Sunday, August 1, 2010

Be Open to Change

In San Francisco, they stamp the concrete with the street name. Obviously, the guys couldn't find the L when it came time to stamp this one and had to improvise. Love it!

I can't believe that we are 3 weeks into this San Francisco trip! Before we left, I was looking ahead into this trip and thinking that 6 weeks sounded like an eternity. What would we do, how would I keep myself occupied, creatively, for 6 weeks away from my clay?? The first week, we were settling in, figuring out the bus system, finding grocery stores we liked, and trying to adjust to the time change. Blink, and then 2 weeks have gone by! We've done a lot of sightseeing and caught up on some reading, which has been super nice. I have really enjoyed this time so much to downshift and look around me. Do some thinking. Think about life and friends and big picture stuff. My sleep habits have been better (even though it is now 4:00 am as I write this) and I've taken time to sketch, which is something I haven't done in a long time. I'll be showing you some journal photos soon, I just have to add text to them...

But anyway, all of this - this big idea to take this trip - started with the realization that life is short. We all get wrapped up in our lives and we get used to things as they are. One must remember to be open to change! It is so beneficial to break out of the box and try something new or different or to have to improvise. One big thing for us is that this was our first time on a big trip with our daughter. There's nothing like traveling with a 2 yr old to scare the daylights out of you! But she has been great and I have SO enjoyed watching her take in all the new sights. I never really knew about the sheer joy and wonder of watching a kid experience something new; I don't have the words to describe it. But I know this trip has been great for the whole family and I am so thankful that we were able to do this trip!

Love to all of you~


  1. Sounds like an amazing adventure! Couldn't ask for anything more than quality time that allows you to think big picture. Awesome! And the street name stamp... love that photo! :)


  2. This is too c7ever!! (Oh the 7 doesn't work on mine... oh yeah it's not upside down....) xoxo tj

  3. A change is as good as a rest, so they say. And it seems that you and your family are enjoying every moment. You're right, its all too easy to get swept up in the ordinariness that we forget to have adventures, to see new sights and enjoy fresh experiences.... and even better when you share them through the eyes of a precious 2 year old!
    Wishing you continued joy and sparkling moments of wonder in the weeks to come.
    Hugs xx