Frida Friday

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During the last year, I’ve been reading different books, listening to new podcasts and spending more time in prayer than ever before. In this time of reflection and exploration, I’ve decided there is no such thing as coincidence. When a great opportunity falls into my lap, when I meet someone who I feel like I’ve known for years, when the guy at the coffee shop doesn’t charge me for a refill — these were all things I was meant to notice and appreciate.
For example, this morning at the gym there happened to be a 2002 issue of Smithsonian featuring my very favorite artist, Frida Kahlo. It was on the bench where I place my bag everyday as though the universe was just leaving me a little gift. Happy Friday! Magazines and other items occasionally pop up on this bench as freebies but rarely catch my interest. Today was my day to reap the harvest. Frida and I had a lovely breakfast.
My new job, also, could not have come at a better time or seemingly be a better fit. I feel like climbing on the roof and screaming, “Thank you!” to the sky. Thank you for giving me a profession that is so challenging, that forces me to learn and be my very best. Thank you for giving me back my commuting time so I can have breakfast with Frida instead of the hour of knuckle-gripping freeway time that had grown routine. Thank you for putting me here, now. I learned just the right amount from the previous job to feel steady enough, but not quite enough to be confident. This is a great thing; with too much confidence, I often find myself being lazy.

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For the last few months I’ve been trying to figure out how I can see a nutritionist with my insurance plan. With changing insurance, it’s been tricky and I haven’t been able to make it happen. I’ve inquired at the gym about seeing someone and talked to a friend who is a registered dietitian. I love learning about health and figured meeting with a nutritionist would give me a better idea if my diet is balanced and what I can do to improve. Out of the blue this week I received and email from a colleague I know socially who happens to be a nutritionist. Would I like to be one of her new clients? She had no idea I’d been looking in to this. This morning we’ll meet and I don’t even have to worry about a co-pay. She’s building her practice and the price is more than affordable.
Again, thank you!

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Being intentional with what I want out of my day is providing amazing results. Creating a list of daily endeavors and reminding myself that action spurs progress is bringing more happiness into my life than I could have imagined. Happy Friday, friends. Happy Friday indeed.


P.S. Do you have any podcasts you regularly listen to that you find interesting, helpful and thought-provoking? I’d love to hear about them.

25 Replies to “Frida Friday”

  1. I love that you life your life mindfully and with “intent”. That’s very important to overall well-being. It’s so wonderful to hear about the blessings, large and small, that are finding their way to you. You look so beautiful in your picture–and very happy.

    I can’t offer anything on the podcast subject as I haven’t listened to any. I’ll watch your comments as they come in and hopefully discover some I can explore.

  2. I too don’t think there coincidences–things happen for a reason. Please share what you learn from the nutritionist. I’m interested in that as well as non-traditional docs, but again that insurance and payment thing. New hairdo Kel? Nice self-portrait! ~D

  3. Sounds like life is good! I’m so glad to hear that your new job is working out well. As far as podcasts, I really like Radiolab from WNYC (a NPR station in New York).

  4. It really is all about being open to the goodness that the universe is ready to shower you with.

    Have a fabulous weekend, my fabulous friend.

  5. I love hearing that everything is coming together so well for you and you are happy with the job change.
    And, I love those earrings!!
    Hmmm, podcasts – I am a podcast addict, I listen to them a lot when I’m doing mundane tasks like laundry or yard work. Some of them are fairly “trivial,” like the ones about Lost or Battlestar Galactica or knitting. I really like some by NPR, such as Radiolab and This American Life. I also listen to My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, Travels with Rick Steves and The International Spy Museum Podcast. I’d like to find a good faith-related podcast but am still searching.
    ps. love the earrings in the last picture!

  6. Yep, I agree with you about coincidence. You just can’t ignore all the signals, especially when they seem to be leading you in similar directions. Thanks for sharing your journey and for all the inspiration.

    …oh, and can’t wait to hear about your visit with the nutritionist.

  7. Frida, could this post get much better? I didn’t think so, I love her work as well. And then you shared your everyday blessings that come to all of us if we keep our hearts open and take the time to be. So glad that your job is bringing you the challenges you need and the joy you deserve. Living each day mindfully and with intent is wonderful, and a good reminder to us all. Have a blessed and wonderful weekend!

  8. I have believed for a very long time that there are no accidents or coincidences, each moment presented to us for learning and appreciation. Isn’t it wonderful when we see it all happening?!

  9. Love the look on your face…thankfulness makes beautiful women! I’m so glad to hear things are going well for you. (I would be very interested to read about how your nutritionist visits go. I find I am growing more aware of how food affects me…and I love to learn about others’ experiences.)

  10. Thanks for sharing your positive attitude on your blog. It is truly inspiring to me. I hope you will share some of what you learn through working with a nutritionist. That would be interesting.

    I listen to Democracy Now and Ravi Zacharias podcasts regularly……

  11. Based on what I know about who you are from what you share here, I think you’d really enjoy one I listen to regularly, it’s called Speaking of Faith, hosted by Krista Tippett. She talks about all sorts of things…from the ethics of eating, the spirituality of mathematics, to rediscovering Chinese religiosities or the biology of the spirit. It’s really wonderful and unbiased and she’s always interviewing someone really interesting like Barbara Kingsolver, or religious leaders… Hope you enjoy it!


  12. I’m a podcast junkie. Here are my favorites:

    I concur about Radio Lab. My favorite episode is one of the early ones, “Where Are We?”

    PRI’s To The Best of Our Knowledge. Sometimes the topic description sounds boring, but it never fails to engage me.

    A Way with Words. For word nerds. It’s also quite funny at times.

    APM The Splendid Table and KCRW’s Good Food are both terrific podcasts related to food and cooking.

    NPR Story Corp. These are short and amazing.

    NPR This I Believe. Also short. Reflective and thought-provoking.

    TEDTalks. Love the variety of the speakers and am inspired by their passion.

    WGBH Morning Stories. This podcast is sadly being discontinued for lack of funding, but there’s a rich archive of stories and you can’t help but get a crush on the host, Tony Kahn.

    My favorite time to listen to podcasts: while doing the dishes (it almost makes it fun – almost), exercising (usually just long walks), while trying to fall asleep (esp. when insomnia struck during pregnancy), on road trips.

    Hope you find some good ones!

  13. Enjoy the nutritionist! And share your findings on here if you feel inclined.

    I don’t listen to any podcasts, so would be interested to hear what you enjoy.

  14. Hi Kelli-

    One of my goals this year was to get financially smarter, so I download a podcast called Money Girl.
    Because I love food, The Splendid Table.

  15. I am replying to Melissa’s comment about Speaking of Faith. She has a lovely radio voice, a very thoughtful approach, and a generous way with her guests. I love it.

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