Monday, February 12, 2018

For Julie

WHY THIS?
http://qoatip.blogspot.com/2018/01/happier-new-year.html

Julie, you are truly special. You have worked so hard for so long to crawl from where you were to fight and struggle and grow to get where you are in this moment.

And so normal. Warts and all. Still on the journey.

Thank you for sharing your journey, your candidness, your honesty. You help me to think about what others may have gone through to get where they are in that moment. You inspire me on my own journey.

Thank you for your unconditional love and inspiration.


Friday, February 09, 2018

For Brittany

I’m sorry to bother you.

I really have missed our weekly “workouts.” I don’t know if you know how much of a difference you have made in my physical life. I would have sent you a friend request, but I didn’t want to overstep or assume.

I would have gushed about you more in my article (did you ever see that?) but I didn’t want to overstep.

But I have been thinking about you. Especially the past two days. I apparently overstepped and messed up my ankle again. I don’t even remember if its the same one I messed up before the wedding (remember you fixed it so I could wear those 2” heels without ANY pain…

So I just looked through all my notes and I found the stretches and exercises you drew for me to keep my ankle healthy. It was one of the many you drew so lovingly (yes, I have EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.) The one I specifically asked you to set up with stretches and exercises for my writing days is on top of the clipboard. I mostly do them and have been doing very well. Except for my ankle. Which I think I messed up in my BodyCombat class.

Yes. Still working out at the gym…

So thank you again, and I really hope you could read between the lines in my article how grateful I am for you.

FOR MELIDA

It doesn’t hurt that it’s your birthday. (or does it hurt?) ;-)

Don’t make that face…I’m still older than you.

You are one of my dearest, most consistent, systemically funny, kind, sensitive, organized friends. Ok, maybe you are the most organized…

And you love deeper and you love forever. This way of being has influenced me.

Even though we live far apart, I hope you know that I am always a phone call away to listen, and a plane flight away for anytime you need me.

Happy Birthday sweet friend! <3

FOR DIANE

You are such a delicate flower. Soft. Sensitive. Demure. I noticed that about you the first time I saw you when you auditioned for the Lion in Wizard of Oz.

I’m kidding. The first time I saw you was in Charlie Brown.

Larger than life, more energy than the Tasmanian devil, with so much talent and stage presence, and yet, your heart is so glued to California, I don’t know that you ever left home longer than you were working on a show or a movie.

And then you came home to take care of your momma. She is one lucky beautiful woman..I never met her when we were younger, boy oh how she can sell milkshakes to an Eskimo..

You have always been so kind to me, never made me feel like I didn’t belong or wasn’t part of everything. You are like that with so many people..I watch the videos you make now, always making everyone in the room feel like they are the focus of all of your attention.

You make me want to be a better writer. Thank you for your inspiration.