1. A couple of weeks ago, I started a new job.
Prior to this change, I had been with the same company for ten years and had multiple great experiences , including meeting some of my best friends.
I can’t pin point exactly what it was that changed or exactly when but if I’m honest with myself, my gut knew it was time to go long before I was willing to admit it to myself. Fear, familiarity and security is what kept me from moving on.
When things started to change this year, I would find myself coming home at the end of the day with feeling confused. I would want to feel sad or upset because that’s what I thought I should feel..but I just couldn’t get myself to feel that way. I found myself feeling really uneasy with how calm and okay I felt. There was a specific day I attempted to self talk myself into crying because I felt like that’s what I should be doing… But I just couldn’t do it.
During this whole process , I came across an interview that Oprah had done at Stanford Business. I listened to it at least 42 times. The timing of seeing the interview was impeccable. What stuck out to me :
“There are moments of destiny calling in your life, your job is to feel that and know that”
“Your life is bigger than anyone experience ”
“When you’re not at ease with yourself ..that is your cue that you need to be moving in another direction ..”
I’m really happy in my new job and all the opportunities it brings. If there’s was one thing I wish I had realized earlier it would be to listen to my gut from the get go. Because the moment I did , I felt happier and significantly less confused.
2. We got engaged!!
I’ll try to keep this brief. On Canada Day, Chris proposed under the fireworks at our local baseball diamond. The moment was sweet and personal and I’m choosing to keep those words between the two of us.
The funny thing is that the week leading up to the day, I had been having all sorts of dreams. One night, I dreamt that Chris proposed with 3 rings, one made from a coat hanger, one from plastic bits and one with plastic pearls. He definitely raised an eyebrow when I tried to explain the dream to him the next day. Intuition maybe? I don’t know. We have already set a date and thanks to my wonderful friend Tasha, many other plans are already in the works.
3. We got a trailer and went camping
Chris’ parents decided to get a new trailer so we now have theirs. The other weekend, we packed up the trailer and headed out . We decided to go somewhere close just in case we missed something. We ended up in Pole Haven after discovering almost every where was booked up.
We had a great first day , we went swimming in the canal with Jaxon and toured around. Unfortunately it poured on Saturday night which made leaving on Sunday a bit of a challenge. I’m excited to get out and do some more camping in the next couple of months.
4. I went to a couple of concerts in the last 6 months. My friend Christie and I went and saw One Republic for her birthday and then just last month, my sister-in-law ( to be) and I saw Ed Sheeran. I was amazed by Ed. He had no band ,no backup vocalist. It was just him , his guitars and a loop pedal.
A few other highlights since we last caught up :
~ Took myself on a road trip and took some photos
~ Golfed a few rounds
~ Took a trip out to the Cypress Hills Winery and was devastated to learn they don’t have the cheese platter anymore. But it’s still worth the trip for the wine
~ Did a photo shoot with Brien
Until next time