Sunday, December 21, 2014


find a place to relax.
arrive fully in the room,
in the chair or on the floor, and in your body.
relax your face, soften your jaw.
let the shoulders drop and feel relaxation move down the arms like honey,
warming the hands, relaxing the fingers.
relax the belly, legs and the feet.
feel the breath washing tension away.
let the mind and your breathing become one.
melt like a sugar cube in a warm cup of tea.
feel a warmth of benevolence wash through you.
feel your breath slowing and flowing
effortlessly like a river of peace through your body,
through your extremities,
through your spirit.
feel spaciousness replace tightness
and feel the limitations of your body merge
into the tranquility of space around you,
quiet and slow down your thinking,
let your thoughts float quietly above you.
don't struggle to turn off your mind,
just let the thoughts be transparent.
open you heart compassionately to your emotions,
accepting them and soothing them.
feel the well being of the body,
let it expand to all areas.
let the benevolent breeze transport your imagination to a floating reverie.
feel the body traveling high above the noise and tension.
see the world as small and the notion of calm
grow greater and greater, stronger and stronger
with each breath in.
with each breath out,
release struggle and see it fly away
like the release of doves.
feel the walls of your existence unfold into
the brilliance of a beautiful cosmos where entities are in existence solely
to sooth your tensions and nurture you with strokes of calming ointments.
get quiet,
still and eagerly anticipate that something
good is about to happen.
bring a favorite feeling to mind,
then to our body and spirit.
listen and watch for a symbol,
a word,
an essence,
a sentence,
or a vision
in this moment or in the near future.
one that brings you strength
and confidence balanced
with peace and surrender,
acceptance and compassion.
when one comes to you,
write it down.
post it or find an image of it to keep around.
or begin writing with this sentence:
"when i am calm i am gifted with..."
~the awe-manac: a daily dose of wonder

~jill badonsky

"listen and watch for a symbol,
a word,
an essence,
a sentence,
or a vision"
it will continue.
my sentence.
i whisper it daily.
as often as i need to.
it has become one with me.
that's how it's suppose to work.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 don't have to even wrap it...

"We were sitting in the studio this morning, each with our own cup of coffee or tea, looking at stacks & stacks of boxes & unpacked orders. YIkes. We probably should’ve been perfectly frantic & anxious… 

But suddenly the light came in just so & you could see the steam rising from the cups, almost like a benediction. Even Bing Crosby in the background singing Mele Kalikimaka was like a prayer of thanks. We all knew there was more than enough work to keep us busy until February of next year, but it felt more important to just sit there in that moment quietly & breathe & be grateful.

Grateful because we get to work with people we love, sending stories we love out to the whole world. Grateful beacuse we get to work with people who remember what’s important. Enjoying the moment. Doing happy dances now & then. Having chicken soup for lunch. Seeing these beautiful faces almost every day…

We want to take a moment to thank you all, too. For giving us a chance to do the work we do. For giving us a chance to love the world our own way.

& we hope in these next days, you take the time to enjoy the moments that show up in your life unexpectedly. Like the dance of steam from a coffee cup in sunlight. Or a child happily drawing at the kitchen table, humming their own rendition of Jingle Bells. Take time to see the faces of the people around you & remember that we’re all doing our best to love the world in our own way.

It’s one of the things we like to remember in this Season of Light…

with love from us all,

The Crew at StoryPeople

P.S. It’s easy to forget when you start running around getting that last minute thingy, but really truly, one of the best gifts you can give the people you love is to take a moment & put your arms around them & tell them exactly why you think they’re a fabulous human being. It’s something they’ll remember long after these days pass.

& just to be completely practical, you don’t have to even wrap it…:-)"

with love, us

just wanted to share.
the heart of storypeople.
this is why i (heart) them.
they help keep the feet grounded.
so the spirit is free to soar.
Merry Christmas.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


The other day Brian wrote a new story & put it on Instagram (& we like it so much we wanted you to see it here, too.) It’s called Clear Directions (This link will take you right to it!)

About an hour later, here’s a message he got from one of you:

I don't know if you have moments when you wonder if what you
are doing matters.

I wanted to tell you that your story about stopping and listening
mattered to me today. I heard my children's voices laughing,
fighting, bossing, laughing... And didn't feel tempted to give them
any direction, I just loved them madly.

'I just loved them madly'. We like that. Because with the holiday madness in full swing for all of us, we all need a reminder to simply stop & listen. To breathe in & out & let everything in your world wash over you & remember that the gift of life is amazing.

Sometimes it is as simple as having someone reach out & gently put their hand on your arm (or in a Facebook post, if you’re like us & happen to be very far away) & say Why don’t you just stop for a moment & take it all in?

Take in the happy chaos of fifteen conversations at once. The punctuations of laughter. The feel of the warm air on your face as the heat kicks in. The quiet moments when you look over at the people you love when they don’t know you’re watching. The way you just want to soak it all in.

We hope you take a moment & breathe that in. Just love them madly. & remember it’s a very good thing to be here together with the people you love…

That’s it. Carry on…:-)

with love,

The Crew at StoryPeople

thank you storypeople.
such a great reminder.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

...she laughed...

I’ve always found that saying something true, she said,
 is a good way to start.
Well, he said, some cats are fat
& she laughed.
Way to go for it, she said.

he isn't fat.
just big boned.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


  i tagged this photo as "she grew" 
i love finding these in random means she reached her potential.
she spread her wings and flew.

a physician once said,
"the best medicine for humans is love"
someone asked,
"what if it doesn't work?"
he smile and said,
"increase the dose."

i was looking through.
my couple of drawers of old cards today.
for the last Christmas card.
we got from my grandma Byers.
she passed away.
on this date.
in 1993.
i've tucked it away, i guess.
somewhere, further than i remember.
grandma was the best medicine for love. 
a kind, quiet, gentle spirit.
that lives on, daily, in our hearts.
inez christine johnson byers.
thank you for always providing.
the extra dose.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

...little candles light the darkness...

Little stones make big mountains. 
Little steps can cover miles. 
Little acts of kindness give big smiles. 
Little hugs can dry big tears. 
Little candles light the darkness.
May your day be filled with little things.

the sun peaked out.
from under it's blanket.
briefly this morning.
it is a little thing.
that will be added.
to the other little things.
that will take.
this day.
from an ordinary day.
 to an extraordinary one.
find your moments.
just BE.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

...keep peace in your soul...

december wallpaper.
please feel free to copy and use.
enjoy the december moments.
just BE.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


open arms

If you are lucky someday, you’ll stand, surrounded by people you know, or in the dark of night, quietly by yourself (it does not matter where exactly) & Life will fill your whole self &
 it will spill out a little with each breath you take
 after that & you will give your promise to hold the world safe, for as long as it takes

& then, afterwards, you’ll go about your days, wondering what has changed & you won’t see for a long time how it happens in small moments.

When you smile at someone you do not know. When you speak up, though it is easier 
& quicker to just keep moving. 
When you stop & hold the hand of a friend who can no longer go on 
& you speak in a low voice that only she can 
hear & you say these words (or something like them):
I would not want to be in a world without you in it.

& if you are lucky someday, maybe after one of these moments,
 you’ll understand why Life filled your whole self 
& all you could do was open your arms to hold the world close 
& remember how to Love.

last night we had an alumni basketball night.
my husband is the varsity boys basketball coach.
 he had a vision.
and the help of many.
 brought the spirit and life.
 back to the gym.
the way it use to be.
when we alumni walked those floors.
it was an amazing night.
filled with laughter and love.
for the past, present and future.
my photos, today.
are those of november.
from '09, '10, and '11.
we are looking at 2015 approaching quickly.
my how the time has flown.
embrace the moments.
they are the memories that build who you are.
they are the times that carry you through.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.