I’ve always been inspired by coincidental happenings. There’s nothing like that small world, that wondrous, that awe evoking “isn’t this amazing?” feeling. You know, those moments in life when you have to pinch yourself and un-boggle your mind from fathoming how, in world full of so many people who make gazillions of choices each day, we come to cross paths in the most amazing ways? And timing, uncanny and impeccable.
Perfect example – the first of my two most adventurous life events this far – a road trip across the country as a 19 year old. Never having been outside of CA except to see Grandparents in New Mexico, I was seeing the world. Or at least more of it. The week before I had left, I had no plans to go. In fact, had my best friends loser boyfriend not blown us off that Saturday night, I wouldn’t be telling this story nor would we have run into an old friend. And yes, 19 year-olds have old friends. A friend whom in fact would happen to be leaving for a trip across country and was looking for a co-pilot. Timing, again, impeccable.
The second was moving to Mexico. I was 20. What?! And not like just over the border, come home and do my laundry on the weekends kind of Mexico. Mexico City, Mexico. El DF. I met the right people, the most warm, welcoming and fun people. The world was my oyster and it always had been, but at this time I was stupefied by how true it was. I felt it to my core. Cruising around a foreign country, with two semesters of Spanish under my belt. Seriously? Everything worked out. Beautifully so and I’m so thankful. Hashtag blessed.
I haven’t felt that way in a long while. That uncanny, yet seemingly scripted string of coincidences that jazz up life in the most fulfilling and joyus ways. Yeah, not really. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love my life and family and friends who fill it up, but yeah it’s been a while. So instead I mooch. That’s right, vicariously living through the excitements of others around me, especially those close to me and there’s a long list of candidates to mooch from.
I shall now impart onto you, in no particular order, the good vibe mooch list.
A Ramble of Goodness
Here we go: Auntie B’s little first born is almost one. Auntie Ali and Uncle Natey are expecting their first baby girl. Natalie and Kevin just bought their first house and is getting all settled in. Aunty G and Uncle Tuffy welcomed baby #3. Kam and Jamie guys just moved into a bigger place. Jenn Sanders has ventured out and taking off with her massage business. Uncle Lukey is coaching for the number one team in the NBA right now. My brother is full timing in comedy down at the American Comedy company rubbing elbows with some of the greats that we fully laughed our butts off to as kids. Dad is retired and keeping busy tinkering (remodeling) his new house, happy as a clam. Down in Cardiff, Stef rocked out a waitress shift at the longest line for breakfast shack in town, Pipes, and Suz goes boogie boarding with one of the most amazing boards I’ve ever seen, like daily. Good God, Christine is in a roller derby league, people!
Amy Poehler new book says “Yes, Please!” and I say “No, no. Thank you”. I bought this audiobook so I could listen to a funny woman on those nights when my Dish just didn’t record any good TV. Little did I know that she would make me cry as hard as she made me laugh – maybe its just the hormones. Either way, here’s a good review or two of the book for the full scoop, however I will make a plug for you to be sure to read the email exchange of apology letters; I sobbed, the birthing plan; I peed my pants laughing, and the part about how to treat your career like a bad boyfriend; I pondered.
The Man Behind “Save the World and Still be Home for Dinner”
Will Marre. Holy-moley this is some powerful shhhhh this man is talking about. It is seriously mind blowing to me. Check out one of his articles here: http://willmarre.com/stage/why-you-may-never-get-a-raise/
I Feed my Inner Nerd Daily
Did you know that at Atlassian, a company that I happen to adore, they offer a 10K referral bonus? That is some serious cash for landing talent. Check out the “Perks of the Trade” section here: https://www.atlassian.com/company/careers
Also on their website, I stumbled upon this little ditty – “Just enough is more”. I dig it.
For the Fashionably Challenged, See Ms. Abernathy
Jennifer Lauren Abernathy and her mobile clothing boutique in her spare time, are you f’n kidding me?! Oh to have the fashion sense and apply it to something fun and new that clearly drives her heart to sing. Shop now: http://jenniferlaurenboutique.com/
Be Good to Your Heart
My aunt. She is not well. She has not been well for a while. She has changed her diet. She has stopped eating junk, soda, in fact sugar of any kind. This makes my heart sing and I’m sure hers has begun to heal as well. I’m so thankful that she is taking better care of herself so that she can be in my life longer. I don’t know what I would have done in my life without her.
Avery: When will I be grown up?
Me: You grow up a little bit everyday but why do you want to be grown up?
Avery: I want to be a lifeguard.
Avery and I have taken to watching “Kids how to paint videos” on youtube. They are super fun and we can’t wait to actually try some of them out. Here are our three current favorites:
Patrick is in a very squealy happy phase. Its so darn cure, but there was a time about a month ago I thought he had a breathing problem. Turns out that’s just how he emotes excitement. What a dude buddy. This was shot at the wee hour of the morning after he woke up and had breakfast.
Kelley Howell. If you haven’t listened to her guided meditations as you fall asleep you’re missing out on the feeling of being wrapped up in a heavenly, angelic, yet lucid dream of pure bliss. I highly recommend her work. Living Prayer is probably my favorite. Check ’em out: http://www.brainsync.com/audio-store/personal-development/guided-meditation.html
I am so thankful for the staff and Avery’s fellow schoolmates and parents over there at St. Andrews preschool. They are loving and kind and care so much for Avery. I’m so grateful for not having to worry about how things are going at school. They’ve created a nurturing atmosphere that fosters her juvenile essence and nourishes her happy little soul. A soul that’s eager to connect with others, have fun and learn. Thank you teachers!
I guess I’m looking forward to the next most exciting and adventurous string of undeniably, uncanny coincidences where I can look back and say – that was awesome. It could be happening right now and I just don’t know it. In fact I’m sure it is. Fine, but I will continue to live vicariously through my peeps and float on all their good vibes. I’m sure it won’t be long before I have another awesome adventure to share with the world and return the favor of inspiration to those who cross my path. Until then, I curtsy to all ya’ll out there living you dreams, expressing their truest essence and voice without wavering. Its a pleasure to witness.
There you have it. Thanks for reading. Much love.