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[BLOOM] Relationship & Social Goals

Maternity leave, in winter in Northwestern Ontario, can be a bit isolating. Oh, I know, it’s hard for everyone to get out of the house and do stuff in the early days, but I sit here with extreme cold warnings popping up from my weather app, I watch the snow pile up in the driveway, and I rue the fact that we aren’t in a big city with a mall or an aquarium or some other kind of climate controlled meeting place where it’s acceptable to bring a screaming kid (because my kid is, currently, a screamer).

I know it gets easier when January passes and the worst of the frigid cold is over,

2016 – A Reflection

Last year when midnight rang in I was angry. I remember sitting in bed, staring out the window to the streetlight outside, feeling nothing but bitter. 2015 hit me with all that it had. In trying to make sense of that year, I found a quote that said, “Some years are questions, and some years are answers.” 2015 threw all kinds of questions and challenges at me – will I be able to get out from under this darkness, will things become stable, will our family ever grow? I desperately hoped that 2016 would be a year of answers.

So what was 2016,

2016 Intentions

I think I’ve touched on this a few times, but I am not setting resolutions this year. Not big ones, not small ones — nothing. I’m coming around to the realization that resolutions seem to work in two ways. Either they’re things that end up failing at some point during the year, leading to a public proclamation of failure or a quiet discontent with oneself, or they’re things that are really just wishes. Nobody can resolve to achieve things that are entirely out of their control, but I have read far too many resolutions this year that are, in truth,

Reverb15: Manifesto

I’m skipping to the end. Why? Because this feels like the best and right thing to do, at the time. Reverb15 has been interesting, this year — it’s taken a lot of thinking to answer some of the prompts, and some just felt like too much for me to figure out right now. I always appreciate the mental exercising of this type of project, though, so even though I didn’t write something for each day, I certainly rolled the words around in my mind and did my best to work through what they made me think and how they made me feel.

Reverb15: Through the Doorway

Look at me behind on prompts again. Life got in the way, so I won’t apologize for it — I skipped a few prompts that didn’t really speak to me, and picked it up at this prompt, which still puts me a day behind but oh well. We’ll see where I’m at by the time it’s all over.

Haven’t you ever been caught in a moment, a magnetic swirl of a moment, when you knew – just knew – that something magical was taking place? You might feel as if a portal into Something has opened at your heart to release a sort of energy into your own private universe,

Reverb15: Of Marshmallows and Trampolines

“Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.”

What small pleasures gave you moments of intense joy in 2015?

What more could you cultivate in 2016?

Most of my small pleasures come from the company of my child.