So… How was everyone’s Easter weekend? Mine was fabulous!! My husband and I have been complaining for quite some time now that because our work schedules are not the same, there are zero days in the week where we can just sleep in together and start the day slowly together, having quality time to just relax with each other! It’s been just as long since we’ve had the opportunity to go out for breakfast together, just the two of us, with the exception of our weekend away to Ottawa a few weeks ago with friends, attending an inner healing training conference, which by the way, will be an excellent tool to add to my coaching process! But I digress! I simply must say how refreshing this weekend was and how much quality time and rest we both had this weekend, with the opportunity to simply be refreshed and revived! Normally our Easter weekends are so busy, traveling an hour an s half north and then an hour and a half west of our place to make it to all the family events that are happening on the holiday weekends. And yes, although we did see all the family, somehow we managed to have some very spontaneous, fun, and relaxing alone time together. How many times have I now mentioned the words ‘relaxing, refreshing, and quality time’? I must have really needed the break! And I really think I did, because we have been moving full speed ahead with my coaching business, on top of all the other things we are both involved in!

Without any further adieu, let me fill you in on some of the fun, spontaneous, and relaxing events over the weekend! Friday morning, as it was good Friday and a holiday at that, we both were able to sleep in that morning and start the day slowly, after which we went out for a late breakfast togetherness which was simply like breathing in fresh air, and letting out the stress of our weeks, while enjoying each other’s company. After which, we slowly set about doing some miscellaneous things at home which we don’t ordinarily get much time for… For instance, reading! I LOVE to read! I buy books ALL the time. I’m fascinated at learning new things all the time and I confess, I’m a bit of a nerd as I especially enjoy reading non-fiction books about the subjects I’m fascinated by and curious to know more about. I got the chance to do some reading this weekend! I really enjoyed that! Then we set off to packing and heading to our first family destination of the weekend… Jason’s mom’s up north in Orillia, where we would spend the night in order to go to a spa the next morning nearby.

Le Scandinave!!!! A Scandinavian spa with hot and cool baths, saunas, steam rooms, relaxation rooms, hammocks, and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere! Don’t worry, I’ll include pictures! We had a couple’s massage, a healthy lunch in their cafe, and enjoyed the baths for the day. You can just stay there forever and enjoy it! It really is a slice of heaven. You can feel literally like time just comes to a complete halt, as you breathe in the beauty, the quiet, the tranquility, and dare I say again… The relaxation of it all! We spent the whole day there, having our dinner there as well. We left as it was getting dark and decided on a spontaneous pit stop at Dairy Queen for a blizzard, and sat by the lake in Barrie (en route back home for us), enjoying each other’s company and our yummy ice-cream! A romantic evening at home, and some deep heart to heart conversation to end the perfect day!

The next morning (Sunday) we opted to skip church since we were on a roll enjoying the rare opportunity to sleep in and start the day slowly together. Then we were off to my mom’s house, where my mom’s side of the family was there for a great big yummy Easter turkey dinner! Afterwards, we headed to the gym together for a workout at the gym we both go too. We came home to no hydro in our house, called the hydro company, after lighting some candles, and decided we would go out to see a movie. Another impromptu, spontaneous and unplanned event, which we really enjoyed. We saw the hunger games. I thought it was a great film. I was surprised. I honestly expected it not to be as good as it was. On the way home that night, I felt a pang of sadness pierce my heart as I realized the weekend was almost over, and we would be both returning to work the next day! That feeling of not wanting to let go of something so perfect, like it was not enough time… But I have learned, such is the case in a woman’s heart, the all consuming, never ending capacity to drink in moments of connectedness, intimacy and closeness… The vacuum of sucking it all in, only to want more and more and more. In the words of Stasi Eldredge from my favorite book, ‘Captivating- Unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul’, she explains this well: “Aren’t your deepest worries and heartaches relational- aren’t they connected to someone? Even when things are good, is your vast capacity for intimacy ever filled in a lasting way? There is an emptiness in us that we continually try to feed…as we become women of substance, women who offer true beauty, we find our hearts grow in their capacity to love and be loved, to desire, to live… We do not always get what we want, but that doesn’t mean we no longer want. It means we stay awake to the unmet longing and wait.” It’s an incredible read! You should definitely check it out!

So this is me signing off, but just want to leave you with a couple of announcements and exciting news that also came up this weekend! I just want to share with you the exciting adventure of my coaching business ahead of me! I was just invited to go to LA California as a speaker at a coaching event in September! Such an amazing opportunity! Can’t wait! Just wanted to share my good news! And don’t forget to check out my website at http://www.freedomlifelove.com and sign up for the http://www.NoLimitsTelesummit.com web event and check out my tele class on the 4 stages of Boundary Development!

Hope you all had a great Easter weekend as well! Tune in to my blog on Friday to learn more about the Mindful path of self compassion!

Cheers!

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