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Savor

April started with one of the most extraordinary weekends - getting away from the city with beautiful women and a beautiful man in the mountains.  A lot is going on this month at work (birthday parties upon birthday parties upon holiday camp...), I'm trying to responsibly train for the Brooklyn Half Marathon next month (i.e. lots of stretching, foam rolling, and icing) and I'm ending the month by flying down to South Carolina to connect with my absolute bliss - being with my sister, her wonderful husband, and her gorgeous children.  (And to finally meet Emma, their saving grace who helps with the kiddos and school!)

Before that happens, and in the midst of all the Karma Kids madness, my best friend in the world is getting married.

I can't even express how excited I am and how anxious I am and how much I want everything to go off completely without a hitch and most importantly, how deeply I just want her to feel as completely and perfectly happy as possible.  I am so excited to see my parents, who are coming up for the event, and some of the best friends a girl could ever hope for who are flying or bus-ing in.

With all of this in mind - work, love, celebrations, travel - I sat at the end of March and decided that my mantra for the month needed to be:

Savor.

As I talked about in the last entry, a monthly mantra can sometimes be a way for me to actively engage in whatever yogic platitude I'm trying to bring into my life.  I think Savor touches on two points - being grateful and being present.  I'm hoping Savor can help me slow down a little bit, and truly enjoy the rare and special time that I get to spend with so many people that I love this month, celebrating so many unique and special once-in-a-lifetime moments.

When I tell myself to "be present," it sometimes triggers a mild little panic of wondering if I'm doing it right.  But to savor something - to savor that glass of wine, to savor a reunion dinner with beautiful friends who just moved home - I know how to do that.

This one is getting married in a few short days, and I can't even handle all the emotions I'm having.  So I'm just going to try to slow down, stay present, be so freaking grateful, and savor all of it.
Ruining her life with love in between her singing our first dance beautifully
and then slaying us with an epic toast.

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Grateful.

It's been eight years today since I've been with the love of my life.

A few months from five years married (Costa Rica, here we come).

Eight years and a couple months since living in the city.

Seven years of Friendsgivings in NYC with my chosen family.

Seven years of Karma Kids Yoga - more chosen family and buckets of kids.

Ten years since college; fourteen of the friendships.

One picked-clean, no leftovers turkey last night.  A table of desserts.

And in ten days we do it again with family.

This morning I'm tired, still full, and grateful.