Ode to Rafael

Ode to Rafael

Have I mentioned how incredibly grateful I am for Rafael Robinson? I really need to put that into words more. This is someone who: sees me every day and every night and still greets me with a smile; has seen me use a Netipot yet still manages to take me somewhat seriously; reminds me to calm down and laugh when I do start to take myself a little TOO seriously; shares my desires to have random adventures around the planet; shares my interests in having random YouTube travels from home; stayed by my side when I was extremely ill in a third world country (and meanwhile, taught me the importance of “stocking up before we head north”); always says “if I’m not there for you during your bad times, I don’t deserve to be there for you during your good times.” Sure, he cheats at Tetris — but I’m not complaining. He’s really made the past week, the past year, and the past decade of my life so much better. I’m very grateful to have him in my life and at my side through thick and thin. That is all. <b>EDIT:</b> Rafael wanted me to tell you: “ I do not cheat at tetris. The rest of this is completely true though.”...

Four Important Questions

About a week after my outpatient surgery, and I’m still recovering. My follow-up appointment with my ENT surgeon is tomorrow. Since I’ve been housebound (and, basically, on bedrest) for the past several days, I’ve been spending a lot of time pondering these important questions: How do I want to spend my time? What daily activities make me want to leap out of bed? What do I want to learn? Who do I want to hang out with? Talk with? Collaborate with?   How would YOU answer these questions? Leave your answers in the comments...

I'm good, Universe, really…

My post-surgery pain is a little better and I am not as sensitive to light. Still not back to 100% though, and nowhere even remotely close to where the doctors told me I’d be by now. I’ve had five different opinions and so far, 2 out of 5 doctors believe that muscle spasms combined with eye irritation from swelling are causing my current vision problems and light sensitivity. Two other doctors brushed it off as a complicated migraine. And one doctor thought it was an abrasion on my eyeball, although I’m not completely convinced that was the case (and I’ve been reassured by other opthamologists that there is, in fact, no abrasion). I’ve always been 20/15 and suddenly, I am nearsighted.. It is scary. My surgeon had me sign a waiver before the surgery because there is apparently always a chance of blindness or lazy eye (due to muscle proximity) but he swore he’s never actually seen it happen to anyone, and that my vision would be safe in his hands. My eyes have been bloodshot and my right pupil (the side of the surgery) has been more dilated than the other. I sure hope this heals in the next couple weeks! I understand that the universe is just testing me to make me stronger and more resilient… but… I’m good, Universe, really. You can stop...

Hour of Power: A Daily Routine

Less than one year ago, I was working with mastermind life coach Jenny Blake on getting my shit together, getting unstuck, and getting back on a path in life that I was more passionate about. One pattern we discovered together was that I was not living in accordance with my own values and beliefs. What I mean by that is this: I love yoga and meditation; I have an interest in health, wellness, fitness, exercise, and even in spirituality — yet I wasn’t making time in my day to focus on any of those things. In fact, I wasn’t even making time in my day for myself! As of August 2013, I was chronically ill, miserable and depressed, and a raging workaholic. I would work my regular 9-5 (actually, 8:30-5:30) fulltime job, then come home, walk and feed the dog, and then immediately jump into freelance work. I would stay up until midnight finishing client projects, go to bed (and have a restless sleep due to allergies, asthma, and anxieties) and then wake up exhausted the next day, just to do it all over again… I found myself fighting tears on some of my phone calls with Jenny, because the time in my life when I reached out to her was such a dark period for me. I knew how very derailed my life had become, and I wasn’t sure how to fix it. In addition to helping me craft a perfect action plan (that was unbelievably successful and helped me attain my goals in just a few months…MONTHS, not years!), Jenny gave me the homework of scheduling just...