January 31, 2013

Month in Numbers - January 2013

January didn't happen quite according to plan. Which is the point of plans, right? Plans aren't fool proof and changing is what keeps us on our toes.

I've followed Julie Kirk's Month in Numbers for awhile now and thought I'd try to do them in 2013. Let's see what happens. I tend to start out great and fall flat when I attempt to do regular-type-anything...(like photo a day, don't ask!)

So here I go. My month in numbers:

1 - the number of cousins I reconnected with! This is why I love facebook.
my little cousin Jeremy & I who reconnected this month! Love it!
3 - number of Stampadoodle/Cousin Wednesdays we were able to do! Yay!

4 - number of wrestling matches I attended
1 - number of wrestling tournaments I not only attended but also volunteered at!
1000 - number of pieces of plastic cutlery I purchased for said tournament

1 - number of trips to Seattle to send off a dear friend for three months.
1 - number of trips to see my mom & dad.
3 - number of trips mom & dad came here. 

16(ish) - the number of days I was sick (or recovering from sick).
44 - the number of Gossip Girl episodes I've watched. Don't judge. I finished Grey's Anatomy and this popped up and I was sick and not quite in my right mind. Now I'm stuck. It's a real (REAL) problem.

31 - number of days I completed Q & A a day! Woohoo!

January 21, 2013


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"And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love. For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn't popular to talk about it in some circles today. I'm not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I'm talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate. I've seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I've seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality." 

I was ready to write about the word I selected for the year, but then realizing it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day I thought he could say it more eloquently than I could. My one little word? Love.  

Love. Kind and tender. Fierce and fearless. Love for family, friends, strangers. Let love find a place in me everyday, let me show love everyday, let love find its way in the world. 
Sounds a bit...gushy, yes? But it's what is in my heart right now. December was filled with me trying to find a word and the word that kept pressing on my heart was love. Just love.

I am pretty excited to see what happens this year. I'm open and ready for a love-filled year.  

January 5, 2013

I love life in the Puget Sound.
there really isn't a way of getting around the "new year looking forward, looking back" thing that seems to inhabit individuals at this time of year. 
of course I get caught up in it too.
it's not a huge farewell and a glorious hello.
more like a gentle turning of a page.
I've spent the last week in quiet reflection and will probably spend the next week about the same. 
writing. planning. reviewing. dreaming. 
2012 was good. of course I am generally a glass-half-full kind of girl. there were some hard times but in general I can say I'm glad 2012 happened.
and...I'm looking forward to 2013.

 with the help of 
Susannah Conway, I've begun Unravelling the Year Ahead
and Carolyn Rubenstein, I've thrown a little Reverb Remix 2012 in...
it's felt pretty good to be a little more focused on the reflection of the past, the living in the right now, and the looking forward to what may come. 

welcome 2013

January 1, 2013

today was about:
slippers and jammies  
coffee and Grey's Anatomy on Netflix
looking back and looking ahead
welcoming a new year gently
saying goodbye to last year with a smile.