wan·der·lust /ˈwändərˌləst/ Noun A strong desire to travel: "a (wo)man consumed by wanderlust".
posted on: Monday, October 7, 2013
Life has been filled to the brim lately. I feel so fortunate and blessed.
I have just been soaking it all in and haven't taken a moment to take a photo or write down a thought.
Is everyone else excited about fall?
As a knitter, fall for me now means I can get busy (knitting).
posted on: Friday, September 13, 2013
So life has been more than a little busy lately, a bit too much for my liking but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Work is busy, play is plentiful, balance is a little elusive but I'm chugging along.
I haven't been posting much lately, too busy doing other stuff, and I sometimes wonder if it is time to lay this blog to rest, but until I make up my mind let me share with you some news.
Ok, well last week was huge news and I can't be happier, but today's news might just top that... it is what I call a game changer.
My whole life I have suffered from migraines. In the last few years they have gotten worse (more intense, lasting days, etc.) and they weren't that much fun. One of my biggest triggers was running. I'd hit the pavement and lately, within minutes, my head would be ready to explode. It got to the point that each and every run was resulting in a migraine that took me out for a few days and so I stopped running completely a few months ago. I was done fighting it.
But I love running.
I missed it deeply. It helped keep me sane, keep me in shape and balance all the sitting I do every day.
So I finally got to see a neurologist and started taking some new, daily, preventative medication. I had very little hope that it would work...
Today I am telling you all (singing it from the mountain tops actually), that I am grateful for...
Yup, those little pills I pop daily have changed. my. life.
I am running! Faster and farther than I have in my WHOLE life.
It feels amazing and my head feels lighter than ever.
I cannot describe to you how amazing it feels, I haven't experienced this kind of 'clarity' and 'lightness' in my head before, this is what a normal head probably feels like! Not a pressure cooker :)
So the running shoes have been getting some miles put on them and I am probably the only one out there on that seawall running with a smile ear-to-ear because it's like a brand new gift.
Hello running. I think I love you.
Have an amazing weekend. Hopefully you're doing something you love.
posted on: Monday, September 9, 2013
I was in Palm Springs a couple months ago and I visited Cheeky's for lunch.
They had me at bacon flight. A flight! Of bacon! I do love me some bacon. The whole meal was delicious and I highly recommend eating there if you're in the Palm Springs area.
But I digress, today while thinking about bacon I was also thinking about learning from mistakes.
Life is messy.
It just is.
I believed in fairness for a really long time, until I was almost thirty. Then something pretty unfair happened to me. Someone cheated and betrayed me. My whole world was thrown upside down. It was unfair.
But eventually I realized, no one ever told me life would be fair.
If we are holding onto the idea that life will be fair, we will be disappointed. Devastated. We will be hurt and be left without answers, feeling like the victim. Instead know that life is messy. Accept it and make peace with it. People make mistakes. People do selfish and hurtful things, which is a reflection of who they are, not who you are or what you deserve.
I think what defines a person isn't the mistakes they make, but the way they choose to deal with those mistakes. Nobody is perfect. We will all make mistakes. But the way someone chooses to handle that mistake gives you a glimpse into their true colours. Are they honest, up front and ready to accept responsibility? Ready to stand up and say that they screwed up, made a mistake, and are going to learn from it? Or are they just too stupid to bother? Too self-centered to notice the damage and destruction, too emotionally immature to accept responsibility? Those people won't grow and learn from their mistakes.
Let them be, walk away, and find someone who is ready to profit from their mistakes in this messy life we are living.
posted on: Friday, September 6, 2013
Today is a fine day to be grateful. I have a bunch of things I want to share but there is one that is just oh-so big that it cannot be blended with other things.
No more sharesies.
So unfortunately when you split up you can split a lot of things down the middle except the house. Well, practically it is also challenging to split furniture cause a two-legged table is a bit unsteady. Anyways, I love this house a lot. It is my home. It was a long and exhausting (and expensive!) process, but it is now ALL mine.
The whole thing is mine.
Not just half.
The whole thing!
Can you believe it? I'm elated, the happy dance hasn't stopped since this morning and I am on my way out to celebrate. The next chapter has been incredible so far but this last step allows me to close the last chapter for good.
I am grateful that perseverance and patience paid off and I am now a full-fledged homeowner. It wasn't easy, but so worth it.
One hundred percent.
I hope you have something to celebrate this weekend.
Cheers to that.
posted on: Thursday, September 5, 2013
One of the many amazing wise women in my life shared the following quote with me:
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
- Maya Angelou
I wasn't ready to hear it at the time, but it has since resonated deeply with me.
When someone gives you a glimpse at their true colours, take a breath and see them. I don't believe we are all perfect. I believe we are all beautifully imperfect. That being said, when you get the chance to see someone for who they are, I now know I need to believe them. Even if it isn't what I hoped they were. Even if it is more or less than I expected.
It's a lesson I will keep applying.
Lessons learned is one thing, lessons applied is another.
(Photos were taken during my trip to NYC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I was mesmerized by the Degas' ballerinas and after finishing the European Paintings gallery I slipped over the Modern and Contemporary Art, where I felt like I was alone in the museum.)
posted on: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Is everyone else feeling the Monday blues on this fine Tuesday? The long weekend was much needed and absolutely filled to the brim with fun, too much beer, quite a bit of wine, tons of beautiful faces, lots of laughs with friends... couldn't ask for more.
Last week I had an excuse to bake. I love baking. Love. Love. Love. But I will only do it when there is an excuse - a celebration, party, gathering, or something - otherwise I'd eat the whole batch myself each and every time (probably in record time to boot).
This week the request was carrot cupcakes. I opted for these Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Icing. These little guys don't register on any 'healthy' scale, but they were quite tasty. I'll admit, I'm a chocolate or vanilla cupcake girl (maybe even lemon) so these didn't make me swoon but others thought they were quite tasty. (maybe they were just being polite?)
How was your weekend? I hope it was full of fun and you're as exhausted as I am today (cause it was worth it, right?)!
posted on: Monday, August 26, 2013
Friday didn't exactly go as planned. Instead of a night out with a girlfriend I spent the entire day flat on the bathroom floor while some violent bug destroyed my stomach. I couldn't keep a single sip of water down for more than a few minutes so eventually I wound up in the hospital with an IV bag attached to my arm. I'm all better now!
So this week I am grateful for...
Glad to feel human again.
Managed to get better in time for my second regatta. We had a beautiful day, rowed one great race and one not so great one but you win some and you lose some.
Hopefully you all had a plentiful weekend.