szoet10 This cute foot belongs to my new nephew, born this afternoon to my brother and his wife.
My kid was rooting for a boy cousin, but I'm not sure what he was more excited for--the baby, or his new discovery of chili fries at dinner on the way home. "Mom, when we open a restaurant, it'll be a chili fries restaurant."
3w

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szoet10 The world is changing, daily, in big, radical ways. But life doesn't always.
My parents celebrated 50 years of marriage this week; mine is already at 16. There is stability in this life. Other events like birthdays and remembering those who've passed--while they are changes, they also show the continuing love over the years.
There has always been turmoil, hate and uncertainty in the world--this is not new.
The key is to remember each day to find moments of silence, moments of joy, moments of laughter and moments of gratitude. These are stable things and blessings from above.
I don't know what kind of world my kid will have 15 years from now, but I hope he sees life's stability and has his moments.
2mon

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szoet10 We all need new things to spark our brains, regardless of age.
Took the kid to the Japanese gardens at CSULB today and he sat contentedly for an hour watching and petting the koi fish. He wants to go back every day now.
2mon

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szoet10 In drawing class, it's hard for some students to learn to trust their eyes--they want to draw from in their head, not from close observation. I tell them that things with character, subjects that are imperfect--these are what make compelling images. Perfection makes for boring artworks. 3mon

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szoet10 I was actually noticing the smoke, and didn't really catch the full effect of the light til after...what are you focused on and is it really worthy of it, or is there a stream of inspiration and jolt of energy just waiting to be hit on? My bet is it's close--shift your perspective for a while. 8mon

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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 10mon

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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.
11mon

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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.
11mon

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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
12mon

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szoet10 You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain
12mon

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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.
12mon

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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.
1y

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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.
1y

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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?
1y

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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. 1y

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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.
1y

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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 1y

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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. 1y

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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.
1y

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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.
1y

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