As most everyone knows, I’ve been in Hawaii for the last two weeks.  We’ve had a blast visiting with friends, relaxing by the pool, and soaking up as much sun as we can before we head back to the rainy PNW.  I didn’t think I really needed a break but once our trip came, I knew I really needed a break from just about everything – including reality.  I can wish that my reality was waking up in paradise every morning to the sound of the waves crashing, the roosters crowing, and the smell of tropical air.  But…it’s not.  At least for right now.  (wink, wink)

I’ve read three books (and hopefully will finish the 4th before we land) during the two weeks.  I really can’t say the last time I’ve read that many books in such a short time.  I’ve used the time to read a couple of funny books and a couple of not so funny, more helpful books.  One of the ‘helpful’ books was The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.  Funny enough, I found the book one night when I couldn’t fall asleep.  I had to find a different book because the one I was already reading, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson was making me laugh too much and not helping to make me tired. My kindle told me it would only take about 3 hours to read Brene’s book…I considered staying up all night to finish but realized that probably defeats the purpose of the book which is about feeling the need to be perfect all the time. So instead I took a sleeping pill to help with the sleep. I came back to the book later.

It was a fabulous book!  I highly recommend it.  I took lots of notes from it and hopefully will feel a little better about being more imperfect.  One of my take aways was the notion of writing TGIF and not what you may think.  TGIF – Trusting, Grateful, Inspired, and Faith.  I thought this was a perfect Friday to share my TGIF.  After all, these past weeks have been very relaxing and I’m feeling a bit recharged.

Trusting: Over the last two weeks, I’m realizing to trust myself more.  I’m good at what I do – in my profession, in my volunteer work, and in my marriage.  I may not be perfect at any one of those things but I don’t have to be perfect. I trust my gut to help me decide what’s best for me.

Grateful:  How can I not say I’m not grateful for spending some time in Hawaii?? I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend time with my husband, see the beauty of the island, be with our friends, and take some much needed time for myself.

Inspire:  I’m inspired by the books I read.  Liz Gilbert’s new book Big Magic was full of inspiration to be more creative, Brene Brown’s books The Gifts of Imperfection and Rising Strong help to remind me that I’m a strong individual and inspired me to not be so hard on myself, and Jenny Lawson’s book Furiously Happy inspired me to laugh – pretty much at every situation.  Laughter is the best medicine 🙂

Faith:  I have faith that one day Alan and I will buy a place in Hawaii.  And our two week vacation can turn into maybe two months.  I don’t think I could live here full time but with the power of ‘telecommuting’ we could work anywhere. I have faith that the right time, right place will come soon.

So…what’s your TGIF??



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