Life throws us twists, turns, and speed bumps all along the journey. These waves of challenge offer us the opportunity to roll with the punches and show our true strength. They also often create trying times with tears and heartbreak.
Up and down, in and out,
moving with such force,
they ripple through time.
Visitors stare off, gazes suspended,
enjoying the turbulence from afar;
others run, jump, and play within.
The colors dark blue,
fade lighter as they reach the shore,
bouts of white surface, reaching the end.
Swoosh, one moment,
then silence the next:
nature’s patterns unscripted.
Get too far in, you’ll find the waves massive,
but take a step back,
they won’t look so bad.
The roots on a tree
grow deep and stretch far,
reaching out for support
forming who they are.
A saguaro cactus
towering over the back wall:
It’s roots near the surface
extending long as they are tall. Continue reading →
“Heroes don’t look like they used to. They look like you do.”
– The Alternate Routes
I have too many heroes in my life to begin to even try and pick one.
I think we should all have a goal: to be own our hero. Be the person you look up to and strive to be!
The Type of Hero I want to be.
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
– Mary Pickford
I love smoothies. I love mason jars. And I love the sun. Together, these made my weekend something special. I’m busily finishing my semester and heading toward graduation in a month and then moving to begin grad school. It’s very easy for me to get caught up in it all and begin feeling sad or stressed. But every day is a new day, and we are given that chance to have a fresh start. If you find yourself stressed or upset, try taking a day for yourself, to relax and reset. Perhaps wake up and start your day at the gym to get those endorphins pumping. And make yourself a mason jar, guilt-free smoothie to cool off. Continue reading →
“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful”
This picture was taken on my 16th birthday at the San Diego Zoo. It was the best $5 I ever spent, to feed that giraffe, because what ensued was pure joy. And when something hits you like that, you just can’t help but to smile.
Here’s to more moments of pure joy, and smiles to follow.
“I give grace, because I so desperately need it.”
– Lysa Terkeurst
When I think of Grace, the first thing I think of is this little girl, my “Gracie:”
Then I think about how she is so not the image of “grace” as we think of it. They say your horse is a mirror reflection of you, and that is definitely the case when it comes to the word graceful, as demonstrated by my near face-plant in wedge heels tonight. Continue reading →
“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
This post is so appropriate, as I have just made a big decision in my life moving forward. I am excited about the possibilities, frightened of the risks, but confident that it will help me in my pursuit to help others reach their full potential. The opportunities I will be given in the future are worth the fears in the present.
It is said, with a shaking voice, onward we march, even on those paths which seem intimidating, so that we may search out the possibilities, without regret or wonders of what may have been.
“Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
Is give it all you have”
Bring enthusiasm to everything you do. Who knows. It could completely change someone’s attitude and, well that’s just the best kind of contagious disease to spread.
We’ve only got this one life to live, so show the world what you’ve brought!
Just keep your head up. Advocating, Educating, and Supporting each other. Until there’s a cure…
There’s always a reason to wake up in the morning. Sunflowers make me smile and these giant ones force me to keep my chin up.
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
– Oprah Winfrey
This is an x-ray of my chest and arm. For the last 5 years I’ve been dealing with shoulder pain. It started in just one shoulder and I only felt it at night. Although I was in physical therapy, the pain worsened and eventually began hurting in several daily activities. Overtime my other shoulder began feeling the same pain. The pain got so bad last fall, that my PT and I decided I needed an MRI and there was a chance it would lead to surgery. They found some pretty severe damage to my shoulder and told me not to push myself, but to try and keep my muscles strong. It has been a long process ever since, with doctors trying various alternatives (cortisone, PT, steroids) and not wanting to do surgery because, “with ehlers-danlos it’s best to avoid surgery” and it’s not necessary “if you can get through your daily life without surgery.” Continue reading →