The Year It Begins

Instead to finding yourself, begin with being yourself...

Ten Great Books (Of many...)

  • Tuesdays with Morrie & The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Why I Hate Canadians by Will Ferguson
  • Why We Act Like Canadians by Pierre Berton
  • Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Today I am grateful for Harry the Cat

Today I am grateful for Harry the Cat.

Harry, our cat turned 20 on New Year's Day!  When I got him in 2006, I really thought, based on the fact that he was 10 at the time, I would be his owner/roommate for a few years, but 9 and a half years later he is still going strong! 

He has changed so much since the day the little scrapper cat came out of the house, he is much more loving and cuddly and less of a biter and scratcher.  He is still a typical orange cat, but I have learn so much from him!

Thank you Harry for teaching me so much and Happy Birthday!

Today I am grateful for family

Today I am grateful for family.

Growing up after the age of six, it was my parents, our dogs, and the cat in Calgary.  Most of my family was a three hour drive or a three hour plane ride away, minimum.  I wasn't really used to this concept of family.

My grandmother was in Pincher, my other grandparents were in Winnipeg, my sisters were on the other side of the country in New Brunswick, and all of my cousins were spread across the country, as well, none being in Calgary.

Which means in the last few years I have had to adapt to the concept to "family".  It has been lovely getting to know so many members of my family and becoming closer, especially my family that are 4 generations removed and from another country.  Although, I hope they understood, the adjustment that was occurring and my need for transformation in this area.

It has been wonderful getting to know and spend time with my husband's family on both sides and knowing that I can spend time with them even when he isn't there.  :)

It isn't just my parents, our dogs, and the cats.  It's my husband, my sisters, my nieces and nephews, my Icelandic cousins, my Whitson cousins, my Clifford cousins, my husbands family on both sides.

And speaking of family...  it sounds like our current household of 8 plus the cat is up.  So here's to family!

Today I am grateful for Fresh Starts

Today, I am grateful for Fresh Starts!

Today is January 1, 2016 and with all New Years, it is a day of Fresh Starts and New Beginnings.  New opportunities, new resolutions, new words, and new phrases.

2016 is a year to Sparkle, Shine, and Glow Bright!

2015 was I am too Blessed to be Stressed!

2014 choose me with Let it Go!

This is a year for fresh starts and new beginning! Where I am going to Sparkle, Shine, and Glow Bright!  The possibilities are all around us!  It's going to be a great year!

Here's to 2016!

Today I am grateful for lazy Sundays...

Today, I am grateful for lazy Sundays...

I am lucky and grateful that I have the flexibility and the understanding on my husband to spend the day in my pajamas.  It is pretty special to spend a Sunday every few months in your pjs watching tv and playing on the computer beside my husband.  In times where it is really hard to catch up on our sleepless nights and our long workdays and our crazy activities that mark our days, I am so grateful for days like today...  It is hard not to feel guilty, though I fight my way through it, because we each need these days, every once in awhile.

Take time for yourself and take those lazy Sundays when you can.

Let Go...

All year long I have been getting signs that say...  Let Go.

I could be in a store or the radio or tv...  And there it is...  But, I have not been able to figure out, "What am I supposed to let go of?"

For the past 24 hours, my mind is on repeat, telling me to "Let Go and Let God"

In the past week, I have begun to learn the answer to my questions. 

I need to let go of stuff...

I need to let go of my need to control...

I need to breathe in and let go...

Let Go

35 things to do while I am 35

It's been almost 3 weeks since my 35th birthday. 

I need to stop, think, and plan.  What are the 35 things that I want to achieve this year?  (This is start and more can always be added!)  :)

  1. Drop the Guilt...  (And it is mainly self inflicted)
  2. Smile more
  3. Be boisterous
  4. Work on my voice projection
  5. Mail my parcels
  6. Send Thank You cards
  7. Eat properly (healthy)
  8. Keep on counting my steps (Exercise)
  9. Work on my time management
  10. Organize the house (specifically - bedroom, kitchen, basement, and garage)
  11. Start the 40 bags in 40 days challenge
  12. Write more and read more
  13. Show my photography somewhere
  14. Learn to felt
  15. Open my chakras and
  16. Take care of my teeth
  17. Finally start this:
  18. Don't let one person get me down
  19. Stay healthy
  20. Be supportive to others, and also myself
  21. Don't forget to breathe
  22. Believe in myself
  23. Let go
  24. Keep my receipts for expenses
  25. Store my clothes
  26. Become memorable (in a good way)
  27. Travel
  28. Be respected
  29. Take time to enjoy the moment
  30. Join a national board
  31. Have strength
  32. My income is constantly increasing
  33. Catch up and stay ahead
  34. Remember to stay grounded
  35. Have no doubt that the universe is unfolding as it should

Then this moment is Coaches Corner...

Ten years ago, I was sitting at the Mortal Coil Martini Bar, as the designated driver of MJ & the P.  On the eve of my 25th birthday...

When the clock stroke 12 and my 25th year began, Mike turned to me and said:

"You know if the average life span is 75 years, that means that a third of your life is now over."

 "Wow! Thanks Mike!" was my reply. Anyhoo...  Back to the story...

"So the looking at your life as  hockey periods, you know what makes this moment?"


"Coaches Corner."

And it could not have been more true.  There I sat as Mike and F bantered back and forth, but the topic was not hockey, it was girls...  :)  It was a sight to behold.  Mike was the Ron McLean of my life (the boys from Red Deer) and the P was (and always will be) my Don Cherry. 

Now as I am about to turn 35, I hope that evolution has made this moment the third of my life (especially with a dad that is 75...  :) )  One can live until 105 right?  :)

I am finding this step is bigger then it should be...  Maybe, it's the significance...  Maybe, it's the mid point of thirty...  Maybe, it's where I imagined I'd at this moment ten years ago...  Whatever it is...  Here we are...

Tomorrow, that mythical day to match the mythical year arrives...

You're Awake, You're Alive, You're Awesome!

What a great message!  Welcome to the world on your first day on earth!  Some things to learn:

  • You're Awake, You're Alive, You're Awesome!
  • Welcome to the world, it's a pretty cool place!
  • Laughing's the best!
  • There are reasons to dance
  • You should give people high fives just for getting out of bed
  • Feel that? It's called breathing!  But no one knows exactly how many breaths we have, so enjoy it.
  • Pay attention!
  • Take brain pictures
  • It's not about you do, it about who you are
  • Love is LOUDER!
  • We are really glad you are here
  • You are going to smell great, but don't get too busy!
  • You're awake, you're awesome, live like it!

This kid is awesome!  Follow Soulpancake at ...  We could all learn a lot from his message!

My Second New Years...

7 years...  Has it really been 7 years?

Yesterday was my second New Years...  And year 7 has now begun...

If you have ever lost someone close to you, you know what I trying to articulate already... 

7 years ago, I was literally sitting on a toilet in the bathroom and my either, my phone rang or I called my dad and my dad told me the news...  "I don't know how to tell you this, but Mike passed away."  "No. that can't be.  What?  Really?" And then I luckily for me had my sense of humour kick in.  I got off the phone, I flushed the toilet, and my next thought was, "Well, if life as I know it is going to go down the toilet, I might as well be sitting on it." 

Come on...  You have to laugh!  :)

It's one of those things where it feels like so long and then there are the moments, where it feels like it was just yesterday...  But I also look to January 12 as that day every year where I get a restart...  You don't like how the first 11/12 days of the year went?  You get a restart!

2007, starting on January 12 was one of those years where I had so much bad luck and bad energy that I joke that I had to pass my bad year off to three other people and my next year got better immediately after January 12, 2008.

I have been very lucky that I have had amazing family and friends to get me through these past 7 years, when things I do are a little unorthodox...  Thank you...  I also have made sure that the weekend right before involves a trip out of town and for the first two or three years there was also random theatre... 

So, here's to year 7.  Each one is hard, but time must go on...

And so it begins...

And so it begins...

My inbox appears to be full of words like: "Make 2014 your best year ever."  "Becoming a New You..." "Commit to Being Self-Consciously Reflective in 2014" Etc...  I am seeing a lot of posts from people wanting a fresh start this year.  It feels to me that it's bigger need for that change than most years...

But, what happens is we have a bit of euphoria or a state of awe and commitment for a good few days and then we go back to reality and we lose focus and just go back to living life. 

So, being a few days after New Years' now, have you New Years resolutions already changed?  Are you committed?  Are you wavering?

Are you nervous and unsure?  That feels like me...  I am on the right track, but what do I write where do I go from here...  I am over-thinking everything! What's a tag?  What's a category?  Does this make sense?  It's also that putting yourself out there and being okay that it isn't perfect...  Yikes! 

Here's hoping...  And since Ukrainian Christmas and New Years have not begun, I can still say it...  Happy New Year!

Iceland New Years 2013


The day after I talked about creating this website, I bought something at a gas station and the total was $7.77.  Interesting.  Then on the day, I started working on this website, one of the boxing day receipts was $37.77.  Very interesting.  And yesterday, moments after making this site public, I went to the coffee shop and the purchase came to $7.77.  Now longer, just interesting...  It's a sign.

So, when I have specific numbers repeat (which happens a lot - especially 111, 333, & 444), there is a book that I always go to...  Angel Numbers by Doreen Virtue & Lynette Brown, (the 2005 pink version). 

"777: Congratulations! You've listened well to your Divine Guidance and have put that wisdom into fruitful action.  You're now reaping the rewards.  Your success is inspiring and helping others, so please keep up the good work..."

Now if that isn't a sign I don't know what is...  :)

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The Year It Begins

Have you ever turned to a friend and made a pact?  You know, one of those, "Okay, if the two of us are still single at 35, we'll get married" pacts.  Come on, most of us have...

In University, I made one of those pacts...  It was with my best friend as we were walking to class or to get lunch or something like that, but I remember exactly where we were standing, when the moment happened...

He was bugging about something and I turned to him and said, "Okay, how about this if we are still single when we turn 35, we'll get married..." And with his reply, I remembered that he was a year & a half older than me.  So, I quickly made a stipulation, "No. No...  When I turn 35, actually!"

And suddenly, this conversation was always there as our little joke that we always had...  It was always there lingering in the background...  It was our year, no matter what else happened...

Life has a way of reminding us of what's important...and reminding us that it is all too short.  7 years ago, my best friend, passed away suddenly and 3 1/2 years ago I got married (before the age of 35).

Now that that mythical year - 2014, that date that was always defined life, is almost here, it must mean something...  It's something more than a regular year...

It is The Year It Begins.

I don't know what this truly means...  But I am about to find out and more importantly, it is about to begin.

 To the Year It Begins...

To the Year It Begins...

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