Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pretty Snowy Historic Charlottetown

William Henry Pope at Peake's Quay Historic Waterfront

Walking down Water Street

Moonsnail shop is my favourite! 

A little sunshine while I walked by Province House 

Just a few photos from my walk to work a few days ago. Charlottetown is truly beautiful in all seasons! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Everyday Life ~ December

December was a very busy month, busy with lots of hours at my part-time job at David's Tea. What a fun friendly place to work! In the busiest of times, I worked close to thirty hours a week. I continued to love my walks home from work and captured several photos of the winter wonderland. No matter the weather, I love those 45 minutes simply walking to think and wind down from work. 

December was filled, just like all the other months of the year, with simple happy surprises. So often these come from my own children and also from my closest friends! It am very lucky to have these wonderful people to share my life with. From last minute-early morning invite to yoga class to a rainy hike in the woods to listening to me sharing my heart aches via texting to simple surprises  of fresh chestnuts just for me....I truly have the best people in my life. 

The holiday school break was very much welcomed by my two kids and they took advantage of it by sleeping in a lot. I had most of my evenings and weekends at home to enjoy time with them, which I was very grateful for! 

December was fun with the Instagram December Reflections prompt. I think I managed to post for every prompts. I also spent time looking back on 2016 and thinking ahead. I pulled out my tarot cards and Susannah Conway's Unravelling the year workbook. It was a really powerful time for reflection. 

I was sick the second half of the month of December. It forced me to relax a lot when I wasn't working, and take care of myself. I had never been a big fan of soaking in a bath, but with this sickness, I felt the need to do exactly that. It was amazing and it's now a relaxing ritual I love. I light up candles and turn off the bright bathroom light. I bring my salt lamp in, put on some music, and use bath salts. It's a great self care ritual. 

On Christmas Eve we celebrated together, with our oldest daughter coming by for a simple late dinner and small gifts exchange. Christmas is kept simple for our little family and we finished the evening with playing cards, board games, and a little Mario Kart too. 

The new year is here, with new challenges and discoveries. Only two weeks young and I already think it's going to be another magical year...even if my focus word is courage. I believe "magical", my word for 2016 is still hanging around. 

I hope 2017 started well for you! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Daily Guidance Cards Ritual

At the end of the first week of the daily guidance cards ritual

Through Susannah Conway's Unravel Your Year 2017, I was inspired to start a daily ritual. It is simple and doesn't take a long time but it will help me with my goal of learning more about tarot and oracle cards. 

Each day, usually with breakfast, I grab my cards, shuffle them as much as I feel, and draw two cards. The first one represents me today, in my head, heart and soul. The second card is like a message card, maybe an inspiration, something I should be mindful of, a reminder. 

January 1 ~ new year, new daily ritual

I have included a simple box in my weekly page in my bullet journal to record the cards that come up every day. I might want to write more notes later on, but for now, this is enough. 

The first week of this ritual was amazing and I used The Wild Unknown Tarot deck for the full week. It was great learning more about this deck and the interpretations of each card. 

Now in my second week, I am using the Goddesses Oracle deck. Next week, I will use The Wildwood Tarot deck. I think it will be nice to keep switching them on a weekly rotation, getting to know all of them better. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Courage ~ My Word for 2017

Happy New Year! Each year, I choose a word to focus on and since today is the first day of 2017, time to reveal my word. 

You can also read about my past choices, if you are interested, by going to the very bottom of this post. I have them listed with links by year and word. 

January 1st nature hike - felt amazing after days of sickness. 
nature is always good for my soul everyday

This year, as I started working through finding my word, a theme emerged. Personal challenges really brought that out. The five words that came through were courage, bravery, perseverance, nourish, and acceptance.

I have kept the explanations very simple this year, but I think they are also very powerful. 

For 2017, I choose the word courage. 

Courage to be selfish, to choose the path that is best for me.

Courage to face all the challenges with strength that I know I have inside of me. 

Courage to try new things, including things that push my boundaries and break down my walls.

Courage to believe in myself and that I can do anything that I set my mind to.

Courage to go against the flow. 

Courage for those times when I will feel like I am at rock bottom, when I need just a tiny sliver of courage to keep going.

Courage to take a stand for myself and choose what is right for me and my 

I always like to collect a few meaningful quotes about my word: 

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. Mark Twain. 

Courage isn't having the strength to go on- it is going on when you don't have the strength. Napoleon Bonaparte. 

The most courageous act is still to think of yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel. 

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner. 

"There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn't.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. 
That is the sort of bravery I must have now." Veronica Roth (from Allegiant)

My past words: 
2016 - Magical
2015 - Peace
2014 - Shine
2013 - Love 
2012 - Adventure 

I hope you have a beautiful happy new year! If you choose a word to focus on, I would love to hear it, leave me a comment with it below!