Ahoy Matey …

Yesterday we saw Alaska from a race course. It was GORGEOUS! And it FED the runner in all of us. We runners LOVE to see the sights of new places via races. I know it sounds weird but it really is an amazing way to explore when you are traveling. This morning we venture out on water. We are going to see Alaska by ship. I can’t wait! Um. I guess today we feed the inner pirate in all of us. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you say AHOY MATEY!!!

A great day …

We all have good days and bad days. I have a hard time staying fixated on the bad ones. It’s not that I dismiss them. I don’t! I find them invaluable. I feel like they make my good days, better. I guess I just find it easy to not get stuck in the thoughts of a bad day. I don’t expect them reoccur the next day or to have lasting negative effects. I see them more like a snapshot in time. And I use them as a measure to help me appreciate my good days even more.

Well, I hope you all have a great day!!!

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!!!

Gladly taking the good with the bad …

As I took my morning walk this morning I couldn’t help but reflect on 2015.

So. Much. Change.

Most of it good, thankfully. But no less stressful. And if I just focused on the “highlights” (as I usually do), the good parts of all that change, then I can honestly say that 2015 was a great year.

BUT … there were moments when I was experiencing those “good” times when I don’t think I could say that I actually felt “good”. Like the day we left San Francisco after dropping Sid off at school. That was great, but it felt awful. For days!

There were so many events like this that happened in 2015 that I couldn’t count them even if I wanted to. But what I do want to do, is learn from them. And I think I did.

Life is a balancing act. If I chose to focus on the pain I experience I fear that I will lose sight of all the happiness in my life. And I refuse to let that happen. So this is my motivator.

If there is one thing my mother taught me in her short life, it is this: you can find laughter and joy even in your darkest moments. It is her legacy. And it is how I chose to life my life. TRUST ME, it’s not always easy … but it is possible. And if any year proved that to me, it is 2015. In fact, by not feeling the pain that I did, I would have never been able to feel and experience the joys that went along with them … and who am I if I chose to rob myself of that? Not the me I want to be, that’s for sure. 

Change. Good or bad. It’s a DOOZEY.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you gladly take the good with the bad!!!

Living, loving and laughing … 

It never fails. At some point in every day silliness rears its head. It can even be a horrible day, but then there is that moment where one (or all) of us “starts up”. Within seconds the rest of us are sucked into “the silly” and we are laughing hysterically. We literally can’t resist it. I think that we are pretty lucky to have moments like these that come as frequently as we do. It certainly puts life in perspective and keep things real. I love it!

Well, I hope you all had a day where you lived, loved and laughed!!!