Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wisdom from a Turtle

The turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. 

Turtle Spirit Animal

I never thought I'd believe slow is good, but I do. I just don't want to wake up one day and say, "How did I get to be eighty." I'd rather say, "That was a great ride, and I remember every bit."

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Open to Whatever Unfolds

I'm going on a mission in Kenya. Ten days to a place called Migori where Kenya Relief is located. I'm open to whatever unfolds. So far it has been amazing and I haven't even left North America.

I mentioned my impending mission to my dear friend and former chemo guru (my lifesaver), Donna Valentine and she said, "Can I go?" Donna never does anything without months of planning. We figured it out, got all our shots,  mosquito repellent, and permission from the Kenyans. She's going! We're going. I feel safer with my friend there. Who get's to go on a mission and bring their doctor/physician assistant? I'm so lucky.

Curtis and Devry Coghlan are resident missionaries. Devry was my first mentor in this life. I have idolized the ground she walks on for over twenty-five years. She's unbelievable. I can't wait to spend a few minutes with these fabulous people in their life of the last three years. I never imagined Devry or I would exist in this world today in the manner that we exist. I moved to the ocean and Devry moved to Africa. I'm not sure that's fair, but that's life.

LAX to London to Nairobi and transportation to Migori. I will see you from Africa real soon. I'm open to whatever unfolds.


Monday, October 30, 2017

What's Better Than Perfect?

I've become the rewrite queen, obsessing, changing, tweaking, and strangling my story. A wise soul recently reminded to be wary of my inner-critic.

I can't shut her down at times. She's lingering on commas and searching thesauruses over and over again. But in general, I'm fascinated with imperfections like the random sinkhole in a street or the searing hot temperatures in October, and the lopsided pumpkin on my neighbor's porch. It makes life more interesting, but even as I type these simple words I'm stalled by that inner voice. She drives me nuts. For now, I'm ignoring her because sometimes done is better than perfect.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Touched by Cancer

I started at stage IV in April 2010. I believe that in my lifetime cancer will be cured. Breast cancer, thyroid cancer, I've had both. I'm still alive. Pink ribbons and pink, in general, bothered me at first, but now I embrace the immediate attention. I embrace pink. I applaud all survivors. Thank you for your bravery.