The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In action, gratitude is a thankful appreciation of whatever floats your boat, makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, or simply augments your existence, be it tangible or intangible. Gratitude is also good for you according to researchers at Harvard, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and plenty of other places.
Friday Faves are a zippy accounting of what's helped carry me through the week, with a healthy dose of gratitude for each. Today, I give it up for:
- Recycled Runway: This stunning feast for the eyes and mind that happens every year in Boulder, Colorado and I am privileged enough to be on the organizing committee. I do the PR + Communications for the show on a pro bono basis, but my work is super easy as the show creates its own magic with style and ease. Every year tween and teen designers work for hundreds of hours to create haute couture out of recycled and found materials and the culminating event is a fashion show and competition. It sells out in a heart beat and the energy within The Boulder Theater the night of the show is always positively palpable. You can read more about this year's RR9 here, or here, or even here and definitely give it a follow on FB and Insta @recycledrunwayboulder. Next year is the 10th anniversary, who knows what might be in store???
- Mid-April: Crisp blue skies, ever-greening grass, buds on the trees, bees starting to buzz. Bliss.
- The feeling of accomplishment you get after working on something for many, many months and it finally happens and it's good.
- The Heirs by Susan RIeger: I just finished this novel about a tight-knit family whose patriarch has died. The female protagonist's calm in face of so many other people's stormy emotions and her steady dedication both to her family and her sense of right keep swirling about in my mind. It's a story about many things, but one of them is how life doesn't turn out they way we plan, there are secrets and snafus, but we survive and we move forward and we learn to hold on to the pieces of ourselves that keep us grounded.
- 2 days in a row meeting-free, which means I have time to take care of business (TCB)!