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2nd Half of 2013 - Recognizing the GOOD

Monday, July 01, 2013

I took time to watch The Secret yesterday and I was reminded of the importance of gratitude and how we must every day recognize the good in our lives - despite the challenges that present themselves.

I have been going through a difficult time at home, but despite it all, I do truly feel blessed in the support I have received from my workplace, from the services I have been accessing and from YOU my SP Friends!

Today marks the beginning of a new month and the 2nd half of 2013 and my plan is to move it on an upward swing in all aspects of my life. I plan on continuing my own challenge of decreasing the days involving alcohol in my life and increasing activities that ignite my passion for life.

I plan on making the most of the opportunities and moments presented to me - like my meeting up with my friend tomorrow (that I have not seen in 3 weeks)... thankfully his schedule will start to slow down July 8th so we may get to see a bit more of each other - a welcome and much needed thing in my life emoticon

Today we were invited to a friend's place for a BBQ - this couple has been an incredible source of support for me with my daughter who has been experiencing difficulties. In order for me to get back to work they are going to help me out for the first two weeks of July and have her over while I'm at work. Then the week of Jul 15 to 26th - I was fortunate enough to obtain some financial help to get my daughter into a gymnastics camp. I'll have to coordinate getting her to and from but alas - I will manage (thanks again to my wonderful workplace and their flexibility in allowing me to do some work from home). My hope is that towards the latter part of July - she may be doing well enough to perhaps be ok on her own a bit (as she is 12 after all). I still have some vacation time I can book off - and while we will be doing more of a staycation, I plan on exploring activities we can do in the area that don't involve cost.

My oldest is off to visit her grandmother in Florida tomorrow for most of the summer. This will give us all a 'break' and time to regain some footing and perhaps better perspective on things. It will be a nice vacation for my 16 year old and a time for me to spend one on one moments with my 12 year old as we work towards helping her heal.

I have secured long term counseling for her (starting July 9th) and we see the psychiatrist again on July 10th. I have the support line I can call if I need to (Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario) and of course... my own outlet of writing/blogging to help me through it all.

Things have been incredibly challenging of late... but despite it all I recognize it for the strength it continues to build in me.

I have been on 'Sick Bay' with BLC - but hope to be able to jump back in soon. My weight has not been a priority in all of this and with my stress leave I let go of my consistent workout routine which I plan to pick up again - starting TODAY!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon To all who have commented, sent goodies and been there ... while I may not have replied to each individually, I am utterly touched and incredible grateful!!

And Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadian Spark Friends!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABIBEAR 7/2/2013 11:42PM

    Happy Canada Day to you Helene! I am so happy to hear that you are getting some long needed help. God bless you pretty lady!!!!

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MSLZZY 7/1/2013 10:53PM


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KIPPER15 7/1/2013 8:33PM

    emoticon emoticon So glad you are finding some support.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/1/2013 7:23PM


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SHAWFAN 7/1/2013 7:22PM

    emoticon and prayers to you and your daughter.

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DOOBRIE 7/1/2013 3:58PM

    I'm glad there has been some solutions to your summer. Enjoy your evening with your friend!


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1CRAZYDOG 7/1/2013 1:49PM

    HUGS and prayers.

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    I am so happy that you have reached out to all the support available for your daughter and yourself. You are such a strong and smart woman, I know you will find a way to make it over this rough time. I admire your attitude and your spunk and am happy that you are feeling that love and support in so many places. Good luck with that exercise plan. Exercise really brings on the energy we need.

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CHOCOHIPPO 7/1/2013 11:42AM

    Lots of hugs!!!! You sound way better today. You can't keep a good woman down! I hope everything goes well. You've got some great things set in place.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/1/2013 10:02AM

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REGILIEH 7/1/2013 9:44AM

    You do have a lot to be grateful for and things seem to be really looking up for you. You are going to get to see your friend. Your oldest daughter will be gone and get to have some attention just for herself and I'm sure lots of fun being with her grandmother and a much needed rest from only being 16 and having the burden of her younger sister. Your younger daughter will get to go to gymnastics camp and see all the different counselors that will give her lots of attention. AND you have wonderful, caring friends that will keep your daughter for two weeks, that in itself is incredible! I would say you are BLESSED.

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CAPECODBABE 7/1/2013 9:12AM

    xoxo Happy Canada Day to you! emoticon

Stay strong

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JODROX 7/1/2013 8:41AM

    Wow, you've got a lot to deal with right now, Helene! But it sounds like you have a good handle on it and are getting it all straighted out. I hope things continue to improve day by day.

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NEW-CAZ 7/1/2013 8:40AM

    Keep positive Helene, you're stronger than you think emoticon emoticon

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