Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Today I’m grateful for getting to play hooky with my nephew Josh (and my parents) to visit the brand new Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. :)
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Today I’m grateful for three awesome people in my life who are celebrating birthdays today:
- my college roommate, Amy, who I haven’t seen in too long!
- my partner in crime from high school, Laurie, who I was happy to see this past Saturday at our (gulp) 20-year high school reunion …
- and my friend Courtney, who I’m looking forward to seeing this coming Saturday at our 17th annual pub crawl!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
Saturday, September 21, 2013
His birthday was on the 11th but I just saw this video this morning as I woke up. What a great way to start the day, being reminded of how lucky I am to have this little guy (and his mom and dad) in my life! Cheers to a great first year for Nathan, and many more amazing years to come!
Friday, September 20, 2013
Today I’m grateful for being reminded that love does not always happen the way everyone expects it to, when everyone expects it to, but that doesn’t make it any less perfect. Heck, maybe it makes it even better.
Especially in America, we put so much pressure on the expected progression of adult life. Go to college, work a good job for a little while, meet a guy, get married, buy a house, produce kids … and make sure you do all this by your early 30s at the latest, ladies!
We fool ourselves into thinking that’s a surefire recipe for happiness. And sure, it works for some.
But experiencing something slightly different or extremely different from that path is also a potential recipe for happiness!
The saddest thing to me is when people put so much pressure on themselves to follow the above expected path (often along with plenty of pressure from others) that they lose sight of all the opportunities for happiness that are sitting just off to the side, or heck, maybe even sitting right there in front of them. If they’d step away from the calendar causing them panic that they’re past 32 and haven’t accomplished Step #3, they might find that there’s someone who could bring them great joy, and reduce or even eliminate the panic. Maybe that someone is not packaged or presented exactly the way you’ve envisioned it for so long — but so what? It’s possible there is something even greater than your vivid imagination could have conjured if you take a deep breath and step off the path.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Love these girls, and can’t wait to see most of them for our (gulp) 20th reunion next weekend!
(Grateful to Krissy for reminding me of this, one of my favorite photos.)
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Beautiful sunset/moonrise last night at Castle Island!
I’m especially grateful for the runner who shooed away the pigeons and seagulls as he ran past me on the bench. They had descended, apparently in pursuit of my onion rings from Sullivans, and they were, of course, insistent. This guy did a big round sweep with his arms, barely slowing down, and they went away and stayed away! I thanked him on his next loop around. :)
Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Today, I’m grateful for the start of fall and the abundance of options for this pumpkin mix.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Today I’m grateful for a handful of truly great friends, who stand by me no matter what, even when I don’t feel that I deserve their friendship. One who always knows what to say, and makes checking the mailbox worthwhile, and another who makes sure I take care of myself, or does it herself when I don’t. I will never be able to thank them enough, but I need to do a better job of trying. So, thank you thank you thank you, girls.