Sophie cat sunny herself on a lazy Sunday afternoon

Sophie cat sunny herself on a lazy Sunday afternoon

Change: It’s a Riot

Tomorrow will bring a new day.  Tomorrow will bring some major changes to my life.  I have said before that sooner or later life will make the changes that you are too afraid to attempt yourself.  I can’t really go into what is about to happen because I am not entirely sure of all of the mechanics of the day.  Plus the changes may only be set in motion tomorrow and then played out over the next couple of weeks or months.  As much as I embrace change, major change can bring on anxiety and trepidation.  So as the Sun rises tomorrow I will take a deep breath and dive in to what may be and what could have been.  Either way, there will be change.

 

A Part of Me

My best friend is dying of cancer and nothing else really seems to matter right now.  Each morning I wake with a sense of sadness that soon overtakes me and I find myself weeping into my pillow because I feel so helpless.  She is dying and I don’t know what to do.  There is nothing I can do.  She is thousands of miles away in London and I can’t even be there to hold her hand or tell her how much I love and adore her.  What if she dies not knowing how much of who I am today is because she was a part of my life? How will my life ever be the same without her? I have been lying to myself pretending that she would recover, but the reality of the situation hit me today. My best friend is dying and nothing I do or say can stop it. It just doesn’t seem real.  I will never see her face again or hear her laugh.  I am loosing a part of me to this disease that is ripping her from this world.  I will never be the same person.  My best friend is dying and a part of me is going with her.  I don’t know what to do.

"There is a plane in the Hudson River".

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Brace! Brace! Brace!  Heads down!  Brace! Brace! Brace!

 And with those words the story of US Airways flight 1549 took on a whole new meaning for the 155 passengers and crew on board.  For Doreen Welsh, flight attendant, it was a day like any other day.  It was the last leg of a 4 day trip and then back home to Pittsburgh to be with her son.  On that seemingly normal day in January 2009, through a series of events that had the potential for a fatal catastrophe, her life and the lives of the other 154 passengers and crew would never be the same.  To follow Doreen on this remarkable journey is amazing.  As she speaks you will listen with wonder, you will laugh and even find yourself fighting back tears.  Doreen will walk you through the moments after the crash as she struggled to evacuate the back-end of a sinking plane as it filled with the icy waters of the Hudson River and to save her own life in the process.

You may have heard Captain Sullenberger speak about the logistics of landing a powerless commercial jet on the Hudson River, but the story that Doreen Welsh will tell is a different story.  Its a story that even the media did not share.  It is the human story.  It is the story of a normal woman thrust into an extraordinary situation that did some remarkable things and in the process saved the lives of dozens of people.  Through her story she has certainly made an impact on those that have been fortunate enough to listen.  It is truly a special program and one definitely worth experiencing.

I have had the honor of hearing Doreen Speak twice.  I am humbled to call her a friend.  Through her I have had a glimpse of my worst nightmare.  She is a remarkable lady and I salute her and the braves souls from the fateful flight in 2009.

Just Do The Math!

Don’t think that just because you are not living the life you always dreamed of that you can’t still be the person you were destined to be.  When I was growing up I wanted to work in the National Hurricane Center outside of Miami.  Clearly that dream never came true mostly because I suck at math, but also because I was destined for a different path. My path is one that I would have never dreamed of following, but now I cannot imagine my life any other way than the way it is.

A cat’s eye view.

A cat’s eye view.

People are people…

People are people…

A day in the life of the girlz.

A day in the life of the girlz.

Lazy

Lazy

Lucky Seven

On this day seven years ago I arrived in Los Angeles.  I arrived with barely no money, no job, next to no friends and a super tiny one room apartment in Hollywood.  I was beyond scared.  I have been through a lot over the last seven years.  There were times when I didn’t think I was going to make it. There were times when I wanted to give up. In the end I have come out on top.  I have a great life.  I have a super job making double what I made when I first moved here.  I have a great home in Long Beach.  Most of all I have a wonderful partner who I love beyond words and a life that I could have only dreamed about.  In short I got what I always wanted and more. Seven has always been my lucky number and now I believe that more than ever.  I can’t wait to see what the next seven years bring.