Jan

30

Gratitude- January 30

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One more day and we will be knocking on the door of February.  Am I the only one who is having a hard time believing that January is almost over?  Time is definitely flying by thus far in 2013.

Today I’m having a very relaxing day-  one with little contact with the outside world and time to reflect on so many things happening around me.  I’m feeling grateful- for so many things- my cup runneth over.

Is my life perfect?  Far from it-   but it is good and I am grateful.

Bits of Gratitude for January 30, 2013.

  1. Feeling the warmth of sunshine on my shoulders.
  2. Chocolate-Pecan roast coffee from Dee’s Pecans, courtesy of my sweet brother.
  3. The locksmith who got her promptly after being called this morning to get the broken key out of our front door lock.
  4. Marcel- for recognizing that I really needed a day of rest, and offering to get the groceries for me.
  5. Mrs. Kromwijk and the beautiful ‘welcome home’ tulips she gave me.

Jan

30

Gardening from the Inside Out

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I’ve been thinking of my body and relationships like a garden lately.     I need to nurture and ‘water’ my body with the right foods and vitamins to make sure that it flourishes and stays healthy.     The same with my relationships-  I am invested in my friendships and want to nurture the relationships, water them and continue to see them flourish into beautiful gardens.  I see each friendship and each potential friendship as a beautiful flower-   and I know if I do my part in nurturing that flower- it will grow.    Granted- it’s always a two-sided thing, relationships- but I am responsible for me.

Today the sun is shining and the warmth on my shoulders feels good-   It’s giving my body the Vitamin D that it needs, something that so many of us get too little of- especially in the colder- cloudier winter months.     I’m resting and feeding my soul-   It’s a good thing- and my inner garden is beginning to bloom and it’s a great feeling.

Jan

28

Now that the hustle and bustle of getting everything done after being gone for two months- Marcel has started back to work and I’m taking a little time to just think about myself and relax.

After lots of indulgence during our holiday- it’s also time to get back into a healthy eating pattern and regular exercise regime. I’m taking one thing at a time- but the getting back into the healthier eating started yesterday.. It’s going to be a process, but I’ll get there. I’m determined for this to be a year of stepping out of allowing any type of fear to control my life- so I can live an unlimited life. That’s going to open doors in every aspect of my life- and I’m excited about it.

In the meantime- I’m still focusing on the positive around me- and even though I’m on a little break from a lot of technical aspects of life- I’m trying to keep up with blogging and start spending more time within my own thoughts and putting them out there.

So today’s bits of gratitude are as follows:

  1. The joy that playing ball with JJ brings me.
  2. Marcel going to the grocery store for me today since I was struggling with a migraine.
  3. Having nothing pressing-which is allowing me to concentrate on my own rest and getting back into the swing of things.
  4. Real friendships.
  5. Warmer temps after a week of below freezing weather.

Jan

25

Home Again

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I’m in the processes of getting over a little jeg lag- and back into the routine of things after a two month vacation, but we are home and settling back in after a fantastic trip with the family and friends. We made so many wonderful memories that I will carry with me for a lifetime and Marcel found himself really getting the itch to move. It’s still something we are considering, but right now- we are fulling living exactly where we are and not spending our time wishing our life away for something else. It doesn’t mean we aren’t or can’t make plans, but it isn’t going to hinder where we are now and fulling living here.

Right now- I have a little pup who is in serious need of a bath, but now that we’re back home and I’m getting settled I’ll be spending more time writing again. One of my goals this year is more structure in my blogging, so good things are coming!

Jan

25

Goals

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I was paying bills a little while ago and I can’t believe that the first month of 2013 is almost over. Time is flying! Even when we were traveling I couldn’t help but make some new goals for the year in regards to my business. I’ve been focusing on reading more about successful business people such as marty hanaka, Oprah, Jillian Michaels and the list goes on- so that I can maybe apply some of their practices to my own life.

This is my year to live beyond the fear and I plan on doing just that- and I’ve got realistic goals that I’m working towards that will definitely have me out of my comfort zone and living beyond fear. I know that beyond the fear- anything is possible. I’ll definitely be expounding on that later.

Jan

21

Gratitude

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As this trip is coming to an end- I’m feeling so full of gratitude for the beautiful people and experiences of this trip. Marcel and I spent a lot of time with my parents and I’m so grateful to be able to do that.. to have them both home and in good health. I don’t take that for granted as I know that life is so precious and short that we need to grasp those moments when we can.

I also feel so grateful for listening to myself- I’ve really been trying to do things because I want to do them and not because I feel as though I need to out of guilt or other peoples’ expectations. I’m grateful for that transition and how it makes me feel.. it’s a huge stress reliever.

I have so much to say and share about our trip- and so many wonderful moments that I’m grateful for- but it looks like some last minute company is popping in- so time for me to dash.

Jan

21

Surprises

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Over the holiday season and throughout our vacation- I’ve done a lot of cooking for a lot of people and also bought some new treats that I haven’t seen before. I love discovering new products and was thrilled when I came across chimes ginger chews, not only for myself (because I’m a huge ginger fan) but also for mom and diddy, since I know how much they love ginger as well. I’ve got that on the list for the next ‘gift’ for them and I can’t wait to surprise them. I love little surprise gifties.

Jan

21

Home in Two Places

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I spent the day in the company of friends and family yesterday- as I have much every day the past couple of weeks. It makes me smile- and warms my heart beyond words at how much love I feel from the people in my life. I know that when I leave here I’m leaving one home- but I’m going back to another, where I’ll be greeted with open arms and again, much love and acceptance.

Is it hard to leave? Yes and no. Bittersweet is the best way I can describe it. I’ve so missed our home, our family and friends at home and of course, the fabulous JJ and Mister M. I can’t wait to get settled back in to work and life at home, but I’m going to miss this one.

Jan

9

New Year

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Wow- It’s hard to believe that it’s been two weeks since I last wrote in this space or in any blogging capacity- but things have been ‘hopping’ around here. Right after Christmas we went to the mountains as a complete family and had a fantastic time. We stayed in a chalet there and it was fun to have us all together on a vacation since my brother and I were teens. (That’s a LONG time ago!)

Once we got back- it was time to ring in the new year- which we did right here at mom and diddy’s surrounded by friends, and with an adventure of hiking in the swamp on New Year’s Day. Yes, that ended up being more than an adventure, since I fell in the mud. It was hilarious though and made for a good laugh, but my first lesson of the year was never go hiking the swamps in Mary Jane shoes.

This year is shaping up to be a good one. I’m so grateful for the doors that have opened up to me over the last year and look forward to seeing good things happening this year. I’ve been blessed with so many ‘real’ and wonderful friends and I look forward to those friendships growing even more this year.

I feel grateful for the lessons learned last year- even the ones that came through painful experiences. I am a firm believer that all things happen for a reason, and even though some things I didn’t necessarily understand at the time- later on, I realized that only by letting go and accepting that I don’t have to understand- that it opened the doors for many other blessings that I may have missed had I been looking and focusing on what was.

I don’t take anything for granted because I do know that nothing at all is promised. The only thing I know for sure is that I have this moment, and I’m loving each and every one I’m given.

Jan

9

Fun and Photo Sessions

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This past weekend I went downtown for a Senior portrait photo shoot with a very sweet friend. She had asked me before we ever came, if I would mind doing her graduation photos- and I was more than happy to give it a go. While downtown we came across a beautiful st francis statue for garden and took a few shots near it. At the end of the session I ended up with close to 500 photos. Some were obviously not great, but some ended up really good. I’ve got to finish going through them and get the proofs onto a cd for her soon. It won’t be long now before we head back home- and I need to have them done before we fly out.