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  • ADVENTURES WITH A (DYING) DOG

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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.
  • THE HEALING POWERS OF KEEPING A JOURNAL

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    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15
  • WRITING YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS

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    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
  • HOW TO BECOME A WRITER
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11
  • THE "PERFECT" FEMALE BODY

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    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15

GOODREADS

  • READING NOW

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    The Normal Bar: Where Does Your Relationship Fall?
    All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost
    Gun Dealers' Daughter: A Novel: A Novel
    Crazy Rich Asians
    The Undomestic Goddess
    Self-Help
    The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World


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March 12, 2008

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rei

Ah - I've never actually cried reading someone else's blog, and I still haven't, but this brought me close. A friend of mine calls this "starting a new life", and I told him it was such a positive way to talk about something so devastating.

I know what you mean, and, like you - I am so, SO thankful for the moments that have made me stronger. (I don't necessarily want to live through them ever again, but that's another thing entirely!)

Jet

is that what you call it, a bathroom moment? I've had that too. it paired me up, quite intimately, with growing up pains. but yes, it's a butterfly out of the cocoon afterwards.

Congratulations on the job! In general, that company is a dynamic, happy family. And your boss happens to be one of the better guys.

Fudgee

Its such a relief to know that i have a kindred spirit in experiencing this sort of thing - the fact that she's a batchmate i admire makes it doubly special. Yup, im in a bathroom moment at this point in my life. I hope that like you and so many other brave women out there, i'll find the courage and chutzpah to take the bull by the horns and love myself a little bit more. Thank you, Gigi!

Gigi

Rei - Hey you sweetie, what's going on? :) This year holds a LOT of changes for you, I know. This "new life" of yours will be extraordinary. Flux is always stressful...but you're so, so strong and I know you'll not just get through it, you'll soar. (Hugs).

Jet - Thanks so much! I can feel this is going to be good. Lots of challenges for sure...but I'm looking forward to it. :)

Fudgee - Fudge!!! If you need to chat (IM) or email, I'm here for you! I wouldn't have gotten through this without RSNA, Trish, and Ana P., for sure. We all need a little -- or a lot -- of help from our friends (and sisters) after all. We love you!!!

jase

Hi Gigi, I never really realized what was going on with your life until this entry!

I can feel your energy, your prayers and your quite determination transformed into words. And that sense of achievement!

You are truly an inspiration to everyone! And thanks for sharing the beautiful YOU!

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