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AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /10 parents sold, everything. We bought a Winnebago, and we drove down through the states, Mexico, and into what is now known as Belize. We went to an English-speaking school because it was at that time part of the British colonies. It was a very different life from that of being in Canada. At school, the boys went to woodworking and the girls learned how to sew. It was a wonderful adventure, but it certainly was a culture shock going down and then also coming home to Canada. I believe I have an appreciation of different cultures and I love to travel because of my parent's adventures and misadventures. One of my best memories was, there was this bumpy road that went past where we were staying. There were sugar cane fields all around. The local kids taught us to go running to the sharp corner where there was one bad bump. The cane would fall off the open truck bed and then we would all run out to grab pieces. Fights ensued over who would get the best piece of cane to chew on. There is nothing like fresh sugar cane." Finding Life Balance "I think I’ve got a good balance in my life. I really do enjoy my work in a very busy dental office, but my art is very different from my work. The art is more of the right side of the brain and my work uses my left side. (the inner circle is least fulfilled, and the outer edge of the circle is optimum). Put a dot on each segment of that pie where you are in fulfillment and then connect those dots. It is a great visual graph. The low spots are where you need to nurture yourself. I also think it goes back to having healthy boundaries and learning to be able to say no and feel comfortable with that. For a long time, I would say yes to a lot of things that I didn’t necessarily have the time or the energy for, but I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do. I understand now, it is important to be able to say no and feel comfortable with it. I do what nurtures me because if I don’t take care of this person, and I’m not helpful to anybody else." Taking Running Up At Fifty "I decided at the age of 50 to run my first marathon. I had run on my own for several years, completed several half marathons. Wanting to run a full, I thought I should connect with people that know what they’re doing. I found a wonderful running club “Peninsula Runners’ and I started to train for my first marathon. They had a wonderful It has been a journey to find balance quite honestly. I always go back to what we taught in our group. Draw a circle, divide it into key components of your life in equal segments, like a pie. For myself currently, I need to balance, family, love, exercise, art, leisure, travel, adventure, and health. Then rate each segment Where The Flowers Grow Watercolor and acrylic 11 x 7 inches 0 CAD
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