Since my “AH HA!” moment last month, my outlook on life has been much more positive. I have been thinking more about things that are really important to me and decided to focus more on those aspects of my life – things that I enjoy doing.
Something that has been extremely important to me for as far back as I can remember is volunteering. I believe the first time that I volunteered was when I was eight years old and I was matched up with a little girl named Kira who was in playschool. It was my job to help her feel comfortable starting elementary school.
The Social Network
Last month I had the opportunity to attend a Women's International Day event in Pembroke. The guest speaker was Major Marie-Claude Arguin, the first female Commanding Officer of 2 CMBG Headquarters and Signal Squadron. She was a different choice than organizers had asked to speak in previous years. I wasn't sure what we would have in common, I mean I am a military spouse, not a military member, but apparently it was a lot.
I thought she did a fantastic job of empowering women with her words of wisdom. In her presentation she gave this advice about facing challenges, "When it is difficult, because it will be, take the time to think about what others have managed to go through and be inspired by them. Let them give you wings. Find your hero, your model, your inspiration."
Northern Intelligence - The Great White North By Leslie Dunnett
Last year, my husband came back from his tour of duty overseas and told me that he had received a screening message for Yellowknife, NT.
A screening message is a three month long process that covers everything from your physical and emotional well-being to your financial competence, in order to clear you for an isolated posting. You have to prove to the military that you are a fine, upstanding family with good credit and healthy gums, capable of surviving three or more years in an isolated environment. Basically, they want to make sure you aren’t going to freak out because you’re 2000 kms away from the nearest Ikea.
Making time for family
I often spend my Friday nights watching Blue Bloods on TV. I grew up watching Tom Selleck on Magnum P.I. and of course listening to Good Vibration by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – also known as Mark Wahlburg. Tom plays the father who is the police commissioner for the NYC police department; all of his five children, Mark, playing one of them, work for the law system in one position or another.
In every episode there is always one or two family dinner scenes. All of the family members live at separate residences, but they make time for each other to break bread together. I understand this is pure fiction, but for me it is art imitating my life.
Well you haven’t heard from me in a while, and for that I am sorry. I’ve been trying to write this entry for the last month. I have had five different drafts going. You see I have had a life shifting experience over the last two months, and I wasn’t quite sure how to explain what happened. So once again I took the advice that I received in Grade Four from my favourite teacher Mr. Duxbury, “Just start at the beginning Katie and the rest will flow.”
After my Grandma passed away in January, it really made me appreciate everyone in my life just a little bit more. There is a high chance we will be posted this year, and while I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to experience a new city, I realize that I may not get a next time with my friends and family, no “sorry I missed your birthday, but I’ll catch it next year” type of a thing.
Today is the greatest day I've ever known
I've always loved this song by the Smashing Pumpkins. The lyric and melody is beautifully married to an amazing message that I was usually too drunk or high to understand in college. The song was filed away years ago when college life ended and adult life started. Today, as I sit here, writing my blog, I am singing this song, which now has a much clearer message for me than it used to.
Do you remember a time when life just seemed to flow right? This was a time when the river of life was full, and flowed with the gentle breeze from God. Everything seemed to line-up perfectly and your existence and life was simply harmonious.
In like a lion, out like a lamb
The sun is shining here in Petawawa, today. However, I believe like other parts of the country spring arrived like a lion on Monday. Brrrrr. Here's to praying it goes out like a lamb.
I first read about Buy Nathan a Beer on Facebook, a place where my valuable time seems to slip away. I didn't know Corporal Nathan Hornburg, but I have spoken to his father, Michael, on the phone and and exchanged a few e-mails with him over the last year. I knew Cpl Hornburg had died in Afghanistan - so I was wondering - why would I buy him a beer. So I surfed over to the Facebook page to learn what Buy Nathan a Beer was about and I was intrigued and thought other people would be too.
Help From My Friends
I pulled out my computer on Saturday afternoon, set it down on our dining room table with the intention of completing a couple of tasks on the website and Ezine. My husband was away so I thought I could slip a couple of hours of work into my weekend – while my two younger children, who were also at the table, watched TV and ate potato chips. My oldest, Number 1, which is what my husband jokingly calls her, was working and Number 2 was getting ready to leave to go to work. And then it happened.
Daylight Savings and March Break
This week my children are home on March Break, my husband is away on course and I am working at my day job – Ubiquitous is my evening and weekend job or I guess my full-time hobby. Four out of six of us in our family are sick with a cold that my oldest daughter brought home from the pool.
Needless to say, we aren’t escaping this year’s great Canadian winter. If you are homebound this March Break we have some ideas to make the most of your break in “Staying close to home this March Break" or "March Break ideas for the kids."
The Family Room
Ahhh … family. The word can conjure up so many emotions. And for those of us who live a great distance from our families, everything is just a bit more complex.
Now, I suppose we need to distinguish between immediate family (we deal with them in the children’s room and the bedroom, later on) and our families of origin, which is who we deal with in the family room. We don’t get to choose the families from which we come, or the families of the person we choose to spend our life with.