She Seeks Seashells

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!


Hello Pumpkin!

Took a little fall inspiration this labour day weekend – because once kids go back to school, we typically assume it’s fall – even though it’s +30 degrees out still!

I do look forward to the fall – this heat is not for this girl! With the potted mums already for sale at Costco -I took it as my green light to get some fall decor goin’!

I had bought a a mat from ikea to paint sometime ago, and today was the day. Like most, I do look to Pinterest for inspiration.  To paint a mat, some buy templates, some for and a font the like in word or PowerPoint and print their own saying/words to print and cut to make their own template.  The later was my plan – until a wave of confidence came over me (the thought of cutting the letters out drove me to it!!) and I decided to free-hand using my printed saying as guidance along the way.

For this project, you will need;

A mat

Acrylic paint(s) – you’re the Picasso here after all!

Brushes (I used a small one)

A sharpie

A print out of your saying/words for guidance (not required if you are feeling reallly confident).

30-60 minutes

I used a sharpie to lightly write out my saying.  At this point, there is really no turning back.  With a faint outline of your saying, load your brush with paint and then began dabbing the brush with paint onto the sharpie outlined letters on the mat.  By dabbing in an up and down motion, you will get the paint more in the pile of the mat for a solid letter.  You may need to go over them more than once so that you can no longer see the mat through your letters.

Once your letters are how you desire, place your finished mat somewhere safe to dry.  I was so pleased with mine, I put it outside right away.  Outside is also the safest place for it with a puppy in the house too!


Spring has Sprung!

It’s finally here! Nice temperatures have graced us in the Toronto area!!

Was able to soak some of it up this past weekend by getting out to a nearby conservation area, Lynde Shores. Deer were everywhere!

I couldn’t help but feel like a Disney princess !

Such beautiful creatures! Of course with the thaw, comes the mud! For pet owners – you know what this means for your floors! This is my muddy floor culprit!

Who can complain, this weather, that face …spring is here!


Are you Living – or just Surviving ?

With only 20% of Canadians being very satisfied with what they do for a living – that leaves a good number of us just ‘ok’ with what we spend a vast majority of our lives doing.

How do you turn a passion into ‘work’ or work in a ‘passion’? When you need to provide the basics; water, food, shelter – how do you start over at the midpoint to ensure that you accomplish all or more than you were meant to? How do you create your happy? Can happiness exist simultaneously in all areas of your live – or does something suffer at the rise of another? I know where I thrive – I’m just unclear on the course-correct that gets me there regularly.

A friend reminded me of how important this is to me today. Time to take time.

Derek Raphael Mustachi Poetry


Who Fills Your Glass?

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?

Animal Love

I have him all packed in my heart ❤️ 

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. ❤️


I Got Lost Again ….

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?

So while I am still kind of lost – I am back to taking inventory of the moments that I enjoy ! 😉


A daily reminder …

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!!


It is the small things !

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!

A car ride to the lake!

He loves the wind through the window – just as much as I love his company!

We need to do this more often ….for both of us.


Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest – When it is Over I Will Rest!🌹

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!

Every dinner party should have a signature cocktail!

Even with a small group – personal touches go a long way! Why not tell mum and dad where to sit! 😊

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! 

Happiness, Outdoors

Wake up and Smell the Daffodils!

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!