* finally busting through on some projects that had me endlessly on the computer
* catching up on the phone with several friends. loving that we can pick up where we left off even if weeks have passed since our last chat.
* feeling a tad guilty for those times when i’ve rudely been on my cell. thanks, brene. i will never do that
* celebrating turning 34 years old. more than any other birthday, this one has me feeling like i am totally growing up. 34 seems years and years ahead of 33 when i say it out loud. but i wouldn’t change a thing. i am reminded of the recent post i wrote
on aging. all of it still feels true…i want the years. all of them.
* settling into a pretty steady routine of exercise, doable work hours everyday, and lots of mini meals all day long (the best). i’ve noticed that getting myself to the gym just about everyday seems to anchor my entire day’s structure – something i very much needed.
* taking walks and remembering why i love northwest yards so much. no matter where you go, what neighborhood you’re in, you’re going to see front yards that look like this
* thankful for john. we’re cooking together, exercising together, supporting one another and cracking each other up. we’re dreaming about family, what our kids will be like, what their names will be. fun stuff like that. it’s hard to believe 10 years have passed. having this love in my life still feels like a surprise of the best kind. i don’t take it for granted and i very much know that it is what sustains me and gives me the energy to do what i do with passion.
* watching favorite tv (bachelorette + so you think you can dance) shows while snuggled up with john and bella on the green couch (and loving every minute of it)
* feeling aware that there is deep sadness, struggle, and triumph out there. that there are people, in this moment, fighting for their lives, their future, their families, their everything. today i received a letter from someone who gifted a couple of my prints to her heart transplant donor family. heart. transplant. donor. family. i am in awe of the stories and strength of those around me (online and otherwise) who give me touchable reasons to hope, to celebrate the tiny and big moments of the circle of life. the connections are through energy, art, words, and all the teeny spaces in between. we never know the impact of our stories, how they transcend and encourage and validate and affirm and connect. we just never know.
giveaway winners are:
that was fun! winners, please get in touch with me so we can get your goodies out to you.