Friday, May 19, 2017

Random Thoughts











It's Friday morning of a long weekend. Little man woke at 5:30am asking me to read to him. By 6:30am he was asleep again. As I sit, waiting for him to wake, I am lost in the quiet and stillness of this morning. It was grey and looked like it might rain, but the sun is peeking out now, the birds have been active and happy at the backyard feeders, and I have moved slowly, maybe too slowly, through the morning.

Things on the homestead are moving slowly too. The gardens are a little behind, the trees seem to be taking forever to fully bloom, and it feels like the daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers are hanging out longer than ever. I am not complaining about the extra time with those beautiful flowers, just noticing that I get to enjoy them longer than usual. The slowness of it all suits me just fine, I like the slow motion version of nature, watching it unfurl before my eyes, bit by bit, leaf by leaf. It's a magical dance. The one thing that hasn't slowed down is a certain little man who insists on growing up a little more each day.

It goes without saying, that yes, children grow up, it's what they do. I can't stop it, I can't slow it down, it happens and I have absolutely not control over it. What I do have control over each day is what I choose to focus on. I have this quote sitting on the sill of my kitchen window:

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." ~ Annie Dillard

It's sits in a frame, and at least three times a day when I do dishes, I read it. It usually gets read more than that, but at least three times a day, without fail. And it is the perfect and constant reminder that what I choose to focus on, what I choose to do, how I choose to live each day is how I will spend my life.

So, no, I can't slow down how fast my little man is growing. I can't slow down the days, the moments, the minutes to soak them up more fully. What I can do is make a conscious decision to live my days slowly, to be present and mindful, to make choices that allow space to witness the everyday, ordinary moments that make up life, my life. Because, yes, that quote has so much truth behind it. How I spend each day, is how I spend my life.

How are you spending your days, friends?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Right Now


:: My home is quiet, little man is still sleeping, the birds are chirping and the sun is shining bright

:: I am enjoying a second cup of coffee and the quiet, alone time

:: I can't believe it has been almost a month since I have visited this space...how did that happen?

:: The glow of yesterday's beautiful summer like day is still lingering in my mind

:: My body is sore, a good sore, from working in the garden

:: There are fresh flowers on my table...purple tulips

:: In the garden daffodils, tulips and more are blooming

:: The rooster is waking every creature in the forest surrounding us

:: I am thinking about the day ahead, making plans, leaving space to just be

:: There is gratitude in my heart

:: I am happy

What's happening in your "right now", my friends? 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Simple Pleasures


Simple. Slow. Intentional. Mindful. Present.

Those are the words that I choose to live by. The words I choose to guide me as I navigate my way along this path called life. As with any path, there are detours, obstacles, barricades that get in the way, that cause us to stumble, but I am always brought back to these words and this weekend was a reminder of just how full and happy my heart is when my life is guided by these words.

This weekend was a quick visit with a friend who just had a baby. It was a walk along the waterfront, tea in hand, chatting with a friend. It was a Saturday night movie with my little man. It was waking to sunshine and a beautiful day, birds chirping, and the garden calling. It was time spent outside hanging laundry, tidying the yard, uncovering garden beds, and soaking up the sunshine. It was listening to two boys plan and start creating a treehouse. It was a cup of tea on the front porch with a friend. It was an after dinner walk with my little man. It was perfection.

This weekend was all the words I choose to guide me. It was simple, slow, intentional mindful and present. It was simple pleasures, of the best kind, filling me up and reminding me why I choose to surround myself with the people I do and why I choose to live the life I lead.

I needed this reminder, I needed to come back to these guiding words, I needed to stop, and enjoy the simplicity of the every day. And I did just that, and I am grateful I was open to receiving and accepting the message.

How was your weekend, friends?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring






The days are getting longer, the sun shines bright well past dinner, and the sunrises lately...stunning! I am a lover of all seasons, each one provides my heart and soul with joy. I have mentioned before that what I enjoy the most though, is the shift in the seasons; the in-between days when Mother Nature gifts us a little look at what is to come. It's in the shifts that I find the greatest joy, the farewell of what was, and the welcoming of what is to come. In the dark, cold days of winter the spring seems so far off, but then a day like yesterday glows bright and with it a reminder. In the shift Mother Nature reminds us that the dark and cold will eventually move to warmth and light. She sits in the dark, draws inward, reflects and when she is ready she steps back into the light, the abundance. And we, just like her, do the same. Our lives are a mixture of dark and light; without the dark we wouldn't truly appreciate the light; without winter, we can't truly appreciate the return of spring.

Soak it up, my friends. Dance in the sunshine, play in the puddles of melting snow, turn your face to the light and let it fill you up.

Happy Spring Equinox!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Postcards From the Beach











Sunrises, walks on the beach, afternoons by the pool, tourist fun, sunshine, blue skies, knitting, reading and more....we have definitely found our bliss by the ocean this week. This has been a slow holiday, nothing extraordinary, just simple, ordinary days. Each morning we wake with no plans and let the day before us unfold as it would like. It's been a lovely rhythm, and one that I have welcomed with an open heart.

There were no big plans for this holiday, and I didn't intend to actually take a week away from work. I packed my computer, and my notes for website updates, homeschooling plans and more, but the Universe had other plans for me. My laptop, a brand new one, died on Monday. Literally died. I took it in to have it looked at and the estimated work time was two to three weeks. I'll be home by then, so I collected it from the shop, and it sits in my bag, with my work. That, right there, was my sign, a big one if you ask me, to sit back and relax this week. To let whatever I thought I would get done go, and to just soak up the chance to relax. And that is exactly what I have done.

Refreshed describes how I am feeling right now, and full...both heart and soul are full. We still have a few more days at the beach, and I fully intend to sink into them and soak up the ocean breeze, the sunshine and the fresh air before packing up for our drive home.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend, my friends.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Postcards From the Beach







Blue skies and sunshine were waiting for us when we arrived, and we are soaking it up in the best ways possible with walks on the beach, shell hunting, and hanging out poolside. It's been a good first day at the beach and we are looking forward to much more of the same as the week continues.

Have a beautiful week, my friends. I hope wherever you are the sun shines her magical rays of light on you.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ten Things


One
The beginning of last week had us shoveling out from lots of snow. It was a lot of work, but also provided lots of beauty. I walked around the yard with my camera, snapping photos of last summer's flowers covered in snow. So pretty.

Two
Four days later we were enjoying sunshine, blue skies, and spring like temperatures. It happens this time of year, the huge shift in weather, and let me tell you it certainly puts a spring in your step, and fills you up.  The skies this weekend were beautiful shades of blue, the sun warmed my cheeks and my soul, and the snow...it's melting!


Three
We have entered into the stage of sleepovers in our home. My little man's best bud has been sleeping over quite a bit the last month. The first time was a "storm stay". She came for our homeschool day, and the weather made it impossible to get her home, so she spent the night. Since then two more sleepovers have happened, and I'm pretty sure the two of them have more planned. It's another one of those bittersweet milestones.

Four
On Friday evening I gathered with some close friends to host a blessingway for another friend. It was beautiful. We shared poetry and quotes, adding them to a journal the mama to be can look through as she awaits the arrival of her little one, we all made braided bracelets that we will wear until we hear word that her baby has arrived...a small way of connecting us all and a continual reminder to send her love and support, and we each brought stones and crystals and created a birthing bracelet for her. Then we ate, chatted, and the mama to be received a chiropractic adjustment and a foot massage (thank goodness for chiropractics and massage therapists in our beautiful tribe of women). It was a special evening, and I know the mama to be felt loved and supported.


Five
I have shared my morning yoga and meditation rituals on the blog before, and this ritual continues to be a grounding and centering way to begin my day. I am finding the longer I continue this ritual the deeper I connect to myself. Most mornings after my yoga and mediation I settle in to listen to a podcast, something to inspire me, and guide me on my continual journey of growth. Two mornings a week though I tune into my studies....yes I am a student again, taking an online course through Journey of Young Women. I am working towards a certificate to mentor young girls, helping to guide and support them as they transition from childhood to young womanhood. It is something I feel very strongly pulled to do, and I look forward to seeing where it takes me.

Six
I have jumped on the essential oil bandwagon, and I am in love. Young Living essential oils are amazing, and every day I am learning a little more about just how powerful these oils are. I have used some of their products, most notably thieves oil, over the years, and now with more oils in my life I am finding new ways to support the health and well being of my little man and myself with these magical oils.


Seven
The last few months has brought some new people into my life, people I am getting to know better, and am happy to call friends. Some have come through my work, some through friends of friends, and it feels so good to welcome new people into my life, people who bring a sense of joy and abundance to my life.

Eight
My little man and I are getting ready for the beach!!! Yes, we are beach bound again this winter, off to visit my parents. It's our annual trip south, and one we are both looking forward to. This will be our fifth year traveling south and it seems my body and soul now crave this trip...both are aching to be on the beach, to hear the ocean waves crash against the shore, to breath in the salty ocean air. You can be sure there will be a post or two from the beach once we get there.


Nine
Summer planning has begun around here. First up, summer camp. I am putting the final touches on my plans for summer camp and will be posting information over at Life at Nature's Pace in the next few weeks. There has already been a lot of interest, and registrations are coming in. So much interest in fact that I have hired someone to help me out. It was exciting to have so much interest so early, but to be hiring my first employee, well that is super exciting. I mentioned abundance in my last post...this is just a small amount of the abundance that has been coming my way. So grateful.

Ten
With the start of summer camp planning also comes garden planning. I am looking through seeds, putting together seeds orders, and making plans for the summer garden. I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt.

Wishing you a beautiful start to your week, my friends.