Monday, January 16, 2012

another fab gift

i wanted to share with you this gift i received last month from my friend (for almost 30 years!), kellie. she is a photographer, a designer, and lives her life on the cutting edge of cool.

she had her photographs put into a blank journal. each page is stamped with her creative vision.

the book features scenes from her travels, her home, and the things that catch her eye each day.

i can't wait to fill it with words but for now i enjoy leafing through the images and beckoning empty spaces.

i love gifts that contain something of the giver, pieces of a person that i can hold and cherish.

i own many journals but this one is extra special. when it is filled, i will have collaborated creatively with one of my best friends. i can't ask for more from a present.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

48 in 48

my forty-eighth birthday is today and i was so inspired by andria's birthday list last year that i just had to make my own. so here are 48 things i have learned to be true in my 48 years:

  1. people are more important than things
  2. mexican restaurants serve the worst red wine
  3. nice does matter
  4. you are what you do, not what you say, or think, you are
  5. living a balanced life means leaving room for junk food
  6. walking is a good enough exercise
  7. a good cook does not need fancy equipment
  8. falling in love is not a crime
  9. happiness is a choice
  10. age happens and it is easier to just accept it gracefully
  11. play rough, get hurt
  12. good manners will open doors
  13. the best weekends are like good vistas - wide open!
  14. never say never - life will definitely humble you
  15. you won't regret the time it takes to watch the sun rise or set
  16. hot tea is good for the soul
  17. bring your patience to the airport
  18. comfort trumps style when it comes to shoes (and just about everything else!)
  19. the more you have to do, the more you get done
  20. summer is by far the shortest season
  21. write it down if you want to remember it
  22. life doesn't get easier but, with luck, age brings wisdom
  23. finding someone you like to work with is a gift
  24. the holiday season doesn't have to have rules
  25. letting go is the hardest part of living
  26. growing as a person is not linear - it takes many directions, even backwards
  27. art = risk
  28. real mail is so much more satisfying to send and receive than email
  29. the presence of birth and death feels the same
  30. getting together with old friends is never a waste of time
  31. you can visit a place over and over and always find something new/different about it
  32. work provides structure and meaning to life
  33. there are an unlimited number of cloud formations
  34. death is not the end; it is nothing to be feared
  35. your siblings will grow up to be your best, and oldest, friends
  36. a true, authentic life requires living through your soul
  37. blue sky is something to smile about
  38. everyone should know at least one favorite poem by heart
  39. words are extensions of our thoughts and should be handled with care
  40. there is nothing like hugging a horse for an instant shot of well-being
  41. it's never too late to be who you really are and live the life you imagined
  42. peanut butter m and m's are the best kind
  43. there is a limited number of everything in life - birthdays, autumns, beautiful moments - so treasure each one
  44. my three year old niece has the sweetest voice in all the world
  45. you can learn something from everyone but sometimes it's not worth the bother
  46. write, write, write
  47. be kind even (especially) to yourself
  48. wisdom is more important than truth
i plan to add to this list as i grow even older since i am no where close to being finished learning!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

soaking it up

i'm not sure how much the human body can absorb, but i have been spending these first few days of the new year trying to soak up all the rest, peace, and gorgeous views that i can. soon i will be back in arizona, back to work and the hectic schedule that brings. so i would like to take some of this with me, hold it inside as long as i can, keep it in reserve. is that even possible? i know there will be days that i will need a shot of this feeling, of this space i am in here, to get through. just in case, i will continue to bask in relaxation and view gazing. if nothing else, it has began my new year in the right tone.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

a new year

the new year is here: fresh, shiny, clean, crisp, and open. soon the calendar pages will begin to fill up and turn. right here and now i am enjoying the view from the beginning of 2012 and anticipating the trek through the days it holds.

my word this year is action. don't expect to see me zipping around with lots of energy, though. the action i have in mind is not so visible. i am hoping to complete some projects. i want to stay busy with positive activities. i will continue to work on the things that have made a difference for me so far. i have been completing the activities in susannah conway's unraveling the year ahead. it is so thought provoking and full of her wisdom - i have to wade through it little by little in these lazy days of winter break.

i feel like we are kids on a wooden dock over a lake in the summertime- let's grab hands, count to three and jump into the water together. i believe we will make a big splash. and come back up to the surface with smiles on our faces and giggles for our ears. ready!?