365 days in a year, 365 chances to push my limits.

As December 2018 fades into the history books and 2019 starts, I think about the roads travelled, people I've met, and learning I've done. In the last twelve months I've finished off a support group for which I travelled to Edmonton on a weekly basis for over a year. I found my new role in … Continue reading 365 days in a year, 365 chances to push my limits.

Game Review: Red Dead Redemption 2. (No Spoilers) As close to perfect as you can get.

The PS4 is getting to be an older system and rumours run rampant on the internet that the PS5 is in development. That does not take away from the fact that as a game console it is still a great system, with many great titles that have been released. While 2018 has seen some games … Continue reading Game Review: Red Dead Redemption 2. (No Spoilers) As close to perfect as you can get.

Bumblebee Review (No Spoilers). Best Transformers yet!

Best. Transformers. Movie. Yet! A friend and I went to go see Bumblebee on the last night it was playing in our local theater. It was not what I was expecting, but definitely better than the dumpster-fire known as Transformers: The Last Knight. Aside from throwing the timeline of the existing Transformers movies for a … Continue reading Bumblebee Review (No Spoilers). Best Transformers yet!

Achievability and reality; goal setting and new year’s resolutions.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Goal setting for anyone is a challenge. Goals are routinely set, and despite good intentions, rarely carried through. In life today, where life demands are high, people are busy, and many activities ranging from television to fitness to fellowship all vie for someone's attention, people have to work for change. … Continue reading Achievability and reality; goal setting and new year’s resolutions.

Fragility and resilience; a call to arms on first-responder mental health.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The human body is both resilient and fragile. The fact that it can be both at once seems contradictory, but no less true. I have stood over broken bodies of car crash victims, victims who have suffered tremendous injury yet still fight for survival. I have stood over others who … Continue reading Fragility and resilience; a call to arms on first-responder mental health.

Hope and mental health

Company arrived last night, and we did our belated Christmas gift exchange this morning. Lynn's sister blew me away with the thoughtfulness of one of the gifts that she gave me. It was a hope angel. It was a small gift, yet one that had tremendous impact. The reason this gift has the impact it … Continue reading Hope and mental health

Teamwork

I'm feeling the holiday a lot more so than in previous years. I mean that in a positive way. I'm actually wanting to listen to Christmas carols, and last night Lynn and I watched a Christmas movie that wasn't too painful. I'm just wishing I was able to do more to help with the decorating. … Continue reading Teamwork

Sometimes pushing through is better than a complete retreat…

The holiday season can be a hard time of year for anyone. I find that my worst time of year is November and December. This year has been no different. The last few weeks I have been struggling to maintain my level. I've been struggling a bit mentally, having a difficult time getting myself motivated. … Continue reading Sometimes pushing through is better than a complete retreat…

The Holidays are upon us…

So far this fall, I haven't been complain about the weather. The fall has been fairly mild to date, however with the first official day of winter, the weather has taken a rather unpleasant turn. What started off as a mild day has turned into one of blowing snow and biting cold. Welcome to winter … Continue reading The Holidays are upon us…

Conducting a thought autopsy; examining thoughts for truth with evidence.

Today has been one of those days where I feel drained, and know I have been busy, but still don't feel I have much to show for it. That could be because I spent the majority on the computer. I finished off three articles, did some photo editing, and had lunch with Lynn and a … Continue reading Conducting a thought autopsy; examining thoughts for truth with evidence.

Faith; the reason for the season.

Today was a Red Deer trip for Lynn and I, as she had an MRI booked for this morning. We were able to get away at a relatively decent 9 a.m, so it wasn't that early of a morning, but it still makes for a long day. Driving with the sore arm doesn't help any … Continue reading Faith; the reason for the season.

Best laid plans…

With Lynn falling prey to a sinus cold and no one else to cover the store, my plans for the day took an unexpected turn.  Lynn has been bucking a cold for the last few days, and with the running around yesterday, it's finally caught up with her. It's unfortunate, but seeing as she needs … Continue reading Best laid plans…

“He doesn’t eat junk-food.” Soft markers into the state of my mental health.

It's been a busy Sunday. Church this morning, where I was running sound for the children's pageant, then lunch, and a trip up to Alliance for Lynn to sing with her Christmas choir.  Afterward, it's been a couple hours rest, then back to our church for the choir to sing again.  It's been a lot … Continue reading “He doesn’t eat junk-food.” Soft markers into the state of my mental health.

Hidden Limits

I am grateful for friends.  Yesterday, my friend B came over and helped my get the outside of the house set up with Christmas lights, and gave me a hand bringing the indoor decorations upstairs. Lynn and I both appreciate his help, because with shoulder still being out of commission, and Lynn's foot still being … Continue reading Hidden Limits

Resonance

Today was one of those days that has the potential to alter the course of my life.  I had two separate conversations with people today that resonated with me, and they occurred within minutes of each other. The first conversation pertains directly to my writing, and it's impact on those around me. I was approached … Continue reading Resonance

Balance and compromise.

Today has been busy.  I took some photos for my Pastor as he is wanting to get some Christmas cards done up, I joined him and Lynn for lunch at the Pie Shoppe, then spent the afternoon working at the bookstore. This evening I was home for a bit, then out the door for the … Continue reading Balance and compromise.

Game Review: L.A. Noire (No spoilers)

A game I have had on my radar for awhile is the Rockstar production L.A. Noire.  When the game came available on the PlayStation store during a flash sale, I jumped on the opportunity to get it.  The game takes the player back to the late 1940's Los Angeles, where you take the role of … Continue reading Game Review: L.A. Noire (No spoilers)

Worth the effort.

The last couple of days have been hectic.  Meetings for a good chunk of yesterday and today, taking photos for Lynn last night as she performed with the Christmas Choir at the local seniors lodge, and some time on the road yesterday to take a friend her cell-phone back which she left at the store … Continue reading Worth the effort.

Picking up steam, finding the right level of stress.

The major problem with taking a step back to collect myself is that the world doesn't stop in the meantime.  Finally being in a headspace to dig in to my backlog of stories that I have been neglecting, I have spent a large portion of today at the computer, trying to get caught up. I'm … Continue reading Picking up steam, finding the right level of stress.

Ok, I’m a little cracked…

Today has been tiring, but I think I am breaking out of the slide of the last few days. Church this morning went well, and people are loving the work that has gone into the church's AV systems. I was acting as emcee as well as helping in the sound booth so that made life … Continue reading Ok, I’m a little cracked…

Challenges and Triumphs

There are barely three weeks of 2018 left.  The last year has been full of challenges and triumphs.  Challenges were aplenty. My psychiatrist discharged me from her practise. My emotions have continued to be erratic. Finances remain a challenge. I spent another stint in hospital just a few short months ago. Day to day life … Continue reading Challenges and Triumphs

My normal… whatever that is?

Today has not been a great day for me, mentally or physically. I have been having a hard time making time for me. It seems I am always rushing. Rushing to take Lynn here and there since she can't drive at the moment. Rushing to the theatre group. Rushing to make supper. Rushing to one … Continue reading My normal… whatever that is?

Moving Targets

Borderline Personality Disorder is a major psychiatric illness that can be found in the DSM-5 and is described as: a pattern of instability in personal relationships, intense emotions, poor self-image and impulsivity. A person with borderline personality disorder may go to great lengths to avoid being abandoned, have repeated suicide attempts, display inappropriate intense anger or … Continue reading Moving Targets

Mourning the past, welcoming the future.

Today has not been a great day.  Both physically and mentally I've been floundering. The bit of the air goes right through my jacket causing my shoulder to stiffen up as soon as I head outside. By the time I shoveled the front walk enough for Lynn to get too and from the house my … Continue reading Mourning the past, welcoming the future.