Photo by Tawneey Larkin of Me and Blythe
My daughter, Blythe, turns 16 today. IT is hard to believe that 16 years ago I was in the hosptial giving birth to the greatest blessing in my life.
We had a pirate themed family party for her last night which is why I am wearing an eye patch in the picture. Blythe made the eye patch for me a while ago with her 49ers duct tape.
Photo of my cat Lucy taken by me, Cheryl Larkin
Yesterday I had to put my cat Lucy down. She was suffering from a rare skin disease that affects tortoise shell cats. She purred into my ear as I hugged her and kissed her and prepared to put her in the cat carrier so she could be taken to be put down. It was a tough decison and I certainly cried a lot, but I know it was the right one.
Dealing with loss is always so tough but I know I am getting better at it. Somewhere along the way in these past few years I have learned to allow things to move through me and not hold onto them. My heart aches at the loss of my sweet Lucy, but I am also filled with gratitude for the years I had with her.
Photo and Painting by Cheryl Larkin
It has taken me many years but I think I have finally found my passion and it is not what I expected or what I would have guessed. I have found that there is room in me to be passionate about multiple things and I love that.
I am passionate about painting, specifically painting with spray paint. I am learning about acrylic painting too but I think the spray paint is my first choice. I will eventually combine the two mediums but for now my focus is on the srpay paint.
Photo and Painting By Cheryl Larkin
Today is Valentine’s Day, a day for love. I do not have a significant other but I am surrounded by love and I am grateful for that. I hope next February I will be celebrating with my True Love but this year it is more about me.
I read a post on facebook about lving yourself, something I have I really opened up to in the past few years. This post said that it would be great if you wrote a Love Letter to yourself. One that says all the things you would love to hear from someone else, or one that simply goes over what you love about yourself.
Photo By Cheryl Larkin
Sometimes it takes a while to truly figure out what you want or where you want to go. I have been through so much in the last few years and I have certainly had my ups and downs and have been introcued to many new things.
I have, I feel been trying to force certain things because I felt that was my path, but now as I am starting to come out of the cobwebs things are starting to get clearer for me. I am learning what I am truly passionate about and it is not neccessarily what I thought.