It's been a crazy time for me. On one hand, I'm still verra, verra excited to be a Golden Heart® finalist, and on the other, life goes on. Laundry still needs doing, work needs to get done and I've got to get some serious revisions done on my current work in progress or I'm going to get really, really cranky.

While all this is going on, I took a quick trip out to visit a good friends and their sons. One is ten months and the other is eight. As a woman with five houseplants and a cat, I don't realize how truly busy life can be with mouths to feed, diapers to change and interesting questions to answer.

During my visit, I sat back and absorbed what my friends most likely consider normal life. Me? I found everything fascinatingly overwhelming. Like how a smile can change the world. Or how an eight-year-old boy knows way more about acceptance than I ever will.

Instead of worrying about what to wear, we put on comfy grub clothes and hung out in the yard. Instead of worrying about what to eat, we grabbed some leftovers from the fridge and made a wrap buffet. We laughed, shared opinions and stories, and didn't worry too much about anything.

We all need to do more of that.

How about you? How do you stay in the moment?

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