I had a vacation in January.
I didn’t escape winter to enjoy sun, sand and palm trees. I returned to my Alberta home town for a visiting-blitz with family and friends. It was lovely.
I went for cold morning walks at By-the-Lake-Park : reviving wonderful memories where I’ve logged a zillion running steps in year’s past.
I reflected on changes since these trails were a daily running route. Moving 12 years ago from this forever-home community to Nova Scotia. Heeding reality that my knees would be healthier and happier by switching from running to hiking. It’s difficult saying good-bye… I love and continue to discover my new province. And hiking-backpacking-camping is invigorating; wide open for travel and adventure!
The Alberta vacation was delicious: satisfying a hunger for reconnecting with siblings and families, elderly aunts, myriad friends. Eating with those I love, at tables in spaces archived with memories. Now with several more.
My plane trip back to Nova Scotia was eventful.
After tossing about in a wind and rain storm; a redirected flight ended in a Montreal layover where I sprawled for a few hours on an airport couch. January’s wrap-up might have been a sign.
February: time now to write, be creative, prepare work projects!
But my moxie for it all had checked out. I’d lost the spunk, grit, eagerness.
I dug my way through some writing deadlines.
And then I faced February’s funk the best ways I know fit for me. I hope some of these ideas and links might fit for you also.
Audio books are perfect while driving-travelling-doing kitchen work and I love having digital books downloaded for overnight treks in the back country. After using Scribd‘s 30-day free trial I signed up for their monthly unlimited subscription plan. It’s great. No due dates. The books are mine. This might be a good fit for you and your family. (I’m not a Scribd affiliate.)
Memoirs are my #1 genre, followed by personal growth. Sorry, no fiction here:
I DO love the feel of a paper book: here are two that placed well into my current reading thread related to refugees, humanitarian aid, justice:
Thank you for reading what I’ve been up to. What really happened in February for my typical enthusiasm to get washed-up?
Maybe cold weather, fewer hours in sunshine, shifts in vision and purpose, the blues after so much wonderful family time at Christmas and the weeks following?
I don’t have the answer. Just that life and bodies are complex. It’s now March and I’m eager to move forward.
If I can be of any help for you to discover, or recover, your moxie please contact me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, may you live rejuvenated by healthy food, activity, purpose and joy.
Love and gratitude,