Last December, I had the opportunity to travel to Paris for a short trip. I had 5 days in the city and decided to bring my sister along so that we could sightsee together. It turned out to be the best decision.
After visiting Paris, I don’t know why I hadn’t gone sooner! There were so many things that brought me joy there (like the kindness of the people, the beauty of the city and the food) but I thought I’d start this Paris series with the place we went to see first – The Eiffel Tower.
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland
Winter is one of those seasons that really feels like they could go on forever, especially here in Canada. I’ve lived here all my life but still, every year, I am amazed at how cold and white everything can get.
This winter was challenging in some ways but rewarding in others. I finished my second semester of graduate school (!!!) and my part-time job which was such a good feeling, but I let the stress of it all get to me. I’m pretty hard on myself because of my perfectionist tendencies, but one of the things I’ve come to learn over time is that true growth takes time. I’m on a lifelong mission to have inner peace and if I look at where I am now compared to where I was last year, I’m definitely making some progress towards that goal. But I have a long way to go.
Winter 2019 showed me that when faced with what feels like impossible tasks, I can – for the most part – keep my cool and look at the bigger picture. Like the quote above says, no winter (or challenge) lasts forever and no spring (or reward) skips its turn.
Goodbye Winter 2019, and thank you for all that you brought my way.