Friday, April 2, 2010

Life changes

You never know when life is going to throw a curve ball at you.  That's what happened to me on Thursday March 11, 2010. After just over 22 years with the same company I find myself unemployed.

It's a sad situation as I'm not the only one it affected. Other co-workers are gone as well, co-workers that are dear to my heart are shocked and saddened. The amazing person I employ to look after my son when I'm not able and my family wonders what will happen in the future.

However I believe in the power of the mind and heart and all things happen for reasons. Those reasons right now are unclear. There have been moments where I'm sitting on the couch with tears falling down my checks to moments I'm upbeat and thinking maybe this is the most amazing thing that has ever happened. I'm sure I will have more of each of the moments in the future.

I started this post days and days ago and just couldn't go back to it. Since I started it I have gone through many many emotions some good and some not. I've met with a career counsellor that the company I worked for hired for me. After 22 years resumes and interviewing are so different then when I first entered the working force. However I needed something else.

Last weekend I went away with 7 amazing woman. I believe not one of us is alike (well maybe Eryn and I) though each and everyone of us have common factors. One being scrapbooking. So Friday March 26, 2010 I packed up my scrap stuff and drove to get my SIL, Joelene and off we headed to Pigeon Lake, stopping in Red Deer to meet up with Eryn and Heather for lunch at East Side Mario's - well that started the theme for the weekend. Lots of laughs! The waiter that frightened Joelene a little with his trying hard to be Bada boom bada ching! The same waiter calling me a Cougar yes I'm a mature person but not a cougar or is it because I live in Cougar Ridge near Cougar Town Circle? I dunno but man did we laugh.  Next shopping for Joelene & I - great deals on something things and then off to the retreat. Did you know that there are 50 zillion log homes in Pigeon lake - seriously. Well we found our home for the weekend and unpacked. Amazing place!

This is just one view of the house and boy did we make a mess or at least some of us - Joelene had a tendancy to clean up her table after every project which in turn made us crumple paper on her table when she was the first to go to bed one night. 

There were many laughs of Heather can you pick that up off the floor for us, some you are old jokes flying around, to some serious conversations of life and of course Bailey's in our morning coffee though I also had it with every cup I had even in the evening!

With these women I feel that I can share any thought I have and I will not be judged, I might be made fun of but that's ok because it's all done with love. These women are a huge HUG for me and I believe that this was one of the best weekends I have had in a very long time and was just the medicine I needed. I, THANK YOU ladies for coming into my life.

Here are some of the LO's I completed. I'm happy with them and I think this is most I've ever gotten done at a retreat in a very long time - I did 15 LO's.