Variations on a Theme

For the Weekly Photo Challenge, Variations on a Theme, I thought it would be fun to share several Halloween pictures (apropos to this week’s theme) taken with my iPhone.  October 31, 2017.

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I Am

I am a Human Being with a Soul.   I am Female.

I am The Baby Boomer Generation in the very end of the 1950’s.  I will turn Sixty…soon.

I have learned the internalization of practicing gratitude.  I work hard to affirm myself and feed my Spirit.  I work to seek internal validation.  I make space in my life to love the person God created me to be and to love others for whom God created them to be.

I have worked very hard these past 10 years to love myself; to forgive myself; to be selfish; to honor myself; to be courageous and spirited; to laugh again and be playful; to be an authentic parent, a single parent; to honor and embrace all my emotions; to be resourceful; to practice mindfulness; to be daring; to rely on others; to have women and men friends who are fiercely loyal.  I am the definition of “It Takes A Village”.

I know defeat, abandonment, betrayal, depression, isolation, victimization.    I AM BRAVE.  I AM RESILIENT.

Brooklyn Bridge.  DUMBO. Picture taken by me, October 2017

Welcoming the First Morning of 2018: Jan 1st

Accogliendo La Luce, Welcoming the Light!

Both pictures taken at Fletcher Cove Beach, Solana Beach, California.

Everything of my past has lead me to where I am presently. Everything of my past has evolved me into who I am today.  Every new year fills me with a sense of anticipation for how the year will unfold.

There are many conversations in my head with things I want to do in 2018.  My tendency is… to “over resolutionize”!  What I continue to learn about myself is to make bite-sized, manageable goals, and to be adaptable with unexpected outcomes.  Life ( in my opinion) is both circuitous and playbook perfect.

Today,  in place of writing my extensive game plan for 2018,  I will begin this year with several personal commitments to myself.  Disclaimer: throughout the year these will be fine tuned:

Be Valerie.  Continue to make space in my life to be the best version of myself.

Know that God Always has My Back.

Practice Gratitude on a Daily Basis.

Embrace Trust.

Eat Well.

Sleep Well.

Exercise Well.

Laugh Often.

Make Space in My Life for Connectedness and Community.

Choose Love

Forgive.

Enjoy the Journey.