Happy Birthday to you…
Happy BIRTHDAY to YOU!
HaPpY BiRtHdAy Dear GRAMMA…
Happy Birthday to you!!!!
Because today is a special day, sending birthday wishes simply wouldn’t do, so I’m sending you a day when all of your dreams come true, and a year that means the most to you!
Hope you are having great day… and enjoying your summer at the lake!
Sending you lots of love, Sarah
It’s been over a year since I have been living back in southern Canada. It totally has flown by so quickly. I was talking to a friend yesterday about all the changes that the last year has brought in my life.
August 18th, 2016
One downside about living in Canada’s Arctic is the crazy high cost of food..and the choices were so limited. Must admit the first few months it was hard to enter a grocery store because of all the choices. I worked with a dietician and did the hard work of changing so many different food habits! I hate “diets” and this wasn’t about ‘dieting’ it was to change habits for the long haul!
To be honest, some days I wanted to quit, but I kept at it… taking it one day at a time. Then found the balance place to still enjoy things I wanted to eat…but also making healthy choices. (Often having to re-boot…but that’s part of life right?) Along with the diet changes…I also started being more active. I’ve talked about my running and I also started yoga, but I’ll post more about that later.
Before: July 9, 2015 After: August 18, 2016
So yesterday I took a look at photos from last summer before I left Nunavut. They were taken on Nunavut Day (July 9th) by my friend Alison. I remember thanking her for snapping some of me…because often I’m just behind the camera. But part of me also couldn’t believe what I saw, I was not happy…and decided to do something about it. Hence, the healthier food choices and getting active.
Before: July 9, 2015 After: August 18, 2016
Over the year I couldn’t see the difference…it’s a head game that’s a hard one to break. Often you don’t see the real truth when you look in a mirror, instead you see a distorted view of reality. I’m not sharing this to get all kinds of ‘praise’ or anything…just sharing because sometimes just writing it and posting it makes it real.
Yesterday I was visiting my friend Michelle and we were chatting and I was like… sometimes I wonder why I even bother with all of this stuff, nothing has changed. She offered to take some photos so I could see a visual and match them up with photos from a year ago. She said sometimes that’s the only way to see it. So we took some photos and I matched them up side-by-side and I saw it…and it made me smile!
This last year has been quite the journey…one that is ongoing…but I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2016 brings.
My friend Emily started earlier this summer hosting Paint Nites… I found out Sunday afternoon she was doing one Sunday night at Wild Wing here in Lindsay.
I’ve been visiting my mum and staying at my house organizing my stuff in my basement apartment here in Lindsay. I decided I needed a breather from that and wanted to have a wee bit of fun. So I decided to sign up, lucky for me there was still room in the class!
I have had friends in a few different cities posting about the fun of paint nites. (Even one of my colleagues in my summer course at RRC did a paint night for her new skill she had to learn!) It was time for me to find out what these ‘Paint Nites’ were all about!
I went early to
help watch Emily set up… and to have some dinner before we got busy painting and the rest of the painters arrived. This event was the first one held at this venue. The food and service was amazing…but the space was so tight!! (I’d love to attend one with a wee bit more room to move around… some people were trapped in the corners!)
We started off the evening with an Oath… then were introduced to our brushes and had fun mixing some colours we would need. I must tell you…I was a wee bit nervous. I’ve always been a creative sort, but there’s a part of me that’s a total perfectionist…that sometimes just freezes me.
Then the scary part started…actually putting paint on the canvas! It’s been a crazy long time since I’ve painted…but slowly but surely with Emily’s guidance and tips I was able to get over myself and paint!
The great things about Paint Nites is that you come with family or friends and enjoy the night… with drinks and painting!! What more could you ask for? I got to the point where I knew that any more painting or blending would turn my canvas into a mess of browny gunk… so I stopped and looked around! It was so nice to see everyone’s paintings…yes, they are similar…but really they were so individual and unique!
I’m not sure who was more shocked of our paintings… Emily or me? Emily…thanks for leading me through this night’s painting. It was so much fun!! You should totally check out a Paint Nite near you… it’s a really fun night! If you are in Peterborough or Lindsay—you should totally join one of Emily’s next nights… (however, I’m sure all the paint nite hosts are just as fabulous…but Emily is awesome!)
I’m so glad we are still friends…seems like a lifetime ago when we met at LIT’97. (Oh wait it kind of was a life time ago eh? 19 years ago?…) Glad we can still enjoy life’s adventures and have fun laughing.