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I was walking around the cheese market when one of the store’s workers moved aside so I could continue walking down the aisle.

“Thank you,” I said, smiling at him.  “How are you today?”

He smiled back.  “I’m happy.”  I laughed at this unusual response.  “And you?”

“I’m good.  It’s a good day.”  And it was.  I’d just come from having breakfast in a restaurant I’d been wanting to try, and I had one of those delicious and leisurely meals where I could have sat at the bar all day.  Then I took a very long walk through my city, and though it was very cold—or perhaps because it was very cold—I felt wide awake and content.

He stopped for a moment, then began stocking the shelf.  “It IS a good day.  All things are good with love.”

This is how my day went yesterday.

As I walked through the city, I couldn’t help but smiling as I saw the love.  It was everywhere.

It was immediately in front of me when I left the restaurant in the single leaf that peeked through the snow on the sidewalk.

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It was in the sticker on a wall filled with graffiti and assorted flyers.

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It was in the store that I stopped in to dream of my future home in a far distant future.

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It was in the window of a restaurant that mesmerized me and stopped me and my footsteps.

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It all reminds me of that new book from Drew Barrymore, where she chronicles all of the hearts that have shown themselves to her over the years.  It’s aptly called “Find It in Everything.”  Because you can.

Love is in everything…and everywhere.  Where do you see it?


Last night in a taxi, I looked out the window and took in all of the beauty in New York City.  The full moon that hovered over the wintry city made me gasp, quite literally taking my breath away.

It reminded me of how the moon charmed me a few days earlier in Bryant Park, of how lucky I’d felt all week to stumble on beauty no matter my mood. I thought about the words of wisdom a friend gave me when I first moved to New York.

Remember to look up.  That’s where all the beauty is.

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A few days later after an early morning workout, I witnessed the streets of Manhattan being bathed in the glow of a sunrise.

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Of course, sometimes you need to look down, too.  Surprises are on the sidewalk as well.

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Signs of love – and beauty – are everywhere.  Look up.  Look down.  Look all around.

xo, with goodness and grace

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Marketing slogan in a New York City subway car.

I was sitting at my work desk, typing away on one of my projects.  From behind my colleague, who was about to leave her post after many years, walked up to me and wordlessly wrapped her arms around me.

She held on to me, and I sunk into her mama bear embrace, squeezing her back, tightly.

“I walked by and realized that I haven’t done that enough, if ever.”

We make lives for ourselves that are all about achieving and being masters of our businesses, but in the midst of those lives we sometimes forgo simple kindnesses. And we forget the power of human contact. Touch matters.

There is joy in being told that you matter, even when it isn’t spoken in words.

When magic arrives, it comes unexpectedly.

After work on January 2, I walked into Times Square, hoping to see the ball that millions of people saw drop two evenings before.  Instead, I saw something that made me giddy with joy.

As I walked through the plaza, I noticed that there were colored pieces of paper everywhere on the street.  It wasn’t until I looked up the street that I saw confetti blowing from the top of the MTV building.  I was as spellbound by it as a child seeing Santa for the first time.

It felt like fairy dust raining down in the middle of New York City.  I didn’t have to stand outside for hours to feel excitement—the celebration next ended. Exhilaration met me exactly where I was. How lucky I am to live and work in a city full of surprises.


When I thought about how to kick off a new Goodness of the Week series, no other moment quite captivated me as much as this.  What an enchanting way to usher in a new year.

Here’s to a year full of magical moments!

And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.

–Rainer Maria Rilke

May 2014 be full of everything you long for in your life, as well as the belief that anything is possible.

May love hold you tight and embrace you daily.

May this be the year that you dare to dream big!

xo, in goodness and grace

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