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Today, positively b.e.e. reached a small but significant milestone!

Exactly one month ago today, I launched this site to bring more positivity, light, joy, and gratitude to the world, and I’m thrilled you’ve joined me for the journey.

In the past month, there have been over a thousand visitors to positively b.e.e. from all over the world! And the Facebook page has reached 122 likes as of this writing. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!

I’m wondering if I can ask you a small favor? I’ve received many kind messages/PMs/comments from you, telling me what this site and its purpose means to you. If you are enjoying what you see here, would you be willing to help me to grow outreach for this little nugget of positivity on the web?

Tell your friends and family. Link to the blog. Share and "like" the Facebook page. Any of these actions will help me get the message out: that life is worth living; that there are good things in the world, even when it seems scary or dark or contentious; that there …

It's Pumpkin Time!

Today marks the Autumnal Equinox, or first day of Fall.

This is the time of year that makes my Autumn-loving heart sing! Falling leaves that crunch underfoot, crisp air, football games and marching bands, and PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! Maybe I'm biased because I'm an Autumn baby, as is my husband, but there is just something magical about that changeover from Summer.

My team and another one at work are doing a joint team building today to decorate our shared office space for Fall. We're going to sip apple cider, eat some treats (apples, pumpkin cookies, caramels, etc.) and work together to beautify our space. Each person is contributing something creative to the effort and I can't wait to see what we do!

One of my contributions was to buy everyone a pumpkin that they can put on their desk. I got these beauties at my local Trader Joe's for only $0.69 a pop!

Whatever your plans for Fall, I hope you have a good start to the season, and a GREAT weekend. Feel free to comment h…


Do you guys know how hard it is to get a selfie with a rainbow? With a double-rainbow, even?

Let me just say: It’s HARD, but I tried my best!

Fred and I were treated to the most beautiful display of science and nature the other evening. We were decompressing on our couch, getting ready to watch some TV, when suddenly he leapt up and said, “Oh! It’s raining! And the sun’s still out! Let’s go find a rainbow!”

(Have I ever mentioned that I love how my husband finds joy in the simplest of things?)

We ran outside and saw the most gorgeous, huge rainbow that seemed like it was right above our street, and then a second one appeared as well. We quickly grabbed our cameras and tried to capture these beauties. No photo can do them full justice, however.

Neighbors passing by getting some exercise, or walking their dogs, or coming home from work--all of them asked what we were doing. We simply pointed up. I wanted to shout, “HOW COULD YOU NOT NOTICE THIS?” Were we the only ones seeing the beauty …

Just Hold On and I'll Find You

This song has really touched my heart this week. The lyrics are pretty powerful, but when I saw the video, I knew I had to share it. 
How often in life have we felt like giving up, had to hang on to every shred of faith and hope we might have just to get through something? This song and video embodies all of that, to me, and the video itself is just so beautiful in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Getting through overwhelming life changes

In the past 2 episodes of Making A Difference Radio, we discussed situations in which we found our lives to be so overwhelming that we wanted to give up, and how we got through it anyway. Our special guest for both episodes was Jim, who shared with us how his life turned upside down with a sudden medical diagnosis that was a life or death situation.

Jim detailed how he went through several stages throughout the ordeal, including:
initial shock and feeling alonewallowing / "why me"?taking the steps he needed to take, but not seeing the bright side (that he is still alive)finally realizing that life was a gift, even though how he lives has been changed forever Jim still has his bad days, but he cherishes the good days even more.

In discussing with the cast and our guest, I, too, detailed a period of time where my husband and I went through a whole lot in the span of a few months, including:
two big life movesseveral losses, including a death in the family and a miscarriagemajor …

Happy Surroundings

I saw a quote today: "Surround yourself with those that make you happy." It was some meme-y infographic floating around on social media. To me, "those" can mean either people or things.

And then I thought: "Hey, not only should I surround myself with stuff that makes me happy, let's spread the cheer a bit!"

So, without further adieu, here is today's bit of happiness--a shawl I just blocked:

I knit it over a year ago, and then it languished in the project bag because blocking is hard and I'm not very patient at it. (For non-knitters: blocking is where you gently wash the piece, then lay it out and shape it, and once it dries, the pattern in the lace pops out and shows up better.)

I wish I hadn't let it sit so long, as I LOVE the result. (I'm a bit of a Dr. Who fan, can you tell? Yes, those are TARDISES.) I'll put all the details at the bottom for those knitters out there who want to know more.

Let me know: what is making YOU happy …

Resilience and our relationship to time

You can blame a musical for this post. :)

When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to see Annie on the stage. I was also a big fan of the movie that came out in 1982, with Aileen Quinn, Carol Burnett, and Albert Finney. I loved the music and the story SO MUCH: an orphan girl never gives up hope that her parents love her and will come back for her some day. She truly believes her circumstances to be temporary, and refuses to be broken by the world around her.

Fast forward thirty-(mumblety) years: I hadn't really thought about Annie much. But seeing a production of Annie at my local community theatre this past weekend, it was as if I was seeing it for the first time again! I was once again struck by Annie's resilience in the face of grim surroundings, both in the orphanage and on the streets of depression-era NYC. Indeed, she sings:

When I'm stuck with a day that's gray and lonely,
I just stick out my chin and grin, and say...Oh!
The sun'll come out
So ya gotta hang …