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Dolce far niente…

The sweetness (art) of doing nothing… This is just one variation of an Italian expression that I think more people should embrace. Not to say we should all become lazy lardasses, but just to slow down and really savor life a bit more. One of the noticeable differences is that the people here really appreciate and enjoy their day. When they take their lunch break at work, they really stop everything and take a break. No eating on the run, with one hand still on the computer, or just having a powerbar to hold them over. I’ve definitely been guilty of working through meals and being too preoccupied to enjoy it. So going forward I’m going to make a conscious effort to disconnect more.

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Create space…

That’s what I’m in the process of doing, creating some space – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually – you get the idea. Every so often I stop and take a look at myself and wonder how I got here, sometimes it’s a good wonderment and sometimes not so good. But I know exactly what has happened. I get caught up in “life,” in being busy and lose track of the direction I was heading and start letting my life run on cruise control. When that happens my life starts to get cluttered, not just with physical possessions, but with mental traffic, relationships, emotional baggage (admit it, we all have it), societal influences, and everything else we “collect” along the way.

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Delicious ambiguity…

I just love the way that sounds… delicious ambiguity. This is a magnet I have on my fridge and everytime I look at it, it makes me smile. :) Ambiguity tends to have a negative connotation associated with it, but just by changing the perspective you view it from, it can be something wonderful. Something to embrace. Something delicious!

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You’re stronger than you think…

Wow, so I have been totally sucking at this whole blogging thing. I started this page about a year ago and only have managed a handful of entries. I suppose my birthday motivates some sort of reflection on my life and where I want it to go as I become another year older. Well for starters, I am making it a goal to blog at least once a week (you guys can hold me accountable). That probably seems like nothing, but compared to what I’ve been doing that is quite the increase. I’m aiming for twice a week, but once a week for sure and if I do more, that’ll just be a bonus.

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Aloha fun!

So I’m spending Christmas with the family in Hawaii and getting up ridiculously early since I’m still on east coast time. The good news is I finally managed to finish my video from the last time I was here over the summer. :-P

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“You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

So as most of you know, I’ve been skydiving for the last 6 years or so. And those of you that have ever jumped with me, I’m sure have heard me say how it’s a constant work in progress trying to get to where I want to be. Wishing one day that I’ll be good enough to fly in the larger groups and not be the one to mess it up. Building beautiful formations without a hesitation. That one day, I can be up on the podium with jumpers that I so admire.

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Another hobby to add to the list…

So it’s been a couple months since my last post (I told you I was bad at this). Since then I’ve been to Chicago, camping in Shenandoah, Washington D.C., back to Chicago, FL, and San Diego. In between there somewhere I also got SCUBA certified. Here’s a little montage of that experience. I’ll try and write more about the rest of my adventures when I have a better attention span. Ciao for now!

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Given a tiara and a nice cape, I could RULE the WORLD…

So a lot of things have happened over the last few months. I moved to the middle of nowhere, started a new job without really knowing what I was getting into, sent my pets to Hawaii and basically abandoned the life that I knew completely. An opportunity presented itself and I leapt at the chance for a new start.

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