01 July 2009

good morning, july














it is hard to believe it is already the first of july. especially considering, as i looked out the window this morning, the clouds were are low as i've seen them in a while. we keep our windows open twenty-four-seven in our apartment, and it is cool...almost cold, outside. 

it has been cold for a few weeks. it is amazing the ten to fifteen degree difference it makes living by the ocean opposed to living closer to the city. i love it, but it definitely has not felt like summer. last night, at a softball game, lacey and i were bundled up in the warmest of our blankets trying to get blood back into our toes, and at the same time, talking about our plans for the 4th. didn't quite match up in my mind. it is quite the jump from the hot summers in Utah, and even a larger leap from the summers in Scottsdale. I remember ashley and i, dragging our sweaty-selves to movies (bless those artic-cold theaters) or hiding out in fashion square (grabbing as many cookie samples from paradise bakery that we could get our hands on) trying to escape the record temperatures and save our sanity. i miss those days, but not the heat.

so i woke up to cold fog, again. and the air smells fishy. so i put on my sweats and walked down to the end of the dock to check out a rather large yacht that is taking my view away from fisherman's village (fully equipped with a hot tub and helicopter), and to see if i could catch some of the local fisherman pulling in their nightly catch. i was quickly chased away by the huge pelicans, but right before i was, i had a moment of overwhelming bliss, as i felt so lucky to live in california with my new husband....










{view of fisherman's village, unobstructed, from our dock}

he and i had a conversation the other day about how fast time is flying by. it is hard not to get caught up in everyday life and just, let it fly. while my husband works his little (wait, no..huge) heart out at work everyday (and often into the night), i have taken on some yoga teacher training in huntington beach and am loving it, but it is making time go by even faster. i am learning a lot though. and a lot about the way i want to live. in addition to becoming more grounded and in finding happiness in the simple things in life, a common term i am picking up - used by most "yogi's" is to, be present. this falls in line with so many things that make a happy, fulfilled life. making no assumptions, and no judgments. always doing your best and being honest with yourself and others. but one vital part of the theme, that i have always struggled with, is living for today, and not getting caught up in what i need to do tomorrow. so, my goal this july is to take it one day at a time. enjoy today, be present today - and not live for tomorrow. all that said, i am still very much looking forward to an upcoming independence firework display and bbq off our dock this saturday, and this month - some organizing, cleaning-up (and throwing out) of some excess baggage in our apartment, beach bike rides, weekend excursions, and hopefully some spontaneous camping trips in the mix. 

hope you live so well today, that it makes tomorrow even better.
happy july.

7 comments:

rachel thurston said...

this felt so good to read. what a great start to july! I hope I can be more "present" this month and all those that follow. xo.

Ashley Engar said...

Very inspiring post Laura! I need to do the same as well. I must admit without working I seem to enjoy the days more and make more out of my day. I don't dread waking up and I don't look foward to going home from work.

Love you.

millisue said...

That is so cool that you live by Lacey. Dang, I want to live in California!!! Good post. I need to take it one day at a time too.

The Neilson Family said...

Yes, we do need to take each day! It was really cold last night! I am really excited for our weekend plans and I am really glad you two live by us. Fun times!!!!

Erin Bradley said...

We miss you guys, especially over the holiday's. Happy July and thanks for the great reminder of being present.

thewestenskows.blogspot.com said...

I love this post! It is a very good reminder to be "present". One of my mottos for life is a talk given by President Monson- In search of Treasure. He talks about our treasure map and search for happiness. One of the points on our map is "live in the present." It is an awesome talk, you should read it!!! We miss you guys and are sad we don't get to see you much buttt we are excited to see you guys in a couple of days!!

Ali and Brian Babcock said...

I found you!!! Your blog is amazing, inspiring and refreshing. I love it and will start working on being present immediately. Can't wait to see you on the 4th!