"The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet."
- Nikos Kazantzakis
A few Winter favorites right now:
* William Sonoma Essential Oils Boxed Candle in Spiced Chestnut. This makes our home smell like the holidays in that "Did you just bake something decadent?" kind of way.
* Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne. I have a very hard time finding scents that don't bother my overly keen sense of smell, to the extent that I avoid most perfumes to inevitably avoid a headache. But this new fragrance from Jo Malone is exactly right on my skin during these crisp, chilled days of the year. I don't know if it will transition over in summer (when, truthfully, my favorite smell is sunscreen) but I'm enjoying lightly misting it on before heading out these days.
* A little tray of crystals, as curated by yours truly in a tiny, hippie, exotically far east shop in Haight Ashbury. Each has a beautiful energy, though I can't for the life of me keep any of them straight. I think I was too intoxicated by the incense (or whatever that was...this is SF, after all) burning to really remember each description. B thinks it's funny to occasionally say to me "ooo I like your gems" as he passes my night stand, and it's hard not to still giggle at his poking fun at my hokey. There is also a lovely, new tanzanite ring I keep with said gems -- a thank you gift from my last gig as a Reverend, purchased from my favorite author's delightful shop in Frenchtown, NJ. A thoughtful and much loved present for sure.
* Weleda Skin Food. Winter is dry skin o'clock for me, and this cream is so thick I only need to slather it on my hands, arms and tootsies two to three times a week to fight back the itchies. If you are not a fan of really thick lotions, you'd best pass on this. But if you'd like to nourish your skin without a laundry list of chemicals you can hardly pronounce, I can't recommend this cream enough.
* And finally, the best damn highlighter I've ever used (slightly off color due to my double dipping post-blush application) : RMS Living Luminizer. Also a healthier, non-toxic choice for your face, I have been asked no less than 4 times if I recently got a facial while rocking this product. It's a breeze to dab or swipe up the ol' cheek bones (and even a touch in the corner of the eye) to instantly brighten and illuminate your look.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to December!
love and light,
Hilarious card courtesy of my girl.
In the process of taking my lemons and turning them into something amazing (and potentially extremely amusing)....stay tuned :)
The most amazing cupcakes...ever?....served at my Golden Girls themed goodbye party.
I know, I know. Amazing.
My girls couldn't be any cuter or sweeter :)
Today is my last day, after 4 years of grand adventure, at Weebly.
Oh my gosh, I know.
What happened? What's going on? Where are you going? What's next? How come?
Lots of people have been asking me some combination/variation of those questions, and I'm sure my long time readers may be wondering the same things.
Is it OK to simply say "Eh. There's not much to talk about? But all is really well, and the best hasn't happened yet?"
Because that's what feels most true and manageable to me.
Plus, in my last few days with Weebly, I managed to happily sneak in a few Joyologist tricks...
It's like I got to be a mini Tricia-claus for a week, and I loved every second of it.
To be flooded with chats, emails, texts, calls, desk visits within only a few minutes of the official office announcement, and continuing throughout the weekend, was so humbling. To have a huge group show up to my final office yoga class, and send me off with such positive energy, is not something I expected, but recognize as a true kindness I won't soon forget. And of course, to be surprised last night with a party at the Weebly go-to bar, and hugged over and over and over again....I mean I feel like butt today, but gosh it was so worth it.
I had no idea people perceived my presence in the kind, generous, heartfelt ways expressed, and if there is a silver lining in all of this, it's how folks have truly stepped up to make my spirit feel huge. There is so much love, I could simply burst!
So thank you, my friends. I am deeply honored.
And really, I will miss you so much.
You have been like family (said in my best Jersey Italian voice).
But what happens now, you ask?
We move forward.
We move forward because there is freedom in choosing the peaceful path, with a heart full of gratitude.
We move forward because for 4 years I have kept this blog, encouraging folks to fight for their best lives possible, and it's time to apply that more directly to my own (hint hint: in addition to freelance writing, if you know anyone wanting a life coach, my small little practice is accepting clients!)
We move forward because I am so fortunate to be able bodied, able minded, passionate and curious; knowing that I will never be homeless, hungry, or alone is a blessing I cannot even begin to give full, deserving thanks for.
And we move forward because really, that is the only direction God gave us.
SO. The only thing left to say is: Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And farewell, truly.
love and light,
This guy was my rock last week.
Encouraging, supportive, loyal, patient, responsive, and always quick to produce the giggles from me.
I am so thankful for both his strength and his softness, fiercely protective nature and gentle, positive perspective. He is truly love and light in motion.
Pulling out all the best boyfriend tricks to help me feel whole and see my own strengths -- including getting my ass to the gym...TWICE -- B made what could have been an utterly heart breaking week more than just survivable. He made it silver-lining memorable.
You da best :)
"Young souls lean on science, Tricia.