“You can be mad as a mad dog at the way things went, You can swear and curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.”
“It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit – start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it, I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you, I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before, I hope you meet people with a different point of view, I hope you live a life you’re proud of – and if you find that you’re not I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ”
– Both quotes were said by Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” written by Eric Roth based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“My new favorite word is ‘awkward.’…The reason we need to be in search of awkward is that awkward is the barrier between us and excellence, between where we are and the remarkable. If it were easy, everyone would have done it already, and it wouldn’t be worth the effort.”
– Seth Godin
“When you get older, you realize it’s a lot less about your place in the world but your place in you. It’s not how everyone views you, but how you view yourself.”
– Natalie Portman
“If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free?
I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry about some things
That will not happen to me
So I just let go of what I know I don’t know
And I know I’ll only do this by
Living in the moment
Living our life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
Living in the moment”
– Jason Mraz
Well it’s been hard to sit down and write over the last few months. It’s not the time, because God knows I have had tons of time, but the motivation has just not been there. The darkness of Alaska hasn’t been something I have experienced in a long time and it sure did affect me. My usually motivated self became more or less a hermit, with extremely rare occasions of going out and my weekly hot yoga to keep me sane. I haven’t taken as many photos as I used to and I watched way more movies than I ever have. But all that is the past, here I am, ready to step back out into the sunlight (finally!).
The days are getting longer at an exponential rate and there are many exciting things to look forward to this summer!
Although the writing has been non existent, so many great things has happened over the last few months! December 4th we brought home a lovely addition to our family -Ollie. He is the smartest, most handsome chocolate lab – of course I’m bias. He has brought so much joy to my life and really has helped me get through this harsh winter.
Another thing to give us comfort over the winter has been food! Seth and I have been experimenting with some new recipes. Seth has become quite the soup/ stew connoisseur. He has been making a different soup each week and its been really nice in the cold weather. I have been trying some new things as well: a few different risotto dishes, some indian recipes and gluten free pasta dishes. I would like to get a food blog up together soon to discuss different things we try, but that will probably a bit later down the road.
The last thing I wanted to talk about is the weather that we have been enduring over the winter. This has been one of the coldest winters that Alaska has experienced, with weeks where we didn’t see above 0 degrees. The snow has fallen in record amounts, while the lower 48 had one of the driest winters (Reno still having no major snowfall). Hopefully the worst is behind us – over the last few weeks it’s been in the 20s – 30s – because I don’t know how much longer I could take it. Portland is looking nicer and nicer the longer I’m here.
I’m trying to make the best of the rest of the time I’m in Alaska. I get really down some days and want nothing more to be anywhere else, but I know that I’ll miss it here once I’m gone. The summer will be full of adventures and getting out if the state for a few trips will help too. I will be more positive and look at all this craziness as an adventure.
And with that – adventure on.
The following are a few meals that we have enjoyed over the last few months.
Everyone has to go through this stage in life…. The in between. The place where we have to figure out what we really want to be in life and how we can we really get there. The place where we will decide which person we want to be with us during this life. The place where we will have to make sacrifices to begin the journey we KNOW we have to make.
This is the hardest place in an adults life. We no longer have the luxuries of hiding behind school, having our college friends around and social outings that fill up our calendar. We may have to move away from our closest friends and begin this journey alone. We may stay unemployed for months or take a job we don’t like to figure out the next step we have to take. We will make make mistakes. Never settle. No one said it would be easy. Believe in yourself and don’t stop searching until you find it. All your hard work will pay off. Have patience and trust.
If today was it, would you die knowing you did your best?
If tomorrow never came, would you be proud of the last thing you said to each person you love?
If “someday” was only “now”, would you do everything you’ve always put off?
If you knew you had a choice about what kind of life you could be living, would you choose different?
If you knew failure is impossible, what would you do?
If it were true that everyone you meet is you in another body, how would you treat them?
If love was the true currency of the Universe and the more you gave away the more you received, how would you spend it?
If fear were the biggest illusion and the greatest lie of all time, how would you choose to live your life?
If the Universe always supported a life lived towards achieving dreams, how big would you dream?”
– Jackson Kiddard
This really hit the spot with me today. Enjoy.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” -William James
- When you show up for the people in your life, even though you’re having a hard day, you make a difference.
- When you share what you’re dealing with, even though it makes you feel vulnerable, and help other people through your honesty, you make a difference.
- When you practice what you preach, you make a difference.
- When you honor your needs to create a sense of inner calm and well-being that permeates your interactions with others, you make a difference.
- When you cut yourself some slack so you can use your energy to love, create, and inspire, you make a difference.
- When you give people the benefit of the doubt, you make a difference.
- When you listen fully, instead of waiting to talk, you make a difference.
- When you focus more on being kind than being right, you make a difference.
- When you find beauty in the world around you and help other people see it, you make a difference.
- When you realize that your everyday actions are your greatest legacy, you make a difference.
– Excerpt from Tiny Buddha
“Progress is the constant replacing of the best there is with something better still.” – Edward Filene