Seasons of Joy

Looking for a way to bring peace and joy to your day? Seasons of Joy is my 10-week seasonal guidebook to add rhythm and fun to your daily routine. Each guidebook has ten weeks' worth of circle times, stories, arts, crafts, and handwork, painting, playtime activities and more!
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Seasons of Joy seeks to empower families to create peaceful rhythms and routines and joyful celebrations that follow the circle of the year. The blog also chronicles our adventures in living simply, loving exuberantly, and Waldorf inspired homeschooling.

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Individuals and Persons

I am against individuals and for persons.
~ Martin Buber

From the time we first feel our babies move within the womb, we have dreams about what that little bean will grow to become. Above all else, we want our child to discover his Self—that person he or she is meant to be, the one who is unique to all the world. Indeed, Abraham Maslov in his famous hierarchy of needs describes self-actualization as the highest goal.

The Biggest Loser: Give up a bad habit and gain the world

autumn time
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There are lots of books, programs, and schemes out there promising big results.

Eat this, and you’ll lose the weight!

Drink this, and you’ll have more energy!

Buy this, and it will change your world!

But results are only as good as your resolve, and sometimes it’s hard to trade off something that feels really good, even if in the end it isn’t so very good for us.

Waldorf Wednesday #8

So, I had this nice block of time chunked out to plan this blog post—last night, during the debate, from 9 to 10. And I cracked open my laptop and promptly fell asleep.

Whoops.

We’ve been riding out that whole “season of change” thing I touched upon last week. I’ve been thinking a good bit about the song I posted last week as well.

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced,
Teaching us to breathe.
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green.
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me.
Summer, autumn, winter, spring.

Books Around Our Home(school)

We are unapologetically book people.

Some people don’t quite understand how you can be a book person and be a Waldorf person. Now granted, I’ve never claimed to be a Waldorf purist or a “Steiner Says”er, but I’ve thought the people who feel Waldorf education is anti-book rather miss the point. I find that, at the heart of this crazy Waldorf way of learning and living, is the story. And isn’t that the heart of every good book as well? We weave our day with stories— sung stories about little leaves waking, off-the-cuff stories about little boys washing the sleepy dust left by sandman, laughing stories told about naughty children who somehow overcome and find their better nature. There are so many stories to be told, books cannot even begin to hold them all.

Michaelmas Round-Up!

Time to wrap-up the Michaelmas posts!

I wrote a series of posts on “Taming the Dragons” as inner work leading up to Michaelmas.

I also have an awesome Michaelmas Pinterest board.

Lots of families shared their Michaelmas celebrations on Waldorf Wednesday as well.

Hope your Michaelmas was full of courage!

31 Days to Perfection

OK, just kidding.

But it seems that somewhere along the line I missed the memo that October is the official “31 Days to/of…” month.

I won’t be leading one. Since I sometimes completely forget I have a blog, I would probably not be qualified. The spirit is willing, but I lack the follow through. I’m pretty proud that I got my Taming the Dragons series done! If I were to lead one, it would be 31 Days of Waldorf-Inspired Living, and it would be awesome.

St. Michael’s Harvest Song

In autumn Saint Michael with sword and with shield
Passes over meadow and orchard and field.
He’s on the path to battle ‘gainst darkness and strife–
He is the heavenly warrior protector of life.

The harvest let us gather with Michael’s aid;
The light he sheddeth fails not nor does it fade,
And when the corn is cut and the meadows are bare
We’ll don Saint Michael’s armor and onward we’ll fare.

We are Saint Michael’s warriors with strong heart and mind,
We forge our way through darkness, Saint Michael to find.
And there he stands in glory; Saint Michael, we pray,
Lead us into battle and show us the way.

Taming the Dragons: Fear of Success

The first time I ever heard this quote, I was watching the awesomely amazing movie Akeelah and the Bee. It’s a wonderful movie about a 13-year-old girl from South LA who tries to make it in the National Spelling Bee. Definitely a worthwhile movie and I highly recommend it.

Akeelah meets with her mentor, and he has her read this quote out loud.

What does it mean?

I’m not supposed to be afraid.

Afraid of what?

…Me…

It’s a powerful moment, and one I was reminded of the other day when I was struggling.

Taming the Dragons: Fear of Failure

Source: Pinterest

 

There are times the fear of failure is crippling.

It manifests in many ways—a lack of planning because I fear I cannot possibly fit all in, a lack of doing because I fear I will ruin the costly and beautiful supplies I have bought, a lack of loving because I fear I will get hurt.

It’s a lot to carry around.

I don’t know if everyone drags these fears around with them. I do know that, for me, fear of failure stops me from realizing a good many of my dreams.

Thursday’s Treasure: Sweet, heart!

Since my awesome news about my heart’s recovery from peripartum cardiomyopathy this week, I decided to feature beautiful lovely hearts on this week’s Thursday Treasure.

‘Sweet, heart!’ by annettemarie


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