Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I feel fine!

Tonight was the Michael Buble concert... WOW is all I have to say! Thanks Mom and Dad for a truly fantastic birthday present... It was a great show, and as you know great music!

The concert was full of great music, but I think it was the comedy that was most shocking... I literally laughed until my cheeks hurt. He was entertaining and sincere and cheesy funny (which I think is my favorite kind). He spent a lot of time introducing his band and the musicians, and let them play without him for a song so that they too were showcased. It was quite humble of him I think, in that he knows without his band and without them being remarkable musicians, he would not be who he is today. It is nice to know that a singer appreciates his band! The last song of his encore, he put his mike down and sang without amplification, he projected to the rafters, and I didn't know that the Saddledome filled with 14,000 people could be so quiet. It was inspiring and uplifting... I really did enjoy the concert.

Not many know this, in fact I would be shocked if ANYONE who read my blog knew this... About 3 Christmas' ago... (WOW)... Michael Buble hit it big with his song "Home". I instantly fell in love with his sound as it was unique to me... but alas, I was not allowed to listen to him in 'my house' at the time. When I went home for Christmas that year, I got his CD from my parents... I listened to it all the time, almost everyday... it was soothing and inspiring to me, and it felt like freedom. The song "I feel fine" most specifically in that the chorus had the lyrics "It's a new dawn, a new day, a new life for me... and I feel fine"... It became my secret motto (or my theme song for those old Ally McBeal fans out there). It pulled me through and inspired me to trek through some of the hardest times in my life.

This, along with my love for his music of course, is why this concert meant a whole lot more to me than was intended. Not only was this a great gift Mom and Dad, It was a great reminder of how far I've come, how hard I've worked and how happy I truly am with the "NEW LIFE" I began that winter. I couldn't have done it without the support of my family, but I wouldn't have had the "I feel fine" mentality if it wasn't for Michael Buble. What a great night......... :o)

Monday, January 14, 2008

The "Bucket List"

I am hoping that this year is full of new beginings, happiness, adventure and just a regular good life... That is my goal! How am I going to get there you ask....... good question!

Derek and I watched the movie "the Bucket List" last night. I thought it was great... it was funny and inspiring and touching. I said to Derek as we drove home that I wonder how many people are going to go home and write a "bucket list" of their own... and then I remembered mine!

In grade 9, Mr. White inspired a few of us by a story he told us about a man who had a list of all the things he wanted to do before he died. I can't quite recall all the details, but I do remember that the moral was to not leave anything left unsaid or undone. This inspired me to write a list of my own, and it included such things as see the Eiffel tower, or graduate University (or skydive... it was on my list even back then!)... I can still remember the first time I could check something off... when I went to France when I was 16. It was remarkable to have been able to have a dream and then achieve it. I had forgotten about this list until I moved to Calgary. I have since lost my original list so I wrote a new one... this included things like hike the Inca Trail, quit smoking, write a childrens book, run a marathon, apply to law school, see the pyramids... there are about 25-30 things on this new list... and slowly, step by step, I am crossing them off...

There was a line in the movie where one of the characters tells the other character about Egyptian heaven. When you get to the gates of heaven, they ask you 2 questions... "Did you have joy in your life?" and "Did you bring joy to others"... oh what a world this would be if we could all just aspire to answer those questions. Life is so much more when you have people to share it with, partners, family, friends. Life is a sum of your experiences... and what a boring life it would be if you had no one to share your successes and joys with, or had noone to help you when you were having a hard time... life would be all that much harder! I think we should all be inspired to live life with passion. There isn't enough passion in the world anymore. "Only passions, Great passions, can elevate the soul to great things" - Denis Diderot. I charge you to live life with passion this year, and do the things you have always wanted to do, go ahead and knock off some of the things on your "Bucket List" and when that list is done, start over... the fun is in the journey!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Welcome 2008

It is with a big smile, and sore legs that I wish you all a very happy New Year!

I participated in the "resolution Run" put on by the Running Room which took place at on the 31st of December... it was an exhausting experience, but so rewarding... I hardly walked, and when I did it was because it was slippery or because there were too many people on the path and they slowed me down. The entire run was a little slow partly because of the weather and slippery conditions (I think it was around -14C... brrr!). I came in at 57:25 which is slow but without training and the weather being iffy, I think it was great that I could finish! So, next goal on the road of running is to do a 10K... I know that one is coming up around St. Patricks day, and I might just sign up for that. I am also signing up for the 10K training class they hold at the running room on Wednesday's (i think). Step by step I am getting closer to that goal of a marathon... you know what they said... Rome wasn't built in a day.

Christmas was nice... It was good to relax and rest and eat our faces off! It was good to see the family too! I was happy to show Derek around the town that I essentially grew up in. Although we didn't get the coveted picture of Derek by the inukshuk... we had a good time touring the town, seeing old friends, going for a hike to the falls, and going on Derek's first skidoo ride... it was great! We got to see the two princesses and spend some QT with the family playing games until we couldn't anymore... it was a nice relaxing time. Christmas always goes to fast for my liking, but it can't be Christmas all year round!

Other than that, it was a great rest, and now back to the grind anticipating great things for my career and my life, as well as Derek and I's life together. I hope that this year brings another amazing trip, perhaps a house, and a multitude of great adventures (happy or otherwise). A quote for you to ponder on if I may... "Each new day is a new page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can." - Douglas Pagels. Happy New year everyone, I wish you all the happiness, adventure, friendship, laughter and joy you can possibly handle in one year!