Yes, it's Valentine's Day weekend. And it's Polar Bear Plunge weekend. There were some minor attempts at arm twisting to get me to plunge into frigid waters in the middle of February. I will do just about anything for my loved ones - but I won't do that. I'll stand a very safe distance away and take some snapshots with my iphone. I will also make sure there are plenty of towels and blankets ready for the plungers when they come running out. But personally, the temperature has to be about ninety degrees before I will jump into the ocean. I think I'll wait until summer. Actually, I KNOW I'll wait 'til summer! Linking up to Kathy's Sonography party over at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
Kathy"s song choice for Songography had me in an introspective kind of mood this week. I wanted to capture a picture of my grown up self that related to the little girl me in the picture at the beach. There have been a lot of years between those two photos. A lot of living, learning and letting go. I've spent many years trying to be the person that other people wanted me to be. Or at least what I thought they wanted me to be. For many years fears strangled the more adventurous, sassy, bold me that simmered inside. The me with her hands on her hips, looking at the world head-on, confident and not caring what others think.
It's taken a long time to release the fears. (at least most of them - one I'm working on is taking selfies :)
Finally living more authentically and wholeheartedly as the real me.
Yes, they are Cookie Monster pajamas. They sort of sum up my holiday season. WAY too many cookies and sweets were consumed by yours truly. It will be a supreme act of bravery to step on a scale again. I'll need a little more time at the gym before that happens.
Linking up to Kathy's Songography where you can picture a song.
Been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. This year I'm hoping to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Before the holidays I made this jar to help me live out this intention. It sits in the middle of my kitchen table. My hope is that the rest of the fam will join in with contributions - but for the most part it's just been me so far. Although at our family gathering for pollyanna day my sister in law snuck one in there - and so did a good friend. My hope is by this time next year the jar will be filled as we acknowledge our blessings day by day.
Linking up to Kathy's Song-ography party where this week's song is Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" (a personal fave).