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Saturday, September 11, 2010

gratitude and Eat Pray Love

This past week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. From being so far from family and friends, to figuring out how and where I fit into my new life here....I guess you could say that I've been contemplative about many many things as of late.

Tonight I wet to see Eat Pray Love, a movie I had been dying to see. Truth be told, I didn't like the book very much. In fact I never finished it because half way through Elizabeth's trip to India I just about wanted to scream at her saying "Get over yourself already!" but something made me want to see the movie, maybe it was the exotic scenery, maybe it was Julia Roberts... I don't know.

Anyhow, for what ever the reasons that I wanted to see it, I'm glad I did because it was exactly what I needed, a good movie that really digs deep at the timeless old theme of understanding ourselves and being true to ourselves....hmmmmm...something that I am trying to figure out right now. Funny how art imitates life sometimes. I think I may need to pick up this book again and revisit it.

And so after today and some time to myself to think about what is really important to me I have come up with a gratitude list, one of the best ways I think to help myself refocus and get back to me. So here it is.....

I am thankful in all it's forms-relationships between friends, partners, children, parents, siblings...the opportunity that I had to hold a little bitty baby today and to see and feel the
love that his mama has for know that my family (near and far) is safe and sound and have food and shelter and more than I need in terms of see the beautiful season of Autumn unfold here in the Yukon-a sight to be seen...for time spent with my little family, doing simple things together.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend dear friends. Live each moment authentically dear friends. Good night.

ps. a photo that I took while out on an amazing country drive yesterday with Winslow and Noah.


  1. I hated the India part of that book. I did finish, it got better in part 3.

    It must be very hard picking up and moving there. It isn't like a nearby city of Hamilton. It's early days yet. You do seem to be getting out and seeing eveything, especailly that gorgeous countryside.

  2. Like the photo! Reminds me of a line from a Frost poem; "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."

    You seem to have taken the less traveled road too.

  3. What a beautiful road. I've been meaning to go to that movie, too. Might just have to go solo some night this week.

  4. I really am glad you liked the movie, I wasn't sure what you'd think! Borrow my heavily-worn, dog-earned, marked-up copy anytime!

  5. Isn't it funny, I actually liked the book better than the movie (I didn't like what they did to Javier Bardem's character). Early days in a new place are always rough. But you are a strong, brave, grounded woman. I've no doubt that you'll find your place in your new life. xo

  6. You can do it Johanna, just take one day at a time. The loneliness of staying home with a little one can be overwhelming, no matter where you are. And your career will find it's direction, it will evolve as Noah gets older. My thought is that I will have plenty of time to work, but not so much with my babies being babies. As for Eat, Pray, Love, you should finish it, the pray part was definitely slow. But I think it was maybe purposeful to demonstrate how she felt about the meditation?

  7. Haha the India part frustrated me too, I was more interested in the food in Italy! I guess my personal journey is stuck in the eat part haha. Thank you for the birthday wishes by the way x


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