[little vs. big]

‘The little things and how they add up to create big happiness.’
I took this picture a few weeks ago while on a run. The purple flower-like pedals were surrounding one tree in such a simple way that made it impossible to look away. It was a calm Saturday morning with barely any cars driving along the pathway I was running.
It’s ironic how the simplest things (such as a run and purple pedal droppings) made me feel happy on the inside and truly smile 🙂

 

[great expectations]

My grandfather turns 80 tomorrow. Prior to him being ‘elderly,’ he has often been known for repeating himself. Stories, phrases, quotes etc. One of my favorite quotes he drilled into my head is:
 
 ‘Try not to expect anything from anyone. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll even get a few bonuses.’
 
Although I understand this quote to ring true in almost every single situation, I find myself questioning it for all the ‘planners’ in the world – people similar to me.
 
What happens when you make a Dr. appointment that is cancelled at the last minute? Are we supposed have an ‘oh well’ mentality because ‘don’t sweat the small stuff?’
 
In social circumstances, if an agreement is made between two people out of respect…and is broken by person A – how does Person B not get offended? The above quote is understandable – but when do you stand up for yourself (and your time) in an effort to not have it be wasted and/or disrespected?
 
There was a point in my life where I was far more relaxed; planning anything was last minute and I didn’t really care the outcome. And it started to show. In ALL aspects of my life. Today, I am the exact opposite and find that choosing to life this way comes with anxiety. Stress comes from giving a shit.
 
But I love being organized! I love my little planner 🙂 Organized individuals who make agenda/packing/grocery lists with detailed calendars have their lives together. They finish projects. They respect themselves therefore they respect others….
On the down side, they can sometimes be anal, on edge, wound up and not being able to sit still.
 
How do we know when to live an organized routine vs. going with the flow? It’s not surprising how dogs and young children need routine and balance. At what point do you stop (or start) living in such a manner that will impact your overall well-being? Is it all part of the Type A vs. Type B personality thread? 
 
As much as I’d love to 100% not expect anything in life, I am still realistic.
I’ll expect to get a pimple during my next period. 
I’ll expect to eventually trip and fall while running.
I’ll expect the need to fart after enjoying my next frozen yogurt treat….you know 😉
 
These kind of topics are what keep me pondering while wide awake at 4am.
 
Happy Friday!

[patience]

Several weeks ago, I noticed it was mid-March and my 2017 car tags still hadn’t come in the mail. My car registration expires April 26th each year. I knew the DMV had already cashed my check for $160, yet day after day of checking the mail and nothing…
Until one Friday afternoon after work an envelope from the DMV arrived in the mailbox! 
I literally shrieked with excitement and practically did a backflip. My registration was 5 days from expiring and my tags had finally arrived! The relief I felt in my heart was a great feeling. 
I tore open the envelope as fast as I could. In my head, I could already visualize the turquoise-green sticker marked ‘2017’ in my hands. 
As I pulled the folded up paper out of the envelope, I only saw white. This confused me as one usually sees the sticker right away…
Not this time. 
The piece of paper was literally folded like a normal business letter. As I opened it, I re-read the same sentence over and over again.
NOTICE OF INCOMPLETE RENEWAL APPLICATION
We have received your application to renew your vehicle registration. However, it is incomplete and your sticker and registration card cannot be issued until the item(s) listed below are received by DMV.
 
DUE TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • E-mission Recall Proof of Correction.
    • This vehicle has been recalled by the manufacturer under Emissions Recall Program ELF. Proof of correction must be obtained from an authorized dealership.
WTF? I didn’t even know what the hell an e-mission was. I remember repeating out loud ‘I’m so confused’ about 87x. 
Total defeat began to set in as I literally began to pout – kid status. (Not something I am proud of). In my defense, I pay all my bills on time so this completely blind sided me.

We immediately called Lexus and scheduled an appointment for the following Tuesday. Lexus ended up having my car for 5 days and needing to completely re-build my engine. My car failed every test under the ‘recall correction,’ which freaked me out; but Lexus took care of me. (Per usual).

The Recall Proof of Correction was mailed to the DMV and we received the 2017 tags on 5/13/2016.

 Waiting 2+ months was not easy, but it definitely reminded me life won’t always go smoothly- even when I follow all the rules 😉

 

[cinco de mayo & momma’s day]

Ok so I 100% suck at posting on a consistent basis – this I know! We have been running around like crazy people with cinco de Mayo &  Mother’s Day a few days ago 🙂
Here is life lately in picture form 😉 
May 1 – pictures of my Sunday afternoon walk:

May 2 – some family love via snapchat 🙂
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo at El Comal (shocker). 
May 7 – Wine tasting in Temecula
Attendees: Robin, Anthony, Chris, Jason, Lynn, Manny, Nana and the CoCo’s.

My favorite picture of the day:

Mother’s Day 2016