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19 Strides February 21, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — lauradegroot @ 4:30 am

Pacing helped re-route my attention.

Today, a variety of projects were clamoring for attention.  My thoughts were jumping from one to another without completing anything.  I would have appreciated my attention  focusing on one project at a time, start to finish.  That’s Not Happening.   Sitting in the desk chair was only increasing my frustrated fidgetiness, so I got up and paced.

I learned that the length of my current dwelling is 19 strides.

In that space there are 2 non-matching desks, kitchen table & chairs, a comfy couch, 2 leather TV watching chairs, TV, bookshelves, and a cat scratching post.  Beside our bedroom furniture, this is what remains from our Colorado home.   It’s enough.

In fact I’m discovering I can live with A LOT less than I thought I needed.   In exchange for physical space and stuff, I have time and margin.  These changes take some getting used to, but I am grateful for both – less and more.

19 strides to re-route my attention from unfinished projects to thankfulness.

A friend put an unexpected note on my front door one day with a similar attention re-router.  I believe it’s the perfect day to share it:

LET THANKFULNESS RULE in your heart.  As you thank Me for blessing in your life, a marvelous thing happens.  It is as if scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of My glorious riches.  With your eyes thus opened, you can help yourself to whatever you need from My treasure-house.  Each time you receive on of My golden gifts, let your thankfulness sing out praises to My Name.    “Hallelujahs” are the language of heaven, and they can become the language of your heart.

A life of praise and thankfulness becomes a life filled with miracles.  Instead of trying to be in control, you focus on Me and what I am doing.  This is the power of praise: centering your entire being in Me.  This is how I created you to live, for I made you in My own image.  Enjoy abundant life by overflowing with praise and thankfulness.”

From: Colossians 3:15; Acts 9:18, Revelation 19:3-6;  Psalm 100: 4-5


We Bumbled Upon The Famous Beach February 7, 2013

Filed under: Adventure,new places,South Beach,South Florida — lauradegroot @ 11:56 pm

“Hot; Outrageous; A bit bizarre, always friendly, very flashy, sometimes cheeky and often risque.  A most fashionable and photgrahed area of Miami.   A Mecca for the rich & famous, the young & beautiful.”   – Travel Channel

“South Beach is the quintessential Miami beach experience. It’s the place to see and be seen and show off the product of months in the gym. South Beach isn’t clothing optional, but topless bathing is permitted. ” –

20 blocks of the southernmost part of Miami Beach is the famous – infamous South Beach.  The area is identified by Art Deco architecture, designer boutiques, and the massive white sand beach.  It is common to hear “you’ve gotta go to South Beach.”  It is also common to hear about the sans top bathing attire and plethora of plastic surgery.

Without intention, we bumbled upon this famous beach!  Our  Colorado Realtor and friend Chris was flying through Miami and invited us to meet him for brunch.  None of us knew where to meet and eat but thanks to a tip about Lincoln Street and Yelp we found delicious food and a fantastic people watching spot.  Following great conversation with a familiar face we headed down to the end of the road at his suggestion.   At the end of this walking mall – similar to Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall, was The Beach.


We had no idea we were at South Beach.  And no, the bathers didn’t take our breath away – the colossal beach and magnificent water did.  People watching happened for sure, impossible not to, but what we saw was hundreds of Boy Scouts.   Yep, you read that right – uniformed boy scouts, flags held high, marching parade style down the famous beach.

Back at the apartment we looked up our location and determined we’d been on South Beach.  Next time we take beach chairs, bathing suits and more change for the meter.

Accidental tourists or Florida newcomers exploring our new surroundings?  We might be a blend right now, what matters is that this surprise discovery delighted us.  Discovery helps with transition time and fills in Adventure.  And writing about it may even tempt a family and friends to come and see for themselves!

Yours – more savvy about the sand around here – Laura


Turkish Mullet Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — lauradegroot @ 10:52 pm

Its growing out.

Yes I go out in public.  What choice do I have?  I won’t let this turkish-non-delight turn me into a recluse.  Not when the beach is so close.

I’ve had a few compliments, but I’ve not bought in.  Daily I see myself shaking my head when I look in the mirror at this crazy hair.  I’ve found a new gratitude for wind and humidity – it levels the playing field for everyone’s hair.

To all who have suggested, requested, repeatedly asked – there will NOT be a picture posted of this near disaster.

The end.

sincerely, hair crazy Laura



wa·ter·shed (noun) 1. an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. 2. an event or period marking a turning point, a change of course.

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