Each year I visit Costa Rica for many reasons. For me it is a spiritual experience to be surrounded by nature and away from the complexities of American life. Part of the spirituality comes from a promise my Mom made to me before she passed. She made me promise to continue my trips because I came home lighter and happier. Then she promised to send the butterflies so I would know she was with me.
Every year we both fullfill our promises. Last year I was blessed with a pair of Blue Morpho butterflies that spent time with me in Curu National Wildlife Reserve. Then again in November for my birthday an injured butterfly kept me company at The Bakery. This year Mom outdid herself!!! While hiking in Cabo Blanco my friend and I experienced a mass of butterflies that surrounded us. There were at least 100 of these beautiful creatures gently flying around us and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. I have seen pictures of large masses of butterflies but to experience one was simply magical. I felt like my Mom was standing right beside me and it brought me to tears. I could feel the beauty of her soul and feel her amazing energy as it surrounded me. It was simply breathtaking!!
Just prior to this experience I was asking Mom for her help. My friend was in Cabo Blanco for the first time and wanted to see the monkeys so badly. We had made it about two thirds of the way through the reserve and still not seen any animals. I asked for her to let my friend see the magic of this place and the monkeys. Not only did she keep her promise to me, but just around the corner we came upon a family of monkeys. My friend was so excited to finally see the monkeys and it was beautiful to see her reaction.
I am so grateful to have the ability each year to make this journey. It keeps me connected to my Mom but at the same time allows me to let go a little more. This year in April she will be gone three years. It’s hard to believe but I know she is with me each day.
Thank you Mom for your beautiful soul and for always looking after me…even now.
Sunday has become my new favorite day of the week. It’s the one day I have dedicated to ME and it’s beginning to feel comfortable. For the past four years I have worked weekends at the bar: Saturday night shift until 4am and a variety of Sunday shifts from going in at 6pm or 8pm or working a double beginning at 3pm. This schedule was leaving little or no time for me to enjoy my amazing friends and family so I decided to make a change in 2015 and take back my Sundays!
So far Sundays have been all that I expected. I have been able to say YES to brunch and lazy girl movie day, and have even enjoyed using that thing called a kitchen for more than just making coffee in the morning or reheating take-out from the day before!
This Sunday began like the past three. Slept in a little bit and then off to meet one of my girls for brunch and catch up time. We spent hours chatting and laughing without worrying about what time it was or being anywhere. We parted ways about 3pm and it was off to the market to get some good things to cook up for the week….and then began the Sunday Gone Wrong!
I decided to go to a different market this week just to change it up and was very disappointed to find the first three items on my list were out of stock 😦 I shrugged it off and decided it was a good day for a drive to visit a market I rarely go to. Excited rather than disappointed – because it was Lazy Girl Sunday – I left the store and headed to the car: Here’s where it really begins. My car won’t start. The radio, Bluetooth, lights, and gauges all work but nothing when you turn the key. Ok, so it’s not the end of the world, make a couple calls and Little Brother is on his way to rescue me! Nothing is ever that simple in my world and long story short the car is now on a flatbed – 2 hours later – on it’s way to the shop to be looked at tomorrow. Dad is now my rescue ride and we are all frozen.
My initial reaction is anger that my two year old JEEP is failing me and that I have now inconvenienced my family on their day off. I just want to cry at this point especially if another guy looks at me and says “Now did you leave the lights on?” with that ‘oh little blonde, not so bright girl’ face…Ladies you know what I mean. But I kind of bite my tongue (those who know me know I had a comment for every one of those guys with the face) and took it in stride.
I got home after resorting to shopping at what we in Albany refer to as “The Ghetto Chopper” still sad and wanting to ball my eyes out only to realize the gift of today: I got to spend time with people who truly matter to me and love me as much as I love them! Brunch with a dear friend, time spent with my brother and his beautiful children, and precious time with my Dad all to myself. I am so blessed to have these amazing people to share life’s journey with!
Today’s Lesson: It’s not about location or circumstance, it’s about seeing the beauty in spending time with loved ones and feeling so loved by those around you that your heart is warm and full.
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Be well & happy!
The holidays can be a difficult time for many of us who are missing loved ones who have passed. If you take a moment to just be you can feel their presence. Christmas Day for me isn’t about fancy presents, religion, or decorations. For me, Christmas Day is about putting aside your everyday routine to spend time with family and friends. It’s about enjoying the people in your life, both past and present, with honesty and compassion.
I am filled with such gratitude today for all the amazing people in my life. There are so many people who encourage and support me in all of my journeys. These people have been such a blessing to me and I want to take a moment to say thank you.
On this special day, take a moment to be grateful for all those who have touched your life. We all need amazing people in our lives because they keep the light bright and make the world a better place to live.
Happy Holiday to you all! My wish for you is happiness, peace and love for the coming year. May you recognize the amazing in yourself and those who surround you!
Be happy and well.