Getting my writing mojo back!

I know, I know! I keep saying I’m going to be more frequent in my blog posts and then I disappear for months!  I’m sorry! I did, however, recently found my mojo for writing again!  SO Happy!!  Amazing what clearing out your clutter does for your soul! I have so many wild ideas for change regarding my blog, a website I want to launch which will include workshops I’ve been working on, and of course, writing, writing and more writing!  Someone I know once said: “We build trust through performance”. Those words ring true for me now as I set on a new writing journey and hopefully build your trust!  Hope you all come along for the ride. Not sure if I’m going to keep this blog specifically, revamp it or start fresh when I connect it to my website but I will certainly keep you posted along the way!  Until next time (which will not be in months from now! LOL)! Hope to see you soon!  Please subscribe to stay up to date on news and novelties on all things Happy and Laughing!

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still happy regardless…

I hope everyone had a great and happy thanksgiving weekend!!

I’m very happy I got a lot of likes regarding the handmade gratitude journal on Facebook and pintrest!  I’m a little disappointed that no one left any comments 😦 …that’s OK!

I’m still happy regardless and I still randomly chose a winner from the likes pile!

Lucky winner is Carm D!  Check your inbox!  I’ll be emailing you with details!

Until next time! Hope everyone is happy and laughing!!

Who doesn’t love long weekends??

We’re already into October and for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, it brings with it the promise of changing colours of leaves everywhere.  That also means that winter and the snowy season is not that far behind.  OK let’s slow down and enjoy the now for a moment!

Thanksgiving is one of my most favourite holidays!  Not for the stuffing (because I’m gluten intolerant), not for the turkey (because I really don’t fancy turkey all that much), not for the pumpkin pie (can’t handle the sugar too well either) but for the all the blessings in my life that I am grateful for!!

I am so grateful my parents immigrated to Canada from Greece. I happen to think it’s the most amazingly incredible country in the world (no offense to anyone not living here – it’s just my opinion, maybe I’m biased! LOL)

I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had offered to me by this amazing land…the true north, strong and free…opportunities for education, for work, a land not ravaged by war..I could go on and on…but I’m sure we all have our long lists of things we’re grateful for.

I am so grateful for my family who without their love and support for one another would render me not so happy and laughing.

The beginning of Thanksgiving weekend for me is always a time when I start a new gratitude journal and for anyone who read the last post..I promised a free goodie!! No strings attached!!  I just want to share my journals with you!  I have posted a pic below and will be randomly choosing 1 lucky winner on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday!

All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment! Thanks!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

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***(paper used for the journal is from Marion Smith Designs – I absolutely LOVE her papers)***

 

Haven’t been too happy lately…

Almost a year has gone by since my last post!  I haven’t spent any time at all doing anything I enjoy.  I worked a crazy amount of hours.  I didn’t take any time for self-care.  End result: I’m tired, I’m sad, I’m craving creative time, I need ME time, I need quiet time…. That was me up until about a month ago!!

Having said that, I am very grateful, I had an amazing job working with amazing people doing amazing things on an international level!  I am grateful we lived closer to our hometown and were able to see our family more often!  I am grateful that I got to know what I’m about and the strength I had inside that I had no idea was there before.

We have since moved back to my favorite city, Toronto! I am so grateful for the beautiful space I have in our home to create!  I love to paint, I love to scrapbook, I love to write, I love to draw…ok you get the point!  I need to do those things to decompress, to breathe, to hear my thoughts, especially the ones that bring to life beautiful works of art.

Thank you for listening to my rambling!!

I am going to make it a point to blog at least once a week (if not more) because it MAKES ME HAPPY AND LAUGHING!!

Stay tuned for a special offer coming on the next post….

(Psst, I’m going to have a draw for a handmade journal..for freeeeee!!)

New Year, New You!

Happy New Year to one and all! New goals, new dreams… Which ones will make it on this year’s list? Which ones will make it on your long term list and which outrageous dreams are too scary to even put on a list? We all have them; those dreams that whisper to us when we think we’re not listening.  Dreams that scare us so much we wish we had the courage to accomplish and yet back down when given the opportunity to shine.

Michelangelo said: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

To that, I say: achieve your smaller goals and get inspired to do more.  Baby steps!  Write down the dreams that scare you, the ones you don’t think are possible and open your mind up to the possibility that at some point throughout the next 365 days (minus 9), the universe will drop ideas in your lap to help you fulfill them!  Maybe it will take longer than this year to get it done but the way I see it, the time will pass regardless!

For all my Canadian friends reading this: There’s no CAN’T in CANADA – just CAN!!!

 

 

Where have I been?!?!

Hello there!  I have dropped from the face of the earth to seriously pursue my writing career! Kind of juxtaposed considering that’s what a blog is for: WRITING!! So let me rephrase that!! I have dropped from the face of the earth to focus on completing the first draft of my first novel! It’s been a busy year trying to spend quality time at my craft and I am very happy with the results!! I am currently writing a novel about my grandmother’s life and her experiences during Nazi occupied Athens and how they survived hiding Greek Jews in a tiny crawl space.  It’s not the first story about these times and I am sure it will not be the last; this is just another perspective…A love story in fact! A love for her soul mate, a love for people and a love for her country! I am happily dancing around holding my first draft in my hands!! Perhaps I will include a small excerpt in upcoming weeks! Progress is good!

Do we dare say spring?

Well the weather outside is frightf… HA!!! It’s sunny and beautiful!! And Spring has finally sprung in our parts of the world! Hurray hurray! The snow has melted and before long it will be time to clean up our flowerbeds and rake the grass and invite all that is new and beautiful back into our lives for another season of glorious colour!!  Spring always lends itself to new beginnings and feelings of renewal!  Almost like making resolutions for the New Year.  Maybe spring is meant to be a reminder of resolutions and goals we might have made at the onset of a brand new year!  Green grass, blooming flowers and the promise of warmer days ahead. Now that is HAPPY!!

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PS. Did I mention I love to garden?

Hockey Night in Canada

There is nothing like hockey night in Canada on a Saturday night especially when two Canadian teams are playing! The anticipation of a great game, the camaraderie of everyone rooting for the same team, or the opposition in fans rooting for opposing teams!  But what really makes me proud is how Canadians come together and belt out the National Anthem for the whole world to hear!

Speaking of National Anthems, even during the Sochi 2014 Olympics, when the ladies’ and men’s hockey won gold,  there were so many Canadians singing the words to our National Anthem!! I couldn’t believe it! In all the years that I have watched the Olympics, I have never heard any country sing their Anthem so clearly and so loudly for the whole world to hear.  What can I say, I am so very proud to be Canadian! Check out the link below!

PS.  If I am wrong and somehow missed another country singing their Anthem as passionately, please let me know!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQNPpzzjrWY

And sometimes not so happy and laughing

 

There are times in all our lives where we just have a miserable day! And perhaps a few miserable days…

Like most springs, I go on a detox for a few days and spring clean my body of all the mess I might have made during the past year.  This year was a bit different however since I recently found out that I am highly intolerant to wheat, eggs and dairy!  That left me with the daunting thought of what am I going to eat now?!?!  I had followed a mainly plant-based diet for the past year only to realize that it wasn’t the meat that upset me like I thought it might, it was the GLUTEN!! You can imagine the withdrawal I experienced over the past 2 weeks eliminating gluten and hidden sugars! I felt like an exhausted rag doll with the mother of all headaches AND the DIZZY SPELLS – I never want to feel that way again!!

One way I found to keep my mind off the fact that I felt like…”BEEP” is by art journaling!  I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest and started an art journal where I can lament when I don’t feel great or scream from the roof tops when I feel unstoppable!  I included a page from my journal of my resolutions and goals for the new year…even though it’s already March! Better late than never! That actually made me feel better!

If anyone else reading this post also art journals, I would love to see your work!

 

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