don’t be a bully.

20130410-213916.jpgtoday’s word is “pink” because i discovered that it is international anti-bullying day.

so here are my thoughts:

don’t be a bully.
love each other.
diversity is beautiful.
be an individual.
if you are bullied, tell someone.
it. gets. better.
everyone is worthy, unique, & special.
spread love, not hate.

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
― Harvey Fierstein

peace for everyone. cuz everyone deserves it.

up-close. (and personal).

today’s photo challenge prompt is up-close. i first took a picture of the bracelet i was wearing, making it look a little artsy. you can see it here. then, i snapped this up-close shot of myself.

that got me thinking about being up-close & personal…

i got a request in the form of a blog comment the other day from heather. the request is to share my path to inner peace here on my blog in a series of posts. wow. a request to write about my journey in life. that’s a first & i must say, it feels humbling & amazing. i’ve been thinking about it since then… and i think i’ll do it.

you see, it could be a great motivation for me. a few years ago i decided that i really wanted to write a book about the past few years in my life. a kind of memoir of life-changing experiences & moments, which wind through my journey toward inner peace, to living from my soul, to learning to simply be me… including graduate school, a divorce, death, trips around the world, a marriage to a woman, struggles with how to be me, and the biggest move of my life so far. if i begin this series of blog posts, then i would, in effect, be beginning my book – which i have not really begun yet because i’m the world’s worst procrastinator. well, i have the first sentence. so, win-win situation, right? when i’m done with the blog series, hopefully i’ll be well on my way to getting my book going so that i can have it published one day.

ok. i’m ready to be up-close & personal with you all.

and it feels quite amazing to make this decision today. twenty years ago (20!!!) i graduated from high school. i cannot believe that it has been that long. when i graduated, i thought that celebrating/hitting the 20 year graduation mark only happened to old people. but, i was wrong. i’m not old at all. so, it feels so crazy that it was so long ago. i did not like myself much back then. i felt so different. i still feel different now, but i embrace that difference. i love the difference now. i love being 37 instead of 17.

it feels perfect to decide to begin to write about my journey from a shy, unsure, outcast girl uncomfortable in her own skin and unaware of anything that she wanted out of life to a woman who knows herself and follows her bliss on this day. it’s been a 20 year journey, and i think the time is right to begin. time to reflect & share up to this point. then, i set out on the next 20 years.

so, be watching. the posts will begin soon. as soon as i figure out where/how to start. hehe. thanks for the challenge, heather. i look forward to writing! hope y’all will enjoy reading.

peace.

baby steps.

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guess where i am?! if you guessed on a train to stockholm, you would be right! today i have grown up a little bit. become a little bit more of an adult. you see, i’m on my way to a meeting (with my job) in stockholm… on my own. now, of course i’ve traveled in sweden & other places on my own before. but today feels different. for one, i haven’t traveled on my own since moving here. and, on top of that, i am traveling for business reasons. yep. my days as merely a tourist in sweden are over. now i am a real, live working resident… with places to go & people to meet. feels good. and freaky.

so, that’s my tuesday. an afternoon/evening in stockholm followed by a super late night train ride home. I may be freaked out about it all, and missing traveling with my love, but i’m making the best of this little adventure. these baby steps to swedish adulthood.

ok. time to gaze out the window & listen to some chillin’ music. have a great tuesday out there, wherever you are.

peace.