week(s) reflection: Thanksgiving recap + holidays kickoff

Phew! What a packed last couple of weeks — and the holiday season has only just officially kicked off. And, speaking of kicking off the holiday, we officially became one of those families who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. In our defense though, we were out of town Thanksgiving weekend and the weather was just so nice the weekend prior that we took advantage. Plus, we were feeling extra festive after treating ourselves to the Brown Palace’s holiday champagne brunch (which will likely be our one and only participating — WAY too many people). Continue reading “week(s) reflection: Thanksgiving recap + holidays kickoff”

colors of autumn + week reflection

Viewing my Instagram account, the one thing you may notice is how hues of red and orange have taken over the past few weeks. While inadvertent, this happy accident reflects the colors of the season and why I adore fall. I promise I didn’t choose my current book based on its cover colors, that was just another happy accident. With wind in the forecast for the next few days, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will still be some fall colors left to enjoy for a few more weeks. But, just in case, I plan to spend as much as time as possible outdoors, taking care to pause more often and really enjoy mother nature’s annual fleeting gift. Continue reading “colors of autumn + week reflection”

loving-kindness + week reflection

“. . . and next, you will repeat the phrase again while thinking of someone you don’t like  — someone who may have caused you pain. ‘May you be happy. May you be well. May you be comfortable and at peace.'”

A few days ago, I settled into week six of the weekly meditation course I’ve been fortunate to be participating through at work. It can be a challenge to get away even for an hour in the middle of the day, but each week when I come out of meditation and make my way back to my desk, I am reminded why making the time is not only important but necessary. This week, however, I knew the real challenge would come during the practice. Continue reading “loving-kindness + week reflection”

boozy week in review

“Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, waste a lifetime!” ~Bill Owen

It’s a GABF week (for those of you who may not be into the beer scene, that’s Great American Beer Festival), an event that equates to thousands of beer enthusiasts descending on our city to experience what we Denverites are fortunate to have at our fingertips year-round: really good beer. While there are certainly many other states (and opportunities for try other yummy beer) represented at the monstrous event, I have opted out of attending for years instead, taking advantage of the peripheral happenings around the city. This year, I have a partner in crime who makes my interest in beer look like child’s play. Yes, for those of you who don’t know, my fiance is a bit beer obsessed. Not only does he brew his own varieties of yummy beer, but he knows more about the stuff than any other human in my life.

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another trip around the sun + week in review

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Thirty-seven. I’m not sure what I thought my mid-30s (because I refuse to say late-30s until 38) would feel like, but I’m certain whatever I had imagined would pale in comparison to reality. Life is really, really good — and not just because I have someone in my life who is a true partner and has taught me what love is — but because, despite it not being perfect, it is real. And, if I learned anything in my 36th year of life, it’s that realness and vulnerability and raw may sometimes be a more difficult way to live, but doing so makes the living all the more worth it.  Continue reading “another trip around the sun + week in review”

week in review + it’s fall!

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~George Eliot

We ushered in fall a bit early with our first corn maze last weekend which, despite the sun making it a bit toasty, was a fun adventure. When we first set out, we had a map but decided to just explore and find our way. After a few wrong turns and dead ends, however, we consulted the map and discovered if we were to continue on our current trajectory, we would never make it out. Luckily my fiance is good with maps and spatial reasoning — and I trust him completely — so we exited shortly after. Continue reading “week in review + it’s fall!”

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