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What Are Your Plans This Weekend

Not a week goes by where I am simply existing. There is lots to do, and plan and think about and since I do most of it over the week, the weekend, is where I want to let loose. This week is one of my favorite co-worker’s last week and that’s made me sad. Since she lives across the country,  it’s not like we can maintain a girls night out type of relationship. We spoke for an hour on the phone this morning, and promised we would Zoom with cocktails sometime in the near future. Like so many of us do, but somehow life gets in the way and then, we end up only wishing one another a happy birthday on Facebook. The other tidbit – since I live in San Francisco, in a home built on not so solid ground, I’ve seen a shift in the structure for a year or so now, and it got me reaching out to get a quote from an engineering firm or two. I discovered, it would be …

Friday Reads You Might Appreciate

As our world turns, in many ways this year, I cannot help but feel helpless, overwhelmed and sad by either direction all matters are heading. And since I struggle with a form of anxiety, I try to focus mostly on the positive in order to get me through. However, that does not mean all these thought are not racing through my head…and perhaps even yours? Topics which have me thinking and pondering this morning are: How emotionally sensitive are you? Is it a good or bad thing – take this quiz to find out. Does Scandinavian self care really work? Why we need older women in the workplace you might want to know is a topic that came to mind after a friend called to discuss her struggle with age-in-a-workplace. The truth about losing a parent – has been on my mind as I watch my mother’s health on the decline faster these days and the idea of it all has me scared I don’t believe in regret, I only believe life happens to you …

Weekend Updates and Monday Happy Finds

I hate the fact I didn’t realize it was Palm Sunday yesterday – a celebration I take very seriously. The only way I discovered that it was, was when I went upstairs to visit with my mother – who was seated on her favorite armchair, hands pressed together, praying while mass was streaming on the television screen. I actually wanted to cry seeing her, with eyes closed, praying the way she does and especially now even more. Have I told you all recently just how much I respect the elderly and their traditions and values and approach to all things life is throwing their/our way? Anyway, after the crying, I came back to my studio downstairs and watched the heavy downpour from my window for about an hour and it was probably the most soothing thing I’ve done from the indoors. Normally I find my comfort with all the walks I embark on throughout the city. Staring out of the window, I realized how beautiful human beings are…really…truly. Something that’s gone unnoticed forever it seems …

Today’s Articles of Interest – A Great Distraction if You Are Having A Bad Day

There was much shock to my system on Saturday from back to back bad news – to the point I spent the entire night awake, unable to breathe or shake it off, which naturally carried over to Sunday, where I took my routine 3-4 mile walk in a daze. The only thing I want to remember from the weekend, is that sometimes you need a few days to heal before moving on  – looking ahead, and moving forward. It’s all we can do when faced with traumatic events on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. This morning, I decided to actually go into the office, instead of working from home, to assist in the healing process, about a topic I am not yet ready to talk about. {featured image source}

What Are You Reading Lately?

I strive to better myself in every way possible, but on occasion feel as though I am failing. This is a blessing and a curse – because I am very hard on myself and always push the envelope in achieving much more than expected, which is a curse. And yet, I feel my best when I am able to achieve the goals I have set for myself and flourish in the best way possible – blessing? Recently though I’ve been questioning every ounce of who I am, which I think most of us do, at the end to each year, and then assess what we need to work on. In my case, much more than I though of at first, and I am not talking about losing weight, or changing up my wardrobe, I am talking about inner self, personality, character, and everything else that define me as a being. It’s weird how that works – because without any prior research, I picked up two books which I am reading simultaneously solely based on the …

There is A Story Behind Every Scene

In light of the fact, I do my best to keep a positive outlook on all things, sometimes the realities of life reset all of my efforts and has me feeling the most vulnerable version of myself. Please bear with me as I work through having to make the most difficult of all decisions – to let go of my loyal companion, savior and the best role model – my amazing dog.  {featured image source}

Sunday Edition: Let’s Stop and Think For A Minute

This morning I promised my mother I’d take her to church – for a special remembrance service for my father, who passed away a few decades ago. My mother is a traditionalist, and although it’s been quite sometime, she still wishes to do the service once a year near or on October 13th  – which is when he passed away. I woke up early, thinking that if we didn’t have this thing called the internet full of information, would our lives still be as stressed out as it has become?  And that led to many other topics of concern and so this Sunday, I am dedicating to simply stopping for a minute to think about…   {featured image source and full credit}

Autumn Days and The Whirling Thoughts…

We got a glimpse of Autumn over the weekend, with cold weathers, strong winds, and rain, then sun, and it stayed brisk through last night. Which is hardly news, considering the snow storm over the mid-west and all other havoc around the globe. I do love this time of year, where all foliage are slowly turning various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, some blue, orange, magenta, and brown, the visual bringing a certain calmness to my soul. With the quiet there is much thinking going on, about the year, and the future, and all things necessary to sustain a ‘content’ life – happy is overrated. I learned that over the course of my life and I am now happy to be content. Doesn’t mean I’ve given up, but I am less stressed about finding the happiness detailed in fairy tales, and the need to have the lifestyles of the rich and famous. I am fine with who I am, and what I stand for, and have found ways to maintain a descent quality of …

Today’s Lovely Things

It’s already Thursday – and thoughts for the weekend are in full-swing. Although, mine entail running too many errands and having little time for fun, I am excited to have a busy weekend no less. Strange you might say, but I thrive on busy. But in the back of my mind, I want to plan a few Fall/Autumn activities over the coming weekends – such as Street Fairs about the bay area, Apple picking farm, a trip to Tahoe before the snow and one to Napa, to see the Autumn colors taking shape throughout the fields. This season has become one of my favorites and I will do everything to make the most of it. In the meantime, I’ve got some questions for you. {source for featured image}