What’s In a Birthday?

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Why do we celebrate birthdays? So, I survived another year. That’s hardly something I had a hand in. However, I’ve learned that celebrating a birthday has it’s perks. I’ve learned that if you sell your personal information to enough big companies (not just anyone) and sign up for enough loyalty programs, you can walk away with a pile of free stuff on your birthday. I mean, the perks are basically limited to free bagels and coffee, but free is free. I’ve always been a fan of free stuff. I have  a pile of books on my shelf I got for free. I knew I would probably never read them, but I digress. Continue reading

Exploring What’s Around The Riverbend

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Growing up, Pocahontas was one of my favourite Disney princesses. I never realized how inspiring she was, however, until lately. I recently pulled out the old VHS tape and rewatched it. I fell in love with it all over again, but for a bunch of new reasons.  I do still think it would be pretty cool to have a Mother Willow spirit guide. Continue reading

So Many Books, So Little Time Spent Reading Them

20140218-202659.jpgWhy is it that when our internet drives us crazy, we’re ready to throw our computers out the window? I mean, that’s pretty violent. The computer had nothing to do with the internet crapping out. It’s simply an innocent bystander, and yet the internet means so much to us that we’re willing to use it as a scapegoat.

The internet has become the source of our entertainment. We not only use it to communicate, we’ve started handing over our entire music and movie libraries to it. And when it goes down, what do we do? We panic. What we should be doing is picking up a book instead of  freaking out because we’re going to miss Game of Thrones. When we finally do decide to sit down and read a book, we feel so noble and accomplished. We shouldn’t be reading just so we can tell people we read, we should do so to educate ourselves.

Personally, I love books. Well, I love the idea of books. However, I will admit, I have a hard time sitting down and reading a book after a long day of work. It’s much easier for me to sit in front of the TV and let it do the work for me. My shelves are filled with books, but there are many of them that I have yet to read and be inspired by.

One of the things I hope to do more of this year is read. I’m hesitant to make it a “New Years Resolution” because I want it to be more than something new to try once and cross off the list. I want to read more in general. I want reading to become a bigger part of my life.

Oh You Know, Just Thinking About The Meaning Of Life

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The other day I was thinking about the deeper meaning of life (as I often do) and I had a thought. Our society is filled with messages promoting self love. Although I believe that it’s important to take care of yourself and to protect ourselves from those who might take advantage, maybe we shouldn’t be so focused on putting ourselves first.

Hear me out. Life is short, but it’s also too short to screw it up for someone else. We focus too much on ourselves and what we could be missing out on, but what about others? Maybe our “screw the world” and “seize the day” moments will change someone else’s life forever, maybe not for the better. Maybe we’ve been looking at this all wrong… Lets not step on others because we only have one life to live. How about we use the gift of life to love those around us. Challenge accepted. What about you?

New Years Resolutions: It’s Never Too Late

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I realize I’ve been severely slacking on my blog over the past few months. I started a new job and I’ve allowed myself to just live for a while without worrying about what’s coming next. Along with that new mentality, I’ve incorporated more relaxation into my after work time, which translated into less blogging. But starting in the New Year, I want to make more time for the things that keep my mind fresh and sharp. This includes more blogging.

I’ve never really been good at keeping New Years resolutions in the past. Maybe it’s because I never really set resolutions I was intent on keeping or I didn’t write them down. Well, this year I’ve decided to do my best to start fresh in 2014 and be the best that I can be. Here goes nothing. Continue reading

Reflecting On The Dock of The Bay

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One of my favourite parts about summer is spending time at the cottage. Whether I’m sitting on the dock, looking out onto the lake, or gazing up at a star-filled sky, I find that it’s a great place to reflect. I feel so far removed from the city and the busyness of life that I’m able to just sit and get lost in the peace that surrounds me. The world and its problems seem so far away, almost as if they live in another world. It’s a world that I don’t have to face until Monday, and on long weekends, Tuesday. If you ever feel like you’re struggling to catch your breathe, the cottage is the place for you. Just take a deep breathe and suddenly you’re back on the ground. You’ll realize that there is more to life than work. There are more important things than money. Things like family. I have a great family. They’re loud and entertaining, but most importantly, they remind me that I’m loved. They remind me that there’s a world outside of work and the stresses of life.

But all good things must come to an end eventually. Sooner or later Monday peaks its head around the corner and in the words of En Vogue, it’s “Back to life. Back to reality.”

As Summer Slips Away…

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Oh man, it’s already August. Summer always seems to zoom past way too quickly. Just when we start to settle into a state of relaxation, it’s ripped away from us and replaced with sweaters and brisk afternoons. I guess that’s what you get when you live in the north. The south doesn’t know how good they have it. They’re hanging at the beach long into back to school season (or so I’ve heard). Maybe that’s why we enjoy summer so much. We’re never able to get enough of it. We don’t get enough hot days for us to get sick of it and wish for fall. I mean, fall’s not so bad. The leaves change colours, football season starts up again, and we can once again drink hot coffee on the front porch without sweating. Now, if only we could find a way for time to speed up so we could have summer again.