Staying Open – May 14, 2023 at 05:56PM

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Happy mother’s day to mothers who have little kiddos and are too tired to do anything let alone celebrate. Happy mother’s day to mothers whose kids have grown up and left the house. Happy mother’s day to those who have lost babies, who never could have babies despite wanting them. To single mothers. To mothers raising their grandbabies. To mothers who are mourning their mothers. To mothers who are mothering themselves. Single fathers who are also mothering. To foster mothers. To step mothers. And to so many other kinds of mothers.

Also to those who never wanted babies and are happily not mothers (thank you for not succumbing to peer pressure and doing what is right for you.)

May you all take moments of joy and gratitude today. I see you, I celebrate you and I’m grateful for you.

Thank you to my mama and my sister who are two of the best mothers I know. And thank you to my friends who parent alongside me and help me.

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Staying Open – April 25

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It’s been a long and tough week already. I had eleven meetings today in seven hours and then we had to drive to school for a trip meeting. I feel exhausted and unable to parse the 66 unread work emails. So instead I am in bed, listening to a good book and I will do some meditation.

Grounding is a big part of staying Open for me and it’s not possible to ground when I am stressed and depleted and low on sleep. Can’t wait to heal enough to sleep through the night.

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Staying Open – April 24

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And just like that 14 years have passed. Time flies in the blink of an eye and I am so grateful for getting to spend it with people I love and adore.

Happy birthday little one, I love you with all my heart and soul.

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Staying Open – April 23

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Friendship is such a gift and I am so lucky for smart, kind, talented, generous and truly wonderful friends. I love celebrating them and cheering them on. Here’s to you @evelyn_skye and if you haven’t read Damsel I can’t recommend it enough! Both my kiddo and I read it in a single sitting.

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Staying Open – April 22

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I love getting to start and finish a book in one sitting. It’s like falling into a different universe for a day.

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Staying Open – April 21

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It’s finally nice weather here and I didn’t realize how very much I’d missed it. Sunshine and warm weather feels like batteries to charge my soul.

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Staying Open – April 20

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There’s so much joy in the ordinary. I am letting myself feel all the feelings, not dismissing anything. And I am holding it all alongside gratitude. Because what’s the alternative?

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Staying Open – April 20

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Can you see it?.

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Staying Open – April 19

 

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I think one of the things I gave up last year was the need for there to be a purpose to what we do. Life is too short and it goes by in the blink of an eye. What matters most is to be kind to others and to enjoy our time here and if we can, to leave it a bit better than we found it. So that’s my purpose. To live with intention.

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Staying Open – April 16

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Happy Sunday. I’m not afraid of Sundays anymore. I no longer check my email on Sundays. I try not to get triggered and worry about what’s waiting for me during the week. I let it all be what it is.

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Staying Open – April 15

 

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Quiet Saturdays are my favorite. Today was full of reading, learning bridge, practicing my.letters, taking a walk with kids and now I’m off to do some Korean.

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Staying Open – April 14

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Another day spent with my beautiful sister before she leaves town. We had coffee and burgers and sunshine and laughter. A lot of laughter.

I love you Yonuka, miss you already.

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