Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hell or High water....yup...

Unless you have been under a rock the last week any where in the world really you know about the floods in Alberta. I was born and raised in Calgary and I have never seen anything like this, nor thought it was even possible.I was out of the flood area so was not hit personally but know many that were affected. I was down in the Bowness area yesterday and really could not believe what I was looked like a war zone, literally like a bomb went off, the stench was overwhelming...
Let's go back for a min, the rain starts, the river start to rise you have 15 min to pick up what you can and get out. Some people were at work with no chance of getting back to their homes to even get their pets.....I cannot imagine.
You have to find shelter either at a family or friends (if your lucky) or a hotel or even the evacuation shelters the city has provided...your sick to your stomach but your alive and your family is safe.
Fast foward you are allowed back into your home but really don't know  what to expect, maybe you have been spared but the raging flood...maybe not.
You open the door, your in shock, the smell of mold and mildew is evident in the air, debris is scattered from wall to wall, theres even several inches of water or more on the main floor. Family heirlooms, pictures, keepsakes gone forever. Then you proceed to the basenent to see greysih water up to the sit down at the top of the stairs and cry....
Where do I start? What do I do? How can this be happening?
Don't worry I  have your back, Calgarians and Albertians have your back. Did you know? You live in the best place in the world Calgary, Alberta, Canada the YYC where people stand together, they help even when not asked they put themselves last to help a total stranger...businesses, individuals, friends and famlies going out together to give whatever they can give. Maybe it's your time, money, equipment or just a shoulder to lean on. I have been out to Morley to the reservation, Bowness and will make my way to High River when they need me. What if this was me, oh how I would be so thankful for your help....How will you help?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    What I learned at 40 years old....well there are many things.
First of all , as you get older you realize you really don't give a dam what people think. (Well I don't).
People will judge you whether your doing good or bad...yup they will.
In the long run as long as you know in yourself you did the right thing, it makes no difference what people think. I got to tell you its nice to have that pressure off your shoulders.....wouldn't you agree?
     Another thing I have realizedI have accepted myself for who I am, what I believe, what I stand for and what I won't stand for. It is a beautiful thing to accept your good and your bad. Yes you can improve yourself daily but you are who you are. I am talking physically, emotionally, socially and mentally. As a trainer I believe your outward appearence is a direct relation to how you are feeling inside....I try every day to keep my body as a temple. Yes, there is more to exercise and nutrition, you better believe there is..realationships with family, friends or even complete strangers that can make a difference in your life.
I guess what I am trying to say is we all have our stuff, we all have our qwerky ways but at the end of the day if there is alot of good and a tiny bit of bad, we are doing ok.
Accept yourself, you deserve it.