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Erica Catherine  find bliss. free your mind. enjoy the ride. πŸ˜ŒπŸ’–βœŒ

Mom Mom (on the right) killin it on the beach in the mid 1940's πŸ’™

in life, there will be light and there will be darkness. both are of equal importance πŸ’™πŸ–€ #bikerideviews #thoughtsonlife

The last (tangible) gift she gave me: these beautiful purple flowers that I am happy to report I have managed to keep alive for the longest of any flowers I have ever been given! But the gifts she bestowed upon me and all of the others who were lucky enough to have her in their lives will never stop giving, even long after her departure. So much sass, so much strength, and so much heart filled her tiny little frame.
Mom Mom, you will forever live on in my heart ❀ I love you deeply and am so grateful to have spent time with you in those final days, where you remained true to your spirit- a strong, unrelenting, and powerful presence. You were beyond amazing βœ¨πŸ’œβœ¨

❀ mom mom, looooong before she was a mom mom. thanks @cristarowan for this gem #womancrusheveryday

Interesting little life lesson presented itself to me this morning:

I was on the beach, and a bird appeared unable to fly. With the tide coming in, I became concerned for its life. A few others had gathered around at this point and we made some calls to find someone (animal control) to help the bird.
When animal control arrived, they informed me that the bird was a Gannet, a type of sea bird that only takes off for flight from the water. It was perfectly healthy and fine, and they often come to shore to rest.
We had already pondered about how we as humans were potentially interrupting the ebb and flow of nature by making a call for what we presumed was an injured bird. Death, after all, is a part of life, but as beings capable of feeling empathy, naturally we want to preserve life in all of its forms.
But the bird wasn't dying. In fact, the bird was quite content and living its life, and here we were essentially disrupting its rest.
Granted, the call was made out of genuine concern. But it made me think: how often do we as humans do this in our lives with others too? How often do we try to help because we presume there is distress, but actually, everything is perfectly how it should be?

πŸ’

This year for my birthday, I decided to do things a little differently: I cooked dinner for my grandparents & my parents, the human beings responsible for my existence, as a thank you to them for giving me life. (And for my kids, my two lovely aunts, and Winsome) πŸŽ‰
From starting my day with yoga at the zen den, to all the texts/calls/snaps/fb messages, to the girls at work face timing me to sing happy birthday and dinner with the mvp's in my life, it was a beautiful birthday. Thank you to everyone who helped make it so special. I love you all so much πŸ™†πŸ»β€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸ˜˜

80's theme for the Doo Dah Parade, but this is how she dresses everyday anyway #littlelove #notsolittleanymore

I used to have to drive somewhere to watch the sunset. Now, I can just stand on my porch. So grateful for the life I have today. #nofilter #homesweethome

people act strange when it's getting hard to breathe #oxygen #dirtyheads

a few of my favorite people πŸ’š #howmanytimescanthesamepicbeinyournewsfeed

when you're actually more Irish than anything, but you don't look it so no one knows ☘ #happystpattys #workselfie #irish #italian #lithuanian

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