You know, life is a hard thing.
It can be really, really hard. For many numerous and varying reasons. It doesn’t matter our history, our health, our financial status etc etc…. each one of us will and does have our own set of struggles or heart breaks or barriers to cross.
So when I come across people in my life who perform these – even miniature sized – acts of kindness, and give over a part of themselves, their time, their energy, purely out of the goodness of their heart, it does not go unnoticed.
This past week I was totally blessed to have a number of women in my life. I was gifted a handful of the most wonderful acts of kindness and generosity. And for each of them, I am very thankful.
It’s time for Meg’s Week In Review! Go check her out and see what we’re talking about!
For starters, last week I…
Visited Meg!!! As in, yes, the founder of this link up.
Meg and her family graciously invited Dan and I out to the cottage they were renting for an afternoon of visiting, sun and relaxation. It’s no small thing to host a couple of extra bodies – let alone strangers – when you are a) trying to relax because you are on bloody holiday and b) have a family and a baby to keep watch over. But they did! And they were so, so awesome.
We toured the historic sites of Old Fort Erie
We relaxed on the beach
We visited, drank shandies, compared the differences in food between the states and Canada, and we let Ave be the beautiful and entertaining little personality that she is.
Me and Meg!!
I think I was shell shocked for the first 3/4 of the day. This was my first time meeting a blog friend in person, so it felt pretty darn surreal. But sooooo awesome.
And then Dan and I jumped back in our car and headed for home. After a stop for a Peace Bridge photo-op, of course.
THEN, the next afternoon I headed right BACK onto the road and bussed to Niagara-on-the-lake! One of my movement coaches works with the actors at the Shaw Festival and she – out of the goodness of her heart – invited me to take her extra comp ticket to one of the opening performances! Like, really? Of course I wasn’t going to turn that down.
I gladly took the opportunity for a few hours on a bus to catch up on some submission and email work, which I’ve been waaay behind on. Also caught up on some sleep.
I strolled the lovely town.
We grabbed dinner (I got an ah-mazing wood fired margarita pizza) and then grabbed coffees and took a stroll by the lake before seeing the opening of, Octoroon.
The show, and the entire evening, was – absolutely – incredible.
I mentioned in my previous WIRs that I have been taking this movement/theatre class – which I find absolutely revolutionary for my grounding and pure happiness. But I didn’t mention that this woman, who leads these classes, has been letting me take them for absolute free. I don’t know why… I mean, she has been a bit of a mentor for me as I transition into life from graduation…but basically she has invited me into her room out of pure generosity. I took the last of the section of classes last week. It was wonderful.
I’m really thankful for these women in my life who have, for whatever reason, shown me so much kindness. Thank you.
Now I can’t let an ode to women post go by without mentioning my mother.
She – officially – retired yesterday (Sunday) after 30 years as a United Church Minister. The congregation held a dinner and evening of celebration for her, in which of course, I couldn’t be present. Sigh. This makes me sad. But I did record myself saying some words for her, which they will be playing at some point. So I’ll sort of be there. In spirit, at least. My mom is amazing and I’m inspired and grateful for her every day. Oh, and it was her birthday last week, too!!Thankful for Women In My Life. Who are you thankful for? #weekinreview with @cleaneatsfast… Click To Tweet
As for other WIR shenanigans, oh boy I have some stuff to catch you up on. I spent a great deal of time researching something that I need to share with you. I’ll do that soon. But besides that, I saw a doctor, got acupuncture, went to yoga, saw my therapist, fed my babies, worked, responded to comments, baked some hippy bars, visited the farmers market and enjoyed some time outside.
All in all, a definite summer week.
What women in your life are you thankful for?
When’s the last time you took a road trip? Spent time on a beach? Drank a shandy?