Emmaly asked me yesterday, while we were making vision boards: "What do you do when I'm not here, just sit around?" I asked her what she did when I wasn't there, just sit around. Kids come into this world as little narcissists, don't they? And it or job as adults to reverse that trend.
I am back on a recovery path – yes! – And re-reading notes from You are a Badass (what a fun book), so I am thinking this morning about what makes me happy and what makes me feel most alive. As of this moment in time: Running in the woods Swimming in the lake Being … Continue reading What makes you feel alive?
Are you kidding me? I have seen six rainbows today. And now a double rainbow. I die. It's too much. I can't take it. More Millennial-speak: "That rainbow is everything." LOL. Seriously though, I wonder if Irish people even register these rainbows anymore? I will tell you each time I saw a rainbow today, I … Continue reading Rainbow over Dingle
I am so enjoying driving on the left side of the road with my left hand on the stick shift traveling through the Irish countryside. This afternoon, I figured out how to unlock the fuel cap on this tin can of a vehicle. Small wins. What did Rick Steves' readers do before Google? I feel … Continue reading Driving around the Ring of Kerry
And I am thankful to be alive. I have so much to be grateful for. My day started beautifully. I had coffee with my would-have-been colleague from the Community College System. He told me about the plans their team had for me, of eventually taking the CTE Director role, and he talked about how hard … Continue reading Today I am 44.
Makes me slow down. Emmaly came over Sunday just after I returned home from visiting Steve in VA. At 5pm on a Sunday, museums and fishmongers are closed, so we made do with what I had in the house. We steamed edamame, boiled a bag of frozen squid chunks my mother had given me, stir-fried … Continue reading Being a Big Sister
I have been tracking my time in my calendar, sort of an OCD habit habit. I started by placing my STGD's (shit-to-get-done) in my calendar, and that expanded into also tracking other ways I spend my time, especially as I don't always get those STGD's done. What I have found is I spend a lot … Continue reading Ways to recapture time
I listened to a new podcast during a run last week--SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah Winfrey. In this podcast, Oprah interviewed Maya Angelou, and this conversation was so inspiring. Among my favorites nuggets from Dr. Angelou: "Your crown has already been paid for. Put it on your head and wear it." Oprah described how she met … Continue reading In good company with Oprah Winfrey
After repairing my bookshelf, I unpacked books and found this one: With a vague memory that Funke had given it to me. Now I remember she wanted to get together before I moved to Korea the following week. Reading her words, all the love and kindness Funke shared comes rushing back, and I miss her … Continue reading And I miss her.
Take 2 on people I want to love and know well in 2018. I left a lot of people off of this list whom I would like to see in 2018 and stay in touch with, but realistically, I want to focus on fewer people, friends and family I love and learn from when I … Continue reading Whom do you love?