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June 18th, 2010, and I feel this was a very significant turning point in my life for many reasons; however, the biggest reason being that this day was my 40th birthday! I really wanted to be actively writing blog posts by this time, but instead of spending my big 4-0 doing the work needed to get my blog up and running . . . I ran off to Vegas (no, not to get married), but with some others turning 40, and supposedly with a couple of long time friends and my dear cousin.
I was so very pleasantly surprised (and for any who saw the “not so flattering” Facebook photos – completely overwhelmingly shocked) by five of my wonderful family members who came to join us. WOW! – Fun!Fun!Fun! That was one of the greatest moments of my life! You know how that wonderful saying & song goes “life is not the breath you take, but the moments that take your breath away” . . . well besides the birth of my beautiful daughter . . . this was one of those moments J. No one has ever surprised me in such a huge way because I always have so many plans, and been so busy living life to the fullest, that it really is quite difficult to make that happen (and trust me, I didn’t make this very easy for them either waiting for last minute flight and hotel deals). That was truly one of the greatest memories of my life and fills me with so much emotion just thinking about it. THANK-YOU dearly to my sister for doing all the planning and for all of you who just dropped everything to make it happen!
It’s now 2011, and it’s been a whirlwind since then with another great summer jammed packed with camping and visiting with lots of fabulous family and friends, river rafting, my daughter’s Junior rodeos and a little bit of work as needed. It goes so fast here in Alberta, so I really try to enjoy it as I can by doing a little bit of all the fun things with as many of all my favourite people as I possibly can. Exhausting, but lots of great memories made. I am working towards being able to spend our very short Alberta summer just enjoying it with my daughter while she is out of school. I thought that once we started the 2010-2011 school year, things would quiet down again into some normalcy, and I would have a little time to work on my new blog sitting idle waiting for some love and attention. However, more busy weekends with our annual Team roping event, helping my dad with his dream of CabanaCan – putting the website together as it was about to make its debut at several trade shows. So, attending some of those shows, including Dodge City at the CFR and the Country Christmas at the NFR in Vegas, led us right into Christmas and the beginning of 2011.
During our very wintery winter just past, I finally had a bit of time to spend with this blog that I have envisioned in my head for about a year. NOW . . . this is a beginning of my career change and I am excited to go on this journey and am very happy that you have decided to join me.
What I want to achieve in this blog is to inspire each and every one of you to live a life of true happiness! Realize that you have a purpose to fulfill when you are put on this earth and it comes from that deep passion imbedded in the cells of your being – everyone has something in them just waiting to be recognized. PLEASE don’t try to suppress those dreams and passions, but rather try to find ways to express them. I believe if we follow our heart, more than our head, and work hard at revealing our true “Unique” self to the world that we can find ways to share and monetize those passions.
So many people go through life, or a good part of it, just doing what they think they need to. You know . . . just getting by . . . paying the bills, trying to make others happy at the sacrifice of themselves. I think it’s so sad that there are soooooo many people that live life somewhat miserable, just trying to keep a roof over their head, and maybe do a couple of things a year that resembles a vacation, to justify that life. Somehow, those couple of weeks of holidays to some of us make it all seem worth while going through the daily grind, doing a job that you don’t really love – trading time for money – so you can hopefully retire one day and do all the fun things you missed (as long as you have enough money and your health stays good enough to do so).
Well, that is not the way I want to go through life and I don’t want to see anyone have to live their life that way. So I have decided to follow my heart, my dreams, get out of my comfort zone to make a change and hopefully inspire YOU to do the same if you truly aren’t where you want to be. We have all been given special gifts and some of us know what they are right from the beginning and some of us really struggle to get there. If I could just help all of the people in my life right now that I love dearly, that are not really where they want to be, and help them change their thought pattern so they can realize how important it is to “go for it” and chase their dreams, live their true passion and not settle for anything less, then I will feel like I have fulfilled my purpose in this life. It is so important to remember that it will not happen overnight, but if you truly believe in yourself then you can bring anything to life just taking one little step at a time, and moving past the obstacles and the fear.
I’ve been working towards what it is that I want out of this life and I do have to say that it has not been exactly easy getting there. Yes, there has been some sacrifices, but it is amazing once I started to open my mind to what I truly want, how some opportunities have just come into my life to allow me to grow in that direction. I am learning how to find true peace and happiness in my heart, within my divine self no matter what happens externally. I believe that I am truly headed in the right direction and I just keep filling myself with knowledge and hold onto that passion I have within to make a difference in some people’s lives and I know it will happen.
All I know is when things go wrong, or don’t work out the way I wished for, I now understand. All those obstacles that get in the way, along with the pain and stress that comes with them, has had to happen to push me in a different direction. I am now beginning to understand, that it’s not “bad luck” or whatever you want to call it, but rather, a change that is needed for growth and a new path. When that happens, you make “lemonade out of the lemons”, embrace the new and move forward.
I have had a very interesting life so far, one that should be documented I believe (and I’m sure there is a few people I know out there that would agree). Although, I had started to do so in the infamous “Christmas letter”, this blog is going to now serve as an incredible tool to share my stories, experiences and all that I learn along the way. I want to leave behind a legacy, try to make a positive difference in people’s lives and make some great things happen by expressing myself and giving my unique self to things that I am passionate about, giving back what I learn, and helping those I can in need. That is what I believe everyone should try to accomplish in their life.
So CHEERS to your life of happiness, abundance, health and wealth living your life of passion to the fullest and achieving your dreams.
Love to you All xo
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