I decided to spend my final waking hours of 2015 reflecting on a few of my favourite memories, pictures and songs from the year: Travelling to places old and new whilst establishing, re-establishing and maintaining connections with new friends and family, and those already long-loved. Learning more about the complexities and joys of love with … More Ending 2015 with Gratitude
One of my mother’s sisters gave me some unexpected gifts this evening: a beautiful jacket, and two songs, one of which touched deep layers of sorrow and gratitude that needed tears tonight. She also gifted me loving arms to hold me. Expressing the sense of relief these moments of falling softly, lightly, gently into the … More All I Ask Of You
Each December when I bake lebkuchen from my maternal grandmother’s straightforward recipe, the scent of spices as I mix the dough transports me back to the wonderful family Christmases of my childhood. These are a variation of a German biscuit, and similar to gingerbread. It’s fun to ice the shapes different colours & decorate with silver … More My Gran’s Lebkuchen Recipe
Today I’m grateful for… Finally feeling the real joy and excitement of Christmas while baking Lebküchen from my Gran’s recipe, the boys helping out in their Christmas aprons, the smell of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves filling the air, with Christmas music drifting through the house. Watching “The Little Prince” at the cinema, with my … More Gratitude: in the Christmas spirit
Reconnecting with calm spaces and healthy choices. Being more truthful with friends, and finding the friendships strong and resilient enough to grow. Enjoying yoga and qi gong by candlelight after the electricity went down. Having loving and supportive friends to call on. Getting marginally better at not apologising quite so often. Spending careful thought and … More Weekly Gratitude
The calming softness of candlelight after the power went off unexpectedly this evening. Watching the boys run off in excitement upon reaching the Christmas Faire at their school, confident and eager for fun with their friends. Finding new perspectives, and remembering that I can always break out of old reactive behaviours if I choose to.