Snowy Garden

Down the icy path to check on my friends.

She doesn’t look too phased by the icy temps.

St. Francis seems to holding up ok, hiding behind the frozen brown firecracker fern, and still green for now fox tail fern.

The sleepy bunny slumbers away, unfazed by the whole quarfuffle.

Twice in as many months we’ve had a little winter white on the ground.

It will soon warm up, and it will all be gone.

I didn’t think it was true

As I gave up on resolutions, and accepted where I am right now I started to understand how much I have changed over the last 5 years.

In March of 2013 I started this blog as a basic attempt to have a focused time of Gratitude. I wanted to find something every day, if possible, to be grateful for.

In 2013, I was really struggling trying to take care of my terminally ill mother, travel for work, maintain my marriage, be a mom, go through menopause. I was spread out very thin, and Gratitude was my anchor to keeping a form of balance in my life.

Through the journey of finding gratitude in the little things and big things of my life, I have changed over the last 5 years. It was slow, it wasn’t easy, but as I look back I have changed in more ways than I’ve realized.

Gratitude keeps me grounded, and I have found it’s easier to let things go and not get so stressed.

Being more than just my profession, is the biggest change. I used to solely identify with my work role. I was Wendy the Mortgage Professional. 25 years seasoned mortgage veteran. Blah, Blah, Blah. Now I embrace just being Wendy, and that is plenty good enough.

Women friends. I’ve developed some nice friendships outside of my work friends. I’m so grateful to have these crazy gal pals. They are so much fun, and it has nothing to do with my professional identity.

Learning to laugh at my mistakes instead of agonizing for weeks over them is a big change too.

Self-Care is not selfish. You can’t pour out of an empty vessel. I’ve learned that if I take time to take care of myself, I can better care for others.

I’ve had a lot of fun with Zumba, Yoga and TRX. Fitness has it’s place and helps me keep my stress levels down. I never thought I would ever have the patience or desire to do Yoga. It’s such a pleasure to say that I’ve really come to enjoy it, and it’s one of my favorite things to do.

My bees have taught me a lot about patience, creativity and hard work. I never thought I would be so fascinated with bugs! It is the most surprising things over the last 5 years that I would give one flip about a bug. I love my bees.

I’ve come to better accept myself. I think it was easier to give up on trying to change myself through New Years resolutions, because I have changed so much already, and I like myself better now than I ever have.

Gratitude has been the path of new discoveries, and although the changes have been slow, and small they have made a big difference in me becoming a better Wendy. The journey isn’t finished, and I’m excited to see what happens next.

Thinking ahead for the new week

Big things coming up next week, and they are on my mind.

Can we get the seminar done with the weather being so unpredictable? Does it matter? –Things can be rescheduled.

Can I get to the office on Tuesday if it freezes? Does it matter? –I can remote print the Power Point.

Do I have to get up at O’dark 30 to fly out for a dinner and entertain clients till midnight? –No, I can go a day early, and make sure I’m fresh and ready for the conference.

Do I really have to worry about how my arms look in this dress? —-No, they are arms, they won’t change the world. Everything else is fine, just get a tiara and no one will be looking at your arms.

Why didn’t the coordinator email me back after I sent the contract and subsequent requests? —Try again.

Why is it so hard to replace the kitchen faucet? —-Let it go and move on, everything will work out.

Sometimes it’s difficult to be inside my own head. At least I’m learning comebacks for the more difficult issues, like Kitchen Faucets.

Heading to an Inversion class

Since March I’ve been taking yoga, and I’m having a great time.

Today, I’m heading to an Inversion class where we will work on our head stand, shoulder stand, and hand stand techniques.

I’ve recently graduated from my headstand with a wheel, to a solo head stand. I hope that today, I can learn a little better form, and have some fun.

Happy Saturday!

2018

It’s just a few days away, but I feel like it’s already here.

2017 went by in a blur, these last few days don’t seem to make much difference.

In 2017 I drove through hail into a rainbow, and visited Greta Garbo’s House in La Quinta, CA.  That was an epic way to start the year.

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I reconnected with old friends.

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Started a yoga routine, and TRX.  I learned to do a head stand.

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My city went through a lot!

 

I got to travel a bit Florida to California:

 

We took care of the bees.

 

 

I changed my hair, and got another year older.

It was quite a 2017 for me.  I’m really looking forward to 2018.

How did 2017 treat you?  What do you look forward to in 2018?

A quiet Christmas night

The reason for the season, and a little scripture to go with it. I’m so glad we had the big celebrations early, and I get to sit in the quiet of the day and reflect on the gift of Christ.

Christmas to me is a wonderful time of year. It can be challenging, and I might need a vacation to recover from this last week off.

We’ve been to fun places. Ethel Mae’s Bourbon and Bacon opened up, and we’ve feasted there. Twice.

Who can’t relate to a Barn style restaurant with a “look out for the locomotive” sign? It was their soft opening, so no TV’s, no booze to buy, but plenty of free bacon that gets crisped up with a blow torch table side. It was great. The Shrimp and Grits was amazing, the meatloaf got rave reviews, but the bourbon bread pudding was the overall favorite.

My husband celebrated his big 60 this week, so we feasted again with Stone Crab, and Cake.

It was my husband’s first foray into Baked Alaska. He was a huge fan. I had forgotten about Baked Alaska. What a 70’s throw back. A great treat.

Then we feasted again with family with the traditional Roast Beast. (Notice I tried to focus on seafood before we ventured into Big Beef.)

This one was a 5 rib Prime Rib that I was thrilled turned out beautiful. I get a little nervous cooking something this big. That’s a lot of meat to mess up. No PRESSURE! It was accompanied by Mushrooms braised in Red wine and butter, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts in a bacon-blue cheese sauce, Cabbage and Kale salad with apples and a lemon Vinaigrette, and for dessert a fabulous carrot cake. There were 9 very rowdy folks laughing at my house for a good 6 hours. I slept well after everyone said good night and all the dishes were done. There were 0 left overs. It was like army ants invaded and carried away every speck of the Christmas offering. It made me really happy. It was like a standing ovation culinary style.

Today, it’s quite in the aftermath of the festivities. I get to reflect on the wonderful family and friends that have graced me this week, and I’m just overwhelmed with how blessed I am. But, if anyone puts food in front of me, I might just smack them. I fully understand why people fast and go without alcohol in January. I’ve been blessed beyond measure. It’s time for someone else to get blessed.

Merry Christmas to all. I hope your holidays have been wonderful.

Naughty list

The Christmas threats of being on the naughty list! Be Good or Santa will put coal in your stocking.

I have to admit to being naughty this year, so I decided to go shopping for myself! I want to cover all my bases.

If all else fails, treat yourself. That might be my new focus for 2018.

Happy Holidays all!