Moon Magic

I like to mark the full moon by reflecting on the previous weeks and setting intentions for the coming weeks. I know it’s typically more of a new moon activity but I’m a visual beast and I connect better with the full moon. 

This morning I was in a bit of a tizz as I packed school bags and lunches and got kids in their shoes and car seats etc. At one point Poppy grabbed my face and yelled, “HILLARY, DON’T BE MAD.”  And I wasn’t mad, I just stressed out and trying to do 87 things in four minutes, but it’s stuck with me all day. Partly because it’s hilarious but also because it’s made me realize how wound up I get when I think I’m going to be late or when my brain is going in too many directions. 

I’m not going to set a bunch of intentions or goals tonight. I’m going to set one: slow down. Slow down with the kids, with Shawn, with myself. Take a breath. Do one thing at a time. Give people my full attention. Sit down when I eat instead of shovelling food into my mouth while I help kids get dressed and sign permissions slips. Slow down my speech, think about what I want to say, say it kindly. Be with the people I’m with. 

What’s your full moon magic? 

Sleep is for the weak

We had the very best kind of day today, full of family and friends who feels like family, sunshine, good food, gorgeous scenery, road trip snacks, great music, ice cream, swimming, and more. It was the kind of day where you expect (and hope) your kids will fall asleep by 7 because they’re exhausted, but then they stay up until after 11 because they’re so wired from maximum fun. I am simultaneously happy and tired is what I’m saying.  

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Festival of Shawn

It’s Father’s Day weekend so Shawn got to pick the festivities, which is how I’ve ended up in a very small “queen” bed (seriously, this thing is the size of a double) with two sweaty kids while Shawn starfishes it solo. Poppy is a hotel bed roller so we can’t trust the kids to sleep together (why are hotel beds so high? Why are there so many sharp corners adjacent to the bed?) Usually I sleep with Poppy (and build a pillow blockade on her other side) and Grady sleeps with Shawn, but we got to the hotel late and the kids were a ball of tired emotions and wanted to sleep together. So that is how I’ve ended up here, Poppy’s feet in my face and Grady snoring in my ear. 

Tomorrow we’ll drive to Leavenworth for the car show. We’ll eat sausage in the beer garden and enjoy the sun and hopefully when we return, the sweaty bed hogs will want to sleep with their Dad. Happy Father’s Day indeed.  

Read. Watch. Listen.

Today was a full day and my brain is struggling to make the words go so here’s a short list of things I’m currently loving.  

Read 

I just finished Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Technically speaking I listened to it on audiobook but I’m a rebel who counts that as reading. Listen, I’ve read different arguments for and against calling consuming content via audiobook “reading” and I’ve come to the conclusion that I literally don’t care what others think on this subject. 

So I just finished Big Magic and I loved it. I’d heard good things but it took me a while to check it out because I was never a fan of Eat, Pray, Love. Big Magic made me feel like maybe there’s hope for this tired creative to reclaim some spark. I definitely rolled my eyes a few times but I rolled them in a “oh that’s twee” kind of way, not a “what’s up with this chick?” kind of way. It’s an important distinction. 

Watch 

I hate movies. I do my best to avoid them. I find movies really hard to sit through because they’re so long and often so violent / dumb / pointless. I hate blood and suspense, which greatly reduces the number of movies available to me. Netflix has been kicking out some pretty great movies lately though. We watched Always Be My Maybe last weekend and I loved it. The soundtrack was killer, the story was light and fluffy with just enough meat to make it satisfying. It was funny and smart and genuine. Plus parts of it were filmed in Vancouver and it’s always fun to spot the local landmarks. 

Listen 

Lizzo. My god. If you are not listening to Lizzo’s album Cuz I Love You, I don’t know what to tell you. Play it, loud, and just try not to dance. It’s physically impossible. 

What are you currently reading / watching / listening to?