These are a few of my favorite things! Brisk walks on the longest freshwater beach in the world, swimming out to the buoy, the stunning sunsets, juicy corn and peach crisp, evening card games with the family…This is summer at my parents place in Wasaga Beach, Ontario; a little slice of heaven.
Every summer we are able to travel from British Columbia to Ontario to my parents “cottage” (which is the Ontario term for a dwelling near one of the great lakes, even though it is actually a four season home). This year, my daughter, Carlee (18), and I are staying an extra three weeks after the Canadian labor day weekend. The rest of the family goes back to their busy lives in B.C., but we get to stay when the beach gets quiet, the lake is warm and the weather remains wonderfully summer!
It is the perfect environment for inspiring creativity, being able to write from the place of joy and blessing instead of striving to find time in the busyness and challenge of everyday life. My morning routine includes bringing my bible, journal and laptop out onto my parents beautiful deck to do my devotions and some writing.
After our time here, Carlee and I will fly to Edmonton to attend the InscribeWriter’s Conference. This is the perfect time and environment for me to polish up my “blue pencil” piece and catch up on my blog, as well as organize my writing projects for the fall.
Today, I am feelng very blessed and grateful to my hard-working husband who made this lovely “time out” for Carlee and I possible. When life isn’t flowing as easily and it is more of a challenge to write from a place of joy and peace, I default to my good old “gratitude list”. Simply put: .a list of things I am grateful for. I compose this list in my prayer journal in the mornings. It goes something like this: "Thank you Lord for my family, our health, my husband’s job, the ability to raise my children in a free country, for my church, for my friends"...etc. etc. It is amazing how this changes the tone of my day!