Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday gratitudes



  • Freshly fallen snow - it is all in the attitude.  The day promised to be mild so I knew it would not last and I forced myself to remember that there are so many winters where we never see snow so to just appreciate the season as a gift.  
  • Online community - I am so thankful for all the people I have connected with online - through my current course, through previous courses - through instagram and twitter.  One of the best things about the internets is the connections you make with people.
  • New postage stamps - I am participating in this letter writing project for the month of February.  I have had to buy stamps and I am enjoying writing and posting letters and packages.  I am using what I have and it feels good to send little missives of goodness out into the world.
  • Connecting with an old friend from the past.  Had coffee with Steph from BK.co  and caught up on life... she is doing amazing with her business.. has the cutest beanies.... check it out.
  • A borrowed coffee machine - our espresso machine is on the fritz.... this is incredibly disappointing.  The first one we bought lasted 10 years.  I replaced it with the same make and model but this one is incredibly finicky... I spend so much time cleaning the portafilter ...flushing it out... either the coffee is too fine.... or the seal is not working or the water pressure is off.... it just makes a huge mess and we can never get more than 2 shots... if we are lucky enough... so now we need to figure out what to do...in the meantime we need coffee so we are borrowing an ancient drip cofffee machine while we do our research.
Guys... I am posting this a day late.  This week was a bit nuts... lots going on in the background.  Friday 
morning did  not follow the plan and when the plan does not get followed... the whole day becomes scrambled.  I did not get upset - but, rather really focused on being present for what was happening at the time.  This is a bit of a challenge for me, but I am working on it.  Happy Weekending.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday gratitudes #findthelight



  • my parents who are both still living and the frequent conversations I get to have with them
  • tulips - tulips are a sign that spring is coming ... the snow is melting and the days are milder
  • film camera - I love my ol' canon ae-1.  I have reloaded it with film and I am becoming much more diligent about using it again
  • my found scarf 
  • washi tape - this is a crazy business 
Oh my goodness people.  It is Friday again.  A short week due to the holiday on Monday but, a full week. My coaching classes were jam packed full of good learning.  I have connected with someone who will help me with my website.  I have a domain name secured.  This all happened very quickly and I was DECISIVE.
Things are happening over here and it is exciting.  Happy weekending.

on change



Bit of a throw back to a couple of years ago... hard to say when exactly but maybe sometime around 2012/ 2013.  I had just left my very stable job at the credit union and moved to a rather volatile commission based sales job for the local community newspaper.  What was I thinking?  I think if I had known how hard and challenging it would prove to be I would not have had the courage to make the change.  I also think that if I had taken the time to sit down with a life coach and reflected on what specifically I was looking for, I may not have done something quite so drastic.  Which is one of the reasons I want to be a life coach.  To help people navigate through transitions.  So, here we are.  I am in the process of learning some new skills and on yet another journey.  I am excited about the possibilities and I am grateful for all the twists and turns in the road up until now.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

the great meltdown 2017



Hard to believe this was a week ago.  We just finished walking around the neighbourhood; our only option at this point as all the trails are still covered in snow and ice and hazardous to our well being.  The last thing I want to do is sprain an ankle or twist a knee and cause disruption to the newly found exercise routines.

I managed to finish my first Japanese mending project.  Which has now inspired me to not give up on my denim blanket project.  We headed back out to the field of pussy willows with our medium format cameras and I dropped off two rolls of 35mm film.    I have almost caught up on my letter writing project.  The laundry is relatively under control....I get to listen to a hockey game and there is the remainder of our snow chilled winter ale.  Life is very good.  I am thankful for it all.

I am writing every day.  Not always here but always somewhere and that is very good.  I am also taking more photos.  I missed these activities.  I am reforming habits and practice and I am feeling more myself.  I am spending less time reading the news.  Don't get me wrong - I still do check in daily and I am of the firm belief that it is required reading and the guard cannot be let down.  But, it was getting to be too much.  I was becoming overwhelmed and paralyzed to the point of not doing anything.  Balance is essential.  It is a cliche to say, but nonetheless it is true.

I have ordered some fiction books from the library and I am committed to using what I have.... no new purchases for the first 6 months of the year; I am writing letter and using stationary that I have owned for years.  We are cleaning our closets.  We are going through old film negatives.  Sorting, clearing and making room.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Gratitudes


  1. Unsolicited texts from both my children - they generally answer my texts in a timely manner but it is always a delight when I get a message from them instead of waiting for a reply
  2. Rye toast baby - I have eliminated wheat from my diet long before whole30 but occasionally eat rye toast with avocado
  3. The big, slow melt has begun - this snow has really hampered activities and is proving to be a bit of a metaphor for life.  I am looking forward to everything flowing a bit easier.
  4. Longer days - it is lighter later - so incredible to leave work in the daylight 
  5. Hot water - grateful for turning on a tap and hot water flows in abundance 
It has been a crazy week.  Monday is a holiday.  This puts a bit of crazy pressure on the Tuesday as we lose a day of production....today I scramble so that I can enjoy the days off on the weekend.  Happy Friday! 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Gratitudes #findthelight




  • payday - on a Monday no less.  I love paydays.  
  • the opportunity to take my course - meeting the class and doing the work
  • antibiotics easily obtained - extended health care - the last time I took antibiotics was 10 years ago...
  • frozen blueberries 
  • libraries - I love the library. I am committed to reading more books this year; six of the must be novels.  I have a couple waiting at the library ready for me to pick up.
You'all I cannot believe it is Friday again.   I had a better week because I implemented a new social media strategy.  I have severely limited my reading of the news on my twitter feed.  I am still trying to find the balance.  I take heart that there are others who are struggling with the distraction.  I am focusing on things I can do and control.  I am brainstorming a little project.  Enjoy your weekend. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Gratitudes



  1.  Sleep - I love sleeping.  I love sleeping through the night.  I have found an app that tracks sleep.  I am not exactly sure how it works but it intrigues me.  
  2. Frozen Blueberries
  3. Bell Lets Talk Day - a worthy cause to get behind because it encourages a conversation about mental health to begin 
  4. Home Fires - a British TV Series takes place late 30's early 40's - short - only 2 seasons - but well worth watching 
  5. Bullet Journal - I love how organic the process it is - you make it you want - mine is simple and a bit messy while I figure things out.... but it is working and I like the tracking mechanisms it offers.  There are a ton of resources and loads of photos on Instagram to give you ideas.