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SelfLove365, Year 2, Day 181: Gratitude


Thank you body, for being my vehicle, for showing me what needs attention, and for giving me pleasure and pain.

Thank you children, for reflecting back to me all the things I need to face, for teaching me patience, for being outlets for unconditional love.

Thank you Braden, for being a catalyst for change, for keeping it real, for supporting me in all the ways you do, for showing me what fucking is, for exploring new and scary territories with me, for your beauty and wisdom, for being me.

Thank you my friends and family, for being my backbone, my unwavering support, the people I lean on, for giving me reasons to keep on going, for your strength and encouragement, and your love.

Thank you Mother Earth, for your trees and your colours, for always being there, for your endless forgiveness, for holding me, and for your power.

Thank you to all my parts and stories- the little girl, the shame, the judge and critic, the artist, the mother, the not-good-enough, the too-much, the attention seeker, the slut, the rebel, the dominatrix, the prude. Thank you for teaching me lessons and helping me on my path.

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Gratitude Tuesday :: Tree Hugging

I’ve never hugged a tree in my life. Until yesterday.

As I was leaving the gym, I felt drawn to Griffith Woods, a beautiful forest-y spot with trails located, a short drive from my home. I walked a few minutes into the woods, and discovered this tree.


You know, thinking about hugging a tree, and actually hugging a tree are completely different things, as I discovered. I felt my heart open – it seemed as though I could feel the life force of the tree, or all that came before it that made up the tree. It felt like a connection to the Source, to the Universe, and my tears flowed in gratitude. I know it sounds hokey in writing, but it was a beautiful experience. I love that tree.

Tree hugger. From my project #selflove365

Tree hugger. #selflove365

Gratitude Tuesday


Today I am grateful for:

1. My friend Eden asked me out for coffee (I’m meeting him after this). It is so rare these days that I am asked out by friends (I usually do the asking), that I am truly honoured, and looking forward to getting to know him better!

2. This comment by Connie on yesterday’s blog post:

“Just so you know, I had never heard of you or seen your art until I saw a preview of the “Journal It” book on another artist’s website I follow. I bought the whole book just so I would have your pages. And I have been following your blog ever since with great interest. Congratulations on publication in the book. It’s a huge accomplishment, and you should take great pride in it.”

I am so touched. Thank you, Connie.

Lori-Ann also posted a wonderful comment:

“Bel, your work is so lively and vibrant and filled with glorious cheer! It has evolved with a calm maturity and brings me joy when I see it. (Even when I don’t comment.) I’m sorry for your moment of not-so-good. I find it hard to move past negative too. I think it’s important to acknowledge it, and let it be a jumping point back to all that is good and right (on a good day. . . ). AND you are in a book!!”

Really, I loved all the comments yesterday, so thank you, everybody.

3. My family is safe and well.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Tuesday

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Gratitude Tuesday, but it seems appropriate, given that our Thanksgiving weekend has just passed. We spent the weekend in NYC, so we missed out on turkey dinner, but we had lots of other great stuff to make up for that.

I’m grateful for:

Spending the weekend with my husband, my kids, my brother, my sister-in-law, my nephew, and my father.

Riding on the back of a pedicab after seeing “Nice Work if you can get it” with Matthew Broderick!

Great food!

Grimaldi’s pizza in Brooklyn: worth the wait.

Visiting with people we miss.

Breakfast at Sarabeth’s.