Happy New Year!

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“I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

What kind of future do you contemplate today, on this last day of the year? I am feeling quiet and reflective, as I relive some highlights of 2012 (oh, and there were many!) and as I look ahead to some projected/desired/believed realities for 2013.

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful New Year, bursting with the possibility of what’s to come!

HAPPY NEW YEAR:)!!!

Home 1 + Home 2

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I sit here, back in my compact, quiet apartment. Tonight I am admittedly needing to fill the empty space with music, as I attempt to relish the tranquility and the unfamiliar solitude. (It’s working, slowly…) I’m unpacking gifts, stacking my shelves with shortbread wafers and chocolate Santas… fastening holiday cards of my friends’ adorable kiddos to the fridge with new funky magnets. I’m sipping a cuppa and catching up on my favorite blogs–ones I haven’t opened for weeks (and, man, did that feel good). I’m slowly easing my way back in.

The first night back, I always feel a bit fragile, a bit disoriented. I miss the hustle and bustle of my parents’ house, the copious tins of cookies, the boxes of teas, the glow of the Christmas tree, the presence of those people and those voices, that cozy warmth that can only be found, it seems, in that secure place we call home. Here, I’m happy to be back; I really am. (I smiled to myself at the airport earlier, as The Head and The Heart played overhead at baggage claim, and outdoorsy-clad folks around me, who seem to smile easily, drank coffee drinks from recyclable cups.)

But my heart hasn’t quite made the journey west with me yet. It’ll happen soon; I know that. Tonight, though, I’m still slightly suspended between the two worlds–my two homes.

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So for now, I’ll hold onto the magic of the season a wee bit longer. Shortly, I’ll fall into bed exhausted (I’m going googley-eyed as I type this, I’m afraid….), feeling immense gratitude for the gift of togetherness I enjoyed these past weeks with my wonderful family and friends back east. It was a fabulous Christmas. A really, really good one.

I hope your holiday seasons have been lovely, too. πŸ™‚

Happy Christmas!

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‘Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.’
– Norman Vincent Peale

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Wishing those of you who celebrate, a cozy day full of family, friends, good food & drink, gratitude, cheer and lots of joy! Merry Christmas!

Monday Mix

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I’m beginning my trek east! Home for the holidays. YAY:)

Here are a few ditties to hopefully brighten your Monday morns. Have a good one!

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The essence of wisdom is to see that there is always a solution once you realize that the mind, which seems to create so much suffering, has infinite potential to create fulfillment instead.”
β€” Deepak Chopra

Looking for the Merry & Bright

This quote seems appropriate, as I look out the window to find the umpteenth consecutive day of dreary, drizzly gray. Oy. (Seriously sun…um, hello?)

“Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.”
~Saint Basil

It’s been a heavy week in many senses, first centered around petty deadlines, a mile-long, pre-trip to-do list and some internal anxiety I just can’t seem to shake. Of course all of this was later eclipsed by the unspeakable happenings in a Connecticut elementary school. The horror of it all feels too much, too hard, to even wrap our grief around…

So I’ve been looking especially hard for the bright spots this week–like a cozy, laugh-filled dinner party with some lovely Seattle ladies and celebrations for my amazing, fun, kind, witty, clever, thoughtful “baby” brother who today turns 30.

Yesterday I got lost in a sea of pint-guzzling Santas, and I was grateful to be surrounded by whimsy, by silliness and by light-hearted fun. Sometimes we need that, we just really do.

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What’s keeping you happy during these short, dark days?

Two quotes & some waterside music

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I want you to be supervised, all day every day, by people who forgive your errors and believe in your destiny.”~Martha Beck
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2013 Bucket List….Doe Bay Fest!!
Here’s The Head & The Heart performing there.

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β€œI must learn to love the fool in me–the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of my human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my Fool.”~Theodore Isaac Rubin; psychiatrist, author

All connected

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β€œWe are all connected in ways we cannot even begin to fathom. Our lives unfold through each other and within each other.”
~David Rhodes

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