Kieran has stopped wanting to sit in his highchair at home, so he has up graded to booster seat at the table, until we can find a better solution. He also is starting to refuse plastic or kids-like plates-referring to eat off plain white glass ones, oh and also prefers large glasses, big forks, and butter knives. If he sees you using anything different than him, you better be prepared to trade.
His latest love is salads. I was really surprised, I thought that the lettuce might be difficult, or feel too weird to him, but typically he wants that over the main part of his meal. He eats more salad than I do-which is not difficult.
Last night we took him to Pomodori (delicious wood fired pizza). This was his second time. He loves their food and people watching. So much to look at when you eat out. He almost ate a full pizza (minus the crust).
Time Hop alerted me today to let me know that exactly a year ago this weekend, I wrote a post called Face your Fear. So I opened it up to take a look at where I was a year ago, and wow am I glad I did. I had just started my first painting for color of woman of the Legendary self. I wrote about how my inner critic was sabotaging me and that I needed to push through and treat the process as an exploration. It was at that point last year that I choose my word for the year to be 'explore' and treat life as an adventure.
I had forgotten this until today, and I am so grateful I wrote it down and shared it. as I reflect over my 2014, I truly did treat it as an adventure. I went farther than I ever imagined-but then again, I guess I did imagine those things and found the path there.
The biggest personal adventure having the courage to say yes to myself and go to California. Each painting I created was an adventure, an exploration of myself and of paint. Going back to work after maternity leave, another adventure (especially one the little one gets kicked out of the sitters...it really wasn't as bad as it sounds, but makes for a good story), learning to balance work, family, and Jen time is a real struggle-but when I look at it from an exploration type of view it comes less of a struggle and more an experiment, if something isn't working try again, explore different options, no big deal. That isn't to say that everything is sunshine and rainbow's. We have are fair share of rain clouds-but I find we don't get caught up under them as much anymore.
It a recent post I claimed 'Wild' as my word for 2015, but explore is still here in the back ground. Time to explore my wild self and see the world from another perspective.
Having this post show up today gave me an "aha" moment and caused me reflect on my year from a new perspective, I would love to say that I remembered I chose that word, but I didn't, but I still lived it, and that warms my heart,
Do you have any 'aha' moments from 2014? What were some of your most magical moments? Do they have anything in common?
What an amazing holiday we had. Kieran was so much fun, and really reminded us about the magic of the season. The wonder of the Christmas tree, and truly just being with each other. He (for now) does not understand presents so he was more interested in what we were doing than actually receiving.
We played lots of hockey, and ate lots of food-one of his new past times (thanks to me) is dunking gingerbread cookies in milk-yum-yum!
It was a green Christmas this year, but at least we got some snow on the very last day of our vacation together. Kieran hasn't quite figured out what to do with the snow yet. He has so much snow gear on and the snow is deep enough that it is hard for home to walk in, and he hates that he doesn't have his fingers to grab things, and face planting in snow is not so fun. But the snow is nice to take a little nap in while Mommy and Daddy do all the snow removal...then we have a nice warm lunch and all settle in for a well deserved nap. I am sad to see the holiday end, so nice to be able to have these memories.
On December 31st 2014, I spent some time looking over my journals for the year, and what my hopes were leading me towards-to help guide me on what I hope my 2015 will look like.
For some reason one of my high school teachers popped into my head. It is funny what we remember. On the very last day of grade 12, he told me that I need to be more wild, and I have never forgot that. I may have shrugged it off at the time, but he was right. What has been missing in my life all these years? The wild, the sense of adventure and learning, stepping out of my comfort zone, finding what makes me glow rather than giving my glow to everyone else.
When I cultivate my wild side, my light, I create more than enough light to share with others. When I don't nurture that wild side, I am running on empty and what I give to others takes from me, leaving me depleted and giving from the wrong state of mind.
I have always been super shy, or afraid to say the things I want to say or do. Always afraid to be the "weird" one. Maybe a better word for weird should be wild. Not wild as in party all time, but as in living in my own natural state.
For most of our lives we are 'tamed' and 'domesticated' in our culture. What our life should like-responsible, reserved, busy, working, over-working, no time for relaxation, standing out is not safe, never do or say anything that could bother someone, fit-in, failure is worse than just getting by...These are some of my limiting beliefs that I have picked up over the years, and to tell you the truth they are quite soul sucking. How miserable these beliefs are. Sure on the outside this works, I have a job, I have a home, I have a family, but we need more than this.
We need connection, meaningful connection, we need to feed our souls more than the scraps of a just getting by life. How do we do this? By lighting our fire and nurturing the flames. Find what makes you happy, what gets you excited, and follow it. Even if it is just small things that you do. This doesn't have to cost money, it can be going for a walk, going to the beach, slowing down to look at something, volunteering somewhere that calls to your interests, starting a blog, reading a book...the list is endless.
My theme/word for the year is live wild. To follow my heart and instincts, to let go of the things and people that try to snuff out the flames. To do the things that make me excited, that energize me and those around me.
What is your theme or word to explore this year?
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.