things left undone

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  2. It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for. It doesn’t interest me how old you are, I want to know if you are willing to risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine. It doesn’t interest me where you live or how rich you are, I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and be sweet to the ones you love. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and truly like the company you keep in the empty moments of your life.

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  1. Words to get through a hard day

    2:47 pm / January 12, 2013

    The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful.

    Strive to be happy.

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  3. "We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns".

    -Tom Waits 
  4. 10:13 pm / December 30, 2012
  5. Artist: The Arcade Fire
    Album: Funeral
    Song: Wake Up

    Children wake up, 

    hold your mistakes up,

    before they turn the summer into dust. 

  1. The times, they are a changin’.

    5:06 pm / December 30, 2012
    It’s that time of the year again - the time where we take stock of the high and low points of the preceding year and pledge to make something more of ourselves in the upcoming one. January is a blank canvas, an opportunity for reinvention, for washing out the old, and fostering in the new. Call it mundane or cliche, but we all do this to a certain degree. We are conditioned for it.

    2012 was good to me. I started my roller derby career, played on the beaches of Costa Rica and sang my heart out at my very first Pearl Jam concert. I crawled further out of credit card debt and even managed to save a nice little chunk of money. I ran in several races and found a softball team. I lost some weight. I overcame some personal demons. It was a year of many new experiences with friends old and new.

    Call me optimistic, but I have high hopes for 2013. In the past, I have made some grandiose resolutions and through diligence, most were attained. I’ve spent considerable time thinking about what is next for me and I’ve settled on goals surrounding simplicity. At this point in my life, it seems like simplicity is a far more complex and multi-faceted effort than the more elaborate goals I have made like trying out for roller derby and learning to skate. I want to do more with less. Eliminate unneeded items. Let go of past heartbreak and disappointment. Get outside. Make a plan for the future. Create. Write. Read. Love. I will say “yes” more often than “no”. 

    Happiest of new beginnings to you, friends and kind readers.
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  1. Self-talk

    8:29 pm / December 8, 2012
    I will never be a size 6 

    It’s not very likely that I will ever be comfortable in a bathing suit

    I will be forever camera-shy


    I have run a thousand miles

    I have lunged a million lunges
    I have skated more laps than I could possibly count

    I have done things I never thought possible and that outweighs any negative self-talk that I can come up with
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    8:19 pm / December 8, 2012
  3. Artist: Bright Eyes
    Album: I'm Awake Its Morning
    Song: The First Day of My Life