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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Full-On Living

Artwork by Lori Portka

I interrupt this wild, packed-full-of-stuff day to drop in here and say hello.  It's been a while since I've been in this space and I miss it.  I miss connecting with those of you who come here and leave your sweet presence.  

The sun is shining like crazy today, the birds are singing, the breeze is just enough, the Rhododendrons are bright and pink and big and gorgeous.  Right now there is the sweetest-ever hummingbird drinking from the nearby little purple bush.  I am reminding myself to take deep breaths, to savor the ordinary in the midst of so much going on lately.

The publishing company I am working with sent me the electronic version of my book last week so I've been submersed in doing the final, final edits!  Whew!  I didn't realize there would be so much to do at this point in the process.  So this (along with being a mommy/wife, person in this world) is what I've been very focused/fixated on these last several days.  I feel nervous and giddy about putting this piece of my heart out in the world!  Yikes! It looks like it won't be long now.

I was just flipping though Daniel LaPorte's new book The Fire Starter Sessions and came across these words:

Full-on living includes fantastic productivity and immense stillness, self-centeredness and self-sacrifice, time to flare and space to fizzle.  Up close, or by the standards of those who prefer the safety of balance, it may look off-kilter, but when you step back, you might see a masterpiece called Your Life, Lived.  Priceless.  Daniel LaPorte

I feel deeply grateful to be living this life full-on.

Thank you, all of you, who sent love and sweet thoughts for my sister-in-law.  I so appreciate every single word.  She is brave and amazingly resilient and is doing an incredible job hanging in there.  

Sending each of you love and deep breaths,



  1. I took a nice deep breath after your entry, it always feels so nice to stop and take a breath. I'm beyond excited for your final stages in your book! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy :) love you lots!

    1. Yes, Amy...I've decided these deep breaths, these pauses between it all make all the difference.

      I love you, sweet sis.

  2. Wow, that was FAST! At this rate, we'll all have your amazing, beautiful book in our hands before we know it! I can't wait! I'm so happy to see you soar, my friend! You are amazing. ♥

    1. Thank you so much, Jodi. And I am loving watching you SOAR! What a beautiful thing it is to be side-by-side through all of this.

      I appreciate you so much. xo

  3. love the loriart.
    lahahove the full living quote. wow.
    i want to keep taking that in.
    amazed at your spelling of Rhododendrons...
    makes me think of the bigness you are taking on.
    looking forward to seeing your booking!
    loveloveloveendrons to you. xox

  4. Rachel, your words & presence always make me giddy inside.

    Loving you dearly.

  5. Julia, I so excited for you! I know the rush before the's so intense! My baby, Cosette's Tribe, has been out there for the world to see for two weeks now and it's both thrilling and terrifying all in one! Sort of like being a new mom.
    This is full-on living at its best!
    Sending love and hugs,


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♥ Julia