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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekending Away

I snuck away for the weekend to visit the aunt and uncle before they turn into snowbirds and head south for the winter. It also happened to be my uncle's birthday which we celebrated quite sufficiently. We also cooked hot dogs, had a super fire, drank classy cider and super classy cocktails, I slept through the night, ate at the Gumboot, walked to the bay, shopped for some new threads, played the tambourine, danced a little jig, laughed - all good things to head into an action packed week.

There's no place like home away from home. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

For F*ck Sake

It would take more than clouds to obscure the beauty of her landscape, and more than drizzle to dampen the warmth and good fellowship that makes Seattle the only place in this bad old world that I care to call home. -Graces the wall of the MoHAI

Torrential rain, thunder and lightening have been this week's alarm clock. 
Yesterday I slipped back on the boots, denim and warm gray flouncy oversized sweater.
I made myself a cup of strong tea and cupped it in my hands to warm up.

Fall has arrived here in Seattle and I'm the happiest. 

And of course with the entrance of every fall comes an anniversary of me making an appearance on this earth.  This time of year always feels like the real new year. So I've been doing a lot of reflecting and I've come to the conclusion that I really do think this may have been the best year of my life.  I've learned so very much. I was taught to believe in love again by a whirlwind romance. I worked so very hard and made the next step in my career and since have been allowed to keep growing and be a part of really incredible experiences. I learned a new skill. I am physically stronger and healthier than I've ever been; more comfortable in my own skin, more confident in my body.

I've meet some really great people, forged new friendships, let toxic ones go, and made space to learn to love myself.  I had some of the best laughs, memories, moments that I think I will ever know in my life.  I got to spend a lot of time with my family and really invested in the good friendships that add to life and not drain from it. 

I'm still learning some really hard lessons that I just can't seem to get through my thick skull or fragile heart.  I did really hard things this year and coped with some challenges beyond my control.  I made myself vulnerable and had to lick some serious wounds. But of all these challenges I still found the balance to keep moving forward while still evolving into something good.

I truly believe that this last year I became the next version of who I am suppose to be in the best possible way. I am having the time of my life and even when work is really hard, and life throws curve balls, and I struggle with vision of where I thought I would be versus where I am, there is an unshakable sense of happiness to the core, love at its purest and a sense of self that can only come from and be defined by within.

To cheers to the best year of my life and to the next one to come.