Part of my story and the things I’m grateful for…

I started this post almost a year ago but didn’t know whether I should share it or not or if anyone would really want to read it but I decided to update and finish it and take a chance and do this for me!

Please bear with me as I pour my heart out.

BUT if you really don’t want to read the whole thing, just skip to the end where I summarize and tell you about my lessons learned!

  • got fed up with life early in 2013 – needed a life change
  • ended a relationship that we both really tried hard to figure out
  • moved 5000 kms away from everyone I knew and loved in October 2013
  • had no job for the first four months, cleaned apartments to have a roof over my head
  • the people (friends) who you thought would support your decision didn’t – OUCH!!
  • Christmas of 2013 was the lowest point I had reached in quite sometime (a year after the death of someone I held very close to my heart and still miss). I had none of the “usual” things surrounding me that I took for granted – started to think I made a mistake and was contemplating my place in this big wide world
  • eventually found a job in a similar field to what I left behind but I was miserable almost every single day and the commute was 2 hours 20 minutes per day -ugh!
  • found new love and started a new life BUT nothing seemed easy (much turmoil in this relationship but that’s for another day)
  • one of the people who kept in touch (and still does almost daily) is a true inspiration and encouraged me because she told me she admires me and believes in me – POWERFUL WORDS that I needed and I don’t think she realized just how much – this I am forever grateful for
  • I had some very bad luck with my health for what seemed like almost an entire year (mid 2014- mid 2015), a surgery that went wrong, three trips to hospital by ambulance, two that resulted in overnight stays and another surgery
  • I needed to take charge of my life and get things back on track and find things that made me happy
  • thanks to the encouragement of my dear friend I started blogging again after a long hiatus – changed the name to be more reflective of who I am today
  • when I moved I liquidated most of the things I had collected, then when I got settled into my new life I started missing some of those things, especially the things that bring back good memories
  • I slowly started to collect vintage items again, it sort of turned into an obsession, which turned into an on-line vintage FB and Etsy selling business
  • I changed jobs after 15 months and it was the best move for me, my commute now is only 17 minutes each way

During my poor health days, I had a lot of time to think and reflect because at one point I could not drive, read or use my computer.

I’ve never been one to give up but at times I started to sink into depression. There were times when I gave into it and literally did nothing all day. I also realized that I was the only person that could change me.

So on the days I was up to it, I would go out walking, getting out for fresh air,
unnamedeven on the really cold days .Getting some exercise was not only good for my body, it was good for my mind.

I had lots of time to reflect on the past and to plan for my future.

My adorable cat (Mylo) also encouraged me to start blogging again (after all he tried to be in all the pictures I was taking).IMG_1084 - Copy

Blogging was therapeutic for me, although at first I was all over the place with the topics I chose. Today I am focused mostly on the DIY with vintage items.

Just over 7 months ago, I became a grandmother. It’s quite amazing that this little person has changed my entire life and now I know it is true when people say it is one of the most wonderful experiences in your life.

I still work full-time to pay the mortgage but continue to explore and follow the passions in my life, being a grandmother, blogging and vintage hunting, re-purposing and up-cycling.

I have my “off “days when I just don’t want to do the things I know I should ( (exercise, eat properly, clean the house) or sometimes I do the things I shouldn’t, like spend waay too much time on FB or Pinterest – I call this time research 🙂

I think this quote by Steve Maraboli sums up how I feel today…

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

I have a lot to look forward to in my life and everyday is a new day and I am not naive enough to think that there will be no more struggles but I have learned that the journey can be rewarding, change can open your mind to things you never thought possible, believe in yourself no matter what and don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

For today, accept yourself for who you are, love yourself, forgive yourself and accept each new day as a gift, do your best and NEVER give up!

My dedication is to you my loyal reader and follower and don’t ever forget that the gift of life truly is A Wandaful Thing!


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  1. Thank you for your story…mine is quite similar and presently trying to get back to me !!! :-):-)

    1. thank you for your comment, I am sure you will get back to being yourself, which is refreshing to hear because most people always seem to want to be someonelse and it makes me happy to hear that you want to get back to being you…cause I think we are a lot alike and I like me just fine when I’m not lost 🙂

  2. Your positive attitude and embracing change has always been encouraging to those around you. Change is hard and you have always met it head on. Thanks for sharing.

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