Welcome back! It’s actually feeling like summer these past couple of weeks! I hope you are enjoying it wherever you are. We can’t believe this is our 5th summer enjoying the cottage. It seems like it has taken us a long time to get things finished around the cottage but by budgeting and picking the most important things first, we managed to get 1 or 2 projects done each year outside to help us feel finished. I have shared posts of the rooms and progress in the cottage ( here, here, here and here ). In this post I’m giving part 1 and 2 of our outdoor tour. ( part 3 will come next month- stay tuned! ) If you came and visited the 1st summer, you saw piles of construction debris, old pallets for steps and lots of dirt. The 2nd summer , 2016, Mark worked on building a shed so we would have some storage for all the things – yes all by himself with a little help from his nephew and father.
We had the lumber delivered from Home Hardware , all the way down to Waterside for $60. Talk about great service! Mark made the trusses himself out of 2×4. He even made the shed doors! I got to paint and stain them of course!
Exciting news for locals and tourists alike, especially all you bird watchers! If you were down to Mary’s Point last summer, you would have noticed a new building that was erected beside the old interpretive building. This new Shorebird Discovery Centre is beautifully situated to take in the expanse that is the Shepody Natural Wildlife Area (NWA). The Shepody NWA includes Mary’s Point, New Horton and Germantown Marsh. We were excited to see it and even more excited to hear it would be opening in 2019. We headed down there this past weekend and was pleased to see one of the interpreter’s we had met last year, Denis Doucet, and his team settling in to the centre and getting ready for the grand opening which is happening July 16th at 1 pm.
Hi folks! Well, it’s been more than a minute since I’ve seen this screen and typed anything more than hello. I almost didn’t remember how to find my blog page but here we are and hopefully back for some more inspirational, creative and adventurous posts. I had been away from the blog for most of this spring due to my mega studying schedule related to writing an exam to become a Certified Diabetes Educator at the end of May. I am happy and proud to say I got the official paperwork just today and it is official- I PASSED!!! I can’t believe it!! There were quite a few questions on the exam that I wasn’t sure about but there were many I was sure about so I’m glad the sure ones were the important ones! Besides the other certification I hold from the American College of Sports Medicine which I got in 2009, this was one of the hardest things I had done that required so much determination and focus and memory- not easy for this old brain. My family and colleagues were a great support and I couldn’t have gotten through this winter and spring without them. I did have to sacrifice being on social media, putting my creative efforts to the side and neglecting a lot of things ( like my house and my weight ) but I am glad I did it. It is something that has been on my goal list for the past 5 years.
I want this to be an encouragement to you that if you have a dream or a goal, sometimes you have to seize the right moment and make it happen because no one else is going to do it for you.You have to believe in yourself and your ability. I am thankful that even despite my tendency to see the glass half empty or to think on the negative side at first, I do have a spirit of determination and competitiveness and a fear of failure. I think it is partly my first born nature that gives me the drive to improve, set goals and achieve them but it is also the hope of Christ that keeps me going on days I don’t want to do the hard things. We just keep pressing on toward that mark that God has called us to.
My spirit of determination started at a young age. This little girl and her dad had to have some heart to heart talks when this old body cast came off. This little girl was stubborn and did not want to learn to use her crutches at first. Somehow something sparked and off she went to her first day of school with her crutches, lunch pail and school bag. She hasn’t stopped dreaming and moving forward since then!
I think that time in my early life really did help me start off with that sense of accomplishment and success that would help me throughout my life when other challenges came along. I remember the time when I started swimming lessons soon after this and didn’t pass the 1st level- I didn’t give up and ended up teaching swimming lessons throughout high school and university. It took me at least 2 times to pass my National LIfeguard exam but I eventually got it and ended up working at Magic Mountain and Fundy Park. Thankfully the only person I ever had to rescue was my nephew in a river in New Hampshire a few years ago.
My other big accomplishment I felt the most proud of was getting in to physio school. Back in 1991 when I applied, you only needed 1 year of a Science degree to apply but you had to have good marks and they only took I think 18 students from New Brunswick. When I heard other students losing their scholarships in the 1st year of unversity which I had not been successful at earning , I was determined to get in to physio school and I did ( even while dating my new boyfriend who became my husband- he was a good motivator 🙂 ) .
Doing this exam and and having other milestones happen this spring- like 25 years of service at the hospital and 25 years of marriage, has just made me reflect on all that a person can accomplish in a lifetime when they are consistent and work hard with the Lord’s help and guidance along the way as well. Here’s to many more milestones ahead with dreams and goals to pursue. I say it to my patients and I encourage us all to never give up!! You never know what you can accomplish. I hope you’ll stick around this summer as we get more posts up and going to inspire you to dream and create as well.