19 April 2013

It's Been a Week

It's been a long, hard week. 

Grey skies and never ending thunderstorms. Chicago has been badly hit by flooding thanks to 5+ inches of rain overnight, and my neighborhood has been the worst hit in the city. Some suburbs have it worse, but my little neighborhood has been the worst within city limits. 

I've been lucky - a second floor apartment just one street past the worst of the flooding. I stayed warm and dry while Joe was out of town, but I also haven't been able to leave home before today. The Chicago River is still well over its banks just two blocks away and its destruction has truly left me breathless. And grateful for pure dumb luck. 

The news this week has also left me breathless. I think we've all been captivated by the seemingly endless stream of bad news this week. But I hope you all have found gratitude and hope in these stories as well. Human kindness has also left me breathless. 

And so I've been quiet. And searching for hope and cheer and good news where I can. I've found some inspiration this week I'd like to share:

A sweet marriage proposal. I sent it to a friend and she told me that next time I need to issue a "tear disclaimer" so she knows not to watch it at work because she'll cry. 

Why Women Should Embrace a Good Enough Life. Not perfect, but much more realistic than a lot of what we've heard from the likes of women like Sheryl Sandberg lately. 

Why Friendships are the New Marriage. Can we have it all? Great girlfriends for life AND great marriages? I think so. 

I'm trying to talk Joe into a vacation at any of these destinations! We need to plan a little getaway for the two of us, no family, friends, or weddings involved!

They've found three planets that could possibly sustain life. So incredible!

Why while you should embrace a "good enough" life, you definitely shouldn't embrace "good enough" when it comes to your wedding photos

Anyone want to gift me this pretty scarf? I have a summer birthday coming up soon-ish. 

And really, you deserve it all!

18 April 2013

Higher Love

In wake of this week's never-ending series of heartbreaks, I've had this song on repeat

Think about it, there must be higher love 
Down in the heart and in the stars above, 
Without it, life is wasted time. 
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine 

Things look so bad everywhere 
In this whole world, what's fair? 
We walk blind and we try to see 
Falling behind in what could be. 

Bring me a higher love 
Bring me a higher love, 
Bring me a higher love 
Where's this higher love, I've been thinking of? 

Worlds are turning and we're just hanging on 
Facing our fear, standing out there alone 
Oh a yearning, and it's real for me 
There must be someone who's feeling for me 
Things look so bad everywhere 

In this whole world, what's fair? 
We walk blind and we try to see 
Falling behind in what could be 

Bring me a higher love 
Bring me a higher love, 
Bring me a higher love 
Where's this higher love, I've been thinking of? 

I will wait for it, I'm not too late for it 
Until then, I'll sing my song 
To cheer the night along 

I could light the night up with my soul on fire
I could make the sun shine from pure desire
Let me feel the love come over me
Let me feel how strong it can be

Bring me a higher love 
Bring me a higher love, oh 
Bring me a higher love 
I could rise above for this higher love

09 April 2013

An Old Excerpt from My Diary

08 April 2013

On Who I Am Today

I am in a state of transition. 

I am more than okay with this. 

I have spent the last few years focusing internally.
Finding peace within myself. 
Finding who I am . 
And discovering who I want to be. 
The difference between who I was, 
who I am, 
who I will be. 

This year,
there's a lot more focus on bigger changes. 
It's not easy. 
There's plenty of self-doubt. 
Questions about what's to come. 
What will be. 
Will it be what I want?
But on the other hand, 
I'm SO ready for this. 
Whatever this
may be. 

I've learned that 
setting intentions really does work. 
Our home, 
our friendships,
 our community today.
All came about because of intentions 
we purposely set in writing, 
last spring before we moved. 
We wrote them down. 
They were guiding principles. 
It may have taken different forms than anticipated. 
It may have taken longer in some cases. 
It wasn't always intentionally sought out. 
But every one of those intentions
has become a reality today. 

So I've been inspired. 
Been daydreaming. 
Asking myself the hard,
hardest questions. 
The "what ifs" 
and "maybe somedays" 
and "worst-case" scenarios. 
And soon, 
I'll sit down 
and write out 
some more intentions . 
For myself. 
For this year. 
For the next five years. 
For the rest of my life. 

I am amazed. 

I have such a rich, loving life. 

A great man to love. 
A family who is always there. 
(Even when they drive me crazy,
they're always there to lean on.)
Amazing friends. 
The kind who make me believe
anything is possible. 
I could pull down the stars 
and wear them around my neck, 
if that's what I wanted.
Because my friends are the greatest cheerleaders.