2016 project life : cover page

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Project Life and I were on a break last year. I'm super happy that we've found our way back to each other. I put this cover page together pretty quickly (except some frustrating printer mishaps) on Sunday...reminding myself to keep it simple

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This quote pretty much sums up life right now. I think it's fair to say that 45 is officially middle aged, right? Living life on the court, managing work & travel, blending littles & bigs, creating an amazing relationship...all of it is messy in the most magical way (side note: funny how my 2015 OLW decided to hang on a little longer, eh?). Our life is full of experiences & moments that I want to remember. So grateful for that.

My plan, so far (and I reserve the right to change my mind)...

  1. Basic 12x12 Design A format - with various sized inserts mixed in.  
  2. Sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly - totally playing that by ear. 
  3. No guilt over being "behind." Our life moves quickly. 
  4. Simple, simple, simple. Using pretty paper to fill a pocket is totally allowed.

Oh, and a little "state of the union" to set the stage for this year's album...Dan & I are ridiculously excited to be moving to a beautiful new-to-us house in a few weeks (more details on that soon). The big "kids" come home now & then (not often enough), and the littles keep us busy (& sleep-deprived) a few days a week. We work hard, we play hard, and most importantly, we love with our whole hearts. 

 


hello february 2016.

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February can be a brutal month. Bitterly cold, snowy, and dark. Today, we kicked off the month with temps in the 40s, and daylight as I left work. Grateful for both. Saying hello to so much this month...

hello to packing - we're moving on March 1st, so this month is all about organizing and packing. We both downsized a lot in our last moves, so we're anticipating a smoother process this time.

hello to travel - two days a week, every week. I love it, and it's exhausting. 

hello to documenting - planning on capturing this year in a combination of Chatbooks, OLW, and (yes!) Project Life. Mackie & I pulled out scrapbooking supplies to make Valentines this weekend, and I realized how much I've missed playing with paper. 

hello to more salads, fewer carbs - the gluttony of January will not be repeated.

hello to birthdays - McCartney turns 5, and my Mom turns...c'mon, I know better than that

hello to the library (again) - weaning myself off of buying books (damn you, Amazon Prime!), and planning to return to the library. What's the best book that you've read lately? 

hello to a nighttime skincare habit - one would think, given what I do for a living, that I've got this one down. Nope. I'm guilty of rarely washing my face before bed, and only using moisturizer when my skin starts to get super dry. Changing that this month! 

hello to the Firestarter Sessions Audio Course - loved reading it, and I'm sure that I'll love listening. 

...inspired by hello monday, but monthly instead.


the taco cleanse : prevent or reverse taco deficiency!

While most of the world was kicking off their NY resolutions to eat healthier, Dan & I were in Mexico enjoying all the eating & drinking, courtesy of our all-inclusive resort. Now that we're back to "real" life, we're returning to our salad & fish habits...with infrequent episodes of eating chocolate chips out of the bag, and finishing a bottle of wine on a Tuesday. Hey, we never said we were perfect. Perhaps it's time for some discipline in our lives?

Enter The Taco Cleanse.

This cookbook makes me smile. It's irreverent. It's kitschy. It's vegan. And it's about tacos. What more can you ask for? The authors write...

The Taco Cleanse is cheap, easy, and delicious. Its recipes are authentically Austin, and are sometimes even inspired by Mexico, where the taco was first created. Everything tastes better folded (exactly once) into a tortilla. Just eat one or more tacos at every meal, adding margaritas as necessary. It's that simple.

I'm partial to the Wake & Shake Scramble, the High Vibration Kale Chips, and the Tater Tot-cho Tacos. (book note...looks like Amazon is temporarily out of stock, which is super cool for the authors...so y'all might have to wait a bit to start your taco cleanse!)

I rec'd a copy of this book for review from The Experiment Publishing. No other compensation was rec'd, and opinions expressed are my own.


cabo san lucas : january 2016

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Dan & I spent an amazing week in Cabo. We lounged by the pool; hung out on the beach; went on a whale-watching cruise (saw whales & also learned that Dan gets VERY seasick); ate chips, guacamole, & fresh shrimp at least twice a day; took a water taxi to the Arch; drank countless G&Ts, mojitos, and pina coladas; rented a wave runner; tried out every restaurant at the resort; went horseback riding on the beach; worked through some mucky moments (sometimes when you clear space, sh*t comes up); met so many wonderful new friends; played beach volleyball & ping pong; read books (note to self - embrace fiction on the next vacation); and decided that we are definitely fans of the all-inclusive plan. 

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I am so grateful that I got to spend an awesome vacation with this guy. He's my favorite. We are super mindful of being present to now, and we have so many plans for the future. 

ps. Sooo much gratitude to Mattress by Appointment for handling the majority of our trip. Insanely brilliant business model, and fantastic people...can't wait to see y'all next year in the DR! 


this is forty-five.

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I turned forty-five yesterday (THANK YOU for all the kind birthday wishes!!). I'll admit that while not a typical milestone birthday, this number feels weighty. The past couple of months have been an absolute blur, but I've had the number bouncing in my head quite a bit. Since that usually means that I need to do some reflection, I'm taking a cue from  this, this, and this...

This is forty-five. 

Forty-five is feeling solidly middle-aged, and getting carded at the grocery store less frequently. Forty-five is still hearing "you look too young to have kids that age!," and getting questioning looks about my rather-young-looking boyfriend. Forty-five is feeling ridiculous even using the word boyfriend

Forty-five is knowing that I should get to the gym more often, but opting to go out to dinner instead. Forty-five is eating more salads, less bread & drinking more wine, less beer. Forty-five is being grateful for acupuncture, Chinese herbs, & meditation.

Forty-five is caring less about what people think, and caring more about what my people think. Forty-five is knowing that all of them are really only thinking about their own life anyway.

Forty-five is 17+ years at the same job, and wondering if it ever becomes too late to make a change. Forty-five is wondering how in the world I can find my passion, when on most days I'd be happy to find my phone (or these days, my gloves).

Forty-five is saying yes to interesting, and no to obligatory.

Forty-five is wishing that I had known more when my kids were young, and knowing that I did my best. Forty-five is hoping that they know how much they are loved, and telling them just that. Forty-five is being really proud of the people that they're becoming.

Forty-five is crying over hurt feelings, but getting over it more quickly. Forty-five is accepting that life is complicated, but still resisting the complications. Forty-five is reading, learning, and listening.

Forty-five is adventure, possibility, exploring, and trying again every day. Forty-five is not always knowing where the path leads....


#reverb2015 : catching up

ReverbgraphicTravel, the Landmark Forum, more travel, and general life seem to have kept me away from any reverb-ing for the past couple of weeks. So here's what feels relevant to catch up on...

What was the low point of your year? How are you healing & moving forward? I pondered this question for a week or so, and realized that I didn't have a true low point - particularly not as low as in previous years. Sure, I had few rough patches...but on the whole, this year didn't veer into dark & twisty. The rough patches are being healed with honesty & authenticity. 

Where did you travel this year? What new and what familiar places did you visit? Where would you like to go in 2016? Lots of travel to familiar (NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, The Villages FL, Montreal), and a few new (Squamish BC, Austin TX). I stood in security lines enough to justify the expense of a permanent TSA Precheck pass. I love travel, even when it's for work. In 2016, I'll repeat many of the familiar business destinations, and will add in Mexico in Jan, and hopefully Machu Picchu at some point early in the year. 

What no longer serves you? What can you let go or get rid of? Surrender? Letting go of rackets (fixed states of being related to a consistent complaint) is a big focus after completing the Landmark Forum...it's not easy work, but it's worth it. I got rid of a decade's worth of stuff when I moved...literally 2 truckloads for the Got Junk guys + a ton of donations. For 2016, I'm surrendering to possibility without having to figure out all the steps. 

Where have you discovered community in 2015? This question stumped me a little. I feel like I wasn't as proactive at adding people/friends to my life, but instead appreciated my tribe more than ever. I'm hoping to build a community around Landmark in the coming year. 

More to come! 

I'm using Yoga Freedom's #reverb15 writing prompts for this year.


#reverb15 - one word & i love

ReverbgraphicKicking off this year's #reverb project in California (LA yesterday, SF today). I'll be following Yoga Freedom's prompts, and as always...will pick & choose those that resonate, bundle days when needed, and just generally do my own thing. (You can find my 2014 & 2013 projects in the category cloud to the left if you're reading on the actual site, and my 2012 project here.) On to the first two prompts

Encapsulate your 2015 in one word. Why that word? What would you like your word to be for 2016? Why?

My One Little Word for 2015 was (is) Magic. It has definitely been a quiet word, but not an absent word. I framed a postcard early in the year as a reminder that magic is something you make. So true. I think that a fitting/functional word for the year has been change. I changed homes. I changed planes (often). I changed pants sizes. I changed living situations. As with most change, some of it was good, and some of it was gin & tonic inducing. 

I've been listening for my 2016 OLW. A few have popped up, but I'm not sure which (if any) will stick. Stay tuned.

Start all your sentences with "I love..."

I love the ease of living in an apartment. I love travel. I love Saturday morning brunch and Sundays at Scout & Company. I love that technology allows me to keep in touch with my kids. I love the life that Dan & I are creating. I love learning. I love how much time I've spent this year with my Aunt Betty. I love that I got to see Barb AND my brother in the same trip! I love coffee, red wine, G&Ts, and Deep Eddy Vodka. I love Trader Joes. I love being pain free. I love starting my days slowly. I love meditation. I love Scandal. I love grey & denim & stripes. I love the sound of Dan's laugh, and the way that Wilder says "ohmygod." I love my amazing, beautiful friends. I love the interwebs. I love that we are all making this life up as we go along.


the thanksgiving cards that I didn't send...

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It's an annual tradition of sorts...at the beginning of November, I decide to send out Thanksgiving cards. Not a mass mailing, but a carefully curated lot that is both heartfelt & handmade. And then, moments before Thanksgiving, I sigh...accepting the fact that the best laid plans simply didn't match up with my life. So. In lieu of cards, I want you to know that I am thankful for (in no particular order)...

My tribe. I am so very fortunate to have amazing friends. They're near, far, and virtual. They save me, time & time again. // My health. I am nearly pain-free, and I do not take that fact for granted. // My awesome kids. This is the first Thanksgiving in 23 years that I won't have a kid at home. It's not easy...but I'm ridiculously proud of my big kids. I deposited money in their bank accounts today, and texted "buy kale & sweet potatoes. i love you!" // My job. Oh, it is sooooo imperfect. But, I am more fortunate than many. Plus, my work peeps are ridiculously awesome. // My family. We're nuts, with a capital N. Still...I am fortunate. I have the best little brother in the entire world. I have parents who may not understand or agree with me, but still find space to love me. And...I have extended family that is the best. Aunt Betty. A whole list of ex-in-laws. In-laws that aren't really in-laws, but are gold. // My love. It's a crazy, wild ride...and worth every tear & triumph. You hold my heart. // And, of course...coffee, red wine, kale, sweet potatoes, cheese, the internet, scarves, good hair gel, and Shonda Rhimes. Because life wouldn't be the same w/o them.

Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy. -- Anne Lamott


it's been awhile, here's some -ings...

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Confession - distance is not making the heart grow fonder when it comes to this blog. The longer that I'm away, the more difficult it is to come back. Is it relevant anymore - to my life, or anyone else's? Is it the "right" space for sharing? I'm not so much figuring out 40 these days, as much as living the hell out of 44+. I have a few thoughts about what the next chapter will look like, the kind of site/sharing that I want to shift to....but it's still a little half-baked. In the meantime, how 'bout a dose of -ings?

traveling - a lot of it. British Columbia. New York (a few times). Montreal. Texas. A steady mix of business & pleasure. Dan & I are heading to Florida for a few days this week, then I'm home for a couple of weeks (maybe). I really enjoy traveling, but I also enjoy coming home. 

eating - my weight in Halloween candy and carbs. It's pretty ridiculous. 

reading - Big Magic. Better than Before. The Magical Path. Brave Enough

(over) thinking - everything. Mostly with an "not good enough" flavor. Reading, meditating, and talking my way through. 

listening - to Dan playing piano & guitar (it's my favorite), the Limetown podcast, this song, and the incessant asking of "why??" by a certain 2 1/2 year old. 

learning - Reiki. I completed my Level I certification in October! 

planning - a massive photo sorting & purging project for the winter. 

loving - our new KitchenAid coffee maker. When Hope calls just to say hi. Impromptu NYC sushi dates that last until 1am. 

feeling - grateful. Life is messy, but it's good.

drinking - Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka. Lots of coffee. Peanut Butter tea from David's. Not enough water. 

believing - that miracles & magic are possible. 

knowing - that the saying "Don't try to win over the haters, you're not the jackass whisperer" is soooo true. (thanks, Brene Brown)

What's new in your world?