I don\’t usually travel so much but I have been to Michigan, Oregon, and Michigan again since the beginning of September. New sustainability consulting work has brought me to two working landfills, two recycling centers, an energy facility, and a dozen or so waste transfer stations in these two states during this time. Meeting with hundreds of community leaders and citizens along the way–shaping the future. I feel very lucky. In West Michigan now, I feel blessed with the opportunities before me, but I\’m also missing my family (home tomorrow!). Here\’s the video for the project I\’m working on out here!
And our family life is happening admist it all! Nov 1st, Nov 4th and Nov 11th were three birthdays in my house (5th, 40th, and 7th respectively for my daughter, husband and daugther). Having started MKMME during this time now two months ago, I can say all of this would have been happeing anyway, but I wouldn\’t have felt so…equipped, prepared, ready. There is beauty in the Cosmos (not Chaos)–Haanel intro week 8. Here\’s our now 5-year old Clare at her school music performance and kindergarten Thanksgiving meal this week while I was away–so proud of her!
Even if I fall off, I have a strategy now. And I can quickly get myself back on the wagon. I know I\’m excerising in the morning with my workout (easy on YouTube with MomShape!), reading Og, Haanel, doing the sit, and the other exercises. It relaxes my mind to know that what I need to do is in place. Combined with making good food, drink and sleep choices (usually), I\’m golden!
I just called my parents house to check-in since I had a quiet moment and my dad answered. My mom is at choir practice so she\’ll call back in 20 minutes when she\’s home. My dad asks where I am, I say Michigan, and he laughs in a way that he can\’t believe all that is always happening in my life. He turn 85 on Nov 29th (my fourth November birthday of importance!). He asks how I am, I say great, and he says, All right!, with true pleasure, as if it\’s the best thing he\’s heard all day!
I can say that for my 41 years, this is always how my dad has been. Through supporting his family farm in the 1930\’s/1940s, managing his local baseball team, trying out for the Yankees, Navy active duty and reserve, raising 4 kids, building our house by hand over the course of 3 years, working outside in all seasons, growing food for us and to sell at market, heart disease, divorce, child support, remarriage to my mom after 7 years and quitting drinking: I have never heard him say anything is hard. He worked as a foreman for a road construction company for 20 years, weathered by it all, lost all his retirement when the market crashed in 2008 (ceratianly reason to despair), still didn\’t bother him. His overriding mental strength I am sure is what has carried him through life successfully. He jokes with everyone; I don\’t know anyone with a harsh word for Joe Fayocavitz. He\’s a man among men, and I\’m proud of the legacy he has given me. Without a doubt, I\’m shaped by his constant love and and encouragement. He\’s always given me unwavering support. Truly. He has supported me to the utmost, with a fierce determination and tenacity that I hope to emulate. I try to carry this legacy to my kids and promise to make each day more aligned with this mission.
p.s. I think my DMP is finally close, now at the 8th revision. Thank you again Claes!