szoet10 "Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you." Wayne Dyer 2mon

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szoet10 Two weekends ago, odd circumstances kept us from attending our friend's wedding. I was feeling pretty drained & needed to be energized, visually, emotionally--everything. We ended up on a jaunt to Union Station & Olvera Street and I have loads of images to weed through. But the fact that I was in tune with myself, and more importantly, listened to my needs is a big deal. So now I'm listening again--I'm exhausted. A week of tough workouts, recovering from a 33-hr whirlwind trip out of town last weekend for a memorial service, 13 of them in the car, I'm feeling beat up. So I'm going to bed really early...after some ice cream.
I know many of you are facing real issues and have so much more reason to be tired. I'm praying for a good night of sleep for all.
3mon

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szoet10 Such a weird day... Some friends woke to the sheer joy and anticipation of a wedding day, others are spending the day in utter heartache. Beginnings and endings, change and challenge.
Prayers for wisdom, guidance and strength today for all who are in the midst of life-altering changes.
Feet for the path.
3mon

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szoet10 "I get to smack it with a hammer?
Man, the kid was just excited about finally trying crab, but then realizing he got to smash and squish it, AND make a mess all over the table...he declared my birthday was more fun than his, which is quite the compliment from a 4 yr old.
Throw in a perfect sunset and a cool ocean breeze--I think it was my favorite bday dinner. Ever.
Boy were his eyes big as he grabbed the mallet. 3Zs
3mon
  •   lenscape315 Great story- sounds like a lovely birthday! Happy one to you! 3mon

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szoet10 You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain
3mon

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szoet10 Go Be Fierce.

That's the mission as we say goodbye to August.
It's way easier to be fierce when the sun is shining. Summer is when we typically are more active, more adventurous, more alive. As the days get darker, don't get too stagnant indoors.
Go Be Fierce.
4mon

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szoet10 Timing is everything right? I've been to the aquarium dozens of times, but never this time of year at this hour. Crazy light streams.
Same with life--you can't force some things--like a flawless vacation, or a 4-yr old putting his face in the water. They happen when they are going to, and when they should. And it's all part of a perfect plan. I'd never make it if I had to believe in chance or randomness.
And the 4-yr old? He decided yesterday to become fearless in the water. Good timing kid.
4mon

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szoet10 "Here are some obvious things about the weather:
It's real.
You can't change it by wishing it away.
If it's dark & rainy it really is dark & rainy and you can't alter it.
It might be dark and rainy for two weeks in a row.
BUT
It will be sunny one day.
It isn't under one's control as to when the sun comes out, but come out it will.
One day." The selection above is an excerpt from a poignant letter the brilliant Stephen Fry wrote to a fan suffering from depression. He draws an apt metaphor between weather and mood.
While the media focusing on one person so much may be skewed, the open conversations about depression this week are a positive outcome. The whole letter is worth a read--search for Stephen Fry on lettersofnote.com . Most of us know someone who can benefit from reading it.
4mon

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szoet10 Meet my new mascot.

Snails get a bad rap--this little guy moved quickly enough to almost bump into my phone twice before I got him in focus. He knew where he was headed and got there without wavering focus.
In life & work, I preach the concepts of baby steps, of being bad at something first, of practice, progression, regression. But in my own life I'm not as brilliant. I get frustrated and expect to do everything quickly, easily and flawlessly. Which is ridiculous.
Baby steps gets you far with patience. So I've been on Team Snail for the summer for fitness & health goals, and am stronger than yesterday. Now I just need to apply snail goals to other areas. Anyone else want to join the snail revolution?
5mon

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szoet10 The best moments are unplanned. An Unplanned stop on a road trip became the highlight. A perfect sunset on the beach watching my boy play tag with his dad, a bit of heaven on earth. 5mon

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szoet10 In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Those things we sometimes dismiss as cliche or overused still have beauty in them. There's nothing like a perfect red rose. I'm glad I've gotten over my avoidance of them after too many years of working in a flower shop & never wanting to see another red rose. Welcome back my pretty.
6mon

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szoet10 Shameless self-promotion, sorry. If you have an iPad, check out the digital magazine my journalism class and I put together, no templates, all original work in indesign. Not bad for a staff of 8 doing a side project. VCHS Cross+Section 7mon

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szoet10 Movement is so integral to most things in life. Not just about progress, not just about fitness, but to bring about clarity, creativity and energy. It's one of those things that connects mind, body and soul. 8mon

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szoet10 My kid was abducted by aliens.
That's the only way to explain today. The evidence: he didn't complain once, was pleasant and content with everything, went the day without tv, and--the kicker--it was his idea to put the leftover broccoli on his sandwich for lunch...and he said it was the most delicious thing ever. "What a great day today was!" he said. And all we did was stay home all day and play.
I hope you all have a day soon that is so purely enjoyable that you wish you could wrap it up and save it for later.
9mon

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szoet10 "Turning and turning in the widening gyre...Things fall apart; the center cannot hold..." Yeats

Only the mental part feels like it's not holding, don't worry. Been trying to figure out why I'm so mentally fragmented and frazzled each day--is it the chaotic schedule at work? Or because I'm using more technology at work? Do I need to carve out more moments of solitude? Or do I just need to get out and seek adventure and challenge myself?
Life is good. It would be nice to finish something though--whether it's a project, a thought or even a sentence.
9mon

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szoet10 Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts. No surgery as feared, just a lot of antibiotics and a few more hours. We may still get to spend our 15-yr anniversary in the hospital if it takes 3 more hours.
I told you be careful what you wish for..."can we so something special for our anniversary?" Not funny my dear.
12mon
  •   szoet10 And @elebaldwin my husband loved the virtual soup from Roma! 12mon
  •   jainne Glad all is well. Best healing wishes to your husband! Happy Anniversary! 12mon
  •   elebaldwin @szoet10 glad the proverbial cure-all remedy helped. Hoping for a quick recovery and a better anniversary celebration. 12mon
  •   bugsymatthews13 So glad he is on the mend and happy anniversary!! 12mon
  •   carregal I hope he gets better soon, happy anniversary anyway! 12mon
  •   gallowaygirlhandmade Good outcome, or at least better than surgery!! But on your anniversary 😮Hope things got better quickly... 5mon

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szoet10 Be careful what you wish for...
"We don't have much time to talk just the two of us..." 8 hours, 2 urgent cares, 1 ER, an ultrasound and a CT scan later and I don't think we've actually talked much :) Waiting to see if my husband has appendicitis or some other mystery.
12mon
  •   szoet10 @kariprice thanks! All is good, no surgery :) 12mon
  •   gallowaygirlhandmade Yikes nothing worse than the sudden trip to the emergency room... We had one a couple months back when my hubby thought he was having a stroke. Turned out very allergic to some meds he had been given. Hopefully you will not have to do that again! 5mon
  •   ktrap where I was yesterday better now 2mon
  •   szoet10 @ktrap sorry to hear that Kirby, hope all is well now 2mon
  •   ktrap yes much better now thank you 2mon
  •   szoet10 @ktrap kind of random Kirby, but some students at the hs I teach at are starting a human trafficking awareness group--if they contacted you thru your website would you be interested in answering questions? 2mon

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szoet10 "What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time." --John Berger 12mon

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szoet10 Today we picked flowers in the park. They may be weeds, but to us they were treasures.
Trying to keep the spirit of exploration & curiosity alive in our culture is a daily challenge. Today was a victory.
1y

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szoet10 Each day the challenge is figuring out how to marvel at the complexity of life, without overcomplicating it. --SZoet 1y

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