I know I have been a little quiet the last week or so but I have been very busy sleeping in, watching movies, eating chocolate and enjoying the comforts of my mother’s home and my northern heritage.
You see, for one week out of every year I head up to Winnipeg, Canada where Coach Joelle goes into hibernation and "Joey" takes her place. “Joey” is what my mom calls me, my sister does as well, and my aunts and uncles and cousins (it also happens to be what they call a baby kangaroo!) So after a whole week in "Joey"-land, I thought I would get in touch and share some highlights from my week up north.
Highlights of Joey’s northern adventures include:
- My husband asking me over and over again…”how do people live here?” as he learned what I meant when I said that sometimes it is too cold to breath.
- Jeff expanding our holiday traditions by walking us through the lighting of our makeshift menorah and reciting the Chanukah blessing.
- Christmas eve at Autie Karen’s with all the Prochera’s, including my uncle rob and his lovely new girlfriend and full grown cousins that are graduating and going to parties and crazy things like that! The warmth in the room was palpable as we shared our stories, packing into 5 hours the events of a year.
- Christmas day and the opening of the stockings followed by an ever growing gift-giving extravaganza, with everyone sporting pj’s and my sister playing santa’s elf (voice and all.) It seems, as we grow older our most prized gifts often come in the form of books. Imagine my delight to get Carol Alt’s The Raw 50 and Vegetarianism for Dummies! Jeff has been sharing insights from Harpoon (into the heart of whaling) and has been inspired by his recent introduction to Canada’s own preeminent environmentalist, David Suzuki through The David Suzuki Reader: A Lifetime of Ideas from a Leading Activist and Thinker.
- Jeff and I taking public transit to the mall and not freezing any extremities or getting lost.
- The opportunity to see a handful of friends who are so gracious as to shift their schedule to visit during the 5 days a year I happen to drop into town.
- And top of the list, the ability, once a year to just be Joey, my mom’s little girl, my sister’s eternal playmate and a northern girl through and through.
I have to admit, there were a couple of times in my “Joey “ week that I wondered, should I be sending out a holiday email…. OR inspiring people with past triumphs from the 60 days or MYL programs to get them going for the new year…. OR incessantly updating my facebook status ….. “Joelle Prochera is…. Eating a whole box of chocolate…. Trying on new fuzzy socks.” But I decided to live my life instead of writing about it, knowing that we would have many many occasions to connect as we enter into this exciting new year.
While Joey’s back on the desk for today, I have booked Thursday and Friday off for a life-making retreat where I will be, tea in hand, dreaming, exploring and planning for the new year. You can play too! In anticipation for this artificial break in time that signifies brand new beginnings, now is the time to ask yourself…
If It were December 2009 and I was looking back at the year, what would I like to have accomplished and what would I want to see in my life?
This is an exciting question to ponder, as a whole year seems like such a long time. Image what a person could cause in 12 full months! What will you be causing?
For those of you who have aspirations for great things in the year to come, I invite you to take the time to envision, to create and to plan. It is one of the very best things you can do with your time and a wonderful way to launch your 2009 adventures!
Hugs to you and HAPPY NEW YEAR
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