Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekend in Pictures: My Calm Before the Storm

As I boarded the plane this morning on my way to Hawaii, man-in-hand, I caught myself thinking about how good life has been lately. In that very moment, my head went to the place of - is it too good? Is something bad going to happen soon? (I'm a worrier. My Mom used to tell me I'd be a millionaire if I could worry as a profession.) That's just where my head was at this morning. Strangely negative while feeling so positive about all that has happened in the past few months. 

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. 


  1. First I love that you list GOOD COFFEE as one of the good things. Because that is a very good thing and bad coffee really throws my whole day off. Second - Big Sur and Hawaii are 2 of my Top 3 favorite places in life (the 3rd being Tahoe). SO JEALOUS. Are you in Poipu or Princeville? Third - Good for you for taking time to enjoy every little moment. I think we (as in fast-paced city people) get so swept up in the go-go-go, more-more-more of it all and forget to just BE. Great reminder. Enjoy your vacation!

    1. good coffee is quite important, friend! In Kapaa today then Poipu (my favorite!).