A Year of Intention

I’ve been thinking of writing a recap blog of 2014 but have not been hit with the inspiration or memory to do it to my satisfaction. Today, as I was putting the dishes away it dawned on me that I wanted 2015 to be my year of intention. By that, I mean I want to live on purpose. I want to do things on purpose. I don’t want to just be or just let things happen to me.

A lot of things have inspired me to pursue this. Top of mind was an Instagram post from Amy Chan that I saw. Amy has been someone I have admired online for quite a while. I have even had the opportunity to meet her in person! She is real. She is ambitious. She is kind. I love everything about her.

This post resonated with me because I feel as though I am constantly seeking. But I consciously want to strive for greatness and excellence in my pursuits.

A second thing that has spurred this round of inspiration is have read through the Desire Map in it’s entirety. I am currently working on the workbook to figure exactly how I want to feel. But as I work through this, I am carrying myself with my feelings in mind. How do I want to feel when I am doing something? This is very close to the top of my mind. Danielle LaPorte is also an awesome lady that I’ve followed online for a while. I’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak. Her words are true and I’m often hit with “hmm” moments when she posts her #truthbombs.

I love that these two powerful ladies are from Vancouver. I’ve met both of them in this beautiful city but first became aware of their presences through Twitter.

Short and sweet posts, seem to be where I am most comfortable. I haven’t gotten around to clarifying my goals for this year yet. But I will be sure to update my goal page here when I do, and hopefully will have more to say in a full blog post.

Experimenting

My has it been a busy summer! I graduated this June, started and completed a public relations certificate, made one tiny step of progress for my mom’s estate albeit, unsuccessfully, and am currently embarking on my first job hunt post university. All very exciting and each a mini to full fledged milestones in my life.

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On the topic of new and exciting, I’ve been experimenting with a few different areas in my life. Here is a quick glimpse into each:

1. Gluten free eating
Over the past 6 months my celiac levels have been elevated. They hit around the 60 mark, diagnosis celiacs are around 100 and non celiacs are typically around 10. So I am somewhere in the middle with this marker. About 2.5 weeks back I was utterly fee up with how tired I was feeling all the time. I decided to do a little experiment to see if gluten was plaint a role.

So far, no dice. I’m still equally as tired as I have been. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist at the end of the month, so I think I will test this out till then. If anything changes, you will definitely get an update.

2. Insulin Pump
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As a part of my mission to take charge of my health, and thanks to BC government’s decision to change the eligibility age, I was able to get an insulin pump! An insulin pump is a page size device that continuously pumps insulin into my body 24 hours a day. It is much more convenient than having to inject manually like I’ve done for the past 20 odd years. So far, I have been running with my blood sugars a little high. This is also about week three with my pump.

My endocrinologist and my pump nurse have been in near daily contact with me to monitor and adjust my insulin levels. I’m told they like to play it very safe and have me run a little high, rather that low as my body gets use to the continuous insulin. I’ll update you with an significant progress in this department.

3. Gratitude
Because I’ve been in this state of uncertainty about where I want to head with my life for over a year, I decided to add something new. I’m normally a very mindful person, but I’m not sure everyone else knows that. I’ve made an effort to acknowledge people I am grateful for. I hope it is a nice treat when people hear something out of the blue. If you don’t change how can you expect things to change, right?

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Well those are three areas I’m focusing on my life. This is the first post in another new thing I’m trying, transit blogging. Why not use the time to get my thoughts out into the universe of the interweb?

Happy Wednesday!

A Series of Waves

I have been on a series of waves lately. I have found being on top of my diabetes to continue to be a challenge. I test and give myself insulin, and just find it is a constant battle and so repetitive. It scares me that I go through so many waves and these thoughts go through my head.

Yesterday, I attended the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Leadership Summit and Luncheon. I will be writing a post about this directly for Networking in Vancouver, but one key point that is relevant for this post came from Lindsay Nahmiache from Jive Communications. She was the honoured as one of WXN’s Top 100, recognized as an emerging leader and was the moderator for the panel discussion. A question from the crowd inquired about advice about what to do when your inspiration fades. Lindsay suggested that quick snippets of what other people are doing, are good way to recharge and find that inspiration again. This resonated with me and really supported the feeling I get from after attending events like this. I always feel so recharged and ready to take on the world.

That question and Lindsay’s response were so meaningful. This also brings up a quote I read previously. It was something to the effects of “you don’t shower only once, why would you need inspiration only once?” Sometimes I need to just step back and remember that life is made up of waves. This metaphor really resonates with me. I just need to keep on moving forward with the waves or else I am just floating or drowning. Attending inspiring events definitely helps me continue trucking and reminds me that the world is full of possibilities!

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This #truthbomb from Danielle Laporte also has been spinning in my head. It is encouraging that my feelings about wanting and needing to know where I am going with my career and my conscious thoughts to trust the universe aren’t entirely counteractive.

I hope this series of thoughts provides some insight to you. I find reading other people’s experiences so helpful in helping provide some insight to some of my own.