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Every day is a gift

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It rained here today, which was unexpected but wonderful. Towards the end of my day, I debated plunking down on the couch to watch tv or go for a walk on the beach and see the sunset. The sunset won and I’m so glad it did.

There is something special about a sunset after a rainy day. As I walked along the esplanade in Redondo Beach, I passed so many people out enjoying the sunset along with me. Couples out for a stroll, fathers out with their little children, dog walkers, cat walkers, old folks and young kids.

There were surfers out catching the last waves of the day. Couples walking hand-in-hand along the shore. Cars were pulling up one after another to park, spilling out more of my fellow sunset watchers.

As the sun made its way down behind a cloud, I could see the reflection off of houses over in Malibu. The lower the sun got, the more people came out, and the slower they walked.

A photographer worked feverishly on the shore taking shots of the surfers as the day’s light began to fade. I imagined what his photos would look like, seeing them as he took them, from up at my perch. I was also trying to capture as much of this moment as I could. Who really knows how many of these we have? Each day is a gift.

It’s a wonderful feeling, being out among my fellow neighbors. I don’t know these people, but I do in a way. I am also here to see the world’s beauty, to be amazed at the colors and the sounds. We share something in those moments. And even though I know it will pass soon, I am happy.

Giving Thanks

It is Thanksgiving today, so it seems a good time to think about the things I’m thankful for this year.

My life has changed massively since this time last year. A year ago I was in an emotional tailspin, unsure what was to become of me and my life. I was scared.

Instead of letting it consume me, I worked on getting my head clear and finding a new road to travel. I took time to get help, and I allowed myself time to heal. And somewhere in that healing time, I found myself again. I found my smile, my laugh, and my purpose.

I wouldn’t have been able to make that change without my family’s support. They were there every step of the way. Today more than anything, I am thankful for them.

This year marked a new direction for me in work too. I’m now part of a growing company, and excited to be there. I love my work, and I am so very thankful that I get to do work that I love (and the view ain’t bad either).

Lastly, this year brought new friends. New smiles, new laughs. I’m opening my heart back up and it feels amazingly good.

I am thankful for so much.