In the week since Christmas, I’ve had the great gift of time, a quiet period without the boys and without many plans. It’s been luxurious to go for long walks in the sunshine, to read and journal in front of the fire, and to reflect on the year and set some intentions for the year that approaches.
2014 has been a year with some wonderful highlights. In August, I married a lovely man, inviting new levels of warmth and humour and intelligence into my life. For both of us, this represented an enormous leap of faith, and so our private, garden wedding, with only our four boys as witnesses, was perfect. The ceremony was intimate and heartfelt, and punctuated throughout with laughter, particularly when the two ten-year old ring bearers pretended that they’d lost the rings! It was a day “to polish and keep,” a perfect, sunny day, which we spent on the beach, followed by a happy afternoon ceremony, photographs and a barbeque. (And for those of you who are wondering, I married “W is for Will.”)
We also celebrated my eldest son’s graduation from high school and his acceptance into the Page Program in Ottawa. At the end of August, he flew out to Ontario to attend Carleton University and to serve for a year as a student page in parliament. When I visited him in early November, I found a young man who had truly found his place and found his people. I’m delighted to see him so engaged in his world; and I’m a little sad too. Ottawa is a long way from home. But it’s where he is supposed to be. (As you can imagine, we are savouring having him back home for Christmas!)
For all the good, this has been a pretty tumultuous year, a year characterized by uncertainty and change. And along the way, in my efforts to look after everyone else, I’ve forgotten a bit about looking after myself.
And so as one year ends and another begins, I’m reclaiming my time, recommitting to the practices and activities that keep me healthy and sane, and resolving to make 2015 “deliberately delicious.”
How about you? Any plans or resolutions for the coming year?