Saturday, February 15, 2014

Back to "normal"

I returned to work this week and was overwhelmed with everyone stopping by and calling to: say hello, tell me they missed me, and ask how my trip was....a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has welcomed me home!!

I've been so fortunate to have travelled to Africa three times with the Canadian Cooperative Association and each trip has been very memorable for me...but there was something about this really made me sit back and take stock of things....and to realize just how lucky I truly am....and what is REALLY important in life!

What I have learned is that "stuff" doesn't make you happy....that you need to focus on the good and truly be grateful for all that you take charge of your life and find the things that make you passionate and happy and DO them!!! To tell the people that mean so much to you - you LOVE them - and how thankful you are to have them in your life and foR always Being there for you!!! <3 That life is truly precious and not to take it for granted....

I'm honestly having a hard time being back....

I am still amazed every day when I have hot water, and lots of it, by simply turning a tap.....

And for a fridge full of food......

I am trying to remember not to "preach" at others when they are complaining about first world problems.....

But...I'm thankful... REALLY thankful these trips have changed me...deep inside....and made me realize how truly lucky I really am. 

I have to say thank you to:

CCA - for creating such a meaningful program that is truly making a difference in the lives of others

Interior Savings Credit Union - for being such an excellent employer and supporter of programs like this

My co-workers - especially Elenore & Lois who covered for me while I was away

And last but not least my friends and family.....who sent me words of encouragement while I was away.....even at my age (29 LOL!) it stills means something to hear your family tell you they are proud of you :)

Heidi in Kelowna...feeling so grateful :)


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