Category Archives: life

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.

 

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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!

Perfect Happiness

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Is it a person, or a place, or maybe even a thing?  Is it the way you feel, or maybe what someone does for you that brings the feeling of perfect happiness?

 

It’s an interesting question, and not an easy one to answer.  There are many things in my life that bring me happiness – my memories of my travels, and my teaching, and my students.  There is a daily happiness, waking up each day knowing that I have my parents for another day.  Waking up knowing that my children are healthy.  Waking up knowing I get to go to a job that I truly enjoy.  Waking up to having a roof over my head and food to eat.  These are every day things that make me happy.

 

But perfect happiness – that’s a tough one to answer.  My life is not perfect – no one has a perfect life.  So is it possible to even have something called perfect happiness?  How can a feeling be perfect, when nothing else is perfect?  That’s what the question really is – what is your idea of perfect happiness?

 

My idea of PERFECT happiness would be, as corny as it sounds, that there would be no angst in the world, we could all live peacefully and happy together as one, there would be the perfect weather every day (no natural disasters) – so I guess my idea of perfect happiness would be living in a world of Utopia.  Not very realistic!

 

I am content with my life – is there something missing that could make me happier?  Perhaps, but that is something I will work on in time.  For now – my life is perfect just the way it is.  Is your’s?

 

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The Perfect Picnic

It’s cold and wintery out – so what better time to think about your perfect picnic!!

My perfect picnic would be:

The sun is bright and the sky is blue.  There is a slight breeze and it is not too hot out.  It is mid-August.  The bees are buzzing and the birds are singing.  There is a feeling of Autumn just around the corner.

 

I head to a lovely green hill, with trees softly blowing in the wind around me.  I have a lovely view of the town from the hill.  I spread my blanket out on the grass and sit down to take in the view and peacefulness.

 

As I reach for my basket, I gently wave away a bee flying by.  From in my picnic basket, I pull out a fresh baguette, purchased from the local bakery.  Then comes some delicious aromatic cheeses from the deli.  Juicy red and green grapes accompany the cheese and bread.  To wash this all down is a bottle of the best sparkling water, with a twist of lemon added to it.  As I slowly eat my feast before me, I relish in the quietness of the day and the warmth of the sun.

 

After I have nourished myself, I bring out the book I have brought, lay down and read for a while.  Perhaps I will have a journal with me so I can write my thoughts of the beautiful day I am enjoying.  Or perhaps I will just lay down on my back, watching the clouds float by, trying to see what the clouds are showing me.  Are they shaped like an animal?  Perhaps a balloon?  Only my imagination will know!

 

As an extra treat, I have brought with me some decadent dark chocolate to enjoy as I hear the children in the town playing at the local swimming pool and at the park.

 

This is the perfect picnic for me.

 

So what is your perfect picnic?  What will you bring with you?  Are you by yourself or with someone?

 

Boycotting stores – who does it help?

I have been working at Tim Horton’s, an iconic Canadian coffee shop, for the past three months.  I love it there – the people I work with are so much fun and while there are off days when one or most of us are grumpy, I wake up every day excited to go to work.

 

At the beginning of this year, the province I live in, Ontario, increased the minimum wage from $11.60 an hour to $14 an hour.  Because of that, some of the franchise owners have made some newsworthy decisions, such as taking away the paid breaks that were provided before and no longer paying for benefits.  To make this clear, the franchise owners I was hired by DID NOT DO THIS!!  However, we are seeing the brunt of these other franchise owners.  People have been talking about (and actually doing this) boycotting Tim Horton’s in general.  We have many people in the store and going through the drive-thru telling us that they will no longer be coming here in protest of what the owners are doing.  I patiently explain that the store I work in is NOT affected by this.   Some people still insist in not coming anymore (yet they are in the drive-thru or in the store, buying a coffee… go figure.

 

I have explained my thoughts on this to many people – boycotting stores are NOT going to help the employees.  By boycotting any business because of unfair treatment of their staff, you are hurting the very people who you claim you are helping.  By boycotting Tim Horton’s, since this is the store I am talking about, sales will go down.  When sales go down, fewer employees are needed to work because of the lack of business.   So less employees means more savings for the company and the employees have LESS WAGES to live on.

 

I know not everyone agrees with my thinking, however, it makes sense.  Fewer customers, less sales, fewer people needed to work.  It is that simple.  So rather than boycotting the company you are angry at, write letters to the head office.  Complain to the head office.  It is NOT the employees who need to be hearing this – we cannot do anything about what the head office or franchise owners are doing.

 

And if you are inclined to continue patronizing Tim Horton’s (and I thank all those who are!), be understanding to the staff.  We are occasionally understaffed and we try our best to give you the fastest service possible.

 

I always treat the customers with a smile and a thank you – I would like to be treated the same way back.  I think that is just general common courtesy –  and how all people should treat each other!

Be Kind to Each Other

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day – a day to remember those who fought for our freedom.  A day to remember the sacrifices they gave up so we can be free to do what we want now.  It is a time to reflect.  To be thankful.  To feel the love that is around us.

 

I spent the day today visiting my daughter – having lunch and wandering around Hamilton, Ontario.  Since I have started traveling, I have started watching people even more.  One thing that was interesting today was seeing so many sour faces walking around in Hamilton.  So much sadness in their faces.  I made a point today to compliment people that I saw, to leave a good tip at lunch to make my waitress know I appreciated her time with me, and to smile at people in the mall to hopefully give them a bright spot in their day.

 

Today has been such a special day – a wonderful day with my daughter, spending quality time together, and having a heartfelt talk tonight with my son.  I have missed my kids while I was traveling and am so grateful to be able to have the ability to talk to them every day if we want to now.  I want everyone around me to feel the love that I have inside, to know that life is such a precious commodity and that it is oh so short in the scheme of things.  If you want to do something, do it!  If you want to eat chocolate cake for breakfast – do it. If you want to do something crazy (and legal) – do it!

 

One of the most important things to do is to be kind to each other – to show each other that we are all worthy of being here.  The veterans that we remember tomorrow are the people we should be very grateful for making this world worthy to be living freely in.

 

I make an effort every day to be kind to every customer that comes in to the store I work in.  I smile and have a kind word to everyone.  I believe that because of everything I have seen in my life gives me a new way to look at people.  I want to be kind to everyone.

 

I am grateful for those who went to war for our freedom, and I thank them all for their service.  I choose to be kind to everyone I see, because of this gratefulness that I have in my heart.  So let’s be kind to one another and make this world a better place.

A busy home life

Since coming back to Canada, I have moved in with my parents, and have started a part time job (with basically full time hours).  I have been so busy, working almost every day, that my blogging has taken a back seat.  I hope to be writing at least twice a week now that I have a steady-ish schedule.

 

Life back in my hometown has been challenging at times to get used to.  I miss seeing the faces of my students.  I miss the Chinese food.  (I do NOT miss the noisiness of China though!)  I miss my teacher friends.  I knew this would happen – that I would have to adjust to living back in Canada after being gone for over 3 years.  While I have discovered just how beautiful my hometown is, I have also realized how much I miss being abroad.  Don’t get me wrong – I am very happy to be back. Being in touch with my kids.  Being with my family.  These are things I am very grateful that I have the chance to have.  But, as I have read in so many blogs, the adjustment is real.

 

I love my job (I work at Tim Horton’s – a Canadian icon) – the people I work with are fun and it’s such a great environment, meeting and talking to people every single day.  It’s a job I look forward going to every day, and when I leave, my job does not come with me.  Not like teaching – which was really a constant job.  Preparing lessons, teaching online in the evening, it was very busy and so I am really enjoying the “mindless” job I have now.  Another bonus of being back here!

 

Anyway – life is getting back to normal for me, and my blogging will become steady once again.  I have missed blogging every couple of days – and I want to continue with my writing and reading everyone else’s blogs!!

 

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