"You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away. But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realizing this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence. Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude. Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar." — Jeff Foster
I was in Texas this week launching a program that my team has been working on for the last 8 months. You can see the launch video here (most stuff I work on is behind company walls but this is viewable by anyone). Really fun.
How psyched would your kid be to get a stuffed animal in the mail as a party invitation??? Or just as a letter? By the way, Lola is looking for a pen pal! Please let me know if you have a child who is interested in exchanging "real mail."
As a surprise, Lola slipped her stuffed flamingo into Ted's suitcase before he left for his 9 day work + visiting his family trip. Ted has been sending daily photos of Flamingo which the kids both love.
Inspired by this wishing tree, Luke, Lola and I decided to make our own. I wished for long-lasting love and happy, healthy children who love to read. Luke wished to be a video game designer and Lola wished for a "better family."
I asked her what that meant and she said "I want a mommy who snuggles me more in the morning--you get up too early--and you could be better at keeping secrets about where you hide my presents. And you could do more magic tricks like Macy's mom."
Luke's dream is to deck out our house in Halloween decorations. I've resisted this dream until now. But today his dream finally came true. We got a scary tall ghost and light up skulls and a black cat with red eyes and lots of spider webs. I also really like these pumpkins although they may have to wait for next year.
Some photo memories from my annual girls weekend with my dear friend Jessie at the Parker Palm Springs. We originally had reservations at a different hotel but it was overbooked so they sent us here. It was so much fun. I am already looking forward to next year's girl's trip!
I have always wanted to have a stack of cozy "go to" sweaters". But I rarely have more than 1 or 2 a year that I wear. My sweaters are either too small, too big, too itchy or get holes in them. So I was surprised that my two favorite sweaters right now came from Target and were really inexpensive. Sweater 1.Sweater 2.
This weekend Ted and the kids gifted me with time to do a writing/painting/storytelling retreat. I met some lovely people and hung out in a beautiful space doing fun things. I travel so much for work that I rarely want to leave my family for non-work things and this month I am doing it twice! I'm grateful to have such a supportive family.
My friend Jan sent over this photo. I think the kids would be pretty thrilled to wake up to these on Halloween! My mind is already racing to what Thanksgiving and Valentines Day pancakes would look like. Also, Jan's new e-book just launched. You can check it out here! She is one of Luke and Lola's favorite people!