Life lately has been interesting, and by interesting I do not mean easy. It has been actually extremely difficult. Set in a backdrop of dissonance on a national and global scale, we are all expected to maintain a certain amount of strength and accountability more than ever. It feels hard to ask for help and support, even as unavailable as things may seem, but it’s important more now than ever before to do so. While I feel like we are awakening to a new consciousness in these crazy times, our senses are heightened, and we holding each other accountable in new ways with our own responsibilities. But it is equally important to remember that there is magic in the minute; deeper meaning in the subtleties. This is not so much a post about 5 things as it is a testament to people who have been important to me lately, regardless of how often or infrequently that I see them. People who have helped me with the simplest of tasks, by mere suggestion, by a kind word or message. Like making candles with Anna, riding bikes with Kristen, Nathan making dinner or video-chatting with Emily. Just seemingly little things that remind me that I am part of the fabric. That we are all part of each other, and are bound together by admiration, dedication, hardship, understanding, creativity, joy, assistance, strength, stamina and belonging. Oh, and Love. There’s a lot of that too. All of these folks have been on the higher point lately, helping me navigate my time in Portland, whether they know it or not. Thank you. I want to give it all back to you tenfold.
These are people and some things. Photo credits are labeled, all other photographs are by me. Sorry I am not very good at formatting this shit. I will work on it.