Sunday, June 5, 2011

Not too many words for tonight.
Settling in to a new city. Searching for a job. Adjusting to new things on every level. But, there are pretty neighborhoods to walk through and markets to explore.

(Eastern Market, Washington DC)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Big things to come

It's a bitter sweet end. Exciting at the same time. There were tears shed and goodbyes said. But, there are so many adventures to come. NYC, DC, and Dallas - watch out! Here we come!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Not all who wander are lost

2011 has been quite a daunting year so far. Lots to think about, many decisions to be made, and still a lot to get through.
This weekend, we had our 2nd unexpected 3-day weekend in a row. The weekends are almost feeling too long now (dare I say that?). To do something different, last night Jamie and I had an art night. I discovered the way I approach art is how I approach so many things in life.
Once we had set up the canvases and pulled out the paint and brushes, Jamie thought for about 2 seconds before a brush hit that canvas. Meanwhile, I sipped on my wine while scouring etsy for inspiration, trying to decide "what I was feeling", and what I wanted my piece to say. Once I decided what I wanted, I made a sketch on paper first, then sketched on my canvas, picked out and mixed all the colors I thought I wanted. TOO MUCH PLANNING.
And the painting, oh the painting...dare I say it stressed me out? With every stroke I scrutinized if that is what I wanted it to look like. About ten times I repainted, and changed, and made new colors, and added, and took away.
And you know what?
Everything turned out alright. Maybe even great. I like the painting even more this morning.
So, I need to learn to enjoy the process more. Quit stressing about each and every detail (especially those I have no control over). Everything will turn out fine, and it will be even better if I can look back and tell stories of all the great things that helped me to "get there".


Friday, January 21, 2011


The year my passport expires....

The year of my favorite day 11-11-11 (!!!)......

The year I am set to graduate dental school (!!!!!!)......

The year I can no longer claim to be a "kid/student" because I need to get a job and start paying for things and having real responsibility ::freaking out::.....

I never thought it would arrive and here it is. So now what do I do? The anticipation and anxiety are so great that it's hard to get by day to day. At all times I've got butterflies in my stomach because a) I don't know how things are going to get worked out like school requirements/getting a job b) Things are often out of my hands and c) Life has the nerve to just keep on moving by without giving me a minute to stop and catch my breath.

People everywhere are getting jobs, getting married, getting pregnant, having babies and it's all so exciting but at the same time extremely overwhelming. How do you prepare for the moment that you've been waiting twenty years for?? It's like the sleepless night before a big trip or birthday party times a million. This is my super bowl.

So far I've been dealing by avoidance and day by day to do list. Send happy thoughts my way pretty please.

For now I leave you with a picture of my family. The ones who get me through and have been my stability and inspiration since 1984.