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Friday, 12 January 2018

What? January already?

Hey 2018. 

I see you. 

You're here and,
ready or not, we are making the choice to embrace you for the time and opportunities you hold; knowing that every day, every moment is new and full of possibility, resolutions or not.

Funny how truly the beginning of every year is an opportunity to start anew.  Make changes.  Reflect.  That's all lovely but does it really work?  I have the best intentions to change it up a bit but truly it's really difficult to do that.  Does anybody else feel this way?

Of course you do.  
But onward we go.  Time ticks away.  Days turn into years and there you are. Still pretty much the same!

So what's new in my design world? Last year was truly a little challenging for me with jibe designs as my sister had died of Cancer and I found it a struggle to be creative.  I fell into a muck and only regularly came out to dance.  But having mucked about long enough I'm now ready to keep doing design work!  It's what I truly love and can get into.  The design concepts this year are more about togetherness, openess, stories and putting it all out there! Honesty as Oprah says is totally the bomb.  Let's be truthful.  The energy that goes with that is real, it's dramatic and people-drawing.

I'm looking forward to February actually! The Vancouver rains will be less, we're out of the January pressures and it's the month of LOVE! I'm preparing my website, petsitting my lovely friend's dogs and cats and uplifting my spirits with dreams of the sky being the limit to my wants!

Let's see how it all goes down.
Be kind to each other.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Love Yourself

An exerpt:

We live in a global economy of insecurity. Not because of vacillating markets, but unstable self worth. Our lack of self esteem feeds the globalization machine. If you/we loved ourselves more deeply, a lot of industries would go bankrupt. But...bankrupting the human spirit turns out to be great for the gross national product.

Here’s a money-saving tip that also happens to be a radical counter-cultural act of defiance:

Before you buy the promising under eye concealer, or the jeans (that are just

like three other pairs of jeans you got, because they were going to change your life by attracting the perfect life partner), or before you sign the car lease because you’ve been picturing that moment you drive up to your family reunion, and as the glint of the chrome catches your cousins eye, they’ll finally know that you’ve been way smarter than all of them all along), before you pull out the credit card, take a full breath in and out and say to yourself, to YOU:

I love you.

And then see if you still have to have it.

True words by the ever-popular Danielle Laporte 

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sayonara August

Today we say sayonara to August

It's been a warm and sunny summer. I learned a lot about myself during these months. We're always growing and changing in ways that get lost if we don't sit back consistantly and notice.  I noticed that I love to serve.  I love to serve.

How you listen is how you live.

Can you hear the women crying?  
Can you hear the soil gasping for clean air?
And did you hear that? 
That’s the sound of a good man asking, How can I serve?
Only with all of you. Mostly by being informed. Entirely with your longing.
Root your life so deeply into your Soul that comparisons, and materialism, and status quo idealism, and the lie called media realism cannot possibly sway your Truth.
You won’t be a sucker for motivation. You will be a devotee of inspiration.
You want to serve? (Please say yes.) Then do what ambition tells you not to do. Forget your goals and your regimens. Be very still and lean in to listen to the pain of the world. And then it will be very clear what to do when you know the Truth. You will let your heart blaze. And your solutions will be fierce with Love, fast with delivery, and sustaining.
You will walk into any room and you will bring joy to bear on the situation.
And it will sound like this:
I am listening. I know who I am. And I am here to serve.
(an exerpt from Danielle Laporte)
Today we say sayonara to August.  I will look back and say I have served.  And it was up-lifting. 


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Be a hero with your words

Probably more than any time in my lifetime, we are in need of super heroes. Not the kind that fly in with a cape and save the day. Not the kind that use their big muscles and their strength to win. But rather the kind of heroes and sheroes who have big hearts, deep wisdom and a connection to the infinite.
We need our super heroes to raise their voices when they see others in pain. We need our super heroes to bridge the divides of class, race and parties and work together for the good of us all. We need our super heroes to shine their lights bright.
I know the power of our words can change the world. And I know that the world needs your words.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

I've been smitten

Yesterday I was plodding along, working in my office, same old same old.

Checking my instagram I was hit!
BOOM! Aside the face and I went "Say What?"

I'm now on a mission.
I'm going to join the "tinyvan" club and travel (when I retire)....while working (of course)

I haven't felt this inspired in a long time. Yesterday I said to myself "sleep on it. let's see how I feel in the morning"

BOOM! I'm more excited then ever and can't wait to tell my family........just have to find the right words.....


Sunday, 14 May 2017

It's in my heart

Not my words.. but it's what's in my heart!  So true!!❤
Every year my daughter asks me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I'd give her my real answer:
What do I want for Mother's Day? 

I want you. 
I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. 
I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your friends, your fur babies.
I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don't care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work.
Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don't mind. In fact, I wouldn't want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Mother's Day, I say "nothing" because you've already been giving me my gift all year. 

I want you.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

I've been away

Wish I could say it was the south of France on a warm beach.

For the past few months my sister's "living" with Cancer was coming to an end.  "There's nothing more we can do for you" they said.
Heartbreaking words.
We'd been "living her struggle" for the past 2.5 years when she moved in with us because she needed some help, but going to the hospital that snowy Feb evening and getting the prognosis that her Cancer was taking over was it.  It was now all about how we make life comfortable for her last days.

We pulled her out of the hospital.  February 14. Called the family and had a week long party.  Well not a "party" like we hoped but pretty close. It's different saying goodbye everyday for a month and a half.  Cancer is not a quick ascension into the stars.  It's a slow moving painful bitch and it sucks the life out of everyone.  Enough said.  But Diane, you were fearless.

Diane knew her last day. We all did actually. It came with restlessness and major distress with her breathing.  But it also came with her face lighting up and her almost non existent vocal chords whispering "hello" "hello" "hello" "hello". We knew she was seeing the other side and greeting the beings who were there to help her transition on.  It's the only memory I cherish right now. 

There is truth in her guided spiritual ascension. 
Diane. See you again on our next adventure. I LOVE you.