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10 simple joys

Recently "Chewbacca Mom" reminded the world that life is about the "simple joys". Think about it - more of  life is about the everyday moments than the sexy milestones. Though I've written a lot here about gratitude, this got me reflecting yet again on the simple joys I am thankful for. This is my list right now, though in no way complete.
1. Snuggling under a cozy duvet 2. That first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning 3. Hugging my partner tightly 4. Smiling to strangers and getting smiles back 5. Taking in a beautiful skyline view 6. Mastering a new skill that was unknown to me 7. Being awakened by the chirping birds outside my window each morning 8. Watching a scary movie and jumping with fright (this is a guilty pleasure, I'll admit) 9. Grocery shopping with my partner (yes I know, weird but true - we are talking simple!) 10. Camping adventures (s'mores included ;))
What are your simple joys?
Recent posts

Chewbacca Mom

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of the now ubiquitous "Chewbacca Mom".  There's been a lot of discussion on and offline as to why it resonates with so many people - over 5 million in fact. But it's not rocket science to understand why Chewbacca Mom has soared to stardom - she is positive, she appreciates life, she is real, she doesn't care what others think and she is fun. Who doesn't want a little more of that in their life? So, if you are one of the few who haven't seen this yet, or you want to see again (I never get tired of this :)), check it out. I guarantee you'll smile.

Finding what speaks to you

For some time, my partner and I have been talking about devoting time together to a local cause we believe in. Fuelled by our own sense of gratitude and desire to make a small difference, we considered a few options. And though there are so many wonderful causes to choose from, nothing seemed a perfect match.  That is until we found The Furniture Bank.
The Furniture Bank is a Canadian non-profit dedicated to providing gently used household furnishings to families in need. With my new but growing background in design, and my partner's handyman skills, this was the cause we had been searching for.  Volunteers can assist clients with furniture selection, prepare furniture for delivery, provide marketing or administrative support, and/or repair furniture. If you'd like to say hello, come by and you'll find us in the furniture workshop giving pieces a second life.
So, if you're also considering volunteering for a cause, start by asking yourself what's important to you. Po…

Changing Everything

I was walking again
in the woods,
a yellow light
was sifting all I saw.

Willfully,
with a cold heart,
I took a stick,
lifted it to the opposite side
of the path.

There, I said to myself,
that's done now.
Brushing one hand against the other,
to clean them
of the tiny fragments of bark.

- Jane Hirshfield

Brighten your world today

As the year comes to a close, thoughts turn to the promise of a new year and all that it will bring. For some, this means the start of something they’ve long aspired to, for others, an end to lingering habits they’ve struggled to shed. Though a powerful motivator, we don’t need to wait for the start of a new year to take action. There are an infinite number of things we can do to brighten our world, today. And that doesn’t mean finding the solution to world peace. Here are 10 little things I did in 2015 that have made my life better: Get a new pillow. At least one third of your life is spent with eyes closed. Needless to say, comfort is key. Anything you can do to improve the quality of your sleep, is time well spent. Take a probiotic supplement. Probiotic yogurts did a lot to raise awareness of the role and benefits of probiotics to digestive and intestinal health. A healthy gut makes for a happier person. Smell the roses. Literally and figuratively. This seemingly small act is hugely s…

Something has gone amiss

Something has gone amiss. When did it become not only okay but a source of pride to work endless hours…to sacrifice the balance so important to a quality life? To give up time with loved ones? To compromise health? 
The economic downturn has played some nasty tricks; not only robbing jobs, but loyalty and any semblance of security that may have existed at one time. More and more people are working contracts, part time hours, without benefits, living paycheque to paycheque, struggling to make ends meet.
Educated or otherwise, no one is immune. I know people doing the jobs of two or more. I know several who have been let go after years in their role. I know people who have been looking months, and in some cases years for work in their field.
With that as a backdrop, I watched with great interest this video arguing a case for the 32-hour workweek. It's clear that balanced lives make for balanced, happy, productive people. Simple. 
So, why aren't more people listening?

A lesson in love

If you follow any form of social media and don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the photo portrait series called Humans of New York
As a photographer and a long time lover of New York, I follow the series closely and see what is published each day.  But you quickly learn that it’s not really so much about photography or New York per se, but about humanity and that which unites us – our joys and struggles alike.Each image is accompanied by a quote from the person or people captured, usually something quite personal or profound.
Today’s image is a lesson in love – that true love that each one of aspire to in this life, no matter our race, creed or religion. I was so moved I wanted to share it here, so that we can all take inspiration from it. It rekindles my faith in the world, in the goodness of people, and in the existence of true love in its purest form.
May we each be inspired to be better and to endure.