When It All Comes Together

This is by far, my favorite time of the year.

Slowly the trees are changing colour and there is a crispness in the air.  The nights are cool, but the days are still warm and beautiful.  The kind of days that beg to be explored.

And, I have been exploring. With my camera in hand.

Moments like this one, where it all comes together are what it is all about.Flutter

 

Love this. My mom comes to me as a butterfly, so it’s an extra special sight! xo

Mornings

What started as a yearly tradition that many of us share, has turned into a photo project for me this year.

On the first day of school, I almost always get a picture of my two boys before they leave the house.  This year though, Connor being a “cool” sixteen year old decided he was not going to partake in such a stupid tradition.

As I am sure you can imagine, this did not sit well with me.  All I needed was a few seconds of his time, as I was using my iPhone for the shot as we left the house.  My insistence for him to cooperate was met with anger, rage and the f-bomb.  Through my stubbornness, I got my picture though.

As the day wore on, I decided his attitude was worthy of a lesson.  One that would teach him that it really isn’t worth fighting over something as silly as a picture.  And, my photo project was born.

In the two short weeks my project has been running, I have endured my fair share of angry boys, and grumpy boys.  There have taken to hip checking eacjph other, and the shenanigans they can pull of in a 60 second photo session is impressive.  (The 4th shot is my favorite so far…)

I honestly can’t wait to see how this plays out.  With the crappy weather not too far away  and ever irritable boys, I should be in for some entertainment.

September 2nd

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Thirty-Seven

Today when I woke up I was thirty-seven.image

It seems thirty-six slipped away as quickly as it came.  Although I am not sad to relinquish control of the past year, I’m not sure where it went.

This time last year, was a tough time.  Much of it because of mistakes and choices I had made for myself.

Thirty-six was supposed to be about healing and moving forward.  Forgiving myself and growing as a person.  It was supposed to be about finding happiness and peace.

Third BirthdayInstead, I feel like I’m still in the same place.  Spinning my wheels. Not exactly sure where to go from here.

It frustrates me so much, because I know where I want to be. I even think I know what I want.  I just have no idea how I am supposed to get there.  It’s like I’ve set out uon an epic journey, and I forgot to bring my map.

As time passes, I’m certain the destination I see today will change several times.  Maybe the reality is you never really get to where you are going because it is always evolving.

Thirty-seven is going to be an interesting year.  I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

When The Feathers Fall

It is nearly 2am.

I am still wide awake.

It seems to be one of those nights where my mind is in overdrive, and I just can’t sleep.

I’m catching up on Mad Men and sipping a glass of white wine, hoping that will lull me into a few hours of restful sleep.

There are so many things swirling in my head, all mixed up and jumbled up together.

I’m trying to look into the future, although I have no idea what it holds right now.

The past six… nine… twelve months… have tested me and pushed me to my limits.

I think I know where I am headed, and what I want.  Yet sometimes I feel so utterly lost.

There are so many things I want to do, and yet I don’t know how to make them happen.

I sit back and look at myself right now, and I see a disaster.

Ruffled feathers being held in place by cheap band aids.

The feathers are still going to fall, as soon as the glue on the band aid fails.

It’s all just a matter of time.

When The Feathers Fall

 

Shout It Out Loud

May Health starts tomorrow, and I am pretty darn excited!

Last year, I participated in May Health for the first time.  I was competely blown away at the outpouring of support from all of the other May Health participants.  Especially Mark and Julie.  I went into it with two goals.

Stop drinking coffee and be active every day.May Health

I am happy to report I stopped the coffee drinking for several months, and was active almost every day in May.

The amazing thing was that the activity continued on through the summer.  I ran my first 5k in July, and a 10k in September.  I also trained hard all summer to compete in the Guelph Lake II Duathlon.  I’m not sure any of it would have happened without the May Health kick start.

This year, I go into May Health knowing I am capable of BIG things when I put my mind to it.

With this in mind, I have 3 goals I want to accomplish this year for May Health.

1)  Cut out added sugar from my diet.  This is going to be tough.  I am a sugar lover.  Chocolate, sour candy, sweet candy, ice cream and so on.  I don’t need it, and with a family history of Diabetes, its time to cut back.  I will make an exception with sandwich bread, and my morning yogurt (both have added sugar).  Otherwise, I’m going to try to stick with only natural sources of sugar.

My New Girl2)  Walk a least 15,000 steps every day.  This will probably be the easiest of the 3 challenges, and my Fitbit One will keep me honest.  It means I will have to make an effort to get out and walk every day for about a half hour in addition to all the steps I do during a normal day.  Good habit to get into.  One I would like to continue long past the end of May.

3)  Bike 1000km in May.  This is the biggie.  This is the one that I know will test me.  But, I am up for the challenge.  I have it roughly mapped out, and luckily biking daily is something I love.  Some of the shorter rides will be with my boys on the mountain bike, and the longer ones and solo ones will be on my new girl.  I know the weather is going to play HUGE role in whether I am able to complete this or not, and I am ready to give it my all.  I really think I can do it.

So, there you have it.  My May Heath Goals.  Shouted out loud for everyone to hear.

I’m ready to get started tomorrow, and I am really looking forward to hitting my 1000km goal near the end of May.  I will watching and cheering all of you on too.

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