susie’s got her groove back

Oh, okay. I never really lost it…

But it’s officially Fall and I just like the sound of that: I’ve got my groove back. I’m getting my groove on. I’m in the groove. Grooving.

These first days of Fall are delicious. When the air starts to feel crisp and sleeping with the windows open means pulling the covers tight and snuggling in, when sandals get traded for boots and the leaves begin to change… A perfect time to reflect on what’s gone by and what is to come.

The past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind. Summer vacation, a major hiatus from my computer, lots of little trips to here and there… it was the Summer of Yes!

Saying yes is easy when you don’t have a shower or a toilet for two months. Yup, that’s right. I had no shower or toilet for two months. This summer included the DIY transformation of my hideous bathroom into a sparkly, beautiful new bathroom! For this, I have my amazing Dad to thank. I said yes to his offer to help me with the renovation; he said yes to helping me and took on the project with such enthusiasm and energy, I can’t say that I did much other than cheer him on. I can say that this was truly a labor of love… it was not an easy project.

The moral of the story is that one has to be resourceful when without a shower and toilet! So YES! I was open to whatever came my way. I said yes to opportunities. I ate out. I went to the beach. I road-tripped with my mom. I picnicked. I visited the beach my family camped at when I was little. I drove to Rhode Island to spend a few hours on the beach. I chilled with my family and my oldest friend. I danced my butt off with old friends. I flew to Florida and laughed myself silly with the girls. I went wine tasting with new friends. I visited my camp GALS. I carried a bag full of necessities with me wherever I went and I said yes to any invitation that came my way… it was a wonderful summer!

And so it’s Fall. And things are changing…

It’s time to let go of the pieces of myself that no longer serve me. It’s time to prepare for the hunkering down, to take a good look at  life and see what I really need to move forward.

I learned a lot in this Summer of Yes that I will take with me into this transformative time:

  • It is the people in my life that make my life beautiful. Wherever I am. No matter what.
  • Laughing rocks. Even when crying seems more logical.
  • Being there matters. It matters to someone. It matters in ways that are immeasurable.
  • Sometimes there is nothing to say. So don’t say anything. Just hug.
  • This is your one life. So live it. Live it big.
  • Maybe the things we think we really need aren’t really the things we need.
  • Love is the best.

It’s amazing what you figure out when you don’t have a toilet.

Groove is in the heart.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carla ten eyck
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 20:21:57

    Yes. Love is totally the best! And so are toilets and showers XO


  2. Michael McGlamery
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 22:51:08

    I am happy to have played a part in restoring your toilet….
    LITB, Dad


  3. Becky
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 21:09:33

    So glad you’re back sharing your very wonderful observations of life and love and road trips and glamorous bathrooms!
    YOU are the best. And, by the way, who is this Susie person?


  4. Kelly B.
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 23:51:27

    Yes! This is great. You are great.


  5. Susannah
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 22:45:35

    I can’t even remember exactly how I found your blog, but I am almost certain that you and I are somehow cosmically connected. I find myself reading your words and shaking my head yes and calling out “me too” in my head. maybe having the same exact first name leads two people in similar directions? We do share a name with the actress who played Superman’s mother in the first movie, after all. Thank you for sharing your realness (is that a word? it is now). I have officially bookmarked your blog and will look forward to more.


    • mcglam
      Oct 29, 2012 @ 14:19:20

      Susannah! Thank you for your beautiful comment and for taking the time to connect with me. Who are you?! Whoever you are, I love your energy.


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