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“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”  Les Brown

I always dreamed that someday I would travel the world, that I would enjoy the freedom of retirement by exploring and experiencing something new . . . I’m starting to see that dream come true.  

I grew up thinking that life just happened and I was just a part of whatever happened around me.  I had no impact, or conscious choice to make something happen the way I dreamed they could.  I loved day-dreaming and imagining all sorts of great scenarios . . . life could be so glorious in my dreams!  However, since life happened to me I would never ever experience it that way.  Then I grew up, got married, had babies, lived life and matured and learned and matured some more . . . and over time I realized I did have control.  I did have choice . . . it really was up to me to create what I want out of life.  

This realization happened over a course of many years . . . and manifested in a way that was traumatizing to myself and my family . . . divorce and estrangement.  But then came healing and forgiveness and relationships that are stronger than they were before because I never lost sight of what is most important to me . . . the experience I want most in life – my family.  I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way, but I’ve also taken responsibility for those mistakes and live my life every day with a vision of what is important.  

And I see my dreams coming true before my eyes every day . . . 

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“If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one.  There is no fun for old people like it!”  Hannah Whitehall Smith

The little one is staying on with Ya Ya and Papa G here in Canada while Mommy flies home to California.  (We’ll be driving her back to California in a  weeks time)  We dropped Mommy at the airport in Bellingham this  morning, then went for breakfast at Shari’s Restaurant.  The food was practically inedible . . . but we hung out for a bit waiting for Cost Co to open.  We were in a nice spacious corner booth, so she had lots of room to play and jump and “attack”! I shot this with my iPad, then processed it in Snapseed.  Gotta love these apps!  I love this picture because it really epitomizes my relationship with her.  We adore each other!  She misses Mommy, but she loves her Ya Ya!  

Nuff said!

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“Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” Joan Lunden

Why do we hang on to anger so easily, and find it so difficult to let go and forgive?? I know so many people who are just driven by their anger over so many different issues . . . many times just perceived wrongs that have been given flight by anger and resentment. In fact, the anger and resentment is usually driven by past hurts and experiences that are buried and hidden, and we can’t name them because they’re invisible. It’s so tough to live life in a state of awareness . . . trying to understand where this anger comes from and working towards putting out the hot burning fire. Once awareness is achieved, its so much easier to forgive and move on. I know that in my life, I’ve had to work and work at this . . . and it continues to be a daily challenge. I can tell you though – the benefits are so worth it.

Today’s photo is just a composite I put together because I woke up with a gnarly headache this morning. It doesn’t happen very often . . . but when it does I have a tough time shaking it off. I processed this in Photoshop with a few different presets, added my own textured background, and added a cracked texture to my hands.

Oh . . . and I’m feeling better now!

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