by Wendy Strgar June 04, 2010
This is a very quick quest as night time is brief. I leave in the middle of the night to go see my oldest and dearest friend in the city where I spent the first decade of my adulthood. Leaving home is increasingly challenging for me as I have come to treasure the comforts of my cozy home in the woods above the idea of adventure. Yet when I think of a reunion with this friend who stood by my side on the day I was married and helped me laugh through the first weeks of each of my children’s lives, I know that the effort of the trip will be rewarded in the first moments together.
Going back to a place that shaped you is always a remarkable vantage point into oneself. Walking through old familiar territory shows the depth and breadth of the changes that happen, within us over time. Reunions with old friends do this as well and maybe even more deeply. The gift of sharing a past with someone is more precious as time rolls on and resting in the reflection of someone who has always loved you can unlock the best parts of oneself.
I am excited to find myself anew in this time.
by Wendy Strgar March 21, 2019
Usually by the time we “spring forward,” most of us have long forgotten our New Year’s resolutions and not because we don’t want to change, but because the big sweeping ones we plan for after our third glass of champagne are so hard to get our hands around in the day to day. While the desire for change is earnest, what most of us miss is that real change is found in the small steps that we do consistently.
by Wendy Strgar February 21, 2019
Our sense of smell is ancient and the source of our most powerful emotional memories. It is also the primal sensory pathway to sexual attraction. And yet, we often give little attention to all that our sense of smell can evoke, in part because we have so little vocabulary for scent. Often we're limited to “it smells like…” and delineated only between pleasant and unpleasant.