Archive | December 2016

Don’t Perpetuate the Cycle

The holiday season is almost over for another year, which means that it is back to work for most of us–if not already, soon.  It’s hard not to Mope about with this coveted time off having come and gone so quickly, each year passing progressively moreso, it seems.  Add to that one’s reflection on their last year’s New Year’s resolutions, and perhaps there is even more reason to feel unmotivated going forward.  So, why do we perpetuate the cycle?  Gluttons for punishment, maybe?! Read More…


The Canadian Rocky Mountains


The Canadian Rockies range in age of up to 350 million years old–now that’s Resilient!  Over time, they continue to stand strong and tall attracting millions of visitors each and every year.  Despite being climbed on, built upon, blasted, photographed, and constantly exposed to the elements (including many a forest fire), they still offer themselves up to all who wish to partake in their majestic beauty.  We are certainly guilty of some of the aforementioned, as my family has made an annual tradition of escaping to the infamous Western Mountain range since I was in diapers.  I can’t speak of what it is exactly that is so intoxicating about being in the Rockies, but we have relied on them for decades as a place of refuge, camaraderie and relaxation.  Within their grasp, you cannot help but feel younger, fresher, cleaner, and at one with nature, whether you plan to or not–it just happens like magic, really.  With the New Year coming, I look forward to booking our stay once again knowing that the tried and true feeling and appreciation that we gain from being in amongst the age-old, familiar rock formations will come to fruition for yet another time.

Honour Yourself

Retreat can be wherever and whatever you make it…it can be as simple as locking yourself behind a closed-door for a long, luxurious bubble bath and/or nap (both is better, if you can swing it;-), or it can be as extravagant as an actual spa weekend or a planned vacation away.  Regardless, it’s often thought of as a time-out from the usual hustle and bustle of everyday life.  There are such things as working retreats, though that’s not my personal idea or vision of a true retreat. Read More…

Cayo Santa Maria


This time last year, this is the Path that we walked on to the beach area at our resort in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba.  The beach was amazing!  To me, it is the quintessential barefoot walkway made up of worn stepping stones with an open air bar well-placed at the edge of the uneven wooden stairs leading down to the sand.  What I love about this path is that at the end of it, the beach opens up to the vast expanse of the blue sea waters–a metaphor for all of the endless possibilities that life has to offer.  The path to nowhere and everywhere all at the same time.  My kind of path, without a doubt:-).

Pen Pals


Dear Little Rudy,

Why are you so very Moody?

Signed your pal, Judy.

Dear Pal Judy,

YOU are making me broody!

Signed, your little Rudy.

Dear Little Rudy,

I just miss your smile, Cutie.

Signed your pal, Judy.

Dear Pal Judy,

YOU are my forever beauty!

Signed, your little Rudy.


One, Two, Three…

Waitingfor our lone apple to ripen.  ‘”Ahhh…the lost days of summer.”


Definitely NOT waiting (in Anticipation of)…and I really don’t have to explain this one given the season, do I?  “Waddle on, Big Guy.  Hurry…”  


(Picture rendered from Social media)

And, couldn’t wait...”Oops, but yum!”



Stop, Breathe and Envision

Long line-ups, the never-ending list of things to do, Dollar store tape that won’t work, a gift card not properly authorized, the burnt-out Christmas light in a string causing the others to fail, baked cookies that fall apart, a lost card in the mail, last-minute company–there is a lot that happens during this busy season that can be more than a bit Maddening, to say the least.  We try to keep our sanity, put on our pasty smiles and tell ourselves “this too shall pass”, but sometimes it gets to be a little much as we wearily try to meet the demands that we often place upon ourselves during the holidays, usually in an effort to please others.   In the back of our minds, we know that it is supposed to be a joyous occasion, where time spent with loved ones is what really matters, but it’s difficult to stay in that mindset when one or all of the above-mentioned items happen and you really just wish that it would all go away.  Chances are that we have all had that thought at least once before.  But, when all else fails, and you find yourself desperate to keep things in perspective, STOP, BREATHE FROM YOUR BELLY and THINK of the following situations which might just help to turn your mood around.  (It’s a trick that I like to use all year-long when I lose sight of what’s really important and find myself getting caught up in angst or anger over the little things.  I hope that it will help you if you find yourself in like circumstances as the coming days unfold…) Read More…

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