Sunday, November 22, 2009


So this is coming out a little later than I hoped, but I guess better late than never!

This it the time of the year that we remember the ultimate sacrifices of the men and women who defend our country's freedom of the past and the present.  Even though I do not believe that war or armed-conflict can solve problems, I understand that it may be a necessity to bring the peace that I take for granted to other areas of the world.  My problems are trivial compared to the struggles of those in war-torn countries.  I am very thankful that I am living at this time and in this place.   

I always thought that it was strange that I have been interested in war stories, but upon reflection, it is not the war itself that fascinated me, but the stories of courage and perseverance of the people affected by the war.  I can't even imagine what I would do if I was in such a situation, but I would hope that I would be able to survive.  I think it is very important to remember that war affects people, it is not just a news story.

Although I do not know any fallen soldiers, I do know someone that was killed in the line of duty.  I went to high school with Chris Worden, the RCMP officer who was killed in Hay River, NWT on Oct 6, 2007.  Last week, Chris' killer was found guilty of first degree murder.  Although the conviction will not bring Chris back to his family and friends, it is nice to know that the justice system works.  It is hard to believe that Chris is not around anymore.  Although we weren't as close after high school, I don't think that I can forget his smile.  He had a great smile that could light up a room.  He is the one that I remembered this past Remembrance Day.

I was watching the movie Star Trek: First Contact (yes, I admit that I enjoy Star Trek TNG) the night before Remembrance Day and there was a scene that made me stop and think.  Dr. Crusher was describing the future (her present), where money didn't matter anymore and Earth had a completely different goal.  I wonder how long it will take us to achieve that fantasy?  Where war is history because there is something that unites us all.  I think that it would be nice to live in a world without war, hopefully I will be able to live in this world, and if not me then hopefully this will be a reality for Connor and Wyatt.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Achieving Balance

I think that I have finally found the culmination of my random journey. It has always been to find balance in my life between my family, my friends, my career and my activities.

Tomorrow is my last day of work at the Canadian Coast Guard as a contractor and I will begin my new job (and hopefully career) as a civil servant at Sport Canada on Friday.  I am hoping that this job will help me achieve the balance that I lacked when I was working at Alcatel.  As I am passionate about sport, hopefully I will be not only enjoy the company of my co-workers but enjoy the work as well.

 As my career is now on track, I can now focus on the other aspects - balancing my family, friends and other activities. 

My family life is always an adventure trying to balance my time as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter and as a sister.  As both of my sons are quite young (Connor is almost 26 months and Wyatt is almost 8 months), I believe that being a mother is taking up most of my time at the moment.  I am hopeful that very soon I will be able to achieve the balance that I crave in this aspect of my life.

My friends are also very important to me and I feel that I haven't been able to spend as much time with them as I would like.  Being a good friend is very important to me and I hope to be able to continue cultivating the friendships that I have created over the years.

My activities are the area that have suffered the most in the past few years.  Time is so valuable that I chose to spend it with my family and friends.  I am know realizing that I also need to make time for myself and my activities.  I am excited because I signed up for ultimate during the winter and I will be joining some of the other women in my neighbourhood for Pilates.  So hopefully this will allow me to be more focused in the other aspects of my life.

This new blog will allow me to track my progress at achieving the balance in my life that I have been craving.