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The Little Weekly Note - Settling Back Into Normalcy

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So it's been almost three months since I sent out my last newsletter, where I talked about some of th
 

The Little Weekly Note

December 3 · Issue #7 · View online
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So it’s been almost three months since I sent out my last newsletter, where I talked about some of the changes I’ve been going through (life, health, personal, etc.), but how those had settled down, and my newsletter and podcast would be resuming their normal weekly schedules.
Guess that didn’t work out as planned…
So, apologies again for slipping off the radar - however, this time, hopefully, with fingers crossed and walking under no ladders (for those of you who like superstitious back-up), things really are back to normal.
The house move has been completed, and we’re now just going through the task of unpacking boxes of memories in readiness of making new ones. The little town we’ve moved to, Port Sydney in the north of Ontario, Canada, is a beautiful, small throwback to quieter times pre-internet.
Yes, we have high speed internet, and cell coverage - but the town itself reminds me of when I was a child, and outside play and exploration is encouraged. Especially when the winter is as beautiful as it is right now (see photos at the end of this email).
The new school our kids go to has 100 acres of land behind it, and lessons are frequently taken outside, with exploration of that land a key part of their education.
Winter sees them take skis and snowmobiles, while the warmer weather sees them disappear into the trees and discover what lies beyond. I really feel this is going to be a great move for them, and they’ve already settled in nicely with their new classmates and teachers.
We also got a new puppy, who we called Ruby, after she was returned to the breeder by her previous owner because “she wasn’t beautiful enough.” This came about after her teeth came in, and left her with an overbite. Seems to me the lack of beauty was in her previous owner’s heart, and not our beautiful little puppy. She’s settled into her new surroundings with energetic joy, and the whole family loves the new addition.
Health-wise, mentally I’m in a much better place. I’m not sure why I had been feeling down - maybe it was the busyness of city life, or commuting on packed trains every week. Whatever it was, the quieter life up north has definitely had an impact on my mental health positivity. It also helps that I work at a fantastic agency that encourages positive work-life balance, and supported me 100% in making the move north.
Now that the stress of the move is pretty much over, and my wife and I are ploughing through the box unpacking, the next thing to take care of is my physical health. Both my wife and I have taken a back seat when it comes to our physical fitness, and this is something we both want to address hard in the coming months. Hopefully, the outdoor life approach up here should help in that regard. :)
So, that’s a little update on why I’ve been a bit quiet both here, and on my podcast. Like I said at the start, this time I most definitely intend to get back into the weekly swing of things - I missed the connection with you, and the conversations we had after each issue went out.
How about you? What have you been up to since the last time we spoke? I’d love to hear any updates - just hit reply to this email, and let’s talk!
Until the next time, be well, stay safe, and be kind to one another.
Danny.
(Note: the next newsletter will be sent on its regular Sunday 10.00am EST slot)

View from the front of our home
View from the front of our home
Outdoor trails abound in Port Sydney!
Outdoor trails abound in Port Sydney!
The latest addition to our family, Ruby. Like her two new brothers, she's a Chinese Crested dog, which means the only hair she has is on her head, paws, and tail.
The latest addition to our family, Ruby. Like her two new brothers, she's a Chinese Crested dog, which means the only hair she has is on her head, paws, and tail.
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