Friday, February 20, 2009


Wow. What a surprise! We took a little drive by our house today and this is what we saw. All of the stucco has been stripped, windows were delivered and will be installed next week, some basic framing in the basement was done and in general great progress was being made! Thank you Rectangle.

All in all it's been a very low key week around here. My little guy, Jake, got super sick on Tuesday night and it's pretty much brought my life to a standstill. All that has mattered is making sure his fever doesn't get too high, he's drinking enough fluids, and that I'm here to comfort him. Mat is sick now too so I'm just crossing my fingers that I stay HEALTHY.
Short post as I need some sleep--it feels like a precious commodity around here right now. Good night and sleep tight everyone.

dream big. imagine. be inspired.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


If you have 15 minutes this is worth taking the time to watch. It's about seeing the good in someone that they don't see for themselves and telling them. It's about giving compliments. It's about acknowledgement. It made me feel good watching it. I hope it does the same for you.

My challenge? When you're in line for that cup of coffee or getting groceries or whatever it may be take the time to notice something wonderful or unique about someone and tell them. Watch their face light up.

dream big. imagine. be inspired.

Monday, February 16, 2009

An Amazing Family Day Weekend

CRAZY HAIR!!! I love this photo-Jake and his Dad were busy playing in his new Ikea tent this morning and this was the end hair result! I just liked the way the light fell across both of their faces and seeing Jake's fine hair stand on end. Tomorrow is haircut day!!

I also love this picture...

I'm getting a very heartfelt hug and kiss. Today was one of those days where our day was just perfect. We got to sleep in, have a yummy breakfast as a family, get some errands done and play in the park.

What I love most is watching Jake and Mat interact. They love each other so much and make each other laugh so easily, in fact Mat can make Jake laugh so hard he pukes (this has actually happened a number of times). I just felt so grateful today and I'm sure this is in part due to an article I read in the paper last week about a man who went to visit his parents in the Democratic Republic of Congo and ended up being held captive for 7 months by the Lord's Resistance Army. I felt sick when I read it and I haven't been able to shake the images his words conjured up.

How is it that I can be here in Canada with my child and husband and have no worries about food, safety, clothing or shelter when on the other side of the world women and children are being raped and butchered? It brought back memories of watching the movie Shooting Dogs
. I cried throughout the movie but the ending truly caused me to sob hysterically for the next two hours--I just didn't know that this was going on. Call me naive, call me self-absorbed, call me what you will but the point is even after learning more about the situation I felt so helpless. I still do. And I don't know what to do about it. We sponsor a child but that seems like such a small, insignificant thing. I'm not too sure where I'm going with this but it's in the direction of me learning how to make a difference, not just in my own family or in my own community, but for the sake of humanity. What do you do to help make the world a better, safer place for all? Big question isn't it?

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sweet Surprises -- Happy Valentine's Day

Nothing is better than a surprise! I was surprised with dinner out at one of our favorite Indian restaurants last night for an early Valentine's treat. The babysitter was booked, reservations were made and I didn't know a thing about it. It was the first time that Mat and I have been out together, alone since Jake was born. That's 20 months ago...definitely long overdue. BUT, I get to surprise Mat with yummy brownies and a little Valentine's prezzie that I know he'll love.

Things have been very busy and very good around here lately. I will soon be a regular contributor to a new online health and fitness magazine (not yet launched but I'll keep you posted), arrangements are in the works for a very cool and very fun workshop for first time expectant parents, the first edition of my newsletter will be sent out shortly and I've got some great new clients to work with.

Jake has been super fun and as soon as I figure out how to post video clips I'll post one of the funniest ones I have of him.
I've also discovered one of the coolest sites around:
You describe the kind of project you need done (ie. newsletter, flyer, brochure, website, e-book, etc.) and indicate the maximum price you're willing to pay and then it's like a reverse auction. Coders from around the world bid on your project and you get to decide who you want to work with. Very cool for people like me who have no design skills!

So, what's up for this week? Hopefully a little get away to Canmore with my Mom and Jake for two nights, a birthday celebration and lots of exercise!

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I learn so much everyday

I'm feeling a bit tired tonight and don't have any "hot" topics to write about but when I think about my life I realize that I learn so much from this little guy of mine. Jake reminds me to be in the moment, to give hugs and kisses with enthusiasm, to say "I love you" all of the time and for no reason. He goes after what he wants with persistence and isn't afraid to let me know when his needs aren't getting met. I love doing things with him and if we've had a hard day, well, there's nothing that a little mug of steamed milk can't cure. I'll treasure these moments with him for a lifetime.

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Just Decide...

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about who I am, what I do, what matters, and what I'm choosing to create in this life. All of these thoughts are tied into my previous post in some way or another. What I know is that until I really choose to commit to something I can waffle in the world of indecision and confusion forever. And sometimes, for me to choose to commit, I just need to forget all about the "how's" and the "why's" and just say YES. And, once I do that things really do seem to fall into place. What do I mean by commit? I mean going after the things in my life that are important to me just by simply DECIDING to do so. It may mean registering for a course, signing up for a marathon, booking tickets for a vacation, or conducting a new workshop--but you'll see that for all of these things one simple thing is required: ACTION. I need to say "yes" and then follow through with the details (like actually registering, making a phone call, posting a brochure up, etc.). It's almost a formula:

What I also know is that going after the things that I want won't always be easy. It might mean waking up at 6 am to fit that run in, having to ask for help, saying NO more, or whatever my challenge in the moment might be, but in the end it will be worth it because I will be living my life and moving forward. What do you need to decide just to say "yes" to? What action can you take to increase your commitment? Do it!

Dream Big. Imagine. Be Inspired.