Vegetarian Memorial Video

My 11-year old domesticated bearded dragon (hand-raised lizard) passed away this Halloween (Oct. 31). His death and that of my 17-year old cat in April 2019 affected me so much that I have now been living the vegetarian (mostly vegan) lifestyle.

In this short clip, I pay tribute to how they inspired me to be plant-based now. Have you had life-changing experiences that triggered a paradigm shift in your life? If so, comment or PM me and share. Thank you for visiting!

PS
I have previously blogged about vegetarianism in Plant-Powered Kindness so if this topic interests you, have a look!

Dear Frank: Thank You!

FA (left) posted this November 2014

Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity.

Ricky Martin

In the postcard he sent me in 2012 [below], I was moving after being newly married so to be sure I got my friend’s correspondence, I requested he send it to my parents’ house. 5 moves later [4 with my ex and finally/recently 1 more time after separation], I find this card now! I regret that I have still not written him a postcard back. There is no excuse, I know. I am sorry. I just kept losing this postcard so I’m just really glad to find it now. Unfortunately, I don’t know where he is in order to write back to a physical address. This really saddens me.

Earlier today, because I was organizing my office, I went through a special box of keepsakes. This attached postcard from F.A. popped out. Honestly, I haven’t heard from him since his birthday [June 2019]. I checked his Facebook just now and he hasn’t been online in a year! Mutual friends on Facebook are asking if I’ve heard from him [just before Canadian Thanksgiving] and to keep them posted if I do hear back. Also just now, I even did an Google search to see if it’s been posted he’s deceased, and luckily, nothing turned up about that online! I am really hoping he’s on leave/vacation, or is back to civilian life hopefully working as a Paramedic in NY somewhere as he enjoys that work when he’s not on active duty!

For as long as I’ve known him, he has always been happy, fit, fine (yep, he knows it), and inspirational. It is with utmost sincerity that I wish for your physical safety and good health, Mr. F.A., Jr.! I’m writing this letter to you, openly below, and may the Akash, æther, and energy of all that is, bring you my message. Semper Fi.

Dear Frank: I would REALLY like to know where in the world you are now. It is with hope that I wish you would somehow find this or that someone in the USMC does and realizes it's about you and tell you about it, LOL.  Please know that you are thought of, warmly. I hope I am not too late to say, "thank you for being my friend." I wish you a Happy {American} Thanksgiving on November 28, 2019. 

With Love from Vancouver, BC, Canada
~ your tardy postcard friend and forever friend ~
Crissy

What Now?

I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.

Miranda Kerr

At a party recently, a friend asked me how my “love life” was. I replied I was happily single. They then asked if this was “voluntary”to which I said, “haha, yes” — Duh! After this conversation, 2 other thoughts arose which led me to reflect:

  1. Love life doesn’t necessarily mean “romantic” even though we think it is… Is this because of societal pressure?
  2. I have a lot of things (my books, my clothes) and beings I love (i.e. my cats, my lizards) so I’m quite blessed, IMHO
  3. In the 3 years after I’ve written this breakup post, I’ve had 2 other breakups I haven’t publicly reflected/blogged about. TBH, there is nothing really worth sharing — these were fun, “glad it’s over,” short but intense relationships which led me to choosing consciously to be currently single

I feel empowered by the choices I made … I believe I am the person I am today because of what I learned along the way. All the pain brought growth; all the pleasures brought good memories. The best way for me to explain my rationale is by showing you this video from Stephan Labossiere a.k.a. Stephan Speaks on YouTube.

Single or otherwise, I wish you a joyous, loving journey. Thank you for sharing your time with me. If you enjoyed this blog post, I appreciate your likes, shares, comments, and follows! Take care, and see you next time! 🙂

Golden Beauty

Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet,

Through Love all that is copper will be gold,

Through Love all dregs will become wine,

Through Love all pain will turn to medicine.

Rumi

xinageco

Took 2 of 3 pictures from my уша́нка #Ushanka selfies, overlaying them. I then added digital effects, and, here we are: beautifully gold #artistic pictures of me. I love it!

Playing with Light and Shadow

“The soul can speak through the eyes,

and kiss with a look.”

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

Woke up coughing and sneezing. Have been drinking warm herbal tea and using my nasal steamer all day! I have taken cough syrup, throat lozenges, and rested before night school. Have also been bundled up so I can fight off this cold. I am glad to have things to keep me warm like this white ushanka (rabbit fur hat from Russia) and this thick fleecy poncho shawl I wrapped myself with. Can you believe I’m actually wearing a long-sleeve t-shirt, a sweater, and a lined vest underneath?

I laid down on my couch and watched some stand-up comedy to pass the time. It’s true that laughter is the best medicine. I forgot my body aches and pain while I squealed happily at the best comedy clips from Dry Bar. I also managed to capture these selfies with a web cam during mid-afternoon. I thought the natural (sun) light and shadows on my face would make for interesting shots. These 3 pics of me are unedited and absolutely wonderful.

Alignment Series: Part 1

“When you find alignment, you’re happy by yourself. When you find alignment, you’re happy when you’re with others. When you find alignment, there’s an unconditional happiness, you don’t need people to behave or perform in a certain way in order for you to feel good. You just feel good, because that’s what you’ve practiced yourself into.”

Abraham-Hicks

You find things easily flow into your experience. For example, today: you drive to work and because traffic was smooth, you’re there early. Your favourite parking spot is available; It’s the one 3 spots to the door, so you park there. You climb the stairs, appreciating the steps you’re accumulating on your Fitbit. As you walk to your desk, you set your bag down on the table, and then turn on your computer.

When you sit down, you hear footsteps and a happy whistle-tune. You don't have to look up because you know who it is. Your work friend is on his way to your desk with 2 coffee cups in hand. You smile and say "thanks," asking him how he's feeling today.  He answers that he's nervous, as he hands you a coffee, sighing. He has a big presentation later today with with his team and he does not enjoy public-speaking. You tell him to breathe, and offer to let him practice a mini-presentation on you, because you're friends and because you want to see him succeed in delivering his message across. He accepts and walks to his desk to set an appointment to see you in Meeting Room B in an hour . . . 

More colleagues start coming in to work. As people pass your desk by, they smile, nod, and greet you “Good Morning,” to which you say “hello, thanks,” and “Good Morning to you, too!” You inhale the dark roast coffee in front of you and take small sip because it’s hot. You click on Outlook and check emails because this is what you do for work first-thing in the morning. You have reports to compile and send; vendors to reply to; customers to follow-up on; and phone appointments throughout the day.

Before you begin scheduling your tasks in order of priority, you take a moment to feel how amazing it is where you are right now. You feel blessed to work in this company, because it feels wonderful to have good friends at work, a boss who mentors you, and a source of income for the nice apartment you live in! You get paid REALLY well, so you’re able to buy the foods you like, clothes that looks great on you, and allow you to save money for the Parisian holiday you’ve been planning for months now!

To be continued . . .

Work Wallpaper

Late post: this was my desktop wallpaper for February 2019 for both work and home. I love puppies and this quote from John Lennon. Agreed: it is never wasted, if you enjoyed time 🙂

2019 Best Wishes

Floral Love

Greetings friends, fans, and family! I hope you had a safe and enjoyable new year’s eve! Consider today the 1st in a 365-day adventure. You can plan it out now; let it naturally unfold; or a combination of both. Regardless, remember to always have fun!

You are loved. You are enough.

Thank you for being with me. NAMASTE!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
William Arthur Ward