Quote of the Day

For my love.

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke,

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“If you are waiting for anything in order to live and love without holding back, then you suffer. Every moment is the most important moment of your life. No future time is better than now to let down your guard and love.”

– David Deida

Quote of the Day

“Many of us do not understand what we are responsible for and what we are not responsible for. We may believe we have to get into a tizzy when someone has a problem because it is our responsibility to do that. However, at the heart of most rescues is a demon: low self-worth. We rescue because we don’t feel good about ourselves.. caretaking provides us with a temporary hit of good feelings, self-worth, and power. Just as a drink helps an alcoholic momentarily feel better, a rescue move momentarily distracts us from the pain of being who we are. We don’t feel loveable, so we settle for being needed. We don’t feel good about ourselves, so we feel compelled to do a particular thing to prove how good we are.”

– Melody Beattie

Quote of the Day

“Life moves. Life does not stop. Life changes on a whim and throws you curve balls. Your goal is not to stop Life from happening, but to remain calm and centered as the seeming chaos happens around you. As you calm your mind and cultivate trust you turn from a victim of circumstance into a powerful creator of your life.”

– Jackson Kiddard

Quote of the Day

“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

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“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

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“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

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“To get the most success out of life have no agenda other than to give whatever you can in the present moment. A smile, a laugh, a quarter, a helping hand, an introduction or just your listening ear is more powerful than you can imagine. Beneath every gift is the knowing that the Universe is abundant and that you lose nothing by giving away what you have. Others will feel comfortable in your presence and all good things will find you – WITHOUT seeking them.”

– Jackson Kiddard

Coming Out of the Darkness

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!).

Ollie

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.

Quote of the Day

“This is when the magic happens: right when you feel like everything is going wrong, shift your attitude to accept that it’s actually going right. Our judgments of how we think our life should be are preventing us from reaching our Highest Potential. If you’re going through a storm, hold the belief that it’s the perfect storm for you to be going through and that you’ve been given everything you need to weather the storm. When the chaos subsides you will experience the Truth that is forever true; you are always taken care of, exactly where you need to be and your efforts are rewarded exactly when they need to be. Remember this Truth the next time a storm is on the horizon and you will grow wings and be able fly right over it and towards the calm waters of Trust and Love.”

– Jackson Kiddard