I hope you have had a happy and restful holiday season, particularly after the inevitably hectic lead up that seems to be the norm.

In stark contrast to my adventurous summer last year, this year’s break was very restful—just what the doctor ordered for herself.

I have been doing things I love—reading, journalling, walking, café sitting with friends, going to the movies and to the theatre. At home where I sit to read or write I look out onto a small hedge of lavender that is blossoming so abundantly.

A couple of years ago with the combination of intensely dry, hot weather, water restrictions and my very sporadic watering, that part of the garden (exposed to full sun) desiccated to nothing. I then decided that I would plant some small lavender bushes—non gardener that I am. Well, they are full of flowers and now form a beautiful little hedgerow. Pale butterflies and bees constantly hover over the bushes (as I said to my daughter, they must be making some delicious honey somewhere!) I have harvested sprigs for myself and for friends. I have had so much pleasure from this. I have even watered them.

On another note—I have shared this with you before and would like to share it with you again. I frequently read this quote from Joseph Campbell and always in the New Year.

Follow your bliss.

If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.  When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid… and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)

Truer words have not been spoken. Isn’t this the most wonderful quote? I just love it!

As the holidays end and life gets busier perhaps you too will read this and find some inspiration. I hope in 2013 you can follow your bliss.

I look forward to sharing the journey with you this year

Love & joy

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