Saturday, 21 January 2012

To My Husband

I was so excited to marry you and make a commitment to love and cherish you for the rest of our lives.  Our wedding day was a dream come true and exceeded my expectations.  Now we are married and I really love our lives.

If I am completely honest with you, sometimes I question myself.  I wonder if I am loving you enough with my actions.  Sometimes I fear that I focus too much on my work and my other responsibilities but I just want you to know that everything I do is for US now and even when I don't show it you are always my number 1.

I love you:

Thanks for ignoring my bad attitude when I am in bitch mode and when I apologize for answering with "what are you talking about, I didn't even notice"

For cleaning the snow off my car before you leave for work

For noticing the small things like when I change my nail polish 

For reminding me to relax and have fun

For being a guys guy, chopping wood, biking and quading

For dancing with me

For making me laugh 

For supporting me in everything I do and encouraging me to follow my dreams and do things that make me happy

For hugging me when I cry 

For listening to my thoughts 

I love your quick sense of humour that most people don't catch

You can put anything back together and build anything that you put your mind to

For showing me your soft side when your with our fur baby and our niece 

For just being you, your perfect for me and I am so glad that your my husband!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

When is enough enough?

A few months ago my boss and I were discussing the growth of our company.  He asked "where would you like to be in the future and when will you be satisfied with what you have accomplished.

I have spent the last few months pondering this question.  The other evening I was out for a run and all my thoughts aligned perfectly.  

I have always enjoyed public speaking.  It was one of the first things I realized I was good at when I was in elementary school.  I enjoyed the process of writing my speech researching my topic and putting together my thoughts and ideas in an entertaining way.

In my current position at CCI Studios I have had the opportunity to present our company to a few audiences and as we grow I know I will continue to do more presentations (which I am looking forward to). 

Eventually I would like to become an expert in my craft, sales and be able to share my experiences with others to assist them with their personal and professional growth.  In particular I would like to share with young women.

I know I have a lot of learning experiences waiting for me in the future but already I have experienced a few things that have thought me lessons about the importance of women having positive female role models.

I want to combine my expertise as a professional sales women with my life experience as a young women into a story and lessons that cross from our personal to professional lives.

Essentially I would like to be a motivational speaker.  What makes me different than the rest of the motivational speakers?  I am not sure yet, hopefully my story and they way I have and continue to live my life.  But, I know I am not ready for that yet.  As I said, I still have many lessons to learn and goals to surpass.  This is what I hope will be the result of achieving all of my other goals.  So now I will work backwards (something I have learned from my boss).  I know what my ultimate finish line looks like, now it is time to plan the route to get there.

I have to say, it feels really good to have this goal in place.  Who knows, this goal may change as time goes on or evolve into something different but for the time being, I have a focal point.  This is relieving because in the crazy daily life I lead its easy to loose sight of my goals and ask myself "why am I doing all this?".

The result of an effective motivational speaker is to empower and positively impact the people they interact with, something I hope I have the honour to do someday.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Slow Days

One of the best parts about the Holidays is slowing down.  Luckily, Tyler and I both have the week off between Christmas and New Years.  This is without a doubt one of my favourite things about the Holidays.  

The few days during the week between the holidays where there isn't much planned is so wonderful.  We sleep in, wake up slow, drink coffee until we are hungry and then graze on leftovers.  

The house often falls silent between 1:00pm and 3:00pm as this is nap time.  The occasional afternoon or after dinner walk will occur to work off the indulgences of the day and then we will end our nights with a few holiday spirits with our neighbours and friends.

I love to be in my home with Tyler.  We don't need to be doing the same task together or even in the same room but its just nice to be together.  Our lives are so jam packed with so much other stuff but this week is about us, our families and our friends.  I know this is not how we can live our lives everyday but this is how we like to spend our vacation time - reconnecting and focusing on what is really important. 

New Traditions

Tyler and I have been together for over six years now and this Christmas was our sixth as a couple.  We always have an amazing Christmas together, wonderful time with our families and special moments just for the two of us.

This Christmas was the first one we celebrated as a married couple.  Now that we are officially together forever it felt fitting that we did a few things differently and hopefully one of them will stick and begin our Christmas traditions as the Lapier's.

For starters we purchased our first real Christmas tree.  Tyler picked out a very nice tree without me and least expensive tree stand he could find.  We decorated the Christmas tree together (by together I mean I decorated the Christmas tree while Tyler changed the outlet sockets in the living room).  He felt there was no more procrastinating this task as we would be plugging in a huge fire hazard and he should ensure they are safe.  It was lucky Tyler was in the living room though because about half way through decorating, the tree tipped over completely but Tyler caught it.  (I think purchasing a tree stand with a little more girth next time and maybe even a little higher cost will, be the way we go.)

On Christmas Eve we went to church.  I have been attending the Corunna United Church for about two years now and this is the church we were married in but Tyler doesn't come with me on Sundays.  Christmas Eve is my favourite part of Christmas and I thought it was perfect to spend it in Church with Tyler, my Mother in Law and my Brother in Law Keegan.

We woke up on Christmas morning in our own little home and exchanged gifts just the two of us.  Its so nice to have alone time especially on special moments when we can give each other something meaningful.  (I guess we were not completely alone because our fur baby Charlie was with us.)  It is so fun to watch Carlie open gifts, he knows exactly what to do.

So out of all the craziness of the Holiday season we have managed to create a few special moments for the Lapier's and hopefully, we can build on these next year and years to come as our family grows.