National novel writing month

Reading Challenge

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Good morning beautiful souls I hope this day counts you on the well being side of life. I just wanted to give you an update on my reading challenge. I have now surpassed my personal challenge and I have honestly read 40/37 books. I just updated my Goodreads and forgot about the last few books I had read last month. I will continue to read till the end of December. I joined a virtual library book club this month and I am enjoying listening to all the books everyone has read or wants to read. We even had a few authors in our club and a woman from Madrid Spain joined our Essex County Ontario, Canada virtual book club. How awesome is that! We are given a list afterwards which I then pass on to my book reading friends and family.

How is your book reading challenge going? Did you join a virtual club?

Read On brothers & sisters!

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Nanowrimo

We are in the middle of the National Novel Writing month, where it is everyone’s goal to reach 50,000 words towards a new novel. I am happy to share I have written 12,000 plus words towards mine. Words I might not have written, were not for this opportunity. Thank you to those who have offered encouragement to me during this process which is by no means an easy thing to do!

It is awe-inspiring each time I read one of Howards letters and how he shares his heartfelt love through poetry and his artistic ability to draw little pictures. I have just sorted out all the letters and have began the process of documenting. This is a 6 month commitment for sure but I am encouraged as I teeter on the edge of a nostalgic memoir evolving.

The Courtship of Gwendolyn Eve

Once again please feel free to leave an encouraging message or connect with me in other ways.

Learning Through Nature

Have you connected to nature lately? Earlier this month I had the opportunity to go for a walk along the Windsor Riverfront with a friend. It was a warm beautiful November day that called to fellow outdoor enthusiasts to fall in step.

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The Detroit skyline rose from blue sky reflections of the lazy Detroit river. A river that flows into Lake Erie’s basin by the tip of Amherstburg, Ontario. We walked along with no distractions, no phones ringing, no need to fill the silence, just admiring the sculpture gardens, the people unmasked, heavy in conversations.

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When was the last time you sat or walked in nature with a family member, friend or lover and listened to their troubles or joys without judging or shifting them to be someone else? I found on this day even when our conversation was one of joy and peace, that new aspects of myself began to flow forward. I felt the stillness of nature. I sensed the shape of leaves, their colours transforming the landscape, the whisper of birds singing songs of joy!

Being in nature helped me accept the gift of life. That gift being, to know yourself fully beyond the daily distractions. Today I teeter on the threshold of happiness connected through nature. In the calm I create each day, I can accept the mysteries of the universe lie within me. I also accept that I create my own life and above all, I accept that I need YOU to help me experience each brand new day!

Be love, Be happy

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National Novel Writing Month

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Yes Nanowrimo is here again! and I decided to join this year. I will be taking the month of November to start a draft manuscript of a book I comprised a few years ago. After the passing of my mother in law, we found a bag of love letters in the bottom of her closet. These love letters were written in the 1940’s after the war, the year they were courting. Yes that is what they used to call dating. My how dating has changed but falling in love is timeless. These letters were given to me to use as I wish. I cherished my mother in law, even after her son & I divorced, she remained a major role in our family’s life.

The memoir “The Courtship of Gwendolyn Eve” comes from my heart to yours. A distant whisper calling us to court.

Feel free to leave comments of encouragement and interest in this topic.

Body Talk

I talk a lot about our minds and spirits but less about our physical bodies. Last week during Thanksgiving weekend I decided to put my body to the test. I am overweight for my height and because of…, well you know the list of reasons we tell ourselves why we can’t lose weight, I decided it was my time.

Often I desire to lose the weight but have not put the discipline in to get the desired results. Our bodies do so much for us. I am very grateful for mine and its time I showed myself the self love that is missing. I live with a paramedic who is constantly telling me about 50-65 yr old’s who are in bad shape so that’s a statistic I do not want to follow. I do feel stiff, out of breath and lethargic sometimes blaming my age but hell no I’m 58 yrs young and I have lots of grandchildren I enjoy being active with. It’s time for Nana to take that army discipline she was taught many years ago and get back in shape.

Today marks week 1 and I am feeling so much better already. Just being outside lifts my spirit and I can’t tell you how many happy people I passed today that said hi and wished me well! You don’t get that sitting inside the house! The picture above is one of the trails I use and as you can see it is beautiful!

To prepare for this new journey I bought vitamins, fruit for smoothies, metabolism booster tablets and I put an app on my phone (the free pacer app) to help me graph the data. I started a walking program and walk soon after I get up in the morning. Stretching exercises before walking are very important I forgot one day and I was so stiff I could barely make it up my stairs when I got home. By walking early I found that if I wanted to walk again there would be time to do so, thus being able to double my daily steps/miles. After each walk make sure you do cool down exercises, these can be found on the app and they are very helpful.

Here is a walking chart I followed:

Of course being an ex letter carrier I started at 3 miles a day just because of the trail I use and I am capable of walking that distance. I now find walking my favourite way to meditate. It is the perfect way to ground yourself and the sound of the birds as they follow you adds to the bliss. Watching the hawks as they circle and the leaves turning the most precious of harvest colours, fills me with peace. For those interested in my journey I hope to inspire you to start your own challenge. Loving your body is just as important as loving and attending to your mind & spiritual needs.

Each day is a new beginning and I will keep you updated on my success.

Wholeness to all, Jacqueline

Gratitude lifts

You are a seed planted

nestled in the womb of earth

love energy invites you to be

safe, protected, nourished

Visualize a new great moment

like when you rise from your ignorance

look with compassion on yourself

for we were all deceived

What you see in yourself you practice in the world

love and serve with an open heart

be grateful for your life, body and the lessons you learn

It is only a short journey

Forgive yourself for all those decisions

gratitude lifts your vibration

all you have is the now moment

stand in the present

Do not fear your future

Happy Thanksgiving

To everyone that reads this, I wish only the best for you and your families. As we teeter on the edge of this covid reality still, we are having to make decisions we never thought possible. Whether we chose to dine with our immediate households, FaceTime each other or to gather as a family, let us honour each other with grace. Take a moment to find thanks for someone or something you still have. We are all struggling to make sense of our world as we are forced to distance from each other, mask our beautiful faces and bend to the weight of new societal rules. If you haven’t been told lately, you are loved! I am thankful for you, a fellow human being, and one day we will not have to teeter on the edge, we will fly to higher levels of unity and stand on firm ground.