Friday, May 22, 2015

Is something missing?

Most of the time when we say we're busy it's meant as a bad thing right? But really being busy isn't bad as long as we're busy with the right things. 

These past few weeks I've been BUSY which for me isn't the norm because honestly I'm a commitment freak. Let's just say I love my flexible lifestyle and I'm really protective of my time. And I've worked hard over years learning how to say yes, only to things I want to do and saying no, to the things I'm no longer excited about or just don't feel good anymore.

HOWEVER... I've felt for awhile that something is missing.
Do you ever feel like that? 


For me it centered around purpose. I've been wanting to DO more with my time and out in the world and one thing that I kept thinking about was how much I missed working with or advocating for foster youth.

So this year, for my birthday I decided that my gift to myself was to check out a volunteer organization called CASA that I've always wanted to volunteer for but wasn't sure I had the time.


I sat down, googled their website and found out that they were having an info meeting ironically 2 days later : LOVE THAT! And the next thing you know I was having an interview and begining the 42 hour training classes the following week.

For me, I just gotta say yes when things just seem to line up perfectly and I also knew that deep down I didn't want another 6 months to go by wishing I'd just jumped in.  

But I gotta be honest here. As excited as I was to add this into my life I was also kinda freaking out on the inside.

Maybe you can relate...

"Seriously an 18 month commitment are you crazy?!"
"Do I REALLY have the time? Who am I kidding?! What about xyz"
"And how the heck am I going to make the night trainings work around our family evenings and Tobin's lacrosse practice?" 


I could go on and on but you get the jist.

Can you guess what I had to do?
That's right. I had to do…ASK FOR HELP.

So I reached out to friends to coordinate rides for Tobin. I moved things around on my schedule to free up some pockets of time so I didn't feel overwhelmed. I made sure to keep my exercise time scheduled so I don't run myself down. And I talked with my family about why this is so important to me and what the commitment looks like so we were all on the same page and we can work it out together.

And you know what?
It's happening.

And you know why? 
Because I wanted to do this.
And I decided to make it work.
It's that simple.

Check this cartoon out…so true right?! :)




I also knew that I actually had to say YES and COMMIT then trust myself to figure it out.

And you know what else? 

I'm not only busier but I'm happier! I'm so excited that I'm doing this kind of work again and that I have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a foster child.

Plus I'm more productive and focused on other things in my life because I have to be. AND I'm actually getting more done, learning a ton and meeting some other amazing, big-hearted people in my class! SUPER BONUS!

So now…I'd love to hear from you. 




Let's imagine for a second that we're hanging out right here together. Just you and me on these cute little benches in the trees.

Talk to me... 
What have you always thought about or talked about wanting to do?
When was the last time you looked into it or tried to make it happen? Has it been awhile?
What does the hustle and bustle in your life look like?
Are you busy with the right things? Or are there some things you need to change so you can free up your time for the stuff you really wanna do?

Think about it and get back to me…
Need help figuring it out? That's what I'm here for.

Alrighty then! It's go time!
Gotta get my homework done! WOO HOO!
Never thought I'd be excited about that! :)

Big Hugs + Go DO IT vibes, 
gia

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mama Love

Love all of the beautiful photos + stories + smiles of Mama Love flowing around the web and all of the rockin' dudes who took the time to celebrate their wives or mother's yesterday…the little things really do matter the most.

Extra love going out to those of you who shared your memories of missing your mama's and to my friends who wished they could be mama's or those who maybe didn't have the love they hoped their mama could give... who might of have a hard time yesterday. Extra Big hugs to you.

I just found these photos this morning of me and my mom just relaxing in the wind on my brothers boat years ago, sometimes I can still her voice and remember our exact conversations before her memory loss journey and I am so grateful + no words can describe how much this crazy boy who's making silly faces next to me on the beach continues to make my heart smile… Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Take my Hand.

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With all that's happening right now in the world from Nepal to Baltimore for a moment lets imagine that we're all holding hands…so we can shift some of the bad and the hurt to more good and love. I'm reaching mine out to you.

Smiles + Love,
gia

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bday Love

Thank you for all the birthday love + happy wishes!

I had a beautiful and mellow birthday yesterday due to a chest cold...yet really enjoyed celebrating with my boys.

I went on a little lunch scooter date with my guy + got some pretty flowers from my boy + a gorgeous orchid from my bro + sis-n-law. I spent some solo time writing an I am grateful for & I am proud of list + snapped some fun pics with my fav mini polaroid. We toped it off with a yummy sushi homemade dinner and family snuggles on the couch watching one of my fav movies : Good Will Hunting. It was also made special with a few phone calls and text messages from family and friends and some of you! Thank you so much for thinking of me.

I do know as time goes on that it really is about the everyday moments with people we love.

Smiles,
gia

Thursday, April 23, 2015

An invitation

photo via

This photo is so beautiful and inviting : something about the big trees and winding road feels like an invitation for what's to come…

Smiles,
gia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Scariest moment of my life.



Big Hugs going out to you today...

I'm back via video to share a message + story with you about why I've been unplugged the past few weeks.

I'll also share 2 takeaways I had after experiencing the scariest moment of my life which ended in one women's death 3 weeks ago.

Please note that the tears start to flow towards the end and my words are far from perfect but I decided to leave it as is because masterfully edited didn't seem as real to me. This is just the raw me sharing with you and I don't want it any other way.

Besides if we hang out for any length of time you're gonna find out that I hold nothin' back. Tears + smiles + stumbles and all and I welcome you to do the same.As always I love to hear from you if you're open to sharing your thoughts, takeaways or insight. All you gotta do is comment below or send me an email. I promise that I read every single message and I will get back to you.

Thank you so much for being here.Thank you for being who you are in the world.

And don't ever forget that YOU ARE LOVED.

Big Smiles,
gia

P.S. I intentionally didn't share the entire story here about the event as it would take more time but if you'd like to read the details you can check out the article here.

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