16,801 Days

pilgrimAnother year down as I will celebrate the 17th anniversary of my 29th birthday tomorrow, As I look back, my 45th year was very good to me on many fronts.

There’s a song by Enya called “Pilgrim” that mysteriously presented itself this year with lyrics that guided me through each day.One of the lines goes as follows: “Pilgrim it’s a long way to find out who you are.” Indeed, my lifelong journey to find myself has been filled with more detours and doubts than straight routes and certainty. Thankfully, my days as a 45-year-old perhaps showed me who I am more than any other year I’ve lived. As my journey to find myself still has a long way to go, I can’t think of any better way to welcome my coming year than by remaining a pilgrim along the journey of life.

I am a writer, but the truth is, I always was but didn’t believe in myself. The words and stories inside me are finally seeing light as my voice is continually being refined and improved. There’s still a lot of work to make my voice exactly as I dream it to be as I look forward to continuing my journey as a writer.

Oh, Dublin…how I am in love with you! I followed my dreams and lived in Dublin for a week with a longtime friend, which was in itself life changing. I don’t want to continually talk about Dublin, but man…what an inexplicable connection I have to that simply wondrous city. The memory of my Dublin days are ever-present, and I can once again hear her siren song, luring me back to explore and to live and to write…

On the downside, many of my days as a 45-year-old were very difficult as I endured a severe lupus flare for over a year. I am extremely grateful that my last major lupus face rash was at the end of September, another sign that my new medication is working. If I’ve got anything to be positive about, I consider the daily pain and fatigue I experience a blessing because it makes me know I’m alive. As a result, I know the value of a good day and cherish each one now more than ever. I took the initiative of sharing my story on NewLifeOutlook: Lupus so that others with Lupus might be able to have hope.

There’s so much value in being an active participant in life, and with each day, I say YES to life more and more. I’m finally comfortable in my own skin, with my presence and living, my “I am here” statement more important than my skewed perception of how I think I look.

I wouldn’t be human if my 45th year didn’t bring with it the wistful longing for those who have passed on, such as my father, my father-in-law, my spirit guide, and other special people. But you know what? I’m at a point now where instead of mourning their loss, I celebrate their legacy and the fact that I was so lucky to have them as a part of my life, no matter how big or small their role might have been. When I consider that these special people can no longer see the sights I am able to see (at least from this dimension), I appreciate what I do see with my own two eyes more and more. Because I can, I now let the snow and cold hit my face instead of hurling expletives. I listen to the singing birds instead of yelling at them for waking me up. I touch the flower’s petals instead of walking on by. I let the waves break on my feet with a renewed appreciation, and I value the treasures left behind by the sea.

I am absolutely blessed with having family and friends standing by my side with unconditional love and support. img_8613And because of that little 2.75 year old best friend of mine, I finally know I am truly good.

And don’t forget, I got to meet Boba Fett in August! I’m still giddy over that!

The giggles, the memories, the tears, the sights, the guidance, the words, the insight…I wouldn’t change a thing. Words, stories, laughter, lessons, and life…the tenants whose lease will be renewed for the upcoming year. I’ve got a few exciting intentions and projects for my 46th year, which begins tomorrow.

But for the rest of today, I’m celebrating day 16,801 of my existence, the last day of my 45th year. Thank you, 45, for being so good to me.

My 45th Year in Facts and Statistics:

Number of Yankees Home Games I attended:  2

Number of Yankees games I got to watch on TV: 10. Thank you, Comcast, for bringing back YES this season!

Number of presentations I gave at conferences:  2

Favorite Summer Song: Encore by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Winter Song:  Bad by U2

Most played artists on my playlists:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, The Cure

Favorite Toys I Bought: My little wind-up sock monkey that jumps rope, my cricket driving car, and my Jyn Erso Funco figure

Number of times I saw “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in the theater: 3. The best was on opening night (actually, the night before opening night) with my husband.

Number of Monarch Butterflies I raised from caterpillars and released:  26

Favorite Books I read:  Ulysses and Us by Declan Kibbard, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Number of pins I added to my collection:  28

Favorite Sound: the laughter of my niece and nephews always, morning bird songs, and the lull of the traffic outside my window in Dublin

Favorite Christmas Gifts:  My iPhone 7-Plus from my husband and my Seinfeld 2017 Calendar, picked out by my brother-in-law.

The Best Part of the Year: Going to Dublin. Looking back with gratitude for the signs and for my spirit guide, I can’t believe I had the balls to do it. I loved every single thing about my experience, other than I had to leave. My feet will find Dublin again someday, undoubtedly led by my heart.

Town/Local Events I Attended:  Earth Day Celebration, Memorial Day ceremony, rode the town trolley, Seafood Festival before it was evacuated because of a coward’s actions, one Car Cruise, Xmas Tree Lighting/Candy Cane Hunt/Santa’s Workshop, Wings of Freedom Tour, NJ Run for the Fallen. My favorite: Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix.

Some of my favorite memories:  seeing The Cure with treasured friends, the Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix, Star Wars night at Yankee Stadium (Castro’s grand slam was super!), The Firefly at the Baseball Game, Yankees with M/D/D in 95+ heat, trick or treating dressed as a fairy godmother (at the request of nephew H), NYC and Navesink Lighthouse with C. (especially the Brooklyn Bridge, 9-11 Reflection Pool, Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, and Bryant Park), the blindy-bird that visited me for a few days, finding my voice, riding my bicycle around town, the new opportunity for a wonderful classroom-mate and his successes, so many laughs with friends, the Gingerbread Boy, “My doggie guitar! And my Elmo letters!,” the little one who sits on my lap because I am his best friend

Special memories with my niece and nephews:  E’s mystery trip to LBI, N’s mystery trip to Lucy the Elephant/Rainforest Café, aquarium and lunch with both H and I on separate trips, the boat village with H and I at the Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix, swimming, Skull Mountain 22 times in a row and the VR ride with N, playing with tsum tsums/Paw Patrol/Star Wars/the lollipop game/with the gears, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Sesame Place and Christmas train trip, riding in the horse and carriage and pulling my strings, Operation Christmas Tree Hunt

Places I Ate:  Frankie’s, Shrimp Box, St. Stephen’s Green, Mastoris, Applebees, Turning Point, Lubrano’s, Bubbakoo’s, Five Guys, Wharfside, Charlie’s, 709, Asbury Festhaus & Biergarten, Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar, Chipotle, Winward Tavern, OB Diner, Brick Diner, Cookie Lady’s Café, Chik-Fil-A, Simko’s, Captain’s Inn, Lobster Shanty, Mariner’s Cove, Friendly’s, Shut Up & Eat, Taylor Sam’s, PJ Sweeney’s, Vesuvio’s, Mustache Bill’s Diner, Shake Shack, Long Point Café, Bizzaro’s, Too Jay’s Vero Beach, Rainforest Café, Anderson’s Coffee Shop, Red Robin, Saladworks, Smashburger

My LIVING 45 Bucket List

  • Watch a sunrise in all 4 seasons.COMPLETED!
    • SPRING 3/26/2016
    • SUMMER 8/31/2016
    • FALL 11/27/2016
    • WINTER 12/24/2016
  • See at least 1 new place a month.
    • MARCH: Twin Lights, Mount Mitchell Scenic Overlook, Farias Surf in LBI, DeAngelos on the Beach.
    • APRIL: Renaissance Faire at Smithville. I’ve been to Smithville once, but never to a Renaissance Faire.
    • MAY: Brookdale Community College (conference)
    • JUNE: Brooklyn Bridge, Madison Square Garden (first time), 911 Memorial, Freedom Tower, Red Robin
    • JULY: Double Trouble State Park, PJ Sweeney’s
    • AUGUST: Too many to list! Most are in Ireland.
    • SEPTEMBER: Cookie Lady Cafe
    • OCTOBER: None but I made up for it in November. See below.
    • NOVEMBER: NY Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, top of the Empire State Building
    • DECEMBER: Smashburger
    • JANUARY: None, unfortunately.
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge: COMPLETED on 6/22/2016.
  • See The Cure in June at MSG: COMPLETED on 6/19/2016. See blog entry here.
  • Have firm plans to travel to Ireland and/or Iceland by the end of 2017.
    • Completed! 8/14-8/22/2016. See blog entries.
  • Go to the Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix powerboat weekend and race in May: COMPLETED! 5/23/2016
  • Take each one of my 3 nephews and niece on a “mystery day” with Auntie Jill as well as spend time with each and make them laugh a million times throughout the year.
    • DAY WITH EM 3/12/16 (LBI)
    • DAY WITH H 6/9/16 (Aquarium, Rides, Diner)
    • DAY WITH I 6/16/16 (Aquarium)
    • DAY WITH EM & N 6/17/16 (Six Flags)
    • DAY WITH EM & N 7/21/16 (Six Flags)
    • DAY WITH N 7/27/16 (Absecon Lighthouse, Lucy the Elephant, Rain Forest Cafe
    • TIME WITH H & I 8/5/16 (Yankees Game…Star Wars Night!)
    • DAY WITH N 8/10/16 (Six Flags): We rode Skull Mountain 21 times in a row.
    • DAY WITH N 10/9/16 (Six Flags)
    • HALLOWEEN PARADE & TRICK OR TREATING WITH H & I 10/30-31/16
    • DAY WITH I 11/8/16 (Aquarium, Diner)
    • DAY WITH H 11/11/16 (Aquarium, Diner)
    • BEACH TREE LIGHTING WITH H & I 11/25/16
    • CANDY CANE HUNT WITH H & I 12/2/16
    • SANTA’S HOUSE & WORKSHOP WITH H & I 12/11/16
    • 2016 TREE HUNT WITH EM & N 12/20/16
    • SESAME PLACE WITH H & I 12/26/16
    • TRAIN WITH I & BROTHER 12/28/16
  • LIVE! Just life and enjoy life without taking it too seriously. Some of what I did:
    • Florida in March with my husband
    • Visited my friend Lynette before she left for her 50 State Tour with her MotivateMe! Team
    • Visited my friend DP in May
    • Honoring my friend RB at a celebratory gathering 6/24/16
    • Celebrating Nephew H at his pre-school graduations
    • Spending time with family at the beach for fireworks on July 4
    • Double Trouble State Park & Batsto Village with my friend C 7/14/16
    • Summer boat rides
    • Thursday lunches at Frankie’s with my uncle all summer long
    • Seeing Finding Dory for our anniversary
    • YANKEES on July 23 with friends: Military Appreciation Day, extra innings loss
    • YANKEES on August 5 with family: nephews’ first game, Star Wars night, getting my picture taken with BOBA FETT, Starlin Castro’s GRAND SLAM, an all around awesome time

The Changes, The Challenges, and The Chump in Control

Indeed, it is back to reality now on all fronts, but this time, reality is wrought with change.

Please do not interpret this post as one large complaint, as that is not my intention. Rather, it’s my attempt at authenticity as I share a sliver of what it is like living with Lupus and Fibromyalgia.

Last week was a sea filled with many changes as I returned for my 16th year of teaching, including (but not limited to) adjusting to a completely new schedule and a substantial increase in daily physical activity (in part a byproduct of said new schedule).

I began each day with a short meditation and a smile. I put my best foot forward with my heart in the right place and a positive “Let’s do this!” attitude.

Each day proved to be a challenge, and at the end of the day, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of “Nope. I. Can’t. Do. This.

The summer months off benefits my health greatly. I obviously get a lot more sleep, but I am also able to rest after any sort of activity. Whether it’s after mowing the lawn, exploring our world, or racing after my niece and nephews, I have the time to recuperate and re-energize. If I’m still tired, I take it slow. Even while in Dublin, the schedule I made for myself each day included time to sit and rest. I walked, then I sat, and repeated during the entire trip.

When September arrives, reality drops like a sack of cement bricks from the top of a 10-story building.

On the first day of school, the green flag furiously waves to start the race, and every day from then on through June, it’s go-go-go-go-go from the time I wake at 4:45 AM until well after the end of my work day.

The result?

I am depleted of energy yet “energized” with pain well before my work day is done. I chose the word “energized” because the pain throughout my muscles and joints is like an electric current, radiating and moving up and down while simultaneously throbbing in singular locations such as my inner hip bones and knees. Sitting only stiffens me up, but because I’m so fatigued, I have no choice but to sit when I can, and that’s not often.

My brain is also shot, full of fog and clouds and headache and other barriers to intelligent thought, creativity, and concentration.

It has been nearly impossible to complete any sort of professional responsibilities after my last class at school or after I get home. Likewise, I cannot do laundry, clean, write, or even take a short walk around the block. My eyelids begin closing well before dusk, all the while pain circulates throughout my body and pulsates in my head.

My symptoms are again in control already, and I hate it. So disappointing.

I honestly give everything I have, day in and day out, to my profession, but my diseases end up rendering me physically and mentally useless.

I really don’t think I’m asking too much by wanting to have a life after my work day ends, but with the pain and fatigue, how is that even possible?

After just one week, I already feel like I’m being pulled under and there’s no…

Wait a minute….

What’s that?

I notice a hand with manicured black fingernails reaching for mine.

The lifeguard who is trying to save me is my spirit guide, full of assertiveness, comfort, and hope.

SHE pulls me up and says, “Your purpose is stronger than your pain.

I can hear her voice, in my head, saying those words, like she is standing right next to me.

And I want so hard believe her.

She also says, “Hey you…work on your book already, dammit. You can find time to write at least 200 words each day, you chump.

In her unique and sassy way, SHE has already led me to the revelation of my purpose: teaching, writing, and living.

And now SHE is reassuring me, guiding me towards what’s ahead, what I should be doing, with emphatic certainty.

I can see it, a small glimmer of a speck of light, the light that’s shining ahead.

It’s going to take a while to reach, but it’s there.

Mind over matter, she says, mind over matter, and minute by minute. The light that shines ahead is nothing to be afraid of.

I breathe out my uncertainties. They are now dispelled from my being.

I inhale nothing but possibility and positivity.

My passions and purpose MUST be stronger than my pain.

Last week was nothing more than an anomaly, a road block, a mere short detour on my journey.

I sternly tell the pain it is NOT necessary or wanted, that it needs to vacate the premises immediately and to take the fatigue with it. It’s time for both to get the heave-ho.

My body will listen and adjust to my new “normal” for the next 10 months, as it doesn’t have a choice.

The kinks in my daily schedule will be worked out, and each day will be easier than it’s yesterday.

I will prioritize what is most important each day, balancing my teaching responsibilities with time to write and time to live. The three will live in harmony so I can live in joy.

My symptoms are no longer in the driver’s seat, rather, I am the chump who is in charge and in control.

I’ve GOT to believe…

I am stronger than my pain. My soul is stronger than my pain. My purpose is stronger than my pain.

Well, would you look at that?

Instead of feeling like I’m drowning, I am standing firmly on the shore with my focus on that tiny glimmer of light that shines ahead strong and steadfast.

Postscript: Just to reiterate so I am not misinterpreted, I am the CHUMP referenced in the title. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 01 of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Outdoors

File_001Outdoors. The best part of summer. I love spending time outside, whether it is taking a walk on the boardwalk or through my neighborhood, riding my bicycle around, or just sitting and writing. Funny thing that if I am writing, I become easily distracted by the outdoors, and will sit and stare like David Puddy of Seinfeld fame. There’s no reason for me to stare…I’m just “be”ing.

Unfortunately, I’ve been battling a Lupus flare since the fall.  I’m beginning to think that the sun is playing a role, something that I absolutely hate to admit. I’ve had the trademark malar rash across my face almost every day for the last two months and counting. It comes and goes, and is most severe when I wake up in the morning and after any physical activity such as mowing the lawn or walking. Some days it is so severe that my entire face is lobster red, and the rash itself is hot and burning. Then, as mysteriously as it appears, it will just disappear on its own. Most of the time family and friends mistake the rash for sunburn. I wish it was…

I have been using sunscreen and wearing a hat with a large brim when I’m outside to see if that helps alleviate the rash. So far, it hasn’t.

The lesson here?

I will never take the outdoors for granted again.

Today’s photo is from an early morning Boardwalk walk I took earlier this week. So beautiful and so peaceful.

Something to SEA: Learning about Lupus

Logo_High_10mayToday is World Lupus Day. When I began SoulSEAker nearly a year ago, I vowed to focus only one blog entry a year, on May 10, about Lupus. While I have mentioned it at times, I do not want SoulSEAker to be a depressing place or an outlet to vent about the daily difficulties and issues I face caused by Lupus and Fibromyalgia. No sir.

This entry is, in no part, a call for sympathy or attention. My goal is to help you understand what Lupus is, to be honest and matter-of-fact about how it affects me, and what you can do to help spread awareness.

The first question a lot of people ask me is, “What is Lupus?” Well, the textbook definition of Lupus is a chronic and disabling autoimmune disease that causes, among other things, inflammation throughout the body.

The second question that follows is, “What the heck does that mean?” Let’s see if this can help you understand what Lupus is.  The body’s immune system normally produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. Autoimmune means the immune system cannot tell the difference between invaders and the body’s own cells (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and damage healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Symptoms vary from person to person, and it is very difficult to diagnose since symptoms mirror so many other diseases and tests can be unreliable. In fact, no two cases of Lupus are alike. It can be hereditary: my mother also has Lupus and we both have completely different symptoms. It can strike anyone male or female, of all races and ethnic backgrounds.  I was officially diagnosed when I was 37 years old (and my blood test didn’t turn “positive” for Lupus until I was 40), but looking back, I realize I actually had symptoms appear as early as in my late teenage years.

The most prevalent symptoms that I have every day are:

  • Extreme fatigue. I am mentally drained by 6:00 pm at the latest (sometimes earlier) and cannot complete any sort of mental tasks once I hit my “shutdown time:” I can’t write, read, grade, etc. Usually, about half an hour after my “shutdown time,” my eyelids become very heavy and I need to go to bed, which can be as early as 6:30 pm. It is very frustrating when it is a nice, warm, spring day and I’d much rather be enjoying the outdoors instead of shutting down from complete exhaustion and falling asleep before sunset. Signs and Symptoms of Lupus
  • Low Energy. There are days when my energy is completely used up before 7 am. Those days are rough. Even something as simple as going from classroom to classroom or making my lunch will render me winded, and I will need to sit and rest to recharge if possible.
  • Muscle and Joint Pain. Specifically, my legs and hips. Most of the time the muscle pain in my legs is what I would describe as “electric current pain.” If you can try to pretend that there’s a current of pain radiating like electricity up and down your leg muscles, that’s what I experience on a daily basis. My rheumatologist thinks that both Lupus and Fibromyalgia are working hand-in-hand with the leg pain. The joints that usually throb every day are my knees (left worse than right) and hips (right worse than left). Nothing helps alleviate my muscle or joint pain; I don’t even bother taking pain medication like Advil or Aleve anymore. I also experience pacing & mobility issues related to the pain, and I often walk very slow, like a turtle or a sloth (glad that both turtles and sloths are cute!).
  • Headaches. Every day I have a headache. Some days Excedrin Migraine helps, some days not. They are always different and vary in intensity from dull to sharp: all over the top of my head, throbbing across my forehead, a sharp pain like an ice pick going through the left side of my head behind my eye, etc. You get the picture. Like Mama Gump said, “you just don’t know what you’re gonna get” on any given day.
  • Face Rash. I have the typical “butterfly” rash, but most of the time, people don’t realize it’s a Lupus rash. On me, it looks like sunburn. Some days it burns a bit and it can be hot.
  • Other random symptoms I have a few times a week include noise sensitivity, fevers, concentration/comprehension issues, and light sensitivity. Stress exasperates my symptoms.

The good news is that Lupus is not contagious. There’s no way you can catch it from me if we spend time together. The bad news is that, at this time, there is no cure for Lupus. I am on a number of medications, including steroids and chemotherapy drugs, which have made me gain weight. Ironically enough, I had West Nile in 2012, and it was the steroids I take for Lupus that saved my life and prevented my fever from going higher than it’s peak of 106.8. When I look at the big picture, I’d rather have a little more weight on me than not be here at all. I manage the best I can every day. My best days are ones with as little stress as possible and time to rest versus go-go-go activity.

The Burden of LupusPlease do not misunderstand my explanations for complaints. I treasure each good day I have, and no matter how bad a day is, I know it could be a LOT worse. I count my blessings and am grateful, no matter what.

There are an estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide with Lupus. Despite its prevalence, research has been relatively unfunded. Celebrities and notable people who reportedly have Lupus include Selena Gomez, Seal, Nick Cannon, Toni Braxton, Flannery O’Connor, Paula Abdul, Ray Walston (Mr. Hand for fellow Fast Times at Ridgemont High fans), and Lady Gaga.

What can you do to help?

Know Lupus SquareHow can you learn more?

Thank you for taking the time to read this very personal post. I hope you learned something new, and that you will help spread the word about Lupus awareness. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or to reach out by email: soulseakernj@gmail.com.

With gratitude,

Jill

*** Information from Lupus Foundation of America and World Lupus Day

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 5/7/2016

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It’s been dreary all week here in New Jersey, and today doesn’t look to be any different. That’s okay, though. Sometimes I like dreary days. It will become brighter this afternoon for me because we will be celebrating my nephew’s 5th birthday. I was summoned to “come over and play” this week by the 2-year-old, and it was the best two hours of the week. The 3 of us played with connecting gears, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Paw Patrol cars, and I had a lot of fun making them laugh by making my duck sound and by hitting balloons into the air. I hope you find time this week to spend time with the cherished people in your life. There’s nothing better than making memories and being with those you love.

Here are some interesting links for the week. Hope you enjoy!

May is Lupus Awareness Month – I will be penning a blog entry on Tuesday 5/10 about Lupus to commemorate World Lupus Day, which will be the only day each year I focus on my illness here at SoulSEAker. If you’d like to learn more about Lupus, please see the .pdf fact sheet linked here.

A Call for Kindness – by Susannah Conway. All women, regardless of your age, should read this.

Dan Pallotta: The Dream We Haven’t Dared to Dream – excellent Ted Talk recommended by fellow author and my friend Mandi Bean

2 Minutes Watching the Northern Lights Over Norway Proves the World is Still Beautiful – by Joe Carberry over at The Inertia

Say It Loud! I’m a Writer and I’m Proud – by Gayle Fleming

Why Do Some People Go Out of Their Way to Help Others – great video posted by No Limits

And Finally…

Even the Obamas celebrated Star Wars Day!

Have a splendid day and week!

Until next time, 

Jill

PS: If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, here’s a link to the May issue.  Take a look, then sign up! You know you want to! 🙂

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 10/17/2015

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Another week in the history books, gone way too quickly.  I swear when I wake up it’s Monday, then when I go to bed it’s Friday.  What happens in between is a blur.  I am making it a point to slow down and to find time every day to just sit, be, and acknowledge the present day I am in.  Today I am going to the local Chowderfest and then watching the MLB playoff games…did you realize all 4 of the remaining teams have mostly blue and white as their core colors?

Anyway, here are the week’s roundup of interesting Internet finds.  Find time to enjoy life today!

The Marlins Man:  Paying it Forward:  Article 1 is here.  Article 2 is here.  Article 3 is here.  Article 4 is here. I have noticed him over the past few years at many different MLB games behind home plate as his bright orange Florida Marlins shirt and visor stand out, and I thought he was just a fan.  His real name is Laurence Leavy, and he’s been quite noticeable during many of the MLB’s playoff games this year.  I decided to learn more about him and found out there’s so much more to his story.  Follow him on Twitter and Facebook to see what he’s up to.

What Not to Say to Someone with Lupus – I try not to let my conditions be the focus of my life or my writing. However, for those who do not understand Lupus, this is a good read and explains things way better than I can.

2015: When the Future Was Bright in “Back to the Future II” – mark your calendar for Wednesday, 10/21/15 at 4:29 pm!  Where’s my hoverboard?

Why there’s so many acorns this year – Thanks Tracy!

Famous Writers on Keeping a Diary – Thanks Mandi!

A Guide to Dalkey (Ireland) – Interesting Infographic with my kind of cute little characters that makes me want to go back so badly!

19 Kindness Quotes by Karen Salmansohn

And finally, who knew?

Didi Gregorious’ Artistic Talent

Have a fabulous week!

Until next time,

Jill

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 10/10/2015

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Greetings friends! Another whirlwind of a week in the rear-view mirror. I vow this weekend to enjoy every moment and not be tied to a clock or a schedule. I plan on resting today, watching MLB playoff games, doing some writing and postcard mailing, and to be present in every moment. Here’s the roundup of interesting internet links for the week.

Woolly Mammoth Bones Found in Michigan by Farmer – what a find!

3 Steps to Start a Daily Writing Habit by Jeff Goins – I am making this a priority

“Become What You Believe” Free 21- Day Meditation Experience from Chopra Center Mediation – Starts 11/2!

“Take Me Out to the Nosebleeds” – in honor of the MLB Postseason and where I will once again sit at Yankee Stadium next season

The “Little” Pictures’ Importance – good read on Elephant Journal

The Cure on tour this summer!  Finally!  And I’ll be at MSG in June with some pretty special people!  Bucket list item here, friends!

Selena Gomez has Lupus, and finally, people are starting to learn what Lupus is

The Norma K II is no more

another local party boat:  “The Atlantis is on a Mission from God”

and finally,

Simon Armitage and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” – one of my fall-time favorites….I hope to visit Lud’s Church someday.

Until next time,

Jill