Perspectives of the Heart
Finding meaning and direction in a confusing world
The slippery slope: How I lost myself, and managed to climb out: Part 3
I have been struggling for a few months to push myself to write the final portion of this post, as it is something difficult for me to even speak about with those I love, much less broadcast to the world. But something inside me tells me that it is necessary for the next step in… Read more
Finding the Christmas Spirit
For many years, Christmas meant to me rushing around, trying to figure out what everyone would want to be given to make them happy. It was about spending all day cooking, tramping out in the yard to set up lights in the bitter cold, and feeling guilty about not doing enough. I have realized I… Read more
The slippery slope: How I lost myself, and managed to climb out: Part Two
Everyone, at a certain point, recognizes characteristics in themselves that they dislike. For myself, it is the tendency towards emotional dependency and people pleasing that I have had to learn to temper with reason and logic. When I think now about why I gave up everything I had worked so hard to attain in life… Read more
Painting adventures: Anyone can Paint!
I started painting about 10 years ago, with the assistance of the beloved Bob Ross and the encouragement of my husband. I always admired the art of those around me and wished I had those talents, but my husband saw more in me than I did. He surprised me one Christmas with oil painting supplies… Read more
The slippery slope: How I lost myself, and managed to climb out: Part One
I have long grappled with whether I should tell the story of how I fell down the slippery slope, getting into an emotionally abusive relationship and allowing myself to get groomed into doing things I never would have imagined allowing. But I have realized that even though it may be painful, my story may help… Read more
The ingredients of love: Lessons taught by my grandmother
I loved the yellow stool my grandmother kept in her laundry room. It was about as tall as my five-year old self but had steps that folded into it; when they were flipped out then it gave me a way to scramble up and do the important job of assisting my grandmother with baking. My… Read more
The Inward Gaze: The Beauty of Introversion
At Christmas and Easter my dad would bring my sisters and I to at least two large family gatherings. And I mean large. My parents both come from French Catholic backgrounds, and birth control was not looked favourably on. So during the holiday celebrations, my grandmothers’ houses would be crammed with people. There would be… Read more
Nothing to Prove
How a Mexican adventure taught me self compassion and acceptance My husband was pretty happy to see he was heavier than the weight restriction for the “Outdoor Adventure” in the pamphlet the hotel had given us. This adventure included a mule ride up a mountain, an obstacle course with ziplines and waterfalls, and the third… Read more
An unsung hero
One of my earliest memories was riding in the back of a car, looking through the rear window as the city lights receded behind me. I was glad they were gone because now my 10 month old sister had stopped screaming. She must not have been outside at night before, because for some reason she… Read more
Lately I have felt a yearning within myself that is hard to define or describe, a wanting to reach outwards rather than focus solely on the small sphere around me. Writing a blog seems like the perfect medium for an introvert that also values deep connection. Small talk has always felt intolerable to me; in… Read more
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I am a 37 year old remarried mother of 3 beautiful children, a thinker and adventurer, and a nurse at a rural hospital. I have always been devoted to helping others and exploring the great profoundness of life.