July 31st, 2006
here i am, here am i

after a long journey, which involves many stories including one about a decision to abandon the trailer after feeling it was unsafe and quickly unloading a lot (most) of our stuff onto a family member’s front lawn and then giving most of it to the goodwill in portland, and another about a rock bouncing off of another car and shattering our back window,
i am here,
in Troy.
and I have not yet had a moment to breathe.
the move has not gone as smoothly as hoped, there have been a few tears, several bumpy moments, some cranky moments, a few laughs,
and yet some of the events have once again convinced me that the universe knows better than I.
i so want to share more details with you, but it is not time yet. nothing is life threatening, i’m just trying to let go and trust yet again. (As my good friend Stu used to say, “Is there any blood?… No?… Then there’s nothing to worry about.”)
but i really need some help, (those of you who know me well probably know that I do not like to ever ask for help), but i am trying to working on that.
and so, I need to ask you to send me some good energy right now. I could really use it. in the form of a simple thought or some extra love if you have it lying around.
know that it will be most appreciated. i will take a moment right now to breathe be grateful for everything that i have, sometimes it’s enough just to stop and think about that. I feel my tense muscles relax a bit just writing that.
the adventure continues, more to follow…
p.s. my access to internet is limited so know that if you write I may take a while to respond, (I write currently from a cafe on 4th street).

Jul 31 2006
3:25 pm
Lu writes:

Oh, K! Sending good vibes your way. Feel the energy.

Jul 31 2006
3:34 pm
bev writes:

Hi Keri,
Sending good vibes and wishes for a joyful transition; although it sounds like it isn’t off to a good start. Take good care of yourself…I have been wondering where you have been…missed your postings. Think joyful and wonderful thoughts about all the terrific adventures that await you in this next chapter of your life. Sending virtual hugs,

Jul 31 2006
3:39 pm
Klay writes:

I just purchased your book and I would be more than happy to send back to you all the good energy that I get from the pages of fun you’ve provided to me. Good luck on your adventure!

Jul 31 2006
3:44 pm
Cin writes:

best to you Keri, good thoughts, good energy, hope the stress of your move dissappears quickly and that you can enjoy and settle into your new home soon!

Jul 31 2006
3:50 pm
crystal writes:

Sending you warm thoughts and happy energy…

Jul 31 2006
4:01 pm
kenya writes:

sending you the gift of time, just a few spare moments. makes all the difference. they’re wrapped in a cooling feeling of serenity along with a few deep, calming breathes for good measure ;)

Jul 31 2006
4:02 pm
Courtney writes:

As someone who’s about to move herself (only across town, not across country), I feel your pain. Moving is tough. I’m sending good thoughts your way!

Jul 31 2006
4:03 pm
Cam writes:

Yesterday as I was going to bed I thought of how you have written about sometimes opening a book and finding just the right words. So I picked up The Wisdom of the Heart by Henry Miller (it’s been on my wish list for a while and I just received it) and my eyes instantly fell on a few lines on page 89:
“We live on the edge of the miraculous every minute of our lives. The miracle is in us, and it blossoms forth the moment we lay ourselves open to it. The miracle of miracles is the stubbornness with which men refuse to open themselves up. Our whole life seems to be nothing more but a frantic effort to evade that which is constantly in our grasp.”
And with that my heart felt lighter.
You have sent such a huge lot of good energy my way through this blog and if I could return just a little bit it would make me really happy. So I’m sending you a lot of love, all the way from Sweden. I hope you’ll feel better soon!

Jul 31 2006
4:26 pm
rachel writes:

definately sending positive energy your way. good luck!

Jul 31 2006
4:28 pm
amanda writes:

sending you a hug that wraps around twice. hope you are doing well keri.

Jul 31 2006
4:49 pm
ethan writes:

You’ll be fine. Just breathe.

Jul 31 2006
4:53 pm
Syd writes:

There is enough energy, draw from the well it will be replished. In fact I am visualizing a well right now, filled with fresh spring water that bubbles up from an underground water source, pure, cold and abundant. This is your well Keri. Drink.

Jul 31 2006
4:56 pm
Lauren writes:

Give yourself lots of time to adjust and remember: everything is changing all the time.

Jul 31 2006
5:03 pm
kat writes:

good energy coming in waves

Jul 31 2006
5:54 pm
Anja writes:

Like Cam said, I have recieved so much good energy through this place. I have been reading for three years now (oh!) and it’s about time I sent you some back.
I have always been impressed by how you seem to find creativity and inspiration on every street corner, and I hope you’ll find some lying around in Troy as well!
All the warmest wishes from Copenhagen

Jul 31 2006
6:27 pm
michelle writes:

~~ extra good energies ~~
~~        for you ;)         ~~

Jul 31 2006
6:27 pm
valerie writes:

“the universe may not always send us what we want, but it always sends us what we need, and sometimes a little bit more to make us stronger.” julia butterfly hill
good thoughts and wishes to you…

Jul 31 2006
6:28 pm
soren writes:

Good wishes and love and I’m glad you are here at this end of the country!

Jul 31 2006
6:37 pm
hehrimnbryn writes:

Having moved 10.000 miles to Australia, I know where you are coming from!
Sending you positive thoughts across the miles.

Jul 31 2006
7:53 pm
suzy writes:

Sending happy thoughts to you from Tokyo. I hope that it starts to feel like home soon.

Jul 31 2006
7:56 pm
Joy writes:

Moving indeed sux.
Give yourself time to breathe and get settled.
Good luck.

Jul 31 2006
7:59 pm
Kristen writes:

Good luck with getting settled in!

Jul 31 2006
10:42 pm
Alex writes:

I have some extra love and good vibes to pass on today so I extend them to you. Welcome to your new home, and sending you patience and faith as you navigate your way through all the challenges of such a huge move and transition. If I had known you guys were coming through Portland I’d have made you brownies for the voyage onward!

Aug 1 2006
12:26 am
Meghann writes:

“these are the days that must happen to you” – walt whitman
(taken from hers truly, sabrina ward harrison)

Aug 1 2006
12:47 am
Chalaundrai writes:

Hi Keri, I am sending you energy. I think maybe it is okay to not feel like you can move mountains. I always think that I have to move mountains and am just learning that it is okay to have the energy to just do one small thing. I am also realizing that the times when I think that I don’t have the time or energy to do yoga, go for a walk, or a jog because there are too many things to do and I don’t have the energy for all of them. That’s the time when I need to take a bit of time and do those things. Because they give me energy and it is an energy that begets even more energy.
Also, Keri thank-you for asking for help. I also usually never ask for help and just before I read this I decided I needed to ask for help.
Blessings and remember that watching the sun rise with a cup of tea or the sun set with a cup of coco (or whatever your beverage of choice) can often give you more energy then anything else.

Aug 1 2006
1:19 am
Phoinix writes:

Congrats! You made it!!! Moving is horrible! (we have to move our living/working space this month right in the middle of a huge assignment). Every time we move we vow: That this WILL be the LAST time ever. We will grow old and die… Right here… In this crappy building that shakes every time a squirrel hops onto the roof. So we keep moving on up. But once you catch some sleep, and set things up you’ll be excited again. Sleep is the most important bit of that process.
So here’s some happy vibes to you from the crew that has yet to move. Enjoy the new neighborhood!

Aug 1 2006
2:50 am
amy writes:

yay! so happy to read your words. lots of good energy, a hot bath, some delicious tea, a good sleep, and other comforts to you as you settle in.

Aug 1 2006
5:10 am
Omega writes:

a new month, a new picture on the calendar
look forward, not back

Aug 1 2006
7:17 am
Leafy writes:

I’m wishing you peace, love, health and happiness from Toronto. Trust yourself – and breathe, breathe, breathe.

Aug 1 2006
8:07 am
marion barnett writes:

Nothing ever succeeds as planned (a Joseph Heller quote…wish I’d written it…). All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well. Now those wise words are from Julian of Norwich, one of the first spiritual women to write her thoughts down…and wise they are…
Remember to take care of yourself. Good thoughts and wishes on their way…

Aug 1 2006
8:16 am
Caitlin O'Connor writes:

Good energy, good luck, good drawing, good BREATHING! Keri, your book continues to inspire me, so much so that it still (2 years?later) hasn’t found a home on my bookshleves – because it’s always out somewhere so I can dip into it! you so ROCK!!

Aug 1 2006
9:04 am
Jinger writes:

Hi Keri,
Here are some words that might help. They are about love and taking risks, not necessarily about moving, but I think they are good for many situations.
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won

Aug 1 2006
9:21 am
eliane writes:

I have no idea how to do that, send energy. But I do wish you all the best. And be careful trusting the universe, it doesn’t do much of a job for millions on this planet.

Aug 1 2006
9:30 am
melanie writes:

I’m on my way to yoga soon and that seems like the perfect situation to send good energy from so you can have all of mine for the day. Good luck.

Aug 1 2006
3:56 pm
rosa murillo writes:

Once I had an operation to take out my gull bladder (ouch) I felt so ill and bad I thought I was going to die. A friend leaned over the bed and whispered, “It won’t get worse than right now, it’s only going to get better” I don’t know why these words sank so deep in me, but I kept repeating them over and over until finally, It did get better. I have used this mantra several times in my life for different reasons, and has always helped me get through the moment of pain (not always physical pain)
now I share it whith you, you can borrow it and use it, if you like.
best wishes to you in your new home

Aug 1 2006
3:58 pm
rosa murillo writes:

one more thing… I love your site and blog!

Aug 1 2006
7:22 pm
Leonie writes:

joyous bursting juicy at the seams playground misty morning sundaes pancakes pink post-it notes found treasures lavendar ink ~~~
all this good laughing joyous gentle energy to you :)

Aug 1 2006
7:59 pm
colorsonmymind writes:

I am sewnding you good thoughts and lots of positive energy.
I live in Colonie-about 15 minutes from Troy.
I know you don’t know me , but feel free to email me if you have any questions about the area, I would be happy to share what I know.
Hope you settle well.
Hugs to you

Aug 1 2006
11:21 pm
Margie writes:

Hi Keri,
Troy……….. where?
Hang in there

Aug 1 2006
11:25 pm
Jackie writes:

hi,Keri,this site is your positive energy that you share with all of us,so as i go to sleep tonight,i will send an extra prayer and good vibes your way.
thank you for sharing the gift of you with us!

Aug 2 2006
2:36 pm
Robyn writes:

Keri, I really miss your blog when you are otherwise engaged so its in my best interests to send you an elephant helping of positive energy. Remember the words of Saint Francis of Assisi:
“Start by doing what is necessary;
then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Aug 2 2006
3:25 pm
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Aug 6 2006
9:28 am
Dan writes:

Hi, I just wanted to say that your words and work have been an inspiration to so many people, and that good energy ALWAYS flows back around :)
Also, when you get some breathing room, you might find this link interesting:
personality test
It is a new site with interesting words of wisdom on life, happiness, personality — made by a group of kind professors.

Aug 6 2006
2:48 pm
m writes:

lots ofpositive vibes to you

Aug 8 2006
8:15 am
Miss Dot writes:

oh, what a journey you are having. Sending you powerful warm fuzzys all the way from Australia, I hope they translate well. Good luck and God speed.

Aug 8 2006
10:20 pm
natasha fialkov writes:

i just read this because i am so behind on blogs…and i am now sending good thoughts…late…but still…here is what is so odd…i read your blog and imagine your life being pretty together and smooth and perfect…because you have such a calm yet creative vibe about your writing and work…so this was a good wake up to me, who always tells everyone else not to assume to know other people and the things that they go through…that i need to not presume myself. i am sure it will all work itself out. and in a better way than you can imagine.

Aug 16 2006
1:39 am
amanda writes:

Thankyou for your inspiration and essence. Feel the fun & the love will come … ;-)

Aug 16 2006
6:47 pm
Suzanne writes:

Keri, sometimes good energy comes about through knowing you’ve done something good for others, so you should know that you’ve done something good for me. I first stumbled upon site years ago. I have never commented, but you should know that a lot of what you have said, either through your blog or Wish Jar Tales has really resonated with me. Mini-vacations have proved particularly good for me. Thank you for the reminder that spending time reflecting, relaxing and expressing myself creatively can leave me feeling so good. Right now things might feel pretty chaotic for you, so I wish you lots of positive energy and a sense of peace. Suzanne.

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