I’ve always known that I found fresh air and sound of water good for my soul – I mean who doesn’t ? Within the last two years, I find nothing calms and relaxes me like being near water; the crashing waves, the reflection of the sun, the presence of wildlife, and the distant noises of fellow tourists flocking toward the water just to soak it all up! Before we turn to move back into our realities – we scurry to gather up Seashells, our little mementos of the beach, and the happiness / happy times they symbolize. I can even remember my grandparents bringing me back Seashells and rocks from their vacations when I was a kid, like they were passing the happy memories from their vacations on to me without me even being aware of the significance. We all seek things that make us happy, make us remember happy and make us pass along happy. I have learned that happiness for me, comes from the small things – like Seashells. Join me in my journey where I seek the things that bring me happiness! The random, obscure and simple things!
Ever realize that while you have been busy ensuring that someone else’s glass remains half full as best you can, that yours is bone-dry and at the bottom of a list to refill? It’s not even to say that the contents of your glass were used to fill the others – it’s that they appear to have simply just evaporated, gradually overtime, left unattended. Who fills your glass? How do prevent yours from becoming the Sahara?
I lost my best bud this summer – June 25th, 2017. He was 12 – and the best ‘person’ in my life. Unfortunately, he experienced liver failure and we lost him too quickly (because forever wouldn’t have been long enough either). It’s 4 months ago today and still very raw. I guess if I was to reflect, this is when the summer started to kind of go to ….crap!
Just the best. ❤️
It’s a terrible feeling – when you slide back into old habits and fall out of the new path and the clarity that you had found, yet again! Why is it that the corporate world can suck us back in and make us forget what really matters all the time? I mean why can’t salads do that? Ha! Imagine if the hard things were easy!!
So yes, I got lost again ….I got sucked in to a division closure, the termination of 205 people, the restructung of the team I had left, after we acquired a little over two years ago. I did choose to remain a part of this vortex that sucked me in, so I am not a victim, but I am tired. While I don’t mean to make the loss of jobs of others about me, this was a department I built. This was my blood, sweat and tears. My missed family functions, missed dinner dates, missed Saturday’s from exhaustion. It was however, yet another reminder that it is the small things that matter. While I felt guilt, I felt the pain of altering these people’s lives – what I did know that I needed to be their small thing, so I stuck in there, fought for what was right for them, help them with their resumes and network where I could.
So now, with all the empty desks, the quiet, the loss of several people that I connected with each day – I find it only natural to have a sense of loss. I’m just not exactly how to get myself out of it.
How do I get back to the things I enjoy in life?
How do you take a leap of faith to your happiness, yet still be responsible to your obligations?
How do you know what will make you happy?
How do you exit a job that you feel is sucking the life out of you – before it’s too late?
Sometimes it is hard to remember that it truly is the small things that matter, particularly when you feel like all the big things are falling apart. Today I am having a particularly hard time with this – but I know it will pass, and then I will struggle it again. Sometimes all things, big and small, feel like they are colliding, like you are alone, like your wishes and dreams don’t matter, your feelings and thoughts are insignificant and you find yourself in a tad bit of a pity party.
I think the main plague in my life today is my job. I work for an extremely unorganized, uncaring organization and a boss that completely disrespects me and this finds me letting a lot of toxicity enter my life. I don’t really have much of a support network, so while I know the right thing to do to get me back to me is to leave this wasteland behind – but how to I do that? How does one leave what they’ve got, but don’t want, yet need it to survive (read pay bills, eat etc). How does one throw it all up in the air, give life a shuffle and pray that you meet your complete happiness? How do you plan a better path when you are too busy sinking mud where you got stuck off-roading ?
I do appreciate the small things – but sometimes the bigger things consume you – like a tidal wave. No time to re-engerize, no other cheerleader on the sidelines. Time to dust off the Pom-poms!!
Today, it’s a beautiful spring day here. I decided to work from home and enjoy some focus and peace! What better way is there to start the day than with your furry and faithful companion! Off to the lake we went to enjoy our coffee (me) and timbits (him).
It wasn’t that long ago that we used to walk there – but this lil old man cannot go as far as he once could – so a car ride it is!
He loves the wind through the window – just as much as I love his company!
I love to entertain. Nothing like company helps in getting those loose ends done around the house! But really, it’s more the planning, decorating, cooking and friends/family parts that I love! I decided to host Easter dinner this year at my house – with just a small group. I have been excited about it and been planning it for about a month now. I think it’s the fact that I have been watching what I eat that has made me so excited about making food that’s not on my regular list (a lil holiday indulge!). I’ll write about the food part soon! Today I focused on beginning to execute my plan (insert husband shaking his head here!). With our small group dinner being 4 days out – some may say it’s a little early to set the table, but for me it was another check off the list that keeps it all manageable!
Because I am a big foodie myself – I have asked that no one bring anything as I have everything covered! So I most certainly have my work cut out for me! So table setting and entry decor needed to get out of the way pretty early!
I love it when everything starts to come together – it’s not always according to plan – but sometimes a plan is just a guideline anyways!
After our last snowfall of the year last Friday, we found ourselves in spring temperatures finally. What’s a better way to celebrate spring than with flowers!?!
Spring brings such beautiful colours and always feels like it’s the opportunity for a fresh start! I created this Easter centerpiece for Easter dinner that I am hosting next weekend and I just love it! With a little handy work from the hubby – it’s just what I was looking for. Now, I’m not known to have a green thumb – so I sure hope it will make it to Saturday!
Who likes to think (read admit) that possessions can bring us happiness? I mean no one wants to be materialistic right? Right! But let’s be honest – we all have those things that yeah, we could do without – but would be upset about it if we had to. Today I was reminded when the doorbell rang – of one of these things!! My Manitobah Mukluks were here!! If you’re have never heard of them – or owned a pair, check them out. They are Canadian made, Aboriginal-Owned and some beautiful crafted footwear. They work to preserve the heritage and traditions of Aboriginal communities through their artistry.
They are some of the most comfortable things that I have ever worn on my feet! I have ordered mostly their slipper styles, by the ones today have the outdoor soles. Once I can get past that to me, they still look like slippers – I’m going to try to wear them out and about 🙂
Last year, we planned our summer vacation out on the Canadian west coast. It’s such a beautiful part of the country! Our first stop – Vancouver City – what a unique, eclectic and picturesque city. We chose to stay right near Canada Place (right downtown near the seawall). We had a great view from our hotel where you could see the large Alaskan cruise ships come into Canada Place (Alaskan cruise is on my list!) I found the hotel kept us centrally located – not far from Granville Island, close to Stanley Park – as well as still being close to the airport, and so much more!
True to British Columbia fashion, we did have at least one rainy day (we went in the middle of July). It didn’t dampen our travel spirts! With the mountains as your backdrop and the ocean at your feet – we were collecting Seashells !
For those of you that have had a dog – you know the joy and humour they can bring to your life. I spend quite a ridiculous amount of time having conversations with my K-9 companion – and I hardly speak his language! A year ago, I started becoming more conscious towards what I ingest, apply to my body and use within my home – not only did it impact my quality of life, but also the husbands and the mutts! I have taken to baking the pup some dog biscuits made with love! He watches every move – while I make a disaster of my kitchen and cross my fingers (for my sake and his) that they are edible by the time I finish! Can you see the excitement ?Continue reading