A new mantra.

“Today I commit to living with humility, detachment, acceptance and, most of all, joy.”

It’s been an internally tumultuous, overly busy couple of weeks and months, and I’ve felt incredibly heavy with the weight of the world as well as my own personal decisions.  So yesterday, while staying home for some R&R to get over a cold, I did the I Ching, at long last.  ‘How do I create a clearing in the dense forest that is my life?’, I asked.  The answer was clear: The Joyous (58).  It was one of those answers that instantly illuminated a truth I already had inside me but was too dense and too self pitying to see.  Out of this answer came the above mantra, that is now taped to the inside of my bedroom door.



Internal Audit: Couch Surfing and Connectedness

 I am getting more involved with Couch Surfing.  We’ve had three surfers already in the last month, with a fourth arriving today.  I love this project because connectedness and authentic conversation are two of the most important things to me (and the former happens to be my number one strength on Strengths Finder), and meeting new people who will share their experiences and delve into the meat of life is a joy.  I also don’t believe that travel should be expensive, and that to truly see and know a place you need to experience it with the people that live there.  I am still processing the trust and safety issues that emerge with this practice, especially the residue from my upbringing that tells me to not trust anyone, at least at first, but I do believe that people as individuals are good, and want to be open to the world rather than closed off as my parents sometimes seem to be.

Meet the chicks!

It’s been a lively first week at Ben and my new place in South Minneapolis, what with moving in, a semi-raucous potluck/housewarming party, starting the garden, and new creatures!


Meet Silver, Buff, and Bar, our squirmy delightful cheeping chicks.  They are a Silver Laced Wyandotte, Buff Orpington, and Barred Rock respectively.

Their recycling bin home looks like something from a sci-fi movie.


They’ll stay inside with us for 6-8 weeks, and then hopefully will make nice with our inherited chickens that live in the backyard and lay us delicious eggs daily.

Thanks to City Girl Farming for the tips and resources, and general enthusiasm for raising animals in the city.

A hopeful spring word.

Word of the day = cotyledon

According to Science Daily, “Upon germination, the cotyledon usually becomes the embryonic first leaves of a seedling.”

ImageAll I know is these little guys give me hope for spring and warmth and the gloriousness of growth when they pop up in my egg carton trays of seed starts.  Plus it’s a pretty fun word to say 🙂