Travelling With The Grownup Kids: Cape Breton

We are grateful for the complimentary passes and tours from Parks Canada at The Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Museum and The Fortress of Louisbourg. Also, thanks to The Highland Village for the complimentary passes we received. I appreciate the partnerships of these organizations that enhanced our “Travelling with the kids as grown-ups” trip to Cape Breton Island. All opinions are our own.

 

Our first edition of “travelling with the grownup kids” is about some of the places we visited with our oldest son, Sean and his partner, Meaghan, on our trip to Cape Breton Island. Watch for upcoming location-specific blogs that will describe our visit in more detail. Continue reading “Travelling With The Grownup Kids: Cape Breton”

A year of Cleansing

When I chose “Cleansing” as my word for 2018, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. 2017 was a difficult year with the loss of our business, and therefore for me, a loss of sense of purpose, direction and income.

My hope was that going into 2018 with a mindset of cleansing would help me to shed those feelings of shame and disappointment. I also thought it would take a couple of months for me to “get over it” and “move on”.

Turns out that wasn’t the case. AT ALL.

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Decorating for Christmas with CP Real Designs

This is a sponsored blog post. The content and opinions are my own.

My friend Craig Prosser of CP Real Designs came by recently to help me decorate for Christmas. On his last visit, he had given me homework to declutter my living room and to get rid of some books that had been collecting dust. I was proud of the work I had done in clearing space.

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Lights Please….

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I never get stressed out about it, because my focus has always been on the thing that is most important to me, my family. The people that are my family are, of course, my husband, and my kids. But there are also people who have come into my life that are my “adopted” family.

 “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

When I was a child, in the days before any type of recorded TV shows, I waited in anticipation for the night it would be shown. I never missed watching it, and I could recite Linus’s speech, word for word.

I loved watching that show again when my own children were young and seeing it through their eyes. We could record it, and watch it over and over again, and we did! I think I watched it more than the kids did, and every time Linus said “lights, please”, I would repeat his speech along with him.

I read a comment by the person who posted the clip. After all the times that I have watched that show, and focused on that scene, she brought my attention to something that I missed. Take a minute to watch it here.

Did you see it? When Linus says, “fear not” he drops his blanket! That security blanket that he carries everywhere. The one that Sally tried to get him to give up earlier in the show. He came up with all kinds of reasons that he could hang on to it.

How many times have we seen something, but not really seen it?  For years I had been looking at that scene with the eyes of a child.  I missed the most important part of it. We look at people and see what we want to see, and miss the signs that they are showing us.

A wise friend of mine, Sharon Joseph, reminds us that there is only love or fear, and if we are living in one, we cannot be in the other. So many choices are made from fear of failure, fear of success, or fear of not being enough. If we live in love for self, then we take care of ourselves. We set healthy boundaries and know that “failure” is just a lesson that we need to learn.

My wish for you this Christmas is that you give yourself the greatest gift of all, the gift of love. Then you can share it with the people in your life.

Merry Christmas!

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Blueberries are red when they are green

I recently learned an interesting fact about blueberries. Apparently wild blueberries can’t be planted. They grow by sending out runners underground, creating clones of the parent plant. There can be various clones in a field of blueberry plants, and that’s why there can be many shades, sizes and flavours in the same area. Continue reading “Blueberries are red when they are green”