A dream manifested

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This past Easter weekend, I took the step from being a yoga teacher trainee to becoming an official yoga teacher. It was a truly beautiful, moving, inspirational and emotional weekend. Bonds, connections, lasting friendships and community have been forged between myself and fellow yogis during our teacher training journey. Here are some snippets and scenes from the weekend…

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I am so grateful to have another dream fulfilled. A very, very big thank you to my dear family, friends, teachers and fellow yogis (you all know who you are), who have all supported, inspired and encouraged me along the way.

I can honestly say that the decision to commit myself to this training was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It has changed and affected me profoundly – what a gift to myself, which I intend to share with others. I look forward to the next chapter of my yoga journey. I know I will keep growing and learning, and I like that. This is just the beginning.

Weekending

This weekend was my third (UK) Mother’s Day and I got some beautiful handmade goodness from Bea (along with hand-picked daisies and dandelions), which I will always treasure. I am lucky because my family in Canada also now send me Mother’s Day goodness in May :) (I better tell Bea we celebrate Mother’s Day twice due to our having dual nationality! Hahah!)

There was also lots of family time, garden time, time for this blog post (!!) and… drum roll, please… the transition from cot bed to BIG GIRL BED!

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Wishing all mums in the UK a very happy mother’s day!

Enjoy the week ahead.

** joining in with Amanda at The Habit of Being

Pippin Wood

This weekend (let’s face it, the past few weeks, really) has been a lot of freelance work, work, work for me. I am very grateful, but I feel like a machine, working almost non-stop. So I made sure that I also spent some quality time with my little family (and do a bit of yoga for all our sakes!). Steve has been very busily working in our garden, making it a better space for Bea and all of us (thanks, Sven! You’ve done a lovely jubbly job!). He’s decided to add a third (!) apple tree to the garden – a Christmas Pippin variety; we also have an espaliered apple tree and a dwarf apple tree, which both yielded delicious apples – yum!

And so here is our ‘Pippin Wood’ area :) It’s more a corner, really, as our garden is not very big. But we like Pippin Wood and it’s right near Bea’s fairy nook…

Some Hilltoppers in the garden...

Some Hilltoppers in the garden…

Fancy a cuppa? We love cups of tea around here.

Fancy a cuppa? We love cups of tea around here.

Part of Bea's little fairy nook...

Part of Bea’s little fairy nook…

Mmm...more apples to come...

Mmm…more apples to come…

Gifts and treats for the fairies...

Gifts and treats for the fairies…

Bea tending to our young Christmas Pippin...

Bea tending to our young Christmas Pippin…

I hope you all had a magical weekend, and may your coming week be just as fun and full of magic!

Around here…

Bea made me a cup of tea. I asked her how much I owed her. 'Fifty-five pounds,' came the reply.

Bea made me a cup of tea. I asked her how much I owed her. ‘Fifty-five pounds,’ came the reply.

Big milestones and adjustments for all of us.

Big milestones and adjustments for all of us.

Warmth and coziness during rainy days and nights.

Warmth and coziness during rainy days and nights.

Crafting fun for Lolo and Lola.

Crafting fun for Lolo and Lola.

Someone got a new blanket...

Someone got a new blanket…

This moment

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.

Auntie love!

Auntie love!

Happy weekend, everyone!

 

 

This moment

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.

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Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Hello, 2014!

My word of the year for 2013 was JOY. There was indeed such a lot of joy in the past year, and I am so very grateful. However, 2013 also brought its share of lessons and challenges for me. So much so that I found its last few months a bit of an uphill struggle.

As a result, my word for 2014 came naturally and it won’t be a big surprise. As soon as it came to me, I knew this was my word for the year: EASE.

Ease into the year. Go easy on myself – be kinder, more compassionate and more loving. Ease into changes. Face every experience, every lesson, every challenge with grace and ease.

No banging of head on brick walls; no worries.

Less swimming upstream; less riding uphill.

Go with what comes naturally; go with what feels right; go with the flow.

Listen to my gut instinct, which, not surprisingly, always knows the perfect path that will unfold with ease.

Keep things light. Keep things simple.

Ease. I really like that. Nothing big. Nothing fancy. Nothing too ambitious. Just easy, plain and simple.

Already, things are unfolding naturally and happily – my gratitude buddy and I have decided to keep on with our daily practice of emailing each other our gratitude lists (thank you, Kim!). I have now also written my Mondo Beyondo list for 2014. More dreaming. More manifesting. More living fully. With a whole lot of ease.

Wishing you all a bright, blessed, healthy, happy and joyous 2014!

Pausing and reflecting

Here are some pictures taken on our last day in Devon for the Christmas holidays. It was a good time to just be quiet, to pause and reflect. I thought these images would make a nice ‘wrap up’ blog post for 2013.

A winter's morning at the beach

A winter’s morning at the beach

Building winter sandcastles with Daddy

Building winter sand castles with Daddy

Sand and seashells

Sand and seashells

Busy, busy

Busy, busy

Letting the waves wash everything away

Letting the waves wash everything away

The sun trying to make an appearance

The sun trying to make an appearance

Double rainbow!

Double rainbow!

Rainbow, sun, sand and sea

Rainbow, sun, sand and sea

Hello!

Hello!

Wishing…

Here's a lovely pair of felt slippers S got me at the Totnes Christmas market today. What better way to ease into and enjoy the holidays? Now I just need to find a matching jester's hat...

Here’s a pair of cozy and fun felt slippers S got me at the Totnes Christmas market today. What better way to ease into and enjoy the holidays? Now I just need to find a matching jester’s hat…

you all a truly wonderful and merry Christmas filled with joy and love…and a bright, healthy and blessed 2014!

See you all in the new year.

Much love,

Renee