1. I believe I have shared here before the little-known fact that I am married to a chalk artist. He practices his craft on the large chalkboard that lives in our kitchen, and does his best work as he nods and affirms his way through conversations with his lovely, chatty mother on the telephone. This particular work depicts me, my love, and some baby turtles frolicking on the beach at Hilton Head. My daughter thinks it looks just like us, and I find it rather hard to argue the point.
2. Hilton Head was wonderful. Of all the beaches I've visited in my now, as of last Tuesday, 51 years (happy belated birthday to me!), the beaches of Hilton Head are far and away my favorite. Beautiful. Vast. Clean. Packed with people, and yet not crowded. We will go back. Maybe as soon as November.
3. As vacations go, this was among the most relaxing I've ever taken. It was the first time my husband and I visited a beach destination with no kids or other family involved. No pressure to entertain everybody all the time, no disagreements on where to go/what to do, no working around someone else's hidden agenda. Just us. And we relished every single second of it, not to put too fine a selfish note on things. It was peaceful. Easy. Breezy. Relaxing and rejuvenating. This one will live on in the memory of my heart for a good long time.
4. But now we're back home and SWIMMING IN CHAOS! LOL
5. Chaos of the best kind, though. Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley is a momentum building beast. So many things have happened so quickly, it's hard to know where to start. I really need to do a better job documenting the progression of this labor of love, because the story of how it has all come together and fallen into place as if it were always meant to be - as if it were a God thing - truly is awesome, in the literal definition of the word.
6. In what has to be record time, we received our determination letter from the IRS, declaring us an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with all the rights and responsibilities that entails. I mailed our application on June 12, and we received our letter, dated August 4th and postmarked August 5th - MY BIRTHDAY! - while we were off enjoying some rest & relaxation. Less than two months. BOOM.
7. We held our first two volunteer trainings and scheduled the next two. We sent out a friends & family fundraising appeal and have seen a higher than expected return. We have been invited to exhibit at three upcoming health fairs and appear on two local television shows. We were interviewed by the local paper, with the promise of an article to appear next Wednesday. We are making little strides of progress on a near-daily basis. It's all so exciting. I can't even think of an adequate word to describe the sense of being perfectly situated in the right place at the right time, doing things that feel pre-ordained or destined or ... meant to be.
8. So...what else? Well, I signed up with a Couch to 5K training group. Yep. I did. This will be my third attempt. At least. The good news is, we're seven weeks in. I KNOW! But we're still on Week 6 because we collectively decided to repeat a week. If you've never done this before, lemme tell ya: Week 5 is a killer. A deal breaker, even. It's when you go from perfectly reasonable five minute and eight minute runs straight to a 20 minute one.
9. Which - confession - I have yet to complete. I may be repeating yet another week before moving on with the program, but I'm okay with that. I have been moving in a big way at least three times a week for seven weeks. That's significant. If I never run a 5K, I will be fine with that. If I give up on moving, I will not be fine. Period.
10. Our 13 member staff at the Alzheimer's Association has a Wellness Council, comprised of nearly 33% of our team. Ha! We have come up with a strategic wellness initiative, complete with points and prizes and collective encouragement, and it starts in earnest September 1st. I am looking forward to jumping on this particular bandwagon with gusto.
11. The Little Free Library plans are in full swing. We found our base structure at the Habitat ReStore - a dated, sort of ugly wooden entertainment center that lends itself to a built in bench for sitting in the finished design in our minds' eyes. This project was pushed to the back burner by virtue of necessity, but now that we've made this find, it's bubbling back to the front.
12. Our new grandson will make his debut in the world on September 25. It's happening so fast! EVERYTHING is happening so fast. Life is happening fast. I mean...faster than normal. Or at least faster than it used to. I seem to have all my perspectives framed in my own mortality these days. Is that a normal part of the aging process? Or am I just really ... I dunno. Weird?
13. I leave in the morning to spend a three day weekend with Henley. Just us girls. Henley and Gammaw, flyin' solo. I know it seems like I'm always looking forward to something, but this? I am. Sincerely and intensely.
And you know?
I am always looking forward to something. And if I don't have something obvious to look forward to, I work to create something to look forward to, and then do. Look forward. To the thing.
The getting there is half the fun.
Anticipation, baby. It makes the world go 'round!
*Title quote from the masterful imagination of George Lucas.