Take a Moment to Observe the Beauty and Embrace the Magic Around You

painted bunting

These painted buntings seem surreal to me yet they spent several days over the past week transforming our backyard into a wonderland. They are little feathered miracles that lift my worries and make my heart smile.

So many of us live and breathe by our endless schedules. Our lists of activities go on and on, and we often forget to take a few moments to observe the beauty in the world around us.

Birds. Wildflowers. Clouds. Our children.

All are in plain sight yet we fail to notice them.

I’ve had another long day of my own and am finally finishing up today’s work at this ridiculously late hour once more. Although I am in dire need of a few solid hours of sleep, I wanted to take a brief moment to celebrate the beauty that has blessed my life this week.

I feel tremendous gratitude for the innumerable gifts that fill my world and move around me at all times. I am pausing to remind myself of the importance of reserving a few minutes of each day to simply be. To look around. To breathe in the wonder. To embrace the magic. I pray that you can do the same.

Miracles surround us always. We just have to remember to notice them.

Love, light and magic to all of you.  Joanna


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. foodzesty
    May 04, 2018 @ 01:40:04



  2. boundlessblessingsblog
    May 04, 2018 @ 03:25:25

    Such a wonderful bird with its awesome colours and loved reading your beautiful words. Great post.


    • MoJo
      May 04, 2018 @ 05:29:03

      Thank you darling! Short and sweet is not normally my approach (It would be so much easier if it was!), but that’s how it goes at 1am and on! 🙂 It is an amazing little bird, isn’t it??? It doesn’t even look real. I keep trying to figure out how evolution would ever lead to that kind of coloring but my conclusion always ends at the same place. Some things have nothing to do with evolution and everything to do with be divinely spectacular. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend honey! Big hugs to you! Joanna ❤️


  3. derrickjknight
    May 04, 2018 @ 04:20:42

    What an amazing bird – primary colours and their mixes – what a palette


  4. LA
    May 04, 2018 @ 06:13:56



  5. I tripped over a stone.
    May 04, 2018 @ 21:38:40

    XO Joanna!


  6. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    May 10, 2018 @ 16:06:27

    That beautiful bird was surely a private gift to you; how well I remember when my only ‘free’ time was when I retreated to a long hot bath w/book in hand. I could disconnect for half an hour, then resume the rest of the tasks…. meals, laundry, gardening, quality time w/children/husband, social events, etc etc – and ‘Momma’ usually is the last in line… during times when I felt overwhelmed, it seemed that Nature had some quiet surprise planted in my path – perhaps a lovely bird or an equally-lovely flower – blooming out of season, but there to smile at me and touch my weary heart….
    You are so sensitive, special and talented as well!


    • MoJo
      May 10, 2018 @ 18:29:33

      There is something truly magical about being in nature. It just refreshes my mind and spirit when I’m in it. One of my kids just doesn’t seem to get that but the other two do. It’s strange to me though. I can’t comprehend not loving that. I adore that you do.


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