inspiration, gratitude & surprises

22 Feb


Hello weekend! This should be a busy but fun one! This afternoon I am taking myself on an “artist date” to a chinese medicine healer. Does that constitute as an artist date? Maybe not, but I find it all terribly interesting so I feel like it might be, right? I was walking in our new neighborhood the other day and came across the Yo San University and thought…what the heck is that? So I called and learned it is a school that teaches traditional chinese medicine and that they offer a two-hour intake appointment with their interns for a ridiculously low price. So I thought, why not! I mean, I don’t sleep great most nights, I suffer from anxiety and I always feel like my body temperature is off. Too much information? Sorry. I have tried the western route recently for these things and don’t necessarily feel better. I also find natural remedies ( I truly believe what you eat is what you are) and chinese medicine (I’ve done acupuncture before and loved it) very interesting, so I booked an appointment. Expect a post about is soon.

Saturday I am back at it on this whole wedding dress mission. Who knew it would be so damn hard to find a white gown to get married in? Luckily my mama, step-mama, Taline and Rachel will be on hand to give opinions. Then I am going to head to a heart-opening workshop with the lovely Mary Beth LaRue at Studio Surya. Then I am taking Brian out to dinner for his birthday!! My favorite human is turning 31!! Brian, get ready for a fun night out on the town:)

Sunday I am going to Taline’s house for a visit, then I’m heading home to make Brian and my brother, Nik, dinner. I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog called “Sunday night dinners at 425”. My hope is to tackle a new recipe every Sunday as well as have different friends/family over each week. I’m pretty excited about it! Look out for the first post on Monday! Oh and of course we will be watching the Oscars after dinner. I’m a sucker for the Oscars!

Oh, and lastly an update on one of my goals for the year- I signed up for a six-week course in ballet! Can’t wait to get back to the barre.

Have a fabulous weekend!

What inspired me this week?

Brian’s project, Willowbrook MLK Wellness Community was nominated for a big award! Please vote for it!! That boy put so much hard work into it. He inspires me everyday with his vision.

I picked up “May Cause Miracles” by Gabrielle Bernstein this week and I looove it.

This post by the talented Katie Devine

I may not be a mama yet but honest writing always inspires me – This post by Reverie

Yoga class last night with my sweet friend Rachel. I really needed it

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life” – Christopher Germer. I’ve been really hard on myself recently for a bunch of little and big things so this quote really resonated with me.

The journey is all there is, really. The future never comes, because it’s always the present moment.”– Pema Chodron

What am I grateful the week?

My life- that’s a big one, huh? But, I have heard so much sad news this week about illness and death that it has left me really grateful to be alive

That Brian was born 31 years ago and chose me to be his partner in life.

The fact I got one FULL day to write at home this week. So needed

The talented, inspiring, gorgeous and smart ladies in my life

What surprised me this week?

My love affair with thin mints has been reawakened and it has led me to a very dark place

How much my attitude towards life can change from one day to the next. It always reminds me to ride the wave


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Lastly, a little song to start your weekend with…it always makes me want to dance


17 Responses to “inspiration, gratitude & surprises”

  1. Crystal February 22, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    sorry about those thin mints…. :p

  2. cravesadventure February 22, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Many New Adventures – Celebrate – Congrats!!! Good Luck on finding that white dress – I struggled with it too and partly because I am not real girlie. Happy Friday – Happy Weekend:)

    • katemcclafferty February 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      This may come as a surprise but I’m not much of a girlie girl either! I’m definitely not a dress girl. Maybe that’s the problem! Hope you have a great weekend:)

  3. the usual bliss February 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Love the Sunday dinners! And as you know, I’m on board with the Chinese medicine. I’ve been absolutely amazed with my experiences so far.

    • katemcclafferty February 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Maybe I was inspired by you! I just found myself pulled there:) just left…amazing

      • the usual bliss February 23, 2013 at 9:08 am #

        Very cool to see a different perspective than what we’re used to here in the US.

  4. barbarapotter February 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Love this as always Kate. You always make me smile and by the way when I was a little girl….and older….before I found out I had Celiac…I was addicted to Thin Mints. Total trouble. My surprise is that I discovered Rumpus. I must live under a rock. I just love it and the varied posts. My favorite this week besides my daughter Jen’s “Getting Made” in honor of Ronan & Emily is My Brother, This Is Your Memory Cloak by Andrea Collins. Wow. Hit a little close to home from my childhood too. It was profound and an amazing essay.

    • katemcclafferty February 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      YOU always make me smile! Both of your daughters have been kicking ass this week. Beautiful beautiful beautiful writing:) hope you have a great weekend

      • barbarapotter February 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

        I look forward to the recipe you come up with. I one from you last year that was great.

      • katemcclafferty February 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

        Sadly this Sunday may be pretty basic- my 17 year old brother isnt known for his adventurous taste buds:)

  5. palomino72 February 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Good on you for going back to acupuncture, I’m still plodding along with that and the cupping also. It has helped immensely. Great, positive post 🙂

    • katemcclafferty February 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      Your comments are always so lovely and positive- thank you! I’m interested in trying the whole cupping thing. I’ve heard some interesting things! Hope you have a lovely weekend:)

  6. Susan February 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    You are a true inspiration. Thank you for sharing your gifts. You are a blessing!

    • katemcclafferty February 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      That’s so VERY kind of you to say! I’m so grateful to have you as a reader:)

  7. Erin Haslag (@WELLinLA) February 24, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Love the bliss & gratitude posts! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face by sharing your joy!


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