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Giving up Caffeine

 I've decided to give up caffeine for thirty days, mostly because I've become a little more dependant on coffee than I want to be. A little because I'm curious if all the research is correct and my caffeine intake is contributing to a lower quality of sleep and leading to headaches.  I never liked coffee. It was not something that was a p...
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I gave up caffeine July 15th - great minds! I could easily drink a whole pot of coffee and had the same suspicions of its affect ... Read More
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Friends

Yesterday was the International Day of Friendship. Of course, this got me thinking about my friends. How those friends have changed (in some cases) over the years, and why those changes happened. The truth is we all have friends. It doesn't matter if you are someone with two close friends or 20, we all have someone in our lives who we count on to a...
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My Cruise From February

As most of you know the first week in February before we knew much about Covid-19 or had any form of shelter in place orders I took a Disney Cruise out of New Orleans (side note: I always wear a mask when I fly, have for years, at the time it was not a COVID precaution). I was able to book this trip in 2019 with a friend and had a wo...
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Unapologetically Feeling Everything

I've always been someone whose emotions were very close to the surface. As a child, I can remember many times when adults around me would say things like, "This isn't happening to you, stop crying" or "It's a made-up TV show, you have no reason to be upset by this." As a young child, I learned very quickly that the world doesn't want to know that y...
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Too Much In A Short Time?

We have had so many changes that happen in our world in such a short time over the last five months. The world is not the same place it once was. We are not the same people we once were.Have you thought about how you have changed?  I hear a lot of people talking about how they can't wait for the world to go back to "normal" but I think what "n...
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Our Collective Zoom Burn Out

We all feel it, now that we are three months into the Covid-19 epidemic. In the beginning, it was fun to have so many places to stay connected with friends. To work from home and have after-hours social get-togethers with our friends. Now it all feels overwhelming, and like there are so many commitments, we can't keep up.Being on video calls where ...
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One Hundred Daffodils - A Short Book Review - no spoilers

 I had the opportunity to last week to chat with an author about the book she had written. The conversation will be released on the podcast Monday, but before that, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the book with you because I found it a compelling novel of life lessons. The book is broken up into smaller sections, so it...
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Multiple Sclerosis On The Rise In Canada

 Multiple Sclerosis (or MS as most people call it) is on the rise here in Canada, and scientists are not entirely sure why. MS has no cure and not one specific cause we can point to and say, "this is why you get it." Yet, there are approximately 77,000 Canadians currently living with the disease. Most Canadians get diagnosed with MS betwe...
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I Am Going To Get This WRONG.........

 I am going to say the wrong thing. I am going to do the wrong thing. I am going to speak when I should listen. I am going to listen when I should be speaking up. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. I own that. I know that I am learning and so I will make mistakes while I do so. I am okay with that. I will take ownership of those mistakes because they wi...
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60 Days - Really?

 It's been 60 days. 60 days of self-isolation in this new crazy world we live in. I don't even know how to process that. I'm not sure how I feel, how I'm supposed to feel about that?  Actually, as of today, it's been 66 days for me. 66 days worry, 63 days of learning, 66 days of stress and joy mixed into...
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The Struggle At This Time Of Year

I've been struggling lately with a lot of things. I've been sick for what feels like the whole month of January. A cold that became bronchitis that becomes something else entirely (I'm not even sure what) at times made me feel like I wasn't going to make it past cold and flu season. All while trying to work my full-time job, be an "Adult" and build...
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You Can't Be Happy If You're Alone

This is something I've heard over and over again. The older I get the more I hear it. Friends, family even people I hardly know will make comments about how I'm single. How at 38 years old I still don't have children and I will never be happy until I have someone to share my life with. But here is the thing....... I have people to share my life wit...
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A Ride Across America For Wellness

 Today I had the pleasure of being able to interview Richie Crowley about his plans for the summer and how he is hoping to open up a conversation about what health really is and how we can all make changes in our lives that will lead to better overall health without spending $30 a day on fresh juices and joining a gym.  You can read ...
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The Struggle to Decide to Have Kids or Not.

As most of you who follow this blog know, I've had a desire to have kids for a long time. In fact, I thought I would have had them by now. However, a number of factors from spending most of my life poor, to not wanting to have kids the way my parents did (as teenagers with no real education or life set up) made me super aware of every action that c...
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The Floral Showcase

Find yourself a small place where you can go to sit and be at peace. This isn't possible every day but every once in a while I am able to pop over to the Floral Showcase in Niagara Falls (because I have a season pass) and just sit in nature and enjoy the day. I thought for today's blog post I would share some of it over the last few months with you...
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Infertility Awareness Week

If you follow this blog you know I've written in the past about my struggle to decide whether to have kids or not. What you might not know is when I was 19 I was told I would never have children naturally and the odds of me having one with medical interventions like IVF were very low. So at 19, I started to adjust myself and try to come to terms wi...
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Why Celebrating Your Birthday Is Important.

If you follow me on social media you know, I love my birthday. Some years I celebrate for weeks surrounding my birthday. I do this for a number of reasons (which I will talk about in a minute) and I think you should too.   Here's why….. Your birthday is meant to be a celebration of your life. A celebration of how much better the world is ...
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What Is Your Reason For Getting Out Of Bed In The Morning

We're now 11 days into 2019 and I've talked to a lot of people so far this year who are hoping that 2019 will be a better year than 2018 was. It's made me wonder how many people have no reason to get out of bed in the morning? For those of you who have been a part of this blog for a while, you know that in June of 2015 I felt the same way and I cou...
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Everything I'm Grateful For That Happened In 2018

2018 was such a crazy year for me that I really don't know how to put into words all the things that have happened. I started the year off living with friends of mine who had just found out there were going to have twins! For a couple who struggled with fertility treatments to have children, I was overwhelmed and excited for them. The year held a l...
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It's almost Christmas

With being sick for the last few weeks I haven't done much of anything. I haven't gone out a whole lot as I've been too sick to bother getting out of bed. I did, however, go out a few nights ago. Not for long but just long enough for a quick drive to Niagara Falls to check out the Christmas Light displays as I'm hoping to do a Thursday night l...
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