1. Adorable heading photo, Christie. I like your words “rejuvenation” and “renewal.” A season filled with hope. You pose great questions. “Drudgery” or “feel alive?” I know which one I would choose. And, I see the benefits to shake things up. A great post, Christie!

  2. Yes, yes and yes. We’re heading into autumn but I think the principle remains the same. A change in season is a great time for a change in attitude or just a few tweaks here and there.

  3. We are not quite heading to restaurants yet. I envy our cats being able to moult while we humans have to wait for the hairdressers to reopen. I think this year of lock down has taught me to value small gestures of friendship. A smile from a neighbour, a quick hello from the postman.

  4. Hi Christie – it’s funny because I wrote a similar post sometime last year (when we emerged from isolation a lot sooner than the rest of the world). I found the same thing as you mention here – it was a great opportunity to decide what things I wanted to jump back into and what I wanted to leave behind and not bother with any more. It’s tempting to stay small and safe and quiet, but we need to spread our wings again and engage with the world – social contact is integral to what makes us human. So glad things are finally improving where you are x

    • Hello Leanne. The combination of the season change and the potential to be out in the world soon is a powerful force. I appreciate the caution about the temptation to “stay small and safe and quiet.” All of my siblings and my in-laws have been vaccinated now. Larry and I have an appointment for ours. We’re getting there!

  5. Cindy

    Yay for new seasons, in weather and life! I’m excited to see people’s faces again-I miss smiles. And when someone tells me something sad or happy I want to be able to reach out to them with a hug, or just a touch. I’m not someone who is always on the go so the pandemic didn’t totally change my day to day routine, but it made me realize how much I appreciate some things I’ve always taken for granted.

    • I agree wholeheartedly, Cindy, on all counts! The lack of physical human connection is huge. And I miss the little things…like the freedom to sip on an iced coffee while I get my hair or my nails done. I’m not complaining, by any means, just acknowledging that I took those things for granted and will appreciate them more when they are restored.

  6. Hi Christie, you have beautifully articulated what many of us are thinking and processing right now. ‘Stop the world, I want to get off’ isn’t a saying that we will throw around lightly in the future.

  7. Christie, this is such a wonderful post and very though provoking for me as well. I literally have no idea what gets me excited and drives me forward after the past year in isolation. I am just hoping with the coming of Springtime, I will be able to get some fresh air and sunlight and hopefully that will inspire me to figure the rest of it out! I guess for now, I am staying in pause mode! I have gotten fairly comfortable in pause.


    • Hello Shelbee and welcome. Pausing…and being comfortable with that…isn’t a bad thing. Spring is definitely a good time to step out and find ourselves again though. I’m in a similar situation as you, in need of some inspiration and evaluation. Wishing us both a happy, energizing spring!

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