For those that have been following me from the beginning of this blog, you’ll probably know that I previously mentioned being an auntie to two kiddos, a wonderfully brave, precocious 10-year-old girl Nevada, and an equally precocious and sweet 6-year-old boy Cohen.
Nevada has always been a performer and loves to sing, she recently auditioned for a talent show and was one of the 12 kids selected to perform. She will be singing Fight Song by Rachel Platten in front of her entire school….is this kid brave or what?! Now I realize that I may sound biased because I am her aunt, but she is AMAZING! She is so full of artistic and musical talent for a girl her age and never ceases to leave me in total awe. I really admire her courage because it’s something that I definitely struggled with when I was her age…public speaking – no thank you!! So needless to say, I am a pretty proud auntie right now.
As adults we could learn a great deal from kids, their ability to not take life too seriously and how they are so capable of living in the moment without looking so far into the future. Yes, with age comes added responsibility and our outlook on life changes when we’re more in touch with reality, but as we get older it seems like we forget about what we need right now. There is this need to focus so much on a destination, and reach for something in order to feel whole only to be disappointed and let down if we don’t get it. It’s difficult to be truly happy if you’re constantly looking ahead for something that you don’t have rather than enjoying where you currently are in your life.
It’s easy to look at the big picture and see this life that you envision for yourself. As a little girl I knew that one day I would want a family of my own – ideally my 4-year-old self planned on marrying Jordan Knight from New Kids On The Block or Johnny Depp but that didn’t pan out 😉 … I am really working on trusting the “journey” (I’ve watched way too many Bachelor episodes!), enjoying today and focusing on the blessings that have come my way recently. I used to get myself stuck in this space between where I currently was and where I wanted to be, but everything happens for a reason…maybe in order to discover that reason we have to just be. 🙂
In the end, she became more than what she expected.
She became the journey,
and like all journeys, she did not end..
She just simply changed directions and kept going.
This week was a short one with Family Day cutting into it on Monday – thank youuuu Canada! And thank you to this magnificent weather we’ve had throughout the week! The snow is melting and it’s starting to look and feel more and more like spring which is an absolute delight👌🏼I spent Family Day with my sister and her dog Piper, and the glorious weather we had warranted a walk along a dyke nearby. Sometimes it takes days like this to really make me appreciate where I live, and this was SUCH a beautiful day.
I mean..this girl..😍
On another note, I don’t know about you guys, but most of my deepest thoughts occur at night – this excludes my moments of googling a symptom I have at the time and self diagnosing myself with some terrible disease that I clearly don’t have(a real problem!!). The other night I was laying in bed wide awake and got to thinking, mostly about my life and how far I have come in the last little while. I have been discovering new and older passions of mine while embracing my true self, but I also thought about some of the things I am lacking. Comparison is truly the thief of happiness and I think it’s easy to say to yourself “why not me?” but this is the quickest way to get yourself into a negative place…and I’m telling you, if you find you are falling into this pattern, do yourself a favour and dig yourself out of this hole. Choose to flourish and let your experiences shape you and consider them stepping-stones to becoming a better you. 9 times out of 10, whatever is causing you to feel this way probably won’t matter so much a year from now. Be proud of the progress and while it may be easier said than done, try to trust that everything happens for a reason and look for that silver-lining 🙂
This is somewhat of a cliché overused phrase but one that always reigns true..the grass is never greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it. Many of us search for an ideal life that is usually pretty unrealistic, rather than embracing what we have and allowing it to grow. I think one of the reasons for this is because we live in a world that is so consumed by social media and it can quickly cause a lot of self-doubt and comparison. But what’s important to know is that what is portrayed on social media isn’t often a true depiction of a person’s life even if we perceive it that way. We tend to be very selective in what we share with the world, and rightfully so, but each and every one of us struggle, there’s no denying that, even if the struggles aren’t what we advertise.
I decided to make a list of some things that I am currently grateful for, and I am going to make a point to do this more often. I recommend you guys do the same if you feel up to it 😀
1. My family, whom I may not get to spend as much time with as I’d like, but don’t love any less because of it
2. My health
3. My friends who have become family
4. Grandma’s shortbread
5. Yoga and the little studio I’ve found that I absolutely love
6. All the bunnies and puppies of the world
7. And last, but certainly not least, discovering this outlet to spill my thoughts into, which I may still be a little rusty with, but love none-the-less! 🙂
So we have this one life, and it can change so quickly and drastically from circumstances you experience. It really puts things into perspective when you witness someone you love suffer without being able to offer anything but your unconditional love and support. My stepfather George, is currently fighting a battle with stage 4 cancer…and as expected it hasn’t been an easy road. He has undergone several complicated procedures, and has been fighting so incredibly hard the last year and a half. He continues to fight through the bouts of chemo and radiation treatments that prove to be both mentally and physically exhausting along with debilitating surgeries. One thing that is so inspiring about George though, is that despite the crippling effects cancer has had on him, he has not lost his sense of humour, nor his will to face this battle head on as best as he can. At the beginning of it all, he decided to start writing a blog dedicated to his journey with this very difficult disease in hopes to reach out to others who are suffering or for those that want to simply follow along and learn more about it. And what better outlet for him to have as George is truly one of the best storytellers I know…just ask him about the “hamburger” he had from a rural town in Australia 😉
George has yet to face his obstacles alone and has the support of his family and friends to give him all the positive energy and strength they possibly can. For those of you that are interested in reading his blog, feel free to take a look. I can guarantee you will find it inspiring even if you have yet to be affected by cancer in one way or another.
Sometimes as humans we take things for granted or sweat the small stuff far too often. I am still battling with this one and try to work at it a bit more everyday. Each of us struggle with our own personal woes but when do we learn that sometimes it is simply not worth the mental anguish that all too often consumes our minds? When do we decide to stop putting negative energy into moments we’ll never get to do over. We need to remember to be grateful, and honour this life of ours and not take anything for granted. Life can’t always be peachy but it can also be pretty great once we understand how powerful our thoughts and outlook on life can be on our existence. I think we are at our best and happiest when we realize that everything we need is what we already have. Happiness isn’t tangible, it’s a mindset, and that is something each and every one of us have the potential to hold.
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be. – The Beatles
Hello again friends! Well, it’s February 6, 2017, and I never thought I’d be spending my evening watching an unstoppable blizzard take place outside but here we are! Typically weather like this is extremely unusual at this time of the year in Vancouver, despite it still currently being winter – I have a bone to pick with you Groundhog..*shakes fist*
The snow has measured up to an unsightly 80cm since the weekend *shudder* and will not let up…. for those that have to commute, it’s a Vancouverite’s nightmare…and for those without snow tires or four-wheel drive it can be their own personal hell, but I can’t deny the magical appearance it has despite the nightmarish driving conditions. All complaining aside! I am happy to be able to stare at it through my window in my warm home while curling up with a blanket, because there are some others that aren’t so fortunate. Plus, 80cm isn’t much at all relative to the amount people get elsewhere. I think some of us have a tendency to complain because we are usually spoiled with our somewhat mild winters!
Funny thing about the some 80cm of snow we currently have though..is that when you’re dog sitting for your sister and brother-in-law and they have a miniature dachshund, good luck finding places to walk her – Meet Piper:
Initially I figured those legs never stood a chance..but with her level of spunk and determination, short legs be damned! You can’t get between Piper and a snow bank – even if she repeatedly sinks and needs rescuing. I don’t think I can bribe her back into the house with all the balls and treats the world has to offer. This little girl has given me true puppy fever…and I sure will miss her company and cuddles when she goes back to her home at the other end of the city on Saturday. I can’t say I mind the coziness this weather offers but with or without the snow – happiness is a warm puppy, I know this to be true!
Now before I sign off to tend to my guilty pleasure by watching what is likely to be the most DRAMATIC episode of The Bachelor – Bachelor fans unite! 😉 there is something on my playlist tonight that I MUST share…a favourite of mine and something for those who want to listen to a little bit of beauty ❤