sunday snapshot # 1

So today is my birthday....  and the older I get, the more I realize that life is a process of continually letting go and just being.... it's a process of becoming who you were always meant to be... striving to be our highest self.... forgiving.... letting go..... starting over..... and appreciating small moments.

I have had a few rough years lately.... a big life shift.... what I lightly refer to as a "little hiccup."  Chronic pain is a tough one to rise above sometimes.... it is exhausting and it is persistent and it is invisible to others.  When you are in the middle of it, it is hard to see past it.  It can easily defeat you and if you are not careful, it can easily define you.  

At times it can seem too big of a burden to bear but the key to overcoming is to count your blessings.... to appreciate the small things in life.

Life goes by really fast.  If we don't stop every once in awhile and look around and take it all in, we can miss out on the really important stuff.  We can easily become consumed by pain, work, social media, technology, tv, stuff, whatever... so I am starting a blog series and each week I will share a Sunday Snapshot.... a little something to honor this crazy-wonderful-challenging-heartbreaking-beautiful life we have all been given in this crazy-wonderful-challenging-heartbreaking-beautiful world we live in.

So here is a photograph of my niece. She just turned 1 a few weeks ago (and looks much cuter smashing cake than I would).  

She is a good reminder to find joy in everything!