Thursday, July 2, 2015

A To Z Of Gratitude: B

B is for Beach

The sound of crashing waves, the feeling of wet sand between your toes, the scent of salty air, the reconnecting to earth as you walk along the shore...there’s no place I’d rather be than at the beach. It stirs my emotions, awakens my senses and speaks to my very soul.

It is breathtaking during the day even when it’s overcast.

And magical at night as the sun goes down.

But especially delightful when you share it with someone you love.

The beach dispels the stress of daily life and brings about a blissful state of calm.

Do you like the beach?


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Birthday, My Beautiful Nation

Wishing all my fellow Canucks...

We have so much to be proud of.

Have a wonderful day, all!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Question Of The Day

What's a deal breaker when getting to know someone (for a relationship or for friendship)?

There are a handful that would be deal breakers for me but one that rises to the top is treating others badly. So if I meet someone at a restaurant, for example, and he/she is rude and obnoxious toward the staff, I’m done. This is a great indicator of a discourteous personality.

Being polite and respectful toward others is huge for me.

Your turn.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, friends. I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Ours was another wet one. If any of you are dealing with a very dry period, I’d be more than happy to share the abundance of rain we’ve been having.

Also, remember when I asked you to vote for my image in the contest that I had entered it in? Well, I didn’t win but I did come in second place. And that’s pretty cool, too. So thank you for helping me get there. You are the best!

Now how about some funny stuff? Let’s get to it...

Have a wonderful day ahead!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Our Story (20): Happily Ever After

“Have you ever felt really close to someone? So close that you can’t understand
why you and the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins?”
- Nancy Garden -

(continuing from last time...)

It was a long and oftentimes painful journey to finally arrive at this happily ever after but despite everything I remained joyful and optimistic, determined to be happy. And even though it took a long time to get my ex’s debilitating voice out of my head and stop 16 years of toxic experiences that can fill up an entire book from haunting me, eventually that dysfunctional relationship was left so far behind that it seems as though it happened in another lifetime. Because if I’d carried that baggage around with me, feeling bitter and angry, he’d still have control over me.

The most amazing man in the world was the only person in my life that knew about my past...until now. Yes, my dear blogging pals, you are the first ones after him who know what my first marriage was like. Even though I’d moved forward, somewhere in the back of my mind there’d always been that lingering fear that no one would believe me, so I kept my story a secret. Which meant that I hadn’t healed 100%. That realization came to me when Birdie and Louise posed the question “How did you meet your husband?” on my ‘Ask me anything post’. And when it did, I decided that the time had come to cross that hurdle and release my story into the universe. I am now free.

My husband’s real name is George, which I never use on this blog, and that’s simply because he is – and always will be – the most amazing man in the world. He and my ex have absolutely nothing in common; they are like night and day. My life has gone from one end of the spectrum to the other. And I’ve gone from thinking “This can’t be my life for the next 20...30...50 years. It just can’t. I won’t make it.” to “There aren’t enough years, enough lifetimes, to enjoy with this man.

Today the most amazing man in the world and I are celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary, which is a perfect time to end this series. I have created the video below, my first one ever, as a gift to him and I want to share it with all of you. It will show you this incredible man through my eyes. I chose the song “You” (by Jim Brickman and Tara Maclean) because it was a favourite tune during the weeks that led up to meeting my happily ever after. And whenever I used to play it, I dreamed about meeting someone that I could dedicate it to. And I did. My always and forever.

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Thank you to all who followed this series. And thank you to all for your supportive and encouraging comments. Everyone has a story. And this one that started off as now ours.

Have a wonderful weekend.



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