A daughter learns from her father and wows the world…
The Sanddorn Balance act mesmerizes all who see it. Only a few in the world can actually accomplish this feat. It is the starting point for my thoughts today.
“For everything there is a season,
A time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.”
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I’ve wandered far since my last letter. All the way from the mountains of Montana, through the plains of South Dakota, to settle by the bay, Green Bay to be accurate. It’s been quite the month adjusting to a new climate, (Humid, rain, FOG); culture and jobs. My GPS is getting a workout as I attempt to explore. There is water everywhere and while different, the sunsets are as stunning here as in Big Sky Country.
As I unpack and settle in I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the kind of life I want to build for myself here. We talk so much about
a balanced life,
a healthy life,
a joyful life,
a well lived life,
But what does that actually look like? Watching the balance video I shared with you and learning it’s history - less than ten people can successfully perform this act- am I trying to attain the improbable? Is balance something I should be striving for?
My rather long quote presents a life of extremes: laughter/tears, grieving/dancing, embracing/leaving. Picking up and uprooting my life has been full of moments of searching rapidly followed by giving up searching. The space between keep and throw away is the distance between two objects. There has been much grieving and much dancing.
Should I be searching for the balance between the extremes or should I be living my life in motion?
Swinging between being quiet and speaking out - with every variation along the spectrum - never stopping and fixating on one point. Life as I’ve known it has been torn down and as I begin to rebuild these are the questions I’m pondering.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Is balance something we should be striving for? If not, what kind of life should we be trying to build?
I passed!! Just in case you couldn’t tell from the expressions on our faces! One of my closest friends passed her massage therapy exam the same day I passed my test. I am now a nationally registered dietitian. I plan to register in Wisconsin in January when their new two year cycle starts.
I am using the degree as the volunteer kitchen manager at Camp Daniel. We are currently in the throes of finishing the dining hall and applying for our commercial kitchen license.
I also plan to teach nutrition classes online and in person. Research is being carried out as we speak. I’ll eventually have a survey I’ll beg plead and cajole you to fill out and pass on to your friends and neighbors to get a better idea of what the public would like to know.
My current class ideas are:
DIABETES (so much nutrition isn’t taught)
Food Is Power (geared toward high schoolers thinking about what food does for our bodies instead of labeling it as good or bad)
Food & Faith (what the Bible has to say about food and nutrition and how our faith practices shape our eating habits)
Fad Diets 101 (each week examines a popular diet trend, discussing it’s purpose and if implementation will achieve the results you desire)
I’m totally open to suggestions and thoughts!
My Etsy shop is up and running. Currently available is vintage fabric. If that’s your jam, please feel free to come browse and support my attempt and living a non-hoarder life.
If you don’t like fabric, hang on! I’m sure I’ll find something magnificent for you later.
Earrings made from buttons, vintage beads and random found objects are currently being listed.