Tag: #family

January 25, 2018: Special Day

Today is my cousin’s 25th birthday. It seems like she’s having an amazing day, and I’m glad about that. I’m very hopeful that I’ll be able to see her soon, since my cousin is tough to pin down for very long. She’s a strong minded, free-spirited person, an amazing quality to have in life. I see some of that independance shine through in her daughter. Since she’s three years old, my cousin will have quite a task on het hands as she gets older!

For now, I hope that my cousin is following the path she wants in life. She’s taken many roads in her life journey thus far, so I hope that the current path she’s taking doesn’t reach a huge road block. Whatever happens, I care for her very much.

January 24, 2018: Running Thoughts

I shouldn’t be stressing over things so much, yet I find myself again with a mind racing over things that haven’t happened yet. Even though things will most likely work out, there’s always the ‘worst case’ scenarios playing out in my head.

This situation involves my family…my fiancé and I are having both families gather together in a couple months. Just immediate families, yet it will be the first time both groups will meet. Each side is excited to meet the other, so that’s very promising. It’s just the unknown, the ‘what-ifs’ with different personalities getting together. It will be memorable for sure!

I am looking forward to it, since my grandparents will finally get to meet his family. My grandparents mean the world to me, and it’s great that they will finally get to meet his parents and siblings.

January 22, 2018: My Tribe

My Timehop from a year ago featured posts from a poetry therapy group I attended in Manhattan. At that time, it was the first group I took part of in months, since it was difficult trying to navigate heading to NYC after returning to New Jersey. As I mentioned before, I hold NYC dear to my heart, since it was in this city that I had the opportunity to discover myself, and what I wanted in both my creative and professional life. Leaving New York in 2014 was incredibly difficult, yet it was a choice necessary to make at the time.

My quest to maintain poetry therapy in NJ has proven to be very hard, yet I continue to value my NYC colleagues dearly. Currently a close friend and colleague in poetry therapy is enduring great hardship, and we must come together as a cohesive group, without delay. It’s vital for me to be available for my community, since they are my sisterhood, my tribe.

January 17, 2018: Friendly Bonds 

I spoke to one of my close friends in the poetry therapy community. I’ve known her for almost 15 years. I remember when I first met this supportive circle: I went to a group in order to seek more information about using poetry as a healing tool. During this group session, I was in the presence of social workers and teachers who applied poetry therapy in many educational settings. 

I decided to pursue my path in becoming a poetry therapy practitioner, and I formed many bonds with such a close knit group. Although I now live quite a distance away from the primary meeting areas, I maintain contact to some of my fellow community members today. Distance can be a challenge, yet I’m thankful for different methods of interaction.

January 16, 2018: Special Days

During work today, I celebrated one of my students’ birthdays. Since I work with toddlers, it was a quick celebration, yet fun was had by everyone. The special birthday girl got to celebrate with her brother, and special treats were given to her friends. 

Birthdays are truly special occasions. My cousin’s special day is next week, and she will be 25. Although we have a considerable age difference, we’ve always been extremely close. She has a child of her own now, and I get excited hearing about her growth milestones. I hope to see these two special people very soon. 

January 13, 2018

My fiance and I are en route to Pennsylvania, ready to take part in a friend’s birthday celebration this evening. I’ve known this friend for several years, and we enjoy the 2+ drive to her home every January. In some ways she reminds me of myself in my younger years, as she’s discovering many pop culture joys and trends later in life, like me. We also have a passion for Olympic game coverage, something that I loved watching with my best friend over the years. 

During the drive over I made my regular weekend call to my grandparents. It was brief, but I enjoy talking to my grandparents regularly. I look forward to seeing them in the next couple weeks. 

Evening Thoughts: September 4

  • Labor Day Weekend 2017 was good overall. Spent the 1st two days with friends and family, and Labor Day with just Andy. Really fun day outdoors.
  • I’m always amazed at how stunning Pennsylvania looks. Since moving to Hunterdon County NJ last year, I’ve seen many scenic parts of PA, and enjoyed them all.
  • So thrilled to watch my niece grow and change with each visit. She’s becoming such a little diva!
  • Tomorrow brings new challenges, and new opportunities. Hoping for promising outcomes!

    –Cathleen