Wildwood Wonder is, officially, the name of this little area of the ‘net I’ve carved out. It’s new, and you may be wondering why I’ve made the change. Even if you aren’t wondering, if you keep reading you’ll at least know where my head is at, these days — and maybe find some inspiration for yourself, too.
The Backstory Behind Wildwood Wonder
The past several years have been… intense, to say the least. I went from moving to a rental home with my then-boyfriend-now-husband; becoming engaged; getting married; getting pregnant; buying this home; having our daughter and learning how to be a mom; three devastating pregnancy losses; getting and staying pregnant and all of that anxiety; having our son… plus some love and loss and job changes and challenges and joys all mixed into that.
Now that M is a fledgling kindergartener, and A is developing his own personality and independence, I am breathing. A little bit. But breathing. This last month — September 2017 — I have been working hard to take important steps toward cultivating the life I want. That sounds complicated, maybe, but it isn’t. It actually just means I’m doing simple things like getting into a cleaning routine, using paper and pen to plan our days, feeding my family healthy meals, and fixing up our household spaces to bring calm and peace.
It has not been a long process thus far; I’m in the beginning stages. But I believe I’m making great progress, and I think it’s changed the vibe of our household for the better. My ultimate goal is to seek wonder, in everything — in little moments of light spilling into our home in the in-between hours, in getting ourselves out the door to breathe in crisp fall air more often, to finding the right spot to hang M’s kindergarten artwork, to perfecting my morning routine.
What’s the ‘Wildwood’ in Wildwood Wonder?
Wildwood is another word for forest — but doesn’t it sound so much more alive? I love the idea of finding wonder in what is in its natural, wild state. Sure, we can cultivate it, too, but there’s something to be said for what already exists.
The tagline for Wildwood Wonder is letting go and living and that’s because it’s exactly what I want to do: embrace the wild and the wonderful, let go, and live my best life. I want to balance that with guiding my life in easy to manage, simple, peaceful ways.
As I was ruminating on the idea of wildwood wonder, I thought about one of our favourite places to visit in Sioux Lookout. Cedar Bay is our local equestrian centre, but it’s more than that. There is a trail network running deep into the woods, leading to the lakeshore or winding around in the wilderness. When one first arrives at the parking lot trailhead, there’s a quote carved into a sign as greeting:
I can’t sum it up better than Thoreau did, truly. At the end of my life I want to be able to say that I lived, and that I did it with wonder and greatness and love.I want to be able to say that I lived, and that I did it with wonder and greatness and love. Click To Tweet
That doesn’t mean I need to have accomplished anything spectacular — as Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui says in What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life?:
What if I embrace my limitations and stop railing against them. Make peace with who I am and what I need and honor your right to do the same. Accept that all I really want is a small, slow, simple life. A mediocre life. A beautiful, quiet, gentle life. I think it is enough.
But I want that beautiful, simple life. And I am working toward it. That’s what you’ll find here.