on my mary way mondays
"I got it from my momma."
-A shameless shout out to the woman to whom I owe my life, my everything.
Happy mom's day Nanc.
where in the world is she now
Ciudad Quesada. Or as I call it quesadilla city. And I am not all wrong. Turns out the biggest ball of cheese in Costa Rica was on display in our central park this weekend. Gotta love small town CR.
the ground is lava
You know the game. The one where children leap from one surface to the next in an effort to avoid said lava. Well that basically sums up my walk to work every morning. But, I am a (pretend) adult jumping from the curb over a two foot ditch to cross the street, all the while dodging oncoming traffic. My walks to work have turned into a sporting event of sorts. I know I have to sneak past the angry neighbor dog before he chases me up the street, I will sing "buenas" to every person I pass, I then whiff in my few moments with nature as I cross the creek, and finally huff my way up to the church and past the karaoke bar where I lost my go-pro. By the time I get to work I am sweaty and slightly winded. But I will tell you, that commute beats sitting in traffic on a crowded freeway tenfold.
Not all of the streets in Costa Rica are quite as freeform as ours in Ciudad Quesada. But here, simply walking from one location to another is an obstacle course; an obstacle that I have learned to appreciate.
celebrate good times
COME ON. Yes, you have permission to hate for putting that song in your head.
I want to send out a big fat congratulatory hug to all those that have recently graduated or plan to sometime this month. Whether it be from high school, university, or another form of study, Congratulations To You!
I recently watched the commencement speech that Will Ferrell gave at USC's graduation this year. And even though it is my one year mark from having graduated university, it was exactly what I needed to hear. He spoke about taking chances, not being afraid to make mistakes, and how it is really not that big a deal if you are still figuring out some stuff. I was comforted by his story of self and was happy to be reminded that his success did not happen overnight. So often we see milestones as gravestones in western culture. That when we finish one chapter we have to move straight on the next. But why? I love that Will spoke out, to one of the most prestigious student bodies, about being okay with pursuing what you love, even if means having small failures or rejections along the way.
mantra of the week
I am patient.
You heard me. I am patient, well in reality, I am trying to be. This week let's try to put our patience to the test. Every time you feel the anxiety of an unanswered question, the tap of your foot against the floor as you wait at the bank, or even as you practice something new and mess up a bit. Say it.
I am patient.