I have been smiling all day, all day. Smiling at strangers, to myself and generally enjoying my day. As I picked up a piece of equipment for one of my client’s, I thought about my day and what has put me in such a good mood. I’ll tell you a bit about my day, without rambling on.

My day started off by answering emails from wedding guests. I am helping a friend organize carpooling to and from her wedding. People have been so kind and generous with giving rides…inspiration number one. Kindness.

At the gym I saw a lady probably in her 60’s working out, hard. She was lifting the same amount of weights I was or more. As she did her fifteenth chin up, I walked over and told her how good she looked. She leaned over and said it was all about brain power. Inspiration number two, if you can think it, you can do it.

I went to the hospital to visit a client; he is in an observation room, with only one other child there. As I was laughing with my client, I looked over and saw a mom on the other side of the room. She had one baby in a crib and the other in the carrier, two babies, just weeks old. Mom rocked one baby, and when the other cried, put the one in her arms down and rocked the other. The nurse and I joked with her that volunteer rockers were available, and we both put our hands up. Mom laughed and said she may take us up on that. Inspiration three, laughing in the face of adversity.

I left the hospital with my clients’ mom. When we were about to part ways, we saw a mom coming up the street with a baby on her front in a carrier, a bag in her hand and she was doing a jig of some sort. As she got closer, we could hear her singing, right out loud. She was singing…some song and I wish I could remember the name. “…and they went UP, something, something, on Calvary…” My mom used to sing it. She would bounce when she sang the UP part. Her baby girl loved it and looked like she needed a laugh. Inspiration number four, always make a child’s day, it will make yours so much better.

When I got to work, my client was in such a great mood. He was telling me about his day with his squeals and answering yes and no appropriately to the questions I asked. When I asked him if he had a good day, he said “ya” and shook his head.” This usually means, comme ci, comme ca. I had asked enough questions to figure out, he was hungry because he didn’t like his lunch and didn’t eat it, his feet hurt from his foot splints, his favourite Educational Assistant was sick and he didn’t get on the mat at gym. Once I found all this out, I asked again. “Did you have a good day? He answered with a resounding “ya” and loud squeal to follow. He had decided to have a good day anyway, even though things didn’t always go the way he wanted. Inspiration number five, remember to make your days great!

When people ask me what inspires me, I say everything. And it’s true, I am inspired by lot of different things and lucky enough to witness some very sweet moments in others day-to-day life. Inspiration fuels me, keeps me going, makes me smile and gives me something to look forward to each day! I am thankful for inspiration and hope that everyone is inspired some little way each day in their lives.


You should take a vacation!

About twice or trice a week, someone tells me I should take a vacation. This is true. And I have big dreams of where I’d go and what I’d do. They are only dreams of course, because here I sit. Most of my “vacations” have been for work, traveling with a family or taking clients on a new adventure.

I have been to some wonderful and really fun places. I have been to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Paris, cruised to St.Vincent, St. Thomas and Bahamas, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Niagara Falls. Not a big list, but a list I am proud of. Sometimes traveling with a family only meant working in the half of the time and I got to vacation a bit on my own. Sometimes it was full days of work, but I was equally thankful for the chance to get away and have fun. It was always a super perk of the job.

All of my work involves giving others breaks and time to do the things that life hands us, laundry, banking, cleaning, working, etc. For this, and other things, like going for a coffee I am happy to give this break. The nice things about the break I provide is, I make sure your kids or young adults are having a good time. I think that gives comfort to a parent, to know it’s not babysitting while they take their break, it is fun activities in and around the city.

When I think about taking my own break, my mind immediately wanders back to, but that parent doesn’t get a break or this parent doesn’t get away. This is true for some parents. It is also me wanting to always help and be available. But, should I let that determine if I take a break?

When you own your own business, you want to do everything…or maybe that’s just me. It is my baby, and hasn’t started to quite walk yet. I am a little over protective and not ready to leave it in someone else’s hands so I can take a break. I mean, I guess I could get someone to take care of things while I’m gone, but, I could just do it all when I come back too?

All this being said, I will take a vacation. I will take care of myself, so that I can continue to take care of wonderful children and young adults. I appreciate the vacations I’ve been on with families weather I worked the entire time or not. I may not have had that experience otherwise. It has handed more to my life than you’ll ever know.

New York, here I come!!!