recent moments

Feb 12, 2008 | Life in Progress

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. (Henry Miller)

a collection of recent favorite moments:

on saturday, on a morning when i was tumbling through a bit of melancholy, i arrived to the mailbox to find three “just thinking of you” cards from friends. my spirits lifted immediately with this thought: i am loved.

having dinner with my dear friend mati and scheming up an insanely huge dream/collaboration that we are totally going for. throughout the entire evening i thought: i heart this girl and i love possibility.

chatting on the phone with this woman i’ve admired forever. i quickly learned that after an hour on the phone with her, you feel like you can conquer the world. she is hope and spirit and kindness, this woman.

seeing my man (and the ginormous hug he greeted me with) after a week apart. we were able to squeeze in a lot of really good conversation, thoughts, meals together, and even a movie before he had to leave again.

this sweet song (though shortened here) by surfer and musician timmy curran.

meeting today with a physical therapist who, after hearing my story and knowing that i can’t afford her, insists on treating me anyway. i can’t tell you how hard this is for me – to take something, a gift, from someone who can potentially offer me wellness. i feel blessed and full of hope that perhaps soon i will lose the numbness in my leg that i’ve been carrying around now for almost two solid years – a numbness that completely restricts any sort of brisk walking (think crossing the street quickly) let alone running -the very thing that transformed my life not too long ago. so, yes i am. i am hopeful for wellness. and thankful for this woman.

receiving this gorgeous print, made by my friend and phone date partner, mrs swirly. it’s absolutely gorgeous and i adore it.

forcing myself to eat yogurt mixed with flax seed only to realize that i absolutely loved it. same goes for steel cut oats and blueberries. i’m on a roll. i am completely dedicated, more than i have ever been, to getting my omega 3s, my antioxidants, my vitamin d, and more. between exercise, strengthening, food choices, schedule choices, and sleep, i’m totally noticing the difference. feels refreshingly good.

talking with one of my bffs on the phone. it just another perfect everyday conversation. when we hung up, i thought: damn, i’m lucky.

and finally: settling into the feeling that i’m doing the best i can. no more guilt.

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (12 comments)
  1. dfh
  2. mccabe

    your beauty is so clearly reflected back at you,
    kelly rae.

    i especially liked the part about the physical therapist
    willing to work with you…you are very much deserving of this. i always try to remind myself (when receiving) that it is a gift to the giver as well when you receive. it feels good to help someone.

    speaking of gifts-
    i have a teeny one for you.
    is there an address i can mail it to?

    my email is

    with love and care
    mccabe x

  3. amy

    i love reading your words. you have such a lovely spirit.

  4. Leah

    what a lovely, hopeful post. made me smile ear to ear. 🙂

  5. melly~

    yay you!

    to bff’s, reminders in your mailbox, warm hugs from your man, learning to be gracious and living drunkenly.

    I love how inspiration travels – you get inspired from those who surround you, I read your words and inspiration dances in my head.

    Thank you Kelly!

  6. pERiWinKle

    Just being yourself…doing your best…is enough. you are enough xx

  7. jen lemen

    i loved talking to you SO much and am still feeling the ripple effects of inspiration. you are amazing.

  8. Anonymous

    I’ve had great fortune with gentle chiropractic manipulation for numbness in my leg, stemming from a disc problem in my back. What’s your actual diagnosis? I’ve had to retrain myself re: proper posture, especially while “making art”. I find myself so absorbed in what I’m doing, I hunch over, lean, etc for hours and wreak havoc on my spine! I do the ground flax in my smoothies, as well as fish oil to increase my omega 3’s. I hope your PT relieves your numbness! Here’s to good health!

  9. kelly

    oh this a grand list! first off my mom has alwasy ALWAYS sworn by flaxseed and steel oats! she used to sprinkle brewers yeast flakes on our popcorn instead of butter. way ahead of her times. you are an amazing chick, i am so happy to come and gather all of your inspiration.

  10. patty craft

    hi little sister,

    from over here on the other side of the country, i’m holding you in the light. when life ebbs as it sounds like it is for you, keep breathing in and out and trust that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be. trust that more will be revealed.

    thank you for sharing your life here. you inspire me to tell my truths and to see the art all around me.

    peace and love,

  11. Deirdre

    What a great collection of sweet moments. I especially like the last – no more guilt. Isn’t it amazing how we can grab great handfuls of that icky stuff to carry around? It’s nice to let it go.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your “insanely huge dream”. It sounds like fun.

    Plain yogurt with a little jam is one of my favorite snacks. I haven’t tried it with flax seed. Yet.


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