The Places in Between

The Places in Between

When I started my full-time journey, I wanted to experience every square mile of this continent. I wanted to travel a bit, stay a month, travel up the road a few hundred miles and stay a month more. My plan hasn't quite worked for a variety of reasons, but I have traversed amazing locations and seen bucket-list beauty. The high profile destinations either made me gasp with joy or stand quiet in wonder, but there were many places in between that had the same effect. Places of wonderment that Continue reading

Weathered Beauty

Weathered Beauty

I'm blessed with the ability to see stories and potential in everything. I see beauty within each and every person I meet. Sometimes beauty isn't seen with my eyes, it's heard with my ears. I value life stories told because I develop an appreciation for lessons learned and who the person has become. While working, I see potential where others see none, whether it's a unique marketing campaign or a house that needs some work to be returned to it's former - or future - glory. I thought the Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 30

Today is the final blog post for 2009's 30 Days of Thanks. When I began this project I thought after 30 days, I would be happy to see the closure. Now we're here, I'm not. Considering and writing about gratitude daily was very therapeutic, but more importantly, posting regularly has become a habit. I've really looked forward to the time I sat in front of my laptop and wrote my thoughts down. Even more surprising was how many of you are reading! Thank you for your support, comments, Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 29

30 Days of Thanks – Day 29

Divine Intervention Fate Destiny Kismet Karma Law of Attraction Message from Above It doesn't really matter what you call it or how it's defined, I'm thankful for it. It seems I am blessed in my business life. I've not gotten rich from all the hours I've worked, but work seems to come into my life at precisely the time I need it. I've watched it happen year after year. There have been times I've been too busy with my family to invest time in my business and my workload quiets. Other Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 28

30 Days of Thanks – Day 28

Today I am thankful for Yoplait PEAR yogurt! The flavor explodes in your mouth and yet it's refreshing at the same time. The little chunks of pear are yummy and taste like a perfectly ripe Bartlett. I think it may actually overtake my long-standing favorite Strawberry Banana. Try one for yourself and let me know what you think! If you'd like to participate in 30 Days of Thanks - head on over to www.30daysofthanks.com for the details. Take a moment to read what others are grateful for Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 27

"The moment we are confined to a space that is narrow and shallow, our souls begin to die. We thrive upon the spacious love of unlimited space and the gift of acceptance." Jeffrey Patnaude from his book Living Simultaneously: Balancing Self-care, Personal Relationships and Work Today I am thankful for the resuscitation my soul has received over the past year and for the individuals who revived it. Although I began the process alone, several people have helped me find my way back onto the Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 26

30 Days of Thanks – Day 26

As long as my children have been active participants at the dinner table, we've discussed what we're thankful for over Thanksgiving dinner. So, when I began 30 Days of Thanks, I expected Thanksgiving Day to be the easiest blog article of all to write. I was wrong. Without going into details of past "announcements" by other attendees, I expected the dinner to consist of three, but instead it was a dinner for four. Not an issue, I had prepared enough food and keeping my kids happy is of Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 25

Sometimes the little things can create an impact or avert one. Today I am thankful for having unlocked my doors BEFORE locking my keys in the trunk. If you'd like to participate in 30 Days of Thanks - head on over to www.30daysofthanks.com for the details. Take a moment to read what others are grateful for in their lives. Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 24

30 Days of Thanks – Day 24

Some women's heads are easily turned by a token piece of jewelry, or are impressed with the gift of a sports car. What gets me excited? A bird-brained domesticated fowl in all it's raw glory. Today, I am thankful for my Amish turkey and for the Hardy family of Century 21 Today for giving the gift of a great Thanksgiving meal to share with my children. It's the best gift I've received in a very long time. Thank you! If you'd like to participate in 30 Days of Thanks - head on Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks: Day 22 & 23

30 Days of Thanks: Day 22 & 23

By the time I hit my early twenties, I was carrying around a lot pain and anger. I had a right to be angry and the pain was expected, but deep down I knew the only person those negative feelings hurt, was me. I thought long and hard about how to alleviate the antagonistic emotions affecting my body and mind. After much consideration, I decided to contact everyone I had an awareness of hurting in my life. Fortunately, there weren't many. I spoke to the ones I could, explained myself and Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 20 & 21

30 Days of Thanks – Day 20 & 21

The problem with having moved around a lot in my life is that each moving truck leaves a wake of good friends. As a child I moved from an apartment where I played with a girl down the hall whose name I no longer remember. I took ballet with other young preschoolers and wowed the crowd by waving to my parents instead of paying attention to the choreographed steps. By the time I took tap dancing with my new bff, Kim, I had moved to the townhouse elsewhere in Scarborough and understood the Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 18

30 Days of Thanks – Day 18

Today I am thankful for my Flip Mino HD. I've used it to get video testimonials from a few clients on the real estate side of my business but I LOVE to use it to capture the Marching Band performances in a way that my camera can't - with sound and movement. After all isn't that what a Marching Band is all about? For a sample of the Flip and to see the last 2009 Walled Lake Northern Marching Band performance of 2009, watch the series of videos below. The high school marching band closed the Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 17

Today I'm thankful I was able to put in a long day of work and completed some tasks that had been on my plate a long while. I'm also grateful to a handful of friends that provided support and favors today when needed. If you'd like to participate in 30 Days of Thanks - head on over to www.30daysofthanks.com for the details. Take a moment to read what others are grateful for in their lives. Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 15

30 Days of Thanks – Day 15

Growing up, we always had Sunday dinner at Nana & Grampa's house. Nana would slow cook a roast, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert. She'd also cook up some Yorkshire Pudding for us to drench in gravy. I continued the same tradition with my family minus the gravy and Yorkshire pudding but the past few years have been busy and Sunday dinner fell by the wayside. I always cooked our holiday and Sunday dinners but my husband made the gravy. I tried to make it once. I was impatient, it was Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 8

30 Days of Thanks – Day 8

Today I am thankful for this morning's sunrise. A testament to the fact that no matter what is happening in the world, there is breathtaking beauty to be found if we raise our eyes and look for it. If you'd like to participate in 30 Days of Thanks - head on over to www.30daysofthanks.com for the details. Take a moment to read what others are grateful for in their lives. Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 6

30 Days of Thanks – Day 6

"I spent my entire marriage seeing the best in him and he spent his entire marriage seeing the worst in me." "We were both wrong." There is nothing more heart wrenching than spending nearly two decades supporting someone, believing in that person and then coming to the realization that you were nothing more than a means to an end. The investment disposable, time and sacrifices made no longer credited, all because of a personal request for the freedom to pursue suppressed Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 5

30 Days of Thanks – Day 5

I expected today to be a somewhat challenging day to feel thankful... unless it was for my lawyer or for Lori Williams who helped me find her. (@loritwilliams) What I found instead was many, MANY additional reasons to be grateful. One of those reasons is a twitter friend that goes by the name of ShopperAnnie. She reached out and invited me to join a few others gathering at a restaurant/bar in Ferndale. I've followed Annie for a while and she's such a wonderfully warm tweeter, I knew she'd Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 2, 3 and 4

My first post was actually Day 4 so I want to catch up and get to Day 5 after I sleep. Day 5 is going to be a doozy - but I'll find something to be grateful for. Day 2 I met and had a wonderful conversation with a couple of people I had initially connected with through a Motor City Connect breakfast in Commerce. So on Day 2 I am thankful for Motor City Connect. I hadn't lived in Michigan very long and knew three families (neighbors) before I joined MCC. I can trace almost everyone I Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 1

30 Days of Thanks – Day 1

Truth be told, it's actually Day 4; I have some catching up to do. Did I know about this event on Day 1? ummm yeah. I wasn't going to do it. I don't have time. I've always spent a lot of time being grateful. Seeing the cup half full. Looking on the bright side. Counting my lucky stars. But since we're being honest, this is one of the darkest periods in my life. It's a time when I need to learn how to stop doing these nice things and look at the dark, dank underbelly in Continue reading

How Do You Remember Our Veterans?

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada. No matter what country or Holiday Title, it's a day both countries have set aside to remember those who have fought for our individual rights and the freedom we enjoy as citizens of North America. I am thankful to each and every veteran on both sides of the Can Am border. I've had the exceptional pleasure to live in both countries and I give thanks to the men and women who have made it possible for us to have freedom Continue reading