Self portrait of me this morning. Excited from my nose to my toes because I am headed to Florida to see my baby girl (well, 19 year old baby girl…haha)….the bonus is I get to see my best friend too since they live in the same place!!  Yes, it is a very good day.

Wishing you a fabulous day ahead as well my friend. Happy Tuesday!! xo

#TBT

Who would have thought when visiting Holland back in 1986 that I would one day marry a Dutch guy??!!

My brothers and I sporting our 80’s best.

Happy #TBT my friend! xo

**sorry it is a little blurry…those 80’s films……

Alone Time Is Necessary

This picture of me was taken at Yosemite National Park in California last October. I remember that day very well. Crisp, blue skies. The smell of nature all around me. Being in awe of Mother Nature’s gifts that are showcased so magnificently in Yosemite. Yes, it was a perfect day.

I also remember how I felt sitting on top of that boulder. Even with several tourists standing in line to jump on top of the boulder after me, when I was the one sitting on top, time was silent for a moment. I was taking in the beauty of what my eyes were seeing, and pairing it with the thoughts in my mind of how peaceful it all was. How simple life seemed in that moment.

I remember asking myself as I sat there, “what is all this for, Kalee”?…. “what is your next step going to be, and is that step really what your heart and soul are asking for”?….yes, I sat and had a two minute conversation with myself about…well….myself!!

You see, we need the quiet time to bring perspective. We need the quiet time to re-connect with our core to see if we are on track or moving forward aimlessly. Are we honoring our true desires for how we want each day of our lives to look like, or are we getting caught up in the waves of expectations and acceptance of others?

Sometimes it takes a large boulder to bring the quietness we deserve. Hopefully it is a boulder, as in the picture above, that we willingly climb on top of for some perspective….but sometimes it is a boulder that comes crashing into us in the shape of many different things that suddenly stops us in our tracks and forces us to reflect on the who, what, when and where’s in life…(believe me, I have had both types of boulders, and I would choose climbing willingly any day..)!!!

All this to say my friend, when was the last time you spent some quiet time with yourself? I mean true quiet time. No TV. No friends. No distractions of any kind. True alone time. What did you do with it? Are you afraid of it? Don’t be. Getting to know yourself (again) is the greatest gift you can give yourself. It is not selfish. It is not a luxury.

Alone time is necessary. I will say it again….ALONE TIME IS NECESSARY!!

I encourage you today to go out and find a boulder (ie: a park, your couch, your bed, etc…you get my point…)…climb on top of it willingly and have a conversation with yourself. Maybe even put in a monthly appointment for yourself on your calendar. Some of you are laughing at that I bet, but I’m not. YOU are important enough to make the time.

Alone time. We all need it.

Written with love from me to you,

Kalee xo

Here’s The Deal

Here’s the deal: No one has life completely figured out. How could we? Life is a breathing, exciting, terrifying, wonderful, tragic, emotional, satisfying, and turbulent moving target. We focus on ourselves. We focus on others. We create memories that we either will cherish forever or we hope to quickly forget. We fall down. We rise back up. We hurt each other. We love one another. From one day to the next, new moving parts are added. We are in control of so many areas of our lives, and yet we are not in control at all.

Here’s the deal: Take the pressure off yourself to do everything right. You WILL do things wrong. Start again in the next moment.

Always written with love from me to you,

Kalee xo