The Week in Words (July 30)

Do you have ever have something super simple send you down a rabbit trail of thoughts? That was me this weekend!

On Saturday morning, I finished out my workout routine for the week with a full-body workout—and then promptly felt like my lower body had ceased to work later in the day. It even hurt to cross my legs!

So I ended up taking a long soak in a hot bath filled with Epsom salt. During that bath, I caught myself looking at some scars on my legs that have been there forever.

And that got me thinking about scars. Not just on my legs, but in life.

Have you ever really thought about the story your scars tell about your life?

Like, for example, the thin, barely noticeable scar on my left pointer finger from where I grabbed a knife away from my sister when she was 2. Or the one on my chin from where I had stitches after slipping on the gym floor back when I was 5.

Or those aforementioned scars on my leg—one on my knee from when I rode my bike without training wheels for the first time…right into a trashcan. And the other further down my leg from when I tried to shave my legs for the first time back in middle school.

But beyond those physical scars, there are also scars in each of us that other people can’t see. Our scars are a reminder of wounds in our bodies and our lives that have healed—and things that we’ve overcome.

And sometimes they’re a reminder of wounds that still haven’t healed…and maybe won’t. But even then, they’re an ever-present symbol that we’re stronger than we could ever imagine.

They’re interwoven into our stories and our lives. So what do your scars say about you?

Best bite

Each week, I’ll drop in a pic and description of my favorite sip or bite—and a recommendation, too!


Ever had one of those meals where you slowly eat it and savor each bite? I rarely do, because let’s face it—when I’m hungry, I will put that food away!

But last week for lunch one day, I had shrimp bruschetta from Bar Louie. It’s one of my faves, and last week’s was just the perfect blend of crunch, tomatoey flavor, and salt. Mmm…

Favorite Reads

I had a breakthrough this week, y’all! After finishing up Emily Giffin’s “All We Ever Wanted, I circled back and gave Pat Conroy’s “South of Broad” another chance to hook me. And it did!

Now I’m about halfway through and really enjoying the narrative—and certainly the scenes set in Charleston.

I also continued listening to “The Alice Network: A Novel” last week. I took two long walks, so got a ton of listening time in. I love books that switch back and forth from one time period/story to another, and this one does that, so I’m really enjoying it.

Each week for the past few months, I’ve been receiving Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper. She sends out this e-newsletter each week, complete with an introduction that’s thought-provoking followed by a ton of links that are also super interesting and relevant. She’s taking a monthlong “digital detox” break in August, but if you’re interested, you’d have plenty of time to sign up before the next one publishes! Let me know if you’d like to see the most recent one, and I’ll forward it your way.

Auntie’s baby

Now surely, you didn’t think I’d create a blog without my baby love in it, right?!


I’m on Aunt YaYa duty babysitting this sweet babe later this week while mama goes back to school—and I can’t wait!

Questions I’m pondering…

These things are on my mind—if you know the answer, please share! Sometimes these will be light-hearted, other times they will not.

  • What’s your philosophy on work? It’s weird to see how people are so different when it comes to work style and work ethic. I can’t imagine giving less than my full effort, knowing that it would make someone else’s job more difficult.
  • How come the years pass by so quickly once you’re older? I think I only turned 36 a few weeks ago—well, except for the fact that I’m turning 37 this Sunday.
  • What’s your best go-to remedy for muscle soreness?

Quote of the week


Wrapping things up

I’d love to make this week’s blog post a little interactive. Since my birthday’s coming up this week, if you could share one quote or bit of inspiration with me for the year ahead, what would it be?

See you next week.



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