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Friday, March 16

vivid colors


poppy at balboa park, canon digital rebel xt

I've been loving the first few pages of Eat Pray Love, my friends. I can see why you all cherish her story. I think we all can look back on our life and remember vividly those "ah hah" moments where we knew a big change needed to happen. In retrospect, I can see such raw growth from these decisions. Mostly derived from pain or being way out of my comfort zone. Whether it was the ending of a relationship, a big move across the country alone, a trip across the world (again alone) or a huge career change...they've all molded me into the person I am today and for that, I am so grateful.

This current journey I am on isn't any different. I am still in awe of the lessons I learn each day while walking this path. I don't think I've ever loved myself as much as I do now. I am not talking about an ego-centric, narcissistic love. I mean learning to stop judging my thoughts and feelings. Being more gentle with me. More patient with my needs. More forgiving of my faults and accepting of my weaknesses. More true to myself and therefore, more true to my loved ones.

Even in those moments when I almost stop believing...I hear that still small voice of a little girl named Denise saying that I can do this. I can do this book called life and I can do it draped in vivid colors. Keep moving, keep dancing, keep picking myself up if I fall.

Moving Forward. Open. Free. Love.

I have a feeling that is what happens on Elizabeth Gilbert's journey in her book. She learns how to fall in love with herself all over again. No wonder we all crave this wisdom and experience.

I'll share more thoughts as I dig deeper into her words.

22 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

i was so moved when i first read her book too. i think you are going to savor each part of her journey.
lots of love
amanda

March 16, 2007 at 9:35:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Dreamer Girl said...

This books sounds wonderful. It´s going on my very long list of books I want to read!

XOXO Sophie

March 17, 2007 at 1:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

What a beautiful photo darling.

I am glad you are connecting with the book:)

Love you and miss you so very much.

Really crave hearing your voice
toe to toe
XOXOXO

March 17, 2007 at 5:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger renovating this heart said...

hi, sometimes I just feel so connected to you and I don't know why... but today was one of those days. This post made tears fill my eyes. I think it's every time you mention the little girl inside.... that has been (and continues to be) such a sensitive part of my journey. Starting to hear her voice and respect her... it's so hard and sometimes I realize how freakin' sad she is. And how much she wants to be heard. I'm sorry for writing a novel here.... I probably shouldn't share so much in a comment page. But oh well, take from it what you will.... just thanks for sharing and making me "feel" today.

March 17, 2007 at 8:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Darlene said...

You are the flower who has always lived your dreams with such grace and vivid color.

I am the luckiest big sis in the whole wide world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a good example you are to those around you.

XOXOXOXO Darlene

March 17, 2007 at 10:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

I don't think it's ever too late to do that, Denise- I mean, fall in love with yourself all over again...
It's always there, that opportunity- sometimes we just need a little kick in the pants to get ourselves there!
This book is perhaps one of the thngs that may inspire many of us to do that... as well as connecting to fabulous people like you!
Thank you for a wonderful post!

March 17, 2007 at 11:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Star said...

This is a wonderful book. Each person's path is unique and this book showed me that I need to be courageous and forge my own path, take the risks necessary to see growth, open my heart and soul to the possibilities just waiting for me to acknowledge them.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts as you read.

March 17, 2007 at 4:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Angela Marie said...

Oh Denise... I just so needed to hear about this book today! I am going to go out and get it!

I just do not know what to do with myself....

Thank you for sharing yourself and your new read.


hugs

March 17, 2007 at 6:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dee dee girl said...

You've got me interested in this book. It sounds like something I'd read.

Dancing is sometimes exhausting, both physically, and emotionally. Learning to love those emotions, and thriving off that exhaustion, makes your dance a wonderous beauty. The best part of the dance, is that when you think you know all the steps, God gives you a more challenging one. Go ahead, Boho Dee, Live. Love & Dance.

March 17, 2007 at 10:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Wanda said...

You words are heart-warming and tender. The books sounds like one I need to check out. Do you remember a movie some time back with Bruce Willis, "The Kid". That movie made me look at that kid in me "Little Wanda". I continue to check with her from time to time. She's my free spirit that I don't ever want to lose.
The flower- beautiful and delicate like you.

March 17, 2007 at 10:44:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Honey said...

I also wanted to recommend another book. Sera Beak's The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark.

March 18, 2007 at 6:35:00 AM PDT  
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March 18, 2007 at 3:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Susannah said...

ooh, i love this photo baby!

i've read this book... and have mixed thoughts about it. her journey resonated in parts, but i found it hard to get past her writing style (and *whisper* i didn't like the ending)... am i now excommunicated from the blogosphere? ;-)

l o v e you

xo

(the deletion was me :-)

March 18, 2007 at 3:23:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous nel said...

You have me curious to know more about this book...lovely post. Love the poppy too, my favourite!

March 19, 2007 at 12:12:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lianne said...

Oooh, I just got that book in the mail. Thank you for loving it, because pretty much what you love, I love.

Thank you for your beautiful, flowing lessons.

March 19, 2007 at 2:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

gorgeous photo sweetie pie!

i had a similar realization this weekend--i was beginning to doubt my growth, thinking that i have been continuously approaching the same point and then backing up. but then i realized how much more i love myself now than i did just a few years ago. and that is the kind of growth that truly counts!

March 19, 2007 at 2:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lianne said...

Oh my gosh.. I just realized I saw this woman on PBS this weekend, and I fell in love with her, but didn't know it was she.

I"m opening the book tonight!

March 19, 2007 at 3:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger chel said...

Hi Denise...I too am reading EAT PRAY LOVE and savoring every word...it is so rich! I've wanted to comment so many times but after reading your poetic thoughts...I've been stuck, at a loss for words. Today is my official get "unstuck" day so here I am thanking you for sharing your truth over and over again so eloquently.
I am so moved by your beautiful friendship with Letha, the love and respect is so apparent. I will follow her journey...What a brave, wonderful testimony to her life.
LOVE the photographs

March 19, 2007 at 4:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Viking Womyn said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love this Picture of you and the
'Lethster'!!

AAAAhhhhhh!!!




.....Priceless.....


lovU!

March 20, 2007 at 12:28:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

I have this book sitting here on a bookshelf next to my desk, I just have not delved into it yet. I can't wait to hear more of your thoughts on it.

Beautiful poppy picture honey...the poppy has an whole new meaning to me now. *blink*

love you

March 20, 2007 at 3:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Toni said...

I am really thinking about buying this book. So many "people" have made many comments on how good it is. So I think is is time.

Love this photo of you and Letha. Very "Chic" and very you.... Love the smile of you both. It has made me smile more.

Big Hugs,
Love Toni

March 20, 2007 at 6:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger teabird17 said...

I just joined the Non-fiction five, and came across your blog. Eat, Pray, Love was on my list of possibles - now it's going to be on my list of five - on the strength of how much it has given you!

melanie

March 27, 2007 at 10:38:00 AM PDT  

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