I continue to hold a place for unoccupied space in my life. February was filled with opportunities for release. I let go of things that were of no use to me even though the accepted social norms would have had me stay exactly where I was. It didn’t feel right – not true to who I am or how I’m raising my kids to be. I am leaning into re-trusting my instincts, my gut, my intuition. Onward.
Snow Days are rare around here, but we got one to start the month. A gift of a free day! | Sometimes courses just don’t resonate and instead of grinding through, I’ve learned to let go. It taught me what I needed to know even if it wasn’t what I paid to learn. | While purging that which does not serve my highest good I also shut down my Match and LifeMates accounts. Too much energy focused on false expectations, “what if”, rejection, liars and weirdos. | The Passport Office finally saw fit (after 5 attempts) to grant passports to my younger two. There was a reason for the test and I know I passed. | Temagami taught some great (if very cold) lessons to both Cole as SOL (senior outdoor leader) and Chloé as participant. | In the Grade 9 boys health class a question was asked: “Mr. Shields, what is the best time to have sex, er, intercourse?” His response was perfect. “When you’re ready to be a father.” I love that and that Caden shares these stories with me. | False apologies always disappoint. | Entitled attitudes and bully behaviour is often learned from parents. It is so sad, such a disservice to everyone. | The amethyst geode I have loved for months is finally in my possession and placed in the South East corner of my home. | “You get what you pay for” was made clear – so a private volleyball coach has been hired. No more wasted time as we’ve gained back 4 hours each week for homework. | I love learning new things and grateful to Licia Morelli for lessons in Don Season. It explained a lot. | Furnace shut down during an “extreme cold warning” and we woke to a house at 10C/50F. Brr. I remembered the trick of checking the batteries on the thermostat. New batteries installed and voila, heat. | The house was prepped and we welcomed the Archangels for a visit. Neat stuff. #stayopen | Proud to bursting of my boy who gave a brilliant chapel speech on happiness. | Valentine’s Day was spent with the true loves of my life. I’m so glad they were all home! | Tattoo designing is underway. The kids want one to represent our family and for each to get when they turn 18. Two go right away, the other two wait. | The sad loss of Steve Montador furthers my resolve that taking my boys out of hockey was a good thing. Would they have made the NHL? No. But the damage is done well before that point. | The Family Day long weekend comes at the perfect time – a fireplace, good book, blanket and couch reprieve from winter. | White sand and sea breezes does a body and spirit good. | Kids can only live up to the trust and standards you set for them. It was a test. They passed with flying colours! | A photo project I’ve been wanting to do for ages was completed. | Months of rehearsal were realized in the all-school presentation of FAME. It was so very good! | Jonathan’s with sister and niece is always a treat. | The casualties of the trip was my Kindle (left on the plane – on the way down) and Claire’s iPhone (smashed on the bathroom floor). | A month without Kundalini meditation stinks. I really want to try the new Kundalini yoga offering, too. | Oral surgery hurts. | 28-Day Candida Cleanse started on the 26th. I’m glad for support! | Good to see Claire again so soon – she came home to see the Raptors slaughtered by the Golden State Warriors. Crazy game! | Chloé went to Freda-sit and enjoyed having the clicker all to herself. | Food torture has begun. The kids can eat ANYTHING while I’m stuck with bland, bland, bland! | FEBRUARY 2015