Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

"Anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy". - Author Unknown

Dad's are known by many titles - there are dad's, step dad's, foster dad's, granddad's.  Dad's are hero's, the pillars of the family, known for the love they give and the values they teach.

Dad may teach you how to tie your shoes or how to ride a bike, spend countless hours assisting you in perfecting your science project, coach you to excel in sports, quiz you in preparation for your weekly spelling exam or math final, hold the oil pan for your first oil change, or walk his baby girl down the aisle . . . all the while inspiring his kids to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.  Dad's are true leaders, finding out who their children really are and inspiring them to become it.

Above all else Dad is a child's first hero and role model, which is a very important task.  I commend the great Dad's who take this role seriously and are dedicated to the empowerment and enrichment of their children's life's.  U ROCK!!

As quoted by John Wooden, I believe - The best thing a father can do for
his children is to love their mother.

Based on my own childhood and the dynamics in which I was raised, I have an enormous appreciation for the Dad's that didn't have to be.  The following song sums up Father's Day for me (click link to watch YouTube video)

Cheers to my Dad, Granddad's, and ALL the Dad's I know - Wishing you a wonderful day filled with magical moments, great laughs, new ties and fragrant soap-on-a-rope.

It is hard work to be a hero, but it is in your job description.
Parenthood is not for wimps!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My 1000 mile journey . . .

They say the journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. The past six years I’ve spent on an in-depth journey of self-discovery and personal development. I have a tendency to take things to the nth degree and this delve into my inner most thoughts, feelings, and behaviors has been no exception. I believe I’ve traveled those miles which six year ago seemed like an impossible feat! I’ve spent more than my fair share of time in unhealthy relationships and on my journey, I’ve experienced an upheaval of memories and emotions which were to say the least . . . gut wrenching, heart aching, and mind bending! I have read countless books on self development and spirituality, completed 12 step programs, partook in life coaching, assisted coaching life development programs, assisted with Challenge Day, and spent weeks at a time in retreat settings . . . . literally tearing myself apart bit by bit, learning about myself and in essence human behaviors, needs, and development. Through this experience I am pleased to have found my authentic self ~ that being an open, honest woman of integrity and am excited to live within my sacred truth.
Several years ago I worked with an amazing man who recommended the Choices program.  It took a bit (well, maybe a lot) of convincing and off I went for what became the 'most' influential point in my life.  I had the pleasure of sharing some time with this man of integrity over the last few days, which served as a pleasant reminder of the value of authenticity.  In the years we’ve known each other, each of us has endured many experiences and we are so lucky to be able to reconnect on the basis of openness, trust, and honesty.

I've had 'many' people ask me what I've done in terms of personal development or what I recommend.  Here in chronological order is a list of the Choices retreats I've attended:

Choices - March 2005
Givers I - May 2005
Givers II - July 2005

First Time Coaching - Choices - January 2006
Givers I - February 2006
Givers II - March 2006
me and S.E.  our peeps - B.D., J.N., M.S., T.D., T.M.

Relationship Seminar - Kelowna, BC - October 2006

Super Choices - Chase, BC - March 2007

Second Time Coaching - Choices - July 2007
Givers I - September 2007
Givers II - October 2007
me and K.C.  our peeps - A.A., D.F., J.B., J.T., S.G.

Super Givers - Chase, BC - October 2007

Third Time Coaching - Choices - July 2008
Givers I - September 2008
Givers II - October 2008
me and I.B.  our peeps - G.H., G.F., M.F., T.H., T.L.

Choices Teen Camp - Lake Isle, AB - August 2008

Below is a link to the Choices program which I HIGHLY recommend:

For me the Choices journey was heaven sent!  I am thankful for every lesson and value learned and my only regret . . . is that I didn’t attend sooner. 

I Believe . . . I am a courageous woman passionately making a difference in the world, challenging others to great heights, inspiring them to seek and embrace the best in themselves.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. " — Mary Anne Radmacher

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Miracles . . .

"A miracle is a single parent who works two jobs to care for their kids and still helps them with their homework at night.  A miracle is a child donating all the money in their piggy bank to help victims of a hurricane.  That's where you will find the hand and face of God." - Cathie Linz

Have to say this quote made me blubber like a baby.  Despite the day to day difficulties and challenges my family faces, it's amazingly awesome living in a 'home' full of miracles! 

I believe that challenges and obstacles are part of life.  I wouldn't consider single parenting an obstacle although it has proven to be a challenge more often than not. I've found that by sharing your difficulties, you allow people who love you the opportunity to show you how much they care.  Beyond my children, the most precious gift I have as a mom, is a tremendous network of family and friends.  To my fellow single parents, I salute you. 

Thank Heaven for miracles!