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"French women avoid anything that demands too much effort for too little pleasure", says Mireille Guilian author of French Women Don't Get Fat. These words bring to mind images of being deliciously lazy. Yet being 'seen' to be lazy is something most of us certainly try to avoid. The French philosophy is in stark contrast to how western women are generally bought up to be, true? Pleasure is the last thing on most women's priority list.
As a recovering high achiever and workaholic remembering to slow down, smell the roses, and enjoy the journey is something that challenges me, but I am making progress! For example this week I have renewed my commitment to spending time in my 'avocation'. Avocation, it’s not a word that is used much these days so let me share with you my take on what it means.
We weaved together not just our baskets, but also hearts and minds as well. As each of us shared about ourselves we all had this common thread of wanting to feel reconnected. Reconnected with nature, our communities, our loved ones, our food (how it's grown and prepared) and ourselves . . .with the essence of who we really are .....