Friday, May 27, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This year my garden grows with a row for the hungry!

Do you know that one $4.00 tomato plant can yield up to 250 tomatoes? I decided to plant an extra row to donate to my local food bank, it feels good to know that a small investment in time and money will make a big difference for people in need.  

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I {heart} Johnny

The world could use a few million Johnny's! I tried to enlarge the size of the video but couldn't...go here for easier viewing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kindness Begins With Me...


do it...with all your heart! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

I Can Do This!

A week from today I go to trial with my former employer to decide my fate regarding my injury. I'm scared...I've never even had a speeding ticket, let alone been part of the legal system. Life can be complicated and a little confusing sometimes. Just when you think you have it all figured out and your sailing through life...WHAM, something unexpected happens and turns your world upside down. Sometimes our journey to the best places takes us through some difficult times and we have to wade through the muck to get to the other side of it.

There's one thing that I'm sure of....I'm sure that I'm not meant to stay in this painful place. Regardless of the outcome, I know there is a beautiful lesson in all of this and I will come out of this stronger, wiser and with a clearer vision of my path. I will keep the faith, I will keep going...I can do this!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What if...

New beginnings come with change and change can be difficult. Sometimes the hardest thing we can ever do is to walk away from something we want, but that we know deep down is not meant for us. I've never been good with change, change can be scary and sometimes staying in something that is not good for us seems more comfortable and less scary than change.

Change and letting go is a part of life, each of us has had to let go of something we wanted or loved very much, but I'm sure that when we reflect back on those decisions to change or let go, we see how it took us down the path we were meant to travel and opened up opportunities that we would not have had.

The last year has been full of change for me...a spinal injury, losing my job, but most of all, for the first time in my life, I was forced to be still and be one with my thoughts. This is something I've never done before, I was living life at warp speed and never took time to just think, to be one with my thoughts and ponder what it is that I really wanted...seems like such a simple thing, but truly it is a gift that we rarely give ourselves.

I had time to ponder what my true passions are and what I wanted out of sounds cliche, but what would I do with my life if I knew I couldn't fail? Just think about that for a moment...the skies the limit, right? What if you just did it anyway, knowing that you might fail? The true reward comes from following your dreams and doing something, even when you know you might fail.

Begin to imagine how perfect your dream is going to be by just stepping out of the scary, the doubt and taking a true leap of faith. Having the courage to let go of the ordinary so that you can have the extraordinary. Faith in knowing that everything always works out beautifully when you make courageous choices that are right for you. What if we broke the ties that bind us?...What if we took a true leap of faith?...What if our dreams really did come true? Our heart knows what it is...we just have to do it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Beginnings...

Hmmmm, where to start? I guess I'll start from the end...the end of something I once loved and enjoyed very much. I have another somewhat successful blog that I had to bid farewell to after a particularly painful period in my life. For those of us that blog, we've learned the joy it brings by allowing us to express our thoughts and interest as well as the opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world.

Most blogs are not private and open for anyone to access, typically not a problem for most, but I learned the hard way how our words can be twisted and used against us. My former employer accessed my blog and took something very light-hearted and innocent and tried to use it against turned my world upside down.

I tried to keep my former blog going, but the truth never again felt like mine. I stayed away for months on end, then I would post sporadically, but I was never free to be who I was before and knew it was time to close that chapter of my life and start a new one.  So here I go...perhaps a little more guarded, a lot more private, but ready to explore my journey more than ever! I'm glad you're's going to be A Lovely Journey!!