Why we hike

Welcome to Monday! I know, it’s not what most people say, but after a very busy weekend I’m very happy to be back to normal classes and regular life. I spent the weekend with a very good friend who was having her baby. It was a long process, and far from the first birth I’ve been honoured to attend, but every birth is a miracle. That’s not to say, though, that every birth goes according to plan. 

So what does that have to do with hiking? For starters, I’m gone for often days at a time with a birth, so my dogs are with a caregiver. There’s more than one reason why I don’t take many clients for labour support, but I love when I do. 

So, back to hiking. And on that note, welcome to Tuesday! I set my laptop down and fell asleep last night. Always happens after a birth. The last two mornings I’ve taken the dogs out hiking at the camp. They’ve dipped their toes in the river, and run through the fields. We need those times to recharge and reconnect. 

As I prepare for the new year, I’ve been thinking about what the new year will bring. I don’t really talk very much about my religious beliefs (both here and in my personal life) but I will say that this time of year is sacred to me on a spiritual level. I try to get outside and take it all in as much as I can; it’s my way to store up all the energy I need for the long Ontario winters. 

I’m thinking about what next year will bring for my dogs. The last twelve months have been full of changes, and the next twelve will be much the same. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope to very soon have exciting news to share. 

© Shari Joanisse 2017