When life feels busy and complicated, simple pleasures offer tremendous solace.
That in mind, here are three things I’m loving lately.
Though small, they bring much ease.
Thing one: Snow days.
This year’s snow reminds me of my first days in Nelson, as a student. I didn’t have a car back then and walked everywhere (usually carrying loads of books).
These days, as a teacher at the Chinese Medicine school, I get to drive my adorable Mini (with books riding shotgun). Makes life easier, for sure, but there’s something about long walks at dawn in winter…
A couple weeks back, the snow was so high it hit my waist. My car was buried, the roads were covered, and local schools closed for the first time in anyone’s memory. So…I strapped on my bag of books and set off walking.
The nostalgia, physicality and immediacy of it were delicious. Also the silence.
Thing two: This plane.
As much as I love snow, I was immensely grateful it cleared enough for our tiny plane to get out the Friday before Reading Week. A short flight later, we embarked on the first real holiday I’ve had in years.
Staying at a delightful AirBnB in Kitsilano, Vancouver, we took a true break from work and teaching. Each day began and ended with hot yoga…and was filled with walking, talking, and plenty of nourishing, fabulous paleo-primal food.
As individuals and as partners, our time away was all about connection…and renewal.
Thing three: New hair.
After a good run, felt time for the faux-hawk to go and get super-simple. Randy pleaded to shave my head himself, but I decided to stick with a (trained) stylist.
Nearly 42, I now have the same haircut as in my mid-20s. Seemed more radical then…but just as pleased today.
The feel. The ease. The simplicity.