Mrs. Papilion in 10+

I am a nature lover. Butterflies, feathers, flowers, frogs and rocks are special to me.

I grew up playing in a gravel pit.  As a kid it was my favourite place in the whole wide world. Here, Darrel would help me scoop up frogs from the green sludge at the edge of the pond. My sister and I learned to fish. We all skipped stones and collected “special” rocks. My mom pointed out beautiful birds and butterflies. We spent time as a family – connecting and being. Both my mother’s and Darrel’s ashes are spread here. This place shaped me. I still visit often.

I also love warmth – whether it be lavender tea, rays of sun, a sentimental afghan, a glowing fire – warmth brings me peace.

I am introvert that craves deep meaningful conversations and I value connections above all else.

Most social situations give me extreme anxiety. I have learned helpful tools over the years.

Words. I love words. Quotes, novels, face to face conversations and even text messages.

The thing I love the most about teaching is the relationship building with students and families.  Community of learners.

I have worked relentlessly to transform my life in the past few years. Freedom, wellness, healing; finally felt here. Most days.

My daughters make me laugh, daily. I am so grateful for their unconditional love.

My husband is my best friend; it takes great effort to grow together.

Brene Brown says, “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” My focus this year is making choices daily to show up as my authentic self, especially when it’s uncomfortable or difficult.  

Feature image: Personal collection

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