This, my friends, is why I adore animals. I bring a strange new little thing into the house and instead of showing anger or jealousy, all the dogs show her is love. LOVE. We should all follow their example. // #animallove#katsmenagerie#gatavideos
Wishing my mom and my Bita and Bito were around to see this, the death of a heartless man named Fidel Castro.
You see, this isn't just the death of any man, this is the death of a man who made them leave the place that was their home; a man who made them give up anything and everything that they owned; a man who made them fear for their lives; a man who forced them to move to a strange place where they knew no one, to start their lives (with two young children) all over again; a man who could make my grandmother cry with just a mention of his name; a man who changed their lives - and the lives of millions of other people - forever.
So while I will not celebrate the death of this man, I will celebrate the beginning of the end of a dictatorship. I will celebrate the end of his hatred. I will celebrate hope.
Viva Cuba Libre! #vivacubalibre
So very thankful. // Things I'm thankful for: my health; cool swims in the ocean; the sun, for making me tan and warm; my strong legs, for carrying me through long runs and long rides; sunsets; happy tears; old photos with people I've lost; good times and bad times- that we celebrate them or made it through them; the ability to help others in need, which reminds us that we are all in need in one way or another; my coworkers, for making going to work not seem like very much work at all; my beautiful home; rainy days; uncontrollable laughter; my friends, for putting up with me through thick, thin, and lots of drunk crying; warm chai tea lattes; cuddle sessions with my pups; music, for lifting my spirits when I'm down and always urging me to dance; online shopping in my PJs; days off; good conversations; words - written or spoken - that give life meaning and give meaning to my life; mistakes, for helping me learn and improve and become better; heartbreak, for reminding me that my heart is strong enough to face the worst and still keep beating; headstands in the sand; anonymous acts of kindness; hugs; smiles from strangers; painful experiences, for teaching me that no matter how many times I fall, I can always get back up again- stronger than ever; knowledge and intellect; books that inspire; the gift of voice; a soul that is constantly on the hunt for growth and change; life, for giving me the chance to experience all that I'm experiencing and will be experiencing in my time to come; lastly, I am thankful for my mother, who always taught me to appreciate the small, simple pleasures that life has to offer. It is because of her that I wake up every morning feeling thankful for all that I have and in awe of the beauty of all that surrounds me. // #begrateful#givethanks#lifeisbeautiful