Monday, July 26, 2010

Eat, Pray, and Love

I seriously can't believe that July is almost over!  Really?  Seriously?

So, I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love right now--which I really do love-- and I'm in the part where she's in India.  And, I was just reading about when she was turning 10 years old and suddenly and without cause, she had a nervous breakdown.  She suddenly became aware of her own mortality, and was so freaked out realizing that she was already "in the double digits", and that soon she'd graduate from high school, have kids, be middle aged, then elderly, and then dead!  And during her remembering this memory, she realizes she has control issues...


Yep, I think I have the same problem!
I know time is going to keep marching on, and I'm going to keep on getting older, and so is everyone else.  Nonetheless, I still hate the end of every Holiday, of every passing month, and every New Year.  At the same time, I think I wish time away sometimes.  For instance, "I can't wait till next Summer, I can't wait till my next trip, I can't wait till I've lost 25 lbs., and well, you get the picture.  A contradiction for sure...what to do?

Well, I've been thinking a lot this past week.  I went to the funeral of a friend's young wife who was killed in a horrible accident the week before.  She was so lovely, so loved, and so young...just 29 years old.   Every story that was shared about her was one of inspiration.  They said "she lived outside her comfort zone, and pushed everyone else to also."  She seemed to be a beacon of hope for so many...I can't even explain the love I felt for her through the words of her loved ones and I know I'll forever be changed by what they said.

So, what I'm saying is that I guess I just want to live as much as I can, each and every day! Not take any time with friends and family for granted.  Love more, do things that make me or others happy.  Work hard when I'm at work, but remember to maintain a good balance with play.  Read good books, watch good movies.  Exercise, eat well, and take my vitamins.  Stay in touch with loved ones far away.  Keep things organized and neat (if you know me, this is a must!).  Get more sleep.  Pray and meditate more.  Write more blogs and journal entries.   Strive for peace and simplicity, and do this all with a focus on God.

May you live each day to the fullest too...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Girls Weekend Part 2!

Part 2 of the Girls Weekend!

Taking some lessons about the proper way to navigate a kayak, and boy we needed it!

Ladies, Ladies, get in the boats!
From left: Steph, Jen, Missy, me, Carly, Sarah and Mela

This was the scary cave that we each had to kayak into!  We thought it would be easy, but for Carly and I, nothing was easy!  We screamed the entire time and hit every wall, and I even punctured my hand a little after tearing off some skin on my thumb earlier!  I was a little worried about sharks with all my bleeding!

Had to warm up at the local Starbucks after being in the ocean for 3 hours!  And P.S. Carly and I were the only ones who didn't capsize!  Yeah, we rock!!

Celebrated Mela and Missy's birthdays since they were both within the week. 
Yep, Mela cried a little right after she read the card!

The lovely Carly and Missy

Missy's little man Holden.  Isn't he the cutest little dude?

Steph and I had to get in on the action with Holden, he loved it!

After about 20 shots that we were trying to take by ourselves, ONE turned out great!  
Oh, how I love these amazing women!

There were plenty more photos taken, but these are some of my favorites, so I hope you enjoy!
Until next year (hopefully)!  May everyone have friends as wonderful as I do!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Girlfriend Weekend!!

Here's the weekend in photos, Part 1 of 2!

So, I got to spend 7 lovely days in Southern California!  It was great, even if the sun didn't come out that much!  The first two days I had Mela mostly to myself.  She had to work a little each day, so I also had time to explore a little on my own.  I wandered around Oceanside and Carlsbad quite a bit; hung out down at the Beach every chance I got, rode her bike around, ate some fresh fruit at one of the MANY natural food shops, checked out bookstores, and generally relaxed!

You may be interested to know how this all got started, right?  Well, we had our first "reunion" about three years ago.  It was during a hard time during my life, and I called Missy out of the blue and asked if I could visit because I needed to get away.  She graciously said yes, and then had the idea that we should invite the others girls to come hang with us too.  It was great!  

Then, about a year ago, Missy told us about this great book, "The Girls From Ames", about these 11 friends that have remained friends for 40 years and the story about them.  Since we have all joined Facebook over the last few years, the first "Reply All" emails began.  Missy suggested we get together and try to stay in touch more, and the Reunion was on!  We ended up staying with Mela because she had a little more space, and no husband for the weekend.  (Jackson did come home Saturday, but we had fun with him too!)  It was so great to see my friends: Mela, Missy, Sarah, Jen and Steph, and this year, we were lucky to get in touch with Carly again and she was able to come too!

I hope you enjoy the photos!  Come back again soon to see Part 2!

From snow-capped Mountains in Utah (well, barely!)...

to the shining Pacific Sea in California!

My feet in the sand...the best feeling ever

Mela and I had breakfast at the Oceanside Harbor

The beautiful Mela!  I cropped myself out because she was just too cute by herself!

Thursday night we went to the "Sunset Festival" down at the Pier

And the girls arrived Friday!  The lovely Jen and Missy...

Mela and Steph starting the weekend with lots of photos!

Steph and I went on a bike ride down to the beach and had our own little photo shoot!

This is us trying to be "sexy" or something....funny, but I love it!!

This is us laughing after we looked at the "sexy" photo!

Dinner Friday night Missy was busy making us Fondue, Jen is ready to eat!
Notice the wine bottles everywhere, and then notice the white cap in the bottom left of this photo, yep, that's my Water! 

Coming soon...Sea Kayaking and more!