Today Melmel is celebrating her birthday. And I figured it would be a good time to share how lucky I am. How lucky I am to have been born with a best friend. Sure when
I was little I didn’t appreciate it when she farted on my face and we tugged at each others hair.
Wish we were both still this skinny! Heather @Renew this is your goal to get us both back on track!
We spent awesome times lifeguarding at TACTSC together
But since she went to University things changed we started growing closer. Even being miles away from each other we always kept in touch. For some reason I never shared with her when I was going through hard times. I felt since she has had such a great life she wouldn’t understand but lately I promised I would be a better sister and I’m starting to turn to her when things are bad and turns out she still understands even if things went differently for her. Plus through my sister I scored an awesome brother in law and of course the cutest niece ever.
Celebrating with her before Gaby’s arrival
The sad part about this is this is the most up to date picture of us together and it’s from 2010!!
A colleague of mine and I were talking about imagining life without our sisters and we both had no idea how we could do it. I can’t imagine not being able to text or call her anytime or not having my awesome (good deals) shopping partner.
So on this day I thank you Melmel for being the best sister a girl could ask for. And I hope you have a wonderful day. Looking forward to what the future has in store for us and to growing old by your side.
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!
Love you guys thanks for reading
Where has 2012 gone…It’s kind of crazy that we are already nearing it’s end. I’m just finishing up getting ready for the holidays. Not done everything yet but I’m on my way.
Unfortunately I’m sick so it’s hard to get everything done but I try to get a few things done and take lots of naps.
I wanted to stop in and wish you all the very best for this holiday season. Take the time to enjoy your family and your down time. I’m looking forward to family and food and maybe a few extra naps here and there. I have a couple more days off then usual and I’m hoping to use those to get caught up on a few things.
My November and december layouts are up on the Auntie Em’s blog so check them out.
First 2011 in reviewAnd Noel
Are you like me constantly storing bruised bananas in the freezer and constantly telling yourself you will make banana bread? But do you ever really do it?
My freezer was beginning to get overloaded so I decided to make a few loaves. That same night I packaged them in wax paper and made these cute labels. Brought them to work as a sign of appreciation for those who made it enjoyable.
The labels read: I would go Bananas without you here and one special label read I’m completely bananas about you guess who that one was for
Looking back on this, it’s crazy how much I needed those people around to help me get through the everyday at my old safety net. As of right now the change has been amazing. I truly enjoy what I do. Plus luckily I am surrounded by more wonderful people here as well.
BTW I miss you guys. I’m trying to be around as much as possible.
Have you heard of Sheconnex? If you haven’t and you live in the Cornwall area you should look into it. Sheconnex was founded by Karine Parthenais.
Karine Parthenais Founder of Sheconnex
It’s a great organization that brings women together through various types of activities. At first, like many I thought this was just another business association. It’s nice to have a place where I don’t have to talk business all the time and where I can bring along my friends that aren’t business owners. They have activities aimed for moms, business women and other activities where women of all walks of life are welcome. It’s also a low commitment environment you can sign up for the events that interest you and that fit into your busy schedule which is great.
I first met Karine at the end of August she was looking for someone new and local to Cornwall to work on the graphic design for their various events. When I met her I instantly knew that she would do very well in this type of work. She is a warm welcoming person with an amazing personality very approachable and completely invested in this project. I wish her the best of luck with it and encourage you all to look into their events. Go take a look around their site here and like them on facebook here.
As of right now I have created the following for them. Each of their projects are fun and I look forward to all the projects that have yet to come.
First off they created the feminar you can find more info about it here.
The next project was creating a logo and poster for their super hero party, organized to to raise money for la maison baldwin. Unfortunately due to lack of participation it was cancelled let’s all make sure that doesn’t happen again.
And here was the poster. Lastly and most importantly I just designed a poster for the opening of their studio and the logo for the studio itself!!! Which means they will now have a space in which to host their events; essentially a pied a terre. The other interesting part of this space is that they will be sharing it through space rental.
Here is the logo.
And the poster… I hope to run into you at the grand opening I will be there for a bit (I have to sneak over during my lunch since I work a 12 hour shift that day). Once again Cornwall is a great place to be and there is plenty going on please check out their site and get involved.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to give you guys an update.
Things are busy
Things are good
Things are great
Things are looking up
Time is limited
Time is precious
One of the many reasons I haven’t been around as been because believe it or not I am free. Free from my safety net. Don’t worry I didn’t take a complete leap but rather I found a new safety net. One with more padding and comfort, one in which I feel I will be much happier. This safety net comes with 5 weeks of full time day training followed by 3 months of shift work coaching. I have been barely surviving with trying to keep up with my clients and studying for the weekly exams but I’m making it. After this week there will only be one more full time days week and once on shift I should be able to manage a little better.
to keep loving it as much as I do today
to find some balance between work, business and life
to never go that long without seeing my girlfriends again
to take the time to be a better girlfriend, friend, sister,
aunt, daughter and grand daughter
to learn to stop over planning
to learn to say no
to live a healthier lifestyle
to be back here regularly soon
How are things with you guys? Any big changes going on in your lives? My bestie is having her first baby sometime soon. Now that is one big change! I am so excited for her! The baby should be here anyday. Can’t wait to meet the little one.
So do you guys have traditions you follow for thanksgiving?
Growing up we never really celebrated it. But Melmel married a man who is crazy about turkey and my parents are crazy about camping. So now thanksgiving is our last big camping weekend with family and friends that might as well be family. Last year we started a new tradition deep frying turkey for everyone.
I’m so excited for this weekend it’s nice to get away. The girls plan on getting away to get some shopping in and the boys are planning on visiting some local breweries. For a few years our destination was Tremblant, then we did a few years in Lake Placid and this year we are trying out Lake George for the first time. The September challenge on Emma’s blog is actually a neat layout filled with pics of last years thanksgiving. Check it out here…
I got to design the invites to the white party at one of Cornwall’s favorite hangouts Schnitzels. They turned out more like VIP passes. I went to the white party and had a blast. We met up for dinner and stayed until late. Here are the invites…And a few pics from the party. How cool does everyone look in white?Another fun night out on the town and people say Cornwall is boring!
Today as I write this ( September 27) I have now been living back in Cornwall for 2 years to the day. It seems like just yesterday I was in the peak of marathon training and fundraising when suddenly I was given 2 weeks to uproot and move back to Cornwall. Luckily my parents own a rental property and I was able to move into a vacant apartment right away (more on that soon). Thank goodness, cause finding an apartment was an extra stress I didn’t need.
In the past 2 years so much has changed. I completed my fundraising challenge of 6800$. I traveled to Greece and completed my very first marathon. I became single and lived on my very own for the first time ever other then a brief stint in 2007. I became an officer in the Cadet Instructor Cadre. I completed my invisalign treatment (more on that later too) and best of all I became an aunt as well as a girlfriend once again to a wonderful man.
Now I’m in my thirties living in Cornwall working part time and working on this business and living it up. Funny I always thought that I would live in the big city seeing that that is where the work is in my field. I knew that someday I would start my own business but I never thought I would do it so soon and that I would return to Cornwall to do it.
Looking back now as much as there was to do in Toronto I couldn’t afford to do much in the 2 years I lived there. I never went shopping couldn’t afford it. Rarely went out couldn’t afford it. Never traveled anywhere but home. Not only couldn’t I afford things money wise but my time was so limited with the daily commute that I couldn’t partake in the activities that I love so much. Since moving home I have been able to join my old bowling league, join the design team and become an officer with 325 air cadets plus I get to spend quality time with my girlfriends crafting and some good old family time too.
There are so many advantages to living in this beautiful city and today I’m happy to say that moving home was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Do you ever look back on past decision and have regret? I don’t usually carry regret in my life; turns out everything that I have done has led me to where i am today and they are experiences that have made me richer.
In the spirit of not regretting I agreed to join some girlfriends on a new york city adventure next month. When I received the invitation I was hesitant and over analyzing everything ie: time, money and of course staying away from the business for a long weekend yet again. In the end I decided it was a great deal and the business would profit from me taking some time away and getting new inspiration from the big apple.
Check out this video. It’s been around for a while but I love it and figured I’d like to share it with all of you. Nancy
Earlier this summer I was asked to create a business card for my friend and fellow design team member Lorena.
She is one talented lady that blogs, creates and teaches and she wanted a card to make networking easier. Take a look around on her blog I don’t know how she keeps up being a working mom, teaching classes and blogging regularly but she’s real good at it all. Here is what we came up with. It turned out great and the QR code is something I hadn’t yet used on a card yet.
Do you have a blog? Do you have a business card for your blog?