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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Life Doesn't Stop For ANYBODY

Having one of my more "personal" blog moments. I read recently those words above "Life Doesn't Stop for ANYBODY" and thought - "oh my, ain't that the truth!" I feel like I have lived a year this summer with all the hustle and bustle and work.
June 2013. A day working (and playing) at Zia Gallery in New Haven,
where I have work available for purchase. 
Packed up and moved my household contents in May, went on a vaction to FL and - while there - my old house sold, came back from FL and instantly closed on my new home and started unpacking, renovating, working, writing checks, whew! (if that sentence confused you, try living it!)
Mae West said: "You only live once, but if you do it right,
once is enough." - Mexico Beach Florida May 2013

Overall, it's been a whirlwind, but I am so pleased with how it's all coming along. And along the way I have had some moments of fun.

Christy and I hanging out for 6 1/2 uninterrupted hours
 in July 2013! This is huge with all the miles between
us and the fact her three sons keep her BUSY BUSY! 
It's those "needed breaks" that have helped me focus on getting this house done one bit at a time. I am so greatful for them.

Originally a pretty sickly looking evergreen was here in the
front yard. Had a redbud put in and Karlene & I did the
rock hunting, laying them out, mulching, etc. Took two hours,
but it got done quickly with TEAM WORK! July 2013. 
While it's true "Life Doesn't Stop for ANYBODY" - we can make sure to slow down a bit and enjoy some moments in order to recharge our batteries.
Another Stellar Sip of Wine & Sunset at Robller Winery! Summer 2013. 
How do I recharge?
- Meals or Winery Trips with Friends &/or Family
- Reading a book (slowly savoring my current one and it's "heavy" on the heart so I have to take breaks from it)
- Good Tea or Coffee or Ice Cream!
- Creek Days With My Daughter
- Texting or Chatting on Facebook with People
- Stopping and Really Enjoying all I Have Accomplished by Putting my Touch on this New Place aka: Making This House a Home (cliche but true)
- Little Drives Here and There
- Doing MINIMAL Work for My Upcoming School Year (it ain't August yet!) I am just doing FUN Things and Posts with my Journalism Students
- Participating In 30 Day Photo Challenges and Other Photo Projects That Push Me to Think / Create / SEE / Observe
- Reading Blogs and Articles I enjoy
- Watching Movies (new ones and old ones)
CREEK! Blue Springs Creek with my daughter.
June 2013. 
So, while Life Doesn't Stop for ANYBODY" - we can slow a moment down and enjoy it to recharge ourselves. This is a clip from a SCI FI movie, but give it a chance. One of my favorite scenes.

The PERFECT moment:

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All words and images by the M of MK Designs :)

July 2013.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (?)

Blessed are the forgetful: for
they get the better even of their blunders.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I found myself wanting to watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for the past few weeks, so thanks to my new Netflix situation, there it was.

Beautiful film.

Truth be told, I have been on a mission of deletion.  Photos, notes, texts, phone numbers, etc.

... but if you've seen the movie. It doesn't work. We all end up being who we are supposed to be and without those "experiences" we certainly wouldn't be the person God intends us to be.

The concept of erasing a memory that brings us pain may sound like a good thing, but in the end - it just doesn't work like that.

If I "erased" Person A from my memory banks, I wouldn't remember this road, this day, this moment from Fall 2012.
Lesterville, Mo - a road in October I took to meet someone I was so
excited to see and have back in my life (again) at the time. 
If Person B was zapped from all my memories I would never remember this place, this moment, this fog by the sea on lighthouse path...
A path to a lighthouse in Oregon, walking with someone who if I had
never known I wouldn't have my beautiful daughter.

If I erased Person C, how would I remember this sunset and this place?
Watch your step, this is a hot lake in Fly Geyser
 located in a very remote part of Nevada. 

A Spotless Mind may sound beautiful, and ignorance may indeed be bliss - - but in 98% of our cases, not so much.

Letting go and moving forward isn't easy, especially when it's not with the people you once felt so sure of, but it can be done. It can be done.

I think I want to watch that movie again though. It's a good lesson for us all.

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