Maintained

The past two weeks have been up and down to say the least. I lost most of my motivation to blog the past little while, whether it was from just being tired or busy.

Some days I’m extremely busy and can barely find a moment to do anything and other days I don’t know what to do with myself.

My Home <3

My Home ❤

It’s been a tough time lately as I’m practically scraping pennies out of my pocket to pay for things, but I keep my head up and work with what I have. Earlier this week my shelves and fridge were bare other than some bread milk and cheese. I have to admit I was a little scared about buying food and just surviving.

The reason I’ve been so tight on cash is the company I’ve been working for “can’t” advance my pay until the following pay because I made a mistake on my banking info. Despite it being my error I did resolve it but the employer is still saying I have to wait until the 30th to be paid (2 weeks after I was supposed to be!). I have to say at first I was pretty frustrated with this as I needed the money, the person I was corresponding with did everything in her power but she’s not head office. I ended up doing some research and found out that it’s actually illegal to withhold pay directly or indirectly 8 days after the end of a pay period. I made my contact aware of this but didn’t want to escalate anything.

So if you’re wondering ‘how are you eating and staying healthy?’ For one I’m buying things at the bulk barn which is saving me money and is actually pretty healthy. I’ve also had some great people around me from my mom to my Hostel neighbour-mates. I try to stay positive even though things are tough… you kind of have to. Its been almost a surprise everyday of generosity, someone invites me over for dinner or offers me leftovers, or just straight up gives me stuff out of their cupboard just out of their good heart.

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Thanks to awesome friends

It’s starting to get much colder out and I haven’t felt COLD in almost a year seeing as I spent pretty much the whole Winter in Haiti… oh do I ever miss it and the kids <3.

Our outdoor theater has been moved/ taken down due to the cold as well the nights are getting very chilly so we’ve moved back to the driveway hang out or just go into someone living space since it’s nice and warm :).

Our cozy bonfire

Our cozy bonfire

Theatre night

Theatre night

Speaking of warm I finally turned on my heater because this cold nonsense is not my cup o’ tea.

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Our new neighbour apologizing for not making it to one of the theatre nights ❤ such awesome people here

This past weekend I was invited to Fandango which is like a mini festival gathering that later turns into a “dance party”. Earlier in the day around 3pm there was what I believe is called an Earth Dance, this is where everyone in the world had set a day just to dance universally share the love and compassion of the world. The few of us who intended on going to it didn’t make it that early 😦 but we did happen to make it to the Pot Luck around 6 which was super yummy and 99% of the stuff was natural and healthy… I don’t think I even saw pop or chips.

The night at Fandango was fantastic I met so many amazing people who touched my heart to meet and hope to continue to grow with them all.

So overall everything is tough but manageable and on the right track… I’m getting there slowly! But still getting there ^_^. Oh yeah I had these Bison sausages the other night they were so good… I suggest you try them sometime.

My hostel mates and I still hang out a lot during the day when we are free and continue to be creative through song, creating events as well as painting and many other endeavours. I have to say I’ve got a pretty darn great group here. I’m keeping in my prayers I can stay here for a long time and make rent easier by starting a job soon. (Prayers and positive thoughts please… not just for me but everyone facing tough times… and even those who aren’t)

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Brenford being creative

I received a letter from my sponsor child in Romania… well my friend in Edmonton did since World Vision didn’t change my address in time. The letter is super cute and I can’t wait to correspond more often with her.

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From Maria… melts my heart

I feel like I had a lot more to post but this will have to do for now I hope you have had a great week and past weekend so far. If you haven’t the weekend is coming and you know what’s coming before the weekend… a fresh new day, tomorrow is another adventure in my life and in yours makes it worthwhile.

Before I close out today’s blog I want to suggest a movie/ documentary to everyone it’s called “I Am” directed & narrated by Tom Shadyac. It’s a acceptance of death and meaning of living story from that the producer of Ace Venture, Patch Adams, Bruce All Mighty etc… What he talks about was/ is very touching to me and I think it would be to many others as well.

“Tomorrow’s just another day… ENJOY IT!”

In The Rain With Nothing

So I’m finally back in talks with venues, unfortunately I’m pushing the date back to hopefully no later than Mid-September but I will keep everyone posted.

I find myself scouring the internet for blogs on Haiti to hear about what’s going on not just with Emily and her orphanage. I want to be educated on all the oppression, sadness and fear; also all the great things that have/ are happening  and blessings that God has/is giving. One of the blogs I follow by Megan Boudreaux posted recently about an article she written for SheLovesMagazine; Here is a little excerpt (once I read some of it I had to read the rest, just follow the link to continue reading.): 

Megan! Megan! Come, see! Someone is here for you!“ I heard my neighbor yelling from the front gate. As I tried to see who it was through the downpour and the dark, I decided to go outside and check. I ran through the rain and opened my gate. I looked down and saw six-year-old Michaelle, soaking wet, looking exhausted with some clothes balled up in her hand.

 …She finally looked up from the ground and said a sentence I’ll never forget as long as I live: “They said they don’t want me anymore … that you can have me.”

To read the rest of the piece and check out more of SheLovesMagazine,” click here!

Michaelle

Thank you everyone for the support I wish I had more to report on but things are kind of in a Limbo state as for progress a lot of hurry-up and waiting.

Today’s quote doesn’t really tie in with the blog per se but I liked it because it reminds me of all the strong people around the globe sticking out the worst conditions giving up their luxuries to help those who have next to or even nothing! I feel these people put others opinions aside, do what they think they were called up for … to do what feels right and don’t need approval to do what they think needs attention; I feel all these Life Savers pretty much want is just respect for their choices.

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

~Albert Camus

Mustard Seed

I saw this quote from another Blogger and had to post it!

Jesus didn’t say, “You must have faith as big as a mountain, and then maybe you can move a mustard seed.” He says boldly and unapologetically, “Have faith as small as a mustard seed, and you will move mountains.”

~Sarah

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