There’s ups n’ Down’s

This blog post is well over due and I apologize, there’s been good bad and great happening and a little bit of laziness to be honest. This will probably be a lengthy post as there’s a lot to catch up on… or I may just blast through a few things.

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Cold creeping down the mountain

Let’s start with a few weeks ago I signed my lease agreement for my business to solidify thing for February now I’m just waiting for some financial stuff to come through once I apply for it.

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One of my hostel mates has a cute kitty named Panda I’m sure I’ve spoken of her before, but she’s pretty much welcome everywhere at the Hostel and she goes pretty much anywhere she desires. Panda’s an amazing cat and is very loving and I feel bad sometimes when she’s outside because it’s getting cold… she does adore being outside though. My buddy does bring her in every night so it’s not like she’s stuck out there. Anyway where I was going with all of this is I let her in my place a week ago and she always just looks around for a bit rolls around for some attention and then kind of takes off. Since it’s been getting cold she likes to just hang out by the window now and just scan the yard behind my place. The other night when I let her in she came and cuddled on my couch and took a nice couple hour nap in my cozy warm place and it was super cute to say the least.

One of the Rogers/ Fido reps. from my work had set a goal  for our store to meet and promised us a dinner and we of course met this goal so we were treated to a nice dinner… On Rogers ;). I had some awesome jambalaya that I scarfed down… elegantly; this place was also kind of upscale so obviously the food was scrumptious.

Big surprise… I cut off my hair and beard! Why? Some of you may ask well it was starting to get hard/ a pain to maintain and if I took a bath at night I had to wait for my hair to dry or it would be all crazy the next morning. Oh yeah and I was kind of missing my short hair and stubble. I actually let a girl that I was on a date with do it, it’s not like there was any real way to mess it up I was just chopping it all off… or buzzing it since we were using my clippers. She asked if she could cut the back with scissors and I said ‘sure why not‘. I have to say that it was a really weird sensation of the scissors cutting through the hair… it kind of gave me chills.

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I fooled around with my long hair at different stages while cutting it, t’was was pretty funny but once there was just the mustache and long hair… it grossed me out… so much for Movember. Ultimately I’m very happy with my decisions other than my face and head being cold outside, I like it. Most people didn’t recognize me anymore, the people I worked with just stared for a bit and were thrown off even my hostel mates were blown away… I went from a Jesus look to clean-cut I don’t know what you’d call it look. I actually had a hard time seeing myself in the mirror it was totally weird.

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So my book, the much awaited book… No it’s not done yet and I’ve once again kind of fallen off of the writing curve mainly because I’ve been so tired lately from lots of working. I did speak to a publishing group called Friesen Press and I may go with them for publishing and sales as it could bring in some royalties and it would be good to have especially if I decided to write more books. They are little bit costly but through much research, the most reliable and the best potential to make some coin back… unfortunately we are looking at a book release maybe in the summer instead of Christmas; sorry for the let down!

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So much typing

I finally picked up a new phone as my old one has had a cracked screen for several months and was starting to eat the dust. I picked up a Nexus 5 one of the fastest phone’s… actually it is the fastest phone I’ve ever had and it’s one of the top phones on the market today. I’ve run into a few issues with my carrier about misinformation on my plans and Tab etc… but I’m waiting for a resolution before I leave any reviews on them. *update* They contacted me and fixed the issue that they created… but we’ll see how the next bill shows up.

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I managed to pick up a TV so that I can play my PS3 which I’ve been itching to play for a while… It was a steal $150 for a 52″ DLP HDTV, it works perfect! I did have to drive with it hanging out of my trunk from Lumby (45 mins away) and then get someone to help me bring it up into my place… It’s huge to say the least but all the other TV’s were so much more expensive and for a quarter of what I currently have, so it was so worth it… I watched “Ocean Predators” last night and it looked so awesome; I also fell asleep just goes to show how tired I am.

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So what’s currently going on in my life..? A lot more than usual I’ve started seeing a girl… wait maybe that’s why I’m so tired, from texting her all night hmm girls…. they complicate everything but so far she is so worth it. The other day my cell phone invoice was very very wrong and it really upset me as I’ve been putting myself on a strict budget so that I can run my business on time. Luckily Mariam was able to help me vent a bit and my day slowly got better. The other day we made dinner together which was a lot of fun, steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was such a good dinner… the mashed potatoes were interesting to make as I was short on salt so we just threw more cheese in them and it was still not right. I went and borrow some more salt from one of my Hostel Mates and we dumped a ton in there… there was a lot of potatoes (I’m still eating them) but that was honestly what was missing… the salt!

Life’s full of its ups and downs and I’ve experienced many downs this past week which really surprised a lot of people (I’m always smiling apparently) but I had to remind myself don’t forget to smile”  and it made things a little better. Keep an eye out for the people who care for you, they will always be there to help you out when you really need it. Treat these people like they are special and they will return the favour.

Keep an eye out for my daily posts about 21 habits of happy people on my Inner Paths Facebook page.

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To Those We Love

First off today is a major me day, I’ve been working hard from work to schooling and even language training. 

I feel great as I have a fantastic job and work with great people and just the individuals around me have been so lovely.

In my last post I said I would kind of explain about the “failed connection” I guess you could call it. Things did seem pretty great for a while but the entire time there was something not there, something that tugged at me that I couldn’t quite grasp at despite things seeming to be great… I felt it but chose to ignore it because it was so miniscule. One day we were chatting and maybe I said the wrong thing and suddenly we were “on different pages”; I have to say I was pretty torn up that morning after the dissolution of the friendship. I worked on the things that were making me happy in life and my day really turned around. I stepped back to what I’ve always told myself “never regret a thing in life“. Even when you do dumb things or have a terrible break up like I had 2 years ago, you have to be happy for the times you had; the good and even more so the bad. Look at it this way: if you never went through hurt, paint, or heart-break would you really be the person you are today? I think not. Anyway that’s kind of what happened and I’m glad for the small moments of joy I had.

Enough of this girly talk; I’ve been growing my beard for 2 months now and it’s getting pretty thick as it once was in Haiti, the only difference is it’s getting cold where I’m living now and my face is nice and warm! At work I’ve had many people come by just to tell me I have an awesome beard, or ‘many people can’t pull off a good beard but you sir can!“. It’s really cool to have people come by and compliment it… honestly I’m just growing my beard for me not to impress people but hey I’ll take it, keep the compliments coming 😉 good genetics I guess!

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Haiti Beard

 

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Canada Beard

In late October I sold 4 phones at work in one day and made a hefty commission from it which is great for me… puts me on track for comfortable living. I’ve been getting compliments from “upper managementfor my accomplishments as a newbie which is super cool, but I keep telling everyone ‘honestly I’m just doing my job“. Oh Nov 1st I kicked off the month with selling another 4 phones putting our store at 7 and #1 in BC East for the start of the month. I also keep getting told by my customers I have a very mellow/ calm demeanour and that they like that… none threatening pressure.

I’ve had a great workout sitting on my computer for over a year now and haven’t really gotten around to setting up a schedule to use it… well I finally sat down and spent at least an hour setting up my workout routine. The whole process will be over six to eight months but it’s finally started and I’m super pumped to get my beach bod! (that last statement really made me chuckle)

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Still Working on Form

Some other things I’ve been up to lately me having enrolled in psychology classes online (free) that offers a diploma but it isn’t accredited… fine with me I’ll still hang the diploma. On top of that I’ve been listening to psych lectures from Yale which happen to be very fun for me to listen to. I have to say that I actually already knew a lot that is being taught on those lectures; in a sense it’s very reassuring that I find Yale lectures “easy to listen to”. Some other learning I’ve been doing but kind of slowed down on it since I’ve taken up so many other things and work 5 days a week is learning new languages. I have Rosetta Stone on my computer and I have taken up Arabic. I think it would be a neat language to learn… I mean I grew up with so many Lebanese people and always wished I knew what they were saying… I have also set out a goal to know at least 7 languages in the next 5 years and I’m already at 3.

So Halloween just went by and maybe some of you went out with your kids or by yourself, and some of you may have handed out candy… ready for a surprise I actually went out “clubbing”, yeah I know it’s def. not my scene but I was convinced to go out and have a night for myself and I’m glad I did. The night was filled with good company and well mediocre to good music haha.

I didn’t get a chance to record a Vlog this week but I’ll try to get one posted in the next few days if not tonight. 

So at the beginning of the blog I talked about how today was a ME day; last night was the first night I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night in over 3 months… maybe it had to do with me being really tired or the fact I was talking to a pretty great person last night… I’m going to stick with the latter. This morning I was blessed with a photo of my girls from Haiti… my heart bled because I miss them so much. As I reminisced on the old photo’s and the newest one with their huge smiles I couldn’t help but cry. I was getting ready to write my blog as I waited for my bath to cool down but I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I had to lay on my bed and take it in… I love the kids so much and they will always hold a piece of my heart <3.

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There’s one of my real smiles ❤

 

"Enjoy every moment in life; it's the hard times that show you the good, the better, and the best!" ~ Me

“Enjoy every moment in life; it’s the hard times that show you the good, the better, and the best!” 

“Everything is the way it is because it got that way” ~ Gerald Weinberg

Blessed Times

The last week has been pretty amazing, especially the other day everything just seemed to fall into place.

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First on the list of things, my landlord is back in town and winterizing the whole property including my Tree House; that means it will be nice and toasty in here when I do turn the heater on during snow season. I’m pretty fortunate that I really only have to turn on the heater every so often since the Tree House holds heat rather well.  Patrick and I had some good conversations and I expressed how amazing this place is and that he should count on receiving steady rent checks from me.

I had a few days off that were pretty relaxing, I forgot how fun days off are when you actually work… it kind of gives you something to look forward to after a few days of pushing yourself to do great!

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Fog over Vernon

During one of the days off I managed to nab myself a set of Encyclopedia’s… for free! They look fantastic and the owner was just going to bring them to the dump, I’m pretty happy with them so far. Going to get these books was pretty much what started my adventures up Silver Star road; the fog has been pretty heavy as the weather is slowly converting to Winter and I had to jump on the opportunity to take pictures (see photo above for reference).

These were free!

These were free!

I’m sure there was a lot more things that were some what eventful but yesterday just trumped it all. I’d have to say it was just one great thing after another… Also I didn’t write much on my blackboard this week.

The day started off by waking up to a video of the girl I’ve been talking to, which we’ve been connecting really well (I’ll explain kind of what happened in my next blog). I was a bit worried that I was to be another victim of Catfishing.

“A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Dating sites or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances”.

I won’t get into the boring details but it has happened to me before so naturally I was cautious… but I digress. The morning was nothing but smiles, it’s hard to explain the emotion… I was relieved and happy to say the least, maybe a bit giddy.. go ahead laugh ;). Following that I had a nice breakfast then headed up Silver Star Rd for some pictures.

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I stopped at a little subdivision that was on a hill that looked over the city but the fog was a lot stronger than I had previously experience a few days prior… it made for more challenging photo’s and it was a bit chilly out, but I made do with what I had.

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I had taken some pretty impressive photo’s, they impressed me anyway! I decided to head further up the mountain to see what I could get for a different vantage point and that’s when I decided to do a time-lapse for you. The intention was to show everyone have neat the fog looked, as I kept driving I cleared the fog and the sky was blue without a single cloud. What a surprise it was the higher I went, keep in mind I’ve never actually gone to the top to Silver Star Resort.

I had finally made it to the top where the Resort is and what a strange and cool little city it is up there, the houses look like something out of a movie and in the Winter it will probably look like the North Pole with elves running around… you’ll have to follow the blog to find out! I pulled up and there were huge mountain in the distance with massive peaks and snow on them. I left everything in my car but my camera and went for a nice little walk.

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After I did some rummaging through some bushes and paths I found a nice peaceful area that the mountains just blew open, it was nothing short of breathtaking. I found a comfy spot and decided to shoot a V-log (Video Blog). This is a new experiment and I think it’s kind of fun so let me know what you think… and don’t forget to share! Oh yeah it was like another world above the fog/ clouds… I could have worn a T-shirt and shorts it was so warm.

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After spending some quality time in Nature and just listening to the sounds of the wind and the mountains it was time to head home. It would have been really cool to have filmed my way down but my camera battery was dying… fail on my part for not charging it earlier. Heading down the mountain I stopped once or twice to pull off some great photo’s hoping my camera wouldn’t die. As I descended I had my windows open, wind breezing and a giant smile. As I continued downward I actually had to shut the windows because the temperature drop through the fog and under the clouds was astonishing… like I said a whole other world.

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I got home and spoke to my friend Satyama who does massage therapy, it was also her 40th Birthday and she looks great for 40. We talked about me getting a massage since my back was still sore from the 3 months of futon sleeping, she said let’s do it now; I procured some money and went for my therapy session. Satyama has done a lot of learning from around the world (Eastern Culture) and does Chakra clearing as well during the massage; I have to tell you I have never had such an amazing massage in my life!

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Thanks for checking in again and let me know what you think of the V-logs. Don’t forget I’m opening up guest posting and to shoot me an email, the info is on the side bar at the top.

“There are no coincidences; life comes at you as it’s supposed to”

There’s a Time for Everything

I’ve been itching to write this blog post for a few days but one thing after another has happened, in a good way :). I’ve smartened up a bit and started to write everything down on one of my dry erase boards so I can remember more content for you guys to catch up on.

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Isn’t the green and black awesome?

On and off I think about this one question when ever I think about my blog… ‘do I really want people to read about my entire life?’ When it comes down to it I guess I now look at it more of an outlook of expression; I don’t expect people to read my blog but if they do awesome, if they learn something even better… if no one reads it I just get to re-experience what I did earlier in the week or month and even one day dwell back on it. I kind of look at it in a sense where if you’re grieving or dealing with “drama” expressing it to a friend or trusted person helps (immensely), stress drops and you feel that little bit better and sometimes feel completely better. If negatives can shed away through expressing, the good might just remind you of the good times and just make you that much happier.

I’ve been discussing with a few friends recently that I don’t regret anything I’ve done… even the dumb stuff for if I hadn’t done it I wouldn’t be in the exact place I am today, the consequences (good or bad) have made me who I am today. Think of it this way: you can’t go back and change anything, just go from where you are… This is such a cliché term but it stuck for a reason “Live in the now”.

Now for the updates:

I purchased some perogies which I haven’t had in ages and that I love so much and they remind me of an amazing friend (Natalie… Miss you!). Here’s the dilemma I was facing though. I didn’t have sour cream, actually let’s back up a second I actually wanted to make pancakes but had no milk and didn’t want to go to the store so I said ‘hey I have perogies!’ and that’s where I ran into the sour cream issue. I was so hungry and was too lazy to go to the groceries store but I used the excuse I needed to save gas haha. I got my thinking cap out and figured let’s try Dijon Mustard, well it worked despite being a little spicy it was worth the substitute until I got SC the next day. (apparently my browser says perogies is spelt wrong but the package says that’s the correct way, and not as the computer suggests “perigees”… *right-click, add to dictionary* haha)

Here’s some big new… I finally got the job at The Mobile Shop woohoo. Training has been going well apparently I learn quickly although I did used to work for WIND Mobile just not for sales. The people I work with are pretty darn awesome and the hours are good, so’s the commission. Soh if anyone is looking for a new phone anywhere in Canada let me know I’ll hook you up with the right deal and plan; bonus you supply me with commission and make me happy.

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I recently registered my business website with an official link instead of just a sub-domain so now I’m “official” (www.innerpaths.ca). Once I bring in some more cash from work and pay off some bills I’ll be registering my blog as well maybe along the lines of http://www.WalkofLife.ca … thoughts?

One of my Hostel-mates asked if I could help him clear up some space on his Macbook and make it run faster, so it lit a fire under my butt to do some cleaning on my own and I was able to clear wait for it… 200 Gigs of duplicate songs; Holy moly. I guess that’s 4 years of accumulated songs, now I have so much more room for movies and music. As for Brent’s Mac he has to upgrade his OS (operating system) before I can fix anything in-depth, he’s running a very old version, for all you Window’s users it’s like he’s using Windows XP that hasn’t been cleaned in years.

The other night John and Tabitha (former Hostel-Mates) stopped by for a bonfire with Rye and Brent and myself… it was a good gathering as usual we got a little rowdy but nothing too out of control of course. It’s good to have these little reunions, it’s really brings back memories.

Recently I was able to Skype with two awesome people one of them being Maeve my fav. Irish celeb from Haiti, boy do I miss her and her antics it was nice to catch up with a good friend and talk about our futures (remember when you tried to shove a Teddy in my arms while I was sleep and take a picture… not impressed  -_- love ya ). The other person was Lola who is one of my most favouritest people in the world. There’s just something about my gipsy friend I love so much, she’s so bubbly and awesome. We’ve kinda of decided that our Skype “dates” need to happen more often.

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Lola you are one amazing Human being… Keep it up ❤

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She introduced me to Festivals and I cannot thank her enough for the adventurous path I’ve been set on since.

 This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving which I spent “alone” this year, which is fine since most holidays to me I just consider another day on the calendar. As usual my neighbours Brent and Rye manage to be awesome and gave me a bunch of their great dinner of: Turkey, stuffing, carrots, yams, cranberries etc… I don’t have a microwave which is good, it keeps me from buying those microwave dinners of death. I tossed the leftovers into a frying pan with butter and a cover, turned the stove on low heat and within a few minutes Voila I had a warmed up meal!

A good friend of mine held on to a wicked cool crystal I ordered while I was in Haiti. I got it back recently and couldn’t think of a better person to have held it for me (thanks Christina 😉 ). Originally it was on a bracelet she had made me but it wasn’t really practical (I was the one who asked to have it on the bracelet), so I kept the bracelet which is rad by the way. Dayton one of my Hostel-mates does wire wrapping and I had him wrap it, and it came out pretty cool… thanks Dayton.

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Green Kyanite

So the other day I had to wake up early for work and what did I see on the grass… FROST! I am so not looking forward to the cold, don’t forget I spent the winter in Haiti last year and this cold is really killin’ me haha. Later in the day I had collected some chestnuts from the yard since our massive tree drops at least 20 a day, later I decided to try and roast a few… Well they didn’t taste very good. Maybe I didn’t roast them right but I followed all the instructions and video’s online and it looked correct, oh well I guess my pallet isn’t compatible. (oh yeah one exploded in the oven because I didn’t X it big enough)

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They do make a good centre piece though ^_^

Almost done this blog I swear thanks for the patients. I think this is some of the biggest news other than the job… I got a bed, a real one yes! I’ve been sleeping on a futon for 3 months with an already bad back from the army and two car accidents (not at fault). It is like heaven, I honestly rolled around on it giggling for a good ten minutes… Life is grand :).

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My back “I love you bed”

 Overall life is fantastic as I just stated, things are going great and I can’t help but yell how happy I am most days… in the confines of my Studio Suite or my car. Oh yeah I’ve also started talking to a girl no details yet because it’s not super serious but it’s looking good.

I took a bit of a break from writing this post to hang out with the Hostel-mates  and sure enough Brent offers me some leftover stew from Thanksgiving (Their pot was massive and filled). I brought a bunch home and some of it was my snack tonight. As a few of us were chatting earlier I also noticed how thankful I was for things and people in the blog today…  maybe I just caught everyone’s thankfulness from Facebook or just from the season, but Thanks every everyone for being a part of my life it’s really made who I am one way or another.

They had 3 times as much as this.

They had 3 times as much as this.

Need a good read? Click me —-> Everyone’s human show some love (Never know who you’re talking to)

You made it to the end and all I have to say as usual is ‘Don’t forget to smile!‘ ^_^

It’s a small world but have you seen it all?” (go out adventure love life! it’s waiting for you)

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.

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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!”

Fix It Up

Not much to report… still waiting on my advisor to get back to me on my Business loan approval, which she thinks shouldn’t be an issue at all… and it’s the weekend so I won’t hear anything back for until our appointment on Tuesday.

It’s been a pretty calm weekend but it’s been raining a rather lot, enough that the fire ban was lifted. The land really needed the water everything was starting to turn brown and crispy.

I was supposed to work on the weekend for a promotional gig but the company is very bad at organizing things as I didn’t get any materials to work the whole weekend… I guess I’m only being paid for one day this weekend… hopefully they get things together for the following weekend… I could really use the money.

I was sitting outside with Brent and some of the other Hostel Neighbours and one of them that just moved in was getting rid of a rather nice table and offered it to me… I snagged that up right away; I’ve been trying to figure out a way to change the location on my computer for a while. This new table excited me to try some new things so I moved everything around. I created a living area, kitchen/ dinning area and… a dance floor spot haha. Now that I took some wasted space and turned it into a living room this place is way more cozy than before.

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I’ve been hanging out with a really rad dude that lives here named Dayton… we have some pretty awesome conversations and one of the most recent ones was about Bonsai tree’s. I never realized Bonsai’s were just the art of taking care of the tree not a specific type. We’ve had some good conversations over the past week about them and how much fun it is to do (he has 4 or 5). The neat thing about Bonsai’s is you can take any tree and it adapts and becomes miniature as long as you keep trimming it.  We’ve decided to scope out some tree’s and start making our own; this type of project is not for the faint of heart… it takes many, many, MANY years to develop a thick nice growing Bonsai. Here’s just a few that we’ve started for my own collection.

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In a years time they should be about 1 – 3 feet tall and completely sculpt-able.

Thanks for keeping tabs on my Walk of Life I’m sure I’ll have some more stories for you soon! Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend!

~ Don’t forget to smile!

Drive Changes

I feel so refreshed to say the least, I’ve been participating in yoga sessions on the front lawn of my place with an amazing instructor Satyama. Satyama comes by every so often offering by donation yoga instruction and she is an amazing teacher. The cool thing about this yoga is not only the benefits I’m receiving but how it brings everyone from the house together and even people from the holistic type community.

Other than yoga I’ve been doing a lot of different odd jobs to make some money but may have a handle on a job at The Mobile Shop.

Even bigger news I’m starting my own business! I had never seen myself as being an entrepreneur but when I got more interested in the work I plan on starting I felt this amazing Drive, the same drive I felt before I left for Haiti and before moving to Edmonton, Alberta and then British Columbia. This feeling of power and dedication is so positively overwhelming that it puts me in such a great mood and I feel so much ambition to succeed. The last few weeks when I wasn’t looking for work, I would spend countless hours in research for starting a business, improving the knowledge on the services I’ll be offering and acquiring grants or loans. The great news is, I’m done my business plan and all my other research, I have a registered business already I just need the funding so come Tuesday morning (tomorrow) I’m off to search for future success.

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I may have said it before but when you search for your Personal Legend aka your passion in life even if you don’t know it yet the world will manifest itself to help you attain that goal. I find God has laid out the earth and the universe so perfectly that through him and his creations we are able to attain anything our true heart desires. With all of that being said I made a new friend a little bit back and he loved my idea and owns shop with a store front being opened up and he offered me a cheap place, how awesome! Anyone interested in finding out what I plan on opening here’s the site (keep in mind it’s still in development). InnerPaths.wordpress.com (once I have the funding the site will be converted to Innerpaths.org). If anyone if interested in trying it out or booking appointments or just curious, feel free to comment here or message me on the website.

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This blog is a little short but most of my adventures the past week or so have been yoga, meditation, longboarding… oh yeah, I went longboarding the other day and it was scorching hot like Haiti hot… crazy! And finally I spent the majority of my time on my business keep tuned in to see how my Walk of Life continues.

 

Here’s by far one of my favourite quotes, it’s probably not the first time I’ve posted it and probably not the last ^_^ enjoy, and don’t forget to smile.

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~ It’s not about weathering out the storm; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain

Liquid Sunshine

The past week has been eventful despite not much going on; if that makes any sense to you :P?  If find myself in mini adventures almost daily and tell me self the biggest lie… ‘I will remember this story; no need to write it down‘.

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This town/ city is rather amazing. Vernon is considered a city, I finally found that out but it really does have a town feel because it’s so small and cozy. I usually try to go longboarding everyday that it’s nice out, it keeps me in decent shape and it’s fun too so why not? The other day I kept heading down the hill to see where it would bring me and I have to say I was a little disappointed because the city got more and more industrial… as much as it can anyway. Despite it not being as beautiful as I expected it was still a phenomenal day to go boarding. Apparently if I went past where the sidewalk ended (which I was at) I would have hit the Okanagan Lake… oh well. With all the exploring I’m doing (averaging 8-11 km a day) my wheels are starting to wear out as well as my bearings so if anyone is feeling generous I could use some ABEC11‘s or Orangatang IN HEAT‘s (orange or purple) ^_^.

I started to fall behind on reading my book… that usually happens and then I usually never pick it up again, well guess what I’ve picked it up again and I’m just as excited to read it as before. The Alchemist is definitely a book I would recommend it has amazing words of wisdom and some good reminders on how to be happy in life.

I recently got back in contact with an old friend in-which we had a falling out which was a real shame but I think it needed to happen for both of our lives to expand. It’s so awesome because the beginning of a new-old relationship seems to be forming… ever so slowly which is fine by me, but I really did miss the connection we once had.

The other day I was at the horse farm hanging out with my friend which I was bringing to the airport for the following day at six AM. Before we had some dinner which usually is something super healthy and yummy; but I digress we had to bring in the horse from the pastures in, and the way we did this was with a 4-wheeler (modern-day herding). This was pretty crazy as I wasn’t even driving, I was just kind of along for the ride. First we brought in the beautiful mares (females) followed by the gelding (males) which was a little crazier because the ground was so uneven in their pasture. I was holding on for dear life. while we were bringing in the horses the sun was setting in-between the mountains and what a sight that was stampeding horses, sunset and mountains!

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So hard to take a picture we were flying!

I found it super fascinating how the horses didn’t kick or anything like that at the ATV, and no matter what direction we came at them they knew the right way back to their proper fencing. These horses are brilliant and I love hanging out with them, just the way they peer into your eyes and nuzzle you and make you all dirty even though you are wearing dress clothes. Such powerful beings; I love it.

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I ended up driving my friend to the airport which was in Kelowna, I figured I was in the town anyway and it took me 45 mins to drive there why not explore… and get some Ingress gaming in… Portals baby!

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I’ve been wanting to start painting I’m not sure if it’s because the Hostel has such artistic flows or what but I did manage to scrape together my first ever painting. Keep in mind I don’t usually do “hand art” I usually do well with photography or Photoshop etc… but here it is, I call it “HOW big ARE YOU?”

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I added a few new things to it today, a star or two and a moon for earth. I’d love to know what other people think of my painting, feel free to comment about it, as well what do you think it’s about?

I’m still on a bit of a job hunt, going from the basic job and slowly finding better ones as I go. I had been talking to one of my Hostel mates/ neighbours from next door that works on a trawler for shrimp on the Okanagan and they just had their new guy quit. Shame for him very good possibility for me! A good word is being put in for me and hopefully I find out before my next blog.

To close off this blog I’ll talk about my beautiful day or some part of it anyway. I had just made a sandwich and Açaí tea (the tea is so good and non caffeinated) I walked out side for fresh air when I was hit by liquid sunshine . What I mean by liquid sunshine is that the sky was super blue and the sun was blaring while little drops of rain drizzled down from the vast sky :). If you’re wondering where I came up with the term “Liquid Sunshine” no it wasn’t my genius contemplation, I learned it while in the military from a Sergeant of mine… feel free to use it!

Finally my last story that I can remember and that happened today, my Hostel neighbour called me over with excitement, and around the corner there were three deer munching on our Grape vines! There were two babies and Mama, we let them snack for a bit then “shoo’ed” them off so they didn’t eat them all. They were all pretty thin which was kind of sad 😦 but they did get to eat a bunch and I hope they LOVED IT!

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Not sure if I wrote about this in the last blog but since showering is next to impossible I’ve decided I’m dedicating time each day for “Bath time” it seems corny but it’s an awesome type of meditation and personal time… try it out. Anyway bath time ciao!

“Don’t quit your day-dream”

“Everything is impossible until someone does it”

Chasing the Sun n’ Moon

where to even begin… there has been so much going on lately and I wish I had been able to write about it and share the things I’ve been experiencing as they’ve come. I’m going to give you a quick filler on what has happened in the past few weeks.

I had moved to Edmonton and started to work right away eventually I moved onto another job which was a lot of fun and great learning. I began working at Donorworx/ World Vision which was a super tough job that’s for sure; no one goes to the mall to sponsor a child but we still have to pull them in and excite them and let people know how much help is actually needed in the world… at the very least just educate :).

Edmonton was a great start for me in a means of independence and integrating back into “first world” since Haiti. I’ve been on a continuing path of learning and it’s amazing to say the least. Thanks to my friend Candace I was able to meet some new people pretty much the same day I arrived in town. I’m not one to normally go out but I know it’s a crucial part in discovering new things and finding new adventures. That night I ended up meeting some great people who I’ve since become pretty close with. I was able to meet some great people from Wold Vision and develop some great friends there as well.

My longboarding continues to get better every time I hit the pavement (with the board not my body). One of the best times of the last month was attending Motion Notion just outside of Golden BC, this would also be my first time in BC. The drive to MoNo was about a five-hour drive but the scenery on the way made it feel substantially less… it helped to have great company too! Once we arrived to MoNo we had to find a place to set up, we changed our minds about 3 times and had to run to the entrance at the top of the hill to change the sign we had written for our other friends coming to camp with us.

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The spot we found ended up being perfect with the Mountains on one side and nothing but huge green tree’s on the other. At night our site was just the perfect distance that all the music from the stages became ambient music and peaceful to help you relax/sleep.

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Most people know I’m all about new experiences and that I usually feel the need to try something to say I’ve done it and also not regret not doing it; there was a nice little river that was glacier fed… I knew it was going to be cold but when I jumped it in was COLD! The jump was totally worth it despite feeling like there was ice-cubes around me, and I had a hard time getting out because of the slippery clay… Totally worth the experience. 

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Later in the night we finally got all our glow sticks going, and off most of us went to enjoy the festivities. I dilly dawdled a bit trying to put just the right gear together. There were some amazing things going on at night from the hoopers to the Fire shows all the way to the fantastic music playing.

Going to a small festival like MoNo was super neat and I was able to get a new perspective on things compared to Electric Forest which usually brings in around 30,000 people compared to MoNo’s 4-6 thousand. I want to thank all my friends from MoNo and the new people I met, I know our friendships will be that much stronger because of that weekend, you’re all great people! Aaron, Kandi, Lance, Leanne, Heather, Kalan, Arianna… everyone. ^_^

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Since I started attending festivals a few years ago they have really been a big part of my life and meeting amazing people and just learning how to go back to living free even if it’s just for a weekend.

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I‘ve began reading a book, and I don’t normally read books but just felt I needed one and I happened to stumble across an amazing book called The Alchemist. I’ve had a few friends super excited about me reading this book, at first I really didn’t get it… now I do. This book has been so fitting into my life especially recently. I’ve been moving in the direction life is pushing me <3.

Most recently I have moved out to Vernon, BC which was a nice 8 hour drive from Edmonton… it was such a nice drive though, minus the suburbia part of Calgary, there’s just way to many houses that look the same and have taken up so much of the natural it’s a little sad, but other than that the mountains are sensational!

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Because my awesome new friends threw my an amazing going away party I didn’t get to leave for Vernon until the afternoon the next day… that’s okay because I ended up staying with Arianna for the night at the Ranch/ Farm she works at in Coldstream just outside of Vernon. Waking up and getting to meet the horses and walk with them was so exciting… with plenty more to be had!

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My new place in Vernon is absolutely unreal, the atmosphere is pretty much perfect for me and my continued evolution of character. The place where I’m staying is a retired hostel converted into renting suites. My suite is actually detached from the house above a storage garage, it’s super cozy.

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I’ve been integrating into the mini community here at the Hostel really well… the people are just great. Yesterday we went to the beach just because everyone had the day off, it was really nice to get away and not think about much. I’ve been doing a decent amount of longboarding here in Vernon but it’s a little tough going down some hills because they are pretty steep and I have yet to learn hard breaking.

I want to thank everyone for their patients and my blog writing or lack there of, I actually plan on writing a lot more often now that I have a proper computer set up… which means my book should be done soonish I’m aiming towards the New Year.

Vernon and the Hostel as I’ve decided to start calling it is going to a great opening for me to really find my centre, get back to my meditation, seeking God, and many other enlightening opportunities.

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I’ve decided to start making bracelets and maybe expanding into wire wrapping for a hobby other than writing so if anyone have any suggestions for me to practice feel free to let me know!

Namaste

When you try to find your legend, the world will do everything in its power to get you there.”

Long Haul Part 2

It’s tough to sit down and write blogs when you don’t have a proper desk but I’m making an effort to keep everyone up to date on my life!

Here’s part 2:

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Driving through Saskatchewan was really interesting… seeing all the stereotypes that it’s flat, and let me tell you that when it’s flat it is as far as the eye can see. As the day light began to rise I saw some of the most beautiful sights, Sask. was one of my favourite sections of my drive despite being the longest leg in a Province/ State. There were some parts I drove across that had really awesome hills and some awesome spots to go longboarding… if I ever get good enough to Bomb a hill at 75 Km/h or more.

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IMG_0659It was nice to get out of my car and take some photo’s… I had really fallen out of touch with my photography and spending even the 10 or 15 minutes I spent taking photo’s really gave me an awesome feeling. Just reminiscing on the photo’s with the rolling fog gives me a lovely feeling. The feeling I felt was probably a  lot of things from remembering my passion to, I’m happy I’m walking around on my two feet instead of sitting on my butt for hours on end. Most of my drive in Saskatchewan was on empty roads, I didn’t see many people other than in little towns/ cities.

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There was a point where I was getting Scarily tired and I had to pull over, and taking the last swig on my single energy drink I had been milking for the past 20 hours just made things worse… it also seemed like there was no rest stops in sight more miles upon miles, finally I came up on one, put some gas in my car and pulled around back for a nap. This nap I took was only about an hour and a bit for two reasons, one was that it was too hot and the other because I was so close to my new “home” only about another five and half hours or so away. I woke up from this nap really confused not really knowing where I was, I was so groggy and messed up from the amount of driving I had done and lack of sleep. I put my shirt on hoped in the driver seat and followed my GPS. After about 25 minutes of driving I snapped back into things and was all smiles from there, my adrenaline was racing at the idea I was almost at the home base… a new adventure.

Welcome to Alberta said the sign I think… never the less I was cruising, and there was much more traffic now than there was in the past few hours. I managed to make it to a rest stop just before Edmonton, I could actually see the Edmonton City sign I was so close but I needed a pee break and to stretch my legs since I didn’t know what kind of congestion the city would have. I took out my longboard did a few rounds of the building jumped back in my car and off I went. My cell services finally kicked in and I had internet everything my generation is sucked into, I was able to post on Facebook and message friends that I had finally made it.

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It was around 3:30 in the afternoon and I had made it ahead of schedule… approximately 4 hours ahead of schedule which was great because I wasn’t looking forward to arriving in town just to go to sleep then start working at 7Am the next day. I started working with an insulation company and it was great money but the waking up at 5:30 AM was honestly taking a toll on my body. I’ve heard it a million times that your body will get used to it… it won’t, not for me anyway. I had been in the Military for many years along with doing pipe fitting where I was waking up at 5 AM everyday but to no avail I was never able to get used to it. I had started going to bed around 9 or 9:30 at night which by the way it’s still daylight here at those times. It helped with my general awake fullness during the day but still I was dreading the mornings. The job helped get me on my feet a bit but there’s still much growth to be had.

What I’ve taken away from Edmonton so far is the Pedestrian Crosswalks which are non-existent in my home town of Windsor, but huge here (you’ve got so much power stopping all the cars!). If someone steps out into the Ped. Crossing lines every car stops regardless of your speed… which is crazy most of the crossings are just signs I much prefer the ones with lights at least you can see what’s happening farther ahead if someone wants to cross. There is a ton of spots for longboarding so that I can expand my skill… and get hurt as most of you have seen on my Facebook.CAM00116

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This hurt really bad!

Let me say one thing about Edmonton… the roads are Crap… I figured for a major city the roads would be much nicer but they really aren’t I think they are pretty at par if not worse than Detroit roads. I guess one other thing I’ve noticed is everything is pretty much Privatized here in Edmonton for example speeding… you don’t see police doing traps and such it’s all photo radar which are sneaky buggers, but I have yet to get a ticket, since I don’t speed. I actually find myself doing the speed limit almost bang on but I think it’s because most of the drivers drive super slow here usually 10 under… which is usually 50 Km/h which in fact is the normal posted speeds in my province I guess it’s nice to be able to drive 60 Km/h on the regular and not worrying about getting a fine.

I still have so much more to share but I have to get ready for work at my new job with Donorworx/ World vision. ^_^

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“New Me”

– Everyone has a dream; don’t just chase yours, help others find and fulfil theirs.

Long Haul

It’s been a month and a day since my last post… I would like to apologize for such a long time between posts but things have gotten rather crazy and there’s much to update you on.

So the whole Electric Forest thing has been benched, and it has made me extremely sad but it was benched for good reason. For anyone who doesn’t know I actually just moved out to Edmonton, Alberta. I had been looking online for work and wanted to move out West for a while. I had a friend that said I could crash with her until I got back onto my feet which was a huge help! I received an email about a job offer I called them up and had a quick interview over the phone… 4 hours later a call back came and I was hired.

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It was a Wednesday when I got the call and job offer and I was asked to start on the up coming Monday, and I wasn’t about to turn it down. I was super excited I told my mom… she wasn’t too happy; she was happy but not pleased I would be leaving within days and without preparation. I didn’t mind the lack of prep. it’s who I am I go and journey forward. The drive to Edmonton is a 30 hour drive from Windsor Ontario, I actually went through the U.S. because it’s 12 hours faster.

Here’s where things get interesting I had paid for a show in Detroit that was on the Friday night… that left me with less than 72 hours before I work my new job across the country! For one I got the tickets super cheap $10 for early bird and for 2 really great artist (Bare & Bar9). Getting $10 tickets to see these DJ’s is like getting $10 tickets to see The Doors or Kelly Clarkson. The venue was super small maybe 200 people tops could fit in there. It was such a small venue I had a chat with the 2 DJ’s and got they signatures… on my shoes (I had nothing else). Anyway I went to the show and left around 3AM the next day straight from the show… I was actually wired, the show was phenomenal and I just wanted to keep partying so instead I drove for hours… even made it past Chicago, and let me tell you it was worth it; I saw the most beautiful red sunrise and the city of Chicago glimmer around.

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I had to drive for as long as possible without taking breaks which I knew would be tough because when I lived in London just driving two hours from Windsor to London was a chore! Surprisingly my stints were averaging around 4-6 hour periods. I ended up only resting for about 2 hours at a time, I just couldn’t stay asleep longer it was way too hot and such a nice day out. A lot of the stops when I started to get really tired or hungry I pulled out my longboard which seemed to energize me huge. During the whole trip I felt a weird mixture of sickness and hunger, it was almost impossible to eat but I was sick because I hadn’t eaten; I knew the only way I could fix the issue was by sleeping… but I just didn’t have time to sleep.

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Driving through Wisconsin was probably the hardest part I felt like the road was never-ending. Three to four hours would go by on the road and there was still another 20+ or 15+ or 10+ hours to go… I felt like I was going to be driving for a week. Oh yeah did I mention it was kind of boring for scenery but much more exciting than south of London Ontario. I have to say that Minnesota was on of my favorite parts despite being one of the longest legs, it had such beautiful sites. North Dakota was nice as well but it got really dark because it was around 2 in the morning. I wanted to make it to Saskatchewan (Canada) before I took a rest. Unfortunately I was getting dangerously tired and finally found a rest stop…. it was massive there was even a restaurant attached, I decide to get some more fruit to eat (better than most gas station food right?). Then I forced my self to get some food to fill up on… real food not just gas bar stuff. All the food sounded so good I was so tired and had been driving for close to 18 hours the server probably thought I was high. I got some ham and egg sandwich that was super greasy, I finished it down with some chocolate milk. It was very hard to eat it all but I knew my body needed it. After everything I took another one of my two-hour power naps, the only thing was this time my body didn’t want wake up because it was cold out (around 3 AM) I was actually getting real rest. I got myself back up and headed North to the Great White Canada (not actually snowy where I was going ). I finally hit Saskatchewan got through customs with ease they check my car real quick and we talked about my trip and I was off. It’s a good thing I took a break when I did because there was no service stations for a few hours! Sask. needs to put up more speed signs I saw barely any every 20 or so miles.

Part 2 coming soon! keep following.

Little changes make big results

Perception of Life’s Lessons

Today I spent some time in the hammock because I was rather tired from being up really early. I figured while I tried to fall asleep I would ponder some things I may have learned while I’ve been here in Haiti.

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I don’t think this next paragraph will be agreed upon for a lot of people but remember it’s my perception you don’t have to like it 😛

One night I was out with Val getting some food and drink when most of everyone I saw out was young and thriving, then I saw 2 older gentlemen walking around but with no discontent or judgment for the somewhat rowdy youth. When I think about being back at home and lets say you’re in your car listening to music a little louder than “they” would like, you tend to get a bad look/ glare or you have tattoo’s… something a long the lines of that. I started to think that maybe these people are to close minded and un-cultured who are judging (I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times don’t judge other’s until you know them… bet you probably still do it; I know I do sometimes). By no means am I saying all “older people/Elders or supposedly mature people”  are this way but I just think they might be lacking exploration of different things, all the way from different culture around the world to seeing life’s necessities around the globe. I am absolutely not saying that I’ve been exposed to way more and learned a lot more but I still feel I’ve had a lot of experience especially from Haiti alone. If some of these people have… maybe they just weren’t open to learning or changing from it.

Some people may say “well I’ve been around the world, experienced culture etc“.  For a lot of the people I’m not talking about “hey I went and visited family in Europe and then we went to a shopping center and saw some museums and historic places” or “hey I went to Cancun for spring break… it changed my life!“. I’m talking about getting into the community doing things with neighbours living in the culture not just visiting family.

I think that was most of my thoughts a lot people may not agree with.

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Hmm… I really need to keep a recorder with me because I feel so incite-full during the day and then think I’ll remember what I’ve learned or thought of but it seems to escape me. Well here’s  stab at it anyway:

  • I think a lot of people need to pride themselves in a lot more of the little things they do… it’ll bring up your spirits and confidence. Just the little hammock/lounge area Val and I build, I feel was something minor, but it’s something to feel great that we completed and I’m proud of it.
  • Feel good about yourself, of your appearance be happy that you woke up and the fact that you can smile and breathe air.
  • Be happy with the people who are in your life, they will be the ones that give you the hardest time but get you through the worst of times.
  • Just be open to life, hold no expectation and be willing to learn… even if you think you’re a pro, there’s always something to learn.
  • Bring enthusiasm into the world every day (today I was tired and ugh was it a chore to get up the stairs… I forces a smile said “Yuppie” and what do you know my climb was so much easier!). Try slapping a smile on during the hardest crap you’ll tell yourself “this is stupid” but I bet it’ll probably get you through what ever it is.
  • Time passes things get easier you become comfortable or you find somethings that guides the time along and to cope with the negatives. If you’ve been following my blogs you’ll notice I tripped on a rough patch… well sort of, but look at me now, I’m ready to go for another 6 month’s… haha just kidding but I’m good now I have a smile on things are dandy! 
  • This ties in with my last point, FIND SOMEONE TO CONFIDE IN! Find some one you can trust that you can talk to, they don’t have to have any answers… they just need to listen. You’d be surprised what a difference it is to share your squabbles BIG or small. (Honestly everyone wants to be heard. If you don’t think so it’s probably because you don’t want to bother others… but trust me you want to be heard)

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I took this in Stratford, Ont.
A good “Wisdom” picture.

I really just wanted to put pen to paper or… letters to screen on a lot of the “Wisdom or Insight” I feel I’ve gained and maybe share it with others to hopefully take away from it :). I’ve kind of known all of this before it was there, but I think Haiti was the cement that solidified these thoughts.

I’ve decided to leave out the “be happy with what you’ve got, avoid complaining” for one I thing it’s been shared over and over and I’ve definitely touched on it already if past blogs. If I had to sum everything up I guess I would have to say “Greet the world with a smile, breath in life and share your love. Only you can bring yourself  up so why let other bring you down.

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Hope everyone enjoys this read I’ll try to write my lessons down when I think of them, I’m lazy though… oh yeah throw on a smile and just do it right?

 I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts and input feel free to comment, email or post on my Facebook Page.