How To Survive The Year

Harold's Planet
I just HAD to post this wonderful ‘Harold’s Planet‘ cartoon … after picking myself off the floor, laughing hysterically!

Just last week I clocked in my one year anniversary working for the Calgary Health Region. Prior to my full-time job here in Calgary, I’d been freelancing as a Web Designer / Videographer / Parachute Packer for the past 14 some odd years and living a life full of personal whim at my own pace, my own hours, and with no one to tell me when to take vacation. This comic TRULY hit home! I miss my old life of the perpetual holiday …. Soon enough, though, we’ll be on the road, guiding and directing our own path through life, Airstream in tow. I’m excited and can’t wait 🙂



Oh what I wouldn’t do to ride in the nose-cone of this beautiful North American B-25J, AGAIN!

The ‘Pacific Princess’ is currently parked in Monterey Park, California, but I had the pleasure of a fiery and exciting 2 minute ‘dummy drop’ flight at Eloy, Arizona. The military was testing for deployment data of a certain parachute, at low altitude and immensely high speed. It was incredibly thrilling and an experience both me and my hubby will not soon forgot!


Week 11 Project Theme — ‘Emotions’: GREEN

green with jealousyGreen with Emotion is this weeks colourful theme … green, the colour of envy, jealousy. I am the first to admit that I am a highly sensitive, emotional and wishful person, but to be honest, I do my best not to be jealous in this life. If I crave something or feel the emotion of envy, I try to do something about those powerful emotions and search for that which I feel that I am lacking.

Hmmm, to post something which I’m jealous of will be a challenge. However, the option to photograph something which I want, or maybe something that someone else wants, might be an easier task.

Suresh Gundappa thoughtfully contemplates the emotions of jealousy as such:

jealous green eyes

Jealousy is nothing but deep discontentment about yourself. when you want to become what you are not then Jealousy is. Jealousy stems from greek root word which also means “yeast or being rotten”.

Jealousy is comparison. And we have been taught to compare, we have been conditioned to compare, always compare. Somebody else has a better house, somebody else has a more beautiful body, somebody else has more money, somebody else has a more charismatic personality.

Compare, go on comparing yourself with everybody else you pass by, and great jealousy will be the outcome; it is the by-product of the conditioning for comparison. Otherwise, if you drop comparing, jealousy disappears. Then you simply know you are you, and you are nobody else, and there is no need. It is good that you don’t compare yourself with trees, otherwise you will start feeling very jealous: why are you not green?

Gifting and Receiving

Love, love, love this excerpt! Kind of goes along with this weeks theme for my project366 ….

giving back

Giving and receiving …. it can be a vicious circle. What you give out comes right back to you.
But it can also be a wonderful circle.
What you give out comes right back to you. The choice is ultimately ours.
What we choose to hand out to others,
whether it be a loving eye or a revengeful one,
is what we will receive in return.

If we seek inner peace as well as outer peace,
we must first “give” what we desire to receive.
If we desire love, we must give love.
If we desire prosperity, we must share prosperity.
If we desire freedom, we must allow freedom.
If we want a life full of joy and laughter, we must share joy and laughter.
If we want a life of peace, we must start within our own self, and watch it come back a thousand-fold.

Thus perhaps “an eye for an eye” and “love thy neighbor as thyself” are the same teaching.
They are actually based in what we have discovered in modern physics:
What goes around comes around.
Nothing is ever destroyed.
There is a cause for every effect.
Which cause will we choose?
Which effect do we desire?
These are questions that we must answer in every moment of our lives —
in every thought, every word, every action (or inaction) we take.

~ Marie T. Russell ~