Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Heart is All Full Up with Love

At 12:59 AM, Pacific time yesterday, my gorgeous nephew joined us in the world.

My brother called at 8:30 yesterday morning to let me know his son had arrived, that he is healthy, and that he and Mama are well.  Pictures would arrive soon, he promised, but Mama and baby were asleep, having had a busy night.

My day was spent with a big smile.  All I have been able to think of is this new little spirit who chose my family to join. When I got home (finally) from work, my brother had sent a couple of pictures and I opened them with happiness, joy, and much anticipation.

Through my tears, I can tell you, he is absolutely beautiful. I fell in love with him the second I saw his gorgeous little face.  Eyes closed, mouth relaxed and little tiny fingers curled to the palms of his little tiny hands, he’s the most perfect baby I have ever seen.  I think he looks like my brother.  Yes, I know it’s too soon to tell who he will take after, but it’s there in his sweet little face. My brother. My nephew.  My family.

.My heart is full to overflowing. Life couldn’t possibly get any better than this.

With love across the waters from a very happy Auntie,

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July Feng Shui Update – Progress to Report!

Finally – I have some concrete progress to report!!  As you know, the primary and most pressing of my goals, was to have a permanent full-time job which is followed closely in importance by a relationship and then owning a home of my own.  For a few months now I have been actively applying for jobs, both internally and externally. Most recently, I expanded my search to other industries and possibilities and I’m pleased to be able to share that this past week (Thursday, to be exact) I was finally offered (and accepted) a full-time position!

Woo hoo!

I’m staying with the company I’m currently employed by – so I won’t have to learn a new corporate culture – and it is even in the same city AND branch I’m already in – so I don’t have to try and consider moving just now either!

The job is a hybrid to my industry – it’s a split role between a client service representative (bank teller) and an account manager, and is exciting to me for a few reasons.  I will get to take clients from the point where I spot a need to actually being able to complete the process for them and fulfill those needs! Yes, I will have sales targets - which, I admit, does make me nervous.

My start date will be September 27th but before that rolls around I need to take (and pass) the Investment Funds in Canada (also known as IFIC or IFC) course and obtain my Canadian Mutual Funds License. 

But no pressure.

I have already ordered the course materials & registered for an August 30th sitting of the exam, and if that doesn’t pan out well, there is a second sitting on September 27th that I can attend. One of the ladies I work with has loaned me her books to tide me through until my materials arrive, hopefully early this coming week.  Yesterday I completed chapter 1 and today I will complete chapter 2.  My plan is to complete at least a full section each week (usually 3 chapters) and spend the final two weeks before the exam sitting really pushing the materials into my head so that I can make that 70% passing mark.

Funnily enough, all of this came to a head shortly after I really started to figure out exactly what my real intentions are.  I started this process by making notes on my iPod notepad so that, once I had a more complete list of my requirements I could write them all out by hand.  When I go back over the “Job” list I made, I can see I have a few points I should have fine-tuned a little bit more - but I can always write it all out and fine-tune it anyhow… just to ensure that things continue as they started for me.

I also ran into Terri from Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui the day after I was offered the job and told her my news.  Evidently she has had some great news herself recently and will be re-vamping her whole home consultation process and has asked if I would be willing to be a case study for her (of COURSE I said yes right away!) and am looking forward to seeing how this new process works and what sorts of changes around the house I may still need to make… but for now, I should fold some laundry and finish working on chapter 2.

With love across the waters,