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Happy Leap Day! I'm glad we got an extra day of February this year, because I have had a very nice month.
I like the idea of using today as a metaphor for taking a leap of faith, a jumping off point, that sort of thing.
Here are 25 Quotes That Will Inspire You to be a Fearless Writer, from Buzzfeed (photo above from same article). But by no means do you need to be a writer in order to apply these quotes to your own life.
I also enjoyed this article from the New York Times "What Women Find in Friends That They May Not Get From Love." I think too often women make romantic love with men their priority at the expense of nurturing meaningful, and often more fulfilling female friendships. How can you add meaning to a platonic friendship today? I invited a friend over to my house for dinner this evening.
Speaking of the New York Times. I recently made a switch. I found that I was messing on Facebook too much because I was using my newsfeed to find articles to read, except that a lot of articles that people were posting were kind of low-energy (in the Wayne Dyer sense) and I wasn't reading enough high quality journalism and articles about actual arts and culture and the things I loved. So I renewed my subscription to the New York Times, got the app on my phone and said goodbye to reading garbage on Facebook. You would not believe how much my overall mental well-being has improved as a result.
Immediately try this recipe for roasted yams with yogurt lime sauce. They were addictive. I couldn't stop eating them and they were super simple to throw together. I should also add that I don't totally love sweet potatoes, so the fact that I liked this recipe so much is testament to how good it is.
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to sing and dance in the car as often as possible, at the top of my lungs, with no fear of getting caught, or being laughed at, and without stopping if someone sees me. You just have to sing! It's important! Singing is so good for the soul, you have no idea, and since I've been doing it, I feel really good. My daughter gets in on the action too, and this past week, she found a new song that she likes, so this is our current favorite song to sing in the car (we just heard it on the radio one day and she loved it, so now when it comes on we both get all excited and turn it up, because thank God my child finally likes a song that is something other than Taylor Swift (who I love, but still):
Recently, I finished reading Dan Marshall's amazing memoir HOME IS BURNING. Such a good book, about a tragic subject matter. The premise of the book is that Marshall, your average, professional, 25 year old guy living in LA returns home to Salt Lake City to take care of his father who has recently been diagnosed with ALS. At the same time, his mother is also undergoing chemo for cancer. There is sibling drama, relationship trouble, an ecstasy fueled sex bender, peeing cats, and the greatest Polish housekeeper in literary history, and somehow Marshall makes what could've been a really sad story into something hilarious, entertaining and altogether heartwarming. Completely worth reading. I loved it.
Sometimes you just have to get yourself a present, so this past week I definitely splurged on something I've wanted for a long time - a museum membership. Close to my home, there is a historic home with waterways, lily ponds, an orchid greenhouse and lush gardens. It is absolutely magical - there are swans, spider monkeys leaping through the treetops, and manatees gliding through the mangroves and you can stand on a wooden bridge and watch them. If they aren't around there are plenty of koi to look at. I can't even explain how much I love this place. I always feel so healed after a visit, like all is right with the world, like everything is going to be okay, so I decided that I should be able to go as often as I'd like, and I bought the membership. Now I can go every single day if I need to. So very worth the annual fee of $55.00. Next, I'm considering buying myself a membership to my city's art museum because I feel mentally refreshed after looking at art, in the same way that I do from walking in gardens. For interested locals or people who are visiting Fort Lauderdale, you will love The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. You can see pictures of all my adventures on My Instagram.
This weekend we also visited Cafe Boulud on the island in Palm Beach, where I ate a lobster roll that was so good that nothing else in the entire world mattered, including the amount of calories that were probably in it. That lobster roll was a bit of a lesson though. The wife half of the other couple we were with also wanted the lobster roll. Both of us really wanted the lobster roll, but we also both wanted to eat something healthy and spare so we could be one day aspire to skinny perfection. I decided that it is so rare that I get to eat at places as amazing as Cafe Boulud, that I should splurge. My new friend said if I ordered it she would be jealous if she didn't and then she wouldn't enjoy her salad.
We both decided that an important rule of life is this: If you are at a restaurant where they have really, really perfect lobster rolls (do not settle for shitty lobster rolls under any circumstances) you must absolutely order the lobster roll regardless of price or calories or carbs or gluten or whatever you are worried about eating. Because life is too damn short not to have the really perfect lobster roll. NO. REGRETS. And then we went and walked it all off at The Palm Beach Zoo anyway, so all was right in the end, as I knew it would be. I even got to see both a Fennec Fox and a Komodo Dragon in real life. Perfect day.
People often tell me that they can't keep up with me. Seriously, you have no idea how often I hear this. I am merely living the life I have always dreamed of, on my own terms, finally, after a very long time of living for other people's expectations, repressing my passions, and feeling like I was missing out. Besides that, I like site-seeing, I love seeking out beauty, I need adventures, and my body feels better when I spend as much time as possible outside in nature, in motion.
Plus, I'm trying to teach my daughter this:
This week my plan is to focus on healthy eating, getting lots of exercise, not worrying about the cleanliness of my house too much, and writing some more good stories for you all.
I am very excited because this coming weekend is my annual trip over the the West Coast of Florida for Spring Training! Next week's recap will be my baseball edition, I guess! See you then and behave yourselves in the meantime.
With that, I'll leave you with some words of wisdom from my friend Sarah. ( Like her Facebook page.) This advice has served me well this week.