Friday, October 30, 2015

what i learned in october


I really love the month of October. But more than October, I love November and so I'm thrilled to have the first coming in just two days. Right now though, let me tell you about the awesomeness that was October.

1. FAMILY IS GOD'S GREATEST INVENTION. 
This is broken record learning, but after a thirteenth birthday party of paint-balling, hibachi grill dinner, and night of playing Pie in the Face, I couldn't ignore the pure joy that just streams out of my little ears. By blood and marriage, the hearts that surround me (and share names with me) are the bee's knees.


2. DOING IT ALL WITH YOUR ALL ISN'T IMPORTANT. 
I'm not condoning slackerism, but I am sprinkling some grace all over you. Some days I just don't want to do it all, just can't imagine doing it all, but feel like I have to. After coming home from my girl's weekend in San Francisco I was tired and fighting a brutal cold. Making dinner one night sounded like the worst thing ever so I made nachos. Simple, cheesy, carby nachos that were celebrated by Jason as the best dinner I've ever made. Turns out I need to lower my own expectations of myself.

3. 99% OF THE TIME THINKING IS WORST THAN DOING.
My dad always said this to me when I was in high school and dreading homework or sports practice or breaking up with a boyfriend. He'd smirk and say, It's the worst because you're thinking, instead just do it. And so I would and it wouldn't be as bad as I was catastrophizing. This is still the truth, but I just forgot for a while.

4. BRAVE IS A CHOICE, NOT A GIVE-IN. 
I've always thought adventurous, brave people had a special kind of DNA. I thought you were born brave or not. And I was born not. But then life dared me to climb a scary, uphill sort of mountain and I've survived. And now I realize, I made the choice to be brave: to grow, to keep on, to live boldly. This looks different every day and for October it looked like renting bikes and riding many miles to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. It was just as glorious as one would imagine.


5. EVEN I CAN LOOK HAPPY WHILE I RUN. 
I can't count the number of races I've run on my hands. But I can tell you how many happy running pictures I've seen of myself: 0. Until the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco because HI HAPPY RUNNING AMBER. And, to compound the greatness of this happy running girl, this is in the last half mile.


6. I LOVE TO WRITE AND TO PAINT. SO, I WILL DO BOTH. 
I wrote the book and then I got scared and I packed it away. I've mentioned this before, of course. But the hang-up is, that book sits and haunts me from the drawer where it hides. I know the purpose and reasons behind the book, but I'm ignoring them and they're chasing me. I opened the shop as a passion project, but also to ignore the book. Then I was presented with the opportunity to write as part of an anthology AND to create the cover. Here it is friends:

The book is on Kindle pre-sale RIGHT HERE
And then I realized: my two creative efforts can and will come together for a grand picture of goodness. So, the book is coming back out and meeting my paints. Let's do this all over again friends. 
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Linking up with Emily P. Freeman.

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