lush summer gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) finding the owner of some keys i found by calling the number on her rite aid key fob thingy. she brought me three red roses with glitter on them. super sweet and made me feel a part of things. 2) some awesome lady writers i’ve been meeting lately. sometimes all you need is some serious …

Valerie Reisslush summer gratitude

photo-strip gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) a napping babe. 2) PT massage on my left hip, which has at least 20 years worth of knots in it. i could actually pull my knee near my chest (well, nearish) today. usually it clicks and grabs and stops. so cool. 3) sweet riot quinoa crunch chocolate. like a much healthier krackle bar. and …

Valerie Reissphoto-strip gratitude

spring gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) realizing what i should have known years ago: when you’re using your joints instead of your muscles, ouch. after years of yoga, i’m getting i should have been strength-training or doing pilates along with all of that aligning and holding and flowing. this after i got stuck on the PT table last week when my …

Valerie Reissspring gratitude

my writing manifesto (for heart-engaged humans)

some thoughts. i believe… …in the serial, oxford, or harvard comma. i don’t care what you call it, use it! it makes things clearer. it helps me know that what you’re writing is a list and what’s on it and where it ends. …in making up words. maybe it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious that  started it for me, but i often find …

Valerie Reissmy writing manifesto (for heart-engaged humans)

mother’s day gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) the lady on the street yesterday who said, “happy mother’s day” to me. i was like, who? what? OH. me. thanks! and then didn’t know if i should say it back and decided not to, but chances are in our nabe 99.9% that she’s a mom too. 2) watching h.’s grandparents enjoy him so much …

Valerie Reissmother’s day gratitude

self love on the sidewalk gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) the stroller. holy healer of many cranky ailments. we walk, he calms, usually. 2) the community garden across the street. when the stroller finally ceased to soothe/distract, we went in there and i fed the boy amidst the tulips and raggedy beds of kale-to-be. he calmed down surrounded by all that soft greenery and gentler …

Valerie Reissself love on the sidewalk gratitude

Sleepy Thursday Gratitude

I am grateful for… 1) pink and turquoise together. 2) the baby boy rolling from front to back today! Like a bunch of times! This is big. He’s been working on this a while. We’ll see how it sticks, but I’m thinking we may be past the phase where he gets into tummy time and looks like a limb-flailing stuck …

Valerie ReissSleepy Thursday Gratitude

friday morning gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) seeing anne lamott last night at symphony space with a. she’s funny and smart and inspiring and i want to be as disciplined and expressed as her. 2) friday. has this week not been 10 weeks long? 3) staying semi-detached as the drama whirs past me. 4) beginning to learn EFT. it might be the …

Valerie Reissfriday morning gratitude