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Journaling

Accepting gifts and basking

It’s that season in Nova Scotia, Canada where we bundle up in our parkas and sit outside on a sunny day drinking tea and listening to the birds. Each sunny day feels like a gift. A gift of ease and potential warmth. Here’s an excerpt from my journal about accepting gifts and basking: The gift…

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An opportunity for listening

My experience is that if I get too busy and don’t make time for down time, quiet time, time to listen, the Universe sends me an ‘opportunity’. My most recent opportunity came in the form of a fall while running in mid-December. I tripped while going over a wooden bridge over the canal and landed…

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Spaciousness

What do you want to create in your life? What would that feel like, look like? These are the questions I’m considering as I mark moving into my 68th year and the changing of the calendar to 2024. Here is an excerpt from my journal as I work through these questions. As I contemplate, I…

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I am not lost

I am not lost. I’m exactly where I need to be, where I’m supposed to be right now. Sometimes when we are in transition (just left a job, a relationship, moved homes, are recovering from illness) we can feel a bit lost. Not sure about our future direction(s). It can be hard to remember that…

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Busting out – The Midsummer Night’s Dream Edition

Whether it’s because it’s halfway through the summer, or there have been too many heavy things happening in your community, or you just need a break, this blog post is dedicated to the play Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a time to be silly, playful and fanciful. Time to bust out your wildest dreams with a…

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The beach is a place I feel I can fully breathe.

No more eggshells for me!

Due to a situation with a neighbour that is outside my control, recently I have found myself ‘walking on eggshells’. Perhaps you know the feeling. It is staying small and quiet so as not to be noticed by someone who is unpredictable. It is waiting for the shoe to drop, or staying tense and guarded…

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Close up of a hooked mat, woman leaning her head down to look at her heart with love. White background, woman hooked in pink and blue and the other chakra colours.

Hello Wise Woman …

We have the answers within. Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my journal in response to the writing prompt ‘Hello Wise Woman…’. Hello Wise Woman… Thank you for being there, for guiding me. For being that quiet inner voice that cheers me on. You are like an old friend. Someone who listens and guides without…

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Collective Heartbreak – coping strategies

This collective heartbreak is real. Even if we are not directly affected, if our community is dealing with a wildfire, the residual effects of a pandemic and a mass shooting, or all three, we are all feeling stress, uncertainty and a sense of helplessness. It can be difficult to concentrate, we can have trouble sleeping….

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Tulips in a bouquet

A not so gentle reminder

I didn’t realize I needed a reminder. A reminder that I’m not invincible. Sometimes we do all the right things and still shit happens. Recently I got a not so gentle (but minor on the overall scale of things) reminder that my health is not to be taken for granted. I must admit I was…

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The year in review – a positive retrospective

There is more than enough doom and gloom in the news, on social media and in predictions for the coming year. What if we could start the new year on a high note? What great stuff happened to you this past year? Or since your last birthday? In early December on the day before my…

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Ditch the hustle

I’m breaking up with the ‘work harder to get further’ culture. Were you raised to believe that if you only worked a bit harder you would be more (insert your word here – successful, beautiful, popular, loved)? Me too. I thought if only I could hustle more I would have enough (work, success, a tidy…

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The gift of what is

Sometimes plans go awry and we are left with what is. Maybe we are diagnosed with a serious illness, or our vacation plans are interrupted, our job ends abruptly, or our relationship with our partner breaks down. We first need to grieve When faced with an unexpected and unwelcome change of plans we need first…

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