Lovely Moments- November Edition

I want to remember the small moments, the delightful and lovely moments. I want to show my thanks for these moments and the people I share them with. I want to look back on the small, lovely moments and remember how full my heart felt. I want to live in the present moment and find the beauty in a breath.
~Me.

These are a few of my lovely moments from November:

I discovered that mango habanero salsa turns scrambled eggs into pure yumminess. This month I ate pretty healthy, too. Gotta love those brussel sprouts! BeautyPlus_20171130154135_save

 

I rocked out at an event and even got a temporary tattoo. How magical is this view from the Tempe Center for the Arts? I’m still in awe that I was actually paid to work this event because I had so much fun. IMG_20171130_152634

 

My husband and I celebrated our eight year anniversary with a stay-cation in Scottsdale. We explored, we dressed up, we drank tequila. BeautyPlus_20171130152316_save

 

And we ordered room service for breakfast the next day, where I discovered the joys of tiny Ketchup. Seriously, made my morning!BeautyPlus_20171130151108_save

 

The sunsets in Arizona are some of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. This night in particular, when we took a car ride with our lab Sophie, stands out as one of the loveliest. I credit the company I keep. BeautyPlus_20171130151505_save

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Is There Room for Fear?

Since removing my boot (broken foot, long story, maybe a blog post down the road) in June, I’ve made it my mission to conquer fear.

Conquer may be the wrong word. I’ll never completely get over certain fears, but I do want to learn to live with my fears. I want to acknowledge those fears exist, and then flip them the finger.

A few weeks ago I went snorkeling. Those who know me know that I have an unfounded fear of being in water, despite being an excellent swimmer. One night, maybe in my early teens, I had a dream that I was drowning. Not pleasant. The same dream occurred on a regular basis for years, into my mid-twenties. Always, I was alone and drowning in murky ocean water. Until I moved to Phoenix and the heat forced me to be okay with pools, I wouldn’t even go in a pool! So, snorkeling was a HUGE deal for me.

I hyperventilated, I silently repeated a mantra, at one point on the boat I said “hell, no,” but that didn’t fly because I had told my husband earlier to not let me sit this one out. And then I got in the water. I started to really panic then because, while pool water is safe, this was ocean water. Not safe, according to my fear based on a reoccurring dream.

That’s when I made an arrangement with myself. I said: Self, you’re going to have this fear, but work with me. Let’s put on the mask and peek our head underwater for a second.

I had a death grip on my husband’s hand. We swam against the current and away from a rock that supposedly burned like acid if you touched it (hey, that’s what the guide said). And then nature showed her beauty. A school of rainbow-colored fish swam around me. For an instant my vision blurred not from water, but from the bright colors of a hundred fish!

Fear–whether imagined or learned by experience– is a barrier. Conquering fear might help some people, but I prefer my less-intense approach of accepting fear and living beside it. I don’t want to miss the magic that surprises us in moments of living. Maybe someday I’ll be over my fear of open water, but until that day comes, I plan to live along side of that fear, but still live.