…and to celebrate, I’m giving away free e-hugs to all!
I know it’s no free all-expenses paid trip around-the-world (…we’ll have to save that giveaway for 100,000 follows, I think…), but free hugs are also pretty great and they won’t give you jet lag so that’s nice too, I suppose.
Anyway, thank you SO much to one and all for helping me reach this meaningful milestone. 100 followers may not seem a lot to some, but it means a great deal to me. Thank you all once again for reading, liking, commenting, and sharing as you have so often done over this past year and a bit.
Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you all once again!
Hopefully, if you’ve been off this weekend you’ve had a restful time of it, and if you’ve been at work I hope that very soon you get a nice bit of time to yourself or with loved ones to unwind and recover.
This week’s thought of the moment to start our week off comes from Zen Master and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, Thich Nhat Hanh. As someone who all too often slips only semi-consciously into worrying over the past and the future, I feel that this quote offers an especially important reminder.
Hello and huge thanks, everyone! Because of all you lovely people out there kindly following my little seedling of a site, Cathedral Grove has put down strong roots and branched out in all sorts of ways that really please me.
One year ago today, I published my first post – Hello, and Welcome! – here on Cathedral Grove. Since then, I’ve shared over 70 posts on topics near and dear to my heart, primarily focusing on travel + adventure, nature/environment, and well-being.
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I’ve certainly enjoyed working on this little creative project of mine, and I hope that you’ve taken something positive away from it as well.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but there will of course be more to come soon, so please stay tuned!
In the meantime, many thanks once again to one and all!
This week, I’m really liking these two quotes in particular that just so happen to be from the same person, self-help author and speaker Karen Salmansohn.
Sometimes bad things happen to us or to others around us, and it can be hard not to get a bit down over it all. I believe it is so important, however, that when these things happen we do our best to remember that there is still so much good in the world. Indeed, there is so much goodness in us – and with that goodness we can help ensure that others remember these vital truths too.
I know that at times it can be difficult but let’s all try to be relentlessly kind, to ourselves as well as others.
After a very relaxed, restful week in England’s lovely Malvern Hills, Nick and I have returned to Wales for another few days, although this time to the fringes of Snowdonia NP.
What’s been on the ol’ adventure agenda for Wales, Part 2? Well, for Nick it’s been a training course in paddlesport journey leadership, while for me it’s been woodland wanders, waterfall ogling, and…the UK’s only alpine coaster?! Yes indeed!
It’s been just a little over two weeks since the start of our six-month-long work sabbatical, and our adventures have now truly begun in earnest!
After a week and a bit of local wanderings in the Yorkshire/Lancashire area with my partner Nick, we headed down to Wales. Driving southwest for just shy of four hours, we arrived at the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the site of our first adventures further afield.
Here’s hoping that this fresh dose of Monday Mindfulness finds you well – that you are happy and healthy, that you enjoy a few lovely adventures today and in the days ahead, and that you find time to be kind to yourself as well as to others.
For today’s thought of the moment, here’s a lovely bit of writing from Indian-Canadian poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur. I hope you enjoy it.
Today in the UK it’s World Book Day, which seems a fine time as any to pass along a few recommendations of some truly worthwhile non-fiction books concerning nature and the environment. I’ve enjoyed reading these books at some point over the past few years, and I suspect many of you might enjoy them too.
Let’s get right to it, shall we? And if you have a recommendation as well, please feel free to leave a comment below!
…the day we march forth toward adventure! (See what I did there? Honestly, we didn’t choose this particular date because of how it sounded, but now that I’ve thought of this connection I find the date rather appropriate, really!)
Yes, that’s right – today is the official beginning of our sabbatical. A few months off work to rest and re-center, to scratch that travel itch, to try new things and discover fresh interests, to have experiences and take part in training that might help us in the future both professionally and personally.
Honestly, knowing what a worrier I can be about all the things, at all the times, I expected that as this day approached I’d be a big tangled ball of stress-yarn. Instead, I’ve felt lighter this weekend. As I was finishing my last few shifts for the time being this weekend, I noticed how positively different I felt. A weight was being lifted, and I could breathe deeply again.
It feels so good to be in command of my time and energies for the next while and a bit, to be able to say ‘yes’ to experiences and endeavors that I’d ordinarily refrain from, feeling that I needed to reserve a significant chunk of myself for the intense, physically and emotionally draining work week ahead.
It might sound a bit cheesy, but today I feel like a superhero. Wonder Meg.
I rather like that.
(Now I want to wear a cape.)
I’m so grateful to you all for joining me here on my little seedling of a site, and I’m really looking forward to sharing loads more content with you soon. Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my journey a bit more. I’m sending all of you all the mental hugs and high fives I can.
Today, I’m sharing not one, but two new quote creations (I make all these little text-on-image thingamajigs via Canva, an excellent free graphic design tool which I can very much recommend to just about any and all fellow bloggers…) to help kick off the new week.
It’s my last week of full-time work for a while, as I’ll be on a work sabbatical after this. Standing on the brink of adventure, it seemed appropriate to feature a few quotes on the topic of travel! So, here we are – a quote from 19th century French science fiction writer Jules Verne, as well as another quote by English Renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon.
All the best to you and yours this week. May you find a bit of time in your schedule for an adventure big or small, solo or with others!
There’s no Monday Mindfulness post again this week, but it will return once more before too long. You may have noticed that I’ve taken a little break from posting much of anything over the past few weeks. Fortunately, this hasn’t been due to any unfortunate events! Rather, it seemed best to put creative endeavors aside for a short while, just so Nick and I could focus more intensely on furthering our plans for our upcoming work sabbatical as we draw closer to its start.
So – what’s new with us? Well, mostly we’ve been working away as normal. We’re both adventurous activity leaders at a residential centre, so for around 12 hours each working day we’re looking after a group of primary school children and their teachers as we run them through a quick succession of activities like canoeing, climbing, archery, zipwiring, et cetera… When you’re working with a lovely group and things are going well, it’s quite enjoyable and fulfilling. Other times it may be that you’re having to lead a canoe session during a hail storm, or you’re breaking up fist fights between not-so-pleasant children, or you’re cleaning up buckets-worth of sick in the dorms… In other words, it can be a bit of a mixed bag, you know? You just never know what each new work day will bring.
Anyway, we’ve been busily mapping out our sabbatical a little bit each weekend since just before the new year, and we’ve now got a better idea of when and where some things will be happening. Read More