dReAmER or ReALiST???

Hallelujah Modern Family!!!

“There are Dreamers and there are Realists. You would think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not the opposite is true. You see the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring to close to the sun. And the realists, weeeeell without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.”

I really appreciate the writers of Modern Family. The humor, the reality, the lessons, the characters, the diversity, in my opinion a solid program. The above statement was mentioned by ‘Cameron’, the enthusiastic partner of ‘Mitchell’, the lawyer and level headed partner of the pair. Cameron has the stories he enjoys sharing over and over again, and Mitchell ‘the realist’ tends to roll his eyes, as he feels there is no way the story could be true.

This got me thinking…we are all one or the other and we are regularly surrounded by each. I contemplated, briefly, which one I personally was and which my near and dear were ~ dReAmER or ReALiST? I am at peace realizing there is a mixture in my life.

Whether you’re a realist or a dreamer, I strongly encourage you to engage in creating relationships with both…the creative, enthusiastic visionary may be in need of a little down to earth time and focus, or the person who tends to view things only as they truly are, may be in need of a little excitement and uncertainty.

It’s okay to be different, to not conform to the masses. I don’t believe we should criticize one or the other. It’s our differences that make things go round and I gladly accept I am a dreamer. I prefer to look on the bright side, not to say I don’t venture into the grey every once and awhile though, but this dreamer isn’t kept down for long, as I am blessed with a crew of dream encouragers. Some hang on the realists side the majority of the time, but I would be confident in saying they realize encouragement is a far greater feeling than stealing someone’s dream.

In closing, if you’re a realist, choose not to be a dream stealer and enjoy the moments! If you’re a dreamer, appreciate the realists and keep dreaming! Just like ‘Cameron’ mentioned, we need each other.

Here’s to High-Fiving the fantastic dReAmERs & ReALiSTs we surround ourselves with!

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” ~ D.H. Everett

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KENNEDY for City Council

I couldn’t pass up the chance to feature my little bro in my online journaling. Voting for this year’s (well I suppose the next 3 years) Kelowna city council has come to a close and this guy put forth an incredible effort. Bobby Kennedy, a 26 year old husband, father, brother, son, nephew, cousin, uncle, entrepreneur and friend to many (just to name a few of his roles;)! A local boy determined to move Kelowna forward and allow the youth to prosper, instead of flee. I love that fact that he just stepped up to the plate and was willing to take on the challenges to create change.

I have no doubt he opened the eyes of plenty, especially folks that had taken very little interest in politics prior to this election. Thru facebook alone, the amount of people who commented, shared links and videos, or gave shout outs regarding this election were something else.

Bobby received close to 2500 votes. 2449 people filled in the oval next to his name. Though not enough to be elected this time round, pretty freak’n impressive if you ask me! I love that Bobby was true form from start to finish and will continue being true to his values, beliefs and initiatives.

Be sure to stay tuned, as I am sure this is not the last we hear of Bobby Kennedy. He (& my other awesome brother Billy) can be found at The Bakery Board Shop and Lounge (189 Highway 33 East, Rutland BC). Be sure to swing by, skate, ride or walk in to say hi and see their ridiculously cool set up. Bobby would be thrilled to have the chance to chat about change, skateboarding, snowboarding, and creating good times for all to enjoy and prosper from.

 

Life is for living and this wise young man is definitely choosing to live it! 26 year old, husband, father, and successful business owner…Cheers to Bobby, thank you for taking a stance and choosing to engage – we are all so proud of you and honoured to have you a part of the Kennedy Clan!

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present, are certain to miss the future.”
JFK

www.bobbykennedy.ca


F oFF From Reality…

Do you ever find yourself in a mood you struggle to explain?

Every once and awhile I find myself in a bit of a funk. Nothing for any of you to be concerned about, just wanted to share that even me ‘miss positivity’ has down time. I think it is healthy (maybe just a way I personally justify) to be a little higher and a little lower every so often. As long as it is ‘so often’, not regularly or more often. I allow myself a day (or night) here and there to just ‘F off from reality’ (FOFR). To just sit back, chill, feel no guilt for not doing what I ‘should’ be doing. To check out from responding to FB, Text, Twitter, Email, asap. To not be bothered by the
dishes that sit dirty on the counter…to just check out and ignore life per-say. 

I have started to see a pattern that brings me to my ‘F off from reality’ times. If I had to choose one word, OVERWHELMED. I also have figured out how to limit my FOFR times and the two words I would choose would be, TIME MANAGEMENT. I enjoy so many things, I am a professional procrastinater, and a bit anal when it comes to ensuring things are done to my standards. A SCATTERED PERFECTIONIST. I believe I can do it all (and properly ;), hence the sudden Holy F and I check out. I must say I find great enjoyment in almost everything I do or have access to. I am also aware that sometimes we need to lighten our load and just enjoy the moment.

Because of my realization as to what causes and how to limit my FOFR moments, I want to get my shite together and calendar plan, prioritize and commit. So I am putting this blog out into the universe, knowing I am an accountable person (just tend to be least accountable to myself), I hope this helps me stay committed to first managing my time better and committing to my plan…

So here’s to F’ing off tonight and a fantastically productive start tomorrow with Crazy Christie back in action, implementing better time management, and enjoying the moment! Mwah!

Adious Funk…in awhile crocodile 😉

 


SpOoKtAcULaR FUN for Shizzle!

What a Halloween! Such SpOoKtAcULaR FUN for sure 🙂 Touring the streets of Yaletown, trick or treating with all the ‘tower’ kids of the neighborhood. A huge shout out to the business’ of the Yaletown area of downtown Vancouver for creating a trick-or-treat to remember. We weren’t sure what to expect this year, considering the majority of people in this area live in security tight high-rises. In our particular residence we only have access to our specific floor, so we actually considered returning to our old hood to go door to door.

We then saw notices around the neighbourhood advertising the ‘Yaletown Trick-or-Treat!’ We inquired with a few local families and they all raved about the experience. Our kids were then convinced to give our new area a go…330-530 the local business’ passed out candy to kids of all ages. The streets were buzzing with cute, creepy, crazy, and creative costumes! Parents, infants, school age kids, grandparents, daycares, you name it were filing up and down the brick layed walkways, the alley ways, in and out of shops. Some store fronts went all out with decorating, most employees/owners even put in solid efforts when it came to costumes – we were very impressed. There was a live band making their way thru the streets, the Roundhouse Community Centre put on quite the show, and the streets were pretty calm come dark.

Our kidlets ran into some friends along the way, they were stoked the amount of candy they scored, and were pretty pleased with the family dinner at Cactus Club that we enjoyed before calling it a night with a bubble bath before bed. Yaletown, you outdid yourself. Thank you to everyone for making our first Halloween in the city a very cool experience and one we are thrilled to take part in again next year!

Hope you and yours enjoyed a SpOoKtAcULaR Halloween 2011!


A ReFreSher…Just BeCaUse!

When was the last time you connected with family or friends just because? Not because it was someone’s birthday, not due to a funeral or a wedding, not school or work related…JUST BECAUSE

Our idea initially began as something for Little C to look forward to when she was in the hospital a couple weeks ago. (So possibly it wasn’t ‘just because’, but we figured why not) It was super cute when B came to visit and she disclosed the ‘plan’ to get some friends together and go to Chuck E Cheese once C was all better.  Then last week Dai mentioned why don’t we invite some families and go bowling on Sunday…it was near the end of the week by the time I finally sent out an invite for some Family Fun at 4pm.  ‘Who is up for a game of bowling, then a 5pm dinner at Boston Pizza’? It was a huge hit – 24 peeps, consisting of kids from school, their siblings, moms, and dads!

It truly worked out great 🙂 Everyone had so much fun, the kids behaved so well, BP did a really good job with our mixed large party, and it wrapped up in time for a good nights sleep. Our monkey’s were catching flies before we pulled into our garage – Love it!

We were able to connect with folks we don’t often get to spend time with, and Dai was stoked for the dad’s to finally be included and be able to meet up. Us moms are pretty good at connecting on a fairly regular basis, whether it be at school or during our mommies/girls nights, but the dads don’t have or create the same opportunities. So today was a complete success!

I highly recommend connecting with people in your life ‘JUST BECAUSE’…you may be surprised what you learn about them, you may be pleased to just be social, whatever the benefit, knowing we all enjoyed each others company, shared some good laughs and are looking forward to our next outing – I am extremely happy!


CoMmON cOuRTeSy…here to stay or gone away?

WT?

Apologies for beginning this entry this way, but I am not sure what else to say…

Since this is MY online journal, bear with me while I rant, question the universe and feel better for doing so. Possibly you will get something from this, hopefully if you work in a office that makes appointments for a specific time you will be enlightened in some way or another. Otherwise I have no doubt all of us can relate to my experience.

I found myself questioning not only customer service yesterday, but common courtesy in itself. I will do my best in as little words as possible to paint a picture of my morning. C had an eye specialist appointment scheduled at 945am. We arrive in the waiting room at 942 (yes, a few minutes to spare – OMg! I know). We have visited this place a handful of times, so I have come to accept the general wait to see the doctor (15-45 minutes in our past). As per usual, we get called in to see the general eye gal about 10am, approx. 10 minutes later we are back in the waiting room to see the specialist.

Now envision this waiting room…this is a pediatric doctor’s office, there are 12 chairs placed in an ‘L’ shape along the wall and there is a small enclosed nook for kids to play. There are two gals working the front desk, and 3 rooms to tend to patients. From the moment we arrived the waiting room was packed! Most patients waiting had 2 adults with them, they were between the age of 1-4 yrs, a few 6-10 yrs, and a couple teenagers. Standing room only (or floor sitting for some of the little ones) for the entire visit.

Like I mentioned before, I have come to expect to wait at this office. I have learned to park in the parkade, not the meter parking, as you never know the length of your visit. I feel for the parents sweating it out, wondering is their child next, should they risk the meter, rummaging for change, do they dare interrupt the receptionist to ask the wait time until their child is seen??? I find myself piping in to give them the ‘totally do it, make a break, I am sure you have time’. They usually bolt and return will plenty of time to spare.

So get this, Cs name is called again – yeah, it’s now 1030’ish! Only 25/30 minutes wait for round 2. Low and behold, one of the receptionists take a picture of her eyes and asks us to return to the waiting room, we will be called again shortly. Of course we have now given up our seats and the only wall space is directly across from the reception desk, directly across from the pile of pink patient folders waiting their turn to see the doctor. C is on top of the pile, we have now been at this doctor’s office for one hour. I am not yet heated, more so feeling sorry for the mom trying her best to keep her squirmmy 14 month old entertained, the dad who has run to plug his meter 2 times already, and the ‘less than impressed’ energy filling the room.

Jump ahead another 30 minutes (1115am, we have now been at this PEDIATRIC doctors office for 1.5hrs), which entailed me seeing other patients pink folders pulled from beneath Cs folder, patients who arrived after us placed into the rooms before us. I am a fairly patient and understanding person. I had had enough…

COMMON COURTESY would have gone a VERY long way in this waiting room. Every person in there would have greatly appreciated a heads up that the doc is ‘blank minutes’ behind, if you want to go get some fresh air, let your child run off some steam, grab a coffee, plug your meter, OUR APOLOGIES. BuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuT, Noooooooooooooooooo, you approach the desk and you receive somewhat of a stink eye. I proceed to question ‘Hi there. When booking appointments, I am curious what time you alot for each patient?’ She chooses to ‘answer’ with something along the lines of ‘yes, I know we are a little behind today.’ ‘A LITTLE? I have seen people who arrived less than 20 minutes ago, just go into the room. We have currently been here for an hour and a half. This is a pediatric office, children can not be expected to wait this long. I know every person in this room feels the same way, we are all extremely frustrated with the lack of communication, this is unacceptable.’ ‘I will be sure to speak with Dr. blank.’ ‘I too will be sure to speak with Dr.blank.’ ‘well, C’s file should be right up, it’s on the top of the pile’. ‘I have been watching it on the top of the pile for a few patients now. I EXPECT to be next’. (I had already taken inventory prior to approaching the desk, that we were not budging)

Sure enough the door opens, Cs pink folder is scooped up and put in front of the other pink folders in the door slot and were we called in. Moments later, the doctor walks in. She is truly wonderful, always cheerful, friendly, and respects the kids like they are adults! She quickly made me forget the the rage I had just had less than 10 minutes ago. She concludes with ‘any questions’ and because I had told the receptionist I would speak with the doc as well, I had to follow thru. ‘Thanks very much. I dont have any pertaining to C, but I am curious how you schedule your patients? the time you alot for each?’ (I was slightly rattled, as I hate being the ‘mean’ person) She was shocked to find out the length we had waited. She was extremely apologetic, and she will speak ‘again’ to the receptionist, as I was not the first to bring this to her attention. We spoke how common courtesy could revamp the vibe for the entire waiting room. Afterwards I thought possibly having the receptionist validate/cover the parking, she may be slightly more attentive to booking achievable appointment slots. LOL

I know this doctors office is not the only place that makes you wait. Unfortunately it way to common. Too many disrespect people’s time, just because the patient/client ‘needs’ to see you, shouldn’t de-value our time. Life is made to be lived, not wondering how much longer past our appointment time we will ACTUALLY be seen…

I want to believe common courtesy is here to stay, respecting time and communicating can go along way!


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