If you’ve watched the news over the past days you know what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s been a week and I’m still not sure I’ve found the right words to say about what happened. I’m disgusted and angry. I knew that there were people out in the world who were filled with hatred but what happened last Saturday was truly terrifying. A group of white supremacists gathered for a rally to supposedly protest the tearing down of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a confederate general. Individuals opposing the white supremacists counter-protested. Violence ensued. A state of emergency was issued.
I watched what was going on, tears filling my eyes. I’m writing this in a local coffee shop and as I type it’s all I can do to not let more tears stream down my face.
What do we do next?
Friday morning Fletch left for a last minute trip out of town. It isn’t often that Fletch goes out of town so I’m trying my best to enjoy my solo time, even if it’s difficult and I miss him. This time alone has me reflecting a lot on relationships and finding true happiness. I enjoyed a lovely evening with my friend, Jessica, on Friday and a scrumptious lunch with my friend, Bunny, on Saturday. Both encounters sparked really deep conversations. One about the stuff I buy and the future, the other about death and fear.
These discussions had me thinking about where I put importance, what do I hold as valuable? Is it buying and keeping stuff? Is it on planning for the future? Being a mom? Spending time with friends and family? How do I live a happy and meaningful life?
I’ve been thinking about this post for the last few days. I’ve been on a non-stop Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack kick lately, listening to it daily. The story of Evan Hansen, which is kind of complex, resonated with me. At some point or another I felt alone. There have been times when I felt lonely or like others didn’t care. In those difficult moments it was my family and friends who helped me realize that I wasn’t alone. That I was loved and cared for. The song, “You Will Be Found“, lets us all know that we’re not alone. All we have to do is reach out and we’ll be found.
I’m sure we’ve all had those moments where we feel alone or forgotten. Know that there are people around you that care for you. You are an awesome, kind, thoughtful, lovely, spectacular person. You mean the world to me and I appreciate all that you do.
Love you all!
Sorry for taking such a long break!! I took a week off to visit Fletch’s family in Memphis and then.. well.. I was lazy and didn’t get back into writing. Isn’t it amazing how a vacation can take so much out of you?! It was a wonderful trip but I was super tired once we got home. I’ve spent the last week just hanging out and getting back into my routine. Now it’s back to my usual day-to-day.
That means, weekly inspiration! Let’s be real. It can be hard to stay positive. Simply turning on the news or even signing into your Facebook can be draining. It’s all too easy to let all of the negativity in the world beat you down. That’s why this quote by my favorite comedian, Ellen Degenerous, really resonated with me. We all could use more kindness. Our daily actions have the ability to impact other people’s lives. Being kind, showing compassion and spreading joy can change someone’s day.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by all of the negativity then why not try to counter it? Small acts of kindness, while they may not change the entire world, can change someone’s world. Be kind to one another. We’re all fighting our own battles, just trying to make it through another day. Let’s spread joy and compassion rather than contributing towards darkness.
Love you all!!
This weekend I spent pretty much all of my time with my wonderful partner, Fletch. It was so wonderful!! This week we’re heading to Memphis to visit his family. Spending the few days before our trip together was really nice. We watched movies, cleaned the house, went shopping, played a few games at an arcade, and visited a friend at a local art festival (she had a booth). It was a jam-packed weekend but somehow felt pretty relaxed.
Weekends like this mean a lot to me. I’m usually either hanging out with friends or running errands. Making time to be with Fletch is so incredibly important. He always knows what to say to lift my spirit or make me laugh. We fit so perfectly together and I’m thankful to have such a lovely person as my partner in life.
What did you do this weekend?!