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I agree with the Dalai Lama:

Happiness is the goal behind all goals. We are here to be happy.

After 13 years as a litigator, I decided to be the best “me” I could be by transitioning from law to non-profit work.

Ten years later, I turned my attention to writing.

Which, as it turns out, is also not-for-profit.

Spirit Lights The Way connects me with readers who share inspiring thoughts on happiness, freedom, mindfulness, and sustainable living.

When we let our lights shine, we encourage others to do the same.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Related post:  Mirth & Motivation (4/14/2011)


1. Richard W Scott - February 22, 2010

And it’s about time, too! Welcome to the Blogosphere, Nancy!

2. Danielle - February 25, 2010

Love it Nance!!!!!

nrhatch - February 25, 2010

Thanks, Danielle! Thought you might.

3. Peg - March 1, 2010

Just got back from a cruise to find that you have taken a permanent one in blogosphere! This is a lovely site. Thank you for sharing it with us. We will visit it often. Miss you on the island.
Peg and Mike

4. nrhatch - March 1, 2010

Hi Mike & Peg!

Thanks for taking a peak at my new project which is aimed at sharing inspirational and uplifting stories, quotes, thoughts, and advice.

Hope the cruise gave you a chance to visit some warm, exotic locales and get away from Jack Frost for a short time. It’s amazing how much of the fluffy white stuff has fallen in the mid-Atlantic, and elsewhere, this winter. I expect that the daffodils will be making an appearance on the island shortly . . . enjoy them for us!

5. Deborah - March 7, 2010

I found you on WEbook and took a peek at your profile. love your sense of freedom and your blogsite. I’ll be back!

nrhatch - March 7, 2010

Please do . . . we’ll leave the light on for you!

6. Katharine - April 26, 2010

Great blog! I look forward to exploring it.

7. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Thanks, Katharine!

Enjoy the journey . . .

8. chrissiebee - April 26, 2010

Wow!! You are an amazing woman! Well Done You! I love your way of thinking. You seem to hold so many values dear to yourself as I do. Off to read some more inspirational reading. I will definitely keep reading. Best of luck with writing. XXxxXX Chrissie xx 🙂

9. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Thanks, Chrissie!

I’ve been a work in progress for quite some time. : )

Sometimes we just need to “get of the way” and let the Universe work its magic.


10. cindy - May 12, 2010

I love that you took this leap of faith Nancy! Look forward to getting to know you.

11. nrhatch - May 12, 2010

I’m looking around your site right now!

Loved your piece on happiness/contentment/peace ~ Audacity?

Very beautifully written.

12. Paula - June 9, 2010

Isn’t it wonderful what happens when we get out of our own way and let the Creator have some room to lead? I am so happy for you that you had and took the opportunity to stretch out and move in such a wonderful, creative direction. Someday, you must come up and visit the mountains of NC and sit and rock with me on our front porch and have a nice L-O-O-O-N-N-G chat (I don’t know how to have any other kind!) If only everyone could figure out that the true secret to being joyful is making the decision to be! Thank you for being exactly who/where you are, and inviting all of us willing folk to sit alongside you!

nrhatch - June 9, 2010

Where in NC?

We lived in Winston-Salem for 8 years and spent many lovely weekends meandering around the mountains ~ Asheville, Boone, Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove, etc.

We are encouraged by society to take root . . .

We are encouraged by spirit to take flight . . .

13. agatha82 - June 10, 2010

Wow, very inspiring story, really, and one I can relate to because I’ve quit my job and want to attempt to freelance as well plus finish editing my first novel. My Dad lives in Miami, so I understand the attraction to Florida (though it’s a bit too hot for me) Yes, the best gift you can ever give yourself is freedom. Well done!

nrhatch - June 10, 2010

Good luck with your novel and with your freelance efforts. If you don’t already own a copy, you might check out WRITER’S MARKET: Where and How To Sell What You Write.

Thanks for stopping by!

agatha82 - June 10, 2010

Thanks for that, I shall look it up and buy it and I will certainly be stopping by here again, it’s a lovely place 🙂

14. nrhatch - June 10, 2010

Thanks, Agatha. Glad I stumbled into you today. : )

15. pbandchutney - June 29, 2010

Love the Dr. Seuss quote!!

nrhatch - June 29, 2010

PB and Chutney . . . that might be delish!

Thanks for stopping by!

16. Jean - July 11, 2010

I would love to free myself. But I don’t have enough $$$.

nrhatch - July 11, 2010

There’s all types of freedom, Jean. And many of them are FREE of charge:


Good luck moving along the path of freedom!

17. bendedspoon - August 10, 2010

i have also gift myself freedom on my last birthday and it inspired my post ‘It’s My Happy Birthday’. Freedom to leave baggages behind and live light. I have seen so many magical things in here for living light and free — got to learn that magic tips 🙂

nrhatch - August 10, 2010

The universal light emits parallel sparks for us to grasp:

Miracles and mysteries
The joys of synchronicity
Magical moments abound!

Enjoy the path as it unfolds.

18. Ollin - September 18, 2010

Congrats on your freedom Nancy (is it?)! I’m trying to work on that myself, boy does it take a lot of courage, a lot of risks, and a lot of overcoming our fears. But I’ll keep working on it. Thanks for serving as an inspiration! 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2010

There is a wonderful little book, Be Happy, filled with inspirational quotes.

I keep it on my desk and refer to it whenever doubts creep in.

“You must take your chance.” ~ Wm Shakespeare

19. withduckandgoose - September 27, 2010

“Freedom to Be Here Now (rather than dwelling on past hurts or future fears”

I’m slowly learning how to do this. Thanks for your inspiration and helping to keep my drive in full swing.

nrhatch - September 27, 2010

Cool! One step at a time.

It took me a long time to get to where I’m going.

20. jannatwrites - October 8, 2010

Great story! Very positive and inspirational. Enjoy your freedom 🙂

nrhatch - October 8, 2010

Will do.

And follow your own road . . . even if you have to rely on the occasional semi-colon. 😉

21. Rev. Caritas - November 19, 2010

Your happy, smiling face gives me a happy, smiling face. 😀

22. Addy - December 18, 2010

It truly is a wonderful gift “Freedom” – be it gifting it to others or yourself!!! All the very best for your journey!!!

Best Wishes,

nrhatch - December 18, 2010

Thanks for swinging by, Addy! Enjoy your stay.

23. timkeen40 - December 27, 2010

Florida is a great place to inspire. We vacation at Ormond Beach nearly every summer. I spend the whole time in the room writing while the family enjoys the beach. I wish I could make a life out of it, too.


nrhatch - December 27, 2010

This is the best place I’ve ever lived ~ out of NJ, VA, SC, NC, and MD

24. Tokeloshe - February 10, 2011

Love the quote!

nrhatch - February 10, 2011

It is one of my absolute favorites ~ and I have tons of quotes that I love.

If I am not “me” . . . I am no one. 🙂

25. l0ve0utl0ud - February 16, 2011

That’s very inspiring. Congratulations for having the courage and love to follow your dreams.

nrhatch - February 16, 2011

We grow in courage over the years . . . or we shrink. We are either expanding or contracting.

It’s a choice we make, day by day.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

26. postadaychallenge2011 - February 26, 2011

I have a saying, it goes, my business is none of your business, and your business is none of mine. Great blog.

nrhatch - February 26, 2011

Ooh, I have a similar quote: “What you think of me is none of my business.”

Also: “We have as many reputations as we have acquaintances and none is accurate.”

Thanks for swinging by! Hope you’re still enjoying the postadaychallenge.

27. CMSmith - March 29, 2011

Congratulations. I am passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to you. Feel free to accept it or not.

You can read about it here. http://randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/rapunzel-speaks-and-gives-out-awards/

nrhatch - March 29, 2011

Thanks, CM! I just received the VBA the other day but am delighted to accept again . . . in a small private ceremony. 😉


28. Patty - April 7, 2011

I love your Dr Suess quote. It has taken half my life to realize that.

nrhatch - April 7, 2011

Same here. I wish I’d realized that truth as a teen. Would have saved me a ton of heart ache.

29. Featured Blogger: Nancy Hatch – Spirit Lights The Way | Mirth and Motivation - April 14, 2011

[…] writings and her commitment to her craft. Nancy is a prolific published writer/blogger, has lived a rich and varied life, and, I am convinced, she rarely sleeps. The other night, I was editing a post, it was close to […]

30. Samyak - May 3, 2011

“Freedom to be exactly who I’ve always wanted to be.”

Gosh, how much I want to be where you are in life!! Compliments, congrats to be there!


nrhatch - May 3, 2011

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoyed your post on seeking answers.

The Way teaches us the Way . . . one step at a time.

31. kimmie - May 8, 2011

Just stopping by to say hello! Wanted to also say that I lived in Florida for about 10 years, was at the beach practically every day, truly enjoyed the peacefulness of the ocean!
How wonderful it is that you’re giving yourself that freedom, I know how good that feels! 🙂

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Thanks, Kimmie. Enjoyed “meeting” you on Mirth and Motivation the other day.

When we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live!

32. juliajustgotcreative - May 23, 2011

Just stumbled onto your site. I like your attitude 🙂 I am also working on having a better, healthier, happier life by letting go of some things and opening up to others. Its amazing how freeing it can be. Bless you.

nrhatch - May 23, 2011

Welcome, Julie!

Topics bounce around a bit on SLTW. If you’re interested in specific categories ~ you can search by category or key word. Speak up if you feel lost.

Enjoy the journey. 😀

33. Maggie - June 2, 2011

Hi, Nancy! I have given you the Irresistibly Sweet Blog award. Check it out here: http://maasmith7.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/the-irresistibly-sweet-blog-award/

nrhatch - June 2, 2011

Thanks, Maggie! You rock.

34. Jacqueline - June 24, 2011

Love it! I’ve always followed my intuition and it’s led me exactly where I am today. I’m in the midst of some life changes, but I’m still listening. Your commitment to yourself, your freedom, and doing exactly what you want to do is inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing that. It may be just what I needed to read today. 🙂

nrhatch - June 24, 2011

I find that following the winks, whispers, and nudges of Spirit helps me to end up facing the right direction at the right time.

Just checked out your site . . . are you still loving the banjo?

35. sweetdaysundertheoaks - June 26, 2011

I am loving your blog! I am a great believer of “following your bliss”. I wear a necklace, never take it off with a small heart in the center of a hand stamped jewelry small disc that says follow your bliss. There is a large plaque on the wall in the garage right in front of my car that says FollowYB

36. sweetdaysundertheoaks - June 26, 2011

Sorry I hit the button early 🙂 I should go back to sleep! Your Brain on Bliss, I want to read the article but as I have been perusing your blog I forgot where I saw the link. I won’t mind reading some more to find it again!

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

The search features on SLTW make it pretty easy to find things. For example, I just typed “brain” and “bliss” into the search bar and 7 or 8 articles on mindfulness appeared, including the one you wanted to read:


The others popped up because they linked to this article.

Enjoy the journey!

37. sweetdaysundertheoaks - June 26, 2011

Yep I found it right away using your search this morning! I followed my bliss early this morning ans snapped happy in the fog! Thank you!

nrhatch - June 26, 2011

Excellent! Glad you’re enjoying looking around SLTW. 🙂

38. hugmamma - July 8, 2011

Have seen you on other blogs…maybe “Random Thoughts from Midlife?” Not sure. Sounds like you’ve simplified and are enjoying some wise life choices.

we’re all on the same journey…just experiencing it a little differently, i think…hugs. 🙂

nrhatch - July 8, 2011

Thanks! Enjoyed your post on Sound Bytes. Like you, I’d rather get the facts and do my own thinking. 😀

I’m not certain either ~ Mirth & Motivation, Random Thoughts From Midlife, Woman Wielding Words, or just the occasional WP Prompt? I’ll watch for your avatar and see where I see you next.

39. dearrosie - October 8, 2011

Hi Nancy,
I’ve seen your comments many time and finally came to visit. I’m glad I did. You’ve got a lovely warm home by the swaying palms and turquoise seas …
I love the Dr Seus quote. And love the mystery of whether your deceased blogging buddy really existed. Or not?

nrhatch - October 8, 2011

Thanks, Rose. Glad you stopped by. The latest installment in the continuing saga is now posted.

40. Tooty Nolan - October 23, 2011

Think I’m going to bookmark you.

41. Jo Todd - October 31, 2011

Love this site, and your courage, and your sense of fun. It is amazing how much Dr Seuss and Albert Einstein had in common

nrhatch - October 31, 2011

Dr. Seuss was wise . . . and merry! 😀

42. aRVee - November 19, 2011

You have a very impressive bio nrhatch…

Cheers to your freedom. The best things in life are free…

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

I agree. Here’s to living the life of our dreams! Cheers.

aRVee - November 24, 2011

Cheers. Happy thanksgiving! 🙂

nrhatch - November 24, 2011

Thanks, RV!

aRVee - November 24, 2011

You’re welcome!

43. ayearoflivingwisely - November 23, 2011

That is one of my favorite quotes! Can’t wait to follow your journey 🙂

nrhatch - November 23, 2011

Thanks, I enjoyed your insights today, Angela. Glad that Debra suggested your post.

44. Chicken Nuggets and Elmo - November 26, 2011

Just found your blog and I love your bio! How lucky you are!

nrhatch - November 27, 2011

Thanks. When we follow our own path in life . . . we end up closer to where we want to be.

45. mrkoenig66 - December 7, 2011

I have found a moment to stop by and leave a good chunk of personal gratitude in this incredible place in cyber space you have built. To you, my fellow writer, friend, rah-rah encourag-errrrrRRR (great non-word, huh?!), and most of all, ILLUMINATED SOUL … I thank you for being. Namaste _/♥\_

nrhatch - December 7, 2011

Thanks! What a lovely “chunk of personal gratitude” to receive. I’ve been enjoying your “words” and affirmations each day. Definitely designed to inspire. 😀

46. aRVee - December 30, 2011

Happy New Year! All the best in 2012! 🙂

nrhatch - December 30, 2011

Thanks, aRVee. Hope 2011 ends on a high note that carries long into the new year. 😀

47. daoud alahmad - May 14, 2012

Right , well done

48. yogaleigh - June 24, 2012

I’ve nominated you for a Commentator Award: http://bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/commentator-award/ Even if you’re not interested in the award biz, wanted you to know I appreciate the comments…

nrhatch - June 24, 2012

Thanks, Leigh!

49. yazrooney - August 1, 2012

What a lovely intro to you, Nancy! And a lovely photo to prove you are who you say you are!

50. sqeekchair - August 15, 2012

Nancy- enviable position you are. I currently work a desk gig that really does not have fulfillment as much as writing, exploring and creating would. My dreams require money and I’m still hopeful they are diamonds in the rough.

I’m surprised that your legal side brain is this creative and free. What a refreshing surprise that is!

nrhatch - August 15, 2012

Thanks, squeekchair. Practicing law provided me with the necessary financial resources to listen to my “creative and free” side when it encouraged me to stop practicing law.

My left brain loved all the logic and analysis. My right brain found the legal arena far too confining. 😉

51. Perfecting Motherhood - September 10, 2012

Hi Nancy, I’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Award (who doesn’t like a little ray of sunshine?). Feel free to accept it or pass it. Sorry if you already got it. Go back to my post to see the questions to answer and how to forward the award to others.

nrhatch - September 10, 2012

Thanks, Milka. I’ll head round straight away . . . to see your answers, if nothing else. 😀

52. Sue - October 12, 2012

Hi! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and site. I came across your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in receiving 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

Just to let you know, our site SlimKicker basically turns your fitness/diet goals into a level-up RPG game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

– Sue
P.S. You can choose not to publish this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

nrhatch - November 6, 2012

Thanks, Sue. I’m still on the fence. I’ll shoot you an e-mail when I decide.

53. Spiritual World Traveler - November 26, 2012

I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here is the post, if you choose to accept. http://spiritualworldtravelerblog.com/2012/11/26/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Thanks so much! I’ll come check it out. 😀

Spiritual World Traveler - November 26, 2012

You’re welcome!

54. aawwa - November 29, 2012

I haven’t visited your “about” page before but I am pleased I did today. I really enjoy your writing and your quick wit and creativity… and you look a little bit like my sister 🙂

nrhatch - November 29, 2012

Thanks, aawwa. Some days my writing is all that I want it to be ~ it satisfies my urge to entertain, educate, create, and/or express our collective existential angst.

Other days, it’s just a string of letters landing with a resounding thud on the cyber runway.

Either way, the journey of writing causes me to look life square in the face and pay attention. So, it’s all good.

Say hi to your sister . . . 😀

55. seeker57 - November 29, 2012

I mind and you matter! That’s my quote for you. It’s a pleasure to finally have an afternoon off to read all ABOUT you. And what I think of you is a GREAT deal. It pays to be a seeker. *=) Blessings to you.

nrhatch - November 29, 2012

Thanks, Seeker. I often follow a blog for some time before I get around to reading their “about” page . . . I find it more fun if I already have picked up a bit about who they are before reading the spread sheet.

56. The Liebster Award | The Heartsongs Blog - March 5, 2013

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nrhatch - March 6, 2013

Thanks for thinking of me! 😀

57. One Lovely Blog Award | The Heartsongs Blog - March 12, 2013

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58. aprobertsstories - May 6, 2013

I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award. I put a link and short review on my page (http://aprobertsstories.wordpress.com/awards/super-sweet/).

nrhatch - May 6, 2013

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the recent spate of book and movie reviews. 😀

59. Eric Tonningsen - July 1, 2013

I feel like I’m joining the party late. New (two months) the WP community, I’m creating time each day to find blogs worthy of following. I’m pleased to have landed here. As for having found and choosen freedom, bravo! I suspect you know your choice and actions are the envy of many. 🙂 Continue to revel in your bliss, sunshine and beautiful space.

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

Hi Eric. I took a quick peak at your brand new-ish blog . . . great topics. I have jury duty this morning, but I’ll return later to read more.

Enjoy looking around SLTW. You can search a word (e.g., “happiness” or “laughter”) or by category (“mindfulness” or “books & movies”). Or you can use the calendar to negotiate.

Have FUN!

60. Mira - July 21, 2013

Love it! Enjoy your freedom :):)

nrhatch - July 21, 2013

Thanks, Mira! Have a wonder filled day.

61. Iam Who Iam - July 24, 2013

It’s my privilege to nominate you for the Liebster Award. You may accept if you wish, but feel free to merely experience the honor of having been nominated and leave it at that. (http://iamwhoiamnowblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/liebster-award-acceptance-and-nominations/)

nrhatch - July 24, 2013

Thanks so much for thinking of me.

62. maddy0290 - July 28, 2013

You have had a awesome career nrhatch!! And even now you are doing great, enriching others life as you enrich your own.. 🙂 Love your blog!

nrhatch - July 28, 2013

Thanks, Maddy! Life is good. 😀

63. Gray Dawster - August 11, 2013

I think that living the dream is excellent my friend and what beautiful surroundings to choose, I for one wish you all the very best that life has to offer for it is not always possible to live one’s life in freedom 🙂 What a wonderful feeling that must be 🙂

I am visiting you today from Tom Merriman’s Space…

Have a lovely start to your week 🙂


nrhatch - August 11, 2013

Thanks, Andro. I’m glad you mentioned Tom’s Blog . . . I knew your avatar looked familiar but I couldn’t place where I’d seen “you” before. It took 1/2 a century for us to claim our freedom, but I’m delighted we did. It’s been a lovely change of pace and place.

Gray Dawster - August 11, 2013

I can certainly see that my friend and good luck with everything, it is a brave step I think but one that will be your finest 🙂 If you ever wish to call into my Space just request access and I will grant it 🙂

Have a lovely week and enjoy
all those special times to come 🙂


nrhatch - August 11, 2013

Thanks, Andro. Tonight we’re heading to the beach to watch a meteor shower . . . as long as the skies stay clear.

64. Lisa A. McCrohan - February 9, 2014

YES! Freedom. This is what is coming to me as i turned 40 this year – giving myself this gift, as you so beautifully describe it — to follow what delights my heart even more so than in my 30s. Also – letting go of regrets, letting go of being perfect (parenting perfect etc). love to you! Lisa

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Thanks, Lisa. Here’s to being who we want to be! 😀

65. I am J - February 16, 2014

Freedom is invigorating. Isn’t it ironic, though, that once we actively pursue “freedom,” we learn that we were free all along? It just takes courage to let-go and allow ourselves to “own” our freedom and to consciously choose every day how we will show up in the world.

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Exactly! It’s a matter of realizing that we do NOT need a signed permission slip to live our life.

I am J - February 16, 2014

I am enjoying following your journey here on your blog.

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Thanks, J. I loved the photos, especially of the full moon, on your blog.

66. Val Boyko - February 17, 2014

Love this! Thank you for stopping by http://www.FindYourMiddleground.com. Its wonderful to meet fellow travelers and other women who are truly free 🙂

nrhatch - February 17, 2014

Thanks, Val. Here’s to maintaining balance in a world that’s often off-kilter.

67. Erin Chavez - February 18, 2014

I would love to share you post about “10 Ways to Attract Positive Energy” on my site about meditation (http://boostedmeditation.com). Would that be okay with you? I will link the article back to your site.

nrhatch - February 18, 2014

Yes, fine. Thanks for asking . . . and sharing. 😀

68. nancytex2013 - May 5, 2014

Hi Nancy – just stopping by to say hello and thank you for sending J (I am J) over to my place! I’ve seen your comments on a bunch of other blogs — seems we have a ton of common friends! Finally making my way over to check you out! Cheers! 🙂

nrhatch - May 5, 2014

Thanks, Nancy! After reading Kate’s blog this morning . . . I went around to your blog to see who had challenged her and shared both links with J. I got sidetracked before saying “hey” to you. So I’m glad you swung round here. Good luck with your fitness goals and have a blast planning your trip to Charleston.

nancytex2013 - May 5, 2014

I’m beyond giddy just thinking about it. I may self-combust when I actually meet Andra. 🙂

nrhatch - May 5, 2014

It sounds like an awesome trip ~ good food, good fun, and good company!

69. Caryn Hodge - May 29, 2014

Nancy, thanks for the nice write up. Ed loved it. Can we get permission to link to it. I got it off the Mention App. Could you send me the link and tell me where it appeared or where it lives. You can teach me at 941-778-8705 or chodge@chilesgroup.com. Thanks again.

nrhatch - May 29, 2014

Sure! Here’s the link:

We had a great time and the restaurant looks FANTASTIC!

70. Carol Balawyder - May 30, 2014

I love Dr. Suess quotes.:)

71. Ann Koplow - June 1, 2014

I’m so glad our paths have crossed today. I’ve enjoyed, a great deal, what I’ve read here so far, and I look forward to future encounters. Thanks!

nrhatch - June 1, 2014

Hi Ann! I’ve seen you over at Kate’s place ~ Did That Just Happen? Thanks for swinging round.

72. Anne Lene - July 4, 2014

Hi Nancy, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You have such an awesome site, I just couldn’t help myself 🙂 Here is a link to the post about your nomination. Accepting is off course completely voluntarily 🙂 http://minimalistsometimes.com/2014/07/04/sunshine-award/

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Thanks for thinking of me, Anne!

73. Turquoise Compass - July 5, 2014

Thanks for connecting with Turquoise Compass! I hope you enjoy my travel journey as much as I do!
Jessica, Turquoise Compass

nrhatch - July 5, 2014

Thanks, TC! Look forward to more of your posts about turquoise waters. Great that Anne hooked us up.

Turquoise Compass - July 5, 2014

Yes, I’m glad you found me and I YOU!

nrhatch - July 5, 2014

Ditto. 😎

74. latebloomerbuds - August 25, 2014

Hi Nancy! Well, I must say it sounds like you made a life altering decision and haven’t looked back. Good for you! My husband and I just moved to northern Michigan to the cottage we have had for 20 plus years. Gutted it and it is almost ready to move into. Yippee! I too, wake to gorgeous surroundings every day. I have to pinch myself daily. Life is good. Thanks for visiting my blog (thanks to that sweetheart Pix) and for the follow. I am off to see what you are up to. Cheers, Margie

nrhatch - August 25, 2014

Glad that you’ll be able to move in before the first snow fall! It should be gorgeous as autumn rounds the bend.

Pix is a sweetheart ~ and those boots you painted for her are FABULOUS!!!


75. Hariod Brawn - November 29, 2014

I like your Dr. Seuss quote. May I add another?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde.

nrhatch - November 29, 2014

I agree with Oscar! So many waste time trying to emulate others instead of tuning in to the wisdom within.

Hariod Brawn - November 29, 2014

He was something of contrarian wasn’t he, yet on this he was sure-footed. I look forward to meeting your acquaintance further as your articles arrive in my inbox. I gather you are Nancy; pleased to meet you Nancy. Hariod.

nrhatch - November 29, 2014

Thanks, Hariod. And yes ~> Don’s recent post about Wilde demonstrates that Oscar could be inconsistent, contradictory, contrarian, and even confrontational.


Sometimes the “pot stirrers” get us thinking more deeply.

Hariod Brawn - November 29, 2014

You will see some thoughts of mine on Wilde in the comments to that very same post of Don’s Nancy.

nrhatch - November 29, 2014

I saw them and enjoyed your Leonard Bernstein quote: “I hate Wagner, but I hate him on my knees.”

76. Equipping The Saints - December 30, 2014

Nice beach. Panama City?

nrhatch - December 30, 2014

Siesta Key.

Equipping The Saints - December 30, 2014

Very pretty scene. I’ve been to Sweet Tomatoes. It was very nice.

77. C.E.Robinson - July 25, 2015

Nancy, congratulations on finding your place in life! Love the Dr. Seuss quote. My favorite – “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if you really try!” -Dr. Seuss

nrhatch - July 25, 2015

I love that! He had such a way with thinks, thanks, and thunks.

78. Wisdomfromtherooms - October 21, 2015

You have an awesome site!!!!! Just a great collection of wonderful thoughts and ideas.

nrhatch - October 21, 2015

Thanks! Have fun looking around.

79. aFrankAngle - January 19, 2016

I celebrate being the 100th like on the page. 🙂

nrhatch - January 19, 2016

Woo Hoo!

80. Encore Voyage - February 28, 2016

Wow! I’m late to the dance! What an amazing little place you’ve got here! Blow in my ear (read that computer screen) and I’ll follow you anywhere! I can tell your sense of humor is going to give me a smile with every post! I didn’t know there was anyone as skeptical and snarky (that’s a real adjective) as I am! I’m happy just thinkin’ about future posts!

nrhatch - February 28, 2016

Happy is good! Welcome aboard the Good Ship Laugh-A-Lot!

81. roughwighting - April 12, 2016

Ohhh, I’m so glad I found you here~ Yes, yes, yes. I agree. Let’s shine our light in our work and our writing. Namaste.

nrhatch - April 12, 2016

Thanks, Pam. I got a good laugh out of your April Fool’s “who done it” post.

roughwighting - April 12, 2016


82. mybeautfulthings - April 13, 2018

Just revisited here to see if I could find out where your two mile beach walk today took place and just want to say – what a lovely smiley face! 🙂

nrhatch - April 13, 2018

This morning’s beach walk was on Anna Maria Island ~ just south of Tampa, FL.

And thanks! Days with smiles are the best kind of days! :mrgreen:

mybeautfulthings - April 13, 2018

Florida! I bet it was warm! We haven’t walked on the beach for a while as the wind is still so very cold even when the sun is shining. :). 🙂

nrhatch - April 13, 2018

It’s lovely weather at the moment ~ not too hot & not too cold. Even Goldilocks would find nothing to complain about! 😀

83. Book Club Mom - September 8, 2018

It’s great to connect to your blog and thanks for visiting Book Club Mom. Looking forward to reading your posts!

nrhatch - September 8, 2018

And thank YOU for hosting Jill on your blog!

84. Erica/Erika - April 18, 2020

Nice to meet you, Nancy! I am visiting from Jill Weatherholt’s blog to find out your name. I love your “brief bio.” I also agree with the Dalai Lama and Dr. Seuss. I look forward to reading your posts. Erica

nrhatch - April 18, 2020

Thanks for swinging by! I’ll check out your blog soon.

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