After a busy festive season I felt the need to relax and cocoon.
Taking life a wee bit slower
as we ease gently into the New Year.
We were fortunate to be able to go over to the cottage for a week of relaxation.
Its such a peaceful place...
there are many opportunities to "just live in the moment"
to listen to the birdsong
watch the raindrops
while listening to the howling winds
taking note of the tides
the ebb and flow of the waves
as they lap upon the Salish Sea
a bouquet of fresh flowers
nibbles for dinner
sharing them with the neighbours from across the road
They joined us for the Juniors Hockey Gold Medal Game
USA vs. Finland
one of our neighbours is Finnish
so it was much more exciting watching the game!
Finland won the gold!
seen on our walk.
My BFF came over for a few days.
We played crib, chatted, walked, drank tea and enjoyed each others company.
My BFF has a Fit Bit so we knew how many steps we took...
7,000 on our walk and by the time time we had picked up a few groceries
then returned to the cottage
it read out 10,000 and fireworks exploded on her screen!
Self care is so important...
it can mean different things for each of us:
dabbling in a creative hobby
learning something new
taking time to dress in clothes that make us feel good
indulging in a spa day
putting on a pretty and flattering shade of lipstick
savouring a piece of good quality chocolate
going out for lunch
saying yes to things we love and no to things that rob us of joy
we can choose those
opportunities that fill our days with meaningful "feel good" moments
listening to our heart and paying attention to what we need
reading a good book
Thirty More Chic Days by Fiona Ferris
an inspiring one that is starting my year off on a positive note.
Thank you to Fiona who sent this to me...
I am embracing many of her ideas from the book.
Wishing you a peaceful
Happy New Year!
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~