Monday, 28 December 2015

Holiday Reading

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Can you believe it ?! Christmas has passed us and New Years is on its way! Were heading out to the mountains for New Years and I'm really looking forward to it . I love the idea of a new year and new possibilities for adventures to come after we've spent a hectic month rushing to make sure we have all the odds and ends to create a great Christmas experience for our children. So, while I'm away relaxing and recovering from Christmas and THE FLU! Ugh.. we were hit hard , all four of us, just before Christmas and managed to spend the last week trying to recover and not infect those we came near.. So, while I'm away relaxing and recovering, I'll be doing some major reading..

Just before summer, I joined a group of women who were interested in creating a book club. We've read a few books now and I thought I'd give you a round up of them and share my thoughts. The books we've chosen have been good and bad and REALLY bad. For the most part, we've enjoyed our picks and are at the very least , loving the monthly meeting to gather , eat, drink and discuss for a couple hours sans children. It's a bit of a reminder that we are intelligent individuals with opinions that don't have to relate to childminding, parenting, being a partner in a relationship or housework. It's fun to open up that part of your brain that's been sleepy for awhile (if you're me!) and let the discussions happen amongst girlfriends.

below is a list of the books we've read and my thoughts on them..

1. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey - We haven't read this one yet but it looks like it will be a hit. (January's book club selection).

2. All the Light We Can Not See by  Anthony Doerr   - This is our December book club selection and I'm 1/4 way into it and it's incredible! I'll post my review after January 10. 

3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - an OUTSTANDING book. I couldn't put this one down. This was a summer read for us and I literally yelled out on the beach when things took a turn for the worst on Cheryl's humongous hike. It was a page turner, full of anticipation and adventure and I needed it to keep going! We ended up doing a movie screening after we read it and the movie for me was just as good. I will be watching it again soon! However, it did not make me want to throw a pack on and hike the nearest trail. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Feel Good Post of the Year

This has been a stressful year and an incredible year.. We are fortunate , healthy and full of joy. I'm counting every single one of my blessings from this year and I'm counting , already !, the ones yet to come just in the first couple months of the new year. I think we have wheels for feet, us Hopkins .. We're constantly moving between Calgary, Canmore, Kimberley , the island and Beaumont. We haven't had many weekends where we aren't visiting or being visited . And that's truly a wonderful sign of being surrounded by loved ones.                              

To add to that, I'm opening up my very own nail studio. I spent a weekend this past November educating myself with experts in the field of mani/pedis and expanding my knowledge so that I can create a space that gives people joy and a chance to sit and reflect on themselves and be pampered. I don't have a date for the grand opening but .. The new year sometime .. And I can not wait !

So, amidst all the renovations, the day trips into Canmore for speech therapy (something that has drastically improved communicating with our little guy) , the weekend away at school, christmas baking and visiting with friends, Ellis' school and housework.. I've managed to stay on top of some christmas orders I received and am working away on my annual print for the Janus Academy in Calgary.

I dont do as much charity work as I used to prior to having our babies but offering a print to this school makes me so happy. It's rare that you can donate to something and see the difference your donations are making.. this school is an exception. One of my friends had a child in Ellis' kinder class and they did everything they could to get their little guy who's on the spectrum, into this school to help make a difference. And a difference it has made! I quit Facebook a month ago because there was a lot of garbage on their and people complaining and starting arguments but one gal stayed true to positive posting and let me tell you.. the positive posts were of how well her son was doing because of this school (and because he's actually a cool dude!).  How could you not want to support a school that causes such happiness and joy in children and provides them with the tools and supportive environment to help them learn how they can make the world work for them.  I don't see this family very often.. actually it's once a year so that she can pick up my print for the annual spring gala auction .. but I LOVE the progress thats happened in the last two years for them. 

In The Neighborhood 1
© Lindsey Hopkins 2015

Leaving you with this post, I hope you remember to count your blessings and be grateful and joyful for the things that surround you, the people that love you and the body that keeps you moving (be it slow or fast). This world has much to offer and you have lots to offer back, big or small.