Life: Version 2.0

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Dogs of Love

Dear Jasper,

It was one year ago today that you left us. I can’t believe this much time has passed already. You were a wonderful loving dog who taught us SO much, saw us through some dark times, and showed us what unconditional love looks like.

A few months ago, we met Watson. I think you may know this, because I am pretty sure you sent him to us. He needed a family and we needed him. Words cannot describe how amazing he is. Of course, he can never replace you – but I am pretty sure you knew what you were doing when you chose him. We met many other dogs – but when we saw Watson, we knew he was going to adopt us. Both you and Watson show us the healing power of love – and I am so grateful to have you both in my life.



5 things I am thankful for right now

  1. My health – and that my body continues to be strong
  2. The books I am reading – that remove me from my current reality and send me to a different time and place (where men wear kilts). What could be better?
  3. My doggie – who’s unconditional love never ceases to amaze me
  4. My hair – I have excellent hair genes.
  5. I have a good job – my family is well taken care of and we don’t have to struggle

Thanksgiving Magic

Dear Mom –

It’s Thanksgiving day today and I am home with my family. Thanksgiving is usually my favorite holiday but I am just not feeling festive today. This does not mean I am not thankful, just not very festive. When I was young you used to make holidays magical. I usually do that too, but for some reason I am struggling today.

 I figured that it would help to share this with you and remind myself about the things that I am thankful for today:

1. My children. They are my number 1 source of inspiration (and sometimes stress).

2. I have options. I have a created a life for myself that is full of options. The challenge is to figure out which doors to open (and to close)

3. The ability to appreciate the little things. Everything from the color of the leaves, to the smell of rain, to the sound of morning. I have met people who miss out on this because they are too caught up in their own drama.

 4. My pets. Because they love me, unconditionally.

5. That I am able to appreciate you. No one is perfect, and I understand that. I am not angry at you for what you did – I just miss you. I try to focus on all of the wonderful times that we had and all of the important lessons you tought me. I will continue to think about this today as we give our thanks.

That is all for now. I love you always and miss you dearly.


saturday morning update

it is 7 am Saturday, I am sipping my coffee and listening to the morning. I love the fall. Life is good…

Here is my update:

  • I joined a yoga center this week
  • Continued to do a lot of soul-searching around my career and goals
  • Decided to produce a podcast/blog series with my friend Rebecca
  • Walked 4 miles x 4 days this past week with Jasper
  • Participated in my first yoga/meditation class
  • Chris came back from vacation, thank goodness
  • Decided to begin a “thankful for thirty” series on this blog (I will explain later)
  • My roof is getting replaced this coming week
  • Still reading “Eat, Pray, Love” thanks to a fellow blogger, ToshSpice, as well as “the Dark is Rising” by Susan Cooper
  • Spent too much money, again
  • Decided to reconnect with a few friends who I have lost touch with

I love my dog

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