There is something so freeing about a bad internet connection, or better yet, no internet connection at all. Instead of binging on Netflix, or scrolling through the endless content on social media these past two weeks, I’ve read three (almost four) books, rested, stared out the window – instead of at a screen – and thought about this coming year.

Life has been increasingly inspiring of late.

For those of you who don’t know, in November Dave, Isla, and I moved into a little two bedroom place in Regentville, less than 10 minutes’ drive from my parents’ place.

In finding a long-term place to live, I have also found my hands eager; ready to create, to work, to play. I am so enjoying the process of setting up home: creating a space and environment that feels light, comforting, creative. I find myself restless with the desire to start new projects: to make a table, learn to dye material, sew Isla some new leather shoes. I wonder if I might be a serial starter, and if I will ever get around to completing many of the projects currently being dreamt of in my mind.

I enjoy writing. I find it cathartic. I feel that I’m able to communicate differently than when I talk, which is something I find enjoyment in. It has been a long while since I opened up a document and started typing away, ready to share once more. It feels good to be doing it again.
Maybe life has slowed down enough for me to get back on the horse. I dearly hope that this site is a project that I continue to work on, and that I continue to share with you my thoughts, my challenges; a little snippet of life here and there.

Which brings me to now. Vietnam. Saigon. We have been in Vietnam for two weeks now. One week in Hoi An with extended family, and one week in here in Ho Chi Minh with my parents, and brother, sister-in-law and their two kids.

It has been a whirlwind, to say the least. Dave and I came to Vietnam for our honeymoon, and fell in love with the people, the culture, the food, the way of life. It has been so much fun to come back, and experience it all again with new eyes, with so much family this time with us.
A cable under the sea broke recently in Saigon, which has meant little to no internet for the whole city. I’ve been reading, dreaming, scheming of new things to work on. I have felt so inspired, both by the city surrounding me, and by the free time on my hands. I’ve wanted to get busy, to make the most of each day and do something worthwhile.

Isla is asleep, and Dave dozes on my right. I’m sitting up in bed, with a newly finished cup of tea by my side. The curtains are closed, most light coming from the glow of the laptop. I sit here typing, excited, anxiously anticipating what this year has in store for us. Life is exciting. I feel incredibly blessed for the life and the adventures we get to experience. Here is to 2017. Here is to creativity.