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I used to blog often and somewhere along the way I have lost my voice to share me and mine with the world.  I have recently thought more on this and I have much to share with others and I need to open up.

Funny I say open up as every January 1st I set an intention for the year this years word was OPEN.  To be open to life.   This year my eyes have been thoroughly opened to how people can be and react to life.  I am still coping with the aftermath of several large bumps in the road.   I have been more open with my friend and family about my feelings – as I tend to bottle things up and not share.  I have been open to faith.   I am looking forward to this coming season and I hope that all that I have been through in the last one can set me forward for this one and those to come.

I will not use this place as a live journal nor will I share the most intimate aspects of my life.  But I will share what is the daily ongoing, what am I crafting, cool places I have gone.  I will also share my journey to shed my baggage weight that I have packed on over the past few years.

At the end of the day this is my place to share what I want!  I look forward to those who choose to come with me on this blogging journey!

Book Alert: The Transmigration of Cora Riley

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Forgotten Relics #1

Average family. Average job. Average existential crisis.

After thirty boring years, nothing about Cora Riley’s life has measured up to her childhood dreams of being truly extraordinary. It’s too bad that the night she decides to seek out her specialness she crashes on a rural highway.

Cora wakes in the clutches of the Mistress of the underworld who sets her a seemingly impossible quest. If she wants a second chance at life, Cora must find her way through the dozen heavens and return to the castle in three days.

With the help of an unusual guardian angel named Jack and a little boy named Xavier, Cora navigates the afterlife doorfield and quickly learns that gods and monsters are very real indeed. Terrifying and tempting obstacles litter her path; only the power of belief – in the Otherworld, in her companions, and in herself – will return her to the land of the living.

The Transmigration of Cora Riley is the first novel in the Forgotten Relics urban fantasy series. It brings together the primary heroes, Cora and Jack, and lays out the system of gods, monsters, humans, and belief that shapes the world. Themes of trust, doubt, and redemption are interwoven with mythology both new and old to create a story that reminds the reader there’s always more to what we think we know.

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Ellie Di Julio
Ellie Di Julio is a nomadic writer currently living in Hamilton, Ontario with her Robert Downey, Jr. lookalike husband and their three cats. Between nerd activities like playing Dungeons & Dragons or watching Top Gear, she enthusiastically destroys the kitchen and tries to figure out what it’s all about, when you really get down to it. She also writes urban fantasy novels riddled with pop culture references and sexy secret agents.
Her first novel, Inkchanger, could easily be considered Forgotten Relics #0, and as such, rewards readers of the rest of the series, sort of like watching Thor before The Avengers. Her second novel, Time & Again with Kyeli Smith, has nothing to do with super powers or secret agents but is very cool nonetheless.
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I have had the pleasure of knowing Ellie Di for several years now and she is a TALENTED and AMAZING women who has such a creative mind.  I highly recommend you get a copy of this book NOW!! Do not wait!! You will not want to wait!

2013 Round Up

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I have not used this space all that much over the last year yet it was full of ups and downs.

  • Started my full time career in a field I love.
  • Ran a 5k and shaved 10 minutes off my time.
  • Helped raise $10,000 for children at McMaster Childrens Hospital
  • Produced a play in the Hamilton Fringe Festival
  • Started working at co-working office space which has expanded my career and I have met some wonderful people.
  • Read several inspiring business books.
  • Tore my ACL, small fracture and horrid bone bruise
  • Had a great Cider inspired get together
  • Attended the Hillsong Concert
  • Had an amazing birthday
  • Survived the Ice Storm of 2013
  • Had an amazing Christmas with my Family
  • Celebrated 2013 and rang in 2014 (to be done this evening)

I am looking forward to 2014 and greatly hope your 2013 went extremely well.

 

The Adventures

This is completely inspired by Tara Swiger – Thank you Tara!   I share the view, the gratitude and the finds on Fridays – you’re invited to join in.

#Snapshots

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The new hairstyle courtesy of Hair By Di

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Hillsong United came to Copps in Hamilton

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#SocialMedia seminar I attended. Pretty interesting tips

#Ohsogreatful

  • I am greatfull for my health and the fact that my knee is healing well
  • Learning new things this week at the Social Media seminar
  • Working with an awesome collaborative group {RevUpGroup}
  • Understanding the importance of “me time”

#FreshandNew

  • I have discovered I love PC Loaded Butter Pecan tart ice cream! SO GOOD!

 

End of October

Wow! This month has flown by!  I am looking forward to Halloween tomorrow.  I always love all the fun and spooky things that happen.  The October Halloween movie annual tradition has occurred we watched Hocus Pocus!! I love that movie.  It only dawned on me this year that Thackeray is TIMOTHY MCGEE from NCIS…

Recap of October:

  • Knee Update – I am now walking a lot better yet I do still have pain and fatigue in my leg.  I have been riding the stationary bike to help strengthen the muscle.  I am going to have an injection in my knee tomorrow (Oct 31) of visco supplements to help my knee produce the right knee juices (Not a doctor fun terms will be used).
  • Work – Its been very interesting finalizing some clients and setting up new ones.  Its is the quiet time of the season for me anyhow.  I have been filling the downtime with interesting workshops and networking nights to ensure I am doing everything I can to be more successful!
  • Social – Lots of fun socials have happened in October.  I had a lovely time with family for thanksgiving.  I had a cider party last weekend and it was a hit! We all enjoyed each others company!! I went to Niagara on Sunday for the BSP International Day and was able to meet several other BSP sisters!

I cannot wait until Nov 1st as it will be 19 days until my Birthday!

How was October for you?

#NoFun Knee Update

 

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At the beginning of September I had a major accident and I was running and blew through a firebowl and I messed up my knee royally.   I have been part of an acting group for 2 years now and I was away with one of their events when this happened.  I was running backwards away from an attacker (in the event).  Many joke that I was more concerned about my costuming than my knee/leg.  I thought at the time I had just hurt it in a small way.  Boy was I wrong!

I went to the hospital that evening after it happened and they stated (at the ER) I had dislocated my knee and required it to be reset.  They made me purchase a Zimmersplint (useless) and sent me on my way with a handful of Tylenol.   I had to work to go into work as I was working on a large event yet they said to take a few days! My clients are awesome.  

I finally saw the sports medicine doctor (referred by my family physician) 10 days after the accident.  She was not convinced the knee was dislocated and gave me the EXCELLENT news I could lose the brace! Best news ever since with the brace I was not able to do anything!! She requested I have an MRI and to follow up in two weeks.

Last Tuesday 31 days into the injury I learned that I have torn or as by her wording “destroyed” my ACL and that I have a fracture in my knee bone and the worst bone bruise she has ever seen! Huzzah that must be some victory somewhere (not on any life bucket list of mine).  

Since hearing the news I have had to:

- Go for physio which I suspect is helping but I have no idea.

- Get fitted for a special brace which should be here any day – Fingers crossed my insurance comes through and covers the majority of it.

- Had to recognize that I can not do everything I had been doing prior to the injury and that I need to take it easy.

- That I have a great circle of friends and family who will be there to help me in any way I need – especially if I have to have surgery (which freaks me out)

I would love to hear your input… Have you had to have ACL surgery or had to rely on others in time of a accident or injury?