Living Life Offline and Cold Snowy Winters

All of a sudden, Ontario has become very, very cold and incredibly snowy.

I eagerly await the first snow fall of winter. I love the first dusting, but it is the first blanket that does it for me. There’s something about the quietness and serenity that accompanies that first covering that makes it magical and almost fantastical.

The Canadian is often amused by my ability to just know that it snowed. For me, it’s like the pressure changes, the sound of the world outside adjusts and the magic just seeps in. Admittedly, the snow quickly becomes a burden, an irritation and a chore, but it’s that first moment that makes me excited.

When it snowed a few weeks ago, I woke up at 3 a.m. and watched it fall. I tried taking some photos but failed in the low lighting. Rather than figuring out how to get a good photograph, I decided to enjoy the moment. It was definitely worth the early wake up.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been really struggling to express myself in a way that works for me. I feel that I am at a turning point. Having never been particularly good at setting goals and having a mission, I feel lost and without direction.

There have been lots of very positive experiences over the last month.

  • My Etsy shop and card sales have been amazing. The support of my friends, family and online connections has been amazing, the amount of custom cards and interest has been exciting and validating.
  • I have spent the last few weeks building networks and connecting with some brilliant people in my (newish) community. Developing these links has been rewarding and energising. It was shocking to realise how reserved and reclusive I’d become, pushing myself to get out of my shell and challenge myself has been one of the best things about the last few weeks.
  • Travelling. I love travelling, and I’ve done a lot of that recently. Enjoying the delights of everywhere from Kingston to Leeds: finding a renewed pleasure in driving, singing at the top of my lungs and generally being busy.
  • Reflecting.
  • Word of the Day. I have been playing word of the day and it has surprised me how much the experience has entertained me.

Saying all this, I’m going to be taking the next few weeks to hibernate from blogging. It’ll be quiet around here while I spend time with my sister, my family and The Canadian. I am lucky to have so much love and inspiration in my life. I find that sometimes I become so involved with the online world that I forget to look outside of it, find inspiration, connect and live life outside of the computer screen.

I am wishing you all the best of holidays, Christmas and wintry season. December is my favourite month and I hope that you manage to feel some of the December magic!

See you in 2014!

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