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The questions game: 2020 edition

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The inception Kids say funny things. That's for sure. Dinner is a good time to have wide-range conversations with my boys. Sometimes we discuss  the purpose of a toast or blush brushes. Other times about their future. Of course I don't ask a 3 year old "How do you envision your life 20 years from now?". I asked these instead, around 3 years ago:

I turn to me, at 37

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I am soon to be 40. The following is something I drafted at 37. It will be my starting point for counting my learnings and my blessings from the past 3 years:

Beginning of 2017, my boys were brushing their teeth before bedtime. I took their silence as an opportunity to announce I might take a 2 week work trip abroad.
"But mom, you never leave home!"

Confinement journal 2020

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First day of 2020 I wrote this on Instagram: "Happy New Year! No makeup, pj pants on but wearing my celebratory earrings. That’s how I walked into 2020. I feel rested and ready to surrender to whatever this new year has for me...". My heart pinched the moment I hit the share button. I thought it was my self doubt whispering to my ear: "Girl, do you really feel that self assured and ready?!". In hindsight, I know it was my intuition. On a personal level, my grandfather passed away 2 days after. In a couple of weeks, classes were closing because of influenza. More recently the world has been closing because of the coronavirus. Do I still feel I am ready? I think so. I did my homework, the self work. Going deeper to the core of me. Where peace stays.

I love journalling and I know these are unprecedented times. So I have been keeping a journal of my weeks in confinement:

Our Easter Morning

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I'm an early bird. I love the silence of being the only one awake in the house. This Easter Sunday, I was on a mission. We are confined at home, so I planned something we never did before. Something that could bring us a little bit of excitement in these curious pandemic times. An Easter egg hunt. I split my chocolate eggs in two and added 1 Kinder egg. Then I had my share of fun trying to camouflage them in 2 rooms: kitchen and living room.

The books I've read in the past 16 months

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"Another morning comes. It always does. Time always moves at the same rate, only feelings have different speeds. Every day can mark a whole lifetime or a single heartbeat, depending on who you spend it with." 
Beartown, Frederik Backman

I spent my Saturday with Beartown, a book by Frederik Backman. Started reading Friday around midnight. Finished 27 hours later, at 2.40 am. I know so little about hokey but I was so vividly rooting for the ice hockey team. I have been reading Backman's books in chronological order, so happy I still have quite a few left.

Marrakesh: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

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Some places lure you from afar. For years, everywhere I turned on the internet, there was yet another bright and cheery image of Marrakesh. When my hubby called to let me know about a special travel offer I was quick to say yes. Morocco started as an offer I could not refuse, evolved into a decision I almost regretted and concluded as a 4 day escape I would always redo.

A breath of fresh air

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21st of March 2020. Into the woods we went to breathe in some fresh air. Outside of our 7th floor apartment where we have been self isolating for the past 4 days. I had a feeling it could be our last chance to go out for weeks. I was right because lock-down followed promptly the week after.

Mixtape to beat the spring blues

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Do you like to dance? I still do.

When I was a teenager dancing was one of my favorite things in the world. I used to go dancing every week. I also danced alone in front of a big mirror in our living room. Now my boys like to dance too. Every now and then we do spontaneous disco sessions at home.

The Power of Moments - How I spent IWD

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8 March 2018

Today I woke up around 3.50 am. I lingered in bed for a few more minutes, having trouble turning because Griza, the cat, was glued to my legs. She was sound asleep, despite my fidgeting. I was ready to start the day.