Green Jellyfish @ Newport Aquarium

This week has been a little bit of an emotional week for me going from highs to lows. But let’s face it. How is that different from any other week, amirite?

I discovered this week that a high school classmate died, and it was very unexpected. She had just given birth to a baby girl not even two weeks prior, and she is also the mother to twin toddlers and a teenage son. It’s incredibly heartbreaking. Although we weren’t all that close and only interacted occasionally through Facebook the past several years, it was a shock to the system to see someone so vibrant and passionate posting on Facebook one day and then the next day… gone.

When something like this happens, it makes you stop in your tracks and evaluate your life. Time is precious. We don’t know how much of it we have left on this planet to do the things we yearn to do, to see the places we’re lusting to see and to show the ones we love how much we actually do love them. When you truly think about it, life is fragile. And that is a scary thought.

My advice?

Well, 1. Do some deep breathing to prevent the inevitable anxiety attack from thinking about this type of stuff. :)

And 2. Don’t waste a moment doing something you hate. Have no regrets. Don’t worry so much. Be patient. Don’t stress over the little things so much. Laugh fully, live freely, and love openly. Rinse and repeat.

my little love notes of gratitude…

 My husband & our pups… I treasure our little life moments.

 A slightly vigorous walk & this calming diffuser knocks our puppies out for a good long nap. A tired pup is a happy pup, and a happy pup is a good pup.

 A good ol’ Irish beer tastin’ and fish & chips!

 Spring is officially here!

  This quote from Steve Jobs…

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

  Planning our Seattle/Portland trip. It’ll be our first time to the Pacific Northwest, our first time using Airbnb and and our first time traveling by Amtrak (for the Seattle to Portland journey & back.) Very excited!

 Skydiving in two weeks! Fucking skydiving, people!

We signed up less than 24 hours before I found out my classmate died. So when I inevitably want to chicken out the day of the jump, I’m going to focus on her vibrancy and her ‘live each day to the fullest’ mindset. Words she had posted on Facebook once upon a time…

Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably & never regret anything that made you smile.

~ Mark Twain

What’s been on your mind this week? What are you thankful for?

Get out there and enjoy the first weekend of Spring!

xo~ wanderwhirlgirl

*The above image of the green jellyfish is from a recent visit to the Newport Aquarium just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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