February Fascinations

A few tidbits about life lately...

1.  I love the Olympics!  I feel so inspired that athletes and leaders from almost 100 different nations can come together and compete in an international arena, despite terrible conflicts,  perpetual disagreements, and the worsening divide in our world.  On the Olympic playing field, everyone is equal; we are all global citizens yearning for harmony.  The opening ceremonies were a beautiful representation of South Korea's culture.  I loved the animal symbols, representing the idea that all living beings come from the same energy source.  I also loved the duality and juxtaposition of ancient symbols and traditions with tech savvy innovations, which also highlights the celebration of South Korea's culture, past and present.  I'm really excited to watch figure skating (as always) and skiing, and I can't wait to cheer on my new favorite athlete, Maame Biney, an energetic 17-year-old speed skater!  Go USA!

2.  One of my New Year's Resol…

Winter Bites: Chicken Pot Pies

Punxsutawney Phil hath spoken, and we have six more weeks of winter to look forward to, which sounds pretty unbelievable here in Santa Fe where we have had 50 degree afternoons lately.  Even though the sun is shining in New Mexico and the skies have been breathtakingly beautiful, with vibrant stripes of orange and blue in the evening sky, I actually feel somewhat depressed about the lack of snow.  I'm someone who really enjoys and craves living in a place with four distinct seasons and the adventures and traditions that come with each time of the year.  I look forward to the transition of one season to the next and I enjoy winter because of its contrast to summer.  I'm still holding out hope for some late season snow!  On the plus side, the sunny afternoons have allowed for some warm-weather walks, jogs, and bike rides.  We got to test out our new bike seat for Ady a few weeks ago!  I was terrified, but she loved it!

Despite the warm weather, I have tried a few new wintery, hea…

One Year Post Women's March

On January 21st, 2017, millions of women, men, families, children, and determined individuals all over the world united together for the Women's March, a demonstration to protect our human rights, and an event that would become the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.  The Women's March portrayed solidarity, purpose, and unity.  We sent a message to the Administration that we, as women, as families, and as citizens, demand protection of our rights and refuse to accept the status quo.  Those of us who marched that day recall feelings of hope and inspiration.  We felt empowered by strong leaders in our communities, and we knew that we weren't alone.

We are now one year post Women's March, and what a year it has been.  It seems like every time we turn on the news (or go on Twitter), our President is making an ignorant comment, carelessly ignoring disasters in our nation, trying to take away the basic liberties of people, burning bridges, causing calamities, and maki…

January (Inward) Journeys

Lately I have been thinking about the connectedness of this world we live in.  Nothing exists in a vacuum, but instead in a context and a construct, affecting and affected by others.  I have made some social connections lately that remind me how truly small the world is.  In my professional life as a physical therapist in critical care, I have recently been reminded of how the lives of individuals from the same place can follow very opposite trajectories based on the circumstances, and that life is valuable and fragile. 

I think winter is naturally a time for turning inward, a time for refection and setting intentions, and a time for comfort and appreciation.  I went to a yoga class last night after a long hiatus.  It felt good to get into a warm and flowing vinyasa and to tune into my body, but I have such a hard time with meditation these days.  I can't seem to clear my mind or prevent myself from thinking about all the other things I could be doing.  I understand the value of me…

I aspire. I strive. I resolve.

This year was a memorable one as we watched Ady grow from a newborn to a toddler, delighting us with her own personality more each day, and teaching us more about life and love than we could ever teach her.  She is the light of our lives and made 2017 really extraordinary.  This year we also continued to make our house into a home, worked on our marriage as we strive to overcome the obstacles of parenting together, and traveled a lot (Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Chicago, to name a few of the destinations).  I also accomplished a lot with my career, took on new responsibilities in clinical education at the hospital where I work, accepted a position as chairperson of the Ethics committee, dedicated time to the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Board of Directors, and am preparing to present at a national conference in February.  I ran another half marathon in September, and I started playing French horn again, both of which were really gratifying expe…

Books of 2017

There are so many great books out there to discover and I wish I had more time to read!  This year I completed my Reading Challenge, thanks to my wonderful book club (also known as the Thursday night wine club) as well as suggestions from friends.  My book club read mostly fiction this year, but we did explore some nonfiction titles that were especially relevant considering the current political climate.  This year I also read the National Book Award winner for fiction (Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward) and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction (Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad), plus some award winners from previous years.  I listened to audio books, especially during my drive to work or while walking the dog, but I spent more time on Podcasts this year.  Ady is already developing a love of books too!  I remember my amazement the first time I watched her turn a page in the correct direction.  Right now she's really into books with textured pages or on…