Thursday, January 1, 2015


Hello blog, it has been far too long. Since I last sat to write, many liminal moments have graced my life. Cole turned 9, Nolan lost his first tooth and Jeter gained 45 pounds, just to name a few. The New Year is always my catalyst to start to write again. As Tennyson writes, "For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice." Speaking of words, my uncle e-mailed me about his word for the year 2015. He had chosen healthy for last year's word as he became strong again after battling Lymes Disease. This year he chose the word present, as a reminder to him to appreciate the present moments and the gifts he has in his life. I love that word, and I am drawn to words that have more than one meaning.

My word for 2014 was still. There were moments during the past year that I would reflect on my word as the boys were fighting, the dog peed on my carpet and I had nothing in the refrigerator for dinner, I felt anything but still. In fact, there were more moments that I was more like an angry tornado than still zen like water. However just bringing awareness to the word would sometimes diffuse the power of the tornado just slightly and help me to envision standing in the quiet eye inside rather than allowing myself to get swept into the winds. 

After long contemplation of what word I will give my journey through 2015, I have decided on nourish. I love this word. When I think of nourish, I want to use it in every facet of my life. Nourishment in my spiritual life, nourishment in my relationships with self and others, nourishment in the food I eat and serve others. To nourish is to provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health and good condition. There are many pieces of my self that are malnourished that I want to see grow and flourish this year.  I had someone ask me recently what I do to celebrate myself? This is an odd question that we rarely ask ourselves or others and I had difficulty answering. So when I chose my 2015 word, I knew that in choosing to nourish certain facets of my life, I am essentially celebrating myself which will also benefit my relationship with others. 

So I begin 2015 with writing and posting a few of my favorite photographs from 2014, as writing and capturing images through my camera lens is like liquid nourishment for my soul. A shot of soul nourishment is a good way to cure a hangover from the previous year. 

Happy New Year to my friends and family. I hope you find a word that will embody what you want to see manifest in your life in 2015. 

Love & Light,

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