Heart: Day 12 #100PositiveDays

“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.” – Mother Teresa

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been telling people “Emily is going to save the world.” Obviously, this is quite the daunting task. I do not mean to suggest that by any means I will save the entire world, but I do have a passion for changing at least some small part of it.

The Horses

As a little girl, I fell in love with horses. Not just their beauty, the rush of riding them, or the friendship they provide, but also their hearts. You can tell a horse anything and they will still stand there with the same kind eyes, without any judgement, and just listen. You can hear more about my love for the barn on this post¬†here, but today I’m writing specifically about where my heart has taken me.

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Scent: Day 6 #100PositiveDays

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” –¬†Walter Hagen

Smells. My grandfather’s house. Lysol-smelling colonoscopy prep. Christmas trees. Snow-covered mountains. Today, I’ve just written a poem explaining my favorite scents. I hope you enjoy!


Gracie’s House

I pull into the drive
and park my car.
Sitting, waiting, relaxing.
I’m here, my happy place.
I turn off the engine
and look out my window.
My pretty little mare,
stares back at me.

Hearing my door open,
her ears move forward,
with head held high,
peering over the stall.
She nuzzles the halter,
I open the gate,
feet prancing below her,
she’s ready to run.

Off in the distance,
I smell it before I see it.
A special scent of fly spray,
reminiscent of horse camp.
And with that one scent
I’m taken to a place
where worries are lost
and friendship is found.

There’s dust in the air,
it collects on my eyelids.
Hay on my arms,
manure beneath my feet.
Some may turn their nose up,
disgraced by the thought.
But these smells are my quiet;
I like them, a lot.


What memories do you have, both good and bad, that are triggered by certain smells?