I am flipping through my Grade 8 yearbook. Every photo I find of myself I notice I am smiling, not a polite smile, but a big, genuine smile that lights up my eyes. I come across a summary of each student in my Grade 8 class. I read, “Andrea is the most proverbial happy face”. … Continue reading When Everything Shatters
I am tossing and turning, I can’t sleep. I’m too hot, I’m too cold, my back is achy, my mind is racing. I am pissed off. Not at anyone, no just feeling an all round general displeasure at the state of the world. I was supposed to be in Florida right now. I was supposed … Continue reading I Am Not Ok
It is an average winter's day. I'm driving my kids home from school, while an argument erupts over what music we are going to listen to. We settle on a random station. A song plays which I distantly recognize. The harmonies are beautiful, the lyrics captivating. “Ah” it hit me, this is a song from … Continue reading This is Me
Over the holidays, my husband and I finally watched the final episode of Game of Thrones. *Spoiler Alert* One line which struck me most profoundly, was a response from Tyrion Lannister after a new King had been chosen, and Tyrion was appointed to be his hand, basically his chief advisor. "No your grace, I don’t … Continue reading The Value of Story and How a Good One is Fashioned
A story of the possibility which opens up for us when we seek truth and give ourselves permission.
I am turning 40 in a couple weeks, and as I approach this milestone I have been feeling a crisis of sorts. Many of the dreams I’ve had for my life up to this point have, for the most part been accomplished. When I was young I knew I wanted to get married to a … Continue reading The Battle of Internal Voices
“Life is a journey not a destination.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Over the past few days we had an epic downfall of snow, with ridiculously cold temperatures in the -20℃ range. In total, I believe it dumped 35cm of snow. To get an idea of what that means, after shovelling our driveway we had a snow pile … Continue reading This Journey We Call Life
Our family has a tradition of sending a card and letter to family and friends at Christmas time. I find this tradition lends itself naturally to reflection on the year that was, while also anticipating the year ahead. It seems silly to write this, but this year for perhaps the first time, I am becoming … Continue reading A New Year, A New Me
A story about being lost and found.
A week ago my husband tore his ACL playing ultimate frisbee, so our family is navigating a difficult and uncertain road ahead. It could be worse, but it’s not easy; a lot of emotions are swirling, our day to day norms have shifted because my husband is barely mobile, and we’re uncertain about what treatment … Continue reading When Difficulties Come