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Today marks the first anniversary of Goodness, Grace and Grub!

Today is a milestone in the magical idea that grace is sometimes just one thought away.

Today I celebrate how searching for goodness, for pleasure, for enchantment is a journey well worth embarking on.

Today I commemorate one eye-opening year that has acted like a firecracker in my life, urging me to pay attention to the magnificence all around me.

A big thank you to all my readers and a gracious welcome to those who have discovered this blog for the first time.  I am grateful for each and every one of you!

To see how it all began, take a look at the first post from exactly one year ago today.

My hope is for you to find inspiration in being present and seeing the beauty in every day.  Here’s to a holiday weekend that will bring you the magic of goodness and grace in every moment.

Leaves are everywhere.  Multi-hued and crackling under your feet, they are the symbol of the season.

The autumnal pagentry is a reminder to be present, to savor the moments as they come.

Remember to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the fall season.

I miss my old notebook.  It was black and a good size – not too big, not too small – with the perfect amount of space in between each line.

I’m sad not to see the grumpy people at my old Starbucks and the endlessly happy woman where I used to get breakfast.

I yearn for my old stapler and the drawers that wouldn’t open and knowing exactly where my ruler was at all times.

I don’t miss the old office bathroom, though, with the ever-present multitude of half used rolls of toilet paper on the floor.  I don’t miss wondering where they eventually ended up.

It is hard being new, not knowing where anything is or why nothing seems to be working.  Living beyond what is comfortable is unsettling.  But change is necessary to grow, to become better at life and to more fully develop into the person you are meant to be.

A friend of mine gave me a card a few months ago with this quote:

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsch

Those are words I held onto this week when the fonts on my new computer weren’t working and when I couldn’t figure out how to pdf a document. What is uncomfortable now may ultimately transform you.

The new cafeteria has eased the transition a bit.  I’ve experience daily goodness there, like today’s salmon burger with cilantro mayo.  Sometimes when you stretch over the edge of your comfort zone, you discover pleasures you wouldn’t have known on the other side.

I’ve had a habit of staying with one thing too long.

Breaking free from this tendency is my ongoing work in progress.

Last week I quit my job.  With it came a flurry of warmth, love and incredible, unexpected sentiments about the quality of my work – and of my character. Admittedly, it felt great.  Feeling appreciated and valued is a basic human need.

Since then I’ve had moments of panic where I wondered what was around the corner.  And whether or not I should stay on the block exactly where I am.

But, acting on my gut has always led me to the right place.  Moving on is sometimes the only way to grow, to become the best person you can be.

There is courage in taking a chance when staying safe is perfectly reasonable.   The unknown may be a risk, but often it’s the leap of faith that will lead to the edge of the rainbow.

I’m looking forward to seeing where my new journey takes me.

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