One redhead, one Mini Cooper, two dogs, two cats and two bikes. On Monday morning, December 27, 2010, we all roll out for a month and a half of pretty unknown adventure. My lease was up here in Denver so I couldn’t think of a better time to take it on the road and skip out on a rent payment for a few months. That’s the beauty of being Redhead Writing – I can be her from anywhere there’s an internet connection.
And it’s time for me to reconsider what matters.
If I can’t fit it into/on top of a Mini Cooper, does it matter? A 16-foot POD sitting in front of my house might beg to differ, but I’m curious as to what the answer will be. And today, the day before Christmas, I’ll tell you what’s on my mind about what matters:
- Calling my family on Christmas since I won’t be going home this year.
- Seeing Jason’s family and friends next week as I visit Iowa and continue to celebrate his life.
- Spending time with one of my best friends and her new husband in LA in January as they anxiously await the arrival of their first baby. I could get to see a baby being born – OMFG, I have a FlipCam.
- Riding my bike in LA, up the coast. On the track down in Carson. Working with a coach who accepts no excuses. Feeling sea air on my face as I pedal.
- Yoga. As many mornings as I can muster.
- Embracing ambiguity and knowing four walls don’t define me.
- Crashing my friend Merredith’s house on Christmas (they offer most excellent holiday shelter for geographic orphans).
- Being a better friend, becoming a better business owner.
- Embracing each day that it’s not about what you have but what you give…and give without thinking.
- Writing, because I must. When your inside asks to be outside, it’s often not asking nicely. Honoring your Inner makes you a better Outer.
As Redhead Writing is closing at noon today, I have some work to do. And I’ll leave you with a few reminders that I know to be true:
- Stop spending. Anyone who measures love or worth by the price of your present doesn’t deserve your present.
- Stop cooking. There will be enough. There always is (and you know it).
- Stop moving. If you watch nothing else today, watch this TEDx presentation from Scott Stratten. We move too much. Be still.
- Stop yelling.
- Smile. And mean it. Stop it with those disingenuous crappy smirks.
- Hold the people you love (and grow a pair – say “I love you”)
- Set a place at the table for those who couldn’t be there with you this year. They’ll see it and think you’re a fucking idiot, but you’re going to have extra yams anyways. Screw it.
- Breathe. There’s nothing so important in this life that we can’t stop to take in air.
- The unexpected is riddled with bliss. Give it a reacharound. You’ll thank me later.
Happy Halloweenikwanzihannukimas. Now quit reading my blog and go do something important.