Monday, November 08, 2010
Well, after several days of browsing, snipping, arranging and pasting I finally finished my long awaited collage last evening. It is now proudly displayed on our fridge door and my husband joked about how excited I was to be doing it. If you haven't done one, I highly recommend it!
Well, after I finished my blog my husband asked me the significance of each picture and it was so easy to tell him that I thought I would share it with all of you.
FRIENDS - That is a shout out to my friend who suggested SparkPeople to me and to all of you, my newest friends, who encourage me more than you will ever know.
SPINACH, KASHI CEREAL, ALMONDS, APPLES, BROCCOLI, MILK AND MIXED VEGGIE - My favourite foods. .
RED RUBBER BOOTS - An inspiration for turning rainy, gloomy days into brighter ones by wearing funky, practical footwear. Imagine the fun I would have splashing in puddles! I am currently in the process of looking for a great pair of rain rubbers!
CANADIAN FLAG - Well, what can I say? I'm glad and proud to be a Canadian!
COMMITMENT "1" versus PROCRASTINATION "0" - my new motto
REFERENCE TO AND A PICTURE OF A REDHEAD - (look hard you will see a black wooden moustache magnet on the redhead's face) - After years of hating my colouring I'm finally embracing it. The moustache magnet (a recent present from my brother) is a silly reminder of the bond we share. I know he is encouraging me on!
START RUNNING - A reference to the fact that I want to start running! I'm not quite ready yet but it is one of my medium-term goals.
SUNFLOWER - The flowers we chose for Dad's memorial service....I still smile and think of him when I see sunflowers growing to their majestic heights.
FETCH - Refers to getting fit in the company of my dogs. With them it is totally fine to be silly and I'm not sure who has more fun with a stick or a ball!
HAPPY LIFE - NO REGRETS - If I was going to be buried that is what I would want on my tombstone....quite a choice for somebody living with depression.
LEATHER COAT - This reminds me of classic clothes that are meant to be worn and look better with age. It is also a subtle reminder that I will one day be able to wear non-plus sized clothes.
LEATHER RIDING BOOTS - This is another reminder of the lifestyle I want to live. Not that I'm a horse rider but I love that casual comfortable look. No stilettos for me. Oh, and it also reminds me that I long to wear boots without extra-wide calves!!!!
WATCH - A reminder to watch myself and to be accountable to myself!
PRESENT - A gentle reminder to look for the specialness of every day and not just special occasion ones. Maybe its is giving my dear Mom an unexpected gift or giving somebody the gift of my time.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
I woke up this morning dreading the day as it was rainy and rather dull outside. As most of you know, I so battle with depression and have SAD (Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder) on top of that.
Anyway, I was sitting back feeling sorry for myself when I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and started writing out how I felt. For every negative feeling, I came up with a positive one. I was amazed how quickly I started to feel better!
Just to give you two examples of things I wrote:
1. The weather is so rainy and gray. My response to this was, I have a nice little house, out of the rain. I have lights I can turn on if I find the darkness too much. And I also have a hood should I feel inspired to walk in the rain.
2. I have a mountain of laundry to do. My response to this was, I have a brand new washer and dryer downstairs that works wonderfully. I do not have to lug my laundry to a laundromat. I should be thankful for that.
Once I felt a wee bit better, we bundled up, stopped at Tim Hortons for a coffee and drove to our normal walking spot. We were just getting out of the car when the sun came out and we ended up walking for 60 minutes in t-shirts and jeans. Talk about having a great November day after all.
Just wanted to share my experience with you and I hope you are all enjoying a nice Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Hope you are all doing well and are somehow embracing the start of yet another month. I'm doing well and for the past few days have actually managed to drink my 8 glasses of water. I think I have a path to the washroom at work beaten down but I'm hoping my body will soon get used to the increased fluids.
I bought another coat today but before you all think I'm a "fashionista" (not really sure how to spell that), let me assure you that my last purchase of a similar style coat was 6 years ago and was size 2x. It was on sale at Lands' End and I bought it through the mail. It was my first black coat in my life and now it is still fine but I'm very proud to say is too big for me. It also attracts dog fur like glue but that is my life story.
Anyway, today I bought myself a softshell type coat for walking. It is still a XXL but is a trim fit. I actually think it is too snug but I think I'm so used to having my clothes BIG that I no longer know what fits me!
So, what is so special about buying a coat? Nothing, really. But the fact that I bought my first item of red clothing in 44 years is a breakthrough! I'm a redhead and always felt my hair somehow clashed with red but when I tried this coat on it made my face look brighter.
I'm sort of the mindset that we can wear any colours we want as long as we have the confidence to do so, but I've always wore rather drab colours. Now, I'm stepping up a notch...a blue dress coat several weeks ago and now a reddish one! Oh yeah, and I bought my very first pair of dangly earrings today. I usually wear discreet studs or simple hoops but I'm branching out and I'm loving the me I'm turning into.
Thanks again for reading! Happy Sparking!
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