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#BEDM What’s in My Bag?

Posted by navyhawkins on May 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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I have an addiction to bags.  But I will only show you one!

 

Here we go: My work bag

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It is pinky-purple and I love the sliver details.

Inside:

IMG_20160504_073257 my keys and work badge

 

IMG_20160504_073347 my clothing emergency kit because I am clumsy!

IMG_20160504_073326 my make-up (lipstick, compact, mirrorIMG_20160504_073422my inhaler, and medicine in this small pouch

IMG_20160504_073243my wallet!

 

What is in your bag?

 

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Walk to Work Month

Posted by navyhawkins on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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Oh how I wish I could take part in Walk to Work month. But I have to drop the kids off to the sitter (a 10 minute drive from my house) and then drive to work (a 20 minute drive from the sitter.

Our public transit system here is horrible. In order for me to take a bus to work, I would have to leave my house at 6:30 am, take 2 busses and would get to work by 9 (again only 10 minute drive from my house and 20 minutes from my sitter).

On the way home, I would get to the bus hub at 5:30 (leaving work at 5), missing my 5:25 bus and having to wait 1 hour to get next bus (6:25) not getting home until 7:30pm (after my youngest gets to bed).

And, to top it off, the bus doesn’t even go to my sitter’s community.

People in our city are complaining about the amount of cars on the road, but I would gladly take public transit if it was convenient (as in many other cities I have been to).

So, for my commitment to walk to work month, I will commit to lobbying our city for better transit routes. Also, we are starting a car pool at work so that a few of us can make the environment a better place.

 

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Monday Musings

Posted by navyhawkins on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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Day 2 🙂

Let’s talk about getting healthy.

I have had severe hip issues and could not walk during a flare up. Since the birth of my 2nd child, (almost 2 years ago), I haven’t been able to exercise (I love dancing and zumba) and haven’t been able to lose the baby weight. Feeling down about that, I over ate, getting worse and worse until finally one day, I said enough.

I started to visit an osteopath. He taught me how to maintain my injury how to excercise properly so not to make my injury worse and how to strengthen my hips to prevent further injury.

So, now that I am back from that injury. I am slowly getting back into exercise.  The hard part for me is to not go all out.

The hardest part in my healthy journey is healthy eating. I love sweets and dessert. I tend to go overboard. So, we, as a family, are going back to meal planning, and making better decisions. It will be hard but we will succeed. I don’t want to be sluggish anymore. We will be working together to get heathy! This will not be an easy task but we are up for this challenge 🙂

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Blog Every Day in May

Posted by navyhawkins on May 2, 2016 in Random Thoughts |

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So I have been challenged to blog every day in May!

 

Check out the other bloggers using hashtag #BEDM

 

So Day one,  A little about me. I am a 33 year old mom in Canada. I have 2 daughters, a husband and a male dog.

In my spare time, I love to volunteer with Girl Guides and St. John Ambulance. I also love to read, knit and dance.

I am  working on getting healthy in body, mind and spirit after several injuries and illnesses.

My blog is totally random stuff that I want to talk about. Not always about my kids, because, as much as I love them, I am more than just a mom.  🙂

Keep me accountable people!

 

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How to Keep the Spark Going

Posted by navyhawkins on January 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You know something. Marriage is tough. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, raising two kids. By the time we go to bed, we are done don’t want to talk to each other or anything else. Now, I don’t profess to be an expert in marriage and I am the first to admit that it is work, but here are a few tips to make time for each other and to keep the flame going:

 

Put down the phone! Yes that is hard to do. We have a rule at our house that the phone, tablets, electronics go out of sight when we sit down for dinner. That way we can speak to each other and our kids.

 

Date night at home! After the kids are in bed, make some time to reconnect. Play a board game, have a picnic in the living room, or even just Nexflix and chill. The point is to do something together without the phone.

 

Date night out. Once per month, make some time to get out of the house with each other! bonus if you can do it more than 1 time per month

 

Go to bed at the same time.  This is something that an old lady told me to do when I first got married. It gives you time to connect with each other before drifting off to sleep.

 

Any other ideas?

 

 

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Welcome

Posted by navyhawkins on January 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Today was different. I was supposed to deliver a playpen and some beginner school books to the Association for New Canadians, an organization that helps immigrants when they come to Canada. They help find jobs, helps with English as a Second Language classes, help with learning the culture, language, dealing with the cold winter day and nights, etc. The ANC is a great organization and I enjoy helping them out when I can.

Anyways, I wound up making a wrong turn and went to the wrong building. At this place, I met Nazir, Fatima and their beautiful children. They were fresh off the plane from Syria. Refugees who did not speak English (Nazir spoke a little bit). And me, I spoke no Arabic at all. Through gestures, broken English and pictures, I realized this family needed the playpen for their youngest child as they had no crib for him to sleep in. I was about to leave when Nazir said “stay for tea”. So I checked my watch and said yes I have time. Well, tea was not a cup of tea, it was their lunch. They had very little and they wanted to share it with me. We laughed at the children playing, and they told me they were very happy to be here. Nazir told me they were going to school to learn English and he was nervous because he hasn’t been to school in a long time. He said his children have not been in school for 2 years. I thought, you have been homeless for 2 years, not knowing if you will survive and you are nervous about school?. Fatima and I, although we didn’t speak the same language, we spoke the language of motherhood and we had a lot in common (the ages of our kids for one). After we finished eating,  I thanked them for sharing their meal with me and I left feeling shaken.

I can’t imagine what they went through in trying to get to a safe place. They are very brave and I don’t know if I could leave my home and go somewhere where I didn’t know the language, my children didn’t know the language, a place where it snows and it is very cold in the winter, but then  I think they are safe here. Their children are safe. I just wish I could do more for them.

Nazir and Fatima, we may never meet again but know that although you were not born here in Canada, it is your home. To all immigrants and refugees:  Welcome to Canada, Bienvenue au Canada, Marhabann Bikum fi Kanada and Welcome Home.

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Happy New Year!

Posted by navyhawkins on January 1, 2016 in Random Thoughts |

January 1: A day where we reflect on the past year and look forward to the next 365 (366) days with optimism and a firm resolve to not quit our resolutions by January 31.

As I look back on 2015, it was a rough year for me. I had several medical issues that beat me up and dragged me down. One of which the remedy is “You need to learn to live with the pain because we can’t fix it. If we do, you could be in even more pain”. I also had to make the tough decision to go back to work or to stay home with my girls (I went to a great job that has a full pension and benefits. I am enjoying but feeling the guilt of working as well). Hubby is in the middle of doing his Master’s degree which is also an added stress on our family but it will be worth it in the end. I have been super busy and too stressed to really enjoy anything that I want to do.

 

Looking forward to 2016,  I resolve to do the following:

Pursue alternate methods of dealing with my condition. Getting healthy is big on my list. I don’t believe that we should be living with physical pain and I will find a medical professional that feels the same as me and will work with me to get pain free. Once we can manage the pain, I can get back to exercising which is a great stress reliever for me.

Learning to let go. As a woman, and a mom, I feel like if I don’t do it, it’s not going to get done “right” which really means “It won’t get done the way I want it done”. This has set me up for late nights and early mornings trying to get house cleaned, kids ready, etc. Hubby is more than willing to help and more than capable. I need to let him take on some house chores. It will be a sanity saver. I need to remember we are a team and he is a grown man, not the third child, so he can help out with the house stuff.

Learning to say no: Why do we as women, put so much pressure on ourselves to do everything? I have been super stressed in 2015 because of all the activities I am involved in. So this year, I am taking stock in what I do, and will only say yes if it is a good fit for me and my family, not out of obligation or guilt. If they can’t find anyone else to do it, well I am sorry, but it will not get done (and chances are, they will find someone to step up who is a better fit).

Making time for me: I feel like I lost ME. I don’t know who I am anymore besides wife, mom, leader, etc. I am going to spend some time by myself with a book and my devotions and get back to writing (a lost love of mine), which brings me to my final resolution:

To write a little bit every day! A few of my friends put out a challenge to write something for 365 days in 2016. I can’t promise you that my writings will all be on this blog but I love to write and this is a challenge that will keep me accountable in keeping this blog up to date and bring me back to doing something that I love to do but never have time to devote to it.

Best of luck to all of you in your resolutions and I hope that mine and yours will go beyond January 31!

 

HAPPY 2016!!

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I was featured on CraftFail

Posted by navyhawkins on April 7, 2015 in Recipies |

I pride myself at being an excellent baker. my cookies, cakes, squares are second to my mom’s. However, Cake Boss I am not. I have zero decorating talent! So while my cakes taste really good, they look horrible.

Last week my eldest saw a peep cake on Facebook and wanted me to make it.
Head on over to craftfail.com and see the result!

 

http://craftfail.com/2015/04/pile-of-peep-filled-peep-cake/

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My First Blog Post

Posted by navyhawkins on March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Hello!
This is my first blog post and I am a little nervous about it. Ahhhh!

So I wanted to start my own blog because I was reading a lot about moms and how we never have time for ourselves.  I felt guilty for actually taking time for myself.
But the way I feel, I am a mom but I am so much more than that. I have needs (to be healthier), wants (to go a vacation), likes (junk food) and dislikes (people who are always late).

Don’t get me wrong, I love my girls, I really do. But I wanted to have a blog where I can talk about things I want to without it always having to be about my kids.

So there you have it, my first post.

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