Happy International Women’s Day

One Love.

I still dream of that every day.

I am still practicing, seeing everyone’s humanity and the gifts of our shared sisterhood and discovering ways to connect, through our confidence, vulnerabilities, bravery, abilities, gifts, grace, strength and perfectly imperfect ways of being human.

We all belong to each other.


nAMaste
 

 

The Power Of Women

Today I am thankful for all the women in my life.  I love the men too. It’s just the women that give me energy.

I started off my day with coffee and chatting with a group of women who gathered to share parenting stories. I learned so much from them and didn’t want the hour to end. There is power when women gather, acknowledge one another, and lift each other up. The art of communication and sharing is a gift to each of us.

I spent the afternoon with a dear friend who recently had surgery. Usually she is working and we don’t have as much time to share. Today I was oddly thankful that we are both injured and had time to recover, together. Our routines have been shaken up. I don’t want us to have to experience pain, but somehow there was a joy in this new space and knowing that we are growing old together. We understand each other. It’s ok to be in pain. It’s ok to not be able to do what we usually do, and we’re doing it together.

I came home to rest for awhile before picking up kids, and had a conversation with my mama. She’s fighting a nasty cold and has a cast on her broken hand. She didn’t even know she had two broken bones and carried on for a week before going in for x-rays.  She’s my hero. When you’re a mama, you still have work to do, even with a cough and swollen hand. You just keep doing your best and try to rest, and you patiently wait to feel normal again.  I was thankful that she understands me and I understand her. I loved sharing a virtual cup of tea together over the phone.

I got to talk with both my sisters today too. Even though we don’t live close to each other, knowing how they’re doing and hearing about their loves and challenges and sharing our joys and struggles makes me feel connected and loved.  I love these two souls and am so thankful my mama gave me sisters.

There were emails and texts and phone calls today that made me smile. The power of women. The power of connection. The power of taking care of each other. The power of listening to one another and being a witness to this wonderful, chaotic, crazy life and navigating it together.

Be love. Be loving. BeLoveRs.

xo  with gratitude for being wonderful you xo

Women Appreciating Women

I like to have a circle of BFFs so that I always have someone to walk with and play with and confide in on this journey of life. I learn so much from my girlfriends, including my mom and sisters and aunts and daughter, and need them as role models, surrounding me and coaching me and guiding me and offering comfort and love and laughter and companionship. And I hope I offer the same for them too.

I want all women to walk with confidence and to laugh and be silly and to have fun and enjoy each other and to enjoy themselves and to live their truth, without judgement.

When I’m with women, I like to see their beauty (both inner and outer) and find their strengths. I like to hear what they have to say, even when their opinions are different than mine because they challenge me to think and I love this.  I like to find connections between us and within our groups. I like to hear womens’ stories and about what their lives are like and how they do things. I like to learn from them. I love seeing the good and authentically sharing my thoughts and celebrating us.

Our words are powerful.  Our egos sometimes get in the way and I want to protect us and each other, so that we can be our best selves and not be afraid or feel threatened by the gifts and talents of the women in our circles.

I think this is how we make the world a better place. We see the good in each other, despite our flaws and quirks and we keep on loving, keep on laughing, and keep on living.  We forgive and we let go and we love over and over again and it never ends. Some friends we hold close, and some friends with a little cushion of space, and some friends we let go, but we always do so with love.

This is what I want to teach my daughter. This is how I want to teach her to be a friend. And I hope that she goes out and helps support and lift up other girls and women, as she finds her way on her own journey, sharing and celebrating this wonderful life she’s been given, laughing along the way.

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Goodnight, BeLoveRs and thank you for your friendship. xo

Women

I love women.

I love how women take care of each other.

I love how we care for kids and build community.

I love women who love their families.

I love how empathetic we are to each other and how we can really feel each other’s joys and pains.

I love how smart we are.

I love our beauty and how we admire each other.

I love our strength and how we endure pain.

I love how we help one another.

I love how we offer to bring meals, to pray, to visit, to call and text, when one of us is suffering.

I love when women are filled with grace, especially when we are hurt and we give up our need for control and accept what is.

I love that we love.

I love women, especially the women in my life who embody these truths.

Thank you for being wonderful you.

Carry on BeLoveD Warrior Women!

Namaste.

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Day 69 – Beautiful Things, Beautiful Women

Feel so much better today, knowing that it was just PMS!  Damn, hormones!! 

I had a busy and full day and I feel so lucky. I started today by volunteering at the Nearly New Shop (a local thrift shop) with my PEO sisters. PEO is a philanthropic educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, educating women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans and helps women achieve their highest aspirations. I spent three hours, organizing the displays, categorizing the books, toys, jewelry displays, helping customers and working the cash register. I love being here and knowing that we are raising money for an important cause and I was working side by side with women I love. I left there with a big smile on my face.

Afterwards, I went over to Stanford Mall to buy a present and return a couple of things. I took a ton of pictures of all the beautiful floral displays. Here are a few:

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Aren’t they so pretty? And they’re all at the mall. Wouldn’t you love to be the gardner there?

Afterwards, I had more errands to run around downtown Palo Alto. I found an easy parking spot and enjoyed walking a few blocks, soaking in the sun and trying out a new yogurt place. Palo Alto has such a strong community feel – and it’s cozy and flat and has nice stores and restaurants, lots of trees and people young and old, outside walking all around. I love this feeling and think that is what Amstelveen and Amsterdam will feel like, with maybe a little less sunshine. 

After picking up C from school, we had our afternoon snacks and did some homework. We SKYPED with Jeff and looked at all his pictures of our new little neighborhood, while Christine stopped by to drop off a nice little gift and pretty flowers in the bag she was returning. Wow. Thank you. And the tile guy came by to fix some grout, we cooked some TJ’s Orange Chicken, and got ready for the baseball game. I asked my new good friend, Allison, to give the boys a ride home from the game, because I had a Stella & Dot show tonight. Again, I’m so thankful that I have such good friends that support me and my family. Without the help, it’d be really hard to do all the things I’m doing.  

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And I’m thankful that my kids are old enough to stay home alone now for a couple of hours, even though that still feels really weird. I called two neighbors to let them know I’d be gone and to check in on them. They did great and are such good friends. Lucky me, let’s hope it lasts.

And to just close out a great day, Elizabeth hosted a Stella & Dot trunk show with me at her beautiful home. I sell S&D jewelry for several reasons. First, I love Jessica Herrin and the company she’s built. It’s local – right here in San Carlos and she went to Stanford and is a mother of 2 – she’s inspirational and loving and beautiful and smart and giving and is helping to promote women in business and creating a community – things that I love!  I sell the jewelry as a hobby – to pay for my “habit” and to get out and meet new women. I love hearing their stories and seeing them try on jewelry and how they feel when they’re wearing it. I was never into jewelry and now love it and feel put together and cute when I’m wearing it. I love watching women admire me and want to be like me. That’s cool – I want women to feel powerful and beautiful and see their own beauty – whether they wear the jewelry or not.

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The women I met tonight were fun and smart and cute and were enjoying each other’s company. It was fun to hear their stories and to see the connections – one woman brought her mom. Another woman was about to give birth. There was a spunky and fun lawyer who almost moved to France as expats and another who brought her new baby. One mom brought her 11 year old son and his homework.  One came really late. One was the cute mom I used to admire at PELC and there she was again. One grew up in Sunnyvale, one was from my home town, One was from Canada and is an Expat Consultant. We’re gonna meet again for coffee. Several shared stories and now I’m bummed I’m moving but I know I’ll be back in a year! So they say…  

I’ll be back to enjoy and admire all these wonderful people in my life – because in the end, it’s all about our relationships and the love we give and receive.  I’ll be back… xo

 

xo