tranquility

Weekly Dose of Tranquility and Gratitude

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My word to follow this year (thanks to the Susannah Conway "Unraveling the Year Ahead" workbook) is tranquility. I think finding a word is much more fluid than coming up with a resolution per se.  It can mold and transform into what you need throughout the year.  I need to slow down and find tranquility in nearly all parts of my life - I ended 2015 feeling ragged, defeated and exhausted.  Part of finding that is noticing life's details that bring me tranquility and fill me with gratitude. I've done a "5 Things" or "Little Things" post from time to time, so I'm going to see if I can reinvent that tradition.

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1. Snow.  I'm a northern girl.  I love snow.  Growing up it rarely stopped me from doing much - I still ran, went to the barn to ride and work with the horses, skied when I could.  Even though everyone below the Mason-Dixon line seems to shut down upon the mention of snow, I love the beauty it brings to a stark winter landscape, forming crystals on a canoe or a window pane, allowing us an excuse to stay warm and cozy indoors.

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2. Today's snow formed the perfect backdrop to my writing space.  I have an old, garage-sale find of a desk in the corner of the guest room where I keep my collection of paper and notecards, pens, postcards and natural treasures.  My grandmother's blue glass lamp illuminates an idea board hanging over found bones and birds nests, gifted elephants and painted stones.  Bon Iver played quietly on my iPhone while I penned my Thank You notes on gold glitter cards.  I'm so lucky to have such a space.

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3. Our dear friends celebrated the arrival of a baby girl last Sunday, who kindly came a week early, avoiding the blizzard.  So precious and so tiny (look at those toes!! Can they be real?!).  My heart poured out with love.

4. During the extended hospital stay of above friends, there was a 7 or 8 person Google Hangout, including the new parents and other local friends.  Since we couldn't all be together, we received updates, shared pictures and sent encouragement (and distraction when needed). It was an amazing experience for me to be a part of such a connected tribe.  I love our tribe.