I’m so excited to be rebranding this blog from The Scribbling Penguin to Waves and Wildflowers. I desperately wanted a name that better exemplified who I am and what I write about. I’m currently in the process of updating the site (and by me, I mean my brother, who actually understands technology…) so stay tuned for those updates!
Visually, the image representing the name is inspired by one of my favourite places on earth – Newfoundland! Amanda Bea Artwork brought this image to life and I absolutely adore it!
But what does Waves and Wildflowers mean beyond this?
Being near or on the water is one of my very happiest places. My husband and I love to kayak and I could sit and watch the ocean all day long (particularly in Newfoundland).
When we lost our dog, Ginger, one of the most accurate concepts for me was the idea of grief being like waves.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”Vicki Harrison
I’ve thought about this alot since, even in regards to life outside of grief and how there are different ebbs and flows throughout the seasons of life, how there are stormy and calm seasons, how it can be both beautiful and terrifying all at once.
There are so many quotes about wildflowers that I just adore and will share in the future, but there are a couple that really have meaning to me, to who I want to be and to what this blog exemplifies.
“Wildflowers can’t be controlled, and neither can the girl with a soul boundless as the sky, and a spirit as free and wild as the ocean.”Melody Lee (Moon Gypsy)
I stumbled upon this quote at the beginning of 2021 and sort of unintentionally chose it as my quote for the year. I’m not huge into “mantras” or “intentions”, but living boundless and wild and free is what I’d like to aspire to. Choosing to be childfree and going against the social norm in this way has really been the kindling that allows this spark of freedom to take hold and spread.
let’s be wildflowers,Gaby Comprés
let our souls be scattered by the wind.
let us grow, wild and free,
tall and brave,
in the places that we dream,
in the places where our longings
let us grow between the cracks
and we will make everything beautiful.
I’m probably the least conventionally wild person you’ll ever meet (10pm bedtime, anyone?), but for me the wildness that I picture in these quotes has to do with being willing to live outside of social norms. It means veering off the track of what is expected. It means seeking solitude for my introverted, highly sensitive self when life gets to be too much, rather than pressing on to my own detriment. It means going back to school as an adult already established in a career because I know there’s something more for me. It means unashamedly enjoying the things I enjoy, instead of what the world says is “in”.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.Luke 12:25-27 (NIV)
Living with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder means that I spend a lot of time worrying. I like having the image of a wildflower as a reminder of how unnecessary the worrying is.
Plus I just really, really love flowers.
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”Claude Monet
So there you have it! The inspiration behind the new blog name! I hope you like it and that some bits resonate with you! Do you feel particularly drawn to either waves or wildflowers – or something else all together? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!