“Remember that I can fit everything into a pattern for good, including the things you wish were different. Start with where you are at this point in time and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be.”
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I came across this passage the other day and thought it was such a beautiful reminder. Every season, every experience, serves a purpose. I am definitely guilty of thinking too far ahead, of planing for the “next big thing,” and missing the here and now. But where I am now, who I am now, is a product of countless little moments that should not be taken for granted. This week I hope to appreciate the little things, the simple blessings, that make up each day, because each serves a greater purpose, and I don’t want to miss it!
Today was the perfect Saturday filled with pancakes, reading, laundry, recipe planning, thank you notes, mint juleps and plenty of Downton Abbey. The air was cool and the sky was a beautiful shade of gray, which made it all the more inviting to stay inside with a blanket and a hot cup of tea. At the end of a busy work week I am grateful for a simple Saturday at home and the opportunity to appreciate the little things.
It’s the first day of a new year, and for no other reason it’s as if a refresh button is pressed and life resets itself. It’s an opportunity to reassess and reflect, to pause and examine the year that passed and the year that is to come. While I don’t have any specific resolutions for 2014, I hope to make this next year one of intention: to invest in relationships, to take time to appreciate the little things, and to spend my time wisely. I hope to do what makes me happy so that I may overflow that happiness onto others. I hope to learn more about the world and do what I can to make it better. I hope to grow in understanding, patience, and grace, and above all I hope to embody love to those around me. A new year is a fresh start, a clean slate, and an opportunity to dream big and make it happen. Happy New Year!
Lately, I have been enjoying . . .
- Weekends! With two, full days off, I can finally find the time to appreciate local attractions. Today, Jarrad and I went to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. We browsed the exhibits and enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the back patio in the sunshine.
- New recipe creations for dinner.
- The Good Wife – How did I not know about this show before?
- Spending more time with this guy. Since I’m a “silver lining” kinda girl, I appreciate the fact that Jarrad’s elbow injury, and recent surgery, means a month off of rotations and plenty of time for adventures! This may be the first time in our entire relationship that one of us hasn’t been fully immersed in school, and we are taking advantage of the next two weeks!
- Peaches! I cannot get enough, and I fear the day when they are no longer in season.
- Reading for fun, with a cup of tea.
- Maya! It’s official . . . I’m a crazy cat lady! But can you blame me?
- Early morning walks, and coconut bran muffins for breakfast.
- Freshly made beds, complete with fluffed pillows.
- A job I love! I am learning so much, and I am honestly excited every day on my drive to work.
Happy Monday! Hope you have a wonderful week!
Tonight, the unthinkable happened. Not only did it rain, which is far too infrequent around here if you ask me, but the drops were accompanied by flashes of lightning and booms of thunder. While Maya cowered under the rug , I opened the sliding glass door a little further so I could soak up the fresh smell . . . rain! I’m not sure if it’s the Seattle in me, or the fact that I grew up with the best thunderstorms Colorado has to offer, but rain truly makes me happy! It was a perfect end to my Monday.
I did it. After two months of endless studying and a three-day marathon that they call the California bar exam, I’m done. And you know what . . . it feels absolutely wonderful! Don’t get me wrong, for the first 24 hours after hearing the glorious words, “time is up,” my head was in the clouds as I tried to regain a normal existence. I continuously checked my watch as I tried to make myself believe that I had really finished. I had nothing else to study, no notecards to flip through, and no more practice essays to write. After eighteen hours of testing, I was free!
Jarrad took me out for a celebratory drink, and as I sipped my champagne I began to believe it! After sleeping for most of the day on Friday, and enjoying a much needed day of mindless TV, I woke up this morning so excited for my new normal. As scary as it seems sometimes to transition from one stage of life to the next, stepping into the unknown, I am so excited to embrace new challenges and to explore a part of myself that has taken a back seat to my primary identity of student.
It seems crazy, but even with an upcoming full time job, my days will be filled with so much more time. No more studying until my head hits the pillow. No more Saturdays filled with reading cases and making outlines. I will have time to give to things that bring me joy! I can cook elaborate dinners. I can sit outside in the sun and read a novel. I can take walks in the evening and enjoy coffee early in the morning while reading the news instead of reading a text book.
As grateful as I am to have had the opportunity to pursue law school, and as much as I have truly loved these past three years, I feel ready to close this door. I’m ready to find my new normal, especially when it brings the promise of new adventure!
This past Saturday my friend Alex and I celebrated the culmination of law school at the Four Seasons. We booked a much deserved massage at the spa, but the greatest part was that with a spa service you can use the rooftop pool all day long! So we did. We relaxed by the pool all afternoon, eating lunch and reading for fun! Then we enjoyed an hour long massage followed by the steam room and rain shower. To end the day we met up with Sarah at the bar and indulged in a little Prosecco and chocolate cheesecake! It was the best day made even better by celebrating with fabulous friends! I am one lucky girl!