Gratitude, Guest Posts, Reflection

Would You Rather…?

Thank you to author and blogger, Jill Weatherholt, for inviting me to play ‘Would You Rather.’ I encourage you to visit her site to check out not only my answers but the answers of other bloggers as well (some had me laughing for quite a while)!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Jill Weatherholt

Today, I’m excited to welcome fellow blogger, Donna Connolly. Many of you know her, but if you haven’t checked out her blog, I encourage you to do so. Not only does she write captivating content, she’s a wonderful photographer, too. I’m so happy our paths have crossed. Her sweet smile is guaranteed to brighten up any blog she visits. She’s here to play “would you rather.” I think you’ll enjoy her answers as much as I did. Welcome, Donna!

Would you rather live in the middle of nowhere, with no people or stores within a 10-mile radius, or live in a busy city?

Local scenery.

I currently live in a small, oceanside town on Vancouver Island. V.I. was recently declared by CNN as one of the “top 20 places in the world to visit”. I (very biasedly) agree with their ranking.

Our small corner of this diverse area is…

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Gratitude

Gratitude and My Camera Roll

Inspired by the many Thanksgiving posts out there, I decided to make my own A - Z Gratitude List (of sorts). To do this, I went through my recent camera roll. Here's what I found: Books & Book Clubs Family Grandchildren Holiday Celebrations Mahjong Retirement Four years and four months ago, I took a leap… Continue reading Gratitude and My Camera Roll

Gratitude, Grief, Reflection

With Heartfelt Gratitude

"Grief is love with no place to go." Helen Macdonald Less than one month ago, my husband and I sat atop a cliff in Mt. San Jacinto, just outside of Palm Springs. Surrounded by friends, health, adventure and each other, we were acutely aware, and immensely grateful, that our lives were deeply blessed. Days later,… Continue reading With Heartfelt Gratitude

Family, Reflection

Dear Son: Reflections on your Graduation

Twenty-four years ago, as you stood to receive your kindergarten graduation diploma, I wept. Everything was new. All hopes and dreams were possible. You were forging out into the world with your own unique set of passions and talents. My heart burst with love, admiration and pride. Since that time, I have witnessed you in… Continue reading Dear Son: Reflections on your Graduation

Friendship, Research

Reflections on the Power of Friendship

We sat beside each other in Grade 9 Science class--not because we were magnetically drawn to each other--rather because our teacher had seated us alphabetically. With different family backgrounds and very different life experiences, we had little in common. Despite these differences, we became extremely close friends. At the end of Grade 12, she left… Continue reading Reflections on the Power of Friendship

Reflection, Retirement

Retirement Guilt: The Art of Not ‘Shoulding’ Upon Yourself

My husband and I took a mid-week, overnight trip, about a two-hour drive away from our home. It was a last minute decision to explore another part of Vancouver Island. We had a great two days away and really enjoyed ourselves. During the drive home, my husband mentioned that he just couldn’t shake the feeling… Continue reading Retirement Guilt: The Art of Not ‘Shoulding’ Upon Yourself