I hope you have the time of your life

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why. It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time. It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life.”  –Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (Green Day) This song was released in 1997 – I was 23 years old at the time. I had graduated from university just the year before. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life, and I certainly had no plan. I worked in a retail sales job where often a whole day would go by without any customers coming in. I was bored and unmotivated. I think I even fell asleep at work a few times. It was beyond brutal. I knew there was something more to life than what I was doing, but I didn’t know what it was or how to find it. But I had an idea – one I could not believe I was even thinking. Against everything that might have seemed logical, I followed my heart and moved from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Hay River, Northwest Territories – approximately 6300 kms (3900 miles) away from everything and almost everyone I knew. I had been to Hay River 2 years prior to the move – to visit my Mom and my uncle who were living there at the time. I didn’t love it at first. It was isolated and didn’t have a lot in the way...

Let go, take a leap, and get what you truly want (and deserve)!

“Drench yourself in words unspoken. Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.” –Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield) A year and a bit ago, I was living in Millet, Alberta, Canada. I was single, working as a life coach, travelling, doing lots of things I loved with people I enjoyed being around, and yet, I still felt like something was missing. I’d had this feeling for a while that it was time for me to move, but I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go. Costa Rica (or another foreign country where there’s no snow!) was on my mind. Nova Scotia (where I was born and raised) was also a possibility. I’d been gone for 16 years, so maybe it was time to move back? (I had just sold my place in AB at the end of May and was going home to NS for vacation in June.) The two weeks flew by, and I decided to stay for the summer – living out of a suitcase! By the end of August, I knew I wanted to move back, so I went to AB to get my stuff from storage and drove across the country (by myself!) to begin the next chapter of my life. So, what has happened since I’ve been living back here? Lots! I rented an apartment in Halifax – hoping eventually to buy a house, but again not totally sure where I wanted to live in NS. I said goodbye to my 30’s. Yup, I turned the big 4-0, and it’s as fabulous as everyone says it...

Spread your wings now, and live while you are here

“Yeah when I get where I’m going, there’ll be only happy tears. I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years. And I’ll leave my heart wide open. I will love and have no fear. Yeah when I get here I’m going, don’t cry for me down here.” –When I Get Where I’m Going (Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton) We played this song at my grandfather’s funeral. Whenever I hear it, I think of Grampie Bob. I don’t know all the details of his life, but I do know that it wasn’t an easy life. His step mother was not the kind you’d wish for if you were able to choose, he started working on a farm at the age of 13, became an alcoholic, lost his wife in a car accident when she was only 33 (they had 3 children still at home), and lost his first grandchild when my brother died in a car accident at the age of 24 – just to name a few things. Did my grandfather carry more burdens than he needed to – physically, emotionally and spiritually? Maybe yes, maybe no. His soul did write this life and what lessons he was to learn while he was here. It just seems like a lot when we think of it from our human perspective. We think he shouldn’t have had to go through all of that. ‘One person should not have to experience so much pain.’ But through his pain came great lessons, the opportunity to grow, and the ability to then help others heal and learn. “Sometimes, struggles...

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