A Beautiful Night

October 19, 2012

I’m recovering from post-deadline craziness and getting ready to do the suicide prevention walk early early Saturday morning but thought I’d share about last weekend.

There was a moment a few months ago when I was talking to a good friend about not having anything to celebrate. I was feeling sorry for myself because I have never had a bridal shower or baby shower or wedding, which are the main times (if you’re a woman) that people throw a party for you. Or want to come celebrate with you. She asked what I did have to celebrate and I said nothing much. I had my birthday but it’s not like I did anything huge to turn 37 – it wasn’t an incredible accomplishment. Then I remembered that 5 years ago was when I quit teaching in the classroom and became self-employed. She jumped on the idea and offered her house to host a “fancy” (people dressed up) party. Another friend made a beautiful flower arrangement and had a sort of sharing time during the party where people could talk about what they had seen change in my life, etc. It was odd to be the center of attention like that and because of that, I don’t remember much about what people said, but it was also so incredibly honoring and beautiful and I had a wonderful time. Especially after a really, really hard summer, it was a huge gift.

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Suicide Prevention Walk

October 12, 2012

I know I haven’t been posting much lately – I’ve been completely overwhelmed by work, with crazy deadlines. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, and it should be back to normal somewhat soon!

In the meantime, I’m taking part in a fundraising walk to help- with suicide prevention. If you want to donate, you can do so here. A few of my friends are contributing fantastic handmade gifts to the top donors, including custom hand-knitted socks and a pair of beautiful Day of the Dead pillows. The goal is to help with education about depression, as well as research and support. Obviously, it’s a cause near and dear to my heart. So much so that I’m going to walk at 6 am (and I don’t do ANYTHING at 6 am) on October 20.

Hopefully I’ll post more soon… once the work calms down.