Love is…bus rides & Fever Ray albums on repeat

“Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.” -Adrienne Rich sunrises over farmer's fields with Ohbijou pouring out the car's speakers warm sun on my face in the middle of winter the artistic perspective of powerlines staring at the bare trees blurring-by outside dirty bus windows sumac along the highway abandoned buildings and … Continue reading Love is…bus rides & Fever Ray albums on repeat

Love is…happy bellies, knitted bliss, dorky photos, and poetry hidden in the clouds

It's been oh-so long since I've done one of these Love Lists. Here are some things that have made my heart expand lately... knitting up a storm! (soft, thick yarns in delicious blends of colour) creative baking adventures (if you wanna make a happy belly, check out recipes for Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Swirl … Continue reading Love is…happy bellies, knitted bliss, dorky photos, and poetry hidden in the clouds

33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Walk or drive down a tree lined street with the leaves ablaze with autumn magic Eat really ripe fruit and let the juices run down your arm Listen to the chirps and steady piercing hums of the crickets and cicadas in the evening Watch a no-words-are-adequate-to-fully-describe sunset on the lake Have a creative retreat with … Continue reading 33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Living With Pain, Feeling Through Pain: Tips on Healing and Self-Care

"Storms make the oak grow deeper roots" - George Herbert (1593-1633) These past couple weeks, I've had a string of days where I have been completely immobilized with all-over body pain and heavy fatigue, my body forcing me down against my will. I'm still learning to listen to it, to let go, to honour its … Continue reading Living With Pain, Feeling Through Pain: Tips on Healing and Self-Care

Ways of Seeing – How to Transform the Mundane into Wonder

Ahh, so the patience and gentleness and breathing and leaning-into-the-discomfort-of -feeling-blocked worked wonders. The pause. The space. The letting go. I woke up this morning groggy, but way more grounded. Behind my heavy eyes, the old excitement hid. I could feel it. I left for my walk to work and everything was illuminated with wonder … Continue reading Ways of Seeing – How to Transform the Mundane into Wonder

Love is…simple childhood pleasures and leaning into fear

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. -Anais Nin tiny purple & yellow wildflowers in grass that you wouldn't notice if you weren't truly looking kicking … Continue reading Love is…simple childhood pleasures and leaning into fear

Love is…maintaining balance in the presence of pain & a ginormous dose of self love! (also, my apparent fixation on trees)

So, a rough week in bodily aches, stiffness, and pain has left me a little exhausted. It's so frustrating when I get these pain flare-ups (especially when it inhibits my desire to walk anywhere). It's frustrating to not know exactly the source of these sensations and exactly 'why' it is happening (it's funny how we always need to … Continue reading Love is…maintaining balance in the presence of pain & a ginormous dose of self love! (also, my apparent fixation on trees)

Love is…old photos & new celebrations

nostalgia and reconnection lights off, white sheets pinned to wall, old projector, glass of wine, the four of us gathered on the couch, a large box of slides you didn’t know existed, family history of photographs dated 1973-1989 (my mum, aged 20, skinny like me, long hair in pig tails, tiny bikini, model-esque poses, shy … Continue reading Love is…old photos & new celebrations

Love is…positive politics & pizza parties

friends and others coming together in community (mourning, sharing, crying, telling stories, sharing experiences, laughing) seeing friends who generally live so far away long distance calls from Bali sharing guacamole at the Only cafe being more and more in love everyday watching movies under blankets...with bags of potato chips people laughing in the kitchen people … Continue reading Love is…positive politics & pizza parties

Love in loss (to a beautiful friend)

This week is different. This week it is difficult to gather the words, to find the right words, to express them in a coherent manner. This week, it is impossible to talk about myself, my own life, my own moments of joy and awe and wonder and love. This week, I learned that a friend … Continue reading Love in loss (to a beautiful friend)