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Wonderful…Vintage Gina

Wonderful…Vintage Gina

by Gina Valley

My pack and I are spending time together traveling this week.

One of my favorite giggles about time came from Groucho Marx:

Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.

Makes me laugh every time I see it.  I know it’s hokey, but it gives me the giggles.

One of the most important parts of getting away with our children is giving them time to laugh.  As I watched one of my daughters, often a sullen teenager, laugh uncontrollably while playing a silly game in the hotel pool last night, I was reminded how important it is to occasionally drop everything important, because sometimes doing nothing is what’s most important.

This week and next, I’m taking time off to do just that.

So, I’ve gone through my posts and queued up reader favorites to keep you in giggles while I’m hanging with my pack.

I hope you enjoy this Vintage Gina.

And, I hope you stop and take time to laugh with your loved ones, too.

Thank you for reading and sharing.

Laugh Out Loud!


Today’s Vintage Gina is my What A Wonderful World! post. You can read my What A Wonderful World! post below in its entirety, or, for you hardcore readers, click on one of these magic links to read my What A Wonderful World! post in its original location.

Either way, I’ll meet you at What A Wonderful World!.  You bring the cookies.  I’ll bring the giggles.

What A Wonderful World!

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Breathe deep, my soul.

Bask in Beauty.

Soak in Light.

Grow in Forgiveness. 

Live in Love.

Breathe deep.

-Gina Valley

One of the cool things about traveling so much this week is that it’s given me the opportunity to sit back and look at the scenery.

I often forget how important it is to nourish my soul by seeking out the beauty and encouragement found in the creation all around me.

We live in a beautiful place.  All of us. Every one.  Varied places.  Cities.  Towns.  Countryside.  Sometimes I get so busy that I forget to see what’s always around me.

Trees.  Rocks.  Waves.  Clouds.  Even a potted fichus or the tiny daisy pushing up through a crack in the sidewalk downtown.

It’s not just the green rolling hills or the vastness of the ocean that can source renewal.  Even the pot spilling over with pansies in front of the skyscraper I auditioned in today can refresh me if I just take a moment to revel in how lovely and how amazing they are.

When I look at trees and flowers and rivers I can feel myself relax as I soak in both their beauty and the reminder that they were created uniquely with a purpose and so was I.

It’s amazing the change in my attitude, the release of stress, the gratitude I feel when I make it a point to see what’s around me, and to take a few slow, deep breaths, forcing myself to slow down and absorb it.

Beauty renews, refreshes, encourages.

Seeing that the trees can endure the storms of winter, surely, I’m reminded, I can handle those that blow my way as well.

And, if a bent, craggy stump can be more lovely than a sculpture, surely there is a beauty to be found in the efforts I make as well.

I hope what you see outside today will bring joy and encouragement to you.



What inspires you?  What reminds you that there are great things when you’re feeling low?  What takes your breath away?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

Thank you for reading!