For a while now, I have been compiling in my head a bit of a Spring Joy list to share with you all.
These are some of the things that are currently inspiring and delighting me:
I love this app. I was introduced to it by a lovely acquaintance over Christmas and I am still quite committed to it. You pay a monthly subscription fee, and then receive access to an enormous library of classes at all levels taught by fantastic and well-respected teachers. I appreciate being able to do quality yoga classes at home and on my own time (though we have lots of wonderful teachers locally too!), and I enjoy being able to explore a wide diversity of styles and approaches.
Cookbooks: Breakfast Love & Salad Love both by David Bez
I love meals in a bowl. Rice and veggies, nuts and seeds, greens and fruit, dressing, all deliciously layered. I love feeling good about what I am eating, and feeling good after I’ve eaten. George has yet to even entertain the idea of his meal in a bowl unless it’s a giant serving of Gorilla Munch, and like most families we sometimes eat junk because we’re human and get tired, busy and un-inventive, but our kids generally know what real food is and I am happy that they understand that it’s important to feed themselves well.
These two cookbooks make me happy. They offer easy, healthy, pretty combinations of foods that are manageable to create and make eating interesting! In my compulsive way, I am working through the recipes, one by one as I can get to them. Cuz with me, everything’s a project!
Self-Care: I recently facilitated a two part workshop on self-care, and I ended up learning sooooooo much about this topic. Clearly, we teach what we need to learn and there’s always more to learn and deeper places to delve. I was in awe of the gorgeous wisdom, grace, and love that just oozed out of first our beautiful guest speakers, but then out of the participants. Such beautiful magic can happen when we meaningfully gather to create, talk, and support one another. Stay tuned this summer for news on the fall PeaceCard line-up! Lots of new exciting ideas simmering….
PeaceCards: And so my work is unfolding. Slowly and surely it is beginning to take shape in a way that I always (ok, not always) trusted it would. It is about writing and cards and creativity and workshops and empowering and supporting each other and sending out love and gratitude into the world.
Still not sure this kind of a job has a name, but I am no longer attached to the idea that it needs one!
My kids: Whether it is George’s new habit of very seriously taking a cup of milky tea after school along with his toast that amuses me to not end,
or Olivia’s joyful performance of ‘CandyMan’ in her spring middle school musical,
or Alex managing her first year of teaching grade 1 with such perspective, courage, flexibility and immense dedication,
or our Ryland following his dreams with true heart and soul – my goodness, these kids fill me up. It just doesn’t get better than watching these beautiful souls blossom and grow.
New Joyful Adventures:
So… nothing quite rejuvenates my spirit, heart, perspective, and my understanding of where I fit in this world and what it’s all for like….
A GREAT BIG magical ADVENTURE!
We are going on a trip that I have dreamed of and imagined forever and ever and ever. Finally making it happen is the fulfillment of a promise I made to myself long ago.
It is the very pilgrimage of my heart.
To say that I am excited doesn’t even begin to cover it…….
We travel initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. Pico Iyer