Snuggles

  
Our cat loves to be loved. Or maybe it’s the opposite way around. When Juliana came home from school, the cat would not leave her side and kept rubbing all over her, marking her with his scent and snuggling all over her, as she tried to eat an afternoon snack.

It was so cute to watch them play together.

What little moment did you enjoy today?

The Best Gift

 I love surprises and unexpected attention.

Tonight I was sitting at my computer around 10 pm and Juliana was getting ready for bed. She came to me with a really hot wash cloth that had been warmed in the microwave to wash my face. She knows how much I love this ritual and how I don’t usually take the time to care for my skin the way I should. I’ve taught her to wash her face, but I don’t do such a good job of modeling this behavior.  When I do heat up a wash cloth and put it on my face, it brings such great and simple joy and I melt into the comfort of the moment of the warmth, taking my breathe away.

When she unexpectedly brought me this gift tonight for no reason other than she loves me, I felt like it was my birthday. I felt cherished and was so happy that she surprised me and took care of me, knowing how much I would appreciate this simple gesture. She knows I’m tired and she took a moment to connect and to pamper me before going off to her room.

Thank you, Juliana. I’m the luckiest mama!

If you’ve never heated up a wet washcloth in the microwave and enjoyed the steam on your face, you’ll want to try it. I think you’ll love it too.

Wishing you love and sweet, simple, connections and comforts.

nAMaste

 

 

I Am Tired

I try to call my mama every day. I just love hearing her voice and her stories and lately I’ve been calling her from the little spaces in between here and there and where I need to be next. She typically asks me how I’m doing, and I usually say, something like all is well, I’m good, and I’m tired. She reflected back to me that I always say I’m tired, and asked, “Why is that?”

I told her,  “It’s because I’m really tired.”

She asked me, “Why are you always tired?”

I said, “Because I don’t sleep well anymore and typically stay up later than I should and am awake earlier than my alarm clock, which means I’m typically getting 5 to maybe 7 hours of sleep per night.”

My mind is always busy and that’s not necessarily a good thing nor something to brag about.

Granted, I do love to be busy but probably not like this, and yet this isn’t a complaint either. It just is the state of being right now, in my little world, with three kids in three competitive sports, and youth group activities, homework, a new job for me, an exciting and cool startup for Jeff, as well as my volunteer commitments and community building and exercising, and lots of time back and forth coordinating ride shares and driving my little lovelies from here to there.

My life is good and all is well and busy and I’m tired.  Luckily I wasn’t too tired to see the beautiful sky show tonight with shades of pinks and bright oranges cutting through the blue sky while driving across town.

Now, I just have to figure out how to be less tired. Do you know how? I am learning to regretfully say no and not to over commit, yet the days are still so long and full. Another thing to learn and practice. How do you practice slowing down in the midst of the rush that you really actually love and enjoy? Life is so interesting and tiring and wonderful.

I’m off to bed before the clock strikes midnight… goodnight and sleep well and please do share your thoughts.

nAMaste

It’s Up To You…

to BE-lieve.

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That’s what Mendel, from Budapest shared tonight on Oprah Winfrey’s Belief series, after he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the first episode, “Seekers,” I highly recommend seeking a copy and watching it for yourself.  There are 6 more episodes coming up and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

I always talk about my belief in One Love – that we’re all connected, and this series highlights our common humanity weaved together and bound by our different threads of our different beliefs, life stories and journeys, yet still intertwined with love. One Love.

I learned a little bit about the Hindu faith and that the largest spiritual gathering in the world takes place at the Ganges River in India for the Kumbh Mela, where over 30 million people gather and bathe in the most sacred holy river.  Seeing their celebratory joy and soulful connections made me smile.

The evangelical Christian faith was also shared and expressed through immersion cleansing and healing in water. I liked the connection between the two faiths through water.

The connections between the two young boys, one from an Australian Aboriginal tribe who was learning to become the leader and keeper of the songs and dances that have been passed down for over 50,000 years, and one practicing and reciting the Torah and learning the traditions from his father and elder males from his temple really resonated with me.  Both boys were being entrusted with becoming leaders and believers in their given faiths and were highly motivated, trained and disciplined.

It’s up to you to believe. What do you believe?

“Witness stories from around the world, united by one of the most basic human needs: a desire to find purpose and meaning in our lives.”  Read more: http://www.oprah.com/app/belief.html#ixzz3ozOLvueB

nAMaste

Top Ten List

Tonight I thought I’d list some things I’m thankful for since I feel like I don’t have anything interesting to share or novel to write about.

1. Nothing is really bugging me. In this moment. 🙂

2. My family went out for breakfast all together to check out the new Black Bear Diner.

3. Our comfy couch.

4. Happy, independent teens and a tween.

5. Learning that we need sadness to balance out joy and to connect with others where they are at. Thank you Inside Out.

6. Friends to play with and to enjoy the days and evenings together.

7. Lit fire pits and candles.

8. Dinner date with my husband.

9. Clutter free and clean home.

10. Kittens that bring joy and life to our house.

Your turn. What ten things come to mind when you reflect on what made you happy today?

nAMaste

Halloween is Coming

 

Have you picked out your costume yet?  What will you Be?

This guy looks pretty scary and life like and made me take a second glance.
TGIF. 

I’m so glad it’s the weekend.  I’m exhausted and couldn’t even stay awake to watch a movie tonight. Hope you have a good one!

nAMaste

The Catalogs Are Coming!

Every day a handful of catalogs arrive. This is the one of the first signs that the holidays are just around the corner. I’m not ready yet.

At Costco today, I noticed all the Christmas items are already out and it’s not even Halloween time yet!

What will you be for Halloween?

How will you spend Thanksgiving?

  

Do you have plans for Christmas break?

Only ten more weeks plus a couple days until Christmas!!

I don’t know yet what to be for Halloween. I’d love to be with family and friends for Turkey day and Christmas and that’s all I have planned so far.

Wishing you all the best as we get ready for the hustle and bustle of the end of the year and celebrating all that is good.

xo

Summer?

  
Where is Fall hiding?  

I put my boots on the other day and a long sleeved shirt, only to have to change into shorts and flip flops a couple hours later.

It was 95 degrees mid afternoon today in Milpitas. Is this normal?

And driving home tonight at 10pm, I had the windows open on the freeway and the car temperature read 75 degrees outside. This is strange.

I’m ready for fall to hurry up and arrive before we start seeing Christmas decorations in the stores, while it still feels like summer!

How do you feel about this strange weather? How is it affecting you?

Stay cool. 

Hiding Place

  
Doesn’t this look like the perfect hiding place?  My kitty was sitting in my work chair, in the sunshine, covering her face in my jacket.  Do you remember when you were a kid and if your eyes were covered and you couldn’t see anything, you thought no one could see you either?  I loved playing hide and seek with the kids when they thought like this. It always made me smile.

We all need a hiding place to get away and to not be seen for awhile. There is a thrill in the hiding, and seeking a truly secretive place. There’s an excitement that comes moments before and when you are found too. I love this type of thrill.

When you’re hiding, it feels like you’re being sneaky. There must be a thrill in that too. And sometimes we hide away to just be alone and undisturbed. 

Where do you go to hide away?

I love to retreat to my bedroom and to shut the door. Sometimes I hide in the garage because it’s really quiet and warm and no one comes looking for me there. And sometimes I take a little longer in the rest room, because it’s a fair excuse to be hiding away all alone while you’re “busy.”

Enjoy the quiet moments of your day, hiding away from sight once in awhile and breathe.

nAMaste