Friday, February 22, 2013

Construction Series - Story 2

We are so enamored with our new outdoor stage! Who knew that concrete could be so exciting? Here's a short video of James explaining what was happening in late January at SixTwelve!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Construction Video Series

Have you been wondering about what's going on at 612? We'll have a series of videos that will let you know a little more! Here's one covering what happened last month. Take a look!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day: What I Love About Being Single

In the past, I might have been known to throw a pity party or two on Valentine's Day. Most of my friends were married and having kids. I thought, "That's what I want!" But I didn't have it, and I thought there was something wrong with me because I didn't. I was wrong.

Sometime over the last year, I've realized that not only is there nothing wrong with me, there is a lot that is right. I just didn't really want to be married. I mean, I thought I did. And don't get me wrong. If Mr. Right had walked in, I probably would've ridden off into the sunset with that cowboy. But I just haven't been ready. I had things that I wanted to accomplish with my life before I settled down. For one thing, I wanted to finish school. (Goodness, that took a lot longer than I thought it would.) I also needed to figure out what I wanted to contribute to this world. And now, I've not only figured it out; I'm doing it.

Because I have accomplished (or at least on the road to accomplishing) those goals, I find myself stronger than ever. I'm not as afraid of life or others' opinions of me as I used to be. I'm just ready to give everything I've got to my hopes and dreams. The beauty of that strength is that I'm also free and happy to let life flow, and to recognize it as good, whatever it is. Everything is what it is.

I'm not looking for a change in my life, because my life is good. Sure it would be great to share all of my incredible blessings with someone, but on THIS Valentine's Day, I'm happy to have all of the warmth and love that surrounds me daily. I don't need anything else. I'm grateful.

Plus, this stage of my life offers a lot of great things too. For example, as a single gal with no children...

1. I have more time to give to my family and friends.

2. I have more time to give to SixTwelve, Paseo, the arts in Oklahoma, and more!

3. I have more time to travel and see the world.

But like I said, if the right guy came along...I'd just invite him along on the adventures. Whatever happens, I'm happy, and I'm more grateful for that than any date I might have tonight.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Work vs. Family

Yesterday, I returned to SixTwelve for the first time since I left for a Florida adventure. I spent two weeks with my family and I loved every second of it. Family is more important to me than anything. ANYTHING. I know at the end of my life, and especially at the end of the lives of those I love, I will not be sitting there wishing that I had spent more time on SixTwelve or any other job I've held. As much as I love and am passionate about this project, nothing compares to the importance of my family.

In many ways, I believe that it's the time I've had with my family that has made me who I am and helped me to have so much to give to this project. Plus, I just love them. Ironically, I think that working on this project has helped me to love them and all of my friends in a much healthier and complete way. I'm a blessed lady to have such a great amount of goodness on both the professional and personal sides of my life.

Having said all of that... I missed SixTwelve while I was gone. I had a tiny bit of a hard time not being here to watch my "baby" grow and change. I had no doubt that James and John and all of the incredible people we have working at the building could handle the work. They are doing such a great job and I am definitely not qualified to even critique. I just love being able to see every single step of progress.

I realized through this valuable experience that I will be the only person who can keep the correct balance between work and family/personal life. I will be the only person who can choose to worry or let it go. I have to say I did a pretty good job of letting it go. I decided to live it up and enjoy the time I had with them. And when I returned, I found everything going so well. It was fun to see the progress that took days and days to accomplish in one viewing!

I'm so glad I went to Florida. I wouldn't trade anything for the time I had with my mom, dad, Jenny, Sam and Gaius. And to Tom and Camille, I know a time will come when you can be there too. Love you all.