January 10th, 2012
Good-bye, Punxsutawney Phil
By Heather Von St. James, Guest Blogger
Throughout my life, I have been called an eternal optimist. I have always believed that the glass is half full, not half empty. I am blessed with the ability to see the best in any situation. But my optimism was sorely tested on November 21, 2005, when I heard the three words that no one ever wants to hear: You have cancer. I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a life-threatening form of cancer, just three-and-a-half months after the birth of my precious baby girl. I was only 36 years old.
When you are diagnosed with cancer, you have two choices. You can curse God, ask “Why me?”, and spend your time immersed in bitterness and self-pity, or, you can choose to accept the diagnosis and get ready for the fight for your life. I chose the second option, and I have never looked back. I was determined to make the best of this situation, to fight as hard as I could, both for myself and for my child, and to use my positivity to help others along the way.
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November 4th, 2011
Air Canada at YVR
November 4, 2011
Goal: Today, my focus is to maintain my schedule. I have a very tightly booked series of meetings, phone calls, places-to-be, etc., that includes getting LM to the seaplane terminal on time for her flight and me to YVR on time for mine (The reason for these flights? See Gratitude below). Today’s schedule is a house of cards, and with one false move the whole thing tumbles to ground.
Gratitude: First, let me apologize for missing yesterday’s post, and here’s my excuse – I plumb FORGOT! It was a Thursday. I don’t usually work outside the home on Thursdays, but yesterday I did. On top of that, I learned yesterday morning that my mom and I need to make an emergency trip to Alberta, TODAY, to visit my Uncle, who is badly injured and currently in the hospital, and the rest of my family who still reside there. In the commotion of trying to work, to book flights and a hotel and a car, to make arrangements for LM, to make sure my DH changed his plans, and to manage all of the usual things that happen in my world on Thursdays, blogging went out the window. I am very grateful that things are not worse – they easily could have been – and that I have the resources and support to make a last minute trip possible. I am grateful that I can be there with my mom. This will be very hard for her.
Update from Day 11: The good news is that Wednesday was fantastic. LM: Suitably impressed, and what’s better, one of my students had a problem with her model, so LM volunteered to help the student out. Not only was she proud of me, I was ever-so proud of her!
October 26th, 2011
Nectar of the Gods
October 26, 2011 – Day 4
Goal: Oy! Today is going to be one of those days. I am feeling blah. Under the weather, tired, overwhelmed. I simply have too much to do. I leave town tomorrow for a three day conference and I need to prepare and pack; I am working today and have a jam-packed schedule of staff meetings, telephone calls, and deliverables due; LM has after school activities that require me to assume my role as Chauffeur; and to top it all off, it is garbage day. Yuck. My goal is, quite simply, to just get through it, to put my head down, focus, and put one foot in front of the other until it is finished. And there is one other noteworthy event today: My father is having his second surgery of the year, and I can’t be there for him, nor for my mother while she waits. Thinking of you both.
Gratitude: Thank God for coffee. Sweet, hot, delicious coffee. I ♥ you. And related, to the powers-that-be at Starbucks, who had the presence of mind to place a Starbucks coffee shop right next door to the post-secondary school I am running, all I can say is “Kudos!” Job well done. I ♥ you, too.
Update from Day 3: Halloween, √; Paper work, almost there; Patience, I did pretty darn good.:)
October 25th, 2011
The view from my desk
October 25, 2011 – Day 3
Goal: To finish what I started yesterday – PAPERWORK - and to exercise more patience, especially when it comes to crazy, distracted, painfully slow DRIVERS!!! Truth be told, they can make me just a tad BERSERK. I’d also really like to finish shopping for LM’s Halloween costume, which means a lot of driving around to source out particular items, which means my patience for other drivers will be truly tested. Lord, give me strength!
Gratitude: Today, I appreciate the sunny, blue-skied, beautiful fall day that awaits just outside the window at my desk. It is filled with vibrancy and colour (colour to which the iPhone photo to the left does not do justice), and the fact that I have a job that allows me the freedom and the flexibility to have a career and still be a mom (a mom who, today, needs to dedicate a little time to Halloween).
And by the way, the answer to yesterday’s dilemma, as posted on The Know It All Mom on Facebook - late night or early morning catch-up session – was, drum roll please…neither! Hence, the first part of today’s goal.
October 24th, 2011
I am in rush folks, so I’m gonna make this quick!
Yesterday’s goals – check! I will update that post later with details, but mission accomplished!
Day 2, October 24, 2011
Goal: To finish the paperwork hanging over my head since August! (Or at least make a serious dent in it.)
Gratitude: I am grateful for the tree in my back yard, which we thought was dead when we moved into this house last October, but which isn’t dead at all. Not only is it alive, it turned out to be a very old, very pretty apple tree. After years of neglect it has produced only one apple, but it is one glorious apple that I can’t wait to pick.