Do You Know What You Want To Do?
I must confess that I am one of those women in her 40’s who still hasn’t figured out exactly what I want to do when I grown up. In fact, I’m a perfect example of how NOT to plan a career. Most of my employment history is a story of opportunities falling in my lap, rather than careful planning. But, I’ve had more than my fair share of excellent opportunities … lots of great experience and many great friends. And thankfully, the few bad experiences were easy to move away from.
Summer to Fall
A while ago, my family and I went on vacation to visit my great grandma at her summer cottage. My Aunt, Uncle and cousins were there too. We swam, and we went out in the boat, but there was one thing missing. My Dad. He would have joked about my
Grandma getting old and tease me about being afraid to go tubing. And, the highlight of our visit, swimming to the island, he would have swam ....
A New Beginning
When we began working on the magazine two years ago the economy was buzzing and people were spending; hence businesses were spending money – and a lot of it – in the print media. However, a lot has changed in the marketplace in two years; therefore, we are repositioning ourselves to thrive in the current market.
In our efforts to secure advertising we discovered that advertisers invest their ad budgets in magazines with a large, loyal readership. To create that for Ubiquitous Magazine we offered a free three-month trial subscription for our print edition. And although our subscription numbers grew so did the difficult market conditions.
Finding love in Oatmeal Cream Pies
I picked up Geneen Roth's book, "Women, Food and God," back in June as part of my summer reading list. In a short three chapters, I remembered the lessons I learned a year ago that obviously didn't settle permanently into my brain. I wonder why I didn't take hold of these lessons from my wonderful life coach, De-Ann Sheppard, who started me on a spiritual path holding while my hand, then setting me free to continue to make these discoveries about myself with peace and love..
How can I be everything to everyone?
I am blessed to be surrounded with a broad support system of family and friends at home in addition to the online support from other military wives around the world. I know this will change drastically when we get posted, so in the mean time I try to take every opportunity to spend time with them. This brings me to the question: How can I be everything to everyone, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, best friend, mentor, landlord, VP of our Condo Board, pet owner...
Take Time to Get Creative!
Summer is coming to an end, the houseguests are gone and soon the kids will be back at school. It’s fitting then that the focus for so much of August in Simple Abundance has been on creativity. What better time than September to take on new projects?
I read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin over the summer (highly recommend it, by the way) and came to the conclusion that I definitely need to spend time in creative pursuits if I’m to be really happy...
Finding Time to Play
The Simple Abundance passages for the past week or so have been about finding time for you to pursue hobbies. And the reason I haven’t posted until now is that I’m junk at this: failed, rubbish, rotten. I have a mountain of photos to put into scrapbooks that I get to about twice a year right now. I make it to the gym … in fits and starts.
I usually read the novel for book club, frantically, the night before. I have loads of craft/art supplies that I hardly ever touch. Sarah suggests we take one hour each day to pursue this important time for the soul.
Of all the diversion of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty space as the reading of useful and entertaining authors. - Joseph Addison
Along with the lazy, hazy days of summer I enjoy reading a good book. This summer has been no exception and I have had the opportunity to read a few books – not as many as I would have liked to. The summer is still young and there is just over four weeks left. Below I have listed two books I really enjoyed reading and why they left an impact on me.
Simply Abundant Cooking
I have been on holidays for the past week and, although I had a wonderful time, I’m really glad to be home. I enjoy restaurants from time to time, but a week’s worth is too much. So, it was with great interest that I read the Simple Abundance articles for the past 10 days or so … it’s all about food and setting up your kitchen for success.
I think a good stash of cookbooks is a great place to start … but with the internet, it’s not really necessary.
Flooding Reminds Us of the Importance of Home
I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks now, the reason being that the end-of-school craziness has caught up with me and my family. I keep reminding myself that I just need to make it to June 29th … probably not the best time management sytem. With provincial exams, year-end parties, and leaving parties every spare moment seems to be accounted for. This makes following the Simple Abundance plan a bit more challenging, and more of a necessity! I don’t want a life where I rush around like a chicken with my head cut off!