You’re Fake News

President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff had this to say on Fox News Sunday:

“I am saying there’s an obsession by the media to de-legitimize this President. And we are not going to sit around and let it happen. We’re going to fight back, tooth and nail every day and twice on Sunday.” – Reince Priebus.

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I don’t think the media is trying to de-legitimize President Donald Trump.

I think President Donald Trump and his spokespeople are the ones de-legitimizing him.

When your Press Secretary lies to the media during his first press conference…that does nothing to legitimize the administration.

Blaming the media is not the answer. Truth is.

Why can’t we all just admit when we’re wrong?

Don’t you want to be able to trust your elected officials and the journalists and news outlets that are covering them?

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Are we there yet?

For some reason I love a good rest stop.

You know, the place people on road trips stop to relieve themselves, walk around a bit, maybe pick up some snacks from the vending machine.

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My family traveled a lot when I was growing up and I recall many fond memories at rest stops…looking through the brochures of various attractions we might stop at, enjoying a Dr. Pepper, petting other people’s dogs.

Rest stops were always a nice break from the monotony of hours spent on the road even though they weren’t the point of the trip. They certainly weren’t as glamorous as the destination, be it Disney World, the White House, or the Rocky Mountains.

But I liked them.

People coming and going. Dressed in their most comfortable summer vacation outfits. An almost too obvious symbol that you can and should enjoy the mundane things in life as you make your way to wherever you’re going.

10 things I learned in 2016

I know a lot of folks had mixed feelings about 2016. For me, 2016 was at least adorable thanks to this yoga puppy calendar.

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Besides wanting a dog I can teach yoga to, here’s what else I learned this past year:

1) Life’s a journey, not a destination

Don’t be in such a hurry to get to where you think you need to go. Life happens when you slow down, look around, and enjoy the scenery on the way there.

2) Don’t give in to the internet troll

They were out in full force this past year, weren’t they?? I see you…hiding behind the anonymity of your keyboard and I give zero you-know-what’s about your opinion.

3) Quality > quantity

I don’t want 48 pairs of yoga pants. I want 8 amazing pairs.

4) You can’t change anyone except yourself

Duh.

5) Eye drops are glorious

They’re like little refreshing showers for your eyes.

6) Never underestimate the power of a demagogue

#USA

7) Listen more, talk less

It’s so easy to think you already know what people think and where they’re coming from. Shush for a half second and listen.

8) Rice makers are the bomb-diggity

Wow, I haven’t used that term since 2002.

9) Not everything is personal

I know it’s fun to think everything is about you, but I’m sorry…it’s not. You know what people are thinking about most of the time? Themselves.

10) We are the authors of our own stories

If you don’t like something, you have the power to rewrite it. Change the narrative if you want. Here’s a plot twist: take the pen back from whoever you gave it to and change course.

adios, 2016

2016. We laughed, we cried, and then hopefully we laughed some more.

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If you’re exhausted, I don’t blame you. We did a lot this year. We voted to Make America Great Again. We mourned the lives lost to gun violence and to terrorism.  Our hearts felt heavy watching the Syrian refugee crisis mount. We lost Prince, David Bowie, and George Michael, among other music greats. We also lost Carrie Fisher. Which was a reminder to never tell anyone you’ve never seen Star Wars. (trust me, it’s just not worth the backlash from those mourning their princess) We also made Broadway show tunes great again with the popularity of Hamilton. Brad and Angelina broke up and nobody really cared. Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize and he didn’t really care about that either. Brexit was a thing. Zika was a thing. Ken Bone’s sweater was a thing for like, 15 minutes. And then there was that time Donald Trump and Kanye West met up to talk about “life” …k. And if it wasn’t for Vodka, I’d choose to completely write Russia off in 2017 for all of it’s meddling over the past year.

There’s a lot that happens in the world and it can feel personal, even if it’s not.  We have empathy and as humans we often have a strong desire to connect with others. It can be easy to feel disconnected from ourselves in the midst of it all.

So in 2017, I’m going to work harder than ever to find peace and happiness within myself. To quiet the noise that comes from things that don’t serve me and to celebrate and fearlessly embrace what does.

This doesn’t mean shutting out what’s happening around me. Far from it. I just think that when we’re better connected to who we are and what we want …we’re better suited to be mindful observers of the things around us. We don’t always have to react. We can watch on and feel okay. Because we’re deeply grounded, rooted, and secure with who we are.

Cheers, 2017!

 

Unicorns, eh?

When I was 5 my family packed up our Chevrolet Celebrity and headed up north to explore Canada.

We stopped at a gift shop and I recall wandering around trying to pick out the perfect souvenir.

After much deliberation, I ended up settling on a glow in the dark unicorn.

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When I got home, I put it on my bookshelf and whenever I shut the lights off before bed, it would glow for a good 5 minutes or so before it dimmed or I fell asleep.

These days I can’t help but feel like Canada is well represented by that unicorn.

A beautiful, glowing, mythical place where everyone is polite and hockey and maple syrup and Justin Trudeau flow abundantly.

The GOP is once again shaking its head at you, Donald Trump

Was I surprised by what Donald Trump said?

No.

Was I disgusted?

Of course.

He said it was ‘locker room’ banter. I must admit, I’ve never been within the confines of a boy’s locker room…but I can imagine what it would be like.

The thing is, Trump is not and was not a boy when he bragged about making out with women and grabbing their, ahem… vaginas. He’s wasn’t a teenager trying to show off …or a college kid working to gain street cred among his peers.

He was a 59 year old man. A married man, at that.

Okay sure, he wasn’t running for President at the time. And people can change. I mean, we’ve all said stupid things we’ve regretted in our lives, right? But would you regret what you said if no one ever found out about it?

Does a vote for Trump condone his words toward women?

Do his comments from over a decade ago make him unfit to be the Leader of the Free World?

We all have skeletons in our closets.

Are you comfortable with his?

Are you comfortable with hers?

 

 

Row, row, row your boat

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

It’s raining in Austin. The air smells fresh and in retrospect – the effort I put into curling my hair (twice) wasn’t worth it. Wet weather has always had a varying effect on me. Sometimes it rejuvenates me and I feel refreshed. Other times it leaves me feeling a little introspective and melancholy. Regardless – I always appreciate an excuse to wear my darling galoshes.

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I’ve had the children’s nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat in my head lately. As I watched rain water rush by my feet this morning, I saw how beautifully and effortlessly it went with the flow.

Sometimes it’s hard to just focus on gently rowing our OWN boats. Down the stream WE picked. At the pace WE want. We’re too focused on what other people are doing, or thinking, or feeling. How do we measure up to them?

I think the bigger question should be – how do we measure up to ourselves?

When we’re happy with who we are…we can contently travel through life. I like the imagery of slowly rocking back and forth in a little canoe down a peaceful stream. Feeling the sunshine touch my skin. Taking in the sights and sounds of the nature around me. Knowing that life can be the dream we all want when we’re not afraid to let go of the things that are preventing us from creating it.