Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Oh Canada, Eh

Happy Canada Day!! This is probably one of my favourite holidays, simply because I love Canada so much! I went to the fireworks last night- you can find some pictures on my instagram. I'm hoping the weather will be warm enough and rain-less to spend it outside, hopefully at the beach.

I am blessed to live in Canada and to call this country my home. I am proud of everything that Canada stands for and represents. I'm thankful for our rights and freedoms, our mosaic, and that Canada is such a forward thinking, progressive country. I love Canada and I love being Canadian. 

Plus, do you have any idea how beautiful of a country Canada is? You can check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Canada to see how pretty it is.

Or you can just watch this video:

Happy 148th Birthday, look kid. Hope you have a fantastic day!!!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

A blog friend of mine, years ago, had a Saturday link up called 'Weekly What'. She eventually cut back on her blogging and the link up came to an end, but I kept doing it...I liked the concept; basically you put all of your Monday-Friday posts in one post on Saturday. It's essentially a summary of the past week on your blog. 

I thought for 2015, I would bring the concept back...

MONDAY: I started the week off without a post.

TUESDAY: I didn't linked up with Amber for Hey, It's Ok.

WEDNESDAY: I shared a recent time that I had it all.

FRIDAY: I finished the week by tracking the progress of my new year's resolution.

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Hope everyone has a great Saturday!!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Friendly Resolution- June

I'm not big on New Year Resolution, because let's be honest, most of us rarely stick to them. This year, I decided that every month, I would make the point to connect with two friends that I haven't seen recently (at least 3 months).

How did my resolution turn out for June?

L- I haven't seen her since her birthday back in December! She has two little ones, crazy work schedule, building a house and getting ready to move- she is one busy lady!! I saw her at our friend K's wedding (I see K on a pretty regular basis) and knew I would be sitting with her at dinner. We spent a couple of hours together... it was great to see her and catch up! Once she is settled in her new house, I will have the chance to see her more. Of course I also K at her wedding, and I discovered that she and I had a mutual friend, A. A and I were friends back in University and lost touch. It was a surprise to see her at the wedding, but we had a great chat and have reconnected via social media.

A, J & P-I saw all 3 of them at the beginning of March (time frame for this goal is 3 months, so this just squeezes into the time frame), at P's surprise birthday party. A & J were having a bonfire at their place and i was invited. It was such a relaxed night, just hanging out outside, enjoying the fire, roasting marshmallows, sharing stories and laughing. It was perfect.

K & J- two friends I met through work in Huron County. I had dinner with both of them back in February (the time frame for this goal is 3 months, and it's been longer that 3 months, so it counts), and even went to the Royal Wood concert with K, but I haven't seen or spoken to either of them since. We went out for dinner and had a great time!! I love these two ladies and I was so happy to spend time with them. 

I definitely met my goal of at least 2 friends, but I connected with a lot fewer people than I have been in the past months. I'm still happy that I was able to stay on track and meet my goal. June was a bit of a weird took me out of town a couple of times (I did get to know some colleagues from our local offices), I had more than usual family/political daughter things to attend too, and I went through...a situation, which resulted in me having more than usual "me" time.

All in all, pretty happy that I was able to stay on track with this goal! Looking forward to connecting with more friends in July!!

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January // February // March // April // May

Thursday, 25 June 2015

2015 Word Of The Year- Update

It's hard to believe that 2015 is more than half over! A lot has happened during the first 6 months of 2015 and there is still so much more that can happen. I am looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring my way.

Back in January, I shared my word for the year, which is Happy. Since we are half way through the year, I thought it would provide a little update on how I am doing with my word. 

2014 was, for the most part, an unhappy year for me. My break up with 2014 was a long time coming and I really wanted 2015 to be be happy...hence my word of the year choice. 

January, February and the first 2-ish weeks of March were not happy or good ones. I tried very, very, very hard to stay away from the negative and focus on happy. I had to make a real effort. It was tough. Some days, I would just list things that made me happy- no matter how small- in an attempt to live my word of 2015. 

My unhappiness was 100% due to my work situation. I was overworked and burnt out, which everyone knew but didn't care or would do anything about. I was injured and had a doctors note, but that wasn't good enough. I was working for an organization that had a horrible culture. Things were falling apart, the reputation was getting worse by the day, no one was taking us seriously, less and less people wanted to work with us, there was divide in what was once a team mentality, there were clear favourites and purposely excluding of was just awful. 

My supervisor was the most miserable person I have ever encountered and she pushed her misery on everyone in the organization. No one liked her. She was unfriendly and very difficult to work with- employees AND community partners thought this. She was a bully and constantly harassed me.
You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better.

A blessing in disguise...everything changed and my happiness was back as quick as you can snap your fingers.
Dreams And Colour: Mourning What Will Never Be
I was able to get out and very quickly found a new place to work. It's a much bigger organization and a step up from what I was doing. I am valued, respected, supported and welcomed into a great team environment. It is the complete opposite from where I came...the cultural, the values, the level of professionalism...everything is the opposite- and in a good way!!
To be a good person and always bring out the best in others

Another source of happiness are my friends. I have made the point and effort to connect with friends, especially ones that I have not seen in awhile. I value my friends and appreciate the time we get to spend together. Being with my friends is a great source of happiness for me. I can just be me...I don't have to worry about anything, I can be imperfect. My friends don't judge. They love unconditionally and support selflessly.
Best friends make the good times better and the hard times easier! Quote about friendship. click on this image to see the most sophisticated collection of inspiring quotes!

A took some time to spend with someone who meant a great deal to me. While the end result was a lot of heartache and hurt- for both of us- being with this person brought me a lot of happiness. I was reminded of what could be and how the simplest, smallest things can mean the most. It's the small gestures and moments that I will cherish.

I was able to spend time in the places I consider home, go back to my roots and relish those one of a kind experiences with family.
This is genius
Volunteering has been something I enjoyed but hadn't had the time to do. I was able to start volunteering again and was reminded how fulfilling it is to work on something bigger than me and to give back to the community.
Dreams And Colour: Inspire Me

Around mid-March, I truly began to feel happy. I had realized how forced and insincere my happiness had been at the beginning of 2015. A weight has been lifted...I was able to go back to my happy self, live a happy life and truly experience happy.

Dreams And Colour: Inspire Me