Remembering a friend …

Last night Libs and I went to see Come From Away. I won’t give any details about it other than to say it was a wonderful story about some very good people. Is that vague enough? HA! Anyway, I loved it. And it was a nice distraction to help me get through today a little easier. You see, today is the second anniversary of my friend Pam’s passing. I think about her every day but as this day was approaching I felt my emotions building. I woke with a heavy heart. I grieve for her. DEEP. Tonight a few of us will get together to reminisce about our life with her and to celebrate our friendship. I need it. This will be good for me and my broken heart … because I miss her and this really hurts.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you remember a dear friend!!!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming …

It was a ROUGH week. Reese was in the emergency room TWICE. She’s never been that sick. I don’t think I have worried about her like that since she was 2lbs and in the NICU. It was scary to say the least. Thankfully she is recovering well and is her happy healthy self for the most part. Her appetite and energy aren’t quite back to normal yet, but they are getting there. So needless to say I pretty much abandoned our normal way of life this past week. It’s honestly all a big blur now. Being gone last weekend didn’t help either. I can’t tell you how many times I had to ask what day of the week it was. I was so LOST! But I can’t let a week like this pass without mentioning our VILLAGE. The friends and family who ALWAYS have our back. Their love and support are the REAL DEAL and we are blessed to walk through life when them. They make tough times easier and good times even better. The seasons we have shared with them have weaved into a lifetime of memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful for these beautiful souls!

So, I guess there is only one thing left to do now that things have gone back to normal around here. OK fine, OUR normal. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get back to your regularly scheduled programming!!!

Don’t settle …

Life is only made better when I share it with people who are genuine, honest, loyal, loving and kind. Trust me, they are out there! You just have to love yourself enough, to allow yourself, to find them.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t settle!!!

I love it even more …

Today is one those days that I’m overwhelmed with all the good in my life. I have some incredible people that I share this journey with. I am grateful to have so much history with them. They GET me and always have. Our past, present and future together fills my heart with so much joy. And some days it’s all just magnified how very blessed I am.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you love your life even more!!!

Ain’t life grand …

At my age you would think that it’s safe to say that I know a lot about life. Some days, yes. But some days are a definite, NO. Strangely, this is actually one of my favorite things about life. The unpredictability is exciting to me. Waking up every day and knowing that ANYTHING is possible is HUGE. Yes, of course this can go either way. Good or bad. But that’s OK, because there is ONE thing I can say for sure about LIFE. If I surround myself with people who I love and who genuinely love me, no matter what type of day I may be having, life is just GREATER. It’s lived BIGGER when I risk opening my heart to others. Sure, it can take a lot of courage to do this, especially when you have been hurt before. But I have found that it’s worth taking the chance. Every. Darn. Time. Because life can prove to be one heck of a CELEBRATION when you find others to share it with you.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are blessed to say AIN’T LIFE GRAND!!!

Feeling lucky (and thankful) …

We got into Las Vegas last night and got a huge surprise from our hotel. A room upgrade. Now I have had room upgrades before but this was over the top. They gave us one of their penthouse suites. The generosity and kindness were quite overwhelming. Some days you forget how good people can really be. Today is not one of them.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are feeling lucky (and thankful)!!!

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!!!

Genuine and kind …

I have always had an aversion to arrogant, mean and nasty people. Don’t we all? Honestly their actions confuse me. I’m repulsed by people who just don’t seem to care about the feelings of others and who are just flat out critical. I don’t understand their hurtfulness.

On the other hand, I truly appreciate people who are REAL in all the right ways. People who are so secure in their own skin that they don’t have a need to put others down. They build people up, encourage and show tenderness. They are compassionate and want to be helpful. They are calm and understanding. They are patient and good. There is no ill-will in their heart and it shows in all their actions. Even when no one is looking. I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am to call so many people like this my friends and family. In a nutshell, I am one lucky woman.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are genuine and kind!!!

Making no apologies …

I realized something this morning on my walk. I am going against everything I used to tell my patients and their families when they were dealing with something big. I would tell them not to feel the need to please everyone. I would tell them they got “a pass” on being who they typically are. Now granted, the really important stuff shouldn’t go out the window, like work and being a good moral person. Sadly life and all our responsibilities go on, even in a crisis situation. But, the small stuff needs to be not so urgent. That “not so important” phone call can wait. The house isn’t THAT messy. And no, the car doesn’t need to be hand washed. People will understand if you have to cancel plans or turn down an opportunity, well good people will anyway. And life will go on, even if you have to ask for help. The people closest to you will know what is driving your decisions. The ones who love and care about you most, won’t let that stop them from being there for you. Anyone who expects more of you or doesn’t understand why YOU can’t be YOU right now, is the one in the wrong. Humanity and kindness need to prevail. And if you don’t have people in your life who can handle this kind of “disappointment”, then so be it. Some relationships aren’t meant to last forever.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you make no apologies!!!