Lighting Up A New Year

Two tiny console light bulbs make all the difference for seeing clearlyMy (not well advertised) birthday is almost here.

Celebrations include savouring ripple chips and garlic-yogurt-dill dip and pizza.

Neither lives in harmony with Body so it gifts Taste Buds a break for the special occasion.

The only other thing I wanted to make the day special was to fix the burnt out light on the 4Runner’s dashboard.

Two winters are more than long enough to go without seeing the time when driving after dark.

Stumbling upon a YouTube video a couple months back on how to change the bulb sealed the deal.

Instead of being an expensive tear out the dash job, it will take less than 10 minutes.


This afternoon I made a spur of the moment detour driving by the Toyota dealer to see if the bulbs were stocked.

Lo-and-behold – they were.

But it took a bit of sleuthing and rewatching the video with the parts guys to confirm the correct bulb.

With all that confusion I figured picking up two bulbs might be a good idea.

The other half could blow out at any time.


When I ask to confirm the price, Parts Guy asks when is my birthday.

I lit up and said very soon as timing would have it.

He wished me a Happy Birthday and I walked out with more light than before.

What a very fitting way to kick off beginning again.


And it’s not out of line with what I’ve been feeling of late.

There’s change afoot.

Good change.

Directed change.

Change that brings another level of alignment and uncertainty at the same time.


Looking back on the last year some trends appeared –

  • movement – much to my surprise, Inner Couch Potato actually enjoyed being physically active and wanted more. It didn’t get as silly as wanting to exercise, but it did want to experience more time away from the computer and interacting with surroundings.
  • rested – the inklings about moving came with the realization I’ve moved beyond the sheer exhaustion felt two years ago. It’s taken this long to recover from the months of renovations AND the reasons behind moving in the first place.
  • nerdiness – yes, Inner Nerd was unleashed. I chuckle now at the role reversal. For the longest time, I hid my spiritual intuitive side from the world. Then I hid my techie nerdiness. Both work collaboratively in achieving the same goal – helping others be their true selves and show up in the world. I’ve finally allowed both to express at the same, and it. feels. very. good.
  • introvert meets teacher – I’m an introvert. But I’m also a teacher / guide / mentor / helper at heart. I need space and connection. In the past, I’ve sought balance. I’m seeing more and more clearly balance is the path to failure. Balance implies opposing forces.  Opposition requires juggling and effort. Changing my thoughts around introversion and connection can find a soft spot to land in alignment that just is. No effort required.


Curiosity has the better of me.

What unfolds over the coming year will clearly enter the realm of beyond imagination.

There’s a deepening of all that’s here now, but I don’t really know what it looks like.

While exciting and scary at the same time, there is but one path to take – forward.

Because I have to find out what’s ahead.


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Lorraine Watson - on rustic porch

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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.

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