We need love more than anything!

This is from a blog of mine I posted a few years back.

Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.. -John Lennon

We are all one. We are all the same. We all strive to be acknowledged and to be loved.

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu puts it so elegantly. Why are we trying to fix those around us when it is us ourselves who are need of fixing. Look deep within yourself for change and watch how the world around you changes as you change yourself.

I noticed this when I returned from maternity leave at work. Certain people had left our group and were replaced by more calming people. After having kids my attitude had changed. I did not feel as stressed, and I had learned that you need to be flexible with your expectations when something out of the ordinary arises.

We teach our children from a young age to love one another and to share; yet as a society we have a difficult time doing that. Let’s set our differences aside and first learn to love ourselves, then portray that same love outwards to the rest of humanity. As the Bible and many other religions say, “Love thy neighbor as you would love yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39.

The presidential election in the United States has created a whole pot of turmoil. People have become upset over the choice of electors in voting in President-elect Trump. Now I know Trump has made many racist remarks. Yet if we took his campaign slogan, Let’s Make America Great Again,  we can turn this around to promote peace and love.

Now I’m not an American, however, my viewpoint of making America great should involve a coming together instead of pushing more further apart than ever before. We are all human. We may look different on the outside, yet we are all the same on the inside. We all bleed the same. We all want to love and be loved. All of humanity has the same basic instincts of survival. Making America great should involve setting our differences aside to come to build the country people see in their dreams. Take time to learn something about your neighbor. If you have a new neighbor, bring over a plate of cookies and introduce yourself. People do have a good side to them. Stop thinking that everyone is out to get you.

I pray for my American friends that they may find peace and love.

There is always something to be grateful for.

This title showed up on my News Feed on FB today. It is most certainly true. Even in our darkest hours we can still find something to be grateful for. It may at times be harder to think of. Even if it as simple as waking up alive.

Today I am grateful for the beautiful spring day we are going to endure. For the sunshine. For the happiness in the world. Today is going to be awesome! Have a fantastic day!

Dare to be different, Dare to be yourself

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I was introduced to the song, Little Boxes on the Hillside, as a teenager and recently started to here it again. It is a powerful song about conformity written in the 1960’s. This song can still apply to us today. Perhaps we need to write a new verse. 

All the people with their smart phones

With their heads bent quickly texting

All the people made of ticky tacky

And they all look just the same

It feels as though we are all drones living a life made out of ticky tacky all looking the same with our heads down stuffed in our phones. We are all told by some invisible “they” about how we are excepted to behave. We no longer think for ourselves. The ticky tacky is sculpted daily. We search social media looking for answers and dreaming of what our lives could be. We forget we are in charge of our life. We need to put down the phone and live and experience life instead of “liking” how other people live their lives. 

Dare to be different and choose to shape your own ticky tacky. Dare to be the person you are meant to be.

La Vida Loca

I haven’t blogged in quite a while as I’ve been living a vida loca.

The summer started out with a BANG! My husband quit his day job to focus on growing his BBQ business. We thought we’d ease into it nice and slow. Yeah right! Instead we jumped into the deep end and have been treading water ever since.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for how well our business has been doing, and I’m excited every time Ryan tells me we have a new event or he made a new contact.

One thing I have learned over the course of this summer is it is important to take time out for yourself and your family. Our house has certainly not been spotless, and some nights dinner consists of sandwiches and snacks. Even if it is simply a few minutes here or there where you sit down and put up your feet for five minutes.

Some people fail to realize the effort that goes into running your own business. They think you have all this time to fit in side projects and do your day-to-day housework. They fail to realize that you may have gotten up at 6:30 am to put a load of meat on the BBQ before ushering your kids to swim lessons. They fail to realize you had to respond to a few phone calls and emails. They fail to realize you still need to run to the next town or city to stock up on supplies. If you simply get these few tasks done you feel like you’ve achieved a great day. Not to mention that you still need to be a parent and spend time with your kids. The wife works full-time and needs to be a mom and a helper with the business. Often times whisking the kids to bed then helping package BBQ. Not to mention working the Farmer’s market on weekends and helping to cater.

We make a great team. Yes we have our moments, yet we help each other to persevere through the tough spots so we can reap the rewards.

As mentioned, our house may not be stellar. Our lawn and yard may not be perfectly manicured. Projects that need to get done around the house may take a little longer to finish. That is my vida loca.

Theme Songs

Just as your favourite movie or TV show has a theme song, I believe in life, we all have theme songs. When I first really started paying attention to this, I was a young adult fresh on my own travelling the wide open countryside between my new home and my old home. My theme song of choice back then was Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks.

Who doesn’t know what I’m talking about.
Who’s never left home, never struck out.
To find a dream and a life of there own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone.
Many precede and many will follow
A young girl’s dream no longer hollow
It takes a shape in a place out west
What it holds for her, she hasn’t yet guessed.
– Dixie Chicks


At one point in my life, my theme song resonated with Shania Twain’s, Honey I’m Home.

Honey I’m home and I had a hard day 
Pour me a cold one and oh, by the way
Rub my feet, gimme something to eat
Fix me up my favourite treat.
Honey I’m back, my head’s killing me
I need to relax and watch TV
Get off the phone-give the dog a bone
Hey! Hey! Honey I’m home!
-Shania Twain

Today, my theme song fits more with Imagine Dragon’s On Top of the World, or American Author’s Best Day of My Life.

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
– American Author

Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.
– Imagine Dragons

Remember to “always look on the bright side of life…” – Monty Python.

The Attitude of Gratitude

American Thanksgiving has recently passed, although we should make sure we are grateful everyday, and not just one day a year. This week there have been serveral things I have been grateful for. We had a big snow storm roll through the prairies this week and with it the temperatures plumetted. I was grateful for a snow day, as my car (which I nicknamed Santa’s sleigh) was in the shop. We braved the weather and picked it up in time to have for our winter driving.

I was also grateful to have the majority of our basement insulation finished, and also grateful for our furnace. There are still many people in our community who are without at least insulation, and a few still without furnaces. I am also grateful to be in my own home.

Whenever I have felt like I’ve been dipping into a downward spiral I start going through a gratitude list. Even if it only one small thing I can think of, it can often times turn a bad day into a good day. A good friend of mine was really struggling this week and was heading deeper into that spiral. I told her to think of at least one little thing to be grateful for. Even if it is something silly one of her kids did. And it helps.

Too often we forget to be grateful for the simple things. Even being grateful for being alive. We are where we need to be in each moment of time.

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I’m going to let it shine!

In times of need, it may feel dark. You may feel helpless and hopeless. After the June flooding in Southern Alberta, this is how many people still feel. The floods devastated a good part of my community, yet we cannot let that hinder our spirit.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16.

Last weekend marked a huge milestone for High River. It marked 100 days since the flood. Slowly the town is being put back together. A temporary business park opened to host local businesses who lost their store fronts. The Canadian Hot Air Balloon put on a spectacular show that included a glow balloon night. Then the annual River City Classic show and shine took place to cap off the weekend.

Sure it is sad to see the state of our town. Yet I am grateful for all the businesses that have returned. It will be even more satisfying when these businesses can return home! I am also grateful for these larger events to have continued despite everything this town had gone through. It was beautiful to see all the people who came out to support the glow balloons. It was wonderful to see all the people who came out for the car show.

It may be baby steps, yet if we keep our lamps lit, there remains a shimmer of hope. If we build it, they will come (Phil Robinson’s – Field of Dreams)

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