We have had a string of beautiful, spring like days here. It has been indulging to my senses, creating a whole lot of happy in my heart, and has allowed the kids to run free and wild minus their winter gear. Good times.
There are some pretty exciting things happening in my world, and I am excited to share them with you...soon.
A wise person told me that on this new journey things would get a whole lot worse before they got better. I am finding this to be true, but am staying focused on the good things in my life, and that is helping me immensely as I find my way.
The opportunity to sit down with a friend (and homeopath) last week and share my entire story of the last few months was both therapeutic and healing. Since then I have been moving forward from a better place.
All summer I worked hard in the garden growing food, and later in the kitchen, putting the food I grew by for the winter. Reece and I are enjoying the benefits of all that work, whether it be a jar of dilly beans, a jar of peaches, or a vibrant green pesto, it is all delicious, and makes me so grateful for this land I call home, and the opportunities I have to tend and nurture it to feed us.
We celebrated Candlemas on Tuesday by making candles and enjoying an outdoor fire in the afternoon. I love Candlemas, the halfway mark between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and welcome the light, longer days, and warmer temperatures it brings with it.
I just finished this book, and highly recommend it. This one is next.
I am knitting fingerless mitts at the moment, just a project to keep my hands busy. Up next is a milo for a baby boy due next month, and a shawl for me, to be knit with yarn gifted to me last year on my birthday from a very dear friend.
Plans are being made for a trip down south to visit with my parents. The beach, the ocean, gorgeous sunrises...yeah, I can't wait!
Life is moving forward, it does that, and I have a choice to sit back and watch it, or I can be an active participant. I choose to be an active participant, to live each day, each moment as best as I can. I will admit it isn't always easy these days, but I am trying. The good news is when I try, and succeed, the choice to be an active participant comes with a few bonuses....joy, freedom and contentment.
I hope whatever is going on in your world that you are finding little bits of joy to brighten your days. Wishing you a beautiful weekend my friends.
What a beautiful post, I really loved to read it. It brings joy and peace to me... And thinking of you I feel that energy is there and it means so much that you are an active participant of this life! Take care of yourself (I know you will!)ReplyDelete
Thank you my friend. The energy is there, no doubt about it, and now I just need to move it in the right direction :)Delete
I will, you can be sure of that :)
You too xoxReplyDelete
Thanks Audrey. xoDelete
I think of you daily Kim, and pray for you and Reece. It was nice to read this post and hear how your life is unfolding, and while I know it can be hard, it's a beautiful life.ReplyDelete
And just look at all your snow photos! While it is cold here today, well, it's 54F which is cold for us, I think you are going to have great beach weather.
Enjoy a beautiful weekend too!
Thank you Tracey, that means a lot. It is/has been hard, but through it all every night I can sit down and find the beauty in each day.Delete
Yes, we had snow, it has for the most part melted, after a very warm week. But I hear there is a little storm headed this week mid week, and I can't wait!
What a beautiful list. I am glad to hear that you feel positive about the future despite feeling that you may have to take steps backwards to get there. Life is so much better if we can look for the positives however hard they are to find. Have a lovely weekend too :).ReplyDelete
Thank you. Yes, I agree, finding the beauty, even at the end of a hard day makes all the difference.Delete
All wonderful things to keep you motivated and moving forward. I know it hasn't been easy. I admire your strength... Sending you all my love. xoReplyDelete
Thank you my friend. xoDelete
Beautiful post!! Daring Greatly is such an amazing read - that, and 'Journey to the Heart' by Melody Beattie have been close by my side over the past couple of of months. I am jealous of your trip down south. Are you going to Myrtle Beach again? My parents ended up not going this year because of our terrible dollar.ReplyDelete
Oh wasn't it..I have to go back through it, I have so many things marked to reread and journal about. So much goodness in that one. I will have to check out your book too, it sounds like it might be a good read for me right now too. Thanks!Delete
We are going to Myrtle Beach. My parents left last weekend, so we will join them for ten days at the end of the month. I can't wait!!!
LOVE Brene Brown .... ecspecially her lessons on vulnerability. I've watched a couple of her TED Talks and also read her book The Gifts of Imperfection. I hope that you will answers for whatever it is you may be going through physically. Your blog is always lovely.ReplyDelete
Yes, she is pretty awesome. I love her TED talks! Thank you.Delete
All 10 are wonderful Kim...thank you for this...it's the inspiration I needed this week. Have a great weekend.xoxoReplyDelete
Aw, thank you Erica, happy to provide a little inspiration. xoDelete
Beautiful post Kim, inspiring and uplifting. I am excited to hear your news! Of course you all enjoying and reaping the rewards of your beautiful garden- that is lovely and you worked so hard, good for you. Don't you love that book? My favorite author. did you check out her newest one? Have a lovely time visiting your folks and safe travels.ReplyDelete
Thank you Camilla. That book was amazing, and I am slowly working my way through it again, looking over all the little notes I made. So good. I haven't yet, but plan to :)Delete
I hope and pray your big big news is a big sack of money!! Or a new love in your life!! Or a job opportunity....gah....I hate not knowing but I know you will let us know when it's right. I'm so glad you have your support group that is holding you close. And YES to the ocean :)ReplyDelete
Oh Karen, that would be wonderful in so many ways, but sadly it is not a big sack of money :) Yes, when the time is right I will share.Delete
I am so happy to have my wonderful friends too, not sure where I would be without through all of this. They have been amazing! And yes, I am working on it. Just need to find someone to stay at the house while we are gone.
Looking for those little bits of sunshine, little pieces of hope and joy, makes a big difference sometimes:)ReplyDelete
They certainly do :)Delete
Your blog is just what I needed to hear today. I just lost my job and while that is nowhere near the same as your loss your inspiring words seem fitting to remind me to keep on trucking and things will eventually work out...Thank you so much and all the best to you.ReplyDelete
Oh I am so sorry Michelle. It is all we can do, isn't it, just keep moving forward, and know in our hearts that it will work out, even if it is a little messy along the way. Sending you lots of love and hugs as you move through this transition.Delete
Excited to hear more about #2!ReplyDelete
Thinking of you lots!
Thank you Taryn, you are always in my thoughts too. I will share soon :)Delete
Sounds like so many good things. Even the not so good has a happy tone to it. Hugs Kim!ReplyDelete
Yes, I am trying to find the good, even among the not so good moments. Thank you my friend.Delete
PS I am still having trouble commenting on your blog, but I have been reading :)
All such positive thoughts, but I most like number 9! I think a trip to the beach could be just what you need right now! Stay strong, I'm sure it will become easier XXXReplyDelete
Thanks Sally, staying positive has become much easier the last few weeks. There is a lot of goodness in my life right now, and that is where I am putting my energy.Delete
Yes, totally what I need, and it looks like things are falling into place so it will be a reality. I am just finalizing someone to stay at my home while we are gone to look after the homestead, once that is confirmed we are set to go!
Yes, in fact, each day it gets a little easier.