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Dear Gord,

I am taking my portrait of you to get framed today. Sorry it took me so long to have this hung up. 
I think one thing we can rest easy knowing is that you are no longer tired as fuck. 
And if you can tour Canada with an brain tumour and the way it affected your life I can get through kidney failure because, after all, there is a treatment for me. 
To honour you I'll live with Will, Determination and Grace, too. 
Rest in sweet, musical dreams 🎶 
#gorddownie #themusicofcanada #nodressrehearsal #willdeterminationandgracetoo #gracetoo #thetragicallyhip #tiredasfuck #rip
Dear Gord, I am taking my portrait of you to get framed today. Sorry it took me so long to have this hung up. I think one thing we can rest easy knowing is that you are no longer tired as fuck. And if you can tour Canada with an brain tumour and the way it affected your life I can get through kidney failure because, after all, there is a treatment for me. To honour you I'll live with Will, Determination and Grace, too. Rest in sweet, musical dreams 🎶 #gorddownie  #themusicofcanada  #nodressrehearsal  #willdeterminationandgracetoo  #gracetoo  #thetragicallyhip  #tiredasfuck  #rip 
Some wildlife I found on the way to Forest School 🦌
Some wildlife I found on the way to Forest School 🦌
Canada lost one of its best last night. Sweet, musical dreams Gord 💔 
#thetragicallyhip #gorddownie #longtimerunning
Joining the #spoonieyogatribe for a great challenge. 
@born2breathe you introduced me to @sleepysantosha - are you doing this one?
@morrigan_the_red something to focus on perhaps?
Please join me in this and you'll feel so good because yoga is great and #spoonietribeyoga is better 
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#Repost @sleepysantosha (@get_repost)
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Come join our tribe! It's time for a #spoonieyoga challenge! 🤗🥄 #SpoonieYogaTribe is a challenge to remind us that we are never alone on this journey. 💕
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Not sure if you're a spoonie? "Spoonie" is an affectionate nickname for anyone living with chronic pain or chronic illness. It's based on the Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino 🥄 If you've never read it, give it a Google! It can be such a comfort to know we are not alone and that there are others out there who understand what we're going through 💖
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Each day of our challenge we'll be sharing a spoonie-friendly yoga pose with modifications so that everyone will be able to participate at their comfort level. Yoga is for everyBODY! Each day we'll also be sharing a QOTD so that we can get to know each other better.
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Here's how to participate:

1️⃣ Repost our flyer and tag some friends to join you.
2️⃣ Follow all hosts and sponsors.
3️⃣ Post your version of the pose each day with our hashtag #SpoonieYogaTribe.
4️⃣ Tag all hosts and sponsors in each of your posts.
5️⃣ Make sure your profile is set to public so we can see your posts.

Our Spoonie Hosts: 🥄 @sleepysantosha
🥄 @theycallmegumby
🥄 @life.with.kimberli
🥄 @weall_floaton

Our Generous Sponsors: 🎁 @matcha.now
🎁 @shideawords
🎁 @positivecreationss
🎁 @baekiiara 🎁 @sleepysantosha
Joining the #spoonieyogatribe  for a great challenge. @born2breathe you introduced me to @sleepysantosha - are you doing this one? @morrigan_the_red something to focus on perhaps? Please join me in this and you'll feel so good because yoga is great and #spoonietribeyoga  is better __________ #Repost  @sleepysantosha (@get_repost) ・・・ Come join our tribe! It's time for a #spoonieyoga  challenge! 🤗🥄 #SpoonieYogaTribe  is a challenge to remind us that we are never alone on this journey. 💕 . Not sure if you're a spoonie? "Spoonie" is an affectionate nickname for anyone living with chronic pain or chronic illness. It's based on the Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino 🥄 If you've never read it, give it a Google! It can be such a comfort to know we are not alone and that there are others out there who understand what we're going through 💖 . Each day of our challenge we'll be sharing a spoonie-friendly yoga pose with modifications so that everyone will be able to participate at their comfort level. Yoga is for everyBODY! Each day we'll also be sharing a QOTD so that we can get to know each other better. . Here's how to participate: 1️⃣ Repost our flyer and tag some friends to join you. 2️⃣ Follow all hosts and sponsors. 3️⃣ Post your version of the pose each day with our hashtag #SpoonieYogaTribe . 4️⃣ Tag all hosts and sponsors in each of your posts. 5️⃣ Make sure your profile is set to public so we can see your posts. Our Spoonie Hosts: 🥄 @sleepysantosha 🥄 @theycallmegumby 🥄 @life.with.kimberli 🥄 @weall_floaton Our Generous Sponsors: 🎁 @matcha.now 🎁 @shideawords 🎁 @positivecreationss 🎁 @baekiiara 🎁 @sleepysantosha
I have dedicated my adult life to working with children and families, helping them through their biggest challenges and helping them recognize their own strengths and unique beauty. 
I dedicate my career to making sure I do whatever I can to support families to create healthy home environments and encourage integrity and kindness in their children. Being a family is difficult and raising children to be decent people is difficult enough without a village. 
I share this because it is true. 
Surround children with love, support and understanding because we can't protect them from everything that is ugly in this world. 
Listen to them and they will talk. 
#childrenmatter #everychildmatters
#Repost @skcac (@get_repost)
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A victim may only reach out once. Learn how to react if a child reaches out for help at www.sheldonkennedycac.ca/suspectabuse #childadvocacy
I have dedicated my adult life to working with children and families, helping them through their biggest challenges and helping them recognize their own strengths and unique beauty. I dedicate my career to making sure I do whatever I can to support families to create healthy home environments and encourage integrity and kindness in their children. Being a family is difficult and raising children to be decent people is difficult enough without a village. I share this because it is true. Surround children with love, support and understanding because we can't protect them from everything that is ugly in this world. Listen to them and they will talk. #childrenmatter  #everychildmatters  #Repost  @skcac (@get_repost) ・・・ A victim may only reach out once. Learn how to react if a child reaches out for help at www.sheldonkennedycac.ca/suspectabuse #childadvocacy 
#spoonies and #kidneywarriors if you haven't found @chronicloveclub yet go take a look for some community and uplifting thoughts because we're not alone. 
It's my new favourite IG 
#Repost @chronicloveclub (@get_repost)
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It’s true, we don’t grow when life is easy, we grow when life throws us curve balls, sliders... and the kitchen sink.  Our struggles can help us become more patient, more compassionate, more grateful, and more loving. Our struggles can also prepare us for something extraordinaire. It’s important to remember that tough times don’t last forever and that sometimes we don’t get what we want, but we’ll always get what we need! #chronicloveclub 📷: @dotzoh
#spoonies  and #kidneywarriors  if you haven't found @chronicloveclub yet go take a look for some community and uplifting thoughts because we're not alone. It's my new favourite IG #Repost  @chronicloveclub (@get_repost) ・・・ It’s true, we don’t grow when life is easy, we grow when life throws us curve balls, sliders... and the kitchen sink. Our struggles can help us become more patient, more compassionate, more grateful, and more loving. Our struggles can also prepare us for something extraordinaire. It’s important to remember that tough times don’t last forever and that sometimes we don’t get what we want, but we’ll always get what we need! #chronicloveclub  📷: @dotzoh
Sydney wore her Canada socks to our municipal vote today. Not sure what was more exciting for her: 
Learning to vote or seeing grandma at the polling station 
#vote #righttovote #municipalvote #cochranealberta
This little beauty was on our driveway a few weeks ago, breathless but still perfectly intact. 
I brought it in so it could enjoy a peaceful and warm afterlife and so Sydney could learn about bug bodies. 
Win/win/win

#dragonfly #winwin
This little beauty was on our driveway a few weeks ago, breathless but still perfectly intact. I brought it in so it could enjoy a peaceful and warm afterlife and so Sydney could learn about bug bodies. Win/win/win #dragonfly  #winwin 
Fall sniffles and such have been hitting us so adding a couple drops of #DōTERRA #frankincense and #onguard in the bath and my baby smells delicious and gets her immunity boost 💧 
#DōTERRAinthebath
Horse math:
It takes 10 minutes to drive home from preschool. 
We saw 11 horses on the drive today. 
That means we saw 1.1 horses every minute. 
That's a good drive. 
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Horse math: It takes 10 minutes to drive home from preschool. We saw 11 horses on the drive today. That means we saw 1.1 horses every minute. That's a good drive. __________ 🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴
It is amazing what I can get done when I know the end of 2 weeks of solo parenting is approaching and when my body and mind knows it can leave its "preserve my mental and physical energy at all costs" mode. 
Sydney went to my parents' house for nap, dinner and overnight yesterday so I took that time to go crazy and finally get some things done. Although I was tired and achey last night it felt so good to clear things up. 
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I tidied toys, rotated toys, purged toys, listed clothes/items/toys to sell, sorted paperwork, cleaned the dog bed, bagged clothes to donate, organized bins, put laundry away, took Sydney's wall decorations down, redecorated her room, moved her furniture, cleaned up the basement/playroom, cleaned the kitchen, put together a bench, swept the dog hair and maybe some other things. 
Honestly, that is a lot for me to do over the course of a week these days never mind one day. 
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But thanks to my parents, my sisters and a couple friends I had some time to myself the last couple weeks, some good, uninterrupted overnight rest and now that I know I won't be the only one waking up with, driving, feeding and spending time with Sydney as well as looking after our house I see the light at the end of a 2-week long tunnel. 
Respect to the real single parents. Jeff is never leaving for two weeks again!
It is amazing what I can get done when I know the end of 2 weeks of solo parenting is approaching and when my body and mind knows it can leave its "preserve my mental and physical energy at all costs" mode. Sydney went to my parents' house for nap, dinner and overnight yesterday so I took that time to go crazy and finally get some things done. Although I was tired and achey last night it felt so good to clear things up. __________ I tidied toys, rotated toys, purged toys, listed clothes/items/toys to sell, sorted paperwork, cleaned the dog bed, bagged clothes to donate, organized bins, put laundry away, took Sydney's wall decorations down, redecorated her room, moved her furniture, cleaned up the basement/playroom, cleaned the kitchen, put together a bench, swept the dog hair and maybe some other things. Honestly, that is a lot for me to do over the course of a week these days never mind one day. __________ But thanks to my parents, my sisters and a couple friends I had some time to myself the last couple weeks, some good, uninterrupted overnight rest and now that I know I won't be the only one waking up with, driving, feeding and spending time with Sydney as well as looking after our house I see the light at the end of a 2-week long tunnel. Respect to the real single parents. Jeff is never leaving for two weeks again!
Every day is #internationaldayofthegirl at our house because it's filled with laughter and joy and love from this beautiful beam of light. From my fierce girl to yours, believe in yourself 💪
Every day is #internationaldayofthegirl  at our house because it's filled with laughter and joy and love from this beautiful beam of light. From my fierce girl to yours, believe in yourself 💪
#FamilyYoga tonight was interrupted by a bandaid removal, a yoga dog trying to make himself at home on Sydney's mat, a snack break, a horsey rise and  a bandaid placement - aka life. And we love it all ❤️
#FamilyYoga  tonight was interrupted by a bandaid removal, a yoga dog trying to make himself at home on Sydney's mat, a snack break, a horsey rise and a bandaid placement - aka life. And we love it all ❤️
Our evening consists of balloons and colouring aka breathing deeply and zen art.
Our evening consists of balloons and colouring aka breathing deeply and zen art.
"You never know how much someone could be struggling - kindness is so important when hurt is on the inside"

#Repost @cmhacalgary (@get_repost)
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Everyone deserves #Compassion and #Understanding, that's why CMHA Calgary has #PeerSupport! Join us in the lobby of the @kahanoffconferencecentre today from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for free snacks, massages and pop-up peer support for #WordMentalHealthDay! #PeerSupportCanada #MentalHealth#MentalHealthForAll #MentalIllness #MentalIllnessAwareness #SelfLove #SelfCare #PassItOn
"You never know how much someone could be struggling - kindness is so important when hurt is on the inside" #Repost  @cmhacalgary (@get_repost) ・・・ Everyone deserves #Compassion  and #Understanding , that's why CMHA Calgary has #PeerSupport ! Join us in the lobby of the @kahanoffconferencecentre today from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for free snacks, massages and pop-up peer support for #WordMentalHealthDay ! #PeerSupportCanada  #MentalHealth #MentalHealthForAll  #MentalIllness  #MentalIllnessAwareness  #SelfLove  #SelfCare  #PassItOn 
A year ago I sat and stared at this sunset and couldn't believe how it wrapped all the way around me. 
I am on a mission to surround myself with only the brightest of lights and the purest of love and intention. 
There is enough hate and negativity and I have enough stress, doubts and overwhelming feelings in my life so the beauty out my back window will be the cotton candy arms wrapped around me to remind me that what I do and say is what I bring into my own world. 
#bethelight
A year ago I sat and stared at this sunset and couldn't believe how it wrapped all the way around me. I am on a mission to surround myself with only the brightest of lights and the purest of love and intention. There is enough hate and negativity and I have enough stress, doubts and overwhelming feelings in my life so the beauty out my back window will be the cotton candy arms wrapped around me to remind me that what I do and say is what I bring into my own world. #bethelight 
Had a delicious meal courtesy of @thekindkitchendelivery and also ate 3 of these pumpkin spice muffins since they arrived this afternoon. Love having delicious meals to eat (delivered right to my door!) these days when my energy doesn't often last into the evening. 
Thanks ladies 
#notaveganbutyourfoodissogood
Had a delicious meal courtesy of @thekindkitchendelivery and also ate 3 of these pumpkin spice muffins since they arrived this afternoon. Love having delicious meals to eat (delivered right to my door!) these days when my energy doesn't often last into the evening. Thanks ladies #notaveganbutyourfoodissogood 
The pictures from the @risefestival are stunning. And I spied my nephrologist's name and my future donor/friend Craig's name. Thanks for doing this @getloudforkidneys 
#Repost @getloudforkidneys (@get_repost)
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Saturday I went to @risefestival - initially it was to celebrate life with my new kidney transplant but with Get Loud For Kidneys it turned into something much bigger than myself. It was a message of love, gratitude, hope, strength and togetherness for the 104 names we wrote on the lantern of people affected by kidney disease - patients, caregivers, family, friends, medical professionals, donors - and the more than 31 million people in the US that have kidney disease and might not even know it. We must continue to GET LOUD FOR KIDNEYS not just for the here and now but for the future. I wrote on my lantern a promise to never take my new kidney transplant for granted and to live everyday not just for me but for all kidney warriors - I will never stop raising awareness and sharing the STORIES of strength - we are more than our diagnosis. 💪 #risefestival
The pictures from the @risefestival are stunning. And I spied my nephrologist's name and my future donor/friend Craig's name. Thanks for doing this @getloudforkidneys #Repost  @getloudforkidneys (@get_repost) ・・・ Saturday I went to @risefestival - initially it was to celebrate life with my new kidney transplant but with Get Loud For Kidneys it turned into something much bigger than myself. It was a message of love, gratitude, hope, strength and togetherness for the 104 names we wrote on the lantern of people affected by kidney disease - patients, caregivers, family, friends, medical professionals, donors - and the more than 31 million people in the US that have kidney disease and might not even know it. We must continue to GET LOUD FOR KIDNEYS not just for the here and now but for the future. I wrote on my lantern a promise to never take my new kidney transplant for granted and to live everyday not just for me but for all kidney warriors - I will never stop raising awareness and sharing the STORIES of strength - we are more than our diagnosis. 💪 #risefestival