Tag Archives: Life

The Plan

22 Jan

Always trust your fortune cookie




A sweet escape

10 Aug

After all the hubbub of late, I was invited to a wonderful get together in D.C. It was gorgeous and just what I needed.

It was filled with a lot of laughs:

lovely friends:

a few drinks: I promise, the other drink is for someone else! :)

And really beautiful scenery:

And not long after that, I got to catch up with some pretty awesome people

At a free outside concert for Michelle Branch and the Goo Goo Dolls

With great music and friends all that was missing was the food.

Oh wait, just kidding. Boxed wine and pretzels! What can I say? We’re that awesome :)

It is hard being away from great friends, but it’s these types of get togethers that remind you why you’re such great friends in the first place. No matter how long you’ve been apart, you can pick up where you left off.

The New Guy

23 Jul

Sorry to have abandoned you for just a bit, but it turns out that things have gotten a little more crazy than I had anticipated in my last post.  I had a birthday, have to find new work and just in general being a busy little bee. So, now things are finally getting back on track.

Seeing as my department was downsized, I now join the ranks of millions of others in the unemployed boat. I am trying to see it as an opportunity, but it its remarkably hard.

I was thinking about the whole situation earlier in movie terms. Bear with me here…It’s a pretty apt scenario. Everyone of course wants to think of themselves a main character in their own lives, but how do you really know? And then a scene from Galaxy Quest popped into my head. (It’s a fun movie!)  One of the characters has a constant fear of impending doom because he is “the new guy”. And everyone knows, something bad always happens to the new guy.

GalaxyQuest– photo courtesy of Google

But everyone has to be the new guy sooner or later in order to gain the confidence and knowledge the main character has.  And I keep being told that my moment is coming, just be patient. And while this is all good advice-it’s hard. Then I got this sweet message in my inbox this morning from this fun site.

 It’s kind of strange, Grace, but first you have to know what you want, defined in terms of the end result. And then you have to physically move towards it, without defining the hows. 

At which point, the thing you want actually starts coming to you, on its own terms, from a direction completely unexpected. 

Not unlike a cat, 
    The Universe

I guess you can hear something a million times, and then one day it just clicks. I may be the new guy right now, but my prized role may be right around the corner :)

Happy Place

8 Jul

Stress is a terrible thing.

I really hate that feeling and I’ve noticed that inner monologue of things that need to be done, and making back up plans for my  back up plan. And as annoying as that is, it’s inevitable. So it is what it is.


So on a day when your brain feels like this:

It’s important to remember the best antidote to stress is fun, but truly the best kind is when you look like an idiot.

Like this:

It’s also a great idea to get your friends involved.

But when even that won’t do, try to find a happy place.

It can be a moment in nature,

to a hike with a friend,

a peaceful spiritual moment,

or a special break

Or when all else fails, I find a good chuckle is the best way to beat stress at its own game.



26 Jun

This is a short snapshot of what’s going on right now:

4 Weddings (in 1 year!)

3 pregnant friends

3 friends in relatively serious relationships

And a partridge in a pear tree

Everyone tells you that college is a time for change, but post college life is just one big ‘ol pile of change. And according to friends of mine, this is one way it starts. A LOT of weddings and babies.


I am really excited for my friends, honestly and truly. This is a big step and they’re all more than ready. However, I am not. I have so much on my plate, that adding something else might send all of my delicately spinning plates out of control. This is not say I’m not looking or toying with the idea. It’s just not my first priority. But it does throw your life into rather harsh perspective when it seems like everyone is pairing up. It especially doesn’t help when a co-worker gets wind of my many weddings and actually asks, “does that make you sad?”

No, actually it doesn’t. But thanks so much for bringing it up. These weddings and babies are a great way to reconnect with friends and family and celebrate happiness and love. Which is not something that we get to see all the time. Who cares what happens next, we have no way of knowing. So all that’s left is raise a glass, sit back and be happy.