Ocean Beach, San Francisco

So often, as many others do, I find myself focusing in on the things that simply don’t matter.  I get occupied with worrying about the direction of my life, or questioning decisions I have made thus far.  I scan through the chapters of my past and surmise what I would change or what I wish wasn’t such-in-such way.  I rush to work, rush to a yoga class, rush to dinner with friends… forgetting what it means to slow down and take in the plethora of things i have to be thankful for.  Our daily lives take over and we forget to find joy in the little things surrounding us every step of the way.  I finally got the chance to pause and center in on what matters most when I visited my childhood friend, Jeanne, in San Francisco.  She is an inspiration in countless ways.  Being thankful for her doesn’t encapsulate the true value of her friendship. I am more than grateful. I believe in having multiple soul mates in your life and with this, will always see her as one I was lucky to find at such a young age. We laugh together like we did when we were at St. Michael’s running around with our skirts hemmed too short and we get excited about little things like we once did about our favorite pens and notebooks (we still love pens and journals just as much!)  She reminds me to focus my attention onto things that mean the most and to fill my day with gratitude for the great fortunes I have and have had in my life. She fills each space she enters with positivity and light.  I am so excited to see what the future has in store for her.  She is the most genuine version of loving, laughing and being light!

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  1. Nicely written and good advice. “Rush to yoga class…” how ironic we humans are. I too practice yoga (on my own) and have caught myself rushing to fit a planned workout in. When I catch myself doing this, I stop, shorten the workout if necessary, and re-focus on the body-spirit communion I do the yoga for in the first place. Like you said, it is so easy – and so important not to – forget to enjoy the little things. Your friend has a wonderfully infectious smile.

    • Thank you for your comment! I agree – I love yoga because it forces you to stop and give yourself that time that you need spiritually, mentally and physically. It is such a powerful practice and has so much to offer. Most the time I am rushing to get there because I simply can’t wait to be on my mat 🙂 Thank you for following my blog along and taking the time to comment.

  2. Daddy-0

    Beautifully said Jenna and a message we should all follow. “The meaning of life” is not a mystical question that ofers only one answer. It is as individual as the small items that make us happy (pens & notebooks). It is what our heart tells us. You and Jeannie have a love and respect for each other that should be cherished. You have found the “meaning of life” within each other. I love you both

  3. Toni

    This is a beautiful dedication to Doodle and your lifelong friendship. Beautifully written and equally as beautiful pictures. This brings the biggest smile to my face. I adore you both so much!!!!

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