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Painting the Door Red
Mortgage Free! At the dawn of our 29th wedding anniversary, we are celebrating a long-dreamt milestone, the fulfillment of our home mortgage! Years of debt, homeownership and renovations, raising children, and strict budgeting, have battered the ship of our marriage,...
Extraordinary Women in Focus: Renée Haney Brings Light and Joy to Realty
One of the joys of life and friendship is having the opportunity to watch extraordinary women grow and come into their own as the years progress. I have the privilege of knowing many fabulous women who are doing amazing things and am excited to feature them...
8 Secrets to Creating Lifelong Love
February 2021 is upon us, and I have fully embraced the love theme of Valentine's Day by decorating my home in an unprecedented way. There are pink flowers, white ribbon, hearts, lights, candles, and traditional colour-themed candy. Everything that speaks of whimsical...
New Year Goals: Daring to Dream Again in 2021
As December drew to a close and 2021 was dawning on the horizon, I was decidedly shy about emotionally investing in new year goals. I have always advocated making life plans and daring to dream, but my optimistic agenda was drop-kicked and knocked unconscious last...
Preparing for Winter
Nothing about 2020 has been normal. Life has changed significantly in the wake of global events. Regardless of faith, political leanings, social-economical status, race or life season, 2020 has had an array of events and ripple effects that have touched us all....
Group Support or Sabotage?
On a beautiful, serene Saturday morning, I paddled alongside a dear friend on a glassy river. All enduring friendships find some point of connection, and in addition to our shared faith, she is my adventure buddy. We have these, "Wouldn't it be cool to _______?"...
Life Tsunami: Rebuilding (Part 3)
After every crisis, there is a time of rebuilding. Even as I write this, our country of Canada is beginning to rebuild after six weeks of closing all non-essential businesses and mass quarantine to slow the spread (flatten the curve) of the COVID-19 virus. Rebuilding can be slow and painful, but it is necessary. This narrative is a recollection of the rebuilding that I experienced following my recent health crisis.
Life Tsunami: Through the Looking Glass (Part 2)
During my sedation, I was aware that things were not going as planned. The combination of fentanyl and morphine I was given while sedated had an effect on my perception of real and imagined events. In Part 1, Life Tsunami: Surviving the Unexpected, I lay out the facts...
Keep on posting! To be honest, I rarely read emails, blogs and such because I’m far too busy but I read yours because:
- I trust you & your advice
- You are so real & genuine in your writings
- I can actually relate to your posts
Thank you for taking the time to share.
Melissa, you’ve been such an inspiration to me!
So focused and organized!
Love reading your blog, you’re really a great writer.
Easy to follow and understand. Even for a foreigner! (I’m a Brazilian, Portuguese is my first language).