Hello my lovelies!
I know what you are thinking, and to answer the questions on your mind: YES! I have been practicing my disappearing act, and YES! I have succeeded in becoming Houdini. In all seriousness, honesty hour… life has just been happening and unfortunately, I haven’t made much time for myself and the things I love to do, like my blog, my makeup and DIY projects. You know you’ve got stuff going on when you only wear makeup twice in several weeks (especially when you usually wear a full face, daily). While I have missed yet another Makeup Monday, I have put Blushing Bride DIY on the forefront of my mind and the planning of posts to come has begun. For today, I just wanted to give you a little update on my life here in the north and what has been going on lately.
Living in the North
I’ve been living in this northern Canadian community for about 5 months now, and I have to say that I am settling in nicely. I’ll start a job in September, I’m connecting with new friends, slowly but surely getting my house organized and decorated, I’ve started my dog rescue mission, which is in full swing, and my own two dogs are keeping me busy and always making me smile! I have my moments when I wish I was still 5 minutes from Walmart and Michael’s Craft, and the access to healthy foods is limited here. The community I live in has many people causing trouble, but I’ve met some kind people that have renewed my faith – and the grocery store employees are great! I still get looked at differently when I walk by, and many first-time conversations begin with “you a cop or a teacher?”. I have to say the best part about this place is the RCMP members. We are quite like a family here, as we are all so very far from our blood. From backyard fires to BBQs and birthday parties, we do our best to let loose and enjoy each others company as often as possible, and I am grateful for that. This place can mess with your head if you don’t have a support system. All in all, the adjustment period has gone smoothly and I’m in no way unhappy with my life here.
Northern Light Dog Rescue
This has become my passion project! I adopted Leyna from my new friend Dana, who was a psychiatric nurse here in the community. She took it upon herself to rescue as many stray dogs as possible while living here, one of which was my sweet girl Leyna. Leyna and her litter mates were bottle fed and nursed back to health after being born and surviving two weeks in disgustingly cold temperatures. Dana inspired me, and I began picking her brain about what rescuing dogs entailed. She basically taught me everything she knew, and took me along with her during vaccination calls, and together, before she left, we joined forces with volunteers and successfully removed 56 dogs from the community on two separate hauls. Dana has since moved back home and have left me with the task of rescuing these beautiful dogs. I have called my mission the Northern Light Dog Rescue, and so far, with some guidance by Dana, I have 60 rescues to my name. Stay tuned for more information about NLDR and a possible Go Fund me account I’ll be activating so I can continue being the voice for the stray dogs who deserve a happy life! I strive to be the light at the end of the tunnel for the dogs of this community.
Leyna – Post Op
Speaking of dogs…my little runt has made her recovery from the spay surgery quite difficult. What a stressful week it has been. The active and excited pup just couldn’t keep still, and caused some serious swelling around the incision site, resulting in some scary fluid drainage and a very stressful momma. I’m happy to report that she’s doing much better, and, though it meant some serious kennel time and dealing with an annoying Elizabethan collar, she’s finally back on the mend. She is such a turkey.
It is in full swing! Now less than year away, the clock is ticking. I have made some progress in the planning but ultimately I still have so much to accomplish before I say I do! I’m trying not to stress out and I have been relying heavily on my mom and my BFFs to get me through. I’m so excited for our big day. Wedding Wednesday will return, I promise. Hand to God.
A Trip Home
I am so ready to get back to the island! I am eager to spend time by the ocean at my grandmother’s house, sip coffee and gossip with Leslie, have sleepovers with Chelsea in her new home, craft and laugh with my mom, listen to my dad sing live, enjoy thanksgiving Newfoundland style, and stand by Emily as she marries her soul mate! October can’t possibly come soon enough. I’ll be purchasing my plane ticket this week and I CAN’T WAIT! I’ll be spending a whole 4 weeks in total bliss. Bring. It. On.
Working’ on my Fitness
When am I not? Pfffft. Wedding dress shopping will commence while in Newfoundland and I am really trying to be healthy and happy. I’ve been going to the gym daily, and while I really need to work on the nutrition aspect of a healthier life, I am proud that I have fired up the fitness game. I always feel so much better mentally when I am working out and eating right. My confidence shoots to new levels and I am overall just a happier person, which is great for everyone around me…especially Kyle! I can be a real grouch when I pig out. I’m working on that.
It feels so great to be writing again. It’s funny that writing really helps me destress but it is when I am most stressed that I do the least writing. Another thing I am working on. In any case, I am really going to focus on getting back to posting twice a week, at least, and putting out content worth reading. I really appreciate the support and understanding during my ghost phase. y’all are stars.
That is about all I have to report for now. Life is good and all is well. As always, thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget to follow Blushing Bride DIY before you leave.