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the ‘cat’alyst

17 Jun

My instagram followers will know that a several weeks ago the most gorgeous tortoise shell cat wandered onto my property. Despite leaving for work and other errands she continued to stay. Diligent research over the first week proved that she was no one’s pet, so being an animal lover (and as a person who is learning to accept fate) it was clear she needed to be with me. She is a true gourmand with the food, took incredibly to the litter box, and just needed a bit of stimulation when meowing at windows (probably wanting to hunt birds… or calling to the gents; spaying this week!) She was the (pardon the pun) catalyst for some big changes and I can’t wait to share them all with you. The biggest and best news ever is that we found the most incredible new home for us all, and it includes an absolutely adorable studio space for NMF! More to come soon; until then, here’s a few snaps of my kitty (yet to be named!?) Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.54 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.41 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.27 AM

home is where the heart is

16 May

homeis3IMG_8520 homeis1 homeis2I decided to surprise my mom with a belated Mother’s Day visit, and enjoyed some quality time with both her and my father in Windermere, BC earlier this week. We wandered around their new property where they have finally begun breaking ground in preparation for building the new house; another reminder of how beautiful things spring forth from nothingness. I soaked up the landscape of my childhood, ate dinners with the family and briefly saw a few dear friends. I arrived back in Castlegar to one of the hottest days we’ve had so far this year, and enjoyed my first full night’s sleep with the windows wide open. Waking up to fresh spring air, the song of birds chirping and sunlight dancing on my bed was heaven. Home is definitely where the heart is, and mine is full.

one step at a time

27 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 7.16.09 AMI will ask you to excuse my absence, however I will not apologize for it. The last month of my life has been a whirlwind, and unfortunately not the good kind. After getting over some challenging health and financial struggles in late February, March brought me the devastating death of my Grandfather. Life has a funny way of humbling you… it is never fair, but for the most part, it tries to be good. I always say that in the darkest times you find light, and what I mean by that is when something bad does happen, you can also see all of the good that remains untouched. I have such an amazing family, a loving fiancé and some of the kindest friends… it is through their love that I always find the strength to carry on. Yesterday the universe sent me timely advice with some beautiful little spring flowers poking out of the dead-brush in the front garden, reminding me that everything is cyclical and from death springs life.