Dear younger self. Here you are on the day of your Christening, with all your grandparents. Nan Torraville is holding you. She will be gone before your second birthday, but you will feel her presence with you all your life. You are named Michelle, but you will be known as Shelly.
Over the past 5 weeks, I have been reading The Joy Diet, by Martha Beck. Each chapter has a theme with exercises to work through. The first weeks were easy focusing on doing nothing, seeking truth, finding desire, and creativity. Then came the tricky ones, Risk and now Treats. Continue reading “Treat Yourself Right.”
I’m staying close to the bathroom today. It’s prep day for a colonoscopy tomorrow. It’s the third one I’ve had in little over a year, and I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading “Prep Day”
TGIF…. When I first started writing for Ruth Ann’s blog, I do so under the tagline TGIF, Think, Grow, Inspire Fridays. Ruth Ann’s encouragement that there was something in the conversations that we were having that should be shared with others. From the feedback she showed me, it seemed she was right. It was a great gig, all I had to do was put words down on paper, email it with a couple of pictures attached and Ruth Ann would do the rest. I wrote TGIF for about 6 months before I started my own blog, and the stories still live at Everything Unscripted. Continue reading “The Goal Is Freedom”
This post has been sponsored by 24/7 Fitness Club.
24/7 Fitness Club is located at 121 Pine Glen Road, Riverview. Ray and I have been members there since February 2019, and we have trained at the location when it was under different management. We love the friendliness of the staff and other members.
It can be hard to walk into a gym, even when you are used to training. You can read a post that I wrote just over a year ago here. It’s still a challenge, but I am learning to be kinder to myself again. I’m sad that United Performance Gym is no longer, but I’m happy to have found a new “home gym” at 24/7 Fitness.
This is an interview with owner Jason Gallant. Continue reading “24/7 Fitness Club”
Today is my Dad’s birthday. He would have been 78. I haven’t written about him very much. I’m not sure why. I think it’s because of the complicated relationship we had, and the complicated man that he was. Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Dad”
A standard greeting in Newfoundland is “Whatchat?” Translated as “What cha at?” Or “What are you doing?” The standard response is “Nuttin”, Nothing. Come to think of it, that’s a standard greeting and answer, just about everywhere, with appropriate variations on spelling and pronunciation. Continue reading “A Week of Doing Nothing”
Ergon Inc. is one of my favourite places to shop! It’s nestled on the corner of Traynor and Trites in Riverview. Make sure you bring cash because they don’t take debit or credit card. Since it’s a not for profit agency, every penny counts. Thanks to Executive Director Cory Thibodeau for answering my questions and giving us the story of Ergon Inc. Continue reading “The story of Ergon Inc.”
I first saw Chris Farias at the original Work of Heart in 2017. He pranced to the stage wearing a unicorn t-shirt that he bought at Winner’s the day before. In his talk, he spoke openly and passionately about his experience with mental health. In my notes from that day I wrote the word “fabulous” next to his name. Continue reading “Chris Farias at the table”
I met Sophie at Work of Heart 2019 and was inspired to share the story of Aspen’s Heart with you all. Continue reading “Aspen’s Heart”