In The Thick Of It

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Who has the time for anything?

Since moving and starting a new job I feel like when I’m not working all I can do is move my body and rest my brain. Great for my butt – not so great for my mind.

Full disclosure – I am not a Dali fan (maybe it’s the headache of how many fakes there are out there). That being said, this melting clock – I get it now.

So how do we deal? Be present. Ugh. Just be present. I’m working on it. Those delicious little moments you find can last forever if you stay with them. Remembering to do that though is the tricky part. My mind is trained to leap forward and plan the upcoming hour for maximum efficiency. The problem with that being I miss out on those wonderful in-between parts of the day that are actually the most joyful.

I will say this – Seattle certainly encourages being present. It’s so beautiful here. It’s hard not to stop and take a breath when you realize a huge mountain is looming in the distance or a breeze brings the briny sound air to your morning walk. I am working on treasuring those moments and holding them with me through my days.

Le sigh. The work never ends, does it?

Below are some neat things – mostly art – that are keeping me present.

When to close your eyes. 

This is fascinating – I certainly believe how I eat contributes to my state of mind. 

Just finished this book – a deeply moving story of how life can change in an instant.

Sufjan Stevens newest album Carrie and Lowell is a work of art. 


Bigger Stuff

I hate flying. It scares me, knowing how little control I have at 35,000 feet in the air. Everytime a plane crash is in the news it only confirms my fears.

So when news came out about the Germanwings flight I felt dreadful. My heart is hurting for all the families affected by this tragedy.

Life is unpredictable. You never know when you might lose something, or when you might be lost. I am constantly reminded to be in my moments – good or bad – and make them last.

My goal this year was to overcome lingering insecurities – this helps – in the professional realm, but it’s bigger than that. Insecurities seem so small when you start to think about how big life can be if you truly appreciate the time you have.


So let’s all get out there and tell people we love them and sit on beaches and eat donuts. Life is just too short.