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Life Changing!

I haven’t blogged in quite a while and I am surprised that people still visit this space that seems to change as I change.  And right now I am in the midst of a very big change.  Not sure how it’s going to work with my life goals at the moment – I’m eating crazy, I’ve resigned from both my jobs (with a bit of a life-line to both of them, but still…) and some moments I think I’m going crazy.

drowning in life This image floated across my FB feed this morning and I so needed to be reminded of this truth.  I’ve used the analogy with a few of my friends – that I am getting ready to climb out of the boat.  Yes, I still have the potential to come back to the jobs I am leaving behind, but I am also applying for jobs in countries that I have no experience with – places like Turkey, China, Korea and just lately Saskatoon.

I’ve decided that since this is a journey that other 50 something women might consider embarking on and maybe some who are younger and not women, I would chronicle the experience instead of just sitting on it and internalizing it.  Life is meant to be shared and this is one way of doing it.  Of course, I may be going about this all the wrong way – but I don’t have a road to follow in this.  If I make a wrong step, I can share it and  help someone else from making the same misstep on their adventures!

Have a great day!




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Too Many Irons in the Fire!

I think this saying comes from branding season – when cowboys brand the calves and they have more branding irons in the fire than they need.  Thinks get messy and people can trip over things.

Back a few years ago, I decided that my parachute  had 5 colours.  Sometimes I think that in itself may be “too many irons” but it continues to serve me well as I keep life organzied.  The danger, however, is that within each colour I have too many things going on.

In my “Blue bag”, well actually there are a lot of blue bags in my life right now – yarn projects in various stages of completion.  Some are just balls of yarn, others are half finished projects that need to be done.  Here’s a partial list – and a few pictures:

1.  The Babette blanket I was working on several years ago when I travelled to Michigan.  It’s been blue-bagged ever since.  Someone commented on the colours and that did me in.  (I have finished three other Babette blankets, just not this one.)

2.  My dad’s 80th birthday present.  He’s now 81, its two days before Christmas and I’m still putting it together.  And making the edging parts.

3.  The Toe-up socks I wanted to give my mom for her 75th birthday.  I ran into problems with the heel and left them to languish.

4.  The Kaleidescope blanket that I want to finish for Neighbour Link.  I keep trying to make them boyish and it’s not working, even if I leave the pink out.  It too is almost done, sidelined by a lack of white to finish them off, and indecision about the colours.

I think you get the drift.  I won’t go into the balls of yarn that don’t even have a project to go with them, although some of them do.  And just in case you think I don’t finish anything, here’s evidence that I do!

Crocheted Advent Shawl, 2013

T Crocheted Advent Shawl, 2013

Two lovely designers from Greece  Mania and Maria   shared a pattern a day until it was done.  I jumped the gun yesterday with the edging and was able to block it in two pieces.  I’m done and so excited.  But this yarn, bought eight or nine years ago in Belleville, Ontario at the Knitting Nimrod, had been waiting patiently for a project.

So where’s the wisdom in all of this?  For me it’s this – get rid of those works in progress.  Finish them.  Move forward.  Don’t start another new project until these old chestnuts are done.

Even though they are not in my face, they take up space in my home, in my mind and in my daily life.  Once they are complete, I will have room for other things.

Here’s to taking a few irons out of the fire and being more careful about the ones I put in.


Becoming wiser, one iron at a time,



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New Habit: Day One!

Yesterday I wrote about the new habit I wanted to form.  Last night I put it into action.  A while back I wrote about the Marathon man who ran 250 marathons in a year.  I wrote about my own goal to lose 100 pounds.  And while I was looking on Google images for funky “100”‘s to put on the blog, I found a book called The 100 Thing Challenge which I promptly put on hold at the library.  I was reading it at work and entertaining my friend Tracy with his story of the dolls (page 51).  It truly is a fun book to read.

I was almost at the end last night but too sleepy to finish it.  This morning my internal alarm clock woke me at 5:15 am.  Lately I’ve been grabbing an extra half hour instead of making the leap to my book.  This morning I read the last few pages, got out of bed and put two more pillowcases in the give away box.  And I still made it to the gym by 6:10.  A vast improvement!  It also meant that I took time to stretch afterwards, which is very important.  It’s also something that I don’t always take time for.

    http://guynameddave.com/  So now you’ve got the cover of the book and his website.  He’s also on Twitter and Facebook, and there’s a separate website for the challenge itself,  that I haven’t visited yet, www.100ThingChallenge.com which gets you to that area of his blog.

I am in the middle of changing my life.  I’ve just completed my studies to teach English as a Second Language and I could go almost anywhere.  The thing that hinders me just a lot is my stuff.

I’m not sure how much luggage I can take with me, but…I think I will work my challenge from two sides.  First of all I will  “pack my suitcase” and decide what it is I really need to take with me.  After all, clothing can be bought elsewhere.  Calgary is not the only city with a Value Village!  And my clothing may not even be appropriate in my new environs.

Secondly I will continue letting go of stuff – as I wrote before.  Chapter 7 of the book is called “The Hardest  Thing to Cut”.  In it Dave discusses getting rid of his wood-working tools.  What he was really purging was a dream – an idea that wasn’t going to pan out, even though he really wanted it to.  I have a lot of stuff like that – things I want to do, but somehow aren’t going to happen just because I have the tools to make them happen – like my watercolour paper, paint, brushes and videos.  They’ve survived many purges, but I think they may be going to places where they can be used!

It will be fun to see what happens!

Have a great day and I will keep you posted!


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