I have survived plenty of internal Armageddons, but the ones that really shake me to my core are environmental events that are climate-driven - otherwise acknowledged as "Events Beyond Our Control" (EBOC). I recently had yet another unexpected call to check my preparedness, with only a few seconds of warning. While preparing dinner, I heard … Continue reading Armageddon – Can You Prepare Enough?
Writing for public consumption is a new gig for me. It's an exciting adventure now, but in the beginning it was nothing short of intimidating. I tend to write about personal experiences, so the intimidation level was higher than say, writing about a tree. I've enjoyed writing since grade school. My first composition was about … Continue reading Reframing
I'm not always courageous enough to carry out the adventures I dream of on my own, but there are times when I need to be alone to recharge my spirit and reconnect to an unconflicted space within. Today's adventure rewarded me with a spiritual hug. I braved a 3.5 hour, solo kayak exploration of the … Continue reading On the Water – Solace in Solitude
I want to talk about hope. I've been derailed many times in my lifetime - in all the big ways. I can check off the list of major stressors like a resume for survivorship - Divorce Death of loved ones (both parents - one suicide, one cancer) Diagnosis of a life threatening illness - twice … Continue reading Hope
I received my free BRCA cancer screen test this week. Here's a description of the study I'm participating in. You may want to participate as well. The current criteria for gene testing in Canada have fallen behind more progressive countries. I would have qualified automatically in both Iceland & Australia for example. My own oncologist … Continue reading BRCA Cancer Gene Test Study
When I asked her to do a takeover, Diane was just the woman on the exercise bike next to me at the gym. After her takeover, I discovered so much more - gardener extraordinaire, hard core homesteader, paddler, cancer survivor, bike rider, life enthusiast, and wickedly funny hashtagger. She also shared her breakfast muffin recipe, … Continue reading Instagranny, Diane Zaste’s, breakfast muffins