2013 recapped.

So, today marks the end of the year 2013. I actually think that this may have been my best year yet. So much happened. There was a lot of positive things but also some very negative.

2013- The year of accomplishments.

2013 started out like any other. I stayed home and celebrated with my dad. By celebrate, I mean I watched Lilo and Stitch, ate some snacks, watched the ball drop in Times Square and went to bed. Exciting as always. I didn’t know on that night how incredible 2013 would be but I also did not know the loss that also would come with the new year.

In January, I got my drivers license! I was really scared to drive and didn’t really drive much at all after I got it, except to work and back home. I was even nervous to drive around town. Now, at the end of the year, I am getting over this fear of driving. I drove into the next town over the other day on the highway and it was totally fine. Driving isn’t as scary as I once thought it was. My poor CRV died in the flood but I got a newer CRV a few months ago and I absolutely love it. Best car out there.

Not much more happened until March, which is when I had my gallbladder taken out. I had been having gallbladder attacks for months, if not years. There is no worse pain, I kid you not. If you never have to endure it, I do envy you. When I had my gallbladder taken out, I had pain from the small incisions but it wasn’t too bad. The Percocet killed any pain. It was lovely. I no longer have to worry about what I eat, whether it will cause my gallbladder to flare up or not. I avoided that like the plague.

March brought something else amazing. I was accepted into the journalism program at college. When I opened that acceptance letter, I had never felt a greater feeling. I could not believe it.

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In April I went to my dad’s condo in California for about a week before I had to start work again. I was on leave of absence for months due to my gallbladder. California was so much fun. We went to Disneyland and most of the time, I just lay around in the sun.

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I came back at the end of April and started work again. I just basically worked until June. There was tons of construction going on at my house too at that time so it was pretty hectic.

Then, on June 20th, everything changed. The worst (and most expensive) natural disaster in Canadian history hit. It was a flood that no one in southern Alberta had ever witnessed before. My town was the hardest hit area, and it is still trying to get back on its feet even today, more than 6 months later. Parts of town that were never supposed to flood that have never flooded before, flooded. The damage was unlike anything I could ever imagine or fathom. We had 2 months of almost steady rain and that, combined with the melting of snow in the mountains created an immense disaster. I was at work that morning. Our power went out but we had to stay. We were just cleaning up things when one of my co workers got a call from her husband to get out now because the water was coming our way. We all ran outside and the field beside my work was already flooded. I got in my car but since the main road was already flooded, police and firefighters had it blocked off so I tried to go the back way. I came upon a huge flood of water across the road but I had no idea how deep it was. I decided to try to get through it as I was so desperate to get out of town, to get home. My CRV stalled in the middle and water was coming in the doors. I was panicking a bit.. Or a lot. Some guys in a truck stopped to help me and I had to jump in their truck and I was soaking as the water was at least up to my knees. It was just pure chaos. I got back to my work finally and waited. There were people stranded there with their pets. It was absolutely pure chaos. Finally, a huge combine came and a co worker and I ran to get on it. Literally, it was the only way to get to higher ground. It was either a combine, boat or helicopter. It was devastating. Some people lost absolutely everything that day. It was terrible, absolutely terrible.

The town was essentially locked down for a few weeks. No one was allowed in after the mandatory evacuation.

While I couldn’t be at work, I went to B.C to visit my grandparents. My Grandpa was in a hospice by this time. He had cancer and wasn’t doing very well. When I got to B.C, I went to the hospice that day. It took me a while to prepare myself to walk into his room as I didn’t know what I would see. It was devastating. I walked in and said hi. He raised his arms to give me a hug. My mom said I was the only person he did that for.. I lost it and had to run out of the room. Probably the hardest thing I have ever experienced, ever. My grandpa passed away on July 15th, 2013. That was one of the worst days of my life. I think of my grandpa every day and I miss him a lot. That is the loss that 2013 brought me. It was a very devastating loss. The flood and the loss of my grandpa were the lowest points of 2013, if not my life.

The rest of July and August were spent working. On August 15th, there was a flood relief concert at the football stadium here. There was about 30, 000 people there. This city really came together during the flood to help others and came together to help raise money for flood victims. It was a great evening with my best friend.

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I finished work on about the 22nd of August. My best friend and I went to see Russell Brand on the 23rd and then move in day for college was the 24th.

And that’s where I am now. The last for months have been dedicated to my first semester of college and it has been amazing. I know I have blogged about the people and my classes and such. It’s just been amazing. I am so grateful to have chosen the college that I did. There have been some fun things mixed into the last 4 months, such as my first (and second and third) tattoo!

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No regrets.

No regrets.

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And visiting my pony when I was at home on the weekends.

Wondering if I had treats..

Wondering if I had treats..

Standing at the fence.

Standing at the fence.

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Last month, my granny had to make the hard decision to move out of the home that she shared with my grandpa for 25 years. It was a difficult time for all of us, as that house was a second home. Every summer that I can remember was spent there and most holidays too.

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September, October and November were basically spent getting adjusted to college life, going to class and doing homework. December was hectic with the end of the semester. We had so many final papers and assignments to do. It ended up great though.
I was very happy with the marks that I got in my classes and am very much looking forward to ate new semester that starts next week.
Christmas was amazing, and I spent it with my family. We had a lot of fun. I got up at the crack of dawn to go Boxing Day shopping the day after Christmas as per usual. I can’t believe that after tonight, the holidays are over.

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There’s a lot more that happened in 2013 news wise but I feel like that would cover a whole other blog post so I will just go with what happened in my life personally this past year.

2013 was an amazing year. It may have been my best year yet. Yes, I experienced great loss and that was very difficult but a lot of other great things happened also. And I know that my grandpa is still with me, watching down and guiding me. I know it. Maybe that’s why college is going so well and the other aspects of my life are going well because he is guiding me.
I have made huge life changes this past year and I’m hoping to continue this trend in 2014.

2013 has been an amazing, life changing year and here’s to making 2014 even better! I am excited to see what the new year has in store for me!

Happy new year, everyone! Be safe and have fun.

Let’s ring in 2014!

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Year 23.

It is now 1:48 on Sunday morning. Just got home a little while ago from ringing in my 23rd year.

My birthday was amazing and I have such awesome people in my life. So many people wrote on my wall on Facebook and that meant a lot. There were some really nice things said and I so appreciate everyone taking the time to wish me a happy birthday,

My birthday started off by waking up to find streamers hanging in my doorway (a family tradition). My dad got me a few awesome gifts, and I am excited to try my new Kobo and put some books on it.

Then we went for coffee and i met my mom after. She got me a Tim Hortons gift card which I was super excited about because I am always at Tim’s on campus.

When I got home, one of my best friends who I haven’t seen in almost a year (she just got home from a world travelling extravaganza) and we hung out and chatted for a couple hours. It was like she had never gone away.

Then I headed into the city to meet a couple friends for drinks and food. We then headed to a casino to see an amazing band. Met up with some more of my friends there. Had a few Jell-o shots and a drink that a friend bought for me. The band was amazing and we had such a great time. I lost $3 playing the slots, which was sad. The drummer gave me one of his drumsticks after they wished me happy birthday on stage and played Don’t Stop Believing for me. It was so amazing. And the story about the apple juice can was told. Ah, long story.

It was an amazing day filled with amazing people. Going for dinner with my sisters and dad tomorrow and then to a play.

It was an amazing way to ring in year 23. Here is to making this the best year yet. It has to compete with my 22nd year which was filled with so many great things.

Onward and Upward!

Happy.

Not to be extremely redundant here, as I know that I just posted yesterday basically about the same thing but I need to express how extremely happy I am with my college and all the people there.

To start off my morning, I met with the lady who I did my interview with when I applied for a marketing assistant job back in September with the students association. I’ve gotten to know her since then and am working with her, among others, to put on a Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day event on January 24th, 2014. They have already booked a table for me and I am going to be at a booth in one of the busiest places on campus during the lunch hour. I was dropping off the package of brochures and such that I got from the head of the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. We talked a bit about what we’re going to do for it and we’re meeting again the first week back after the holidays to discuss it more. She suggested a whole bunch of things to do, most importantly (to me) a media release to see if a news station would have me on the news promoting the event.. And we even discussed maybe getting a pair of tickets to a concert at the college bar/club to give away to people who enter at the booth to get more people to drop by and learn about Moebius. So extremely excited about this!

Next, I met with my media software teacher who told me that my blog was awesome and that I got 100% on everything. I was also told that my blog was sent to the academic chair, the Dean and the Assistant Dean because of what I said about the academic chair in my last post and how extremely supportive and awesome she is. My media software teacher said that they thought my blog was great, too. Just to think that the Dean has seen my blog is amazing!

It seems that every time I talk to my photography teacher, he has something to say that totally stays with me. I met with him to go over the final and the questions that I got wrong. He said to me “I don’t want you to think that you’re any different than anyone else, because you’re not.” Everyone there has a way of telling me exactly what I need to hear and I know that they mean it. I am extremely, incredibly lucky to have such amazing teachers and faculty in my program and in general. They are amazing and I will forever be thankful for their unwavering support.

I am home for the holidays which is another factor aiding in my happiness. Still have a few marketing assignments to wrap up before tomorrow but other than that I am DONE my first college semester! I’m going to miss my roommate (and when she said it was going to be lonely around there without me, I was sad!) but again, thankful that she is so awesome and she’ll still be there in the new year when I get back.

The holidays are almost upon us, and this is the perfect time to be happy. I am excited for Christmas with family, for my birthday with friends on Saturday and even to go back to college in the new year.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all! ❤

End of the semester, but not the end of this blog!

Hey everyone.

The end of the semester is upon us! The last day is Friday and there is so much to do before then. I’ve still got three marketing assignments to finish and I have to create a header for the main page of the blog for my media software class. I met with my grammar teacher this afternoon to go over my final quiz, dropped off hard copies of both of my final essays for two different classes and dropped off Christmas cards to a few of my teachers.

This semester definitely has had its ups and downs to say the least. I wondered what I was doing here. I doubted my abilities and I doubted that I had what it takes to succeed in college. Well, I still have some clouds of doubt but not about succeeding here. With the support of an amazing Academic Chair of the Journalism program and some great instructors, I know that success is coming. I see it on the horizon. Success doesn’t come easily or without some struggle so I am taking it in stride and keeping my eye on the prize: success. Success here is measured in the form of good marks and a diploma at the end of two years. The Academic Chair told me last week “you belong here”. I don’t know if she’ll ever know how incredibly exceptional that was to me. I finally feel like I DO belong here and I CAN succeed. My photography teacher told me the other day something similar, “you have the abilities to do this, I know you do.” I am very thankful that I chose this college because the people here are just incredibly amazing and supportive.

Anyway, this blog and its photo gallery, logo and custom header (which hopefully will be done tonight) was for my media software class this semester. I was lucky that I had started this blog last year because I already knew about WordPress and I didn’t have to create a new blog from scratch. Now that this class is done, we don’t have to carry on with our blogs but that’s not where I’m headed. I will keep writing in this blog for however long I can. Starting it was the best thing that I could have done for myself. It is a fantastic outlet. And furthermore, I’ve had almost 10, 000 views. That’s 10, 000 people who have read and learned about Moebius Syndrome, what it is, and our quest to raise much needed awareness.

This is where I am at right now. Finishing final assignments for the semester and gearing up for the holidays.. And planning birthday shenanigans for the 14th which is my birthday! 2 days til then!

If I don’t write before then, I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and a happy new year! Be safe, have fun and enjoy time with family and friends.

All decisions have consequences and I am quite aware of this.

My family, mainly my sisters, have made it very clear to me today that they don’t approve of my recent tattoo spree.

Honestly, after years of caring what everyone thought of me and feeling like nothing I did was ever good enough, I think it is safe to say that I no longer care what anyone thinks.

I am almost 23 years old and I am quite capable of making decisions for myself. All actions and decisions have consequences and I am quite aware of this. I am tired of people thinking that their opinions should have an impact on me and that I should heed their advice. I will do what I want. The girl that works at the tattoo shop that I go to is covered in tattoos. She is super pretty and the tattoos don’t detract from that. As she said, there are worse things that I could do to myself.

Tattoos tell stories and I am telling mine. Will there be more? Absolutely.

That being said, I do take the advice that people (family, especially) give me to heart. I do think about it and I do consider it. Does this mean that I am obligated to do what people think I should do? I’m tired of avoiding doing things because of what people will think. I am the one who has to live with these tattoos for the rest of my life, this is the consequence to my action. It’s not a bad consequence to me, however. I am totally in love with the tattoos that I have, especially the one that I got yesterday. Will I regret them in 10, 20, 60 years? I don’t know. However, I am NOT going to live for the future because the future is never promised. Do things that you want to do, love who you want to love, get the tattoos that you want because you don’t know how long this life will last. Make it your best.

No regrets.

No regrets.

Another one!

So, it happened again. I didn’t even try to fight it.

I got my third tattoo today (well, as it is past midnight, technically yesterday). My best friend and I got matching ones, the font on hers is just a bit different.

I am completely in love with this tattoo, more so than with my other two. I don’t know what it is, I just absolutely love it. Word to the wise though, getting a tattoo on your ankle hurts.

So incredibly happy with this tattoo.

 

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It is really swollen now but I love it so much.

Some people, my family included, may think it is stupid and a juvenile decision but after 22 years of caring what others think, I don’t care anymore. I love it. I don’t need approval from anyone. One of the perks of being an adult.

No regrets here! Not in the slightest. So happy.