Togetherness

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I went on a beautiful, crisp hike together with my friends this morning. This made me incredibly happy. Thank you S for inviting me to join you and your honey! I love spontenaity, hanging out with you and hiking. You made my day!

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We didn’t have a vacation plan today and decided we would all just hang out and enjoy being home with “nothing” to do. I never do nothing, and always find something yet I prefer to have a plan so I don’t get busy just cleaning and cooking. I’m sure moms can relate. My not having a plan created space for togetherness to happen organically. This is a beautiful thing, although I struggled getting to accept this non-plan plan! Maybe this is the silver lining from flowing and letting go? Hmmm…

I checked in with two friends to see if they wanted to meet for coffee sometime this afternoon. One was available and it was so pretty outside that I decided to take the bakfiets out for a spin again. Juliana decided she would go with me and ride in the basket part, even though this would be embarrassing. I was just happy she wanted to go with me. We laughed and chatted the entire way and enjoyed the cool breeze and sunshine on our face, together.

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We visited for about an hour, enjoying conversation, a latte, and catching up together with our friends, before riding back home again before the sun set.

This is what happiness looks like to me: sharing time with loved ones doing what we love. Life doesn’t get much better than this.

I am grateful.

The only “real” plan we had today was to celebrate my friend’s 40th birthday party. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Jeff and I left our house a bit early to have a little time alone together before the event. We had the best guacamole and homemade salsas and enjoyed our time, just sharing stories without interruptions.

From the restaurant, we walked to the next place for the celebration. I loved seeing my friend so happy and visiting with our mutual friends. My sweet childhood friend was there and I’m always happy to see her and catch up. Another friend brought her brand new baby and let me hold her and get my baby fix. I just love babies and was so happy she shared her little angel with me.

I am content. I think this togetherness word for the new year is good for me so far. Have you picked a word for yourself?

Together, let’s go.

Namaste.

Feel Good

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What makes you feel good? Do you know?

I love this type of art and light. It makes me smile and feels like a conversation piece. We found this wall covering at Cisco Home in Palo Alto today, as we wandered around. I had never been in this store before and felt such a draw to touch and feel all the furnishings. I loved the urban, rustic, neutral feel the store pulled together.

I felt good wandering with my family into the Tin Pot Creamery and taking our creamy home made ice cream outside and sitting on wooden benches while the sun shined on my face. This was totally unexpected and enjoyable.

I felt good finding a real bookstore and wandering from section to section touching the books and flipping through the pages and wanting to stay for hours. I enjoyed seeing what the kids found interesting too.

We ended our day spontaneously walking into the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate Juliana’s birthday dinner tonight and luckily only had a fifteen minute wait. My baby girl is growing up into a beautiful young lady both inside and out and this makes me proud.

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I feel good!

Happy New Year! I hope you feel good too!