How Alex got her groove back

When we left the house this morning for school, it was a damp, but pleasant enough day. The fog sat low over the field behind our house, and it smelled like spring.

“Smells like Newfoundland, mommy,” said Story.

She’s right. That damp, earthy, wormy smells reminds me of Newfoundland, too. And the fog, too, of course.

It’s been a long winter, and I’ve struggled a bit with holding my chin up and staying happy. I had what I called the “stay-at-home-mom blues” for months on end, my hormones are in some sort of perimenopausal rebellion state, and my kids are going through physical and emotional growth spurts faster than I can keep up. But with this weather comes my beloved springtime — my new year, my time of rejuvenation, plan implementation and hope.

Ryan and I finally made a decision about what I’d do with Clippo. We’re working to relaunch the business, and it has given me the injection of inspiration and excitement that I have lacked. I have plans beyond the kids’ accessories we stuck to before, and I’m so delighted to have something into which I channel my focus. I started the product development process again, and am ordering all the supplies to re-enter with a bang.

I’ve also started to create things every day. With the sea glass that we collected on the beaches of Port de Grave last summer, I’ve been making jewellery. Here’s today’s project, a key chain for myself:

sea glass key chain It might not seem like much, but that keychain holds the power to me feeling like myself again. Creating, having goals, making shit happen… that’s a big part of how I thrive. I couldn’t be happier to have this feeling again. It’s like stretching your legs after having been sitting for far too long.

I can’t wait to see what the next few months brings!

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