Out and About in Winnipeg

Last night, my hubby and I went out to a fundraiser art auction for Timeraiser.ca, an organization that holds events for non-profits and charities to match up causes with volunteers with appropriate skills. My hubby’s childhood friend, Paul Gagnon was overseeing the even at Hydro Place, and though we were only able to attend the second half of it, I would say it went quite well. I enjoyed the tasty appetizers and the showcase of art, as well as speaking with some of the different organizations that were there, including Elaine from CYBF – Canadian Youth Business Foundation who gave me a pointers about getting information for business start up. The people were very friendly, plus it was a chance for my hubby and I to hang out with friends, something we don’t do enough. It was a nice evening overall, ending with a cozy drink and appis at Rudy’s Eat and Drink (in the same building). I must say, I half expected the prices to be crazy given it’s location downtown, but we were pleasantly surprised the food was fairly priced with generous portions and very tasty! I would definitely go back again. My one complaint, which isn’t really a complaint more than an observation, is that the washrooms are a little crazy to get into. You go behind a glass wall to get to them which is see through from the side of the washrooms, but not see through on the other side, and there’s a wall of wood panels, and doors with the same wood panels which blend right in to the wall. There are no door knobs or handles or signs that say push or pull on them so it’s confusing at first to figure out how the doors open or where they begin, except there’s a small metal circle on each door that says, “Vacant” to let you know that no one’s in there. Strange? Yes. I’ve never seen doors like this. Needless to say, I found out you push on the metal circle to open the door lol! So funny! I joked with one of our friends that this is why moms don’t go out – (we just end up getting embarassed or have weird struggles like this). We laughed quite a bit over this. But it felt good to get out of the house even though it took me way to long to figure out what I was going to wear (at first I was going to wear something plain jane but then my hubby was wearing a nice blazer and shirt and I didn’t want to look out of place so I hurried to find something a little more dressy but not too fancy). Anyhoo, I’m so glad the evening turned out; we all had a nice visit with friends, Timeraiser.ca raised many volunteer hours for the organizations there, and a bunch of artists got paid for their artwork. Oh, and I got a  job, which I start on Monday! Yay! Happy Mom!

Hope you all have a splendid day!


Being Myself part 2

Hello Readers,

Just wanted to share that I’m on a journey back to being myself. What do I mean by that? Well, pretty much ever since becoming a Mom, as probably most of you can relate, I’ve found that I’m drifting ever so slowly away from being myself – or rather, taking some time for ‘me time’. And yes, I do feel the guilt start to rise whenever I try to start doing something and of course a little one starts calling out my name or something else needs my attention. But as my hubby pointed out, he’s not playing the guilt trip thing anymore as a dad, so I shouldn’t do that to myself as a mom either. I need to shift my thinking as I’ve always found it easier to do stuff for others before doing stuff for myself. I think a lot of that has to do with different disappointments I’ve experienced in childhood and life afterwards, but it doesn’t mean it has to end that way. We all can take small steps to ensure that we don’t burnout because we’re ignoring ourselves completely. And let’s face it, it’s so easy to do this as a mom (or dad). I find though that moms just always worry about everyone else’s needs first, as I believe this is how we were made, as the typically supportive role, and emotionally it’s how we operate. We worry about everyone making sure they have their stuff before leaving the house that we often, (I believe), forget to take or do something for ourselves. At least that’s what I find for myself many times. And it’s frustrating, but I brush it off and try again the next day. On top of this, in the midst of soccer games, other events and everyday life, I find I just don’t have the energy to do anything I want to do for myself at the end of the day. And the idea of waking up extra early just to do them doesn’t really sound good to me either, but I also realize I need a bit of encouragement. I admit that. I’m so good at encouraging others to follow their dreams, but when it comes to myself, I tend to give up too soon or just leave things be. It’s just easier I guess not to be disappointed yet again. Like today, when I went to use the rest of a can of spray on primer to hopefully spray one side of a room divider I made, I was only able to coat two thirds of one side before I ran out of paint. Now I need to wait until I can afford more. But I’m going to try again… so please pray that I continue to enjoy the rest of the life God gave me in a way that is pleasing to Him and part of that is by enjoying being me. Thank you. I hope I’ve been able to reach out and touch at least one other soul out there who’s struggling with the same thing. Perhaps we can encourage each other?