This winter I decided it was time to step out of my safe and secure comfort zone. Oh, how I wanted to embrace my annual hibernation. Steep a cup of tea – or ten, crack open a book – or ten, turn on the fireplace while I lay on the couch with a plush blanket pulled over me, pups at my feet. As much as every cell of my being wanted me to make that choice, I knew I needed something else.
Instead, I got up every morning earlier than this novice empty-nester might like, and got ready for my day – a day where I had to bathe, wear presentable clothes and consciously, with intention, show up for my life. Every day.
- My frozen shoulder is coming back and the pain has got to go. We (Caden and I) started at Chiropractic First in December and we still go a few times a week. The pain has been greatly reduced, but it’s still not 100%. I just keep going. I expect this to be part of my life for the next few years.
- I recently combined trips to the chiropractor with weekly massages with Krista at Zenbar. It sounds decadent but it really is for health/pain relief reasons!
- Painting class on Tuesday mornings in Bronte were so good. I learned a ton, some surprised me. It turns out I like painting on big canvas rather than small and portable. And, I don’t like realism, even impressionism is too realistic for my photography influenced taste. I prefer abstract when it comes to painting as a creative outlet. Who knew?
- Intensive Creative Writing class on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington have been integral to my book writing flow. I enjoyed reading pieces in all manner of genre by all of the participants. I especially appreciate the constructive feedback I received on my own work.
- Pottery classes on Wednesdays at Crack Pot Studio had to be missed once I realized the silica from the clay combined with the dry winter weather and my psoriasis were not a good combination. My hands just could not take it after the third week. Live and learn!
- Maintenance day every 5-weeks at Zenbar and Euphoria is a self-care gift I gave to myself a couple of years ago and I’m happy it’s a habit that has stuck!
- I attended weekend courses in painting and writing – the concepts shared were fun and liberating!
- Learning about Ayeurveda with Celina Close put many pieces of my wellness puzzle in place. I’m looking forward to attending a more specific Kapha dosha talk. Even the other woman in the class was a Kapha-Vata just like me!
- With my sisters and niece, we posed for a photo shoot at BSS. It was weird being on the wrong side of the lens!
- Since Caden started U1 (Grade 9) I have organized a once-per-term mums lunch, this time we had a good group show up. I have never been comfortable asking a group of virtual strangers (though, over the years I have cultivated a handful of very good girlfriends) to lunch, but I do believe in building a strong community. It has been a joy to have those with similar beliefs show up every time.
- Totally not on my radar, I surprised myself and joined the social committee at the Oakville Club. Our initial meeting was filled with great ideas, lively conversation and proof that this is going to be a fun adventure. I am learning to trust my intuition and act on it.
- I said “yes” to every invitation that came my way. As a result I enjoyed many teas, lunches and dinners with friends. I’m on a mission to check out every restaurant in our town. Though I have my favourites, when I have a chance I do try to opt for places I haven’t been – I had a lot of fun discovering new-to-me places.
- So that I can move better and enjoy those trips in my future, I’ve hired my brilliant friend Jackie to whip me into shape – if flexibility can be considered “shape”.
- A 5-year travel plan has been put together and sent to Erica at Love Tu Travel and things are falling into place. I figure if I can get out of my own way and out of my comfort zone in my own town, I can do it anywhere. Have ticket, will travel!
In spite of the weather – my go-to excuse for cancelling anything – I attended everything I could. The only thing that got in my way were my kids, they are my #1 priority, who always managed to need me as I was headed out the door. Though, this whole lack of mama availability was new to them AND I was always heading out the door as a couple of the kids pointed out to me.
My outings were not often longer than 4-hours as I have the dogs and don’t want them locked up all day. It made for a nice balance. Now for the real test – what’s going to stick?
I was focused on my mission of getting out of the house and being more social for the whole of winter. Heading into spring I have no specific self-improvement projects in mind. My projects will be more home focused with new window coverings, new paint, new area rugs, new sofa and chairs as well as a complete re-do of the back yard.
To be honest, I’m a bit pooped. I’m looking forward to simply allowing my life to be what it is and lean into every day for whatever beauty or challenge it holds.