I go through phases where I think I write really great blog posts, then there are days when I struggle with what to say.  Sometimes it comes easily, sometimes it doesn’t.  I’m sure that if I went back and read The Jen West Quest all the way through that I would see a pattern very similar to what I am describing.  Do you know that I’ve never actually read my own blog?  I’m sure I will one day, and I’ll be glad that I documented my life in this unique way. 

So I lied about not reading anymore self-help books.  🙂  Turns out that my therapist has written a book called Restoring my Soul, and it’s all about finding your authentic self.  I’ve really enjoyed it so far.  It doesn’t ask you to go back into your past to rehash or relive painful events, instead it asks you to go on a journey to find yourself.  It’s very insightful and the exercises are fun.  Click here to see Andrea talk first hand about the process.  You can even see her office tapestries in the background of the video, which makes me smile.  I am so glad that she came into my life, and not a minute too soon.  I don’t know if any of you remember, but I wrote about finding the authentic self as part of my 2011 Quests.  Click here to read the entry.  Looks like I am on track!

Living a good life means different things to different people in different places.  As I was watching the Sidewalk Film Festival sneak preview last night, several documentary trailers were shown that reminded me of just how good we have here in the United States.  I know some of us are more or less fortunate than others, but we all seem to have a pretty decent shot at opportunity.  Would you agree with that?  All I know is that I feel very lucky to have been born here.  Maybe this would have been a good thought to share on the 4th!!