Being :: Alive

December 27, 2012

Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.

Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they choose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being. 

During the month of December, we will also be welcoming back some former contributors from the series to reflect on 2012 and the type of year that it was for them, and for their families. We hope that you enjoy hearing a few familiar voices here again!


As I look back upon this year, I want mostly to share with you the incredible beauty of being alive. I want my words to paint you a picture of gratitude, love, and sleeping babies nestled under your chin. And while most of this is true, this beauty part. There is also struggle. Whether it is making ends meet in a simple life, keeping communication open with a melancholic teenager, or losing someone we dearly love. We all have pieces of life that feel less than beautiful to us, those moments where the camera does not come out to record. 

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But these are perhaps some of the most intense and real pieces of what makes our life our own. Sometimes they crash over us like a wave, knocking us off our feet. It’s overwhelming to lose our footing, to suddenly feel as if we don’t know where we stand. And yet, in the midst of this uprooting…. I feel we have the greatest opportunity to reach out to one another, to truly connect.

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Often times this connection, through the rougher patches in life, is the most powerful. Bringing a pot of soup to an ill friend, comforting a loved one, offering your ear and a cup of coffee to truly listen. These simple acts of connection and kindness hold amazing power. They weave together a strong bond of community in the moments we need it most. To me, they are the most important piece of friendship, of belonging.

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In the words of Goethe:

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” 


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So, I invite you into this garden. To seek shelter in your loved ones, to offer your love and time to those that need you. To connect, even if the distance is great. Just think of all we can do together…….

Wishing you all a wonderful year in 2013, full of laughter, love, & good friends.

Today we welcome back Stephinie, of Gypsy Forest, for one more visit before we say goodbye to 2012.  Thank you for being here today, Stephinie!


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Katie December 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

Profound and beautiful.

Stephinie (GypsyMama) December 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thank you Katie~~

amanda {the habit of being} December 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

beautiful stephinie!

Stephinie (GypsyMama) December 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thank you Amanda!

The Barefoot Crofter December 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

That was beautiful – a perfect way to end the year. Thank you xx

Stephinie (GypsyMama) December 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thank you~

landgyrl December 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Beautiful and perfectly timed!

Stephinie (GypsyMama) December 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

thank you~~ xo ;)

laluna December 28, 2012 at 5:24 am

A lovely message, and so true. Thank you for the gentle reminder :)

Stephinie (GypsyMama) December 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Thank you~ it warms my heart to know that you loved this piece…

TJ December 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

Awesome! :-)

Stephinie (GypsyMama) December 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

thank you!!

sara December 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Yes! Wonderful words! (And great Goethe quote!)

Stephinie (GypsyMama) January 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

Isn’t the quote wonderful? It inspired the whole piece….

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