January included waking up to a new year with a beautiful Tahoe view, Dad cooking pulled pork in the crock pot with Henry in town, rain on the way to work, leftover Christmas decorations, nest spotting on my walk, night time talks with Dad, Oprah crushing it, Haver Square quilt cutting, my favorite red rain boots, picking up pizza for lunch at work, my current breakfast of whole wheat Trader Joe's bagels, Haver Square blocking, Drake's Dealership, self-care tea, walks with Dad, mini golfing, bulb planting, bowling, reading It's "Okay to Laugh", a succulent gift, angel's trumpets on my walk, nightstand views, hyacinth in the light, nights at Drake's brewery, grapefruit loving, Tuesdays in Sacramento, and greenery on my walk. Plus, my current Gabby Bernstein card and HappyLight, freshly cut and colored hair with the windows down, my finished rainbow quilt, walking with my new buddy, my Dad recording his 1 second, and crazy garden progress.
1 Second Everyday is an app that stitches the moments of your life into a single continuous movie by capturing one second of footage daily. Watch the creator's TED Talk here.
September included a Giants game with my Dad and sister, a new art installation, sweet baby Rory's birth day, driving in Sacramento with the sunroof down, night walks with Melissa, driving home after dinner with an old friend, my completed Double Mountain quilt topper for Melissa, lots of watering of the garden, my sister's move to LA, a sweaty afternoon walk, raindrops on my way to dinner, my new Gabby Bernstein deck, hand stitching my watermelon quilt, dinner and drinks at Buffalo Bills, and a buffet style dinner at Whole Foods. There was a drive down I-5, art and family time in Santa Monica, Rory snuggles, a "Give Grace" sign on my way home from Sacramento, a cozy sunset, the beginnings of fall, my breakfast of the moment (oatmeal with peanut butter and bananas) on top of my newly quilted placemats, hand stitching a wall hanging version of the Double Mountain quilt, more watering, midtown Sacramento views, grapefruit goodness, Christmas quilt beginnings, another Giants game with my Dad, and a surprise (!) wedding for Linsey and Jonathan.
Rocking my favorite chambray, maxi skirt, and hat while visiting LA last weekend.
Reading this blog post about feelings. "It’s never too late to learn...how to fully experience and appropriately express your feelings so that you can deepen your sense of aliveness and connection in the world." Remember to FEEL THE FEELS.
Obsessing over these super cool photos of a phenomenon known as "crown shyness" in some trees.
Listening to the latest Jen Hatmaker podcast with my long time favorite, Glennon Doyle. They talk about what it looks like to let go of trying to be perfect, of trying to fit in, and how embracing your pain leads to transformation and beauty.
Re-sharing my blog post on grief resources. I'm very proud of how it turned out and am grateful for the positive feedback I received so far.
Loving this collaborative project by Women Who Draw entitled 'One Sky'. "On August 13, 2017, at precisely 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, 88 artists all over the world stopped what they were doing, looked up, and drew the sky." You've got to check it out!
Beginning to feel fall's arrival in the air. I'm not sure I'm ready for it, but doing my best to embrace the change in seasons- an experience I enjoy so much.
Going crazy over my new deck of affirmation cards by Gabrielle Bernstein. The cards themselves are super high quality, the art is gorgeous, and the words are powerful. I highly recommend this deck to anyone interested in a daily dose of strength, synchronicity, and support.
Requiring some extra "me-time" after a bunch of extroverted-ness as of late. This looks like long walks, naps and yes, quilting.
Enjoying this article on insights into success and happiness. They make the argument that you don’t have to be charismatic to succeed, we stink at motivating people to be healthy, and your life may be more meaningful than you think.
Washing my new sheets recommended by a favorite blogger, Cara Crowley.
Challenging myself to READ more books before the end of the year. I've got a stack on my bedside table that is calling my name, and it feels like the time to dig in.
Trying to replace "I'm sorry" with "thank you". Get ready for this powerful truth bomb: "It is better to thank someone for the room they make for you than to apologize for taking up space in their lives." Read more about the power of "casual gratitude" here.