Monday, June 21, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Hooray for positive male role models! Maybe it's not a dad, but an uncle, older brother, coach or teacher. There's real power from learning how to be soft and strong. Hope you have someone in your life that can share this with you. (and someday you'll pass that along)
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
I recently lost my dear friend Gina. And I should say WE because she meant so much to so many different people. (it's never a singular loss) She had a long battle with cancer. She was brave, vulnerable & slowly had to deal with compromising one bit of her independence after another until there was little left.
I felt lost, wanted to give her space to navigate her new unchosen world but, also wanted her to know I was still there. So many transitions were packed into the last couple uncomfortable years. I'm relieved that she no longer has to keep accepting & being so damn strong. (no one required that it was just how she decided to handle this)
Working on my own for almost 20 years now you lose the connection of coworkers. (the good and the bad) You become your own little independent island & find ways to process things you use to do in a group.
I made this tribute for her the day she died. My eyes filled with tears as I frantically drew. (art helps me process my feelings although some things can only be felt & never really understood)
This is a poem by Shel Silverstein I heard as child & felt the raw truth in.
The response (although I really didn't expect one) was lovely & universal- something I tend to forget. (no one likes to think about death)
We all go through this painful loss of sooner or later having a person we love severed from our everyday reality. We are human & this is part of our experience. I'm grateful for the kind words & some people even offered links to podcasts or places that had helped them find some peace with grief.
This was so beautiful & appreciated & necessary. When we hurt our light dims, when others see us hurting they offer a light back to help guide us to a brighter spot. There is something to be learnt in everything- even death.
Friday, June 11, 2021
This first sign of summer is real fun & you can hear it coming down the street. Nothing beats seeing an ice cream truck on your block!
Last but not least, a parade of pretty blooms around every corner. Summer makes me happy!
Especially June when the heat hasn't wilted me yet & everything feels alive again.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021