Summer is here – finally!! It’s incredible to watch our neighbourhoods and communities coming alive again. Whether it’s seeing families gathered outside for a driveway visit, or spotting all the creative new patio installations. Summer 2021 may still look a little different, but it’s being fuelled by the desire to connect, to catch up, and be together once again.
As the warm weather continues, I’m looking forward to getting back to hiking the Bruce Trail. My cousin and I have a perfect arrangement: she deals with the maps and plans the route, and I show up with the lunch and snacks. We play to our strengths, get some great exercise, and spend hours chatting and enjoying each other’s company, while exploring some beautiful parts of Ontario. My dream was to hike all 900+ km by the time I turned 50. The realities of life got in the way, but I’m thrilled to say that we’ve completed more than half of it ... and I am absolutely loving the experience - even if I’ve had to adjust my goals a bit.
I think we’ve all learned a thing or two about adapting and adjusting this year. We’ve gotten used to virtual work, and learned new systems and skills. We’ve also all had a covid birthday (or two), marked a personal or professional anniversary, and celebrated holidays in a very different way. We’ve had to put a pandemic twist on most things, and found innovative ways to make old traditions work.
What creative solutions have you come up with? Is there something you discovered that blew you away, or an awesome idea you’re really proud of? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I’m constantly amazed by peoples’ resilience and creativity.
As numbers get better, and the light at the end of the tunnel shines a little brighter, no doubt we’re all looking forward to the day when we can celebrate like it’s 2019 again. In the meantime, let’s take the time to celebrate the little things, and make the most of today.
My hope is for you to find a little more joy today!
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Painted Rocks - Spreading Joy and Inspiration
And speaking of little daily joys ...
While exploring one of my favourite trails in Oakville, I stumbled upon an incredible display of painted rocks, covered with cheery images and words of encouragement. The sign at the beginning reads, "I'm just a little rock snake, here to make you smile. Paint a rock and add it to my body to help me grow a mile." Every time I walk this trail, I continue to be inspired as our community supports this creative idea.
Since then, I’ve loved reading about other painted rock projects, from Vancouver to the Toronto Beaches, and across the pond too! It’s hard to say exactly where the trend started, but I can’t help but imagine that a drop of inspiration - like a pebble tossed in the lake - has created ripples of creativity all around the world.
Check out some of my favourite works of rock art below, and keep your eyes peeled the next time you get out for some fresh air!
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I hope the summer months bring you the time and space to reflect and recharge. So often, amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be hard to see the big picture; it’s only when we slow down that we are able to realize that we need to make changes.
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