Before I knew it, the weekend I’d been anticipating for so long had finally arrived. I was on a plane to Chicago for the 2014 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, organized by Michele Gaspar, to see old friends and meet some new ones.
Thankful for two turkey dinners, shared with family.
Grateful for being strong and vulnerable, curious and capable.
Privileged that I have the right to complain, to vote, to be a woman.
Honoured to share my stories with you.
May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you simply be.
I thought of you today.
Whether you are still in veterinary college, out in private practice, working in academia or industry, I offer the following to you.
Call me a modern day pioneer woman.
For my birthday, I received a book called “Modern Pioneering“. The author, Georgia Pellegrini, is a cook, gardener, outdoor adventurer and do-it-yourself kind of gal. As someone who just got her own Leatherman multi-tool (the Charge AL model, just in case you were wondering), I can identify with her.
In the spirit of self-sufficiency, I’m making my own maple syrup. This is the third year that my husband and I have done it. So Canadian, eh?
The Zen Circle, by Thich Nhat Hanh
“The zen circle has multiple significances:
full of the cosmos,
I’d forgotten my iPhone in the front seat of the truck, which meant my husband had to turn around and drop it off to me at the train station. As he passed me the phone, he said “You’re going to work on your mindfulness this weekend, right?”. Yeah.
Just turned 100…my 100th blog post, that is! Can’t believe that I’ve been able to keep at this blogging thing for more than two years now.
Off to pursue another adventure, I pulled my car up to the US Customs booth.
“Where are you going?”, the officer asked.