Tea.

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Herbal

So many days

throughout the year

I drink my cup of herbal cheer.

It warms the body

and calms the soul.

No fragrance, tint or taste is missed,

in Nature’s wonderous

teatime gift.

Adapted from My Hawaiian Garden

by Hawaii Poet Don Blanding

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Found this lovely poem on the box of some tea I purchased in Kauai the last time we visited there. The cup pictured above was give to me by my friend Tobi…an amazing author, poet, mountain bike rider, champion of women’s empowerment, and fellow “squiggle.” It’s my favorite bug to drink tea in. It’s what I am drinking tea in as I type this post. Somethings are just mean to be…this mug is mean to filled with tea at all times!

Happy Birthday Dear Friend.

Took a break from posting yesterday in honor of a wonderful woman. This woman is the inspiration behind why I do this blog. To carry her message…be kind, be wonderful, be generous.  It is indeed what Jodi has always done.

I know there are many people like her in the world. And I feel quite honored and lucky to have known such a wonderous human being. Yesterday was her birthday.

I often think back to wishing I could have been there more for her or just simply spent more time. Time. It’s something so vast…yet so precious. In all that we try to strive through to get through life, it really is important to take time. Time to just close your eyes under the sun, time to look at the big blue ocean, time to listen to your kids stories, time to hold hands with the one you love, time to remember those that have taken a journey before you, and that you hope to one day meet up again with them….in heaven, in paradise…in that place where you will rekindle with those you once thought lost. They are not lost, as long as they are remembered.

I remember you Jodi. As do many others. The pain of losing you will hopefully be overtaken by all the memories we have shared with you.

Dear Jodi……there are many of us that look forward to meeting you again when our time travels down that journey…but until then I know you are with me…you are with your family…you are with your friends…forever and always.  Love you!

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Missing her very much

Yesterday marked three months since Jodi passed away. I decided to go visit her site after I worked out. It was a beautiful sunny day and the ocean was roaring in the distance. From her site there is a view to the ocean and beyond, but more than that…it was just simply a peaceful place to be and reflect and talk to her. Yes, I talked to her…alot. I’d much rather she be here in person, bantering with me, sharing new ideas, talking about her family, especially her kids, and just laughing and being together. I cried. I cried for not visiting her in the hospital. I cried for having that wonderful conversation with her at midnight when she was in the hospital…we talked for about three hours. I cried because I thought of her family…I thought of her spirit, and I thought of her ways.
I miss you Jodi girl. I plan on visiting again soon for some more chatting. Love you always.