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Friday, May 7, 2010

being in the "now"

There is so much in front of us at the moment. This week we got word that we have 90 days until Winslow has to report for his new position in Whitehorse Yukon and as you can imagine between now and then, there are a million things to be done. My mind is in overload. There are lists that are running through my head, people I want to see and say goodbye to, household items to sort ad go through....but all I want to do is sit and smell the lilacs.
You see I am one of those types that when faced with stressful life changing events, likes to put things off, likes to avoid the obvious and instead just focus on the present. The now. I guess it's a coping mechanism. Something that I probably learned to do a long time ago when times got tough and well, here I am once again faced with big changes and all I want to do is continue on as though nothing is happening.
So yesterday instead of getting on top of things, Noah and I went for a walk with some friends and then spent the afternoon lounging around the house and in the backyard. And you know what? Doing just that, being in the present and just enjoying the moment was exactly what I needed. Why stress about the unknown? Why fret and add to the chaos- in my opinion.
So happy Friday mes amis. Here's to enjoying each day and each moment. Here's to having a wonderful day. Have a great weekend and a very happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mamas out there.
On a totally different note we watched this last night and boy was it good. Boy could he preform. Definitely see it if you liked his music.


  1. I used to live in the North (Nunavut) and I loveddd it. Hoping to move back there in the next couple years. :)

    My brother still lives up there and I know that he's always excited to go to Whitehorse because it's a nice city with good (by northern standards) shopping!

    I hope preparation for the move goes smoothly!!

  2. I have been thinking about this so much lately. I used to spend so much time worrying about the future and trying to plan for so many different scenarios that might come up. It was exhausting and counter-productive. It has taken me 2 kids and a very ill mother to realize that really all we have is the present moment. Why spend time worrying about what is to come or feeling nostalgic over the past? Then we just lose out on the beauty of the present. Coping mechanism or not, I think spending time with Noah, smelling the lilacs, and just being are wonderful things for you to do! All of the things you need to do will get done. If not, then things will probably move forward anyway. Thinking of you guys as you prepare for this new adventure. I am sure you are on quite a roller-coaster of emotion right now. Go with it and take time to breather whenever you need to!

  3. I do the same thing when there's stress. I have lots to do too before we go and sheesh I just want to nap. Well I mean that's the whole pregnancy thing too. Glad to finally here where you're actually going. Whitehorse will be great. I'm pretty sure it's not like here at all and it's a place lots of people speak highly of. I think you'll enjoy it. Keep us posted on your progress.

  4. Oh, wow, Johanna! Where is Whitehouse Yukon? I'll have to google map it. I have a good friend who's husband is waiting for orders and it takes a lot of patience and trust. Whew. Anyway, glad you found your way.

  5. Hi Sarah Jane- Whitehorse Yukon is a territory (very big) above British Columbia and next to Alaska. It's wayyyyyyy up North!
    We are essentially moving from Buffalo NY, to Alaska (in US geographical terms) :O)

  6. A move, wow. Think about it as an adventure...a epic journey...part of your family life story. May peace be with you over the next few months as you prepare, pack and proceed forward.


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