New Site Sneak Peek & Blogcademy Calgary

Reina Fleet Quiet Dreams & Everyday Joy

Hey all! Today I’m giving you a sneek peak at what I’ve been up to during my blog’s hiatus. I’m unveiling my new site design, complete with a scholarship entry for The Blogcademy workshop in Calgary.

http://reinafleet.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/the-blogcademy-calgary-dream/

My new site will officially launch on July 2nd! Be sure to follow me on the new site to keep an eye on the rest of this blogging adventure.

I want to extend a sincere thank you to all of you who have been following me while I gain my blogging legs, through the rough patches and the smooth ones. You make this all worthwhile.

With love always,

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The Diversity of Human Experience

green and blue texture map of the world art

This line of thinking, on the complexity of life, and of human experience, has been weighing on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been occasionally sifting back through old journal entries and came across one from almost a year ago that mirrors what I’ve been thinking about now.

Here’s an excerpt for you:

Human experience is so vast, and so diverse, that we as individuals will only ever be able to experience, comprehend, and participate in the tiniest fraction of it. Look around you in awe, and accept that you may not understand things fully, and you may not know what’s best. 

It is impossible to ever fully understand another person’s life. You are not them. This is not an excuse to make assumptions, it’s a reason to acknowledge that they have their reasons for behaving the way they do. You don’t have to agree. You don’t have to like it. But you do have the capacity to refrain from judging them, and to be compassionate above all. We may not be perfect, any of us, but we have the ability to care. 

It’s my guess that everyone has felt at some point that they were judged unfairly because the other person made assumptions and didn’t take into consideration that they didn’t know and understand everything about your situation. What it’s like to be you. What it’s really like to experience your life as you live it.

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I am not always perfect at “practicing what I preach.” But keeping this philosophy as a core belief is so very important to me. It reminds me that I need to listen, to try to understand before acting, and that it’s important to acknowledge other people and their agency in making their own decisions for their own lives.

Do you have any thoughts and experiences in regard to this way of viewing the world? Please share, I would love to hear them.

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With love always,

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Things I Love Thursday: Kinder Surprise & Kumquats

orange kumquats on blue background

February is proving to be a bit difficult on my immune system (as January was). I’m still sick at the moment, so I ask for a bit of patience with posts in the next few days. That being said, I’m still doing my best to enjoy the little things (and big things) in life.

Here were a few of my favourite things from the past week:

  • Kinder Surprise toys.
  • Scented candles.
  • The best cat toys are often the cheapest: hair elastics (clarification, I wouldn’t let my cat have them when she was a kitten because she’d eat things like that, but she’s allowed now that she’s older because I can trust her to only play with them).
  • Daria marathons.
  • Kumquats.
  • My laptop continuing to function despite the occasional problem and the fact that it’s starting to get a bit older (as far as laptops are considered). *knock on wood*
  • The realization that I’ve finally found an amazing therapist.
  • Checking out what books strangers are reading on the train.
  • Being up early enough to watch the sun rise.
  • The feeling of the city early in the morning (a mix of subdued feelings and determination).

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What made you smile this week?

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With Love,

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