We are destined to be a place, at a certain time for a reason. You cannot understand it, but there is a reason for everything. My favorite example, I was living in London Ontario going to University. My future husband to be was living in Calgary Alberta. I came back to Montreal to visit family over Christmas break, and he came to Montreal to visit friends. Rockland shopping center had just opened, I was on my way with my friend “Bruce”. My dog had to be walked, there was traffic, we had to find a parking space…blah blah blah..all that to say, I ended up finding the one parking space left near the food court entrance. As I was walking in…my “now husband” was walking out after a long day of shopping. (we had known each other from High School, but life had for many years taken us on different paths) He saw me and called out my name! “Lisa!! …remember me, David from old Chomedey days” We chatted briefly, caught up in the few minutes we had and went on our merry ways. He walked away, called his mother told her he had met the woman he was going to marry! The rest as they say is history! That was almost 30 years ago!
This has led to my absolute belief in fate. It is not a coincidence that you are at a store, or in a building and you bump into someone. It is meant to happen and these are all pivots in our lives. It is the moment your life takes an alternate route! No encounter or chance meeting is a mistake. It is a moment that was meant to happen.
The road to rediscover myself has had it’s challenges, and self contemplation, and re evaluation of my life and my wants and needs. Everything happens for a reason, we are all not put on this earth by chance. The friends we have, the family we are lucky enough to be apart of, are all part of a bigger plan.
So enjoy the ride, the glass is always half full, and hopefully it’s a good glass of wine!
As 2014 comes to an end, it is always a good time to reflect on our past year. Look at all that we have accomplished and are proud of, look at all our mistakes to make sure we don’t repeat, and all our family and friends who we can cherish for another year. For me it was a year of resolutions. Of making a statement, preparation, and follow through. Of course all new journeys are never easy, and the road can be bumpy and rough. But with the right car, right attitude, and a good map by your side, there is no reason not to get to your final destination. I am lucky enough to have a husband who believes in me, and all my dreams. His support through the frustrating and often self doubting times has really shown his true colours. (Not easy for him as he is colour blind! LOL) Together almost 29 years – 4 kids – 9 moves (yup…at one point there was a moving truck pulling up to our house every July!) we have stood side by side – good and bad – ups and downs – dreams and nightmares! Looking back, there is no other journey I would have taken, and no other person I would continue to take this journey with!
My family is my life. Being with my kids, helps me breathe! There are priceless moments that only confirm each day why I exist…everything else outside of family…is a bonus. An extra gift we are given which helps us continue to appreciate and cherish all the special moments in our lives. We can look at all the milestones in our lives and be grateful. I am thankful everyday for my health – and my family & friends.
Moving forward into 2015 – I am hopeful that the paths my kids have chosen are the right ones. That they get the privilege of doing what they love, and that they are loved. That they are always true to themselves, and are appreciated. That they wake up everyday thankful for another day, another chance to grow into the person they are meant to be. I am hopeful that that my new business venture will grow to be something where I can continue to create products and personalized art on a larger scale – all the while being true to myself. I look forward to a year of celebrations, and travel with my family as we head out west to celebrate my nieces wedding in Vancouver. The days and weeks fly into years, and we find ourselves at new junctions on the road of life. I am hopeful we are all on the right path…and that 2015 will be the year to be remembered..the year to reflect on..the year we get to always raise our glasses high and say “CHEERS!”
See you next year!
HEART FULL OF LOVE