1. My daughter turned 7 today. Time seems to be moving at a pace that I just cannot comprehend. I remember all of it. Every minute. From her birth to breast feeding, not sleeping, still not sleeping, to beginning to become intimate with this new and very different role in my life called motherhood. I think I'm good at it. I hope I'm good at it, and after 7 years, I still feel very new at it. Some days motherhood is like finally getting on that roller coaster after a 40 minute wait, laughing with your whole body as the creaky cars slowly climb the hill and screaming with delight and great abandon as you fall into the bends and loops. Exhilaration. It can feel like the ultimate freedom. Other days it's getting on that same ride, after the same wait. Already nauseous and afraid, and the screams erupt from pure fear. As you hold on tight and the cars plummet from their great height into the twists and turns below, you close your eyes and hope for the best.

2. Feeling like I really need my mantra today. Here we go: This morning I promise to be my best self. To be an outstanding mother, a passionate artist, a good friend, and an open hearted woman. I will get on the mat, create with great abandon in the studio, and remember that wherever there is a lock, there is always a key. I am sending love to those who need it and to those who don't think they do. I'm going to start here. Small but mighty.

3. Give your friends full reign over your record collection. It is a delight to learn more about the people you love by by listening to what they love.

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