Ready to eat (in Alaska) …

This summer I am traveling to Alaska with a friend of mine. I can’t wait! I’ve always wanted to go. AND the best part of our trip is that we get to spend time with one of our closest friends and her family.

For weeks now we have been discussing all the places we will go once we get there. It’s all very exciting! Because I’m a big foodie, FOOD has come up a few times. I love experiencing the places I travel to through food. You literally get a taste for the region. It’s so fun! 

This morning I woke up early and was bored so I turned to social media, HA! On my Facebook newsfeed I found an article  “The Best Burger by State”. Well, that got me going. I proceeded to research all “The Best” food recommendations for Alaska … and send them all to my friends. Did I mention it was early?

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are ready to eat!!!

Better with age …

My best friend from high school and I had lunch today, during which we had our bazillion-th serious life conversation, HA! This was a good one. It showed our age in a way that wasn’t unpleasant, HA (again)! And dare I say, it showed that we have obtained a level of wisdom that we didn’t have at age 16.

This conversation was about keeping genuine and good people in our lives. People with whom we have a loving and reciprocal relationship. Simply put, we just don’t have the time or energy for anything less. We are secure in expecting and demanding more from others. And know that we deserve more than what one-sided topical interactions with disingenuous people can provide us with. I have to say that if an awareness of this level is obtained through time and experience … getting older isn’t quite so bad.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get better with age!!!

One of life’s greatest moments …

One of my best friends became a grandmother today. Her daughter and son-in-law had their first baby. They had a little girl and she is absolutely perfect! I could have cuddled this little peanut for a month. She’s darling! I couldn’t be happier for my friend and her growing family. She and I have been blessed to share a lot of LIFE together. A LOT. And I have to say that this event certainly ranks up there as one of the best!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments!!!

An unexpected gift …

Last night we celebrated the life of a dear friend and sorority sister. It was an absolutely beautiful memorial service. She blessed the lives of so many. And she will be truly missed.

A few days ago my sorority sisters and I decided to go to dinner after the memorial service. We wanted extra time together to remember our sister, reminisce and reconnect. And that, we did. It was a such a special night.

Although I remain broken-hearted at the loss of my friend, I couldn’t help but look around the banquet room last night and say to her “you did this”. There were women there whom I haven’t seen or heard from in decades. Women who really mattered to me. Women who I loved. It was an incredible feeling being in their presence again.

My friend’s passing has been a great tragedy, but last night I was reminded that death is not the end of a relationship. It simply changes it to move beyond that which is worldly … and it’s beautiful. My friend may not have been with us physically last night but through her influence and inspiration she still managed to give her sorority sisters something precious. Togetherness.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you receive an unexpected gift!!!

Finding peace in my pain … 

I’m still incredibly sad today but it comes in waves now. It’s not easy to lose someone so close to you. I know this. I’ve been through it a few times over now. It’s a process. And it’s tough. Grieving is a reminder of how genuinely you can love someone. And what you lost. The pain is immeasurable. The sadness, so deep. Yet to feel all of this is necessary to gain a sense of a new normal. Things will never be the same and daily we discover how things will now be without our loved one. Some days are better than others. We learn ways to remember them fondly and manage our grief. But we never forget. Not. Ever. All of this discomfort becomes part of the journey that we continue to share with the person that we lost. I find beauty and comfort in knowing this. It becomes a relationship between souls, not people. A connection more profound than one that relies on our humanness to maintain. True love transcends all of that. 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find peace in your pain!!!

Broken-hearted … 

Last night my dear friend and sorority sister lost her battle with ovarian cancer. She was so strong and brave. She was a warrior and I couldn’t be more proud to call her my sister and friend. Yesterday I was able to see her. I sat next to her holding her precious hand and rubbing her arm. I couldn’t be more grateful to her husband for giving me that time with her. I will cherish every moment we shared and every memory we made; our college days, our long talks, our texts and our silliness and laughter. She was an incredible woman exemplifying what it means to LIVE with cancer. She enjoyed her days, sharing them with family, friends and coworkers. She faced every step of her battle with humor and grace. I miss her so deeply already and I will love her forever.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t broken-hearted!!!

A great plan with The Genuines …

There are tons of quotes by very influential people advising us that we should ONLY surround ourselves with people who lift us up, believe in us and love us. I couldn’t agree more. I do my best to end relationships that are not balanced and healthy. But life doesn’t always allow for this in every situation. Unfortunately despite our best efforts we must deal with undesirable people almost every day. I have obviously battled this dilemma but creating my own little world. Ya know … LaLa Land. HA! As much as I don’t want to have to deal with difficult people or difficult situations, it’s a necessity sometimes. So I figure why not just try to laugh and smile and hope my way through all of it with the people I love most in the world. Being optimistic and always trying to see the positive side has served me well. It has also enabled me to find my tribe. The people I have come to call “The Genuines”. Those souls who speak to mine. They GET me. They treat me respectfully and ALWAYS have my back. We are equals and only want good for one another. They are loyal, honest and REAL. And I couldn’t be more grateful for them.

So yes, unfortunately we must deal with people and situations that we don’t want to. But having good people by your side sure makes it a whole lot easier … and fun (can’t forget the fun!)

Well, I hope you all have a day where you come up with a great plan!!!