Many years ago I was caught off guard by a phrase that you can learn a lot about a woman who has lost her luggage.
I had just started traveling full-time for work and was the epitome of the control-freak who liked everything to happen just as I had planned it. Don’t get me wrong, I still carry some of those same traits today but I’ve toned it down considerably.
Simply hearing that phrase made me think of how I was presenting myself to the word by the way I reacted to it. Sadly, I hadn’t thought about myself like that before. Now it seems that every thing that sends my life veering off the course I have laid out for it I hear myself thinking, “You can learn a lot about a woman who…” and I finish the sentence with whatever challenge is coming my way.
I still have pain. I still have grief. I still make stupid choices and overreact. That is part of being human. My saving grace is eventually coming back to this phrase and considering how my reactions and attitude towards life’s challenges reflect my personal growth.
So, every time life loses my luggage with my medications or a change of underwear in it or anytime life changes my plans without my permission I will continue to ask myself…”What are you going to learn about yourself in this situation?”
I’m not totally there yet, but I like to think of myself as a work-in-progress.
Thanks for joining me for my year in review. A lot has happened this year and I think it’s important to remember all of the good AND bad things from the past year and reflect on all of them.
Losing loved family and friends.
Being laid off
Losing health insurance (see #2)
Denali’s torn ACL
Moved back to my hometown
Being laid off
Traveling to London, Ireland, Stonehendge, Alaska, Montana and Nashville
Getting engaged <3
Moving into the new house
Holidays with my families
New contract job opportunities
Actively used my gym membership (and LOVED it!)
Lived as fully as possible
The majority of my year can be summed up by referencing the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The main character, Walter, redefines himself through a series of events. In the end, being forced to examine himself and his life outside of what he’s known for 16 plus years was the best possible thing for Walter to finally start living the life he was destined for. Part of me loves this movie for its amazing representation of true Wanderlust. Most of me loves this movie for helping me make the choice to take a lay-off in the early summer and return my life, actions and decisions to not only myself, but my love, my family and my friends. Its all too easy to get busy with life that we forget how to LIVE. I am not perfect at it yet but I know I’ve never been happier (and more poor) than I am at the end of this year.
I had the chance to take stock of what truly matters to me in this life. I had a glimpse that few get and an opportunity to make the changes I needed to save my life for LIVING. My goal for 2015 is to continue to take a look at the most important parts of my life and spend my energy there.
A few years ago I finally realized and understood that not everyone is granted the same amount of time on this earth. Far too many are taken away from us too young. I vowed then and there to not speak in vain of any birthday, revolution or milestone that I may reach or surpass. It’s an amazing thing to feel what these words mean: Every day is a gift. And it truly, truly is.
On Saturday October 11th, 2014 the love of my life proposed to me in a remote location in the mountains west of Laramie, WY.
It was initially intended to be a birthday trip for him to see some friends he hand’t seen in quite a while and visit his college town. It turned into a celebration for both of us and I couldn’t be happier.
We’ve shared the engagement story with our immediate family and very close friends. He did such a great job surprising me and making sure that I had no intuition about the proposal whatsoever.
There are no concrete details yet with the exception of the fact that we are crazy in love and both feel incredibly lucky to have finally found someone who makes us the absolute best version of ourselves.
Thank you to all of our friends and family for all of the well wishes and congratulations. We are truly blessed with love.
My parents recently returned from a Hawaiian vacation to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. True to form, my mom brought back something spectacular for all of us.
One of our favorite things from the Islands is their Maui Gold Pineapple. If you’ve never tasted this brand of pineapple you’re truly missing out. Consider Dole pineapples to be the generic version of Maui Gold. They still taste alright but they’re just not the same as the real deal.
Incorporating fruits and veggies into your diet while you have RA is essential. Many of us take medication to control our symptoms and disease. You’re medication will only help you as much as you help yourself and your body.
Truthfully, it’s not a fight to get this pineapple into my diet when its available because it is so good! I do find myself eating too much at one sitting sometimes which can cause my mouth to begin to feel an acidic burn. To that I end up using my trusty Glyoxide to combat any mouth issues (blog & video to come soon).
Remember to treat yourself but do it with things that are kind to your body; such as pineapple from the beautiful island of Maui.