April 29th: Family. Adventure. Discipline. Home.

After 11 days of sunshine, today is our first rainy day in NZ. I see this as an invitation to slow down the pace following our week-long sightseeing adventures, to stay close to home and take care of a few mundane but nonetheless important housekeeping duties. After all, adventure must be balanced with everyday discipline. […]

Three relationships

I opened my email inbox this afternoon to find the Daily JOMO newsletter from Christina Crook. In today’s quest toward a slower, more mindful life, Christina invites us to focus on three important people and to dedicate some time to them. When I first heard of the idea of choosing merely three people toward whom to […]

Making February a bit brighter

Last week, I overheard an exchange between two colleagues who were complaining about February, referring to it sarcastically as everyone’s favourite month of the year. Many years ago, I might have agreed with them and rolled my eyes at yet another cold winter month, but these days, I refuse to join the pity party. Instead, […]

What I learned in the past 10 days

I’m a bit late with the publication of this edition of the blog, and I apologize. You see, yesterday, I excitedly awaited the return of Mr. Wanderlust from a long business trip. Today, although rain is in the forecast, I want to dance around the kitchen à la Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, and Donald O’Connor, singing, “Good […]

The in-between month

  November. Living in Ontario, I acknowledge solemnly that this typically grey month is my least favourite time of the year. I call it the in-between phase when the trees stand bare, having been disrobed of their fiery leaves, awaiting the coming snow. This year, however, I’m choosing to acquiesce to the changes. Instead of […]

Milestones and memories

I remember my father’s 50th birthday, when I called him from a phone booth at a gas station near a field in the south of France to send my wishes. In Toronto, it was 11:30 p.m. on Friday and my parents and grandmother were still in the midst of a quiet celebration at home, preparing to […]

How introverts do birthdays

“Your seventh birthday is coming up,” I said about a month ago to the eldest Wanderlust Junior. “Do you want me to plan a party for you?” “No, I just want to spend the day with you.” Matter-of-fact simple. By ‘you’ he meant me, Mr. Wanderlust, and the youngest Wanderlust Junior. It was decided. Mr. […]

Multipotentiality exploration

Mr. Wanderlust shared with me the link to Emilie Wapnick’s brilliant TED talk approximately a year ago, and I watched it with fascination. Finally, I was introduced to the one label for which I had been searching for the majority of my life, a word to describe me and confirm that it is more than okay […]

Deciding to simplify

I recently made a difficult decision to lead fewer yoga classes. When I completed my first teacher training program five years ago, I started leading classes in the evenings and on weekends in-between working full-time and taking care of my family. I continued to lead classes for three years as a stay-at-home mom and later, […]