Photo by Radek Grzybowski on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini Humans are not like their bird counterparts, who set out every spring finding twigs, dried grasses, and any other bits of useful materials they spot when flying on high. Birds know that spring is approaching, and the females will soon be having baby birds who need a home. They must feather their nest in preparation. It will need to be sturdy and large enough to hold the mother and squawking babies awaiting the food she or the father will provide. It must be built aloft in the branches of a tree safe [...]
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Photo from Unsplash By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder” ~E.B. White I’ve recently discovered a secret, intoxicating way to feel consistently uplifted and expansive in my life. I’ll share it with you: I’ve been cultivating a state of wonder! Allowing myself to cozy in and hang out here, considering life with admiration, definitely keeps things fresh and far from boring or routine. Instead, launching my thoughts from a place of wonder powerfully infuses new perspectives into my landscape. Being open to a state of wonderment—allowing yourself to feel surprised amazement, awe, or [...]
Photo by Michigan Athletics You Don’t Have to Know with Kim Barnes Arico Spending time with Kim Barnes Arico, the head coach of The University of Michigan’s women’s basketball team, was eye-opening. Throughout our lives, it can be challenging to keep the fire in your heart alive to want something more, to be something more. But with Kim, we were shown an intimate look into what it actually takes—mainly, a desire to be the best version of yourself. The exciting thing about Kim’s story is that while she didn’t know how amazingly fulfilling her career would become, her commitment to hard [...]
Photo by Mourad Saadi on Unsplash By Morella Devost, EdM, MA I’ve always been a homebody. In fact, as a perfectly split introvert-extrovert, I have found that I can come dangerously close to becoming a hermit if I don’t schedule tea dates with colleagues, lunches with friends, and seek out social engagements. The convenience of working from home for the past five years has meant that I can easily find myself not leaving the house for an entire week if I’m not careful. I love the coziness of home. I especially adore the inward journey towards which winter always beckons me. [...]
Photo by Danielle Dolson on Unsplash By Madeleine Forbes As the year wanes and the sweet, sad shedding of the autumn works its magic, a new question arises, for those of us who pay attention to these things. As you enter the soft, warm cave of winter, what will you choose to line your nest with? And, perhaps more importantly, what will you choose to leave behind? Whether or not you’re someone who consciously connects to each season of the year, winter necessitates a drawing inward. The days grow shorter; the temperatures lower and the rain falls heavier. On the farm, [...]
Photo by Saad Chaudhry on Unsplash By Gail Barker, B.A., C.P.C.C. A change of seasons is in the air, and with the palpable shift in energy often comes a desire to nest. At least, that’s the common belief. Particularly as we transition from summer to fall and then from fall to winter, we are invited to prepare for what lies ahead, to settle down into a new space, more so than at any other time of year. Why is that? Why does this time of year pull us toward a different sort of “preparation?” Here’s my take: nesting is about so [...]