Yesterday, Dev and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. We didn’t do anything extravagant or buy any gifts for each other this time around. We just spent the whole day together, with Nid and my family as my mother had prepared an amazing lunch for us. It was a nice day.
As we were driving home from their house, I reminisced on all we had gone through over the past five years. All the ups and all the downs, all the fun trips, exploring and experiencing new things. All of the disagreements and moments when our personalities clashed. All the times we held each other and overcame our doubts and fears. And through all the those years and events, I realized that I married a gem-of-a-person because not once did he make me feel inferior to him or give me a doubt that we’d separate. He held my hand through it all and always reassured me that we’d get through it.
As I remember everything we’ve done and experienced, I cannot help but count my blessings for having met the love of my life. I cannot thank him enough for loving me and taking care of me the way that he does.
Happy Anniversary, babe. I love you and forever will and can’t wait to hold your hand through the next 50-60-70 years with you!
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you’re surrounded by amazing food, tons of laughs, happiness and all of your loved ones.
Last night, I held Christmas Eve drinks and dinner for my darling brother, his girlfriend and a couple of our friends. I was quite tipsy but I think everyone enjoyed themselves and the food.
I’ll be surrounded by some of our closest friends tonight and will be preparing a feast to share with them. I’m so excited to begin cooking and setting my table. So, I’ll take your leave now. But I hope you’re all as blessed as I am to have all the necessities and then some to enjoy Christmas without much worrying.
On Friday night I went into Shopper’s Drug Mart to grab a Christmas present for a friend. As I was waiting to cash out, the gentleman in front of me was purchasing numerous gift sets of perfume. He seemed nice and was joking with the cashier and me as we waited for his items to be rung up. Jokingly, I said to him, “you forgot my gift set.” He laughed and said had he known I was coming he would’ve waited. I laughed and thought that was the end of the conversation. But the cashier joked back and said that maybe he would give me his Optimum points for the transaction if he didn’t want them. He smiled and said, “sure, you can have those points.”
I didn’t think much of it as I swiped my phone to collect the points. I thought maybe he gave me 2000-3000 points which isn’t a big deal. But after I finished paying for my own items and looked down at my receipt, I noticed that when I swiped my phone for his transaction there was preloaded 15x the points coupon on my account; which caused his transaction to give me 60,000 points, taking my point balance up to the $170 redemption mark. I looked at him and told him what he’d just done for me and he said, “well, Merry Christmas and if you’d like to pay it forward, give your time to the Salvation Army by volunteering.” I promised him that I would pay it forward before this holiday season was over, thanked him and walked out completely shocked and grateful for this man I’ve never met before.I mean who walks around giving people nearly $200 of points without a second thought? My husband still can’t believe it and neither can I.
Changing jobs has definitely put a slight damper on my budget this year and I am more cautious with how much I am spending on gifts and groceries. But with this generous gift from that gentleman, I can add a little extra for my family and friends or maybe even get myself a little gift this year.
To the man I’ve never seen before, who offered me his points at Shopper’s Drug Mart on Friday, I would like to say thank you and may God bless you for this simple but such kind gesture. I promise you, I will pay it forward by helping someone else that truly needs it. And I want you to know that you’ve restored a little bit faith in humanity for me and reminded me that nice people do still exist. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and all of your loved ones.
Tuesday was my 34th birthday and like every year I was super excited about it as soon as Nid’s birthday party ended. I don’t know what it is but my birthday always gets me excited. I don’t expect much from anyone anymore but still the fact that it’s my day still makes me happy and giddy.
I came home from work late on Monday night to find two bouquets of flowers on my dining table and two birthday cards. One bouquet and card from my neighbors who have become a second set of parents for me and grandparents for Nid. The second bouquet was from my hubby, the card hand picked by my little munchkin, who managed to even write my name on it. What an amazing way to start my day. If that wasn’t enough, the hubby had a cake and present hidden away to surprise me with when midnight arrived.
The next day, when I walked into work, a former colleague turned best friend who left for Japan earlier this month had left a birthday card with another colleague to give to me on my day. Her card brought me to tears because she remembered to leave me a card and bring back all the memories I have of us together.
Later that day, a frequent customer that I always chat with brought me a box of pastries. Her little gift was such an unexpected gesture and gave me another reason to feel blessed and happy for it being my special day.
When I got home in the evening, my dining table was set and dinner was waiting for me. But it wasn’t the hubby that had done all of it. In fact, my parents drove all the way from across the city to bring me a home cooked meal. My mom had made all of my favourite dishes including her amazing and my favourite desert and had set up my table with candles and all so that the hubby and I could have a nice candlelit dinner since we couldn’t go out for dinner that night.
I must say this year more than ever I felt blessed and loved like I haven’t in a long time. I didn’t get big fancy gifts and didn’t expect to either. But the few people I have in my life that I truly love, respect and live for and some I would’ve never expected anything from have showed me that growing old isn’t so bad and material gifts will just wear and tear or tarnish over time; but small gestures can make you feel so happy to be alive.
This was one of my best birthdays ever. I haven’t had so many tears of joy since the day my kiddo was born. I don’t want to jinx the blessings that are upon me but had to write about them and put them out into the universe so that everyone around me and near and dear to me knows how thankful I am for them and for my life.
I hope this Diwali lights up your life with happiness, love, prosperity and good health.
I hope you begin to live your dreams and succeed in everything you do this year. I hope your homes are filled with laughter, good food, great friends and the love of family.
Happy Diwali from my family to yours.
2016 started off bumpy for me, asyou’ve probably read from my previous post. But I am not going to let it affect the goals I’ve set for myself. My goal to be happy is my top priority this year and a part of that happiness is to physically look happy.
Yeah, you all have heard it a million times before from me that I’ll lose weight and look fabulous and all that other bull-crap. But this year, instead of focusing on losing weight, I am focusing on choosing healthier options for me and my family. Walking a lot more than I did before. I’m taking transit to and from work and even walking Nid to pre-school. I go to the further Tim Horton’s for coffee in the afternoon and walk up the stairs or escalator when I can.
I’m also eating healthier. I’ve limited buying lunch to a maximum of two times a week. I pack my lunch every night and grab a snack bar or piece of fruit for breakfast before I run out the door. I’m also adding less sugar to my first cup of coffee (my second cup is normally black). I’m also trying to use less oil when I cook and adding spinach to everything; even my sandwiches and curries.
I’m not getting on the scale because then I’ll obsess about the change I do or don’t see. But I am watching how much more energy I have during the day. Yes, by the time I get home from work, I am exhausted. But throughout the day, I feel much more energized.
Unfortunately, I’m battling a terrible case of vertigo these days and am on medication to try to resolve it; which has limited some of my extra walking (walking in the hallway of my building to get some more steps in). But the walking I am doing is keeping me well over 5000 steps a day and once this vertigo goes away, I’ll go back to walking the hallway to hit my daily target of 8000 steps and working myself up to 10k and more.
What are you doing to sty healthy or be healthier this year? Share your plans and ideas for healthier choices in 2016!
2016 has started out very bumpy in all aspects of my life; work, home, personal, financial and health. I guess the saying stands true; “when it rains, it pours!” And that’s exactly what’s happening. I’ve stayed away from my blog for the past two weeks because I don’t think you all deserve to read about my issues right now and bring yourselves down. My thought was if I could keep the negativity away, then it wouldn’t shine on your year.
I’ve done exactly that and haven’t posted about how things are. But my blog is my safe place; it’s where I go when I can’t talk to anyone in my personal circle. It’s a place where I can say and do what I need to and not worry about being judged. So, here I am again.
I won’t go into much detail about all that is going wrong right now. But I will talk about how I’m trying to make many changes in my day-to-day and thinking deep and hard about my future. I’ve realized I want to do more when it comes to my career. I enjoy doing what I’m doing now but I’m finding the drama and gossiping that comes from working in an agency is beyond what I can handle. I’m not quitting my job, however, I am trying to change how I react to the way people treat each other and how it effects me on a personal and professional level. I’m also hoping to speak to my boss about it to discuss how it’s making me feel. I hope she understands and doesn’t take it as me venting or complaining; what I’m really trying to do is pave my road for success and not get distracted by unnecessary office gossip and drama.
That’s where I am right now, trying to stay positive and fix the bends and bumps that have come up. If I’m MIA for a bit, you’ll understand why. I’m having a moment of trying to figure things out and not make any hasty moves.
I hope you’re 2016 has started out smoother than mine and you’re paving the road to your success and happiness!