Tuesday, August 18, 2015

IF ONLY THEY KNEW

Life in itself can get so busy.  There's always something to do, always an appointment, always someone depending on us, always preparation for another day...before you know it days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months and so on.

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Then we make comments like "time flies" when we stop for a moment to think on something that strikes us at that moment. It all happens so fast.
We have drastic moments when someone we care about or someone who has had an impact at some stage in our life, passes away.  Usually that's the moment we stop time and the busyness of life to really think about how that person has affected our life. Where we'd be if we hadn't met them? The many conversations we had? The last time we saw them? It really becomes a moment of reflection. Then as time leads to their memorial we think about what we would have said to them if we saw them one last time. If only they knew...

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Today, I want to challenge you to not wait till that moment. Live your life in a way that causes you to let your loved ones and acquaintances know how you feel about them or about what they've done to cause change in your life. Don't wait for  a funeral, or a birthday, or an anniversary. How about you let them know just because you don't know when that last moment will be.  Keep in mind, there's more to this... imagine if we lived a life where we knew what we meant to others. What kind of fuel, encouragement or drive would that give us to keep fighting through, to walk in our purpose, to continue to look past our situation and follow through. We'd help each other live a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

Let's also teach our children, nieces & nephews and all the children in our life.  Teach them to not wait. Teach them to seize every moment to be that catalyst, to not waste moments thinking they have time but to do what their hearts lead them to do.  It could mean a world of difference for someone else.

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Let's not waste time thinking we have time. Let's let it become the way we live. Let's use our time wisely to create change and not have to regret.  Turn the "I wish they knew how they changed my life" to "I'm glad they know how I feel about them!"


Monday, June 23, 2014

Journal: Life Keeps You Busy

It's been a while since my last entry.  The title for this one explains it all.  So much has happened and completely consumed my time...and rightfully so.  A quick update.

My three year old had a horrible accident.  She fell off a stool at a terrible angle and broke her arm. There has been hospital stays, X-rays, morphine, multiple casts and sleepless nights.


My other two girls wrapped up their dance year with multiple competitions and a year end recital.  There has been road trips, practices, an audition and tons of growth within the last few months.


My husband's gospel singing group FOR THE MASTER had a live DVD recording and it was AMAZING.  So very proud of him for letting it all go and doing things that he would not have done otherwise.


We celebrated Father's Day by honouring my husband as the king of our castle.  We relaxed, made him a special Trini dinner and spent quality time as a family.


Hoping life with slow down over the next few weeks so we can breathe.  If not, I guess we'll just keep moving.

Friday, May 23, 2014

DIY Painting Challenge

It's been a while since I've posted canvas paintings!  Here is my latest attempt at a more challenging piece.  Took a lot longer than the others but it was enjoyable none the less.  At the very bottom is the original painting I worked from by QiQi Gallery.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Journal: Approaching 40!!!

As I inch closer to 40 I find myself going through a range of emotions.  Everyone's journey is different.  Everyone's story is different.  Your story and your journey affects your perspective on things.  I went from being petrified of turning 40 to feeling exhilarated about it.  Let me explain...

Initially I was petrified because it seemed like it was happening too fast.  Time seemed like it was going faster than I could accomplish my goals.  Was I getting old?  Well that's one way to look at it...a negative perspective.  I grew tired of that spot!  Why sit there and just waste even more time?

Then I grew to accept that 40 was coming whether I was ready or not.  With accepting came making the decision to not focus on what I hadn't yet done, but to find the drive and enthusiasm to tackle all my outstanding action items from a place of thankfulness.  I'm thankful that I'm still here.  I'm thanking that I find strength and direction from the God I love and serve.  I'm thankful for what I've already done that I thought I couldn't.  I'm thankful that I still have today.

Now I'm just excited.  I'm excited that I finally, after a long journey...I finally love me!!  This is the most confident I've ever been!  With all my imperfections, with all my shortcomings, with all my curves, with all the growing I still have to do, I Love Me!!  I will strive to be better, do better, learn, grow and GIVE!!  When I look back on life I want to see how I made this world better and how I enriched those around me.  Those are the things that I will find value in and pass on to my children.

So 40...let's go!!  I'll love, give and strive before you get here...and long after I pass you!

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