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sounds that make me feel grateful to be alive & a quick few days in Cali

“Stay close to any sounds that make you are glad you are alive.”-Hafez. The moment I read this quote I underlined it until I ripped the page in my book because it resonated so much.  I don't want to chase pleasure for its sake but I do want to be careful to surround myself with things that remind me and allow me to feel more alive. Feeling fully alive, fully present, & fully known.  The past few days I spent celebrating a dear friend's 40th birthday. It seems surreal we are entering midlife because we still feel like (ok and maybe act like) back in our college days when we took more French classes because we had a crush on our TA (Jean- Michel forever we love you) and spent late nights that turned into mornings talking about the deep things of life AND being so ridiculous that we laughed til we peed (okrrrr maybe that was just me).   Jill is a beautiful woman who clings to joy, not because her road has been easy but because it has been hard at times but she consistently lo…

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