Project GROW

It’s been a pretty rough week – I’ve had more downs than ups. Work is just work – I get no enjoyment from this job, except for a steady pay cheque. My family seems to be on the verge of being torn apart by poor life decisions, and until today, I felt like I was on the verge of a meltdown. But between talking things out with someone at work, expressing how I’m feeling to family members, and meeting two young ladies tonight after work, I realized I was losing focus on what I feel is important in my life.

What’s important is family of course, but also what I dream of doing — it keeps me sane thinking of my future. Working in a meat department is NOT my future by any stretch! I want to empower women of all ages that they are worthy and can do anything. And I met two young ladies at our store today that reminded me of just that.

I did not get their names but they were lovely to talk to. They are students at University of British Columbia and are involved with Project GROW. https://www.projectgrow.ca

Project GROW is a a non-profit society enabling rural women of Ghana to choose their way to a healthy community. These young ladies spoke passionately about the cause and how, when they are able, they will be travelling to Ghana as part of their University course to take part in helping the women. The remarkable part of Project GROW is that the women of rural Ghana make the choice of what help they want. It’s not simply a group going over and saying this is what you need. They decide what they need. I am very excited to see this project happening, especially because the women get to choose. Isn’t that the best thing – to be able to say this is what I need help with – not ” here we are doing this for you.” I truly hope that this project continues to grow and helps and empowers many women in Ghana, and beyond.

So while I may wallow in my own sorrow at the moment, I will also remember to GROW. To be a better person. To appreciate the amazing life I’ve been given living in Canada with everything I need. I tell myself it’s okay to be sad every now and then, but I also tell myself to stop and appreciate what I have.

Let’s all GROW together.

Thought for November 28

I’m very tired these days. The never-ending rains of the west coast are tiring. I just want to see some snow and maybe the sun!

Despite the incessant rain, tonight we had a slight reprieve and I took advantage of it to go for a walk around the neighbourhood to see Christmas lights. The decorations did not disappoint!

My thought for today – take a moment from your busy day, and enjoy what you see around you. A flower, a baby’s smile, Christmas decorations – anything that makes you smile is a good thing! Enjoy the pictures.

Dreams – do they mean anything?

I have always been one who was interested in the meaning of dreams. As a teenager, I had dreams that continued on the next night, sometimes for several nights in a row. As I grew older and life became more stressful, I had very strange dreams and some that were enlightening as well.

While the dreams have always interested me, they also concern me. Sometimes, like last night, I have dreams that involve friends and strange circumstances. Last night’s woke me up and had me awake for at least an hour, hoping for the safety of a former friend, because the dream concerned them.

I know a lot of people who have questioned my interest in dreams but I do find it fascinating that our minds can put together stories for us to look back on. Sometimes even give us a glimpse of a possible future. But it doesn’t matter what people think of my wanting to interpret dreams, it is something I’ve done for a long time and will continue to do!

So while my concern over this friend made me lose some sleep, it will not deter me from continuing on my quest to interpret my dreams for the better. Perhaps it was a wake up call for me to get in touch with this person. That will be something I will debate over the next few days.

What do you think of interpreting dreams? Is it a waste of time or is it interesting to you?

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Thought for November 20

I think it’s time for a change in my Thoughts blog – I appear not to have time to do a daily thought anymore! I know I can make time and I should, but I am tired all the time now, and it is taking so much effort to blog every day. Working as much as I am is taking a toll on me – physically and mentally. Life shouldn’t be so hard at my age.

I have been feeling my age more and more lately. I don’t like it! I want to feel like I did when I was travelling – carefree and loving life. I miss those days. Going to Vancouver this week just reinforced in my mind that I need to be out in the world again. I just need to figure out how to do that and make a living at the same time. More thoughts to cloud my brain.

Let’s just take a look at a photo or two of my travels, and enjoy the views. Always enjoy the views you see and be grateful that you are able to see everything you do. Not everyone is so fortunate.

Spain
Ottawa Canada
Moon Valley, Chile
On top of the mountain in Banff
Prague and the Vltava River

Vancouver

We have had some serious weather the past few days, but today the sun came out and the day shone bright. I decided today was the day to head downtown Vancouver. It was a fantastic day and ended with going to the Christmas market. It can’t compare to the European markets but it was nice enough. Glad I made the decision to go.

As I walked around and took in the scenery, I did some serious thinking and made some decisions about my future. Sometimes all you need is some fresh air to clear your mind.

Daily Thought – November 14

I was just reading back on some of my traveling blogs, and while I sit here on my short break at work, I am sad. Sad that my life has taken a turn that I didn’t expect or really want at this point.

I want to be teaching. Anywhere. I don’t want to be hauling and packing meat. This is not, nor has it ever been, a dream of mine. Traveling,teaching and seeing the world is what I want. I need to get back out there before my body does not allow me to do more.

I am only sad about my work. I love the rest of my life here.

My tbought to you all – never give up on your dreams. Don’t be down for too long about where your life is and what you want to do. Make that goal come true. I intend on doing just that!

Daily Thought – November 14

I was just reading back on some of my traveling blogs, and while I sit here on my short break at work, I am sad. Sad that my life has taken a turn that I didn’t expect or really want at this point.

I want to be teaching. Anywhere. I don’t want to be hauling and packing meat. This is not, nor has it ever been, a dream of mine. Traveling,teaching and seeing the world is what I want. I need to get back out there before my body does not allow me to do more.

I am only sad about my work. I love the rest of my life here.

My tbought to you all – never give up on your dreams. Don’t be down for too long about where your life is and what you want to do. Make that goal come true. I intend on doing just that!