Mornings are hard. For a split second when I’m sleeping I forget where I am and then am reminded that I’m not home and this isn’t a dream I’ll be waking up from any time soon. Mornings also mean that there’s a full day ahead of me which can feel daunting. SO, this morning I wanted to remind myself of some of the good things that will come out of this not-so-good situation.
1. Connect with people— a true blessing has been receiving such an overwhelming amount of love and support from quite an array of people in the past two weeks. Obviously with those that I hold closest to my heart, but also connecting with people that I haven’t spoken with in years, people I am only acquaintances with, or people that I really don’t know at all but felt the urge to reach out and offer their kind words and support. It truly has shown me that people are innately goodand I am so lucky to be surrounded with the most amazing group of individuals I could ever ask for. This experience has already highlighted the importance of making a better effort in connecting with those that I love and appreciate– making the time to give a call to one of my many friends that are seemingly scattered around the country just to say hello, making the time to call catch up with someone important in my life that it’s been too long since we’ve last spoken, making the time to not get lost in the “routine” of life and put in a better effort to see my family and friends that live just an hour away in which I sometimes act like live across the country, making the time to say thank you and i love you to all those that make a difference in my life. So to all of you who are reading this blog and have connected with me in these past two weeks to offer me positive vibes and energy… thank you and i love you.
2. Try new things — I will have lots of new found “time on my hands” and while I know this will be tough road ahead physically, I really believe that the mental game is half the battle and the more active and stimulated I remain, the quicker the road to recovery will be. So there’s no better time than now to try new things and gain new “hobbies”– like BLOGGING! 🙂 or knitting, DIYing or painting. Creative outlets will be a nice change of pace and one that I’m excited about.
3. Become a famous chef-– If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably saw the outrage that I took to pinning recipes yesterday. The past few months, I’ve learned to really enjoy cooking and trying new recipes/foods. But as with most people, there’s not always enough time in the day to be slaving away in the kitchen trying all the recipes I want to discover. So lucky for me (and Mike!), I’ll be slumming around our Slomerville palace for quite some time and will have plenty of time to master this talent.
I see you Guy Fierri.
4. Possibly get a pup — not sure if this one’s possible yet but I’ve wanted a frenchie for a long time now and there really hasn’t been a good time with my work schedule. So my wheels have already begun to spin that maybe this is God opening the door for me to have a little baby frenchie on board.
A girl can dream…
5. Have a “summer vacation” — living in New England there is absolutely a “better” time to have chemo. And it’s called not winter. I feel lucky that I’m going to go through this just as winter is ending and the beautiful New England spring and summer are beginning. I felt sorry for myself last summer being locked up in an office building everyday during those warm weather days. And although this is not how I would’ve wished to get some extra days off, (I’d take winning the lotto instead), I’m excited to spend time soaking up more rays than I had anticipated and just enjoying being outdoors and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin.
So with that said….dear 10 degree days in March– get the eff out of my way.
6. More time with my Eleni Bear – lets face it, there’s no better therapy than snuggling with my favorite little nugget. Literally nothing better. And I’ll have way more time to do that. So BOOM– win.
I’m sure I’ll think of more later but those are some of the main things I’m looking forward to with my new change of pace.
4 thoughts on “Silver Linings BlogBook”
I love you, Jess, and I love reading about your life. I hope you will teach me how to knit while your “slumming around [y]our Slummerville place.” ‘Cause, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been wanting to learn for a while despite the fact that it reminds me of turning into a grandmother. =X But I like to think of myself as a “cool geek,” and I think maybe knitting has a place in all of that. =P
Jessica, each time I read your BLOG, I receive such POSITIVE ENERGY from you. You are a NATURAL writer, among MANY other talents..JESSICA KALEIGH MORAN, you are one AMAZING woman…LOTS of love and PRAYERS…Barbara
Jessica, as I said before you are an inspiration to everyone. Knitting is a lot of fun. Just think of all the hats and sweaters you can knit, even baby afghans. I always enjoyed baking more then cooking. Both are fun. As you know you are loved by so many and our prayers are storming heaven. Have a good day. Love you, Auntie Mona
Kathy and John, Bruce and I think of you and Jessica often…and when I pray, I send one up for all of you. I love your positive and uplifting attitude in the face of such a difficult situation. Lesson here.