Some Days…

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Some days…

  • the road seems long with no end in sight and then you remember, there is no destination, just the journey
  • you get a phone call with news that someone you love is in the hospital, side effects from chemo forcing her to bed rest…and you can’t quite process it all
  • you get a sudden wave of sadness thinking about a lost love, even though you’ve moved forward, at least you think you have
  • you watch the news and your heart hurts from seeing all the pain in the world and yet you still think love is the answer
  • the clouds roll in and as hard as you try you can’t outrun the rain
  • your mind tells you tears need to fall and yet that don’t seem to come
  • you get complimented on your teaching and it makes the long days totally worth every second
  • you push through the day with little sleep but plenty of energy then the next day you get plenty of sleep but can barely make it through the day
  • you focus a little too much on the scale and not enough on how healthy and strong you are
  • you are so grateful that you didn’t have surgery because now your back feels great
  • you realize you are so lucky to have this life.

 

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Taking it Lightly

 

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Part of the reason I moved to this new apartment was to meet new people and hopefully start dating again.  Since my break up last year, I’ve had exactly one date who was a friend of a friend and it was clear from the get-go that neither of us had any interest.  So last weekend when I ran into one of my neighbors and he clearly expressed interest, it was refreshing and totally flattering.  We’ve hung out a couple of times and while there is an attraction, it won’t go any further than friendship (with a bit of flirting thrown in).  Why?  Because I’ve made a rule that I will only get involved with someone who is totally single, already divorced or if they are separated, then it’s only a matter of signing on the dotted line.  I’ve had a bit of experience with men who were separated but not divorced and it never ends well.  He’s only recently separated and clearly not in a place to be dating, so we’ll stick with rule on this one.

I’m hoping to meet more new neighbors and maybe one of them will turn out to be more than friends, we’ll see.  Just the other day, one of the girls in the leasing office mentioned that maybe I should get lost on the fourth floor because someone new moved in that I might be interested in.  Haven’t met him yet but I may just have to hit the wrong button on the elevator.

This move has been the right one for me.  And even if my dating life doesn’t improve, that’s ok, my social life has and spending time with friends is way more important anyway.  Although I think I may wander up to the fourth floor just for fun.

 

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Settling In

 

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It’s been a really long time since I’ve written here.  There are various reasons for the absence, one of which is that I moved and have been settling in to my new home.  It is totally the opposite of where I lived before.  From a 100+ year old house to a brand new apartment.  You would think it would be challenging getting used to all the new sights and sounds.  Some of my neighbors are loud but somehow I find that comforting.  I was a bit isolated in my old house which is exactly what I needed at the time.  Now, the social aspect of this new home is exactly what I need.  I’m loving all of the great amenities here and my apartment is beautiful and I’m slowly meeting new people.  I’m within walking distance of work and the pub and the coffee shop…convenient to everything.  There’s still a lot of construction going on so I’ve gotten used to their 6am start time.  I figure the earlier they start the quicker they’ll be done.  I overlook the pool which is going to be beautiful…when its finished!

Moving can be stressful, which it definitely was for the first couple of weeks.  Now I’m loving it but I’m still trying to find my rhythm.  It seems that I can only focus on one big goal at a time.  The past 2 months, I’ve been focused on my health and fitness.  I have totally neglected my writing.  I’m even enrolled in an amazing course, The Conscious Booksmith, that I periodically check in on but I’ve put off actually doing the work.  I know that I need to do the work, I’m not sure why I’m not.  I’m trying to sit with it all and not beat myself up and do what I can when I feel the time is right.  This, I’m sure you all know, is not very easy to do.

So as I sit here on my balcony, listening to various construction machinery at 7:30am, I’m just letting it all flow.  Taking one step at a time, starting now by writing this post and hoping that sparks more writing.

“We can choose to start over in this very moment, there is no need to wait for a new year or a new month or a new week.” – Madisyn Taylor, Daily OM

 

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Suffering Silently

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Dealing with chronic pain over the last year has been eye opening for me.  It has made me more patient, more empathetic and a better teacher.  I have learned how many people suffer with some sort of physical pain every day and do so without a bit of complaining.

Over the years, I was really good at keeping my feelings inside for fear of burdening anyone else.  When my brother died, my parents were concerned because I wasn’t sharing my feelings with them, they didn’t see me cry.  I got really good at stuffing down my feelings until they exploded in one moment.  When I announced I was getting divorced, everyone was shocked because I was really good at keeping my feelings hidden, no one had a clue anything was amiss.  Slowly, over time, I’ve gotten better about sharing.  Maybe its age, maybe its a lot of hard lessons, or maybe its the people in my life.  I think its a combination of all of these things.  I’m no longer afraid to share feelings for fear of burdening people because they want to listen, they want to help.  How do I know this?  Because I want to do that for other people and I have an amazing group of friends who are always there.  Are there times when I worry if they really want to hear me cry anymore over my breakup or cry about the chronic pain, of course I do.  But I am getting better at sharing in spite of my fears.

Even here on this blog, I’ve shared things I’m planning on doing and then turned around later and changed my mind.  Last post, I told you I was planning to have surgery to get rid of the herniated disc in my back.  I was convinced that was the only solution for me.  Last week, I changed my mind.  I’m trying a different route and if that doesn’t work, surgery can always be rescheduled.

What I’ve learned about sharing stories, feelings, pain, is that there is someone out there who can relate in some way.  I always wonder if people think I’m crazy or annoying but it doesn’t stop me from sharing anymore.  They will always think what they want but by sharing my stories, my feelings, my pain, I may be helping someone else who is too afraid to share.  I know for sure that I’m helping myself by sharing.  I’m no longer suffering silently.  I’m actually not suffering at all because the more I talk about it, the more free I feel, if that makes sense.  I’m no longer stuffing my feelings down creating more internal strife.

I guess the point of this post was to let you know you are not alone, you don’t have to suffer in silence, you can share your feelings, your fears, your pain and there is always someone willing to listen.

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Moving Forward…I’m Ready

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Almost three years ago, I moved into this house.  I walked in and fell in love and knew I had to be here.  And for all this time, that tire swing has hung in the tree.  Then one day on a whim, I decided to look at a new place to live.  I’ve been feeling the pull to make a change and as soon as I saw these brand new apartments, I knew it was time.  That evening when I got home, the tire swing was on the ground, it was a sign.  This house has been a exactly what I’ve needed, a place where I’ve learned to be alone, a place where I’ve fallen in love and healed from heartbreak.  Now its time to move forward to a new home.  It will be the complete opposite of where I’m living now.  Going from 100+ year old house with a yard to a one bedroom brand new apartment in a big community will require some adjustment, but its time for a change.  I’m ready.

For just over a year, I’ve been dealing with chronic pain, starting in my low back and radiating down my left leg.  I’ve tried chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture and even resorted to a cortisone shot but nothing has worked.  Even pain meds do nothing.  I finally relented and had an MRI to discover a herniated, bulging disc, was referred to a neurosurgeon and decided its time for surgery.  I’ve never had surgery nor been a big fan, but decided if it could eliminate this pain with little downside, then its time.  Time to move forward pain-free, I’m ready.

Exactly one year ago today, I met him.  What a difference a year has made.  He helped me re-open my heart, broke it wide open and now I’m ready to move forward, find love again.  I actually have a date tonight.  It seems weird on this day but its time to start again.  No longer afraid to fall and get hurt because I know I can get back up.  I’m ready.

I’m ready…to start again, for little changes and big ones too, to move forward.

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Trust

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Every year, for the past several, I have selected a guiding word for that year.  Some years it takes a lot of time and thought to select my word.  For 2014, the word actually came to me at the end of 2013.  TRUST became a big issue for me after my breakup and is my guiding word moving forward.  This year has already tested my trust.

*Trust in my instincts and my choices.

*Trust in other people.

*Trust in the Universe, Divine Order, my Angels and Guides

*Trust that its ok to let go and let other people help.

*Trust that everything is going to work out as it is supposed to.

*Trust that I’ll find the strength when needed.

*Trust that this is temporary.

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Only Love

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Love rock, Nags Head, NC

It has taken me about a month to write about my experience at Serendipity Retreat in Nags Head, NC.  I’m not sure why it has taken that long except maybe its hard to capture  in words.  I was in a very sad place when I arrived at the retreat but it was exactly what I needed at the time…to be surrounded by some of my dearest friends and near mama ocean.  The ocean is so vast and powerful yet can be so calm and soothing, it brings much needed perspective.

This retreat was much different from years past.  I didn’t attend any classes, I helped set up the houses for all of the amazing women in attendance, got breakfast ready a couple of mornings, helped clean up after meals and taught a Pilates class.  I also had lots of time to think, nap, relax, get a massage, soak in the hot tub, and just BE.  It was also different because I was in pain, physically and emotionally.  At meals, I felt like I was standing on the outside, watching everyone have these amazing experiences while I was trying to keep my tears in check.  Of course as soon as someone would spot me and come over to check in, all they needed to do was give me one look and the tears would flow.  I can vividly remember two instances where women who had been in my place and were now on the other side (they are back with their loves) gave me one look and I couldn’t hold back the tears and that made them cry too.  Don’t think it was a big cry fest because there was alot of laughter too!  But for me, the shedding of tears was more common that not.  That’s what I needed though, to move through the sadness.  And this was the safest place to do that.  There were no judgements, only love and support.

When I arrived home, the sadness intensified, if you can believe that.  Although if you’ve ever been to a retreat, the return home can be difficult.  Perhaps its because I was no longer surrounded by all of the support and it was just me, alone with my thoughts.  Today though, I’m happy to say that, for the most part, the sadness is gone, although there are still moments…like right now writing this post.

What I really want to share though is that I opened my heart, really opened it for the first time since my brother died.  Yes, I was married and in other relationships but I kept a part of me closed off, a part of my heart protected, because I never wanted to feel that kind of pain again.  It took me a long to time to open it up and when I did it was wonderful.  Yes I got hurt but I also experienced such joy.

I still love him and I think I always will, because what I’m finding is that although there has been alot of sadness, there has been no anger, no regret, there has been only love.

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