I recently celebrated Verity’s 5th birthday, realizing it has been an entire year since I entered this space of intentional sharing.
What a year, friends. Any of you left out there?
Oh well. Here, I pause. Deep breath. Start over. Hi, I’m Vivian. This is me with the kiddos last Fall:
Updates… In a nutshell: My life is enchanted. Each day I learn to live more instinctively, intuitively, and authentically. Much of this blog used to revolve around my family, and content tapered off while going through my painful divorce that began over two years ago. Right now, I’m in a sort of sweet spot as far as I can tell. The ex and I get along well and are finding new ways to be supportive and collaborative co-parents, something I had almost given up hope for. The kids are beautiful, vibrant, rambunctious, striving little human beings that teach me more lessons in an hour than the rest of my life in 30 years could. I have found good loves, in friendships and romances; these have been nourishing on the whole. I started my masters and Waldorf teacher certification training 2.5 years ago – I am now in my final year and so incredibly glad I chose this life course. I started a new organization this year with a friend and fellow educator, working to bring area youth in touch with natural exploration and wonder (aptly named The Wild Wonder Project). It has been a blast. AND, I have accepted a new lead teacher position at a school in St. Louis and will be moving next month, 1 hour and 45 minutes away from my dearly loved Columbia, with both kids who will be able to attend the school with me. A serendipitous manifestation (I like to think) brought about my new “home” through a connection to my fiddle teacher (yes, I finally started taking fiddle lessons this year as well) and I’m completely stoked. Tearfully so. Still doing the counseling thing – for the last year seeing a counselor with a Jungian bent – and also joined a women’s group who meets to explore the archetypal mother and other good things along these (Jungian) lines. Yes, goodness abounds.
A running thread follows this path with counterpoints. I have struggled with a few health related concerns, fears, disappointments, and financial concerns, though these seem to be working themselves out in time. Time. The Great Healer. (I hope.) Of course, without the love and support of my community, my surrogate and extended family, I don’t know where I would be. I mean… really REALLY.
:::A few recent highlights, in images::::
Me last week, excited to find my new favorite local coffee shop:
I mean, come on, it has a bike chandelier…
The Wild Wonder Project’s booth at the Earth Day Festival last week:
Street view of my new place in St Louis:
The location is lovely, a stones throw to the Botanical Gardens, Tower Grove Park (farmers market, donation based yoga classes, oh my!), shops at Morgan Ford. And inside whispers sweet nothings to my heart with it’s charming fireplace, stain glass, arched doors, sunroom, screened in patio, organic raised beds in the backyard… I can’t wait to get in there next month and make it home.
So, maybe I will find my way here again before next year. But if not, at least I will have lots of juicy happenings to report. A lot can happen in a year. Cheers.