The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
- Lao Tzu
One of my favorite things to do is travel. I have had the honor of traveling to quite a few places in the world so far. This year of 2020 is one of a different kind of journey. Instead of traveling the world, I am taking a trip inward to discover more of myself, and in turn, teach others the joys of learning about life. Each and every day, I take a step towards that inner world by writing an article or a poem. I feel that…
“There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
― Aldous Huxley
It was the spring of 1993, and I did not have a date for the senior prom. I had broken up with my boyfriend, so that option was out. What was I to do?
My aunt Janet came to my rescue!
If you want something, my aunt Janet can find it for you. That includes a prom date. I learned from this experience that everything has the potential to be great in life. …
“Humans, not places, make memories.”
― Ama Ata Aidoo
Lately, I have been going through old notebooks, scrapbooks, and photo albums. Much to my delight, I found an old letter from my grandpa Art amongst my memories.
He must have written me this letter when I was in grade school. He sent it to me while he and my grandma Marion were on an RV camping trip to the Redwoods along the coast of California.
What I found most delightful was the exuberant title he included at the top. It read: Trista Johnston-Entrepreneur-Store Keeper-Beautiful Capitalist!
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today is a day where I could feel behind. There are baskets of laundry to put away, more to fold, floors to clean, plants to water, and more. Yet, I went outside this morning to smell my roses.
You are perfect at every moment.
I used to feel guilt or shame if tasks piled up around me. I tied a lot of my self-worth to how much I got done. That was my perfectionism speaking and not my inner being.
For college, I was a commuter student and lived at home. I took the bus back and forth to Portland State University five days a week. Sometimes I regret not having the typical experience of going away to college. However, I am lucky that I had a great roommate at home, my grandma.
My grandma lived with us in our family home in a basement apartment.
It was beautiful to have her there with us, and she could remain independent.
Every day when I came home from classes, I would check in on her, do her laundry and bring her…
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
― Carl Sagan
Dear Scientists, Doctors and Community Members,
Thank you for creating the COVID-19 vaccine and working so hard to keep our communities safe. On Tuesday of this week, I received my second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
Throughout the process, all of you have worked tirelessly to set up events in our community to make sure everyone gets vaccinated.
My first dose was given at a drive-through event at the Nike World Campus near our home. I am grateful to everyone who coordinated this. …
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale
We chose to go to Japan in the summer of 2019, during the rainy and humid seasons of late June and early July. Little did we know of the adventures ahead of us.
It was a trip many years in the making.
For a while, we saved money to go to Europe. We even had a savings account named Europe Fund. …
“The only true thing is what’s in front of you right now.”
― Ramona Ausubel, No One Is Here Except All of Us
My journey with mold spore allergies began when I was a teenager. I remember sneezing, being congested, and feeling tired a lot from time to time. Little did I know this journey would lead me to live more in the present moment.
Later on, my mom took me to the doctor for an allergy test. They tested for all kinds of allergies, and I waited to see what reactions I would have. …
Each day when I go to work on Medium, I am surprised and delighted. I am greeted by your stories that beckon me to read and enjoy them.
It is delightful to get to connect with you all through words and voices.
I feel it is an honor to write by your side. I never feel alone here, and I feel guided, nurtured, and supported by each of you.
Thank you for reading, clapping, commenting, leaving private notes, and emailing. It means the world to me.
The other day I looked at my stories, and I had written…
Growing up in our house was a creative experience for me. I am grateful that I was surrounded by colorful walls, paintings, art supplies, yarn, weaving, drawings, and more.
You always look to create beauty in your life.
What a beautiful way to grow into the creative person I am today. I appreciate that you taught me that I could make whatever I wanted in life from all of your creative pursuits.
It was fun to learn how to weave, sew, draw and create at your side. It gave me a sense of boundless possibilities wherever I go.