Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Progress! Chugging along with packing and I made several steps this weekend, but I give all credit to my Mom and step-dad. They came into town and we were able to get the large pieces of furniture out of my place. I wasn’t sure how I was going to donate my furniture and that was the main source of my stress. My little Subaru can handle all the other Goodwill trips, but I was going to need help for the big stuff.

At this point, I feel really good about where I am with the moving aspect of this crazy change coming up. I’ve always been somewhat of a procrastinator, so getting things done before the last couple days in my apartment means more than anyone realizes. Helping future Mo and slowly changing a bad habit.

Thank you, Mom and Jay!

I was shocked at how quickly we got the stressful stuff done this weekend. That left a lot of time to visit the Pacific Science Center, make some delicious food (I still can’t stop thinking about the avocado toast topped with caramelized onions), and even take a gander through the Magnolia Farmer’s Market. While we were at the Pacific Science Center, we visited the butterfly garden and that may have been the highlight. Being surrounded by thousands of fluttery, colorful butterflies made all of us so happy.

Oddly enough, as I’m writing this now, “Dragonfly” by Ziggy Marley has started playing. When I was standing in the butterfly garden, I thought of this specific song. I secretly wanted a butterfly to land on me – but I don’t think I was alone in that. Kids everywhere were holding out their hands, hoping they’d be the chosen one. Moments later, a beautiful butterfly landed on my hand. Yes! He hung out there for several minutes and I couldn’t help but wonder what brought him to my hand and why he wasn’t flying away. We walked around for a while and it was as if we were buddies for a few minutes. Ziggy Marley’s song came to mind while my temporary pet was hitching a ride on my hand:

“Hey Miss Butterfly I see you look at me with your beautiful eyes
You must be wondering what type of creature am I
You must be wondering what type of creature am I

Everybody’s worried about time
But I just keep that shit off my mind
People living on 24-hour clocks
But we’re on a ride, yes we’re on a ride,
we’re on a ride that never stops.”

Speaking of time… As I go through all of my boxes, sorting out what should stay and what should go, I come across a lot of items that bring back vivid memories. I also come across many things that help me learn even more about myself.

I went through another box of cards – I really do save every single card – and I found a little note written by my Dad. He sent me a care package at the end of my freshman year at University of Washington. He’s always been creative with words – he used to draw my name in clever ways on my lunch bags all throughout school. I no longer needed lunch bags in college, but he still found a way to send inspiring notes. I was happy I saved this one; it reminds me that my Dad and I are the same.

This year, my New Year’s Resolution was to set an intention at the start of every single day. It would always be one word; something I would focus on throughout my day and see what it brings to me and others. Words like Hope, Change, Matter, Listen, the list goes on. Each morning at work, I’d write it on my white board (I was secretly hoping it would subconsciously make others think about the intention each day…). On February 22nd, 10 years after my Dad wrote me the inspiring message before I took my finals, I set my intention: Balance. I love that our minds are similar and we have the same creative streak.

I am the way I am because of the people who raised me. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!!

I didn’t pick an intention this weekend. Truth be told, the last intention I set was the day I left for my Bali vacation: Bliss. For some reason, I haven’t had the heart to erase the word from my white board. Since I’ve returned from Bali, I’ve been finding Bliss each day.

This weekend’s intention was a combination of Bliss and, of course, Balance.

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