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I ♥ ice-skating

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I CAN ICE SKATE

I am Canadian and I can ice-skate. This is apparently an anomaly nowadays because kids these days, well, not many can skate. I never actually learned how to ice-skate, like for real.

My childhood home is walking distance away from an ice-skating rink that was named after an iconic Canadian figure-skater. In daycare when I was probably about 5, we walked to the rink, an adult strapped on some girly white skates, and told me to get on the ice.

SLIPPERY

Um. I had no idea. So I had to trepidatiously walk on these thin blades on that waxy floor to the rink’s opening. A grown-up handed me a rusty metal slide-y bar contraption, I grabbed it and just figured it out. No one really taught me what to do. 

I started out “walking” until I slipped and practically did the splits. Then I did that whole scissor-thing. Have you seen that? It’s cute. Then eventually I guess I just figured it out. Now when I skate, I tend to lift one foot to the side and away, and then the other foot. I have to master that cross-over skating maneouver one naturally does when going around the corners of the rink, though. 

STOPPING

The only thing is that I never really did learn how to stop. My friends made fun of me for this. A former certain someone noticed my “fake” stopping and said, “You don’t know how to stop, do you?” Nope, so you caught me.

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#3. START BEING HONEST WITH YOURSELF ABOUT EVERYTHING

Continuing on with item no.3 on the list of 30 things to stop doing to yourself / list of 30 things to start doing for yourself. I started with #1 and #2.

WHAT “START BEING HONEST WITH YOURSELF ABOUT EVERYTHING” MEANS

Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on.  Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are.

Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there.  Read The Road Less Traveled.

which also means….

STOP LYING TO YOURSELF

You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.

Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. 

LET’S BE HONEST…

Let’s be honest here, this is hard to do. Excuses. Self-talk. Guilt. Obligations. Pfft. To truly be honest with yourself is straight up, damn hard.

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☺ Daily Smile | laughing camel and little girl

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♡ Dear destiny

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Damn straight!

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♡ The Laughing Heart

(credit) Peekaboo Frog | Tammie Bowden Photography

THE LAUGHING HEART

your life is your life

don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.

be on the watch.

there are ways out.

there is a light somewhere.

it may not be much light but

it beats darkness.

be on the watch.

the gods offer you chances.

know them.

take them.

you can’t beat death but

you can beat death in life, sometimes.

and the more often you learn to do it,

the more light there will be.

your life is your life.

know life is your life.

know it while you have it.

you are marvelous

the gods wait to delight

in you.

– Charles Bukowski

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♡ #2. Start facing your problems head on

(credit) Brave | Kate Berube Illustration @ etsy

#2. START FACING YOUR PROBLEMS HEAD ON

Continuing on with item no.2 on the list of 30 things to stop doing to yourself / list of 30 things to start doing for yourself. I started with #1 HERE.

START FACING PROBLEMS HEAD ON

It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you take action.

Do what you can, when you can, and acknowledge what you’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.

which also means….

STOP RUNNING FROM YOUR PROBLEMS

Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.

We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.

This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

BABY STEPS

I have run away from problems, or at least snubbed many of them in the hopes they would go away miraculously on their own. What is that? Wishful thinking or passive-aggressiveness?

I’m starting — baby steps — with turning my thinking around to not react to other people and problems. You know what I mean? It is true that we are made to stumble, hurt, get upset, get sad, be disappointed in someone or ourselves, and fall and fall and fall.

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♡ Oh, how I love those days!

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