Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Out My Back Door...

Photobucket Seriously, how blessed am I? Not only is Spring approaching quicker and quicker it seems these days...(thank goodness!) THIS is what I have running through my yard at this very moment. A beautiful stream of MELTED snow...spring runoff and it is beautiful. So so beautiful and a sign of happy things to come. Sunshine, warm air, longer days, leaves and flowers blooming! Anyone else feeling the spring fever? Let's just hope it decides to stick around permanently! April...we really do not need any winter surprises this year! ;)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Memories are Priceless

Photobucket I guess that is why I am truly obsessed and LOVE photography and scrapbooking. The ability to relive some of the moments that happen to us in our lives that truly affect us in deeper ways than we could have ever come to realize at the actual moment they were happening. Being more "present" in my life events is something I continuously strive for, and lately I must admit it seems that way of thinking has somehow exited my mindset as I just feel like I am trying to keep up to the everyday madness and hecticness of life and all it's demands. Can anyone else out there relate? Sometimes we all just need to STOP and take a BREATHE. I feel like I have come down with a sinus cold and infection and I am beginning to think that maybe that is my body's way of telling me to calm down... But back to the photography and scrapbooking obsession...I was going through some of my photos the other day (yes...I was supposed to be cleaning) and I came across photos of our trip to Jasper last May. Matt took me to this beautiful cabin for my birthday and we had such an amazing time. My favorite part was simply the sunshine, warm weather, and being surrounded by such beautiful landscapes that truly take your breath away. I LOVED it. When I look at these photos I LOVE the feeling I get and the place in my heart that I go back to. True heaven and a solid reminder of all that is good in this world. How much fun we had...the conversation, the laughs, the food, the comforting silent moments...I truly loved it all and will forever appreciate every second of it when I look back at this page and remember. What a great gift. I truly love this memory. Photobucket Realize it’s possible, instead of telling yourself why you can’t. Become aware of your self-talk. Squash negative thoughts like a bug. Replace them with positive thoughts. Love what you have already. Be grateful for your life, your gifts, and other people. Every day. Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t. Don’t compare yourself to others. But be inspired by them. Accept criticism with grace. But ignore the naysayers. See bad things as a blessing in disguise. See failure as a stepping stone to success. Surround yourself by those who are positive. Complain less, smile more. Imagine that you’re already positive. Then become that person in your next act. -Leo Baubata

Sunday, March 21, 2010

She Is Just Beginning...

Welcome to the world Baby T. You are just starting out, you lucky little girl! Even though you were not a fan of having your photo taken, thank you for being such a sweet little angel and allowing me to capture some moments for your new mommy and daddy! Thank you P & C again, for spending some time with me as I loved capturing some moments for you to cherish as you both begin on your new journey as parents to this beautiful baby girl of yours! She is truly an angel! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Power of Thoughts, Attitude & Self Belief

Photobucket Photobucket Every now and then, whatever the life circumstance may be...I find myself thinking, questioning, doubting etc. etc. I hate to be in that place, but sometimes that is just where I find myself. I know better, but it just happens sometimes. Let's face can be EXHAUSTING at times. Whether it can take it's toll on you physically, emotionally, mentally...or finds a piece of each to tackle, sometimes it's easier to turn against it rather than embrace IT...being the good AND the bad. HOWEVER...even though life in all it's forms can be so overwhelming at times, I truly believe it is in the power of us all and in the power of our thoughts, attitudes and self belief that we have the power within us to persevere, move forward and face all challenge with our head held high. It's really all we can do. Even if we are still defeated in the end, we made the attempt and effort...and that truly counts for it all. Sometimes there are other plans in store for us and for our fate, but ultimately whatever reality we are given, our thoughts and attitudes can make it OR break it. I believe in MAKING it. And YES, coming to that choice is not always easy. But all we have are our attitudes. I created this layout based on that. Believing in the importance of a positive and strong attitude, thinking intentional good thoughts and believing in yourself. Kind of a few things I have been doubting and struggling with so I created this as a reminder to keep the focus and to always try and stay strong no matter what. It was fun to just relax, create, and document something that I truly want to live by. Just another reason why scrapbooking to me has changed my life.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Be Still My Heart...

Photobucket Do you ever have moments, where you just NEED a reminder of all that is happy and good and why the little negative things in our world just DO NOT MATTER? Well, today I had that reminder when I stopped in to see the most precious kids in the world. One of my bestfriends just welcomed her second child into the world...and she is truly the most beautiful little thing ever...with the CUTEST and BEST big brother around. He is such a proud and helpful little guy with a heart of gold. His little smile today, and emerging independence truly melted my heart. He is growing up to be such a big boy and loves his new little sister to pieces. Congratulations Coutney family on the arrival of your little angel. Your family is truly complete and Matt and I are so happy and blessed to have such amazing friends in our lives. We love you and I hope that you are all able to treasure these moments I was able to capture for you. xoxo Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What Is Your EVEREST?

Photobucket Wow...March already? It is so hard to believe that we are already quickly approaching springtime and Easter...and YES...SUMMER! It was such a beautiful day today, that I just had to stop for a second and take a deep breath in of the beautiful air and I loved how the sunshine felt on my cheek. It was great. I just felt HAPPY! Life has been ultra busy, but it's all good right? I keep telling myself it's good to be busy, even though at times it seems like things that really matter to me seem to continuously get pushed to the sidelines. But, I am sure everyone can relate, and that is just the way it goes. Baby steps to accomplishing tasks...have to remember that! The last weeks in February since I was last able to blog have been FULL. I just got back from a work conference in Calgary that was just SO AMAZING and SO INSPIRING. It has been a very interesting past few months learning the new ropes of my job. But having the opportunity to attend the conference in Calgary completely reaffirmed for me that I am EXACTLY where I need to be...and that this new journey of mine is definitly my Everest to climb! Why the reference to Mount Everest?? Well, on the last day of our conference we all had the opportunity to listen to the most amazing speaker ever, TA Loffler. Her journey has and continues to be incredible, and her presentation...AMAZING. Her story begins with a dream. And that dream was to summit Mount Everest. For the remainder of the afternoon, we all were amazed, inspired, encouraged and motivated by her story of strength, sacrifice, determination, will, courage etc. TA went BEYOND to live her dream and make it happen! I think that is what inspired me the most, was how she MADE IT HAPPEN. We all get caught up in our lives about things we wish to do one day, or maybe we will, or whatever. I just loved how she set her mind to her goal and virtually achieved it. Even though, her story did not end picture perfect (as she fell very ill and could not continue the climb to the top) she is heading back this March and is set to summit May 2010. And maybe, such is life? Life is not perfect, and just because we may work ourselves to the bone figuring that because we are doing what we are doing that we are "OWED" to succeed...sometimes that just does not happen the way we want it to. In the end, keep moving forward, don't become distracted and discouraged...just keep moving ON! I loved how TA was able to relate alot of her experiences, struggles, and visionary moments with us and how we can too, climb our Everest...whatever that may be. It may be something in our personal lives, professional lives, a dream, a health struggle etc. Whatever it is, we have the ability in us to climb our own mountains and be at the top of our world. :) I will never forget her story, drive and passion. She inspired me and will continue to as I will forever hold onto her words and story when life seems to send me a speed bump every now and then. I just had to ramble and share and spread the energy and still today I feel pumping through my body! I just LOVE to feel empowered by others and she definitly made me think about life, struggle, and achieving goals in a whole new light. For that, and for a fabulous day today...I am TRULY thankful! xo

About Me

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Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada
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!