Sometimes rain can wash away your best laid plans… and that was the case for Vero and I this morning.  We had planned on a 6 mile run that I was really looking forward to, but instead I got to stay in bed for an hour and a half longer b/c of the weather.  I have to say though, that is always a nice Friday (or any day) treat to get in a few more hours of rest.

The Sidewalk Film Festival is one week away, and I couldn’t be more excited!  I can’t wait to absorb in all of the films and be surrounded by artists of many kinds.  The festival has an energy that I can’t describe…and the fact that it only happens once a year makes it even more special.  We are so very lucky to be able to host an event recognized across the nation as one of the best film festivals.  And it’s right here in our own backyard.

This weekend I get to explore Athens, GA with James, a city I’ve never been to before.  That will make two visits to Athens this year – one in Greece & the one in Georgia.  😉  We will be taking the Megabus from Atlanta on Saturday morning and will return Sunday afternoon.  I’ve always heard Athens, GA is a really fun college town full of art, music, great food and history.  It’s only an hour and a half from Atlanta, so it will be an easy trip to and from.  And maybe I will run into Michael Stipe if I’m lucky…

What is your time worth?  Have you ever thought about that?  Most of us only think about that concept in relation to work, but really every second has a price tag – monetary or otherwise.  If you were to stand aside and look at your life as an ongoing project, would you let it be subject to negative thoughts or emotions?  Would you let it watch mindless TV instead of doing something that would let it grow emotionally?  Speaking only for myself, I know that I take for granted that I still have many years left, and that time is my oyster.  If I don’t do it today, then I can do it tomorrow.  Then I think about people who I know that are sick, who have definite limited time left here on earth, and they do not let one moment pass by without taking full advantage.  They savor life and its moments like a piece of delicious chocolate.  Another thing I’ve noticed about these people is that they express their love unselfishly at every possible chance.  They want all of their loved ones to know how they feel, and by doing that they generate this positive energy – almost from another space and time.  Like they have a secret that we don’t know.  That love is the answer to everything, and truly living is the only way to move forward in this short life we have.  Sometimes it’s nice to sit on the couch and have a “me” day, as the body and mind need rest.  But if we find ourselves sitting there being unhappy, then we aren’t fulfilling something crucial in our destiny.  What is it that you’d like to do with your time on earth?  I know my answers to that question.  I’ve even started to visualize myself at older ages…something I couldn’t do until recently.  I see myself clearly at 35, 40, 45, 50, even 75…as a woman who means something to herself, to others and the community around her.  I only want to do important work.  I want to create, to write, to accomplish my goals and dreams. I also want to be surrounded by love and people who lift me up.  I think the future has that in store, because it’s what I want.