Weekend Unwind – Summer Unwind

This was the last weekend of summer. Let that sink in.

It’s the end of July.

And I’m telling you that it’s the last weekend of summer.

I will be back at work on Friday, and I’m having a hard time comprehending that. I know that this isn’t the first year that I’ve faced a return to school at the end of July/beginning of August, but it seems so much faster this year. Or perhaps it’s that I’m not all that enthused about returning to my job. Whatever it is, I’m struggling with the idea that it’s time to get back into a school year groove. I really wish that there was another option, but since it hasn’t presented itself…yet…I’m stuck.

Because it was the last weekend of summer, we went to the beach with Sweet Husband’s parents. It’s been a rough end to the week, and even though our beach doesn’t have pretty water or massive waves, it is still that massive ocean. Well technically, the Mississippi Sound, which is part of the Gulf of Mexico, but you know what I mean. There is something about the water that heals you, makes the stress go away, gives you peace and calm. SH and his daddy spent their time in the water fishing, and his momma and I spent the time under the tent, enjoying a bit of rum and sprite, a few shots of Patron. After a few hours, everyone was pleasantly relieved and we headed off for unlimited crab legs because what better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a bonanza of crab legs?

Sweet Husband & his daddy packing up the tent

Sweet Husband & his daddy packing up the tent

SH’s momma and I sat out on our front porch and talked for probably an hour after we got back to our house. When I head back to Hattiesburg Thursday afternoon to get ready to go to work on Friday, I’ll be staying with her and Mark. We discussed what I needed to make the bedroom comfortable and stuff related to being back at work. Made plans for a possible get together here in the coming week. A good way to cap off the week.

Today. Well, today there has been a whole lot of nothing going on. I suppose the heat outside – 103 today – is to blame for that. We slept late, had brunch, took a nap, watched some TV, and made some dinner. There were other things that we could have been doing, but I think I probably needed the rest. For some reason yesterday my back was hurting terribly. As in, I couldn’t wait to get out of the truck when we got back to the house because my back hurt so badly that I thought I was going to cry. My right hip -the one where arthritis was first diagnosed over 15 years ago – has bee hurting. It’s not to the point where I’m limping, but I can definitely tell that something is wrong there. If i were a smart girl, I’d make a trip to the doctor and get some preventative medication to deal with what I’m pretty sure is about to come. Or since those medications don’t seem to do a lot for me, perhaps I would be better suited to contact one of my former co-workers and see about some massage. It hurts. I’m afraid it’s going to hurt a lot more soon.

Because it is the end of summer this morning as I sat on the porch, trying to get comfortable between my lower back and hip, I wrote out a list of intentions for Monday – Thursday. There’s going to be a lot of stuff that has to happen before we leave for Hattiesburg on Thursday evening. I did better at getting things done last week because I put everything I wanted to get done into my Awesome Notes app with due dates and intermediate steps. I haven’t done that just yet, but I will get it taken care of tomorrow. Because tomorrow’s task is to get the cover done on my daybed. I was going to make piping, but I just looked up how much piping costs, and I think I’m going to just go and buy the piping. I don’t necessarily want to spend all that time cutting and sewing. I’ve never made piping before, so perhaps now isn’t really the time to try. I can use the cording that I bought to make the piping for the pillows that I’m going to be making with excess fabric.

 

The awesome material that will soon be covering my front porch day bed

The awesome material that will soon be covering my front porch day bed

Other than finishing the daybed cover, I’ve got to do the following:

  • Clean the house.
  • Cook and freeze healthy meals for SH.
  • Finish the little odds and ends projects for the bedroom.
  • Pack for my return to the world of work.
  • Water the plants (they need it. And they need miracle grow)
  • Get back in the school routine (I should be heading to bed now. I really, really should be. I just can’t give up yet).
  • Begin pulling together lesson plans for the first week of school.
  • Edit photos.
  • Take photos.
  • Work on creating opportunities to build the life I want.
  • Start meditating again.

When I write it out like that, it doesn’t seem like a whole lot, does it? But it makes me tired just looking at it, particularly knowing that I need to go ahead and get myself together. I’m going to have to maximize the time that I have left in order to get even half of the things done that I had intended for this summer. I have no idea how where the summer went, but it sure is gone, isn’t it?

How was your weekend? And what plans do you have for the coming week? Let me know in the comments!

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Weekly Retreats – Links from Around the Web

Each week, I try to collect the best of the web links to articles and blog posts that I read and share them with you. There are generally a ton of great ones out there, and I’m always looking for new material to read. I hope you enjoy them!

  • Why Do You Have Shitty Jobs? 3 Steps to Break-Free from Shitty Job Patterns - Laura Yamin. #2 is a punch in the gut.
  • Be Interested to be Interesting - Red Slice.
  • The saddest, sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. As my sweet doggie Cobbler is getting older and her muzzle is turning grey, I am very aware of the fact that my time with her grows shorter each day. She’s 7 now, and I know that as a bigger breed dog, her life expectancy is probably 12-14 years. I don’t want to think about her no longer in my life. So. When I saw Robyn Arouty‘s I Died Today, I bawled (maybe because Duke looks an awful lot like my Cobbie). I’m still tearing up. I want to make sure that Cobbie has good life with us, and that means a good last day when that time comes. Because she’s my sweetest puppy, and I love her.
  • August Moon is back! Kat McNally‘s August Moon is back! Join us please as we reflect and spend time writing.
  • Along with August Moon, there is also Susannah Conway‘s August Break. Come join us as we take photos and investigate our surroundings.
  • Beyond the CurtainHelena LaPetite. These are some amazing images. I love the way they come together. There is a link to the full set of photos, and I encourage you to click through to see them.
  • Women Who are Ambivalent about Women Against Women Against FeminismThe Bloggess. To be honest, I don’t understand women in particular who say that they aren’t feminists. You’re a woman – feminist interests are YOUR interests. You don’t have to be strident or radical to be for things like equal pay and access to the same resources.  The Bloggess is usually humorous but I appreciate when she takes a serious turn.
  • How to Build More of the Life You Want – Jennifer Louden. Asking for things is huge. And hard. Admitting what you want, believing in it enough to actually go out and ask for it – it’s a hard step. I’m working on getting there. I’ve been asking the Universe for awhile now, and it’s time to go out and ask the rest of the world.
  • Practicing Courageous Living (Even When Life is Tough)  - Your Courageous Life. I am reminding myself of this almost every day as I get closer and closer to heading back into a job I don’t necessarily want but have because we like living indoors and eating. Other than the salary, what *gift* am I going to get out of this work that doesn’t feed my soul? It’s an important question.
  • …and also from Your Courageous Life – The Slippery Slope of Apologizing for Your Joy. Even when it’s difficult, I have a pretty incredible life. It’s even more more amazing when I realize where this train started rolling. I am often slightly nervous about sharing all the amazing parts of it – some times because it is so wonderful, and other times because I know that there are hard times right behind those amazing moments and I’m afraid of being found out as a fraud.
  • Feeling Empowered in Sharing our Own PhotosVivienne McMaster. I do this not just with photos but with posts and just about every aspect of my life. It is enough that I put it out there – I do it first for me. Anyone else who gets a benefit out of it is a bonus. And I need to remember that.
  • About Marriage – Finding Serendipity. I love, love, love this photo essay. The pictures are great, but the words are better. it’s an swesome reminder of what it takes to make a strong, healthy marriage, and I want that for Sweet Husband and I more than just about anything. I particularly love this part because I find it to be true:

i should have told him it’s hard. maybe the hardest thing he’ll ever do.
{but also, that it only starts being hard when you stop serving each other.}

Those are *my* best from around the web this week. What have you read that made you think or you fell in love with? Let me know in the comments!

Photo Friday – Bain on the Beach

It’s been almost a month since the Fourth of July, so you’d think that I would have gotten around to editing photos a long time before now. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be) it’s summer time, and I’ve been enjoying the last little bit of it before we have to head back to school. I’ll let you in on a little secret – I’ve still got photos from May that need to be edited. I’ll get to them soon. I hope. This week’s photo Friday, though, takes you back to an incredibly sweet baby.

These are the last of the Fourth of July pictures. I am still teaching myself Lightroom, and I’m not entirely happy with the results that I’m getting. Like I said, I need to put some money aside and actually take a class so I can get much, much better at it. I also need to get better at getting the photo right in camera. If I get it right in camera, it mitigates the need for a lot of post-processing. I’ll get better as I shoot more. And I’ve got to make shooting more a priority. It was on my list of things to do this week, but I didn’t quite make it that far. Perhaps next week when I’m getting myself used to getting up early again because school will be starting.

Anyway. These aren’t the best photos. The composition is off in several of them, but I’m including them because I think the expression on Bain’s face is just too priceless. I’m sure that his momma will let me practice again with him any time I want.

  • Baby Bain Sleeping on the Beach
    Sweet Baby Bain getting himself a nap at the Beach
  • Sleeping baby Bain's hand
    Sweet Bain’s tiny hand
  • Bain's little fingers
    Tiny little fingers
  • Bain's eyelashes
    Sweet little eyelashes
  • Sleeping baby
    Bain sleeping after lunch
  • Smiling baby
    Happy Bain on the 4th of July
  • He makes the funniest faces
    Bain wondering about another picture
  • Awake and ready to rumble
    Bain and his momma
  • Like father like son
    Bain and his daddy
  • Who's helping how?
    Bain and his daddy figuring out his computer
  • Working the baby computer
    Daddy showing Bain how it works
  • Daddy laughing at Bain's concentration
    Daddy laughing at Bain’s concentration
  • Precious face
    Plotting world domination?
  • Why so serious?
    Looking Presidential
  • Sweetness
    Happy baby on the beach
  • Serious baby
    Contemplating what comes next
  • Darling boy
    Precious baby Bain in all his sweet glory

Tuesday Thanksgiving

Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.

This week, the following things are making the list:

  • Sweet Husband. He is so patient and so kind. The weekend wasn’t great for a lot of reasons, but as he always does, he stepped up to the plate. He shows me again and again what love is and how it behaves. I’m so very lucky to be married to him.
  • The job. I have a job. One that pays me well. It’s not the job that I want, but it is a job that provides for us. It gives us the life we want to have, and I’m accepting the gift that is this job. I’m not excited to get up and drive 2 hours to a PD tomorrow, but that’s OK. I need to get back in practice.
  • Connection. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about where I want to go, and I’m finding lots of like-minded people out there in the world. I would have never thought.
  • Support. As I’m working on getting to where I want to be, there are several people who are offering their support and expertise. For free. I’m working on asking for and accepting help when I need it rather than trying to soldier on cluelessly in the meantime. I’m grateful.
  • Cooler temperatures. It’s July, which is when we’re supposed to have the terrible temperatures, and while it can be sweltering, it’s also a pretty pleasant atmosphere out there right now. We were in New Orleans last Thursday and Friday, which I usually won’t do because it just so nasty there in the summer time. I love this respite, and I’m trying to remind myself that August is coming.
  • Serendipity. I’ve been searching for something for almost a year, and I finally found it. That means that my front porch will shortly be almost finished, and I cannot wait. It’s one of my very places to be, and it will soon be even better.

For what are you thankful this week? What blessings are you counting? Let me know in the comments!

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Mindful Monday – Bite Size Memoir – Reading

Since last Tuesday night, our internet has been down. Apparently when the City was clearing out the brush and debris in the alley where our DSL line starts, they cut our line twice. Which is odd because the internets were working fine until after we had a massive rainstorm come through. Our first call to AT&T led to a new DSL modem being sent to us…which didn’t solve the problem. And then we decided to upgrade to Uverse from AT&T because we didn’t have pay for the modem or installation and promotional prices for the next year mean that our bill is lower than it would have been with the DSL modem.

Finally this afternoon we got back online, although this is the first time I’m actually online.

A week’s worth of time essentially away from the internets means that I didn’t do any posting here. Or emailing. or much of anything really. Which is perfectly OK because I got other things done (more of that later in the week) and we had a bit of a holiday with Sweet Husband’s mother. I hadn’t planned to take a break from blogging because I have the WordPress app on my phone, but when it came right down to it, I really didn’t want to waste my time on my phone when there were things like New Orleans waiting for me. So, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw some of the fun because while I wasn’t really anywhere else online, I was there.

Once again this week I am participating in Lisa Reiter’s Bite-Size Memoir Challenge. This week, the prompt is as follows:

Holiday Reads

Do you read on holiday? If you do, what do you choose? Do you have a genre you prefer for those long, relaxed poolside word-marathons you don’t get chance for at home? Do you read about the places you visit? Perhaps you take a large and tricky tome, knowing it’s the best chance you’ll get this year to finish it! And do you remember the books you have read on holiday? Is there something your holiday reads say about you?

I don’t read as much as I used to, but I do love to read. Particularly in the summer on the beach. There’s just something about it. Give me a few hours on a beach with my Nook, and I can just about guarantee that I’m going to finish a book…if I’m left alone to do so ;) For some reason people like to talk when you’re chillin’ on the beach. Sweet Husband recognizes what a joy reading is and most often leaves me alone.


 

I specifically asked Sweet Husband for the most basic of e-readers – black and white and no ability to get online to “play” – just to download books. He came through for me, and when we head to the beach on either a random Saturday or a weekend vacation, the Nook goes with me. Last Thursday when sitting on the beach at Perdido Key, I continued to make headway with The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood. I randomly picked the book because it was the start of baseball season, and I love baseball.

About 10 years ago, I made the switch to reading predominately non-fiction. There’s just something about finding out the real story – whether it is good or bad. I enjoy a good novel, but non-fiction is really my bag. The Last Boy is filled with excellent story-telling, as compelling as any fiction…and it’s true.


 

If we make it to the beach this weekend or if we’re lounging poolside at SH’s parents’, I should finish The Last Boy. There are a ton of other books already loaded on to the Nook. But there is a novel that I’ve been waiting to read. I think I might need to either set up to check out e-books from the library or just bite the bullet and buy the book I want to read.

What about you? What do you like to read when you’re big chillin’ on vacation? (I have no idea why I’ve slipped into high school slang. I’m tired. Or something like that)

Tuesday Thanksgiving

Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.

This week, the following things are making the list:

  • Sweet Husband. He’s my biggest supporter and cheerleader. I don’t know what I would do without him because it doesn’t matter what I do or how awful I am, he still loves me and supports me. I know where I need to be better, and I’m working on it. But when I falter, he still loves me.
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  • Time. I love this summer and all the time it has afforded me. I don’t know that I have put it to the best use, but I’ve really enjoyed having the benefit of an open day and deciding what to do with it.
  • Adventure. Tomorrow I head out with my fabulous mother-in-law for a few days of fun with her childhood best friend…with SH’s blessing.
  • Cooler temperatures. It’s been hot. I’ve been out painting furniture in the front yard & within minutes I’m dripping sweat. But today the rain came in & cooled things off so even though it interrupted my plans for finishing the end tables, I’m grateful for the respite.
  • A few more days. My PD on the 21st & 22nd has been cancelled so I’m fine with staying home & enjoying summer for another week.
  • People who believe in me. I’ve been beating myself up about where I find myself and what my options are but there are a whole lot of people out there who support me & believe in me. Having conversations with them reminds me of the foundations I have laid.
  • Opportunity. There are options available. I’m working in finding the on that is perfect for me.
  • Plenty. The bills are paid & we have everything we want plus more. I cannot complain about the place where my life rests.

For what are you thankful this week? What blessings are you counting? Let me know in the comments!

Mindful Monday – Bite-Size Memoir Challenge – The Karaoke Bar

I’m participating again this week in Lisa Reiter’s Bite-Size Memoir Challenge. As just a reminder – the rules are 150 words or 10 “I remember” statements.

This week, Lisa gives us the following:

10 out of 10 is our theme but I’ll leave it to you to pick anything you excel at, be it a hobby, academia or even a certain strand of trivia. We’ll be glad to hear of the ordinary as much as the extraordinary or if you want to take a funny look at an obsessive part of your life or character, choose a trait you ‘excel’ at. 

It took me a little bit this morning to figure out exactly I wanted to write about. I don’t know if it’s this in-born Mid-Western humility, but when I was thinking about it, I really couldn’t come up with anything that I was a 10 out of 10 at doing or being. There are a ton of things that I’m good at. There are a few things that I’m really good at. But when it comes down to it, there’s not much that I can think of that I’m excellent at. I think I’m an excellent listener (although I could use some practice) but how do you distill that particular skill into small piece of memoir? I’m also really good at remaining calm and collected under pressure. Good at being a student (just OK at being a teacher). I’m a pretty good gardener. I’m a good dog mommy. But again – how do you boil that down into something that makes a good memoir?

…and then I had a vague recollection of an evening out with friends that wound up in an unfamiliar dive bar with a karaoke contest. That was certainly a time that I was a 10 out of 10!


 

Y’all remember that time when we went to the dive karaoke bar? No, the other time. Nope, that other time. No, no, no…the time that I won the contest and collected a $50 bar tab that they wouldn’t let us use that night and then we never went back there to use it because the place was just that…skeevy? Yeah, that time. I can’t remember what song I sang to get me to the finals, but I sure do remember the one I sang to win. It was calculated and by design – with the Pussy Cat Song (warning – NSFW, although it’s innuendo), there was no way that any one in that crusty little dive bar was going to beat me.

I’ve scored excellent at choir competitions, sung “God Bless America” in front of 500 people two days after 9-11, rocked my wedding reception. But winning that karaoke contest was definitely the time when I was a 10 out of 10.


 

What about y’all? What are you a 10 out of 10 at doing or being? Let me know in the comments or join us at Lisa’s site.

Weekend Unwind

I won’t lie – I love the weekends. Even when they are difficult, they are wonderful. And this weekend was one of the wonderful ones. I am dreading the return to school because if I am back in the ‘burg, that means that weekends will be spent catching up on the things that I didn’t get to do during the week. My weekends will be much different than they are, and I’m not ready for that.

I realized just the other morning that there will not be many more weekends before work intrudes again. In fact, next weekend, I’ll be prepping for two days in Meridian at training. I’ll have the weekend after that free, and then the following weekend I’ll be making ready to go back to school.

In the meantime, I’m planning on enjoying weekends like this past one. It started poorly – we had some icky weather move through Wednesday into Friday, and I really do not do well with the change in weather, particularly when it’s an issue of swings in barometric pressure. I started feeling pretty terrible Thursday night as we were leaving the restaurant, and instead of getting my mother-in-law’s new laptop set up, I came home and essentially went straight to bed. I woke up Friday morning, set the computer up, and went back to bed as soon my mother-in-law left to go home.I did not get out of bed until after 2:00. I’m not sure that I could have gotten up and moved if the world was coming to end – that’s how terrible I felt.

Once out of bed, Sweet Husband and I ran some errands and spent a quiet night at home. I still wasn’t 100%, and SH was happy to be home with the puppies.

Saturday, though, Saturday was one of those days. We made our way from one end of the Coast to the other and had a blast. We found a great bargain at thrift store on a cushion for the front porch and had some lunch before heading off to the Bay for Second Saturday. I think one of my very favorite things here on the Coast is Second Saturday. Although we made a purchase (my pink flamingo! Finally!), buying things aren’t the biggest part of Second Saturday for us. We enjoy wandering around the shops, having drinks with friends, and just taking it all in. It was hot (good grief was it hot), but the wine was free and flowing, and we loved every second of it.

If you’re going to come visit us, come visit on the 2nd Saturday of the month. We’ll take you to Bay St. Louis and you’ll fall in love too.

After we shopped til we almost dropped, SH took me for crab legs. He knows the way to my heart for sure: a little bit of thrift store shopping, a little socializing, a little drinking, and some crab legs. How does life get any better than this?

(and as an aside, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw pictures of our weekend. Hit me up!)

Today I’ve been working. The laundry is almost done. Tomorrow I’ve got to do the linens, but everything else is taken care of. The end tables have finally been painted, although I need to do a little sanding on one of them, hit it with some more yellow paint, and then it’s on to the poly. I can’t wait to move those things into the bedroom. The next steps to finish the room will be to find some charcoal gray thermal drapes (for a decent price) and some frames for the massive prints that I ordered (2, 16 x 20 and 2, 11 x 14 beach prints) as well as some shutters for a headboard. Now, of course, some knick-knacks and some throw pillows would not go amiss, but the biggest pieces to finish the room and pull it together will be done with the end tables, drapes, and prints. The headboard would be great, but it’s not something we have to have right this minute. I have some hammered bronze paint – I can paint what we have used as a headboard for the last 2 years and wait.

As the weekend gives it’s last gasp, it is time for me to create my intentions for the coming week. As SH and I just had a conversation about our finances, a few of the priorities have changed since I wrote out my list this morning during my morning pages meanderings, and that’s OK. That frees me up to focus on other things. Like the following:

  • Jobs on the Coast (please, Universe. I’ve been asking for months and I’m running out of time. I’m beyond ready to be home on a full-time basis)
  • Photography. I have a shot goal this week, and I want to do some work on my editing flow.
  • Writing. There are a few ideas floating around in my head about some more long-range writing.
  • Connections. I need to work on responding to folks and making those connections to other writers and photographers.
  • Wellness. Eating at home, walking – all those things. We need to continue.

It doesn’t seem like a lot, but I know that by the time I add in everything that else that will consume my time during this week, those five things will be more than enough.

How was your weekend? What were you up to? And what are your intentions for the coming week? Let me know in the comments!

Full Buck Moon – Our Most Powerful Dreams

When I first discovered Jamie Ridler last year, it was through Wishcasting and creating Full Moon Dream Boards. It was through Jamie that I became familiar with the idea of creating a vision board and using collage to manifest our hopes and dreams. I’m not really all that comfortable – still – with collage, even though I have a ton of magazines that are just gathering dust here in the house. I keep meaning to go through them and tear out pictures and words – putting them into files so that when I am ready to do collage or create a vision board, they are all there for me – but I haven’t gotten around to doing that.

In the meantime, particularly for the creation of my Full Moon dream boards, I’ve found that I really enjoy using Pinterest to create my board. With Pinterest, I can meditate on the question that the Full Moon asks. Once I feel like I’ve got an answer to the Full Moon’s question, then I can begin to winnow it down to the essential pieces of it. I find that it’s kind of like my dissertation research, in which I collected a bunch of information, and then began winnowing it down until I had just a few key elements. Once I have those essential pieces or those keywords, then I can begin searching for pins that help me clarify my dreams.

While there are several interpretations for the Full Buck Moon, along with their differing ideas of the questions that the Full Moon is asking us, I went with the Jamie’s question, although I also like the explanation here and here. Once I knew what question I was answering or what to think about with regard to the full moon, I began pinning images and came up with the following:
Follow Pierced Wonderings Jen Allen’s board Full Buck Moon Dream Board on Pinterest.

 

I chose images that relate to the dreams that I want most – to be a writer, to take great pictures (maybe make a tiny bit of money at both of them), emotional security and stability, family. They are the things that come to me again and again and again. They are the things that keep creeping up in the back of my skull, inching up my spine and coming to rest in that little notch where the two meet. It’s what I hear again and again when I am quiet enough to listen. They are the things that Sweet Husband is saying to me again and again, “If that’s what you want, I’m OK with it. Do it, but give it 100%. Find some little shit job that gives us enough to pay the bills and put all the rest of your energy into that thing that you want. Be a writer if you want to be a writer. I’m good with that.”

As the Super Moon has risen, and now it is just left to let the Universe work her magic.

Weekly Retreats – Links from Around the Web

Each week, I try to collect the best of the links from around the web to articles and blog posts that I read and share them with you. There are generally a ton of great ones out there, and I’m always looking for new material to read. I hope you enjoy them!

  • We – Rachel W. Cole. This one has been shared by a lot of women that I admire, and when it came through my Bloglovin’ feed, I bookmarked it. The truth is that it’s a powerful piece. It has a lot to say to us all about not being alone in our struggles. We somehow think that we are unique and special in our suffering or our tribulations and trials, but when we strip it all down, we’re all walking through this world together, carrying our burdens that seem so incredibly isolating and peculiar to us but are really remarkably similar to everything everyone else is facing as they are on this path.

There is no human experience that we have alone. It’s up to each of us to tear town the chambers of isolation that comparison and fear build.

It’s just you and me, them and us—all together.

So here’s a new goal: a circle. A foundation at the base of the mountain, the very bottom. Strong and steady, rooted in the ground. A group of women, passing our perspectives and experiences like a warm loaf of bread around the soul’s dinner table. A few moments of listening – of truly listening – without minced words or snap judgments. A few moments of rest over climbing. Of conversation over construction.

  • Big Rocks – Jess Lively. I don’t limit my email or social media checking, but I could do much better at determining what my three big rocks are each day and making sure that I don’t jeopardize those three things by doing things like checking my email or playing on facebook.

These are my “best of” for the previous week. Did you come across anything this week that lit you up? Let me know in the comments!