And so the next chapter begins...

April 8, 2019
You know how my last post a few months ago was all about personal growth and change? OH BOY has there ever been a lot of that since then!! Alex and I moved in together at the beginning of February... literally only a few days before I broke my right leg!! Yup - broken my tibia and fibula and fractured my tibia. I need to learn to watch where I am putting my big clumsy feet LOL....

So since then, we had to move again (all in a matter of about two months). But now we are close to downtown Hamilton, in a cute little one-bedroom apartment overlooking the west end of the escarpment. Life is grand!

I have a few really big things coming up regarding this AVM Fund though! In a couple of months, I am going to be the keynote speaker at a lunch & learn! I am calling my talk Stroke Recovery & Nutrition, so I have been doing a ton of research for that and getting it all together. I am launching my business (Vita-Mentality Wellness) sometime later on this year.

Things are finally getting rolling!  Stay tuned for the next chapter....
 

So much growth!! Am I ready for this?

December 7, 2018
You know how personal growth is a continuous thing (or it should be at least)? I like it much more when it's evenly spread out over the course of months or years... but in the last two or three months (since beginning my co-op for school), I have been hit with a whammy of growth, development and maturing.

It's a lot to handle, or at least I feel that it is. Learning about decision making, making wiser decisions, budgeting, managing my time better, managing my life better... 

Sigh.

My 34th birth...
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Join me!!

May 30, 2018
I have finally done it... I have come up with an explanation for why I act the way that I do (a tad overly optimistic, shall we say?). And it all ties back to my theory about daisies.

Daisies are the highest life form... were you aware of this? Think about it: a daisy is a very simple flower with a big yellow centre, a few white petals and a couple of very basic leaves. A daisy's ENTIRE purpose in life is to make people smile.

That is a noble purpose!! I have a crazy amount of respect for daisi...
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Vegetables and Stroke Recovery

May 3, 2018

According to Canada.ca, about 741,800 Canadian adults aged 20+ live with the effects of a stroke. One-quarter of Canadians living with stroke are under the age of 65. However, previous estimates of stroke prevalence may have massively underestimated the true number of individuals experiencing the effects of stroke in Canada! (pause)

I am here today to talk to you about the reality of limited mobility and decreased function that many stroke survivors face, and the promise of hope for better r...


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Happy New Year from the AVM Foundation!

January 3, 2018
Well, another year has come and gone... these past 12 months have been full of adventures, learning lessons, trials, victories and love. I feel that I made more progress on my recovery than I have in a very long time, and possibly a full recovery is within sight (hopefully). 

I just wanted to thank everyone for all of their marvelous support this year... I truly would not be able to do this without you! We are making a difference and changing the world together.

Cheers to another great year!
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Wrapping up another year of fundraising

December 3, 2017
Well, the last fundraising event of 2017 was last weekend... and overall, we did really well this year! I met a ton of really super people, raised a bunch of awareness and sold a lot of angels. 
        

I think that I am starting to learn or inherit my mom's most amazing ability to set up table displays really nicely... not quite as good as mom's yet, but getting close! 

     (I think that I looked pretty snazzy too...)


Still selling the angel figurines... we have sold 
thousands of these by now!...
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Event #1 = success! Fun times too

November 6, 2017
Well, one event down for this year's holiday season. I have a couple more events to do, but I was super happy for this one, because my table was situated right beside my groovy little sister (Christina, of Miss Messy Jewelry) and my awesome mom (Darlene, who was there doing AVON). That always equals a good time!

Chrissie was promoting her handmade (and super cute!) jewelry, but the best thing was that she brought little bubble soap things to give out! And so Chrissie and I were having the bubb...
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It's Christmas bazaar time again!

November 4, 2017
The Special AVM Research & Awareness Fund will be fundraising at the Christmas Bazaar at Viva Retirement Residence in Mississauga (the Christmas Bazaar at Solel Congregation of Mississauga, 2399 Folkway Drive, Mississauga, ON) on Sunday November 5th between 11am and 4pm! Come on out and browse the show, shop for Christmas gifts/decorations/more, and check out our fundraising table... we will be there with our Kneeded Angels, as well as a variety of warm and fuzzy (and homemade!) hat and scarf...
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Get ready for change

October 29, 2017

Get ready for it... this weekend has been all deep and philosophical, and so a ton of pondering on the following points has occurred. I thought it was interesting though, so I wanted to share it with you...



The title of this blog post sums up the point of it pretty perfectly - we will all have points in our lives when Life hands us a chance. It can be anything - a chance to suddenly travel, a chance to go back to school, a chance to make a new friend, a chance to change someone's life. What ...

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Positivity can make a BIG difference sometimes...

April 14, 2017

I always seem to encounter interesting people while taking transit these days... Some have amazing life stories. Some are dealing with things that seem epic compared to what the average bear has to deal with on a daily basis. Some are sad, but many are just the friendliest people you would ever be fortunate enough to meet.

This evening was no different. On my way home from my night class, I struck up a conversation with a really nice lady while we were both waiting at the Port Credit GO sta...


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