Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A blessed life.


This last week I have absolutely loved the hour or so that we get as a family in the evening, more than ever!
We don’t get a lot of time together, with my husband’s long commute, but the time we do have is priceless. 
Texting with a friend recently I realized how far we’ve come!  Next month will be 15 years married, with 2 beautiful babies in paradise.
In 2013, I was very clear that our relationship was over and now I’m so grateful for our amazing family. 
I’m so grateful that I have such a patient and loving partner who would do anything for us.
Last night I offered to put Olivia to bed and he looked sad, as he wanted to put her to bed after not seeing her all day.  Every night when he gets home he’s so excited for his 15 minutes with Emma before she goes to bed.
Even if he hadn’t hosed off the cloth diapers, loaded the dishwasher and wiped off the counters.  I am so grateful. 
I have had a very blessed life.  There have been circumstances and reasons, even arguably valid ones, for why I have complained, but I have an opportunity to find joy in every moment.  To let go of judgment and find opportunity in challenges. 
I believe we can all find joy and love in our hearts regardless of our circumstances.  I could spend time enrolling you in how life is challenging working full time and doing most of our family responsibilities and stuff with the girls, while working full time, on my own. 
Finding ease in my life is not always easy, and I know I have a choice.  Feeling sorry for myself and finding the negative will only bring more of the same.  We have enough hatred already and I have big plans to transform this planet into a place worthy of all of our children. 
I can create joy through my actions, my thoughts and my words.  I can create a better world one step at a time.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Listen, hope and occasionally compromise.

We have more knowledge about the world, than anytime in history. 

As bummed as I get and whatever you believe, the Presidents statement gave me perspective.

Obama said, on Jimmy Fallon, 
"Democracy requires compromise even when you're 100% right." -Ha! So true! 

I was told to say: 

"I'm ok with being wrong, even when I know I'm right." -Ha! Sometimes we do stupid shit, we are human.

We may have more information about violence and the world now, but...

Obama said, and I agree, we are lucky to be living at this time in history. The world is healthier, wealthier, better educated, more tolerant and less violent than it's even been.

In a 5 year span, 60 million people were killed around the world. Perspective after his visit to Hiroshima this year.

There's a reason to be hopeful and we have to realize democracy isn't that you get everything you want, when you want it, 100% of the time.


Let's just keep working on it. One love!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Isn't love enough?

It's interesting how many discussions seem so simple when I begin them, but people can't make sense of a peaceful world.

We kill each other everyday. We have this love inside us. We have this hate inside us too. 

Why are we so set on tearing things down, our way or destruction?


Every thing that we say becomes the things that we do. I believe it will all come back to you. Thank you, #MichaelFranti & #Soja

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Presentation

I don't remember the details, but I made a comment in frustration to a friend the other day.

She said, "Wow, Jenna, I love this, you've got a little fire going on down there."

Commenting on how I put out all this peace, love, joy and health, but underneath I'm still a human being, normal... I get frustrated and fired up, just like anyone else.

We do the best we can, every day, right?!  I just work on setting a good example, most of the time, in hopes I am being the change I want to see in this world.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wright for Michele

I logged onto my blog to write, but got side tracked with Michele's amazing blog.  I have some great cousins, and love how beautifully Michele gives us a glimpse into her family's life.

The blog I linked in the title is when they traveled with their 2 one year old twins to Turks-Caicos!

Happy Friday!  I love you!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Our family

My Mom, Dad and Brother were visiting in early May and it was awesome!!!! Aside from all the amazing things they were doing for me/us...



There was a time when I would have found the visit stressful and become uptight.



Now, it's just awesome!  For those that have know me 5 years plus, know what a huge accomplishment it is to live into the joy and gratitude I now have when I am blessed to spend time with my family.  No more "overwhelmed", wondering when someone is going to get upset, or getting upset because of some circumstance.  No matter the situation, I can choose to love my family for all that they are and are not.  I can choose to love them through any conversations of things I can do differently and quickly correct any hurt feelings that I may have caused or been caused to me.



I'll give myself credit for getting off of so many things that kept me from having fun with our family!!  I don't want to miss out on that anymore!!



I wrote this as my dad just opened Emma's door while she was sleeping and woke her up...


It just presented another opportunity to hang out with Emma before my dad babysat, awesome in itself, so my mom and I could go to pilates together.  Ridiculous as it would have been, there was a time when I would not have seen the gratitude of that.  I am not perfect, I still put way to much significance into things sometimes, but then I snap out of it, but I'm not afraid to ask for help or  guidance from the experts, so I can get back out there into the present to enjoy life and create the world that I want my daughters to grow up in! 


Be kind to yourself, forgive.  Be kind to one another.  Don't be afraid to ask for help and show love.  This is our one shot at happiness, let's make the most of it and love it all!




Friday, June 3, 2016

Vintage Olivia


The painting above Olivia was hanging in our house when we were growing up.  Olivia's hello kitty night gown is a favorite hand-me-down from a friend, and her hair bun is from my grandmothers collection of hair supplies from her beauty parlor, that Olivia's grandmother brought her and gives her a fun way to make her hair feel longer. 



Who says new is better?!  Making life vintage, makes it unique!