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Goodbyes Are Hard

Goodbyes Are Hard

Hi all, 

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Logan and I said goodbye to one of our best friends, Elaina. Letting her go was one of the hardest things we've done. She was our friend and companion for over 14 years, and it's strange not seeing her daily.

I'm thankful that Christie is still with us. Her health is holding steady, she's eating lots of food, and is incredibly playful. She's also adjusting to life without Elaina in the house.

Christie and Elaina weren't best friends. However, they learned to tolerate one another over the years. I don't know if Christie misses Elaina or not, but she's more loving than usual. For example, as I write these words, I'm lying on the living room floor tapping sentences into my iPhone, and Christie is splayed out on my chest purring with her paw on my shoulder. Christie knows that I've been upset, so she’s been extra attentive.

A few days after we said goodbye to Elaina, we left Christie in the care of my brother-in-law. Going away for the weekend wasn't easy; especially so soon after Elaina's passing. However, I needed to leave because we had to manage the sale of our tiny house in Siskiyou County. We officially sold the house on Saturday, October 27, 2018!

A few folks have asked me if saying goodbye to the tiny house was hard, and for me, it was an easy farewell. We lived in the house full-time for four years and used it as a personal vacation cabin for three. That's seven years of little house fun! We're grateful the new buyer will enjoy and love the small house daily.

In some ways, it feels like I've closed two chapters in my life and the timing is interesting because I turn 40 years old tomorrow. I'm looking forward to starting my 40th year on planet earth, and it's made me slow down and think about what's next.

I've checked a lot of items off this list, and I might make another list of things I want to do while I'm 40. But I might pass on the list making idea too. I don't want to become rigid or goal obsessed because I’ve done that in the past and it hasn’t worked out very well. As long as I stay open to change and serendipity, intention setting is great.

With gratitude,


PS: This piece was originally published in my newsletter.

We’re safe.

We’re safe.

RIP Elaina

RIP Elaina