Sunday, November 6, 2011


"It's the classic dream story of finding something unexpected in your attic that'd been gathering dust for decades."  Or something like that...

MaryJane's Gratitude Journal
I kept a Gratitude Journal from 2005 to 2007.  I found it in the dusty depths.  I'm glad it has been resurrected.  It was so nice reflecting on the things I was grateful for during those 2 years.  I thought I would share some of my entries...

  • crazy laughing fits with Mike
  • Barb's birthday at Johnny Bistro's
  • baby Jake
  • peanut butter and bananas
  • Woodpecker!
  • the most loving parents in the world
  • Nature's pallette
  • Armanda's expecting!
  • Seeing Paul and meeting Joey!
  • the purple sunset
  • ROLO ice cream
  • Lady Jane
  • living in Canada
  • manicures and pedicures
  • Aerosmith coming to town
  • income tax refunds
  • garlic
  • a doe and her fawn
  • my magnificence (that was Mike's entry on May 5'07)
  • breezes
  • the generosity of friends
  • Nancy & Sean are expecting
Gratitude:  the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy

I've decided to start journalling again...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

So where's my inspirational message?

An anonymous user commented on my very first blog..."where's my inspirational message?"  So, I thought I'd share what inspires me...

Fauja Singh, the 100 year old marathon runner, inspires me!  Fauja credits his vegetarian diet for his stamina and longevity.  It took him more than eight hours to cross the finish line!  His accomplishment inspires me.  "Spirit...has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle".

My parents give me inspiration!  At 78 and 70, my Dad and Mom are happy, healthy and hard-working! My Dad keeps going...he never stops.  He puts up his own Christmas lights; he mows the lawn and landscapes the most beautiful gardens (every year since I can remember); he commutes 2-hours one-way to visit his grown children...often; he spends hours baking the famous family Christmas cookies each holiday season.  My parents both try to maintain an active lifestyle...they walk regularly at the local indoor track, and meet other active community members.  My parents are so giving!  They both worked so hard, and continue to give everything they have for their children.  They set an example for the four of us, showing us always unconditional love, teamwork, unselfishness, generosity and support.  They are always there for us (more than you can ever know) and they taught each of us to be good ourselves and to everyone we meet.  Everyone loves my Mom and Dad, and so do I!  Inspiration!

My husband inspires me!  Mike is amazing!  His positive thinking, positive attitude and rational thought are conductive to his success as a unique individual that everyone is immediately drawn to.  He anticipates happiness, joy, health and a positive outcome of every situation and action.  So much from him has rubbed off on me, but after 21 years of knowing him...I still continue to learn what comes so naturally to him.  I am so lucky to have someone so patient in my life, someone who stands by me...encourages me...loves me!  Mike inspires me to always visualize favourable and beneficial situations, even when negative thoughts and perceptions creep in.  He is the love of my life and my very best friend!  XO. favourite season inspires me!  The crisp, fresh air renews me.  A cozy sweater comforts me.  The colours of the falling leaves, so vibrant, make me feel happy inside and out!  A may have been born in the winter, but I live for the fall!  "Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns."  Inspiration!

Music and dancing inspire me!  Music seems somehow the very essence...the very soul.  Where there is music...there is spirit!  Dancing expresses what cannot be said.  Music dwells inside of me...I feel it!  "Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!"  Music can change the world...  In John Lennon's Imagine, we were asked to imagine a place where things that divide people did not exist.  If you listen to it, you will see that much better place!  Inspiration!

Shoes inspire me!  A shoe to me means personality, character, attitude, sex, friendship, love, quality, comfort, passion...  "Not diamond, but heels are a girl's best friend."  Inspiration!
The sky inspires me!  Sunrise, sunset, clear blue, gloomy, threatening, dark, grey, cloudy, starry...  "We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon."  Everyday the sky is different...a new painting, a recent photograph, an old memory, a vivid dream.  Like our moods, the sky is ever-changing, but there is always a new dawn...a new day!  Inspiration!

So, there you have it!  Some of my inspiration...  Anonymous also inspire me!  Your question inspired my response!  Your witty, friendly personality inspires me.  Your candidness inspires me.  Your determination inspires me.  Your dedication inspires me.  Your professionalism inspires me.  Your honesty inspires me.  You inspire me!  Thanks!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My very first blog post!

Welcome to A Day in the Life of MaryJane Strange.  Why did I decide to blog?  There are many reasons...

~ A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation ~

~ Blogging is the new poetry ~

~ A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list~

~ Your blog is your unedited version of yourself ~

~ The personal nature of the blog is what they find appealing ~

~ A blog is a personal diary.  A daily pulpit.  A collaborative space.  A breaking-news outlet.  A collection of links.  Your own private thoughts.  Memos to the world. ~

I hope my blogs provide for you:  enjoyment; humour; interest; insight; motivation; inspiration; information.