As always, I have felt and experienced many things this month.
I am excited about new beginnings,
being creative and free,
and taking control of my future.
I feel loved and needed, and it’s better than nice.
And I never want the feeling to cease.
I see what’s going on in the world and I want to be an agent for change.
A warrior for peace.
Even if it always feels like a losing battle.
I feel nervous and vulnerable, but brave.
And reserved over the end of summer,
it’s casual elegance once again tucked away until next year.
I simply don’t know where the time has gone.
But I’m ready for autumn, and her shorter days.
Heavy fabrics and rich colors.
And excited about all I have accomplished and what lies ahead.
Wishing everyone a pleasant September, and fantastic fall.
Sometimes I feel tired and depressed.
And sometimes I think no matter how hard I try, no matter what I do, I will never get it all done.
I won’t succeed.
But then I think about the movers and shakers of the world.
I think about all the amazing things they accomplish and how they influence the world in a positive way.
I think about how I have the same number of hours in the day as they do.
And then I think about the opportunities and good fortune I have had. And how many of those who have accomplished so much maybe were not as blessed as I have been.
How maybe they had to do so much all on their own. Without money. Without an education. Without unconditional love and support.
But they did it anyway. Every single thing they set out to do.
They had and continue to have the power to do amazing things.
You do, too.
So do I.
Do you want to come alive?
I know I do.
So here’s to being and coming alive.
And the future feeling extra bright today.
When I went to Philadelphia for the first time as a child, I expected to arrive at Independence Hall and see this huge, sprawling building. Imagine my surprise when I stood before it, seeing how small and simple it was. It was hard for me to fathom the history that took place there, and what it all meant to the course of our nation and future.
Its significance lies in its contrast from the grandeur of what we are today.
It demonstrates just how far we have come.
When I visit Washington DC one of my favorite things to do is visit the National Archives building. I will never get tired of it. You enter this very dignified and very beautiful rotunda, and then you see it. The Declaration Of Independence stands upright in its own case, our Constitution displayed close by. Aged by the hands of time, the signatures of our historical figures are barely visible.
Something so simple. A tattered and faded piece of paper. That has the power to take your breath away when you realize all we are and what we have accomplished is built upon it.
On my last visit there, Husband and I walked in hand in hand. He was excited. It was my first opportunity to show him a city I loved so much. We had just spent a whirlwind afternoon on the National Mall, darting between all of the famous memorials, and we had animals at the National Zoo and museum hopping on our agenda in the days to come. Visiting the Archives was the perfect end to our perfect first day.
There was a security guard present, and she addressed the crowd.
“Enjoy, everyone. These documents belong to us, The People.”
And she was right.
We have accomplished a lot in our 236 years of existence. Space shuttles and rockets have taken people into space. Humans have set foot on the moon. The Saturn V rocket that got them there is still, to this day, the most powerful thing ever built. Cars and planes transport us everywhere we want to go, be it the grocery store down the street or to a distant corner of the world. Medicine has saved millions of lives. Personal computers can be found in nearly every home in this country, and I can do hundreds of cool things on my iPhone, right from the palm of my hand. Iconic bridges and dams stand tall.
And all of it was possible, because a brave few converged on one unassuming place in Philadelphia over two centuries ago.
We aren’t perfect. There is still a lot of work to do. But I also know there is no other place on earth like this one.
So as imperfect as it all seems sometimes, on this day I ask you to appreciate it.
Be grateful for being here in this place and time, and for greatness and possibilities.
Wishing everyone a safe, happy and glorious Fourth Of July.
And Happy 236 Birthday, America.
When you get sick you come to terms with letting a lot of things go.
The wonderful things that before gave you a sense of purpose and excitement. The magical things that allowed you to look into your future and see possibilities so real you could reach out and touch them.
I had big plans.
I wanted to be a surgeon. I was going to fall in love with a handsome, charismatic and adventurous someone. I was going to have three children, and have my first by the age of 33. I was going to see the world a dozen times over. I would see my name in lights. And somehow I was going to make a difference.
For me, all it took was a handful of fateful words from my doctor to change everything.
I bought into the idea that my future was snatched away from me.
I was wrong.
I look at it differently now. I think of it as a revision of my dreams. I haven’t lost them completely. I haven’t given up on all I was wishing for. Now I just have to go about it differently.
I will be a writer, and my measure of success will not be determined by the number of people who love what I do. Instead it will be measured by how it makes me grow as a person. If I touch even one individual out there, it will be all the more special.
I did fall in love with a handsome, charismatic and adventurous someone. He is also loving, selfless and supportive.
I have had a chance to see some of the world. And I found one child at the shelter when I was 36 and the other at the local park when I was 37.
And I still have the chance to make a difference.
So it didn’t go down exactly the way I planned it. That would be too easy, really. And easy doesn’t give you the chance to grow and see what you’re made of.
As long as there is breath in me
I will never stop dreaming.
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Hello friends! How is your week treating you? Mine got off to a beautiful start. I turned another year older, and my birthday was filled with so much peace and love. I am so thankful for my family and friends; all the amazing people in my life.
My mom gave me the loveliest Hallmark card. I just had to share its inspiring words. I hope its message gives you an appreciation for this life and the encouragement to do what makes your heart sing.
HOW TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE
Make peace with who you are and where you are in this moment in time.
Listen to your heart.
If you can’t hear what it’s saying in this noisy world, make time for yourself.
Enjoy your own company.
Let your mind wander among the stars.
Life can be messy and confusing at times, but it’s also full of surprises.
The next rock in your path might be a stepping stone.
When you don’t have what you want, want what you have.
That’s a well-kept secret of contentment.
There aren’t any shortcuts to tomorrow.
You have to make your own way.
To know where you’re going is only part of it.
You need to know where you’ve been, too.
And if you ever get lost, don’t worry.
The people who love you will find you.
Count on it.
Life isn’t days and years.
It’s what you do with time and with all the goodness and grace that’s inside you.
MAKE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE.
The kind of life you deserve.