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Today I am grateful for:

Words that tug at my heart strings and create tiny flutters of love and hope. Quotes like this one:

“I like to see people reunited, maybe that’s a silly thing, but what can I say, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.” —Jonathan Safran Foer

Stumbling across websites like this: (http://www.moreloveletters.com) and instantly falling in love with the idea. I cannot wait to write my first anonymous love letter and hide it someplace. What a fantastic and magical idea. The world most definitely needs more love letters.

My friends. I have the best friends in the whole wide world. I lucked out for sure. My hope is that other people experience the unconditional love, support and encouragement that I do on the daily. Plus, they’re TONS of fun.

Trying out new things, like joining a bowling league. I am such a terrible bowler, I hardly ever break 100, but it’s so much fun! I’m really looking forward to the next 10 weeks.

Today I am grateful for:

Inspiring people like Narayanan Krishnan. 

Take two minutes and watch this video. I still have goosebumps. 

This weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about failure and rejection. 

Everyday, I have the honor and privilege to be actively involved in other people’s lives. To know the intimate details of their good, bad and ugly. Everyday, people welcome me into their homes to help them sort things out, to work things through, to admit that what has been working isn’t working anymore. Everyday, I get to help people work towards improving their relationships with their spouse, partner and/or children. It is an enormous gift. I learn so much about the inner workings of relationships. I learn so much about myself. I am often moved to tears at the strength and resilience so many people have.

Change is really, really hard. And while I am often gently pushing people towards change and often become frustrated when my clients are resistant to it. I TOTALLY get it. Because I don’t want to change either! I don’t want to fail at things, it doesn’t feel good. I don’t want to feel rejected, because that really doesn’t feel good. Sometimes it’s easier to just do things as we’ve always done them, even when it has long been broken. Sometimes it’s easier not to open the door to our dark and twisty “stuff.” Sometimes it’s easier to push snooze and sleep in, rather than get up and go for a run. Sometimes it’s easier to stay in on a Friday night than go out and meet new people. Sometimes it’s easier to have a fight with our loved ones than to talk about what’s really bothering us. Sometimes it’s easier to pretend that we’re okay, than to admit that we’re hurt, beaten down and feeling worthless. 

With all of that said, if we are stagnant, stuck and hopeless, we are not working towards our best selves. 
So, you didn’t get a chance to work out today. Get up and do it tomorrow morning. 
So, you went on another bad date. Go out on go on another one this weekend. 
So, you ate two cookies too many. Eat a big salad tomorrow for lunch. 
So, you proposed something at work and it fell flat. Keep thinking outside of the box and propose something else next month.
So, you got angry and said something you didn’t mean. Go to that person and apologize. 

I know it’s hard and that sometimes life keeps hitting us while we are down. And that sometimes it feels like if one more thing happens we are thisclose to having a breakdown. Every step is movement forward. Even if it’s a teeny, tiny baby step. We have to keep moving forward, to keep trying. Time is going to pass anyway. I keep having to remind myself that the very fact that I failed, means that I tried. And that is something to be grateful for.

So much love and encouragement, friends. We’re in this together.

Today I am grateful for:

Memories. I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately.

Days off in the middle of the week. I feel like I get to have two weekends this week. I worked today, but only for a little while and it was easy and quiet. A welcome breath of fresh air after a tough month of chaos, uncertainty and difficult situations at work.

Finding beauty and grace in the simplest of things. Set to the right music, a bag floating through the air and people dancing in a sprinkler look like some of the most magical things I’ve ever seen.

Movie nights and lots of snuggles with my favorite girl.

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Today I am grateful for:

My sweet baby girl, Addie. We celebrate our adoption anniversary today. I’ve been proud to be her over-protective and neurotic dog-mom for two years now. It’s funny, but I can’t remember what my life was like before her. How did I spend my weekends? What did I do before long walks, hikes, dog park dates, volunteer gigs? She has brought so much joy and love into my life. I didn’t know it was possible to love another living thing this much.

I’ve loved watching her grow from a terrified pup who thought that EVERYTHING held danger, to this warm, patient and loving girl. She puts such big smiles on so many faces. I am a better person from having her in my life.

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