creating extraordinary richness in an ordinary life
Hi, I’m Billi-Jean; welcome to My Bountiful Life, a lifestyle blog about creating extraordinary richness in an ordinary life. My goal is to explore ways of finding joy and beauty in everyday life, in the mundane, and in nature, so that we can reframe our lives and create something better.
If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you’re not enough of a poet to call forth its riches. ~ Rilke
I’ve been blogging since 1999 – back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, blog wasn’t a word, and every page and graphic on my site had to be coded by hand. Over time, my web log evolved until eventually, My Bountiful Life came to be. For years I wrote this blog about parenting, schooling, gardening… But under the surface, my writing was secretly a personal project to find joy in the extremely difficult life I was living. Illness had left me weak, in pain, and terrified. Years later, I finally had a diagnosis, and learned there was no cure. That’s when I knew I had to find a different approach to life so that I would continue to want to live it.
Now, in 2017, My Bountiful Life is getting a makeover with a new layout, new URL, new approach. Rather than my own personal wellness project going on secretly behind the scenes, it’s all coming out into the open and I’m inviting you to join me. Disability, chronic illness, poverty, overwhelming responsibility, parenting… There are so many kinds of barriers to pursuing the kinds of lives we want to lead. In spite of these barriers and the pall they can throw over our daily lives, if we know how, we can find and amplify the bright spots, changing the overall flavour of our days. So let’s talk about the ways we can cultivate the habit of finding happiness and joy, one moment at time, and about the ways we can bring more of it into our everyday lives.