17 May 2013

storms make trees take deeper roots

Photography by Bluebird pictures
Dress by Tashi and Cataleya
Hairpiece by Lizzapooh

Challenge topic for today is something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it.

Melissa Etheridge has this belief that we all chose our hardships before we are born. No matter what excruciating adventure we go through in life, she has a theory we pick it when we are elsewhere because we know that path will take us to a place where we will learn the most. She talked about this notion at length a few months ago on a Joe Rogan podcast. I listened fascinated, and forever changed. At first this idea turned my whole world upside down and inside out. Then, the more I turned it around and around, and held it close to my heart, I realized it makes sense to me.

Maybe I did choose cystinosis because I knew it would teach me so much.

I'm learning the more heartbreak you trudge through, the sweeter the happy is, the more pain you live through, the more bliss you squeeze from the joy. Chalk it up to getting closer and closer to turning 30 (I am 3 months away...and cannot wait!) and wanting to honor the memory and tremendous lives of those of my friends with cystinosis who were never able to celebrate that milestone of a birthday.

I am so lucky our girl has a laugh that gives me the courage of a lion.


  1. What a gorgeous photo and I am so happy you are here to see 30 very soon. xo

  2. Your little lady is absolutely beautiful. I loved this post!! I'm going to have to see if I can find that Melissa Etheridge talk online. :)

  3. That is a fascinating theory, I am so interested in hearing more about that. Makes sense to me too. 30 has been the best year of my life so far and I hope you feel the same!! Big celebrations ahead :)

  4. Love everything you write and that picture of your girl is stunning!:0

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  6. Hi,it's so happy to read your blog and know your story.
    I am Stone living in Shanghai,
    my son's website is www.aHappyBoy.com,
    We always go to a park in Shanghai to talk with travelers from other countries, this is our way to learn English.
    I hope one day you will come to Shanghai!
    Best wishes to you and your family!

  7. I am going to recommend your blog to all my friends. Thank you!

  8. i love when you write.
    and i love, love, love that pic.
    what a precious girl!
    thanks for checking in on me :)
    you make me happy, too.

  9. She is lovely...and your outlook on life is beautiful...


  10. I truly believe in this as well. Such a lovely photograph and yay to courage of a lion and the 30s.

  11. Can we stop for just a second and talk about that picture? Seriously, it's stunning. Where was it taken?