Life has been blurring by lately.

I’m not sure whether this is a symptom specific to me, at this time in my life, or if it’s an experience many of you are also noticing.

Whatever it is, I’m finding that days are full with the things that must be done, the things that are wanting to be done, and still, the things that fall by the wayside.

I’ve been attempting to combine a few tasks – working with clients, learning carpentry so I can build my tiny house on wheels (with my daughter sometime in the next year), teaching workshops, cooking, cleaning, and raising my daughter.

There isn’t much time for friendships in this mix – at least – friendships that extend outside of those spheres. But the thing is, I don’t really mind. My time with my wonderful daughter, in the classroom, with clients, and reading books has been filling me up so completely.

So, although I’m missing the experience of writing you longer more regular letters, for now, I thought I’d just share these simple and excellent articles – food for thought to while away your time.

Something that helps me accept the endless chores – this Buddhist woman’s thoughts on doing dishes and raking leaves.

Following the thread of tiny homes, and my 13 year old daughter – here is a delightful post on how to exercise in a tiny house – written by a 13 year old girl who build her own teeny home with the help of her mother.

And, it’s always worth reading Isabel Faith Abbott’s lists

I love hearing about what resonates for you, so please do let me know,

Janelle

ps – I do plan to make time for longer writing. Is there anything you would you like to hear about? Let me know!

pps – I’m so pleased to be in the midst of offering my November course: Honouring Our Ancestors. My spirit just sings when I get to connect with and share and guide through stories, ideas and art.

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The next Hearthome circle, coming in January, is all about Honouring the Darkness.
Following our longest night at winter solstice, this is a 22-day journey into the dark and quiet spaces.

In the depth of winter, everything in our environment is encouraging us to hunker down and draw inwards. It’s a time to rest and reflect.

However, we live in a culture that encourages doing over being. A culture that values activity over contemplation, production over the hidden benefits of lying fallow.

But how can we do the things we do without a foundation of self-knowledge and deep connection to our own internal landscape, our own values?

Honouring the Darkness is about reconnecting with yourself, your experiences of being alone, in the silent and sacred spaces that have so much to offer.

Honouring the Darkness is a deep dive into your relationship with darkness. Aloneness. Nurturance. It’s an exploration of stories and mythology that honour the times of retreat, the spaces that are sacred.

We’ll explore the Goddess Sheila Na Gig, ideas of wombs, of sacred spaces, both real, imagined and created for yourself. It is through this digging into retreat that we come to understand and honour our own selves better.

Day & time – 7-9pm on Tuesdays, January 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
Where – downtown Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC
Registration – confirmed upon receipt of payment
Cost – $98/circle. Learn more here.

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