Thursday, April 12, 2012

healing daisies

First of all, thank you guys SO much for your sweet comments and kinds words on yesterday's post about the loss of our dear friend and inspired spirit Margarita.  I felt a little bit of relief in being able to pay tribute to her, and to share the story of her amazing life that she'd planned to share with you herself via a series she'd been working on for Bubby and Bean.  I can't even explain how many people have broken hearts right now.  Marg had a massive extended group of friends who were equally touched by her special light, and it's a struggle for all of us to make sense of this.  Marg's best friend Rachel and I made plans yesterday for a small tribute memorial she'll be hosting in Marg's honor in a couple of weeks, and we're also planning a larger benefit and party for her this summer to celebrate her life.  I won't lie - it is really, really tough having Robbie gone right now, but I'm so glad he was home when we got the terrible news.  He was close with Margarita as well, and we are both grateful that we could be together on Tuesday.  I hope that we can all continue to spread Marg's story and mission (especially her video), so that others who have faced life-altering injuries can see first hand the potential to create new lives full of positivity and light.

As we all know, it's a challenge to go on with everyday life activities when dealing with the initial shock of a great loss.  Even though I know from past experiences how important it is to keep busy, I've struggled with trying to be motivated to get work done over the past two days.  The posts that I'd planned for this week (new outfit post, sponsor feature post, and a post dedicated to Bubby and helping animals) have been postponed because I just don't feel focused enough to give them the attention they deserve right now.  I didn't want to leave the blog vacant though, and I also feel like it's important to try to get some work accomplished, especially with Robbie gone and so much time alone to think.

So for today's post, I decided to seek out pretty pictures that inspired me (and hopefully inspire you as well!).  I was thinking about Margarita, and how like me, her favorite flowers were daisies.  Margarita also means "daisy" in Spanish (she was Colombian and spoke fluent Spanish), so I thought this would be a great way to post something positive while still continuing to honor her spirit.  I remember one New Year's Eve when she showed up with daisies in her hair, and I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.  I also think that in the midst of springtime, flowers are a perfect symbol of new life and a simple reminder of the beauty that surrounds us as this season unfolds.

As I was finishing up this post, I got a call from my sister with some more heartbreaking news.  She'd just gotten word that her best friend from childhood, with whom she'd stayed in close touch her entire life, tragically passed away Tuesday as well.  My heart aches to know Morgan is dealing with the same shock and devastation that we did when we learned of Marg's passing.  It's almost unreal that both of these people who touched our lives in such a profound way left us on the same day.  Yesterday I came across a picture with the text "Life is short. There is no time to leave important words unsaid."  Make sure you tell your loved ones how much you love them today and everyday.  Nothing is more important.

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  1. love... this was a beautiful post in honor of marg... she was equally lucky to have a friend like you. i almost couldnt believe my eyes when i read yesterday that your sister had lost her good friend too on the same day! i hope you are your sister will be able to come together during this time. goodness i wish i could give you the biggest hug in person!!! id squeeze all the tears out of you! take your sweet time on your scheduled posts... and do some healing things for yourself. maybe you could create a new print in honor of marg!?

    for someone i dont know in person, i love you so much! holding your heart close to me right now. xo

  2. that message is so important...we just don't know what's around the corner and it is vital that we try and be happy and enjoy life as much as we can. those daisy pictures are soooo beautiful, thinking of you during this difficult time x

  3. melissa, so sorry for your sister morgan too. the daisies are perfect!

  4. I've always thought of daisies as the happiest flower - always so bright and cheerful just when we need them to be. And it is always important to let the people we love know we love them, because all too often we lose them too soon. <3

  5. what inspirational photos, they bring a smile to my face. your friend lived an amazing life, even tho is was cut short. i think it is great that you are trying to celebrate her.


  6. i really hope that you're feeling better. when my dad passed away two years ago... i didn't know about it until some of his friends started messaging me on fb saying that they're sorry for my loss. i thought that they were talking about my grandpa who lives with me and i was telling them that they got the wrong information. next thing i knew, it was my dad.

    til now it's still hard for me to realize that he's gone. i thought that i would forget about it by now, but it's just so hard. i hope that you're coping well. you're not alone!

  7. What a beautiful post – as was yesterday's, as hard as it was for you to write. I'm amazed at your ability to write a truly inspirational and uplifting post in this difficult time. Margarita would be so proud! I hope this isn't too corny, but Margarita's story reminded me of this poem:

    Some People Come Into Our Lives And Quickly Go...
    Some People Move Our Souls To Dance....
    They awaken us to new understanding
    with the passing whisper of their wisdom
    Some people make the sky more beautiful
    to gaze upon....
    They stay in our lives for awhile,
    leave footprints on our hearts,
    and we are never the same.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your sister.

  8. I will be praying for your sister.. how heartwrenching. <3

  9. I love daisies too. These photos are lovely. You are reminding me that none of us is guaranteed tomorrow, and some things shouldn't wait. xoxo

  10. that's really sweet. stay strong, sweet girl.

  11. Oh my gosh nooo, your poor sister!! What a difficult week you guys have had!!! The daisies are another beautiful tribute, I've read yesterday's post so many times. Thank you for reminding us what's really important!!

  12. So very important to leave NOTHING unsaid. Great reminders. I am sorry your sister has a loss just as deep as yours....thank God you have one another. Many blessings....keep spreading the love and invigorating spirit!!!!


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