Monday, December 31, 2012

Reflecting


I have been drawn to nature the last few days, wanting to be among the beauty and simplicity of Mother Nature. I can say without a doubt this pull comes from the inner reflection I have been moving towards as we approach the end of this year. This pull has found me hiking, running, playing, tracking, and sitting in nature, being, breathing and taking it all in as I look back on the year.


I have found a common thread throughout my reflection, one word that keeps coming back to me...connection. This year has been a wonderful year of connection on so many different levels.

Connection to you, my "community". I could never have imagined the friendships I would develop through this space. It has been wonderful getting to know you, your families and connecting with you.


Connection to old and new friends. This year has seen a deeper connection among people I have called friends for years. We have connected on different levels and this has deepened the mutual respect, love and friendship we have. New friendships have been fostered this year as well. Friendships with like minded people, people who I can be "me" around and who offer no judgement, just a hug and smile.


Connection to this earth. Nature has always been a special place for me, a place I can go to to think, make decisions, breath, relax, slow down and just be. This year I have heard her calling me, more often, to connect, to experience her beauty, her magnificence and her strength. I have answered her call and with it a deeper, more intense connection has developed, one which I plan to explore throughout 2013.

Connection to myself. I  turned 40 this year, which turned me inward earlier this year to look deeper at what I want the rest of my life to be. It forced me to really look at my life, and the life I am creating with Justin and Reece. We want simplicity. We want slow. We want to be active participants in life, our life. We want to experience our time here more fully, with laughter and love. We want to wake up each and every morning with gratitude for this life, the one we are creating. After all the deep inner reflection I felt a stronger connection to who I am right now and where I (we) are going.


Connection to Reece. I am not sure if it is mama instinct, the deeper connection I have with myself or the time Reece and spend in nature together...maybe it is a combination of all three. My connection to him, this little being, it is incredible and seems to grow stronger and deeper with each passing minute. It is an amazing connection I am so very grateful for every day.

2012 has been the year of connection. Each and every connection, new ones and ones that have deepened have made this an amazing year. I am feeling so much gratitude for all this year has offered me and I look forward to 2013 and where it will guide me. I have a deep sense it is going to be a good one.

Happy New Year!

38 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Kim! May 2013 bring you much more of all the wonderful things you discovered in 2012, and much love and happiness for your family!

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  2. Happy New Year! A beautiful and inspirational post.

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  3. Beautifully written, as always Kim and I can relate to so much of what you write. Wishing you and your family the best in the new year! Glad to have "met" you!

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  4. I hope you have a wonderful 2013. I'm so glad we have made a connection. You help remind of what really is important and I am thankful for that.

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    1. Thank you Melissa, those words mean a lot. Happy New Year!

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  5. I too like assigning a word to a year while reflecting. For me last year was 'courage'. This year I think is 'play', but in a deeper, creative, sacred sense of the word play. Happy New Year!

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    1. That sounds like fun Amber, I like "play". I am still deciding on my word for the year...working on it later this evening when the little man is tucked in. Happy New Year!

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  6. all the best for your family in 2013!! you are right, i cherish these online connection of mamas and makers and writers a lot too! thanks for being part of it!

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  7. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year - may your hopes and dreams come true for you and your family in 2013!

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  8. Such a beautiful wrap-up of what seems to have been a beautiful year for you. Wishing you an even better year ahead!

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  9. Happy New Year! You are so lucky to have such amazing friends and family who share your values. Hope 2013 brings you more connections and happiness!

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  10. Happy New Year. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2013! Can't wait to see what lies ahead :)

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    1. Thanks Ami. All the best to you and your family too. And I can't wait either :)

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  11. Beautiful words Kim. I so look forward to see where your journey takes you this next year especially as your doula business grows. Sending you much love and warm wishes for the New Year!

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    1. Thank you KC. Wishing the same for you my dear friend.

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  12. Happy, happy new year, Kim! It's been wonderful connecting with you too!

    May 2013 bring an abundance of love, joy and blessings!

    xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Renee. All the best to you and yours too. Hoping we get the opportunity to "connect" in person when you are here this year :)

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  13. if there is a word to describe the past year, "connection" is definitely a beautiful one. I hope those connection continue to grow and flourish is the coming year.

    wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!

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  14. Happy New Year to you! You put it all so beautifully....the gentle weaving of them into us. Sending you much grace and love in 2013! XO

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  15. Happy to connect with you at this end of 2012... looking forward to learning more in 2013. Happy New Year.

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    1. Happy to connect with you too Dawn. Looking forward to following along on your journey. Happy New Year!

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  16. Happy New Year. I like your precious thoughts!

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  17. love this. and those photos with all that glimmering snow...

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  18. I'm glad you had the time to reflect and to tune into yourself before heading into the new year. I hope it's a happy one! :)

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    1. Things kinda fell into place easily for this during the last week, which made me very happy. It was nice to have the time to truly reflect.

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  19. What wonderful words and reflection. I've been so busy with celebrating and sick kids that I've missed the reflection aspect of the New Years. Thanks for the reminder, thanks for being a continued inspiration, and Happy New Years!

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    1. Thanks Gretchen. Sorry about the sick kids, hope they are feeling better soon and that you find some time to reflect, you did have a pretty exciting year :)

      I have an email to send off to you, hoping to put a few final touches on it tomorrow and it should be in our inbox by Friday :)

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