day 1.
    ~ Bravest things I have: Love, Hope.

    Day 2.
    ~ Sometimes bit of laziness is okay.

  23. Andrea January 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Day 1: So this is what it’s like?

    Day 2: Memories, snow. Another season of remembering.

  24. Nancy January 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Day two…..

    Back to work, vexercise and exercise.

    (We can use made up words, right??? :-) )

  25. Marlyn Marincas January 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Day two

    This decadent life — homemade potato chips!

  26. j January 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I love you guys! I love how some of your 6-words are a little mysterious,some are playful, and some are disarmingly direct and honest (here and on FB). I’m captivated. (And I am, apparently, a voyeur at heart.)

    Day 3 is posted. Julia is struggling, and I’m riding the high of an awesome launch (and totally giddy that you’re all playing with us). Let’s think good thoughts for Julia. (And Amy.) Feel better!

    Okay, your turn!

  27. Joanne Firth January 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I am not at the beach.

  28. Rita January 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I can’t wait to hug you.

  29. Dave January 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    No Wikipedia? Try World Book Encyclopedia.

  30. Christie January 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Fire on a cold winter’s night

  31. Cynthia January 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    sleepy, after a fun day off

  32. Edward January 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Record; redo; record; redo; edit infinitum.

  33. Estrella Azul January 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Feel better soon, Julia!

    Day 3.
    ~ Feeling safe, how important that is…

  34. Amy Peters January 18, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    ~bummer we are both sick Jules! Feel better :) ~
    Day 3: Home from work trying to recover.

  35. Julia January 18, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    I’ve got the biggest smile on my face right now (despite the achy yucks)…I’m just Loving (with a capital L) these 6-word glimpses into each of your days. My heart is totally warmed. I’m loving that you guys are playing with us–it feels so good to be doing something simply for the FUN of it-imagine that?

    J, you’re brilliant. Seriously. Now hand over some of that *high* please–and cheesecake. And wine.

    Estrella, thank you for the feel better wishes. :)

    And Amy (who just happens to be my sweet little sister) I hope you’re feeling better. FYI, NyQuil did wonders for me last night. Long distant hugs to you. I love you. xo

  36. Christa January 18, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    soaking in tub, smiling while sneezing

    • Julia January 19, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      I’m still laughing at this, Christa…I’m amazed at how much can be said in 6 words. I so needed that laugh yesterday–thank you. Glad you’re coming back to life. Love to you, my friend.

  37. Eydie January 18, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Organizing and discovering many beautiful treasures.

    Feel better, Julia.

    • Julia January 19, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Thank you, Eydie. So happy you’re playing. <3

  38. Julia January 18, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Oh my gosh, Christa…I’m laughing (while coughing) my head off right now. This cracked me up so much. What a release laughing is…

    Thank you and feel better, friend. xo

  39. jb January 18, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Day #3:
    Hey Wacky Wednesday – wait for me!

    (Six word day is so fun!):-D

  40. Amy January 18, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Thanks Jules, I’m taking in that hug right now :) Thank you for calling, I so enjoy our talks, they always leave me feeling inspired & loved. <3 you.

  41. Julia January 18, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Ahh…my sister. I love you so.

  42. Nancy January 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    hate being sick on best day

    • Julia January 19, 2012 at 9:09 am #

      Hope you’re feeling better, Nancy…love to you.

      • Nancy January 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

        I hope you’re feeling better too, Julia! I’m loving the six word day thing, and so glad to see your work thanks to Judy!

        • Julia January 20, 2012 at 8:08 am #

          Ah, Nancy. Rest like crazy.

          It’s amazing how, in the last few days of being sick, it’s still been so hard for me to let myself rest. Yesterday I called to cancel my dentist appointment and the receptionist on the phone (who was so incredibly sweet and empathetic) gave me full permission to REST and nurture myself…in case you need it (like I did), I’m giving you that full permission now. :)

          Sink in and allow yourself to let go of anything that isn’t nurturing. xo

  43. Rita January 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Forced snow day today. kinda awesome

  44. Cynthia January 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Swinging into hope after losing job.

  45. Jill Salahub January 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    I am a few days behind, but loving catching up. Here they are:

    Day one :: Struggled with everything, then let go.
    Day two :: Snow and cold, two warm dogs.
    Day three :: Lots of words, only one picture.

  46. Lance January 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    This project lifts my tired spirit.

    • Julia January 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      So happy to hear that, Lance. It lifts mine too.

  47. Annette Alshizzle January 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I would like a faster metabolism.

    • Jill Salahub January 19, 2012 at 7:25 am #

      I hear that!

    • Julia January 19, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      Oh, shit…this totally cracked me up. Me too. :)

  48. vindanger January 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Like, I patented organic water, duh

  49. Andrea January 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Snowed in. Cooked for an apocalypse.

  50. LunaJune January 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    day 1 quiet clinic day ~ grateful for it

    day 2 open to wonder ~ knowing it’s me

    day 3 singing all day ~ appreciating my path

    love love love it.. sixwords rocks

    more fearless love.. inspiring me daily

  51. Joanne Firth January 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Warm canine companion, breathing beside me.

    • Jill Salahub January 19, 2012 at 7:26 am #

      Oh, my favorite day.

  52. Marlyn Marincas January 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    A good friend — I cherish her.

    • Marlyn Marincas January 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      That was my Day 3!

      Oh, and I LOVE reading everybody’s 6 words!

  53. j January 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Okay, I have questions (that no one has to answer, but just so you know I’m paying CLOSE attention)… Edye, what treasures? Rita, what is a forced snow day? (Yes, that’s probably an only-in-California kind of question.) Jill, what is the picture? Marilyn, who is she?

    jb, I love 6-word days too, and Cynthia… *big, giant hug*

    Day 4 is up. Julia is feeling better (I know this because she painted a dove, which you can go see on Painted Path). And I buckled down and wrote (happily) all day.

    Your turn. (I love this part best of all.)

    • Rita January 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      HA! Of course. You guys don’t see a lot of snow. What that means is it snowed. I live in an city where we don’t get a lot of snow adn when we do, the entire city comes to a stand still. We got between 6-12 inches of snow which is a lot. I couldn’t dig my car out and the buses were not running in the morning for me to get to work because the roads weren’t plowed, so as much as I wanted to come into work (and I really did) i was forced to stay at home…”forced snow day”.

    • Marlyn January 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      If Marilyn is me (I have no “i”!), the “she” I originally meant was my friend Wendy, with whom I spent the day yesterday — shopping for art supplies for our kindergarteners and lunching — AND today — working in our 1st graders class and hiking and lunching! But as I typed my words I thought of an older friend who lives all the way across the country, who told me yesterday she is pregnant! I cherish them both!

      • j January 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

        Rita, Cool! It was the “forced” that threw me, but I am all knowing now. Thanks!

        Marlyn, Oops. So sorry about the “i.”

    • Travis B. Hartwell January 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Growing up in rural Idaho, we had both snow days and cold weather days. Crazy Idaho winds puts it below 0 at times. And when there was a lot of snow, there was no way the buses were getting to 90% of the houses on their routes.

      I have a fond memory from ~ 4th grade of going to cub scouts after school, so I road a different bus. We got stuck in the snow that afternoon and had to wait to have someone come get us out.

      We had so many days allocated a year that we could have off without having to make them up. I’m thinking it was probably the same year that the bus incident above happened that we got pretty close to the max.

      Oh, another thing you probably don’t get too many days of in California either — every Fall we would have two weeks off around the beginning of October for spud harvest. Nearly everyone in the community was working, even down to kids 10 and under, having school would have been pointless. We were in Idaho after all, and potatoes harvested later than the other typical crops of hay and grain, which were usually done by the time school was in session.

      Whoops. Rambling about Idaho.

  54. Travis B. Hartwell January 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm #


    Gravity pulls; I should let go.

  55. Estrella Azul January 19, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    This season is all weird as far as the weather goes, I’ve also been sick on and off. Hope everyone gets well soon!

    Day 4.
    ~ Four kitties and a bunny: love.

  56. Amy January 19, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Coming back to life, wading in.

  57. Cynthia January 19, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Day 4
    My eyes on what I have.

  58. Jill Salahub January 19, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Judy, the one picture was of a carved wooden bird and the word “listen.”

    Day Four :: Work though I’d rather stay home.

    • j January 19, 2012 at 7:52 am #

      It just now occurred to me to click you name. (I can’t think of a good excuse for being so slow on the uptake.) I see it! Off to read all your words.

  59. Christa Gallopoulos January 19, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    coming back to life, getting clear

  60. jb January 19, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Thursday with 9 fingers – salad injury.

    (I love these 6-word days. They’re like mini-haiku’s. Ooh, they’re haiku-ettes!)

  61. helen lee January 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Day 1 just joining in six-word day

    Day 2 taking photos of shadows ~ great light

    Day 3 watching river ~ sitting on the bank

    Day 4 happy to be living my life

    (six~word days are GREAT) :~))))

  62. Nancy January 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Day 4……

    Mammogram less painful with a cold? :-)

  63. Christie January 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Yoga my body and soul like.

  64. Rita January 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m gonna do a bad bad thing :)

  65. Marlyn January 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    No worries! Just wanted to be sure it was me you were asking! :-)

  66. Eydie January 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    In love with my new haircut.

    • Julia January 20, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      This made me smile, Eydie. xo

  67. Travis B. Hartwell January 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    not quite myself, where is “I”?

    • Julia January 20, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      That’s a very good question, Travis.

  68. Marlyn Marincas January 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Day 4: Pregnant pals make me wax wistful…

  69. j January 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Gravity, kitties and bunnies; clarity, contentment, reluctance; treacherous salads, shadows, rivers; mammograms and happiness; yoga and soul and an intriguing malice of foresight; lost self, pregnant friends and a really GREAT hair day.

    You have to love the big messy spectrum of human experience.

    Day 5 is posted. Julia is looking for answers and I could use a few too. How are you guys doing?

    • Jill Salahub January 20, 2012 at 5:06 am #

      Yes, all the stinky, messy, beautiful bits–you have to love them.

    • Julia January 20, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      J, you totally completely rock. And I love you, have I told you that before? I absolutely love what you did up there–feels like art…poetry.

      Giant hugs.

      • Marlyn January 20, 2012 at 8:17 am #

        Agree — it makes a great poem — ah, but that is life, eh?

      • j January 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

        Julia, I adore you.

    • Travis B. Hartwell January 20, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      How am I doing?

      And that because of the ultimate act of love.
      Yet why do I feel so far from Love?

      j, thanks including me here in this group.

      And, now, off to get blood drawn. How am I doing? Alive.

      • j January 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

        You are loved, my friend.

  70. Christie January 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    So glad Thursdays are my Fridays!

  71. Jill Salahub January 20, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    Where does this sadness come from?

    • Julia January 20, 2012 at 7:02 am #

      I’ve asked this same question, Jill. Thank goodness we have these beautiful, heart-warming connections.

      Sending big, warm hugs your way.

      <3 Julia

  72. helen lee January 20, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    Stargazing live tonight ~ clear skies ~ hopefully!

  73. Amy January 20, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Raising my face, searching for sunlight.

    • Julia January 20, 2012 at 7:00 am #

      This made me cry, sweet Amy. It’s only 6:58 am and already I’m crying. I’m shining sunlight on you right now–can you feel it? Close your eyes and take a really deep breath…can you feel it? It’s nowhere but here.

      I love you.

      • Amy January 20, 2012 at 7:18 am #

        I’m crying too now, sitting at my desk at work. I feel it Jules, I really do :) I love you so much.

  74. Nancy January 20, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Friday, another sick day……to sleep.

  75. Marlyn January 20, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Going hiking with my husband — smile!

  76. jb January 20, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Rainy Friday, frosting cupcakes, bouncing later!

  77. Eydie January 20, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Freezing outside, layering sweaters …wanting warmth!

  78. Brenda January 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    just starting, feeling behind, catching up!

  79. Rita January 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Spending a quiet Friday night, alone.

  80. Christa Gallopoulos January 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    knowing no more, no less. sigh.

  81. Jill Salahub January 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Flooding in Oregon, worrying in Colorado.

  82. Cynthia January 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Half lit, celebrating my roomy’s birthday!

  83. Andrea January 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm #


    Day 4: Walking in the snow at 2AM

    Day 5: The doctor is in. With boobs.

    (I am giddy with the prospect of no longer being snowed in. That night explain Day 5. Maybe.)

    • j January 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

      It totally doesn’t explain it! With boobs? Gah! Six words is awesome and frustrating! xo

  84. Travis B. Hartwell January 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    My soul found, in another’s art.

    • j January 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm #


    • Marlyn January 21, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      Love this!

  85. j January 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Here’s what I’m loving about this. It’s like if you were sitting on a star looking down at all of us on earth, trying to paint the picture of a day, your canvas would fill with poetry and longing and struggle and worry and joy and snow days and rain and cupcakes. And on the bottom, like a signature, there would be my giggle at Cynthia, half lit, celebrating her roommate’s birthday.

    You all fascinate and delight me. Thank you.

    Day 6 is up. Julia is making art happen (yay!), and I’m being touched and altered by the people who love me unexpectedly and wonderfully.

    Trust me when I say that you have no idea how much I want to hear what you’re doing. xo

    • Julia January 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      J…so well put, as always. You’re truly a magician of words.

      And I’m right here with you as far as wanting to hear each of your words–such a gift for my days. I swear, this is getting addicting. My sentences keep showing up with 6 (whether I want them to or not).

      Big love to all of you, (See, I just did it again!)


      • j January 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

        Ha! You are ever so clever. <--- see what I did there?

        • Julia January 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

          I see. (times 3)

  86. Christie January 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Wrote on bathtub, love bath markers!

  87. Estrella Azul January 21, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Love reading all the entries here!

    Day 5.
    ~ Movies and sleepovers with Chef: fun.

  88. helen lee January 21, 2012 at 5:02 am #

    Stitching maple leaf into moleskin journal

  89. Amy January 21, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Repairing lost friendships, moved by God.

  90. Nancy January 21, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Unexpected free time…what to do?

  91. Marlyn January 21, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    We have any fennel?
    Just rutabagas.

  92. jb January 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Saturday plus birthday legos equals fun!

  93. LunaJune January 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    day 4 Charley Horse ~ screamed in pain ~ sore :~(

    day 5 watched while others ~ had to go

    day 6 sunshine ~ freedom ~ grateful for the time

    & in the end..the love you make..is equal to the love you take

    an intense emotional week… new life, death, a firing, shocking pain, thankfully only for a few minutes but had waves that lasted for a few hours…unfolding of more love and felt my heart grow bigger talking to an old friend today

    joy in following our hearts bliss

  94. Estrella Azul January 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Day 6.
    ~ Proud – built myself a “Writer’s Clock”.

    PS: Tutorial for that will be on my blog soon for those interested.

  95. Rita January 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    I loved celebrating National Hug Day!

  96. Cynthia January 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    A mother’s heart put at ease <3.

  97. j January 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    1. There are such things as bath markers?!
    2. I kinda want to hang out with Helen.
    3. Yay, Amy!
    4. Nancy… See jb.
    5. Maryln, that is so cool.
    6. “And in the end…” BEST Beatles lyric ever.
    7. I don’t know what it is, but I need a writer’s clock.
    8. Rita, *hug*
    9. I know the feeling… and it is sweet.

    Day 6 is up. Julia is on a hot date, and I am nursing a fierce and tender love for humanity.

    Your turn again. What are you (who astound me daily) doing?

    • Estrella Azul January 22, 2012 at 2:25 am #

      :-) You’d like it. I saw one a couple of months ago on a website, then Googled the idea and eventually got my clock-kit out (which I purchased back in 2010, but was waiting for inspiration) and made it look like a clock last week. I finished it yesterday since the paint was dry by then.

      I’ll e-mail you a photo in a little bit so you can see a preview before the craft post is up on my blog ;-)

    • helen lee January 22, 2012 at 6:22 am #


  98. Marlyn January 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    There’s no such thing as toomanybubbles.

    • j January 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Ha! LOVE this. (times two)

      • Marlyn January 22, 2012 at 8:35 am #

        My girls, whose nickname is “The Bubbles” put bubble bath in the hot tub and turned the jets on full — crazy! I have pictures!

  99. Christie January 22, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    David Garrett rocked the house tonight!

  100. Amy January 22, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    Butterflies abound, beginning is never easy.

    • Julia January 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      Ahh…butterflies! Such a beautiful thing.

      Not easy but so worth it.

      I love you, little sister xo

  101. Jill Salahub January 22, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    I can’t drink like that anymore.

    • Julia January 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      Me neither, Jill!


  102. helen lee January 22, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    making kefir, blueberry, apple, pear, smoothy.

  103. Christa Gallopoulos January 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    so many interests to pursue. grateful.

  104. Travis B. Hartwell January 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    body doesn’t desire living; I do.

  105. Eydie January 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Shopped with my Daughter, model time.

  106. Nancy January 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Another movie…another experience pondering “art.”

    Or more prosaically…How to be early to rise?

  107. j January 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Ah, Sunday, from bubbles to butterflies to hangovers… you are magnificently unpredictable.

    I just posted Day 8. I love Julia’s resolve. As for me, I spent the weekend reading TORCH, by Cheryl Strayed, in preparation for an interview with her next month. It is a beautiful, wrenching story about grief and family and love, love, love. All weekend I’ve been filled with the wonder and fragility of us. We are more than a little miraculous.

    It’s a new week… How are you doing?

  108. Cynthia January 22, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Did I miss a day, two?

  109. Estrella Azul January 23, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Day 7.
    ~ Read TFiOS until 4am again yesterday.

    TFiOS = The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

    I even have a blog post up about it, kind of like a mini review. Love how this book seems to have chosen me as much as I chose it.

  110. Jill Salahub January 23, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Dreamed of three ladybugs in snow.

    Backstory: I lost a dear friend to breast cancer two years ago (she was only 37, mother of a two year old), and she keeps sending, those of us that loved her and can see them, ladybug sightings, kind of a little wink, “still here, still love you.”

    If you’d like, you can read more about her, an amazing woman, here http://thousandshadesofgray.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/dance-party/ and here http://thousandshadesofgray.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/kelly-jo/

    • LunaJune January 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

      ladybug love ~ touches my heart deeply <3

  111. Amy January 23, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Confronted the issue, feeling much relief.

  112. Jill Salahub January 23, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Oh j, I LOVE your day eight!

    • j January 23, 2012 at 11:56 am #


      Having spent all weekend reading about grief and love and (fucking) cancer... your 6 words are more than a little beautiful.

      • Jill January 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

        Grrrr…stupid fucking cancer.

  113. Rita January 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I forgot to post something on Sunday. :)

    • j January 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      It’s never too late, darlin’.

  114. Rita January 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Loving as big as possible today.

  115. Christa January 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    day 8:

    why’s it hard to just be?

    PS – I love this. Needs to go global. I’ll provide the photos…

    • j January 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      I love it too! Maybe we’ll figure out some way to keep it going. (And, take some love photos and send them to me! The galleries need you!) xo

      • Julia January 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

        It needs to keep going…and YES to your photos Christa!

        I totally love six-word days.

      • Christa Gallopoulos February 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

        Just saw this, J – I’ll work on it!

  116. LunaJune January 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    day 7 opened deeply a strange new love

    day 8 followed sadness to where it wanted

  117. Annette Alshizzle January 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Sick husband, need I say more?

  118. Cynthia January 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I’m in love with this day <3

  119. Christie January 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Rough night, where is my bed?

  120. Nancy January 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Hard Monday, but tax returns filed!

  121. j January 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Don’t you love these glimpses? Especially all stacked up like we are… Christie’s hard night on top of Cynitha’s loving her day. Rita’s joy on top of Christa’s restless struggle to be in the now. I’m so dazzled by the big crazy spectrum of our existence, and the way we all connect here, a beautiful collision.

    You. All. Rock.

    Day 9 is up (a bit early, so feel free to contribute more Mondays). I like the way Julia’s and mine fit together today (though we never 6-word table talk). It looks like one conscious decision shifts you into superhuman balance, yes? (I think sometimes it does.)

    Okay, lovelies. Your turn. xo

  122. Travis B. Hartwell January 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    up to 11, peace in napping.

    j might figure that one out. :)

    I just realized I’m the only guy regularly taking part (unless I’m misjudging some of the names without pictures!). Hope it’s not too weird.

    • Julia January 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

      I love that you’re here, Travis.

      • Travis B. Hartwell January 25, 2012 at 5:36 am #

        Thanks, Julia, it means a lot.

        I tend to think I’m out of place where ever I am, so sometimes I need encouragement. :)

        • Julia January 25, 2012 at 10:46 am #

          You’re in the perfect place, Travis. Truly, my heart is warmed by your presence.

          Love to you,


    • j January 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      “Up to 11” makes me think of Spinal Tap. Do you still love me?

      • Travis B. Hartwell January 25, 2012 at 5:22 am #

        Of course I do!

        It was a reference to Spinal Tap, and a commentary on my odd napping habits. :)

        • j January 25, 2012 at 9:29 am #

          Yes. Sleeping on 11 is not something most of us can do. :)

  123. Christie January 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    This love thing is really tough

  124. Joanne Firth January 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    I was here, your post resonated. xo

    • j January 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      xoxoxo <--- 6 of each.

  125. Estrella Azul January 24, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    Day 8.
    ~ Book. Love. Grief. Ice skating. Overthinking.

  126. Jill Salahub January 24, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    Upside down, love rushes towards you.
    Thank goodness the wall was there.
    Thank goodness the teacher was there.
    Thank goodness for headstands in yoga.

    • j January 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Jill, Jill… how you dazzle me.

      • Jill Salahub January 25, 2012 at 5:14 am #

        One of my best friends calls me “Jill Jill” ;)

    • Cynthia February 1, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Jill, I’ve got to tell you; this remark you made here impacted me. I understand you were probably talking about yoga, but it hit me in a different way. It was precisely what I needed to hear, at just the right moment, to finally break thru my thick skull.

      For so long, it felt like an invisible wall was in front of me. It’s like every step I made, there was another wall, keeping me, (or so I thought), from what ( I thought) I wanted. I was ranting and raving about it one day to a friend, and my friend said, “Make friendly relations with the wall.” I was like, “I can’t! How can I do that when all I want to do is smash it down!”

      I never thought of that wall as, shall we say, a loving universal support. Like a teacher directing my path. I didn’t see it as something that was actually holding me up, while guiding me in the direction I needed to go. If not for those walls, (which at times felt like I was walking through a maze, trying to find the open way), I wouldn’t be here, which is,(I see now), exactly the very best place for me.

      So thank you. Your remark here helped me let go, and see the path before me differently. Walls are my friend! Who knew?

      • j February 1, 2012 at 8:28 am #

        Now THAT was cool. Thank you for coming back and sharing, Cindy. xo

  127. Amy January 24, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    Great night sleep, feeling at peace.

  128. Marlyn January 24, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    day 8
    “sick” day from school – great idea!

    I love all the glimpses. And, Travis, I’m glad you hear!

    • Marlyn January 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Wow, that was supposed to say “you’re here” – I must have been half asleep!

  129. helen lee January 24, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Day 8

    Husband fears dentist ~ I was there

    Day 9

    Thoroughly unusual day ~ we were sociable :~)

  130. Heather January 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Walking with friends, looking at lichen.

  131. Joanne Firth January 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Thinking about various outcomes, mother worries.

  132. christy January 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    feeling overwhelmed, sneaking chocolate before dinner

    • Julia January 25, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Can I have some?

  133. Nancy January 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    To cut or not to cut?

  134. Rita January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Life as a million dollar blockbuster!

  135. Nancy January 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Ooops….should have included some context in my six words for today….to cut or not to cut (my hair). I was being very literal about the six words!

    Love to Judy and Julia and to each and everyone playing along with the six word thing….I read all the comments, and wonder at how we are all seeing our lives. I really love Julia and J’s comments for the past two days. So much of my life is wrapped up in those 24 words!

    • j January 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      Phew! (I figured it was hair, but I’m happy for the clarification.) I’ve been finding gray hairs. Long, 18-inch gray hairs! I told The Boy, and he said, “You’d look cool with long gray hair.”

      Out of the mouths of babes. :)

      • Travis B. Hartwell January 25, 2012 at 4:19 am #

        For some reason what popped in my head as I read about your long gray hairs was an image of Rogue (Anna Paquin’s character) from X-Men.


        • j January 25, 2012 at 9:28 am #

          I can live with that!

  136. Cynthia January 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Saki cat, wanting attention right meow!

  137. j January 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    I was trying to explain to someone about the 6-word days. “It’s like we’re all holding hands,” I said. “It’s like glimpsing the whole of humanity,” I said. “It’s so much cooler than I thought it would be,” I said.

    She didn’t understand, I could tell. “Maybe you have to be there,” I said.

    I’m SO glad I’m here. (xoxo)

    Day 10 is up. Julia blew my socks off. ME TOO, Julia! Me? I keep forgetting who’s in charge of my life. Sometimes I forget my own badassery. Feel free to remind me. I’ll remind you back.

    Okay y’all. What’s happening?!

    • Julia January 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Badass J. You constantly blow my socks off. Every time I read your words I’m left with my mouth and heart wide open and my socks nowhere to be found.

      Here’s to never ever forgetting our badassery.

      I’m so glad I’m here too.

      *Big smiles.* And a whole heart full of love.

      P.S: Consider yourself officially reminded.

      • j January 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

        Sweet Julia. How I adore you. 1,2,3,4,5,6.

  138. Marlyn January 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Feeling better now, despite the cold…

  139. Marlyn January 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    From the first time I came to this site and started reading the words and peaking into all your journeys I was captured by the photo that accompanies the post. The magic of a glimpse through an open window. But more than that the photo reminded me of a photo I had taken. I knew the photo, where it was taken, but it took me some time to settle down and find it on the computer. I did tonight and I did a little blog post about it. I hope you’ll check it out and take a little bigger peak into a small piece of my journey!

    a house (inatree) with a window


    • j January 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm #


  140. Christie January 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Another day closer to j day!

    • j January 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      Awww! Yay!

  141. Estrella Azul January 25, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    Day 9.
    ~ Massages relax and make me happy!

  142. Travis B. Hartwell January 25, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    Tired – wait, did I just say goodbye?

    I was so tired last night it didn’t even click what was happening until now, as my Dad and brother picked up my car to take it to be sold. It is the last car I’ll ever own, or that I’ll ever drive. Even though I haven’t driven it for a while, it was as if I was finally letting go of my independence for good.

    • j January 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      I’m so sorry, Travis. Try not to think of it that way. It’s one aspect of independence, yes. Not the whole measure. xo

  143. Jill Salahub January 25, 2012 at 5:14 am #

    This isn’t working for me anymore.

  144. Amy January 25, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Creating, Oh how I’ve missed you.

    • Julia January 25, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Hallelujah, Amy!

  145. Rita January 25, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I’m flying to San Francisco today!!!!!

  146. Eydie January 25, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    broken dryer ~ hanging clothes ~ feeling mindful.

  147. Estrella Azul January 25, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    A little early to post this, but I’ve seen the sky and it will be true in a couple of hours too :-)

    Day 10.
    ~ Hasn’t stopped snowing since 2pm! Lovely!

  148. Julia January 25, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Someone please tell me I’m not

    the only one up in the

    middle of the night counting words.

    • Cynthia January 25, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Julia, I surreptitiously count with fingers…

      • Nancy January 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

        Oh no, Julia, you are not!

        (I counted that on my fingers, but I admit it’s not yet the middle of the night!)

  149. Marlyn January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    happy for sunshine, line-dried clothes, frisbee

  150. Heather January 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I’m finally thriving, not just surviving.

  151. Tania January 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    I want a new story now.

  152. LunaJune January 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    day 9 music filled me with overwhelming love

    day 10 forgotten dinner date wonderful surprize ending

    so much we share in six words :~)

  153. Nancy January 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Unsure if I missed a day (hey, that’s six words!)

    Homeward, led by gleaming venus, crescent-moon (is hyphenating cheating or simply creative?…hm, that’s six words, too!)

    Learning patience at my old newness (this is the extra in case)

    Grinning a big six word grin (now it’s possible I’ll be up in the middle of the night with Julia, counting words….)

  154. j January 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    One of my favorite things each day is coming here and scrolling through all that we’ve posted. I’ll be nodding or laughing, and then there are posts like Jill’s and Tania’s that wake me up a little; six words written on the edge of transformation. Or Heather’s, six words of momentum, or June’s six words of story – what happened, what happened? (Nancy about killed me tonight.)

    We are such lovely, complicated beings. I’m so grateful for what you share.

    Day 11 is up. Julia is relishing silence, and I’m feeling so very lucky to do what I do.

    Your turn again. Tell me about your day!

    • Travis B. Hartwell January 26, 2012 at 1:43 am #

      I can’t think of much that could be better than words to get lost in, j.

      • j January 27, 2012 at 12:48 am #

        I agree completely!

  155. Christie January 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Smell of the woods comforts me

  156. Travis B. Hartwell January 26, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    Melancholy, but don’t want to whine.

  157. Jill Salahub January 26, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    I can’t go to work today.

  158. Christa Gallopoulos January 26, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    Finding my way through the fog…

  159. Amy January 26, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    Pleasantly surprised by thoughtfulness of others.

  160. helen lee January 26, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Day 10 – Made my love a Dwynwen card

    Saint Dwynwen day is our Welsh equivalent of St Valentine’s day, celebrated on 25th January ♥

    Day 11 – Is it Thursday or Friday? – Confused.

  161. Eydie January 26, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    The answers come ~ all ~ crystal clear.

  162. Nancy January 26, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    I love to make Judy laugh. :-)

  163. Heather January 26, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Slumbered twelve hours thanks to husband.

  164. Nancy January 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Stressful morning > stressful afternoon > hilarious laughter

    • Jill Salahub January 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Oh, I like how that ended.

      • j January 27, 2012 at 12:49 am #

        Me too, me too, me too!

  165. joannefirth January 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Wondering why I climb back inside.

  166. j January 27, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Hello! I’m late getting this posted today. So late it’s tomorrow!

    A couple of people (and maybe Helen too) have asked about what days of the week the numbers correspond to. It’s a little confusing because Julia and I started with the Sunday before my Monday launch. I wanted to have something on this page on launch day. That makes January 15th our Day 1, and we always do our six words at the end of the day.

    That said… pay no attention! Do what you’re doing. When I arrange us into lovely life glimpses, I will stack your days one atop the other in the order you posted them. I’m really looking forward to that. You’re all fascinating 6-day riddles to me!

    Day 12 is up. Julia left me this morning (virtually speaking) to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. Apparently, it went well. I spent a bit of time today wishing I was a little bit bigger, a little bit braver, a little bit further along my northy path. I imagined it… and that’s when I decided it was okay, now and then, to yearn.

    How about you?

    • Julia January 27, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Beautiful, yearning soul…I adore you & all of your yearning.


  167. Estrella Azul January 27, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    Day 11.
    ~ Really tired of arguing/no solutions…

    Day 12.
    ~ Leap and the net will appear!

    (The latter, just one of the amazing things I learned from j. Thank you!)

  168. Jill Salahub January 27, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Before dawn, we walk alone, together.

  169. Eydie January 27, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Seeking balance, breathing deeply, just being.

  170. Travis B. Hartwell January 27, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    surviving; but how will I provide?

  171. Amy January 27, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    Resolutions met, though not as expected.

  172. helen lee January 27, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Last night ~ Venus and the Moon

    thank you j ~ no longer confused :~)

    • j January 28, 2012 at 12:24 am #

      Awww, a 6-word thank you!

      • helen lee January 28, 2012 at 4:16 am #

        ha ha. I see what you did there

  173. Cynthia January 27, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Day 11: Can’t put down new Estes book.

    Day 12: Thinking about a friend who’s [wait, whose? lol] angry.

  174. Christa January 27, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    my dreams are all coming true…

  175. Rita January 27, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Day 11 – So much to look forward to.

    Day 12 – Meeting Judy: a highlight for life.

    • j January 28, 2012 at 12:25 am #

      Meeting you surpassed expectations. You rock! <3

    • Travis B. Hartwell January 28, 2012 at 2:55 am #

      Lucky! I hope to meet the wonderful j at some point too. :)

  176. Christie January 27, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Loving the love connections found here

  177. Julia January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    You all make my life richer.

  178. joannefirth January 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I only have six words today.

  179. Heather January 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Sought happiness at ocean. Still sad.

    • Jill Salahub January 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      This quote is on my desktop: “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea,” (Isak Dinesen).

      • Heather January 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

        That’s great. Usually is for me too. Somehow, I just couldn’t pull out all the gunk that’s built up in there today. Funny, although the gunk is clearly cumulative, it does seem to disappear on occasion, and then redeposits itself uninvited. ;) Ahhh, life. The in and out of the tide, the crest and fall of a wave, are definitely representative. The thing is not to take it all too seriously.

      • Nancy January 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

        Jill….great quote!

      • j January 28, 2012 at 12:26 am #

        Love that.

  180. Marlyn January 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    day 11

    more sun, gelato, friends, and lemons

    day 12

    my children made me proud today

  181. Nancy January 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Best Friday night date in ages :-)

  182. j January 28, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Big hugs to Travis, Joanne and Heather. I hope the weekend is better. <3

    Day 13 is up. Julia is playing hooky, and I'm edging ever closer to the person I want to be. Thank you for being here with me.

    Your turn again! xo

  183. Estrella Azul January 28, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    Day 13.
    ~ Really dislike doing taxes (right now).

  184. Travis B. Hartwell January 28, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    obsessions ruled my day, emptiness ignored

    • j January 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      I can’t decide if this is a good thing…

      • Travis B. Hartwell January 29, 2012 at 12:19 am #

        When it comes to me, “ignored” is usually a not so good thing.

        Obsession is a neutral thing, hard to describe anything good or bad in my life with out using that word.

  185. helen lee January 28, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    sundog, sunspots, solar observing with husband

  186. Jill Salahub January 28, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I am aware, but can’t move.

  187. Amy January 28, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Day full of errands, and art :)

  188. Christie January 28, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Not sure it I am ahead or behind but here is two I think that should cover yesterday and today:

    Friday – massage hot bath great stress remedy
    Today – gonna be a love filled day!

    • j January 28, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      I verified your prediction Day 14. xo

      • Christie January 29, 2012 at 12:09 am #

        You sure did and in a big way!

  189. Eydie January 28, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Grateful for deep breaths ~ lighter shoulders.

  190. Christa Gallopoulos January 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    cook clean rest, staying busy helps!

  191. Heather January 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Healing: husband, son, daughter, nature, photography.

  192. Nancy January 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Two generations of women, happily loving.

  193. j January 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Taxes, obsessions, sundogs, inertia, errands, art, remedies, breath, rest, healing, women… Us.

    (What is a sundog? I like the sound of it.)

    Day 14 is up. Julia made me laugh. I must know more. I had one of my favorite Saturdays ever, full of sunshine and friendship and love, love, love. Feeling very lucky.

    Okay, Day 15… go! :)

    • helen lee January 29, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      The sundog we saw was a coloured patch of light, (like a rainbow), to the right of the sun. They can also be a full circle around the sun….I have yet to see one of those beauties. I have seen a redbow once and managed to capture it.

      Your Saturday made me feel good :~)))

  194. Travis B. Hartwell January 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    picture. deadlines. both unexpected. almost broken.

  195. Jill Salahub January 29, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Medium or psychic, you are a liar.

    • Jill Salahub January 29, 2012 at 6:26 am #

      I meant: Medium or psychic, you’re a liar.

  196. helen lee January 29, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    (((HUG))) for all who need one ~

    • helen lee January 29, 2012 at 6:31 am #

      ops ~ ‘needs’

      • helen lee January 29, 2012 at 6:42 am #

        oh dear…not doing so well today, oops!

        • j January 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

          You’re so cute.

  197. Heather January 29, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Coffee brews. Toddler squeals delightedly. Sunday.

  198. Amy January 29, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Choir; a church within a church :)

    • j January 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

      Love this.

  199. Christa Gallopoulos January 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    calm despite so much to do…

  200. Nancy January 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Sunday: indolence fighting need for domesticity.

  201. Estrella Azul January 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Day 14.
    ~ Never feel fully caught up nowadays…
    (Even forgot eating the other day.)

    Day 15.
    ~ A fun afternoon with friends – priceless!

  202. Christie January 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Day 15 – I really really love my feet!

  203. jb January 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    day #6 Sun: Watched football with my little boy.
    day #7 Mon: Busy all day. Not sure why.
    day #8 Tues: Got pretty new hair today – yay!
    day #9 Wed: Wednesdays are always wacky for me.
    day #10 Thurs: Can’t remember what I did today.
    day #11 Fri: Out for dinner. Not so good.
    day #12 Sat: Not enough sleep. Feeling too stressed.
    day #13 Sun: Took 1,198 pictures. Loved every minute!

    Fell of the planet for awhile, but I’m all caught up now. At least on my 6 word days. (Until tomorrow…) Loved reading what everyone’s been up too. :-)

  204. j January 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Day 15 is up. Julia… sings? Is there anything that woman can’t do? I’d hate her if I didn’t love her so much. As for me, I’m feeling crazy-lucky these days. Partly because of all of you. Thank you! xo

    Monday lies in wait. I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.

    • Julia January 30, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      I could make you a list, J, but it would be far far too long. *Smiles*

      Sending love-filled hugs to you all,


      P.S: So so happy to hear the abundance is flowing for you, J…and not at all surprised. You’re a beauty.

  205. Eydie January 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Family and friend filled fun day.

    • j January 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      Yay! (times six)

  206. Cynthia January 30, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Day 13: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…(Sung like Dori in “Finding Nemo”)

    Day 14: It is impossible to understand crazy.

    Day 15: Pick yourself up, dust yourself off…

    • j January 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      I love every one of these.

      • Cynthia February 1, 2012 at 9:04 am #


  207. Amy January 30, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    sick again, son of a b****!

    • Julia January 30, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Oh no! Damn! Take good care, sweet sis.

      Sending warmth and love and virtual chicken noodle soup and hot honeyed tea. xo

  208. Jill Salahub January 30, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    I wish Sunday would never end.

  209. Travis B. Hartwell January 30, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    holiness missing, pressure mounting, still living.

  210. Eydie January 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Feeling lighter, stronger and breathing deeper.

  211. LunaJune January 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    wow… I forget where I was

    day 11 new vet…child before vet now
    day 12 child boy vet…loving him more
    day 13 crazy busy day tons of unfolding
    day 14 joyfully woken .. musically moved to tears
    day 15 surprized by people’s wonder of me

    can’t believe 5 days slipped by… seriously fun catching up in 6 words :~)
    the vet we had for 2 days.. was once a little boy who use to bring his dog to me…he says I helped him make the decision to go to vet school when he was little.. and suggested he go overseas to study in Edinburgh … his memory… not mine…. he is home now and came to visit the clinic and help out while my boss was away.. he has grown into an amazing man.. and a wonderful vet

    • j January 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      Wow! How cool to know that you inspired someone like that. I’m vicariously proud and delighted!

  212. j January 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    I love, love, love when y’all catchup! <--- And that's how you force fit a 6-word limit. Day 16 is up. Julia's made my heart melt. My Monday was so full of... stuff. If you haven't read today's post, please do. I struggled with it, until finally I closed the computer, went outside with my notebook and wrote it in pencil. Sometimes, you have to change your perspective to get at the the very deep-down heart of what you want to say. I'd love to hear the deep down heart of what YOU want to say.

  213. Christie January 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Laughing is good for the soul!

  214. Estrella Azul January 31, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    Day 16.
    ~ Not sure how to describe yesterday…

  215. helen lee January 31, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Day 15 ~ Stitching, stitching, stitching my Magic Cloth

    Day 16 ~ In love with the word, cadence :~)

  216. Travis B. Hartwell January 31, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Allergies. Much work. Still kinda numb.

  217. Jill Salahub January 31, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Finally, kind attention causes a shift.

    • j January 31, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      See? It’s the (ten thousand) little things we do for each other.

      • Julia January 31, 2012 at 9:30 am #

        Ah…I’m so happy, Jill. Kindness makes all the difference. Sending love to you.

  218. Amy January 31, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Opening up, to let God in.

  219. Eydie January 31, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I could use more words today.

  220. jb January 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    #14 Monday: Out of my comfort zone. Scared.
    #15 Tuesday: Photography day. Awesome! Soooo tired now.

  221. Marlyn January 31, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    day 13

    want to right but time challenges

    day 14

    mean to call but timezone challenges

    day 15

    please tell me they are asleep

    day 16

    a long hike with my husband

    Been busy but have been reading everyone’s words, which create much wonder and warmth! Thank you all.

    • Marlyn February 7, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      Wow, that was supposed to be “write” for day 13 — I can always tell when I’m racing too much — I make those sorts of errors that are my pet peeves!

  222. j January 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    So, do you guys find yourselves thinking of each other? Like, here’s what occurred to me today. I wonder if Jill Salahub and Eydie and Cindy are riding their positive momentum. I wonder if Helen is looking up (at the same sky I am). I wonder if Amy is somehow making me sick through the ether. (Not intentionally of course, she’s much too nice for that.)

    I like that I wonder about all of you.

    Day 17 is up. Julia is grateful… as am I, but I’m not allowed to write “Yeah, what she said. Plus two.” So instead, I’m whining. I’m a baby. I’m heading off to bed with a book to see if I can’t sleep this bug out of me.

    And now, my lovelies, it’s your turn again.

    • Estrella Azul February 1, 2012 at 2:44 am #

      Same here, feels like a little virtual family I think about.

      Feel better soon, j! *sending love*

      • Julia February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am #

        A virtual family, I love that Estrella. Such sweetness and beauty here. I am seriously grateful.

        Big hugs to each of you,


        P.S: And yes, J, I do find myself thinking about everyone here…always so eager for the next 6. I love this. And all of you.

        • Estrella Azul February 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

          So do I, Julia! And I also love the conversations that spur up from our simple thoughts we decide to share :-)

          *hugs everyone*

      • helen lee February 1, 2012 at 11:48 am #

        I love ‘virtual family’ Estrella (and your name too) ~

        I am looking at that same sky j, and thinking of you doing so too. Tonight we have frost, and the moon and stars ultra bright. Big smiles to you and an equally big hope that that bug scuttles away harmlessly. ~

        • j February 2, 2012 at 9:00 am #


        • Estrella Azul February 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

          Thank you!

          (and thank you again, it’s my pen name since 2007 and am loving it myself)

    • Eydie February 1, 2012 at 7:00 am #


      Thanks for the observation! Actually, observation(s), Yes, I did notice your question to me about “finding treasures”.

      Yes, “ I choose” to allow my positive momentum is running high. First, the weather in Chicago has been spring-like, so my dog and are enjoying many long walks each day. Walking outside always keeps my sprites high.

      I’ve been writing every day. My poetry is pouring out of me and onto the pages with ease. My Etsy store will open in March. I am doing the happy dance just thinking about. There are many beautiful opportunities blooming for me.

      Oh yes, I did read about your curiosity of me “finding treasures”.

      I’ve been doing a lot of rearranging and clearing, and have uncovered an abundance of treasures ~ antique buttons, silk yarns from Germany and France, lace from Italy and so much more. All of these treasures are being dyed, sewn, woven together and embellished with self-empowering words ~ transforming them into luscious and unique wearable art. I will give you a peak when they make their grand entrance our into this world.

      Yes, my positive momentum is abundant ~

      I have enjoyed being a part of your 41-6 word days. I’ve made some new friends (always brings joy to my heart), and have reconnected with some I have lost touch with over time.

      Thank you for sharing your beauty, LOVE, and light. You have created a magical space.


      • Julia February 1, 2012 at 8:42 am #

        Wow, Eydie. How absolutely beautiful that all of this is unfolding for you. What abundance! Your words have warmed my heart this morning–so very happy for you.

        With love,


      • helen lee February 1, 2012 at 11:58 am #

        Oh Eydie ~ your found treasures and what you are doing with them sounds wonderful ~ yay to happy-making abundance ~

    • Julia February 1, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      Oh, sweet J. I hope you had a good night of sleep and are feeling refreshed and not at all scratchy-throated or sniffly.

      Either way, a day of hot-honeyed tea and yummy soup might be in order…take good care of your beautiful self.

      Warm hugs & bundles of love,


    • Jill Salahub February 1, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      It’s such a simple thing we are doing here, only six words each day, but they do add up–by now, probably at least ten thousand tiny things. Word to word, Heart to heart, how many miles is that?

      This is how I would describe my momentum: it’s like when there’s a backup of debris in the river, all the stuff and yuck collecting and blocking the flow, causing a massive flood behind it. I felt like I was stuck, in danger of drowning, but then–one last item, it can be the tiniest thing, the smallest glimmer of kindness, moment of grace, and the whole thing breaks free, the river and everything in it rushing ahead. And even though it’s always this way, ebb and flow, I am still confused, surprised by it. It’s like I am the sand on the beach, shocked every time the waves leave and come back.

      I find myself not only thinking about you all, us, but also wondering what we will do next.

      • Cynthia February 1, 2012 at 9:30 am #

        Wow, Jill, you’re words…are like magic.

      • Eydie February 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm #


        Your words really have a way of blowing me away.

        ” It’s like I am the sand on the beach, shocked every time the waves leave and come back.”

        Do you realize how powerful your words are?

        BTW, I loved reading your “Wishcasting Wednesday”. It felt as if your words were holding a mirror to my heart. They echoed deeply, and felt so familiar.

    • Cynthia February 1, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Yes, it’s impossible not to think about everyone here when I’m receiving these peeks into your lives. I find myself sending out little prayers of healing, or encouragement, or comfort, or celebrating with you when you’ve found or experienced something good and wonderful. I realized you don’t know that, and I’m so glad you brought this up, j. It’s what motivated me to let Jill know that her remark impacted me positively, and I’m so glad she put it out here. So thanks for the reminder to let others know. No mind readers here!

      And hell yeah! I’m riding that positive momentum kite, holding on with both hands, and enjoying the wind on my face while I’m at it.

      • Eydie February 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm #


        I see you flying free and high with your hair blowing in the wind as you hold on to that kite and soar higher and higher.

        I love the imagery you created.

        • Cynthia February 4, 2012 at 10:08 am #

          Thank you, Eydie! And I love your imagery as well! I’ve always loved the wind in my hair :).

          I read your blog, and the love behind the intention, for self, life, and others, is so evident. It was a needed reminder for me, and helped me get back on track with what’s important. Thank you :).

  223. Christie January 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Sending virtual chicken soup to j ♥

    • j February 2, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      I think that’s what cured me. <3

  224. Nancy January 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I think I’m behind a day….

    Stress is a six letter word….

    Breathe! she said to herself, kindly.

    • j February 2, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      See how powerful that voice is?

  225. Travis B. Hartwell January 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Tens of thousands used my work.

  226. Nancy January 31, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    pondering breathing as alternative to insomnia…..

    now I can go to bed…feel better j….and yes, julia, there are a lot of connections for which we can feel grateful.

  227. Estrella Azul February 1, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    Day 17.
    ~ ‘Twas MINUS 18 Celsius. ‘Nuff said…

    Day 18.
    ~ <3 First love padlocks appeared in Kolozsvar! <3

    What an awesome thing to see on a morning walk. And I have pics! ;-)

  228. Amy February 1, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    Giddy at all of the possibilites.

    ~Sorry to hear your sick J, feel better soon! I’ll try keep my sneezes on my side of the screen ;)

    • Julia February 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Giddy! Yippee…

  229. Jill Salahub February 1, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    Two long walks with my dogs.

  230. Eydie February 1, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Girl flick, cuddling with my dog.

  231. Cynthia February 1, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Day 16: Working a muscle I’ve not used.

    Day 17: Pondering how best to handle this.

  232. helen lee February 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Imbolc eve. Grateful for light’s return.

  233. Travis B. Hartwell February 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    surprise communication shows strength of heart.

  234. Nancy February 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Today is over; tomorrow a dream.

  235. jb February 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    #16 Wed: 1000+ photos. 7 hours. Happy. Tired.

    (Hope you feel better soon, j!)

  236. Jill Salahub February 2, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    Wishing, understanding, gratitude: love, love, love.

  237. Amy February 2, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Continually assesing my need to improve.

  238. Eydie February 2, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Day with special girlfriends, just be.

  239. j February 2, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    So, so late getting Day 18 up! I’m mostly healthy (thank you for all the well-wishes, you are clearly very powerful, as the yuckiness never quite took hold of me), but running a bit behind. Got my running shoes on today, and I’m hellbent on getting caught up.

    I LOVE Julia’s words for yesterday. I’m going to write them on a post it note, and put them above my computer.

    How are all of you?

    • helen lee February 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

      So glad you shook it off j ~

  240. Christie February 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Not getting sucked into people’s negativity

  241. helen lee February 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Oh no, the gloomies have hit :~(

  242. Rita February 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Okay I lost count of the days but in order backwards: (these are posted on the fanpage and I’m transferring them to the blog as per your request J xo)

    Jan 28 – Today did not go as planned.

    Jan 29 There is nothing love can’t cure.

    January 30th – The best day ever! no foolin’!

    Jan 31st – I left my heart in San Francisco

    January 31st – Today, I celebrate a major accomplishment

    Feb 1st – Excited to date, until he called

    Feb 2nd – Just spoke at a luncheon about hugging!

    I hope I got these in the right order! xo

  243. Christa February 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    finally seeing how precious creativity is…

  244. Nancy February 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Loving my obsession with “Doc Martin”

  245. jb February 3, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    #17 Thursday: 3000 photos. Editing takes so looooong.

  246. Amy February 3, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Greatful that my husband is home :)

  247. Jill Salahub February 3, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Three hour nap instead of work.

  248. Travis B. Hartwell February 3, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    six words – what they are, unsure.

    • Travis B. Hartwell February 3, 2012 at 5:25 am #

      hmmm, is that a cop out?

      • j February 3, 2012 at 7:55 am #

        I’ve always loved an artful cop. ;)

  249. j February 3, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Day 19 is up. After teetering on the edge of the plague for days, yesterday my body surrendered… so Julia’s namaste is very much appreciated. I’m determined to keep humming along, despite the blowing and sniffling and hacking, treating this virus like a bully: ignoring it so it gets bored and goes away. Wish me luck!

    In the meantime, in the service of Friday… let your six words fly!

  250. Eydie February 3, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Doing what I have avoiding doing.

    • Eydie February 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      OOPS. what I meant to write is…

      Doing what I have avoided doing.

  251. Kellie Walker February 3, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Being a mirror. Reflecting your truth.

    • Travis B. Hartwell February 3, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Hi Kellie! Long time no “see”. Hope all is well with you.

  252. Estrella Azul February 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Day 19.
    ~ Not perfect, but love’s ‘just right’.

  253. Christie February 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Finally, much needed good night’s sleep!

  254. Travis B. Hartwell February 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    dreams bring insight; anger brings challenge

  255. Christa Gallopoulos February 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    things just keep on expanding here…

  256. Amy February 4, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    I love my little sleeping puppy.

  257. j February 4, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I was a bit out of commission yesterday. And, in fact, this whole week, poised on the edge of the plague, has been challenging. Last night I slept, and hopefully my body will wage a more effective war against the germs this weekend.

    Please be distracting and tell me about your weekends!

  258. Jill Salahub February 4, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Cold snow, warm blueberry bagel: comfort.

    • Julia February 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      Sounds so cozy, Jill. Makes me want to curl up with a good book.

  259. Christie February 4, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Strange dreams, unsure of their message.

    • Julia February 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      Hmmmm, I love looking closely at dreams. So curious…

  260. Cynthia February 4, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Day 18: Liar’s intention = taking free agency away.

    Day 19: I thought she was my friend.

    Day 20: Standing back up from a blow.

  261. Eydie February 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Being unclear has brought on clarity

  262. Christa Gallopoulos February 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    dreaming of days in my studio…

    also sending virtual sesame oil, J

    for your poor sore tired nose!

  263. Marlyn February 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I know I have other days to catch up (and so many of your words to read!) but here’s today’s:

    through the woods another comes smiling

  264. Travis B. Hartwell February 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    hidden treasures revealed, love illuminated truth

    • Travis B. Hartwell February 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      actually, let me tweak the punctuation to better reflect the intent:

      hidden treasures revealed: love illuminated truth

    • Julia February 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Hidden treasures, love, truth…so good to hear, Travis. Enjoy.

      With love,


      • Travis B. Hartwell February 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

        Thanks Julia. It was a blessed day yesterday. I’m grateful to have 6 words to help me recognize it. :)

  265. Nancy February 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Ready to sleep, sleep, sleep.

  266. Nancy February 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    And here is the missing sleep ;-)

    • Julia February 5, 2012 at 1:48 am #

      Oh, Nancy…I’m right here with you. I don’t know what time it is for you, for me it’s 1:48 am. Ahh…okay, maybe now’s the time? (For sleep that is). Hope you’re happily slumbering by now.

      Love & restfulness to you.

  267. Jill Salahub February 5, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Smells: banana bread, cupcakes, and laundry.

  268. Amy February 5, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Day with family, soaking in love.

    • Julia February 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

      Wish I was there soaking with you, Amy.

  269. j February 5, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    I want to…

    walk for a while with Cindy, now that she’s standing again;
    breathe in the smells at Jill’s house;
    plumb the mysteries of Christie’s dreams;
    stumble into clarity like Eydie;
    hug Christa in her studio;
    walk woods with Marlyn;
    stand for a bit in Travis’s sudden illumination;
    sleep with Nancy (but mostly just make her laugh because I wrote that).

    I’m feeling better! When I’m sick (which, thankfully, isn’t often), my world becomes so small. There is a vulnerability to being sick that is unlike any other, a biological alteration that is maddening and a little bit scary. It reminds me how little control I actually have. So, when I inevitably wake up feeling better, it always seems like a miracle, and I think the same thing: I’m so lucky that most of the time I feel good.

    Day 21 is up. Julia spent time with a friend, talking deep. It broke her open and filled her up, in that way that women can do with each other. (I grew up with boys, then grew up and had boys. The power of women to reach each other awes me.)

    It’s Sunday. Here, the sun has broken through. It will be in the 60s. I need to walk through the pretty. How is it where you are?

    • Julia February 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      J, I love how beautifully you synthesize all of our experiences. It’s like a quilt I want to wrap myself in.

      And you always manage to crack me up. Nancy, you don’t mind if we all jump in bed with you, do you?

      I so love being here with each of you,


      • Nancy February 6, 2012 at 5:50 am #

        As long as I can stay in bed and work on my perpetual sleep deficit, everyone is welcome! Imagine the warmth and and giggles and conversation, and then blissful sleep!

      • Marlyn February 7, 2012 at 10:14 am #

        Echo this!

  270. Estrella Azul February 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Day 20.
    ~ Want to adopt Love Letter Bundle(s)!

    PS: thank you for being a part of the letter writers, j!

    Background info on the above six words can be read here http://goo.gl/7Hl6y :-)

    • j February 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      Of course! I love More Love Letters! xox

  271. Christie February 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Are you ready for some football?

    • j February 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Right up until NY beat SF.

  272. Nancy February 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Laughing at Judy wanting to sleep with me…:-)

    Sundays remind me weekends are short.

  273. Christa February 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    my world is really, really expanding…

    • Julia February 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      Christa! I’m so very happy for you (and so not surprised!). Ahh…so much goodness going around.

      Sending love,


  274. Rita February 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Day 19 – An acupuncture needle in my head.

    Day 20 – Exhausted but so happy. Love that.

    Judy – xoxoxo

    • j February 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Awww! Thank you, beautiful Rita!

  275. j February 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    You can tell that I’m mostly healthy because I’m posting our words on time… which means at the end-ish of my Day 22.

    We’re more than half way through our 41 days now. Picture a hill. We’ve been bravely climbing to the top, now we’re about to coast wildly down the backside.

    When I was a kid, we used to visit this park in the foothills near my house called Ed Levin Park. I took sailing lessons on the small lake there, but I can hardly remember it. What I remember is the hill down which all the kids would slide on pieces of cardboard at breakneck speeds. No helmets or pads, just our squeals.

    That’s us for the next 19 days.

    • Marlyn February 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      You just brought a memory of mine to mind. When we were little we would go to the home of my cousin’s other grandparents (the ones we didn’t share). They had a small farm with a pasture on a big, rocky hill. The three of us, cousin, brother, and I, would climb to the top and throw ourselves onto our sides to roll down. The ride was bumpy and hard (lots of bruises from those rocks) but OH so fun!

  276. Travis B. Hartwell February 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    in the middle; still in motion

  277. Estrella Azul February 6, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    Day 21.
    ~ I have such wonderfully amazing friends!

    *feeling grateful*

  278. Jill Salahub February 6, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Rough Sunday. I wished for Monday.

    • Eydie February 6, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      I hope Monday brings you JOY.

  279. Amy February 6, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    I’m starting to do things differently.
    *Sighs in relief*

  280. Eydie February 6, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Eventually, each and everything balances out.

  281. Christie February 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Not sleeping well makes me stabby!

    • Jill Salahub February 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      Christie: here are two things you should have with you today, so everyone will understand, http://www.zazzle.com/its_a_bag_and_its_a_warning_sign-149008347585483030 (a bag that says “Please be kind. I’m doing the best I can. And I have a knife”) and http://www.zazzle.com/perfect_for_office_meetings_notebook-130578600938662671 (A notebook that says “Be nice. Or I will stab you.”).

      • Christie February 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

        Jill, thanks so much for the support and for bringing a giggle to my day. Fellow Bloggess followers I see :^)

        • Jill Salahub February 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

          Thank goodness! I had a moment before I posted the links when I almost didn’t, because I don’t think everyone quite gets or appreciates her sense of humor. There’s also a tshirt that says “Feeling Stabby.” :)

          • Christie February 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

            I love The Bloggess!

            May have to have the hubby order me one for Valentine’s Day. I mean, it would be more for him, you know, to warn him on those days he needs to stay out of my path :^)

          • j February 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

            The Bloggess references are always welcome here. I love her madly. (And really, anything you’d post, I can’t imagine I’d ever object.)

  282. Rita February 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Love really is all you need. xoxoxo

  283. Estrella Azul February 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Day 22.
    ~ Sometimes it’s just so darn complicated…

  284. Nancy February 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Grateful for job that frustrates me.

  285. j February 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    One moment to say thank you. I wrote today’s post from a tired and vulnerable place. The response has been absolutely nourishing. Thank you for your generous words. You fortify me.


    Day 23 is up! I’m back on my game. (Yes, I know, famous last words… I’m in a tempting-fate sort of mood.) I love the music in Julia’s six words, and me… what a difference a day makes.

    How about you guys?

  286. Christie February 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    So very very tired need sleep!

  287. jb February 7, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    #18 Friday: Happily collapsed into my comfy bed.
    #19 Saturday: Son’s play performance – smiles all around!
    #20 Sunday: Oops! I forgot about the game.
    #21 Monday: Editing more photos til 1 am.

  288. Jill Salahub February 7, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    I’m full of light and beans.

    • Marlyn February 7, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      I love this!

    • Julia February 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      Sound like lovely things to be full of! This made me smile, Jill.

    • j February 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      Better than beans and music. (Yes, it’s a 12-year-old boy joke, but I bet The Bloggess would approve.)

      • Jill Salahub February 8, 2012 at 4:26 am #

        I get this, because in terms of my sense of humor, I sometimes feel like there is a 14 year old boy trapped inside of me.

        • Travis B. Hartwell February 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

          I think I’m the only one here that actually once was a 14 year old boy. And, if memory serves me well, I would have been in fits of giggles right now.

          No wonder I’m so unique. I just realized I have part of a 14 year old boy inside of me. And part of a 54 year old woman. Gotta be confusing to a 35 year old man!

  289. Amy February 7, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Dreamt last night, conquered my demons.
    *smiles in victory*

    • Julia February 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

      This brings quite a picture to mind, Amy. We’ll celebrate when you get here!

  290. Christa February 7, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    listening within guides me so beautifully…

  291. Marlyn February 7, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    day 17
    art show opens; children’s work amazes

    day 18
    My children touch with kitten paws.

    day 19
    much running — missing your magical words

    day 20 (posted earlier, put in sequence here)
    through the woods another comes smiling

    day 21
    hunkering down with family, football, chili.

    day 22
    Mama, it ‘comes tomorrow so quickly.

    day 23
    lettuce planted, carrots planted. rain comes.

    Whew! I got caught up with my own words — thank you journal for holding my thoughts until I could post them! Now for the time to read, and savor, all YOUR words!

  292. Estrella Azul February 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Day 23.
    ~ No massage this week. Very sad…

    • Estrella Azul February 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      PS: also, no ice skating either this week… Very, very sad… Time needs to stand still for just a little while.

  293. eydie February 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    The pieces have come together perfectly.

  294. Travis B. Hartwell February 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    A momentary diversion put off rest.

    Vision narrowing, walls all I see.

  295. Nancy February 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    I find human behavior endlessly fascinating.

  296. Christie February 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    4 hours much better than 2 :^)

    • j February 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      Tonight? 5! *looks into your eyes, tells you that you’re getting sleepy*

  297. Marlyn February 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    I’m jumping ahead, I know but I needed to add this one and I may not get to “things” tomorrow — another busy school day — zoo with 1st graders.

    day 24
    Gregorie says, “Everyone poops; everyone dies.”

    Gregorie is 5 and our 9-year old rabbit is dying. She is trying to be brave.

    • j February 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      She’s right. And brave. I’m proud of her.

      • Marlyn February 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm #


  298. j February 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    I laughed at all the catching up here today! I want you all to feel very sorry for me when, at the end of our 41 days, I have to organize our craziness! On the other hand, THANK YOU for playing! xoxo

    Okay, Day 24 is up. Julia is a freakin’ yoga rockstar, and I finally wrote and turned in a piece I’ve been putting off for weeks. That’s what happens when I don’t have a hard deadline… I hem and haw and forget the magic of “just start.”

    Okay, y’all. How’s your Wednesday?

    • Julia February 8, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      I appreciate the title, J, but I’m pretty sure yoga rockstars don’t feel as sore as I feel today. Ouch.

      *Just start* works every time…maybe we need to get that tattooed on us. I swear, I constantly forget too, just f-ing start already. Once I start it usually feel like that roll downhill that you so beautifully described a few days ago…but getting to that starting point can feel like climbing Everest (not that I’ve ever climbed Everest, but I can imagine the pain involved). Oh, the power of the mind.

      Wednesday is starting out nicely…quiet house, sweet cup of coffee, the sound of rain, connecting with you beauties…

      Sending love,


      • j February 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

        And your whole paragraph about why starting is hard (and the doing part is actually easy, like rolling downhill)… is why I’m so crazy about you. xo

        • Julia February 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

          And the feeling is absolutely mutual.

          Can I give you a big kiss on the cheek now?

  299. Jill Salahub February 8, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Bed full of dog and love.

    • Julia February 8, 2012 at 8:35 am #

      Oh, how sweet this sounds, Jill.

    • Marlyn February 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      I wish we had a “like” button!

      • j February 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

        Me too!

    • Jill Salahub February 9, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      When we are all in bed with Nancy, I’ll bring the dogs :)

      • Julia February 9, 2012 at 8:56 am #

        Sitting here smiling…the image of all of us piled up with your sweet doggies is totally cracking me up. Thanks, Jill. :)

        Can someone please pass me a donut?

  300. Amy February 8, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Practicing for audition tonight, endless possibilities.

    • Julia February 8, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      This brought tears…you have such an incredibly soul-touching voice, my sister. You’re going to knock them all off their feet. I’d say good luck but you don’t need luck.

      I love you up to the moon and back (infinite times),


      • Amy February 8, 2012 at 9:12 am #

        Thank you Jules, I wanted to get a practice in before my audition on Monday :) I love you more then words. xoxo

  301. Christa Gallopoulos February 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    rain snow grey: safely, happily home

  302. Eydie February 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    New braces, soft food for daughter.

    • Marlyn February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm #


  303. Rita February 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Online dating can be hard sometimes

    • Marlyn February 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      I can only imagine! I have NO experience with it but I imagine it can also be really fun – focus on that!

  304. Nancy February 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Fresh out of words right now.

    (A very rare thing for me. I so love reading everyone’s responses; can’t wait for the compilation. J & Julia, can we change it to 82 days? xo)

  305. Christie February 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Shiny day after night of sleep :^)

  306. j February 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Day 25 is posted, and to be honest, it undid me a little. I’m thinking sleep, and then waking up to you guys in the morning is what I need.

    Someone bring donuts. xo

    • Julia February 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

      and good, strong coffee. With cream & sugar. Pretty please.

      • Marlyn February 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

        Ummm! Coffee and donuts. I was just thinking about hindsight the other day (yesterday???) and how it’s often NOT so clear, let alone 20/20. (Funny how themes repeat.) When I lie my head on my pillow I will try to remember what I was thinking about, so I can share…

  307. Travis B. Hartwell February 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    doctor visit deferred, for two reasons

  308. Kellie Walker February 9, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Day after day, I choose me.

    • Jill Salahub February 9, 2012 at 4:27 am #

      I want to go to there.

      • Kellie Walker February 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm #


        Now that I understand the origin of this comment, I LOVE it. I keep laughing and smiling every time I think of it.

        Thanks for the levity!


    • Julia February 9, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Kellie, your words gave me chills all over. I’m continually amazed at the power just 6 words can have. These six…I may just have to have them tattooed (in addition to J’s words from a couple of days ago *just begin*). I love them.

      And thankfully, I’m really, truly starting to do this-to choose me, to trust what I know, to trust who I am, to trust that I know exactly what I need to do–that the answers are always right here. When we get all of the other stuff out of the way, each of us has such beautifully, absolutely unique gifts to offer. It is so time for us to stop comparing/doubting/looking for it out there–to, day after day, choose ourselves.

      These words are such a gift for my day, I’m tucking them in close. Thank you. <3

      • Kellie Walker February 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

        Julia – Your response is a gift for me. Truly. I had no idea when I posted this morning that my six words would have much, if any, impact on anyone else. I definitely had no idea anyone would consider tattooing them anywhere. :-)

        What I really love is where you went with my six words. Originally, I was describing my yoga practice. I made a commitment to myself to practice Bikram yoga daily in 2012. I actually started in late-December. So, today was my 45th consecutive day. I was trying to explain the ‘why’ behind my daily practice to a friend. The words I heard myself saying were, “Every time I walk into the studio, I’m choosing me.”

        After reading your reply, I realized the ‘choosing me’ goes deeper and broader than the yoga. You described the breadth and depth of what I’m just beginning to experience so beautifully.

        So, thank you, Julia. Thank you. <3

        • Julia February 10, 2012 at 9:37 am #

          Wow. Thank you, Kellie, so much, for taking the time to convey all of this.

          45th consecutive day of Bikram? I can only imagine how transformative that’s been. I’ve dabbled in Bikram (in fact I just bought another 2 month pass) but haven’t quite managed to make it a consistent part of my life. I plan to though…I don’t know if there is anything that makes my body feel better. And, of course, it’s all connected. I’d be so curious to hear how it’s been to do it so consistently.

          Amazing how just 6 words can open up so much. Thanks so much for sharing the story behind your 6.

          Enjoy your day…sounds like you have a beautiful one lined up.

          With love,


  309. Jill Salahub February 9, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    I posted this as a reply to Kellie’s six words before I realized it was a perfect fit for my day, so again:

    I want to go to there. (extra credit for anyone who can tell me where that line comes from)

    • Jill Salahub February 9, 2012 at 4:29 am #

      Who can tell me WITHOUT googling it!

      • Estrella Azul February 9, 2012 at 5:51 am #

        I laughed out loud when I read this! :-) 30 Rock

        • Jill Salahub February 9, 2012 at 7:23 am #

          Yay! Did you ever hear Tina Fey’s explanation of where that line came from? It makes it even better.

          • Eydie February 9, 2012 at 9:19 am #


            Thanks for the laughter this morning.
            It’s such a great line, I just have to share the link.

          • Eydie February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

            Hi all,

            Click on the words on the top. It will display the full screen.

          • Estrella Azul February 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

            Oh yes, I bet her daughter was just precious!

            It was so funny to read this here, and could instantly picture the episodes – I love Tina’s expression every time she says it on the show.

      • Eydie February 9, 2012 at 6:18 am #

        Jill, I had no idea where the line came from. I chose to forfeit all control and peaked into the world of Google.
        Very funny. That was one of my favorite episodes.

        • Jill Salahub February 9, 2012 at 7:24 am #

          I admit, Eydie–I totally would have cheated if I didn’t know, and I might not have admitted it ;)

    • Jill Salahub February 9, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      So, the story of where the line comes from: Tina’s oldest daughter Alice says funny stuff that ends up in the show all the time, but for this particular line, Alice was about three and Tina was secretly considering taking her on a trip to Disneyland, so she was online, researching and looking at the website when Alice came around the corner, saw what was up on the screen (the Cinderella castle) and said “I want to go to there.”

      • j February 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

        The advantage to coming here every day at the end of the day is that all the hard lifting is done and I just get to reap the rewards. Will you all still love me if I admit that I watch very little television and have never seen 30 Rock? I do have Netflix, though. I can go fix this terrible oversight in my pop culture knowledge.

        • Jill Salahub February 10, 2012 at 4:36 am #

          It’s okay, J. I don’t watch too much tv anymore, don’t have cable and just do netflix or hulu, but I am absolutely in love with Tina Fey, so…for me, not a pop culture thing at all.

        • Marlyn February 10, 2012 at 8:29 am #

          Haha! I was wondering the same thing — did I dare admit I’d never seen 30 Rock (wasn’t really sure what it was in fact!). No tv here. We do have Netflix, mostly for the kids.

        • Julia February 10, 2012 at 9:42 am #

          I’m right here with you, J, I’m admitting that I haven’t seen it either. Thanks for the humor, everyone…it’s something I need more of in my days. :)

  310. Amy February 9, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    Feeling a bit moody, needing breath.

  311. Estrella Azul February 9, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    Day 24.
    ~ Crafting. Working. Romance. Writing. Full day!

    Day 25.
    ~ I left lasting writing impressions. *Proud*

    • Eydie February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm #


      I’m impressed that you knew.

      • Estrella Azul February 10, 2012 at 2:46 am #

        About the line from 30 Rock?
        Nothing to be impressed about, I think that’s what happens when one watches the show – lines like the above one stick around.

  312. Eydie February 9, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Kelly and Jill,

    ~ Right there with you, let’s go!

  313. Eydie February 9, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Click on the words on top of the video. It will display a full screen.

  314. Rita February 9, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    I want to share my love. xo

    • j February 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      You do, every day. (I know what you mean, just making a point.) xoxo

      • Rita February 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

        What’s funny is that I knew you would say that, and I knew you would get that. xo

  315. helen lee February 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    a week to catch up on ~

    day 19 I fought the gloomies ~ and won!

    day 20 white frost, blue skies, bright light :~)

    day 21 laundry wind and sun-dried today.

    day 22 making dream catcher for birthday gift.

    day 23 blinding full moon seen through telescope.

    day 24 making soup ~ dancing in the kitchen.

    day 25 library book sale ~ happy, happy bibliophile.

    • Marlyn February 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

      I love these – wonderful catch up! And glad to see I’m not the only one who falls so far behind (or who dances while making soup!).

      • helen lee February 12, 2012 at 5:58 am #

        thank you Marlyn…and next time I’m making soup, I’ll think of you dancing too :~)))

  316. Marlyn February 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    day 25
    itchy feet and a hungry soul.

    By the way, the rabbit is NOT dying! His teeth had grown too long and he couldn’t close his mouth/eat/drink. He went to the vet and got his teeth cut down and is now expected to be fine! The wonders of life! Kids are super happy. $110 goes a long way sometimes… And hopefully will a one-night trip to San Francisco with some girlfriends! This mama needs a recharge!

    • j February 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      First, I love this particular 6-word entry. Second, YAY!!!!! I’m so happy!

    • Jill Salahub February 10, 2012 at 4:38 am #

      Great news about the rabbit! For the rabbit lovers, here’s a three day old bunny that I think must be THE softest and sweetest thing on the planet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniellekiemel/4372763260/

      • Marlyn February 10, 2012 at 8:30 am #


    • Marlyn February 10, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      I’m scratching my feet and feeding my soul with a quick trip to San Francisco!

    • helen lee February 12, 2012 at 6:17 am #

      Hi Marlyn….do you know about Timothy hay and low-salicin-level willows for keeping your rabbit’s teeth ground down? Hope San Francisco was/is wonderful :~)

      • Marlyn February 12, 2012 at 9:50 am #

        We do give him the hay; I’ll check out the willows. Vet said this often happens in older rabbits whose habits change.

  317. Christa February 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Packing is immensely challenging for me…

  318. Christie February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Who knew brussel sprouts were tasty?

    • j February 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      I did, but people are visceral about them. It’s dangerous to admit liking them. Tread carefully.

      • Christie February 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

        This made me chuckle :^) I disliked them greatly when I was younger and now I am finding that I like them but I agree, I think we are in the minority so treading carefully!

    • Jill Salahub February 10, 2012 at 4:39 am #

      I hated them as a kid, because my mom feed us microwaved frozen ones-bleck. But, try them roasted. I swear, they are one of my top five favorites that way, and that is saying A LOT.

    • Marlyn February 10, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      My whole family adores them (you have to fight my 5-year old to even get any!). But don’t steam or boil, must roast or sautee! Great with parm and pinenuts!

      • Jill Salahub February 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

        I am drooling…

        • Christie February 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

          Yep, we had the frozen ones and they were horrible. Then we got ones in cheese sauce or maybe that was the broccoli, again yuck! Now I have found a couple of recipes for roasting and sauteing and they are so tasty – loving them. Need to try with parm and pinenuts, sounds delicious.

          Glad to see there are fellow “bs” lovers out there :^)

  319. Nancy February 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Painful vist, but my favorite doctor.

  320. j February 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Wow! Huge batch of beautiful to go through tonight! Thank you for that!

    Day 26 is posted, and this is one of those times where Julia and I are in sync. It is, I believe, only when you shed your shit that you can find your center… and fly. There’s a poem in there somewhere, right Julia? :)

    Day 27 is Friday for us. But whatever day it is for you, share a glimpse! xo

    • Estrella Azul February 10, 2012 at 2:52 am #

      Interestingly phrased, maybe there is a poem in there somewhere ;-)

      I’m pretty good at keeping track, but am from time to tome completely confused about what day should be what number, so thanks for that addition.
      Day 27 is Friday for me as well, it just starts ten or so hours earlier here.

      • Estrella Azul February 10, 2012 at 2:54 am #

        And yes, that’s supposed to be “from time to time”

        PS: the “i” and the “o” should really be more far apart from each other on my keyboard… Maybe I should switch them up with something else?

    • Julia February 10, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      Yes, J, I think there’s definitely some poem potential here, though I’m certainly not the only one who is a poet around these parts… :)

  321. Travis B. Hartwell February 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Special dinner and I got Cooties

    • j February 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

      This made me laugh (your phrasing, not your condition). I’m still battling some cooties myself.

      • Travis B. Hartwell February 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm #


        But, this actually is Cooties. The kid’s game. My nephew got it for me to play when he comes to visit. “It’s something you and Dad played when you were little.”

        • j February 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

          Awww! I played that too!

  322. Estrella Azul February 10, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Day 26.
    ~ Fresh salad! I’m quite easily pleased.

  323. Amy February 10, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Looking foward to a lovely evening.

  324. Jill Salahub February 10, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    I could not decide, so here:
    Finally made some progress at work.
    He doesn’t know what happened? Bullshit.
    Play growl or mean growl? We disagree.

    • j February 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      I sort of like when you do several… the view from different windows.

      • Marlyn February 12, 2012 at 12:23 am #

        Like button.

  325. Kellie Walker February 10, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Hair cut. Massage. Yoga. My Friday.

    • Julia February 10, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Can I come, Kellie? I need all of those things. (I was going to say especially a haircut but I think I need a massage and yoga equally as much.) Oh, and someone to cook me a really good dinner. Sounds like an absolutely perfect day you have planned…enjoy every moment. xo

      • Kellie Walker February 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

        Anytime, Julia. Anytime.

        I *did* enjoy every moment of yesterday. Immensely.


  326. Rita February 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Life is getting almost too exciting. :) xo

  327. Estrella Azul February 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Day 27.
    ~ Only three words: teething… wisdom teeth :((

    And the plural is correct unfortunately. Also known as a six-word description that could be boiled down to: “killer pain”.

    • j February 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm #


  328. Eydie February 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Sixth grade field trip, downtown Chicago,

    • Marlyn February 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

      This gives me a chill! I did 2st grade field trip, LA zoo last week (and then ran away to SF with girlfriends and beer for the weekend)! Hope yours went well!

  329. Nancy February 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Difficult concentrating with a painkiller hangover.

  330. Travis B. Hartwell February 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Thirty-five, reminded primarily of three.

  331. Christie February 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Home alone, loving the quiet night.

  332. j February 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Around these parts, there are about fifteen minutes left on the day. It’s been a good one; I’m about to hop into bed with a book.

    It’s the weekend – share your weekend-y-ness!

  333. Jill Salahub February 11, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Fantasizing about running away from home.

    • Christie February 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      I feel like that a lot :^)

      • Jill Salahub February 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

        Maybe we could get a place together and split the rent ;)

        • Christie February 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

          That sounds like a great idea!

    • Marlyn February 12, 2012 at 12:27 am #

      I ran away. On Friday. Yesterday. I came back today. Much better.

  334. Amyl February 11, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    The same question always looms ahead.

    • Marlyn February 12, 2012 at 12:26 am #

      And it is??

  335. Kellie Walker February 11, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Not waiting for happiness. Taking action.

    • j February 11, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      I LOVE your tone these days. <--- 6 Kellie-love words.

  336. Eydie February 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Enjoying the quiet, breathing the air.

  337. Eydie February 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Enjoying the quiet, breathing in LOVE.

  338. Nancy February 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    How i love unexpectedly rainy days.

  339. Travis B. Hartwell February 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Striving, remembering: the order of love.

    • j February 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      I really like the phrase “the order of love.” It can mean a lot of things. It feels like a post brewing (though I will undoubtedly interpret the phrase differently than you mean it). :)

      • Travis B. Hartwell February 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

        Yes, there are a multitude of meanings behind the phrase, I thought of new ones as I wrote it. And, yes, I probably am coming close to writing something out to go with these feelings.

        The original meaning of it, for me, comes from my therapist. She was reminding me of what “the order of love” is and how things out-of-order are unstable. By order, she meant that (of course, this is in the context of my beliefs, but the principle translates, I think) that we first must have love for God. Then, we need to have love for ourselves. It is only then that we can love other people. Any time that gets out of order, it can’t last.

        This has always been a hard thing for me, putting myself in proper priority and always being mindful of God.

        At this time of my life, circumstances are lending me to truly learn this, as you may know j.

  340. j February 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    We’re running away from home and headlong into the same looming questions. We’re claiming our own happiness, our own air, our own love. We’re loving unexpected rain, remembering the order of love, running out of words and gathering up the elements of a day – boys, dogs, polenta…

    I love you guys.

    Day 27 is up, which can only mean one thing… It’s time for you to start posting your Day 28 glimpses. xo

    • Julia February 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      And you say you’re not a poet, J…

      Love to each of you,


      • j February 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

        I’m not. But, thank you! <3

  341. Marlyn February 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Day 26

    my husband grouchy makes me sad

  342. Estrella Azul February 12, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Day 28.
    ~ People loved “Diaper Cake” at christening.

  343. Jill Salahub February 12, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    I vowed: basic goodness, enlightened society.

  344. helen lee February 12, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    Day 26.
    ~ new tablets control Tilly’s epilepsy ~ hurraaaaah :~)

    Tilly is our beloved little dog…it’s been a harrowing seven months.

    Day 27.
    ~ reading Alice Munro ~ new to me.

    Day 28.
    ~ made Chai tea from scratch ~ frothed.

  345. Amy February 12, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Gearing up for tomorrow’s audition, nervous.

    • Marlyn February 12, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Good luck!

      • Amy February 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

        Thank you :)

    • Julia February 12, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Oh, Amy! I’m thinking about you…I really know you’re going to knock their socks off. Enjoy every moment of it!

      • Amy February 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

        Thanks Jules, love you!

    • Eydie February 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      Can’t wait to hear how great it went.

      • Amy February 13, 2012 at 4:55 am #

        Thanks so much, I’ll let you know :)

  346. Marlyn February 12, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    day 27

    average woman smiles 62 times daily

    • j February 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      What a lovely statistic!

      • Marlyn February 13, 2012 at 8:50 am #

        Isn’t it! Unfortunately, the average man only smiles 8 times per day.

        • Travis B. Hartwell February 13, 2012 at 10:27 am #


          Dang it, I just continued the statistic.

          • Marlyn February 14, 2012 at 9:23 am #

            And I smiled. Again. Sending you a big smile Travis!

    • Rita February 13, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      I just smiled reading that.

  347. Nancy February 12, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Feeling woozy, going back to bed.

  348. Christie February 12, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Yesterday – my bed is not my friend

    today – So this is how zombies feel?

    • j February 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      I wish I could wish to sleep. xoxo

  349. Becky Sain February 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I really think it’s all okay.

  350. Christa February 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Unpacking one suitcase, packing another tomorrow…

  351. j February 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    We’re all in motion. That much is obvious… and WONDERFUL.

    Day 28 is up. Both Julia and I spent a weekend immersed in our 3-D worlds. I think that’s good sometimes. As wonderful as this virtual world is, now and then, I feel a need to ground myself in the physical world of touch, smell, sound and taste. I was fortified by yoga, a walk in the sunshine, a top-to-bottom house-cleaning, and homemade pizza and wine with friends. It was a beautiful day. I’m grateful for the love in my life. And grateful for all of you. xo

    Let’s now dance with Monday.

  352. Jill Salahub February 13, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    Running, playing, yoga-ing, eating, and napping.

  353. Amy February 13, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Freezing at work, heat not working.
    *teeth chatters*

  354. Nancy February 13, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    at 5:50 (am) not happy to dance…..


    (did you see the homage to your post, j?)

    • j February 13, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      No. Where?

      • Nancy February 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

        I saw it at 10 to 6 this morning, where you said “Yet” in describing your strength and whether you can do firefly now. I must admit, I see it less clearly now, than I did then, but I think that was it. I was happier to dance by the end of the day.

        • Nancy February 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

          I may also be misusing the term “homage.” I should have said, the echo of your post, perhaps. Words are failing me these days, but my heart is full.

          • j February 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

            No you used it fine! I didn’t mean you meant right here in our comment! I absolutely see it. (Little slow on the uptake. Sorry about that! xo

  355. Rita February 13, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    (I completely forgot to post all weekend!)

    Saturday – A relaxing Saturday makes me happy.

    Sunday – Hungover but oh so happy today. :)

    Monday – It’s the day before love day! xo

  356. Becky Sain February 13, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Ghost writer, punk band, that’ll do.
    Beginning again, deep breath, hang on.
    Hope still lives, can’t stop it.

  357. Travis B. Hartwell February 13, 2012 at 11:35 am #


    Seeking authenticity by telling my truth

  358. Eydie February 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    It is too extraordinary for words.

  359. Estrella Azul February 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Day 29.
    ~ Just-because hugs, kisses and togetherness.

    Day 30.
    ~ Appreciating all well wishes! Feeling better.

  360. Travis B. Hartwell February 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Writing hard truths, public and private.

    • j February 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      Me too, sweetie.

  361. Christie February 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Warm blanket, lap filled with kitty

  362. j February 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Day 29 is up. It’s about 20 minutes until Valentines Day here. I’ve never actually been a fan of Valentines Day, to be honest. I think it makes single people feel crappy. And I also think that those of us lucky enough to be in love shouldn’t need Hallmark to remind us to celebrate that fact.

    That said, I’m softening my stance this year. Maybe it’s because Sugar is coming out tomorrow. Maybe it’s because I keep getting cool things sent to me by readers and Facebook and Twitter friends. Maybe it’s because romantic love can be so very complicated, and mine has been, and this is the first Valentines day in a long time that feels kind of… easy. I’m feeling grateful.

    And here’s the thing for me. No matter the status of our love lives, I think we should all go out and make love happen. Just because.

    • Estrella Azul February 15, 2012 at 12:42 am #

      Day 31.
      ~ It only really takes three words!

      To expand that thought:
      It only really takes three words (if needed at all), to make someone’s day.

      I love you!

  363. Amy February 14, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Audition went great, couldn’t be happier :)

    • Eydie February 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      Amy, I knew it would. Your beautiful smile is lighting up my room.
      I’m so happy for you!

      • Amy February 15, 2012 at 4:23 am #

        Thank you Eydie, you are very sweet :)

  364. Jill Salahub February 14, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    Do you see that? Good dog!

    • j February 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

      This made me smile! What did the good dog do?!

      • Jill Salahub February 16, 2012 at 4:32 am #

        Our dog Sam is a two year old german shepherd, border collie, lab mix and he’s always been high maintenance, and I have recently started some focused training with him again because of a few behaviors we hadn’t yet resolved. He’s reactive (what BC isn’t?), so one thing we do is go on “Do you see that?” walks. Anything that might elicit a response, I say “Do you see that?” and Sam should look at it, then look at me and give me a “calming signal” (something dogs do to essentially say “hey, don’t freak out, everything is cool” and for Sam, the most common one is to lick his lips/flick his tongue) and when he does that, I give him a click, a treat, and a “Good dog!” It’s wonderful and utterly exhausting, just like Sam.

  365. helen lee February 14, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    love my loved ones EVERY day ♥

  366. Marlyn February 14, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    day 28

    my dreams slide in’n’out of focus

    (I know I totally cheated on the word count but the contraction actually evokes the mood of the thought.)

    • j February 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

      We make our own rules around here! (If you squint and tilt your head just so, that’s six words.)

  367. Eydie February 14, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Spreading LOVE from here to there.

  368. Rita February 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Having the BEST February 14th EVER! xo

    • j February 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

      Really?! Is there a post?

  369. Nancy February 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Thai comfort food and my love* :-)

    (for the next year I’m embarking on a new committed relationship…with me)

    • j February 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

      I. Adore. You.

  370. Christie February 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Excitedly waiting for Sugar’s anonymous reveal!

    • j February 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

      I wish you’d been there! My piece goes up tomorrow! I’m excited.

  371. Amy February 15, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Hoping this month will be different.

  372. Jill Salahub February 15, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Hoping the blood test reveals something.

    • Rita February 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      fingers crossed.

  373. Christa February 15, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Loving being with an old friend.

    She would prefer this: longtime friend.

  374. Nancy February 15, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    This made me laugh….my friend of 29 years would prefer that, too!

  375. Nancy February 15, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Wondering what truth today will reveal.