The last few days have been exceptionally lovely. Old childhood friends, hiking in Redwoods, enjoying the vast Big Sur coast, seeing one of my oldest friends get married, dancing under the stars, really good hot coffee, corn hole, having no cell phone service the entire weekend, dancing (literally) under the stars.
I'd like to think of this as the calm before my "storm," with storm having a positive connotation on it. My post-bacc RD schooling is fast approaching, but I'm trying to cherish each and every moment of my life right now which feels so peaceful; every smell, every blink, every bite, every giggle.
Slowing down is really, really hard. Especially since many of us are used to always.having.something-to-do.or...somewhere-to-go. And, wait for it....I'm going to connect this to our health and vitality. When we go-go-go all the time, it's simply exhausting. Sure, exercise and being busy can be great. But guess what? We need rest. We need periods where we can disconnect and reflect. Meditation? Sure. That too. It may sound out there, but when is the last time you really gave yourself some quiet time?
When's the last time you embraced everything good in your life, and even the bad stuff too?
So, I invite you to enjoy the calm. If the calm doesn't exist, create it, find it. There could be a storm ahead, but lets not think like that.
The view from "the best restaurant in America" - a certain midwestern man
Pink Lady Crunch roll at the "best restaurant in America"
This picture is not staged - laughing with old friends
The view from the wedding in Big Sur - unreal
The tall groom & single-dimpled bride, post getting miri'd
Story of my life
Dear, old friends - the lawyer, the doctor, the environmental scientist/part-time moon explorer, me, & the analytical MBA grad. But more importantly, the friends.
The best wedding food yet - grilled steak & veggies, salad with golden beets & candied walnuts, & mushroom risotto
The view from my current adventure - in one of my favorite places, Kauai
You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to.
- Robin Williams as Sean in Good Will Hunting, my favorite character in my favorite movie.