Wow - it's been awhile!
The last several months have been a whirlwind. There's been extreme loss and sadness, with learning and growth along the way. The good feels guilty in the wake of the loss, but also freeing, as Sharon would want us to celebrate her life.
One of my new adventures has been learning to sew. My crafty abilities were typically only in the crochet realm, so it feels good to branch out. Being a perfectionist is not helpful in my stage of sewing capability though. I took a sewing class offered by an old friend/co worker. Luckily, she's patient and can dumb it down for me :)
I've also been forcing myself to get involved in interests outside of my day job...this has meant expanding my knowledge by attending some leadership conferences, reading and listening to podcasts, working out regularly, getting involved in the startup community and playing a more active role in TealSpin. I've been happier to find balance, at the realization that we don't know when that last breath will be, and that focusing my energy outside of work on things that seem selfish has helped me perform better, make better decisions, and strengthen my personal relationships, most importantly marriage. I keep thinking of the James Keller quote: "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."
So finish your week strong, and don't just live for those hours on weeknights and weekends. Push yourself to reach further, do more, and give the extra inch. Even when you question whether it's worth it...it is :)
Here's some pics of my costume for tomorrow and Saturday:
Ponderings on life, yarn, leadership. And probably some cute pics of the pups!