Awards 


I have mixed feelings about awards ceremonies. As much as I love sharing the joys of life, awards ceremonies feel funny to me. They are not my favorite.

I am not the mom who put the bumper sticker on my car, proclaiming that my child is great.

Maybe it’s because this type of celebration is personal and doesn’t define my child to me. I don’t like the pressure, even though I have the expectation for them to be their personal best. And I don’t like singling them out. I prefer the connection with their peers and teachers and family and teams, as being a part of the whole.

I think I like the ordinariness of life and them just being, doing what they are doing and I don’t need an award as a receipt or acknowledgment of their success. And I don’t want others to feel less.

Awards measure what is tangible whereas I value more what is intangible: their character, and kindness, their ability to love others, their patience and determination to not give up and to work hard. Maybe the awards reflect some of these intangible values as well.

I do appreciate the awards and recognitions however they don’t bring as much joy as I would expect and that’s confusing to me. It feels like another one of those yin and yang moments. I am thankful for their hard work and that there is a way to recognize them, having us pause and to be present and to focus our awareness on all that is good in this moment called Awards Night.

Congratulations to all the awards recipients today! I guess I do kinda like awards after all, and you deserve the credit and acknowledgment for your good work.

Namaste.

Making Memories


Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I hope that you are enjoying making memories and celebrating this one beautiful life, feeling full of thanks for this gift called freedom, and eating some BBQ this celebratory weekend with friends and loved ones.

Thank you to all who serve and help others and who have served and helped others and work to make our world feel more connected and loved and protected. 

Hold hands. Give hugs. Protect each other.

namaste

Yesterday

Silicon Valley

Yesterday, I enjoyed this beautiful view with my BFF. We saw a snake too, and that was a little bit scary.

Yesterday a friend texted me, sharing a connection from a post I shared long ago about roses and thorns. This really made me smile. 

The day before yesterday, a friend brought me a gift and surprised me, because it’s not my birthday. She liked the tree poster I posted awhile back and found us a replica. I am honored.


Today. I enjoyed today because I had a special lunch date and my kids had friends over and later, when we went to the Food Trucks for dinner, we ran into more friends. 

Community, connections and nature. I’d say it’s been a pretty good week so far, despite the thorns. Thank you, friends!

How’s your week going? It’s almost time for a long weekend. 

Be well.

xo

A Clean Sink


You’re gonna laugh but having a clean and empty sink at the end of the day is something that makes me truly happy. I’m even happier when I’m not the one doing the emptying and cleaning. I’m also extremely happy when all the dishes are off the counter and put away, even those that were “drying.” 

When the sink is empty, I feel likes it’s a clean palate to begin creating something wonderful again! 

The kitchen is the hub to the family. If it’s orderly, everything else seems to flow smoothly. When it’s messy, things feel chaotic and the hub feels rickety.

So I’m happy tonight with my simple, clean sink! Now if someone would just clear the papers and clutter from the table…I can just imagine the joy to come.

Cheers to clean kitchens and simple joys! May we all have them.

xo

Job Sharing


This is my work partner. We job share. She keeps me company and keeps an eye out for me. Well, she keeps an eye on my cursor and follows it diligently making sure I keep it moving. Luckily I had two monitors today so she couldn’t slow me down.

The perks!


This is my night shift partner. He makes sure I keep my priorities straight, like providing him with a warm lap instead of folding the sorted laundry.

Still can’t believe I’ve turned into a cat lady!

Life is good.