I always thought of blogs as being narcissistic, business related, or as my sister's, a way of keeping in touch or memorializing.

But, by necessity, I am learning a lot about myself. I find I need to get my thoughts out, and it helps me to know that someone else will read them. So I have created this little space for myself, to express the things I have trouble saying (be it emotional or physical trouble), to share what I'm going through, and what I'm learning through it.

I absolutely welcome comments. It's nice to know how people relate to what I'm saying.
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About Andy

That's me. I'm happy. Usually :)
There seem to be more and more people checking this out who don't know me, so I thought I'd share a little bit. Welcome!

This is a personal blog. My posts are eclectic, and varied in topic, reflecting my thoughts and moods. I write for my sanity, to share my stories, and in the hope that reading my words may make somebody's life a little bit better in some way.

I refuse to be defined by limitations, and am learning to live without labels (including diagnoses). I am trying very hard not to be a perfectionist. I believe Richard Bach when he says "There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands." Struggles, mistakes, and painful moments are pathways to growth, should we choose to walk them. But really, we make our own roads, and our own lives, and I am determined that mine continue to be filled with light, music, beauty, and above all, growth and learning.

My personal life is full of the joys of motherhood, family and friendship, and of the challenges that come with what I'm calling "extreme healing." When I am on my own (which is most of the time) I knit, play with wire and beads, dabble with paints, and enjoy pretty much anything that combines hand-work, cognition and creativity. I love jigsaw puzzles, browser games and crosswords. I spend a lot of time (perhaps too much) easing my isolation through the wonders of the internet. It took me several months of being mostly housebound to embrace this very different incarnation of my life, and I have to say, I am strangely grateful for the opportunity to engage in these activities that so easily put me in a state of flow.

A headwarmer thingie - My first ever
knitting project
Made this for my friend
Yes, I painted on my walls!

My professional life is on hiatus, because of my extreme healing situation, but my professional identity continues to be very important to me. Since the birth of my son, I have been fulfilling my passion for Montessori education, most recently focused on the Middle School years. Before that, I spent many years acquiring a wealth of skills and knowledge through many years in a variety of positions in companies large and small - everything from product development to collections - a true renaissance woman, me!

My official schooling is in Film and Sociology, and I hold a Masters of Education. I am a certified Motnessori teacher for 3-6 year olds, and am partway through the training (also on hiatus) to become a Montessori Secondary teacher. Informally, I have studied design, branding, all kinds of art and expression, yoga, mindfulness, and many perspectives on psychology, the human brain and how people relate to each other. I love nothing better than to talk about Montessori philosophy and practice, unless it's deconstructing media and/or artistic messages and philosophizing about the role they play in our lives, or learning some cool new thing.

My experiences as a Montessori child, teacher and mom, together with my studies in postmodernity and my many years of self-exploration have helped me greatly to adapt to the present circumstances of my life.

My cozy yard.
My home is the beautiful and diverse city of Toronto, and I'd rather be nowhere else. I have had my share of adventure, traveled more than your average bear, and am happy to have settled down here.

I usually write from the comfort of my couch, from which I can see my yard; trees, bench, brick, gate, and snow, leaves or roses, depending on the season... I love the light in this room, and the large windows make me feel like I'm almost outside. Especially when the weather is nice enough to let the fresh air in.

I invite you to join me on this journey. I'm not sure where I'm going, but I can guarantee it will be a fun and interesting ride.

Thank-you for reading!