What emerged over the month?
ORGANIZE and PLAN. One of my most favourite things to do is sit down with my calendar and map out the hectic that can be found in the life of this mama. Even my pseudo adults require some direction – the concept of time seems to elude my under-25 crowd only because they really have no concept of how it all works. I know this is natural as I have always been mindful of time and raised them to be and yet they are still baffled and bewildered by the idea of planning. Oh, for teleportation! Once the outline was constructed, I took some time and decided on – and scheduled, with down payments – all that I want to accomplish (retreats and in-person courses) through the end of September. BEYOND excited.
What were the big and small victories?
Every Amazon purchase I wanted to make was put on a wishlist to be evaluated in April. | Both Chloé and Caden have maintained their averages – both with honours! | Cole performed in RENT and he was fabulous! Such a great production. I’m thrilled he’s continuing his love of performing while at school! | Claire called me a “hippie” which I take as a compliment. Her explanation: “Because you’re a free-spirit! And it’s not drug-induced, which is incredible!” Glad she’s noticed I’m not on drugs. Cheeky child. | I survived my first “cleanse” on my Isagenix program and realized it just isn’t for me. I’ll keep the protein shakes and pass on the rest. | My talk on owning our stories was well received. | I got a call from my cousin thanking me for a post on Facebook – it apparently shed a great deal of light on a current issue. I’m so happy to have been of assistance. | I managed to complete my Vision Board for the March prompt. | I was reminded of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and I’m happy to report that this journey has me on pretty firm footing. | Chloé loves baking! | With thanks to my sister, I made the most fantastic beef tenderloin for Easter dinner!
What were the lessons?
Blue hair. I really don’t know that it suits anyone. It does not suit Claire, who is sporting it right now. If such a beautiful girl cannot have blue hair then no one can! Claire does not have mono (as her boyfriend was mis-diagnosed). She is anemic. As always! And has thyroid disease. I wonder if we can get a bulk rate on Synthroid? | As a survivor of abuse myself, #IBelieveSurvivors. I also believe they ruined their own case by not trusting the system. They withheld key information in order to manipulate and it bit them in the ass. If you’re in you’re ALL IN. If you are brave enough to show up (and those women are brave) you have to SHOW UP. If you are using the system to help you, you have to TRUST the system. | I was supposed to give up coffee for 12+ weeks. That lasted 5. | Reminder: when you hire someone to work for you, fire them when they want you to work for them. I don’t respond well to guilt, shame or judgment #BuhByeRita
New Moon and Full Moon practices are firmly in place – and fun! | I’ve been doing a 2-card spread as often as I can and they’ve been so accurate they’re scary! | Each Sunday food was purchased and then prepared for the week ahead. Good thing we all enjoy the same foods: asparagus, Brussels spouts and broccoli are favourites, roasted of course. | Breakfast and lunch are now fully automated. | We were home for March Break and I was grateful that the kids were here to take care of Tucker and his endless need to walk, sniff, pee, walk, sniff, poop, sniff. | Fluid consumption is up to 3L/100oz every day. Good stuff! | Ostara was wonderful and I was happy to plant my seeds for the year ahead. | Andrea Scher’s Brave Blogging course has me writing some amazing stories – all true. Now to put on the big girl panties and share!
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE
Great quote: “Authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It is a practice – a conscious choice of how we want to live. Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Dr. Brené Brown, PhD
What we watched and enjoyed: I finally watched Inside Out and it was wonderful. | Big Brother Canada has captivated Caden, well, maybe just the first episode. | The Voice is back! | Cole performed in the UofT (Victoria College) production of Rent. He was fabulous! So many talented kids. | Spring Training telecast mid-day from Florida was wonderful.
Book found on my nightstand: Circle of Stones by Judith Duerk. Brilliant. Validating.
Music that had me moving and singing along: LOTS THIS MONTH, indicative of how much time I spent in the office and studio! Kaleo Way Down We Go; Birdy Keeping Your Head Up; Missy Higgins Set Me on Fire; Bishop River; Small Town Pistols I Only Smoke When I Drink; Sweet Alibi Keep Showing You; Matt Andersen I’m Giving In; Eklo ft Jordinlaine You and Me; Charlotte Cardin Goyer Big Boy; Jem 24 (she sounds so much like Imogen Heap!); and, Matt Simons Catch & Release.
Weather: March came in with a lion, with two big snow storms and got more snow in two days than we accumulated from December through February. Crazy. The best part was that once the snow clouds left we were treated to sunshine and blue skies. The rest of the month was warm and rainy. Early spring! Or so we thought, then the mini-ice storm arrived. Looks like things have cleared up and we should be on the plus side of the thermometer for the foreseeable future. (Knock wood!)
RIP: I am a huge tennis fan and the passing of Bud Collins, legendary tennis broadcaster and wearer of outrageous pants, was very sad. | Former U.S. First Lady, Nancy Regan has passed. She introduced me to the idea that a woman can be dedicated only to one person – her husband. Not her children, not anything, just him. It was fascinating and completely outside my scope. | Pat Conroy wrote exquisitely tortured stories of life, love and all that is the human condition. I can only hope my words will resonate with an audience as completely as his did with me. Time to re-read! | Gary Shandling, at a very young 66! So very sad. | Rob Ford, the scandalous former mayor of T.O. from cancer at 46. 46! | Patty Duke, a name I haven’t heard in years, passed. Growing up I loved watching re-runs of her show.
Unexpected: Caden went off to brunch with three girls, sauntering off to Ben & Florentine on a Sunday morning. He always surprises me. | On my new “program” by the end of the first week I was down 4 pounds. Wow. Indicative of how far I have to go! By the end of the month it was all back and then some. The more strict I became the more resistant my body. Sigh. | Maria Sharapova, doping? | Claire has a boyfriend. Cole has a girlfriend. Caden has a girlfriend (but now does not, as of this posting). Chloé is afraid of being #foreveralone. I suppose at 16 that is a legitimate fear.
Discovery: There is a hole in the back fence! I learned when a worker from the Town of Oakville came to my front door asking if I had a cream coloured fluffy dog. He chased him back into the yard. All fixed now! | Gloria Steinem is incredible in so many ways. She is not, however, a good speaker. Still glad we went! | Friday evenings at Jonathan’s with one child or another are lovely. | How we missed our regular visits to the Oakville Club! Renovations are complete. We got back to our regular routine. | EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is Caden’s music of choice and he has been sharing it with me. | If I had a spare $250,000 USD lying around, I would purchase this kinetic wind sculpture, in a heartbeat! |
Exhale: Some months ago I was asked to give a talk. I said yes. Then this month I remembered how TERRIFIED I am of giving a talk in front of a large group of people. Then I gave it. Twice.
Online Courses: COURAGEworks Living Brave with Brené Brown; Fierce Grace Collective with Carrie Anne Moss; Sacred Wheel Immersion with Allison Carr; Light Language with Lynn Louise Wonders; Brave Blogging with Andrea Scher; The Sacred Alone and The Inside Story with Susannah Conway; One Little Word with Ali Edwards; and, FIT2016 with Cathy Zielske.
How was your March? What are you noticing in your life?