“We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” Have you ever seen this sign as you enter a place of business? How does it make you feel? Do you reserve the right to act different with one person from another? Coffee tastes the same no matter what the cup looks like on the outside. So why do we change who we are depending on the company surrounding us? Some may call my love of coffee and the “coffeehouse” environment over-the-top. Coffee to me is community. Nothing brings people together on a cold snowy day like a cup of hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. It is a warmth like the sun. The red cup and Starbucks are just my current relatable moment because it offers solace and reprieve from the walls that tend to start closing in on me in our apartment. This season is “cozy”. It is not always warm. The sounds of chatter, laughter, steaming milk from the expresso machine, and lull of voices are soothing. They inspire me. In the house-that-will-be I strive to mimic the coffeehouse vibe. The open door to community. The comforting cup of coffee (or tea) on cold day. The lull of […]Read More
I have several friends who’s husbands are deployed. Unimaginable. Today we set aside a specific day to recognize those who volunteer their lives to save ours. “Thank you” seems so insufficient for the struggle, time, training, and dedication required to serve in our armed forces. THANK YOU! For those times we didn’t say thank you For the times we take you for granted For those of us that can not totally understand For those that choose not to understand For those moments you say “why” We stand in the gap for the spouses, parents, siblings, friends, and children that call you “Hero” for so many other reasons than just your acts in combat or aside your fellow solider in peacetime. Thank you.Read More
Have you ever had those “we can save the world if they just listen to us” conversations with your friends? In my 20s it was after work in the bar. Lots of talk, but not usually much action. Until one day we either remembered the next day or decided enough talk more action. The next day I walked in to my bosses office and ask a simple question. “What can I do over the next five years to advance in this company”. Enough talk. I wanted a plan. Now I had built a solid professional relationship with this boss. It was a fair conversation and well received. The answer took me by surprise. Nothing. Just sit in your chair and do your job. What? With a respectful nod, I responded to him with kindness. “I am looking for more. I just want to let you know I will be putting out my resume. I will be gone in one year. Thank you for your honesty. ” This is a man I respected, worked long hours to accommodate deadlines, and admired his family oriented spirit. The decision, the culture, the process was not up for debate. I love discussion time. The […]Read More
Change is hard. Just look at the social media buzz over last year’s change in the Starbucks cups. I love my red cup season. There is something about pulling up and seeing the red cup over the everyday white. It just emotes a feeling of excitement for the holiday season. I get that not everyone feels that way. Evidence in last year’s “red cup controversy”. No matter what side you take regarding the feeling of the red cup — it is opinion. Change certainly brings out many opinions. Moving is no different. I have heard many times, “moving defines who your friends are”. While I do not really support that opinion, the intention of the phrase is a good one. Change brings the support of relationships you have intentionally cultivated. After all, moving takes so much work! So why have I focused on my moving – or lack of moving saga this week? The moving saga has been a long one for our family. It started with a year of listing but no offers, then selling twice in a period of two weeks. (That is a separate post altogether!) This sale landed us in our current dwelling – a temporary […]Read More
Over the next 30 days we will talk about being thankful. Not in the way a Hallmark card or Pinterest-world can make us feel like we should have it wrapped neatly in a bow. Why are we thankful? What should we give thanks for in spite of the varying degree of the suck-factor of circumstances that surround our daily lives? Why indeed? For those in a good place, GREAT! Your friends need your tangible actions of thankless deeds, words, and a small gesture. We celebrate and are thankful for the times in which abundance and life like that first slow-moving, easy breath of spring. Seasons can also bring us times when we are judged for our opinions, choices, facts-beyond-our-control, and so many other random variables. So why not give thanks for those tangible things that get us to the other side. Even if we don’t recognize it until we are there. Someone recently said to me, “the problem with the grass being greener on the other side, is that you are on the other side. “ It is all about perspective. Thankfulness can be about taking one moment over the next to breathe. Or feeling less sad than yesterday. For the […]Read More
This project has been in the making for a while. When I think of blogging, I really get bored of myself! How much do I really have to say? (My husband and friends should be silent on this one) In life I am a gatherer of people. Who needs to be an expert of all things? I enjoy running my race where I excel and can be challenged to go to the next level. Let’s bring in others for the areas that I can improve the least. For example, I can pick up and clean my house. However, someone with the ability to come in decorate, organize, and visualize a plan for every room should be embraced and well paid! That is not my lane. I’m ok with that! Along the road I have found my misfit group of friends to be my lifeline in many areas of my life. And so, like many other things, I’m dragging them along for the ride! You will find stories of marriage, parenting, being a woman, career, and medical events that will inspire and challenge you. These ladies will be asked to share how they truly embrace the Crazy in everyday life. Anyone […]Read More
Moving, going back to work, depression, and house-hunting – I would say individually each of those things were enough of a stress on a marriage. Those are just a few things we will dive into this month as we look at why we are thankful and what thankfulness means in your current circumstances. A few nights ago, I was reminded by the sweet atmosphere of company, kids, and lots of candy – how thankful I am for the house we live in currently. Halloween for some is a non-starter. For me growing up in the mid-west, it was a big deal! My friend Lora and I would plan our costumes (always ones that went together, like a pair of dice or mimes) a month in advance. Swarms of kids flooded the streets of our neighborhood like bees to a hive. The street lights were pale reflections against the large mobs that populated our suburban “hive”. I loved every moment. About five years ago, we decided to reach out to our fellow neighbors to provide a warm and dry haven in the midst of the downpour of a typical rainy Seattle Halloween. We hoisted a canopy, set up a folding table […]Read More
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