I can’t believe it’s already been a week and a half since we returned from Paris!
That’s right I said Paris!
I know I didn’t really update anything other than my instagram during that time but I kind of liked the idea of being away without everyone knowing.
I want to recap and share all the little details with all of you I hope you will be ok with that Blogging is a great way for me to record events in my life like this one.
Paris? Why Paris? The trip was planned as my grandmother’s 80th birthday gift. The plan was to bring her to Rio de Janeiro the place she has dreamed of her whole life. As we started planning Mamy (my grandma) got nervous about the flights being too long and a few incidents she saw on the news made her decide she didn’t really want to go there in the end. So then came the time to pick a backup. In the end we chose Paris. We opted to go at the end of April in order to give me some time to accumulate some experience on my own at my new job and to avoid Melmel’s busy season at work.
And let me tell you we couldn’t have chosen a better time to go. Paris in the spring is absolutely beautiful and the weather was perfect for sightseeing.
So Wednesday the 17th we were off. We met up at Melmel’s and headed out to the airport. Our departure was later than planned and let me tell you Melmel is a bit of a control freak when it comes to traveling. It’s quite funny she kept asking to see all our passports and our tickets and when she could she would hold on to them. For someone who has traveled a lot it’s quite funny to see how nervous she gets in airports.
Love this picture of us at the airport we are all so happy to finally be going on this trip together. We took this pic with a self timer app on the ipad there are many self timers I downloaded TimerCamera and it’s great!
I’m not sure if I ever told you about my love for airports. I absolutely love them! They are hubs of emotion. Maybe it’s cause it makes me think back to September 11, 1999 when I left for Venezuela. I was so excited and scared all at once. I remember leaving my parents at the gate and crying like a baby once I made it to the other side. When I got on the plane I was crying so much that the flight attendant tried to ask me what I wanted to drink but I was sobbing so much that the nice lady next to me told her “just bring her an orange juice.” That day marks the beginning of one of the best years or my life. I left as a young naive girl and came back as a new person.
To this day I love watching families and lovers saying goodbye and reuniting it’s amazing. I secretly hope to someday have something really romantic happen to me at an airport. Like being surprised by a special someone at the gate with flowers or something of that sort. Someday maybe someone will surprise me.
Here is the first pic of me and the Eiffel tower on our first day. I’ll be back with a daily breakdown of our trip. And an AMAZING trip it was. Happy to be home in Cornwall but missing Paris a whole lot.
I hope you are all enjoying the great weather we are getting!
Today I’m adding an extra post. I just couldn’t help sharing how I feel about Boston.
I keep thinking of all the injured and their family members. I also feel bad for every participant. The months of training to get ready for the marathon and that feeling of bliss when you finish. That feeling that you did it. No matter if it’s your first marathon or your 100th no one should be able to take that away from you. I think of those who hadn’t finished and were possibly about to get their best time ever. I think of the ones that traveled from around the world to complete the Boston marathon likely for the first time and likely something they have dreamed about for a long time. I think of all the runners who may never be able to run again because physical or mental limitations. This saddens me deeply.
Let’s not forget all the heroes that took part in yesterdays events the police, firefighter and ambulance crews that ran towards the explosion to help others. The hospital staff who through tragedy kept strong and helped everyone as much as possible.
Marathoners everywhere keep running don’t let what happened yesterday ruin your experience, don’t let it frighten us. Don’t let it stop you from experiencing this moment of pure joy. Nancy
Well here I am at the very end of my 30th year. I must say it was a great year. I spent a lot of time with loved ones traveled to a few new places and lived every moment to the fullest. Attended a few baseball games went to my first NFL game. But the end of 30 is near and I am happy a new number is coming along so I can put the not so good parts of 30 away and start working on 31.
I have big plans for 31! I am heading to Paris for 10 days in the spring with my sister, my mom and my 80 year old grandma for a trip of a lifetime. I will have my first solo shift this week at my new job that I absolutely LOVE! (So happy I passed my training I guess I should have announced it here but if you follow me on Facebook you already know) I’ve already started building new friendships and am so blessed to already have some incredible friends. My family is of course the best thing I have cause I know even when I’m not the best daughter, sister or grand daughter they are always there for me. I have a few big purchases I am planning for the next few weeks and months and can’t wait to share them with you as well as a possible move. I’m also planning a trip to San Fransisco in the fall something I have been putting off for far too long.
This year as selfish as it maybe I will be putting myself first I’m going to work on saying no when I don’t really feel like doing something and I will take the time to do the things I love. It seems like I haven’t crafted in ages (minus today of course at Auntie Em’s). I want to try project life for year 31. I had a few projects around the house that I never accomplished and I miss that sense of accomplishment. Also with my training days behind me I can’t wait to concentrate more on my business and the many projects that have been brewing in my mind for a long time.
I started working out at Renew and it’s challenging and it hurts but it’s feels so good to know I can do it and I could work through the pain I hope this will remain a big part of my life. I need to take better care of me.
So even though 31 begins with a little rough patch I am sure it will be another great year to add to the story of me, and this little rough patch will be so worth it in the end. As my colleague told me upwards and onwards. Plus it turns out my life is nothing like I would have ever imagined it but I wouldn’t change one minute of it.
This year I won’t rely on anyone else for my happiness it’s all about me I’m number one however in being number one I still want to work on being a better me. Cheers to 31!
I am overdue for writting but I took the month of January to get organized from my office to my computers I needed sometime to get all my things in order and I needed to concentrate hard at work to make sure that I pass my training. I only have 4 shifts to go and then my training is up it’s crazy how fast the 3 months went by.
Well 2012 is just another year behind us.
Life in Cornwall is going amazingly well from design to photography, business, scrapbooking, friends, roadtrips and family things couldn’t be much better.
What a great year it was! Here is a quick monthly recap I decided to break it down since so much awesome stuff went on that I want to recap!
-I started dating my awesome boyfriend
-I became a godmother to my amazing niece
-A few girlfriends took a weekend away to celebrate our upcoming 30th birthdays -During that trip I got to shoot Terri’s maternity pics still some of my favorites. February -I made the design team -My family got to meet my awesome boyfriend.
-The awesome boyfriend and I babysat Gaby for a whole weekend while we sent Melmel and her lover to Quebec city for a weekend. We took the pics from this layout that weekend. -Jasmine Star commented on my blog here!!
-I went on the most amazing valentine’s date ever.
-We celebrated my 30th birthday with sushi, bowling and friends and a few days off of work March -I started my Etsy shop with my friend Fiona (which is bare and needs some work)
-I shot this awesome shoot with Gaby-and met this little guy for the first time
April -was a nice quiet month but I met this little one for the first time May -we went on an amazing road trip through detroit to chicago and back through cleveland (to be blogged) We attended 3 MLB games and 2 at Wrigley Field!June
-We finally went away on our first weekend of camping together to Kring Point ( I guess I can blog about this too) -I finished my invisalign treatment (this is a big one I should blog about it was a life changer for me )
-We went to Toronto on a little getaway. During our stay we saw a Blue Jays game and we went to the zoo. I’ll be back with more from last year and some other stuff I’ve been working hard on.
Hope 2013 is treating you well. Can’t believe 31 is just a few weeks away!
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In January we planned a girls getaway to celebrate our upcoming 30th birthdays. We had originally talked about going to Vegas a few years back but since 2 out of the group were pregnant we opted for something a little more reserved and went to Kingston for the weekend. A few of the girls weren’t able to come in the end and we were only 4. All four of us went to high school together however we haven’t really kept in touch our common link being Jolene brought us back together.
It was a weekend filled with laughter, shopping, food, photo shoots and spas. I hope we will get to do this again before we turn 40 and hopefully at forty we will make it to Hawaii!
Here is a quick photo recap of the weekend.
Thanks girls for a great weekend full of memories and Chantal we still think you are swell.
Do you ever take a look back to a year ago and relive the excitement or look at how far you have come. Today is one of those days. A year ago, I was approaching the end of one of the biggest adventures of my life. I was boarding the plane heading for Greece to complete my very first marathon, nearing the end of my $6800 fund raising challenge as a member of the Joints in Motion team.
I remember being exhausted from organizing fund raising events and training along with moving back to Cornwall only a month before my departure. I was also anxious, excited, and nervous. My training went well but I wasn’t sure if I was ready. I’m sure I could have been more prepared for the hills MOUNTAINS.
I love adventure, I love having all those crazy emotions. I really feel alive when I am uncertain, taking risks and trying new things. I know several people didn’t believe I could raise $6800 in 6 months much less run 42.2 kms. I love proving to people that if I set my mind on something I will to accomplish it.
I also love airports. These buildings are hubs of emotions. You can see families reuniting, teenagers heading out on their first trips, lovers reunited, immigrants arriving at their new home, and of course teams heading out on great adventures like we were. I get excited just thinking of how much I love airports and taking it all in. (I know I ‘m weird, most people are stressed about getting on a plane and going through security, but next time you are in the airport take the time to look at the emotions it truly is a beautiful place)
I made this wonderful book to commemorate the adventure and I am grateful that I will have it forever to look back and remember the great times, the amazing friendships and that if I set my mind on something I can do anything. Take a look…