San Diego is on fire. I’m sure you’ve heard. We’re no strangers to wildfires around here, but that doesn’t make them any less devastating……or eye opening. There’s nothing like a natural disaster to remind you to be thankful for what you have am I right? It’s sad, but true. The Great List is all about making gratitude a part of you daily life, and today I’m certainly thankful that we are safe and far from harm, but alas, the world keeps turning and life moves along with it.
1. I’ve been taking advantage of a break in my schedule lately that has allowed me an entire day off each week. Since we’re also dealing with a major heat wave, I spent my day off at the beach, naturally. I opted to bring a tiny, rusty, very old beach chair we had laying around because of its portability factor since I was riding my bike. The second I unfolded it in the sand and sat down, it ripped all the way down the middle. No big deal to me since it was old and crummy anyway, so I leaned it against the trash can when I left. On Friday, three days later, I was jogging along the sand on my morning run and lo and behold, there was my rusty little chair, set up in the sand, clearly recovered and used by someone to enjoy the ocean view. I’m not sure why this moved me so much. Perhaps it was the contrast between images I’d been seeing of people’s homes burning to the ground, and the idea that someone found a little joy in something thing that I had discarded. Its seemed poetic in the moment. Whatever the reason, it made me super happy.
2. Creative Connection was this week and this was one of my favorite events to date. This group is constantly changing, and I love that with every event comes new faces and new energies. Its really the only “networking” thing I do that I truly enjoy, and that is because the people who attend are so genuine, and free of pretense. Although we’re all there to promote ourselves and spread the word about our businesses, there has never been a hint of bragging whatsoever. There’s a true community there, and that is something I am truly grateful for.
3. We have a new birds nest in the same spot as last summer under the overhang of our patio (different type of bird this year though) and the 5 eggs hatched this week. I’m grateful that The Hubs works at a place that uses inspection tools so we can watch the little fuzzy baby birds grow with an angled mirror on a pole. In other nature news, I got my first ever shipment of live ladybugs this week to combat a mild-but-getting-worse aphid problem in my vegetable garden. It’s been so cool to watch them get settled in and enjoy their aphid feast. I guess at the heart of all this is my love for nature and for learning. I know its something I get from my mom. In fact, I’ve been emailing her about the progress of birds! I’m so grateful to have held on to this type of curiosity all these years. It’s easy to get caught up in technology these days (also fascinating) but never forget there’s an interesting and complex world right outside the back door.
4. Kimmy, the fourth sister, came for a rare visit this week with her husband and son whom I’ve never met. I write frequently on this blog about Val and Jen, two sisters who are also my very best and closest friends. Them, their husbands and children, and The Hubs and I, are truly one big family, and we’ve all depended on each other for years. In reality, they actually have a third sister, Kimmy, who still lives in Chicago (whom I also love dearly) and she was in town this week. It was beyond joyful to me to meet her son Jaxon for the first time and see Kim as a mom. The thing I love the most about the whole Pekar family though, is that besides the cliche that “kids change everything” no one really changes at all. These girls (and their parents) treat their kids the same as they would me or even a stranger. They’re real, honest and consistent, and thats something that I truly value in friendship. Dependability. I’m happy to go back to 4th sister status while Kimmy is in town.
Another thing that was plentiful this week was random opportunities, so i’m looking forward to the weeks ahead. Wishing you all an escape from your worries this weekend. Enjoy it.