Country Life, Nature, writers life, writing

When Life Takes a Surprising Turn

Good morning, friends!

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving. I’ve already indulged in one turkey dinner and have another this afternoon at 2 pm. 🙂 I’m grateful that my boyfriend and I have family and friends nearby.

My parents and nephew came up for the weekend. Mum and I peeled, mashed, and cooked turkey dinner. It was a lot of fun. There are plenty of leftovers, and this week I hope to make a turkey casserole 😀 Mmmmm.

This season has been filled with change. We’ve weathered the bumps, and I still can’t get over where we find ourselves now.

We are living in the country in a quaint little village named Hillsborough. Pines and maple trees surround our cozy bungalow. I keep finding little surprises around the property like plump beige mushrooms and teeny brown ones.

Maggie loves running around the property and exploring. Sometimes, she’ll cozy up in her bed and sit outside with me while I write.

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It is a blessing. I still feel a little stunned that we are even here. I’m thankful for where God has brought me in this past year. My heart overflows today, and it’s difficult to put into words, but a year ago, I found myself in a dark place.

I can say that I’ve crawled my way out of that pit. God was with me every step, gently nudging me forwards, even when I stumbled.

Thanksgiving is known to be a time for food, laughter, stretchy pants, movies, family, friends and so much more. However, I know that others may find this time of year difficult. Perhaps you’re grieving a loved one or feeling lonely or are in the pit. ❤

Just trust me when I say, if you find yourself in a valley, it will get better. Take one day at a time. Reach out to your loved ones or friends. Journal. Go for walks. Do whatever you find healing and rejuvenating.

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The Burren, Ireland

Lots of love, friends.

Until next time,

Loie xo

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The Sea Carries Me Along

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Hi all!

I’m writing from my little apartment in the port city, Saint John. In one day I will have my twenty-seventh birthday. Every year around my birthday, I always feel reflective. I think about what happened in the year, how I’ve grown, and where I want to go in the future.

What I’ve summed up for the past year is this: it was a year for new beginnings.

I transitioned and started writing full-time. I dealt with some personal problems. I leaned on God and hoped and prayed for a new beginning.

As with any journey, the going gets tough at times. I’m grateful for friends and family who supported me.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to write and make new writing friends online! My life has been enriched this past year. I’ve met so many new people and I love receiving messages from them and dreaming together.

Today, I am in a place where I get to write articles and fiction full-time from home and tutor Chinese students English. This is fulfilling and brings me joy. I am so grateful to be here. I know life is a journey and there are swells and waves and shipwrecks at times.

But right now I am peacefully crossing a stretch of sea that carries whispers of hope and new life and surprises on the wind. I throw my hands up in the air and say yes.

Thank you, God.

THE OCEAN BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.

The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.

Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity.

The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves.

 

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I hope you enjoyed the poem 🙂 I love everything to do with the sea. I suppose that has something to do with growing up by it in a small town and then moving to a port city.

Do you do anything special for birthdays? Do you make a plan for the upcoming year or add to your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below ❤ !

Until next time,

Loie xo