Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Power of Healing

Today I attended a crystal information session on different crystals and their healing powers. I find it so fascinating how these little pieces of miracle healing surround us everyday, whether we know it, (or believe in it). All I know is that they are definitly something that should not be ignored, as it is amazing to hear all of the different healing stories people have encountered with these rocks and crystals. Above is the collection I have, which I keep at my desk in a cute little bowl Matt and I had been given while we were enjoying our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. Within my collection I have amethyst, which is a powerful and protective stone with a high spiritual vibration, moon stone, which is a stone of new beginnings and calms emotions, the love stone wich is a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace, and solalite, which unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception. I find these stones and crystals so inspiring, and I love learning more and more about what and how they interact with our energies as human beings. Thank you to Dina today for hosting such a great information session! It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Had to Share...

Of course, like usual when I check out Ali's blog I come across fabulous quotes and phrases that just sum up things that I truly value and believe and really try to live by. The following is one of those quotes. It literally makes you sit back and think "hmmm..." Melodie Beattie : Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. I just LOVE that!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's Beginning to feel alot like Christmas!

Usually on Saturday's, I love to just putsy and not really have anything specific to do, or much less anything planned. However, today was one of those days where it was busy from morning until night with things that I needed to get crossed off my "to-do" list, as well as projects I wanted to start, and finish. Then of course, there are always those other things that need to get done that also seem to just fall onto my lap! One of those major "to-do" jobs, was setting up our Christmas tree. I must say initially I wasn't in the mood, however pulling out all of the decorations and hanging them on the tree really started to get me into the whole Christmas spirit just a little more. That has to be one of my favorite things about Christmas. Opening the boxes of ornaments and decorations that have been stored for almost a year, and reminiscing about the years past, and wondering about the things to come. I love finding certain ornaments or decorations I forgot I had, and placing out the ones that I always remember and highly anticipate setting out. The whole decorating process did not even seem to take that long, however I like to keep my decor to simple and clean looking, so as not to become too crowded and overdone with stuff. I am really into the whole "simple" living. One really is enough!
One other project that I was really excited about starting, and which I actually did finish, was my Christmas advent calendar. I thought it turned out super cute, and I love the fact that it is handmade and something that I can set out every Christmas that is completely unique. The whole project did not even take that long!
Every couple of months, I love to display a layout in my home. This is one that I had completed a couple of weeks ago, using the Making Memories "Fa-La-La" collection (LOVE this line). This layout is something very sentimental to me, as it signifies Matthew and my first Christmas together as husband and wife. I love the colors and design I was able to do, and again, this came to me so easy and took no time at all! To end my busy afternoon, I made a homemade pot of Chicken Tortellini soup and cheese biscuits for supper. It was just kind of a soup day, and both turned out great.
Now, that it is almost time for bed...hopefully I can relax a little bit tomorrow! It is Sunday after all!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Quote To Share

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams live the life you've imagined As you simplify your life, The laws of the universe will be simpler." ~Thoreau I love this quote!

Just a random thought...

I came across this photo earlier today, and it just brought me back to a really blissful time. A time of friendship and fun, love and laughter, comfort and memories. Thank god for photos.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Something Special

This past weekend was a great one. Matt and I went into Edmonton to begin our Christmas shopping, spend some quality time together and then I took a scrapbook class at the Urban Scrapbook. Above is a picture of the very "eclectic" album that we made in the course. It was taught by Talia and Kim, the infamous goodie box girls, and it was a beautiful project! These girls are so creative and inspiring, and I was able to have a really good visit with them. Thank you so much girls for this beautiful project and great learning opportunity! An additional bonus (and one HUGE surprise) was that Talia picked my name out of the draw for the $100 shopping spree! How exciting! I was totally shocked and extremely grateful. I ended up splurging on a Zutter Bind-it-all machine that I have been eyeing up since last year. I am really excited to begin using it, it has so many endless creative possibilities. Thank you so much Urban Scrapbook! This week, nothing much is new...still working on those thank you cards. I hope to be done soon and have them mailed out. I also got word from my photographer that my disc of pictures and photo album is ready as well, so he will be mailing that out to us too. Another great thing to look forward to!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I just had to post this...

I just had to post this picture...it is one of my favorites.

Randomness...

So...I have been swamped with this...finally my thank you cards for the wedding arrived and lucky they have because I think it is honestly going to take me two weeks to thank all of the amazing guests we had attend our wedding! My goal is to have these done and mailed out before December 01...and I am pretty optimistic I will meet that goal, however I don't think I have done this much writing since my university days! It has been such a rewarding process though, and a wonderful trip down memory lane considering I still don't recollect about 95% of the day itself. It is still a blur, and something that at times really does make me sad. It is so nice to read all of the cards and everyones well wishes and sweet words of wisdom and praise.
On another note...last weekend I threw myself into creative mode and finished my December Daily album, as seen on Ali Edwards blog. I am so happy to have it ready and am eagerly awaiting December 01/2008 so I can start recording all of the big and little moments this December has to offer. I know I will be so thankful that I did this project and will be one of the greatest gifts I can give myself. Thank you Ali for some amazing inspiration once again!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I want to remember this

Saturday, November 8, 2008

LOVE this quote

So, while surfing some of my favorite scrapbooking blogs, I came across the following quote on Ali Edwards blog. Honestly, if this quote does not hit home I do not know what will...it is so true in regards to so many of the things that I feel so passionately about in my life. Sometimes a person does not know exactly how to express themselves, however this quote completely sums up the way I feel about alot of things and the choices I make and decisions I have made in regards to how I live and want to continue living my life by. Marilyn Thomsen : And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving… Thanks Ali!

Friday, November 7, 2008

One of those days...

Have you ever just had "one of those days"? Well, today was my turn. Honestly, I do not know what was going on, but from the moment I stepped foot out my door and headed to work...I knew things were not going to go my way. There was nothing in particular that was wrong, it was just a day where I wasn't feeling "it" at all and really did not know how I was going to get through a full day at work having to feel the way I was. But then...things got better. My husband surprised me with flowers this afternoon and of course that sealed the deal for things to start heading on a better track. All of a sudden I just regained my focus and it was like "wake up girl! Let it go and just be happy and thankful". And it wasn't the flowers that did it, but just the sheer fact of being reminded that no matter what...there are always people out there that care for you, and need you, and are here to cheer you on. We all can have our days, but in reality...those days really are not that bad...especially when a person is surrounded by so many good "little" things in life. Thank you Matthew for reminding me of this, and making me more aware today of so many things. Reason #589 of why I love you and why I promise to be even more grateful and thankful for you in my life everyday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Random Thoughts & A Palm Tree

Since I woke up this morning to snow, and I am getting ready for bed as it is snowing...I figured it would be most fitting to put up this picture of a palm tree so it could take me back to some blue skies and sweet sunshine! How I long for the sun!!! This past week has been so dreary, grey and cloudy that I was forced to go and buy myself a light therapy lamp for my desk at work. The SADD symptoms are definitly trying to force thier way through and I am trying my best to fight back with all my might. Me and winter do not get along so much! However, looking at this picture does bring me back and truly makes me feel so happy. My mom and dad came over for supper tonight, and it was great to just have a spontaneous visit. Sometimes those are definitly the best visits to have. I am not really much of a planner, so when things just fall into place at times, I definitly do not mind. My dad is heading to California for a week on a golfing trip so it was nice to visit and bid him a fond farewell to sunshine and golf courses while we sit here under grey skies and snow covered ground! I am really looking forward to the weekend, and do not have much planned. A baby shower on Saturday and that is about it. Maybe I will be able to get some scrapping in here or there. We will see!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Today I am Grateful & Saying A Prayer

Today I am grateful... 1.) For the amazing relationship I have with my husband. I love how we can talk about anything and everything. I am thankful for our friendship. He is the #1 in my life. 2.) For music. 3.) To have arrived home safe and sound after going to Edmonton today. Also...I had came home to some unsettling news. I am saying a prayer for that certain someone. Let us all remember to be thankful for the power of prayer.

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I am just a simple girl with an absolute passion for life. I love celebrating this passion through my photography, scrapbooking, relationships...whatever it may be that makes me happy! I just want to live everyday with meaning and purpose and a great sense of gratitude for everything I have been blessed to have and experience!

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