Thursday, January 2, 2014

// B R I N G S M E P E A C E //

It’s the New Year and with that comes all the resolutions.  All the ways we’d like to “be better.”  Look better, live better, love better.  So often, though, we drop the resolution by February.  We forget and then suddenly, January 1st is here again and the resolutions begin again.  I often wonder why we lose steam so quickly.  I do it all the time.  In fact, I make so many NYE resolutions, except they are made in march, in august and october.  All year round I promise myself things.  I promise I will be a better wife, mother, writer.  I will do yoga.  I will lose weight. (my least favorite one. it makes me feel like I’m betraying women everywhere)  Yet, I don’t keep at it.  I forget or I become overwhelmed and then I give up.  

Then I realized something.

At least for me, my life is so often dictated by stress.  I make resolutions out of feeling overwhelmed.  Out of unhappiness.  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes our last straw turns into our victory.  But, more frequently decisions made from a place of distress, whether it’s small or large, will cause us to stumble.  It will keep us in a cycle.  Because stress and fear are not reliable.  

But peace is.

Here is an example.  This year has been one of the hardest of our lives.  Yet, I made this silly little video of the past year for instagram and I saw it:  this year has also been so incredibly wonderful.  But it’s been the worst.  How is that possible?  I am positive I want a million and one things to change, yet the photos gave me a glimpse of joy in the suffering; love in the difficulty.  I felt peace as I saw those photos, remembered those moments.  It was shocking for me though, because I felt as if I had been completely wrong.  This year wasn’t hard!  No, it was beautiful! Moments of calm put life in perspective for us.  

So, here I am.  I could make a million resolutions.  Important ones.  Yet, I am only going to make one.

I will pursue peace.  I will calm my heart and emotions daily.  

I know it may not have shown over instagram or through my blog but, I have been so overwhelmed with stress that I am frequently tempted to drop everything, run to a mountain top and meditate.  I’d like to pursue peace with all of you.  I want to do this with others- see how you all calm your soul.  No way is too small, so please share.  We can accomplish so much if we are at peace.  We can help so many people if we are radiating peace.  I want to be inspired by how you find peace.  How you fight stress and win. Whether it’s prayer, writing, coffee, yoga or crossword puzzles.  It’s all valid and inspiring.  Peace brings us together and makes the world a little smaller.   

Anyone have any hashtag ideas so we can keep connected?  I keep blanking.  I'd love it to have the word "peace" in it somehow.  

We had something called a "king tide" yesterday.  The tide was so low, so we all put our boots on and made our way to the ocean.  The ocean is incredibly calming to me.  There is nothing better than the sound of the waves.  Also, my husband and I love to discover and wonder at all of the incredible sea life.  The starfish, anemones.  All of it is just incredible! My kids agree, although they'd rather jump and splash in the puddles!  <3


  1. I love to read your posts. Your writing speaks to me. I hope to find peace as well! Wishing you the very best...

  2. your beautiful photos inspire so much in me, dani. you are an inspiration to so many and all the light in the world shines brightly through all you do. i feel honored to call you my friend <3 happy new years!

    1. love you angelica! I am so happy to call you friend, as well! <3

  3. Danielle, beautiful thoughts and images as always. I agree with you that sometimes the most difficult circumstances yield the sweetest memories.

    I think your title of this post, "brings me peace" would make a great hashtag to mark your resolution. I also couldn't help but think of Mother Teresa as I read this. She was such a pursuer and bringing of peace with her entire life. Here are some words of hers on the matter you may enjoy

    The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace.

    Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don't really want to smile at; do it for peace. Let us radiate the peace of God and so light His light and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power.

    Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other-that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we would still need tanks and generals?

    Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy



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