Words of Inspiration: May

Palm Beach, Sydney | Life After Elizabeth

Happy first day of May!

In Canada (specifically in Ottawa) this is about the time of year when the snow has almost entirely melted. The weather remains slightly cool but the sun keeps getting warmer and warmer. Everyone is relieved to say goodbye to the miserable, bitter winter. It’s a time of year buzzing with hope as that sweet taste of early summer lingers teasingly in the air.

That first spring day when the weather is finally hot enough to wear a t-shirt is literally heaven on earth. Nothing feels as good as the midday sun soaking on skin that hasn’t seen the light in months. Every single person is out to enjoy it, the city is buzzing in activity. Skateboarders and bikers fill sidewalks and streets. Parks that were once covered in snow are now filled with sunbathers and picnic goers.

By the end of winter, my jacket felt like a part of my body. I felt like a snake slithering out of a layer of old skin. I’d sit outside on my backyard patio, exposing my pale, ghostly white skin and lay still as my body sponged up every ounce of Vitamin D it could manage.

But in Sydney, the weather has cooled. Winter is looming ahead. The wind at night has a prickly chill and the jackets are squeezed tightly at the waist. A new job is on the horizon for me, a new chapter has started. It feels like my body is still set to the Canadian rhythm. It anticipates the warmer weather, the sights of flowers blooming and barren trees filling in with green. Although my inner clock may not match my wintery surroundings, my body and mind are prepared for a flourishing new beginning!

Happy first day of May everyone! ♥


“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

-Golda Meir

“Sometimes we wish for perfection in our lives, but would we be happy with perfection? The imperfections in our lives give us meaning, build our very resolve, and strengthen us down to our very core.”

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

-Henry Van Dyke

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