The Blank Canvas

I have been turned quite inward most of this calendar year.  Looking for answers, direction, motivation and the meaning of life.

There is so much I want to do but only so many hours in the day.  And of course, that need to do real paying work that saps up most of my time and energy during the week.

Before me in life, lay a fresh blank canvas.  I fear picking up the brush.  I fear dipping into the wrong color.  Worst of all, I fear touching down the paintbrush in the exact wrong spot, wrecking that fresh new canvas.

We are down to the last three weeks of Summer before life returns to “normal”.  Our son will be back in school, my partner back to teaching and the tourists will go home and Kelowna life will also return to “normal”.

The Summer heat has been above normal (mid to upper 30’s) and my first yearning for a cool crisp patio to sit and sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte happened the first week of July.  Fall is by far my favourite time of the year and I am eager for its arrival this year.  Even so, the heat has not bothered me (much) and the Summer feels as though it has whizzed by.

I have worked this year on clearing out our office so that I can start practicing in it.  There are a few stacks of boxes that I would like to get out of there before hanging out my shingle to start my holistic healthcare practice.

Come Fall, that is exactly where I would like my paintbrush to start the next major masterpiece of my life.  

Now to figure out which color to start with.

Reiki 1 Attunded

I am quite happy to have finally started my Reiki training yesterday!

I was first introduced to Reiki over 20 years ago through a close family friend who also does intuitive readings.  My first experience of non-medical care was her doing a Reiki session on me a few months after my car accident in 2001.  I have been interested in learning as much as I can about energy healing ever since.  

I have had a few Reiki Master friends over the years who have offered to teach me Reiki but the timing has never lined up to allow for it to happen.  I was ecstatic when I found someone who could teach me while also helping to apply the science to energy medicine! 

While I certainly do not need to know exactly how the body works to do the type of work I do, it certainly helps.  I am the type of person who wants to know how and why things work the way they do.  When the opportunity came up for me to learn from someone who has a science background and can apply the science, I was ecstatic!

I am hoping to be ready to take the next level of Reiki in the Fall.  Until then, much practice will be had between myself, partner, son and kitties.

Go Fish!

For the past two years, I have been wanting to take my son out to the Go Fish! program that is put on by the Regional District:

On Sunday, May 4 join program staff and volunteers at the special fishing area in Shannon Lake Regional Park. The program then runs each weekend until June 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The program offers youth ages 15 and under, a chance to catch one rainbow trout each day without a fishing licence. A limited number of rods, reels and bait will be available each weekend for youngsters to use and try their luck!
-District of West Kelowna

Unfortunately my social anxieties, his age, and my fear of him coming home with a hook in his nose has stopped me from taking him the prior two seasons.

I have been wanting to get back into fishing since we moved to the Okanagan.  Growing up, we used to go salmon fishing at Deep Bay every summer in Bowser, BC.  I always looked forward to Spring when softball started.  As softball drew to a close, my birthday came and went, school ended and I would spent most of my Summer up at the trailer with my grandmother, cousins, aunt and uncle fishing and playing in the ocean.  Oh how I miss the ocean and long for the day that we move back to it!

This year, I finally felt he was old enough at the ripe old age of six to take him fishing.  We went for the first time last Sunday hoping it had not been canceled because of the long weekend.  We were thinking it would not be that busy between it being the long weekend and the weather being a bit dismal.  Given those two factors, we were surprised at how busy it was!

I had taken two rods & reels with us.  One was a rod I had bought for $5 on sale and with a store coupon for him to use with his kite.  The reel busted within a few casts and needless to say, I was not impressed.  I quickly set up the other rod so he could get back to fishing.  After failing to cast even remotely okay with the cheap fishing rod, I was thankful to get to using a reel that I was more familiar with and could actually get out into the middle of the lake and past the weeds.

While we did not come home with a fish, we certainly had a few bites and had to re-bait because of it.  He seemed to enjoy himself and we will head to the lake again today to fish for a couple of hours in hopes of bringing something home for dinner.