The materialistic life

How many of us are materialistic?  I would probably guess most of us in some way are materialistic – I have managed to fill up half a closet with clothes in the year I have been back in Canada.  I have gone from owning about 6 outfits to what I consider a full wardrobe – with numerous pairs of running shoes and even a pair of heels.  This is not who I was in the past few years!!

 

As I was driving yesterday, along the Niagara Parkway (which I HIGHLY recommend to all to see – it is by far one of the prettiest areas in Ontario to see!), I was looking at the big houses along the waterfront.  I mean BIG – some would call them mansions.  They easily are worth millions of dollars.  And in my mind all I could think of is WHY would you want such a big house??  Do they have maids to clean?  What are their property taxes for such a place?   And of course, what I was also thinking was, do they realize how many trips they could have taken and made memories of instead of spending so much on a house??

 

I will never buy a house or property – and even when I look at my closet, I think I have too many clothes and need to give some away.  I really am amazed at how much my attitude has changed since I moved to Europe back in 2014.   I don’t want to be a materialistic person anymore – I know I was in my past and I honestly don’t like that about me.  I used to care about what I wore – name brands, etc., – but now I am happy to go to thrift shops and buy something that looks comfy.

 

My goal is to clear out some stuff by the beginning of 2019 and donate what I don’t need.

 

I am not knocking people who like to buy things to make themselves feel good – I just know that this is not the lifestyle I want.

 

So how about everyone else?  Do you have things you know you don’t need?

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A beautiful Autumn day!

Took some time out yesterday afternoon to venture out to some of my favourite places in the Niagara peninsula to enjoy the beautiful Autumn colours.  It was a very nice, relaxing afternoon.

 

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Carpal Tunnel

It’s been a while since I have blogged – work and personal life has taken its toll on me.

 

I have developed a bad case of carpal tunnel and unfortunately in Canada, it takes quite a while to see a specialist in order to get it taken care of.  While we have universal health care, it takes up to 6 months to get in to see a specialist!  I am looking at April to have the surgery.

 

In the meantime, my work life has become much busier!!  I had hoped to be able to get back to blogging on a weekly basis but by the time I get stuff done for my parents and then work a full 8 hour shift – I am exhausted!  My blogging life has taken a break but I will be back to a more regular schedule soon I hope.

 

My trip to Spain is quickly coming and I cannot wait!!  I will DEFINITELY be blogging about my experience there!

 

My article will be coming out soon and I am excited to have it in print.

 

So life goes on, even when in pain, and things progress.  I hope all is well with everyone out in the blogging world.

 

The Most Beautiful City in the World

I have travelled quite a bit over the past few years and while I haven’t seen a lot of cities, I have seen enough to know what I think, in my eyes, is the most beautiful City in the world.

 

For anyone who knows me, they already know my answer.  It’s the city that changed me forever.  The city that touched my heart and soul and will forever live there, no matter where I go and what I see.  The city with a magical and mystical feeling to it.  The city where so many people made me feel like I belonged and I truly found myself.

 

That city is Prague – the city of 100 spires.  Set in Central Europe, it is a city that is drenched in medieval history and yet has a modern touch to it.  The amazing sites to see, the friendliness of the people and of course the cheap and delicious beer!!!  In my opinion, this is the City that EVERYONE should see in their lifetime.  It is forever etched in my memories as one of the most memorable times of my life.

 

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Another accomplishment!

As I was not planning any travelling this year, I decided to set other goals for myself, including doing public speaking (done!) and having an article published by the end of year.  Well that second one is coming true!!

 

I had originally sent in an article to a Canadian publication called “Our Canada” back in October 2016 (when I was in China) and had not thought it had actually gone through due to the difficulties with the VPN and internet in China.  Well in fact, it DID get sent and I guess it had been in a pile of other articles submitted.  I received an email about a week ago from one of the editors asking if I’d still be interested in having it published and could I provide more information?  Of course I said YES!

 

After many emails, searching and sending in pictures, it has been confirmed that in the December issue my article will be published in a NATIONAL magazine!  To say I am slightly excited about this is an understatement.  I cannot believe that I am actually going to have something I wrote in print for others to read.

 

It’s been such an unbelievable journey from 4 short years ago, when I was still working as a legal assistant in Calgary Alberta to where I am today.  I am so grateful and humbled and just so happy for my life and the way it’s turned out for me.

 

If I can do this, ANYONE can!!!

Travel sickness

It’s been one year today from when I landed in Santiago and began my 7 week adventure in Chile.  Where has the time gone??  I miss the sights of Chile, the food of Chile, the friendliness of the people and the time I spent I there.  So much has happened over this past year, but I look forward to 2019 with more travelling coming up.  In the meantime, some of my favourite pictures of Chile to share…

 

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Vina del Mar

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Arica and its beautiful beach

I “have to” or I “get to”…

I read something very interesting today – it was a remark from someone on Facebook about how they changed their perspective simply by changing one word — “have” to “get”.  It seems so simple – but is it really?

Let’s consider this – I have to go to work today – sounds like something you would probably avoid if you had the chance.  Something daunting.  Unpleasant.

So let’s change the words.  I get to go to work today.  It sounds like it’s a great thing right?  It sounds like you are excited about doing it.  It’s something you are looking forward to doing.

And it was such a simple change — from a 4 letter word to a 3 letter word.  Have to Get.

I could think of my life in a negative way – I have to get up and run errands for my parents.  Sounds negative.  BUT if I change it to – I get to get up and run errands for my parents!  At least to me, it sounds like a pleasant thing to do.

Let’s take it a bit further — I have to blog tonight because it’s been so long since I have. (and yes I did actually think that this morning).  I changed it later today to – I get to blog tonight because I have a night off and can really think about it!  I got excited by simply saying it that way.

It’s amazing that by changing that one word, how much better my day turned out.  I changed the word with many things today (not just about blogging!) and it definitely turned my attitude around.

Try it – you may be surprised at how easy it is!