Merci Beaucoup

At the moment, all of us round here are woozy on the promise of Spring.  Shoulder blades are remembering what warm air feels like.  Toes are shaking out of their wintery slumber.  And a later dusk means we already have a whole new day as the sun goes down.

I’ve been thinking alot about simplicity.  Simplicity of living, relationships, eating, style, writing.  Simplicity in honesty and bravery.

A paring down of things.  An exchange of stuff for stories.

A decluttering of cupboards and thoughts.

It seems to me that simplicity and gratefulness are soul mates.  That one can exist without the other, but never quite as well as if they just made out a lot and lived happily ever after.

A big part of living simply is being grateful for what you have, where you are and who is there with you.

I am so grateful for my friends and family.  For seeing and experiencing such kindness and the best of people.  For opportunities, unexpected and un-asked for, but surprising and lovely.  For pears – they just seem too good to be true, don’t they?!

For healthy, strong, brilliant, brave and inspiring family members.  For travel, the memory of it, the possibility of more.  For adventure, down the road, across the world.  For love, all kinds of love.  For being surrounded by extremely talented people who are creating beauty in the world, healing the sick (literally) and making art even though it is hard and scary.  And living, everyday on purpose, with purpose.

I am grateful to be in love with words.  And the mystical, slightly frightening act of stringing them together.  I am grateful to have this canvas to paint them onto.  The colouring of words makes me a kind of happy I am still only beginning to understand.  And I am grateful to you, for letting me paint stories here that were previously just topsy turvy boxes of ideas, locked away in a drawer marked ‘Maybe Someday’.  For making ‘someday’ everyday.

Thank you.



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  1. AntK says:

    thank you … for reminding us of ‘ the joys of spring ”
    …and I am all for paring down and living your life with simplicity and gratitude …it amazes me how much more wonderful life is …with less … and therfore less to worry about/organise
    ..and more time for people

  2. London Kurt says:

    I would have to say that I am grateful for your mystical, slightly frightening act of stringing words together…….. Your blog is written with such courage……But yet, you perceive the world around you with such passion…….. It is only through things like courage and passion that we can live simplistically and gratefully.

    For reminding me of this, I say thank you :)

  3. Ms. Ameezing says:

    Hey AntK and London Kurt, thank you for your thoughtful and lovely comments.

Your thoughts/feelings?