A snow day is this magical occasion that seems to be suspended in time. Our world freezes over, and we are presented with an opportunity to pause and surrender to this day of dormancy. Snow days remind me that some things in life are simply bigger than me and out of my control. They are a cue to step away from the cycle of everyday life and onto a merry-go-round of wonder and enchantment.
January is a month that seems to arrive very abruptly year after year. No matter how many times I tell myself that I am ready for the return of quiet routine and the familiarity of home, the dead of winter always hits me like an ice storm.
Home can have many doors. It can be a physical structure, a place, or a feeling in your heart. The word “home” can mean something different to everyone. I do believe in the phrase “home is where the heart is,” but I also believe that our heart can be found in many different places and parts of our everyday lives.
The holidays are in full swing and December days seem to come and go with every blink! This time of year always seems to go by so quickly. All of a sudden it is January 1st and I’m left with a vacation hangover and Christmas decorations covering my home that I remember putting up like it was yesterday! With all of the parties, traveling, family time, and entertaining going on this month, it’s easy for time to get away from us. This season, I’m trying to be more mindful of certain moments in order to capture these scenes as photographs in my memory. In this post, I have picked out 5 times during the holiday season to pause and take a mindful look around at the holiday backdrop before you!
Daylight Savings had me a little crazy this past week. I loved gaining that extra hour of sleep. The sun is now up on my commute to work, and it has disappeared by the time I get home in the evening. This year the time change made me more mindful of the morning and the night, and the feelings, thoughts and memories that these hours bring to my mind.
Do what you love and love what you do. I’ve heard this simple phrase so many times, but lately it has been making me question whether or not I actually “walk the walk” when it comes to carrying out and “wearing” my passions in my daily life. Maybe you have thought about this, too? Are we participating in activities that energize and excite us? Or, are we walking down a runway that appears to be safe and stable, yet we are stumbling as we attempt to stay in a straight line? When I thought about these questions, the answers made me realize that some of my focuses need to shift.
We have so many types of “weather” in our lives, and while I prefer the beautiful, sunny days during which I am comfortable and content, I must learn to exist under all types of weather in order to truly learn about myself and experience each day. I wrote this post over the course of two weeks and almost didn’t finish it; I have had a difficult time putting my thoughts into a piece that makes sense to me. There were points where I would stop and feel that the words I was writing did not reflect how I have been actually working through some recent difficult “storms” in my life. This photo is a snapshot of my heart and these words are a peek into my soul.
So first I need to disclose the fact that since starting this post on friendships, I’ve naturally rediscovered the song “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Yup, this song has been playing on repeat in my head, along with visions of our beloved characters from Friends falling onto that big comfy couch in the middle of the city. While I have never blissfully danced around a big beautiful fountain with my friends (although this is totally a life goal), we have had some pretty amazing experiences together throughout the years.
The seasons arrive each year with their own unique puzzle pieces. The music, the feel of the air, the holidays, the food, and the activities can be put together to create memories from these four distinct times of the year. Growing up I remember feeling so excited for the next one to begin! Summer was always extra special though. Summer has its own song, its own feeling, its own language. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with summer, and an urge to create, experience, and reconnect with yourself and with others.
No goal or thought is impossible, and the journey that you plan is how you spend the days of your life. Your goal trips can become some of your favorite memories! It’s all about, “getting there,” and learning about yourself in the present moment as you take the steps to reach your dreams.
“Statistics prove that you have one birthday,
one birthday every year
But there are three hundred and sixty-four unbirthdays
Precisely why we’re gathered here to cheer!”
-The Mad Hatter and The March Hare from “Alice In Wonderland” (The Unbirthday Song)
“If we could sit together a moment
and talk forever just to pass the time…”
-Owl City (Meet You There)
“It seems strange
How we used to wait for letters to arrive
But what’s stranger still
Is how something so small can keep you alive.”
-The Arcade Fire (We Used To Wait)