Really? More?

Posted by Melina and Denise , Monday, February 25, 2013 6:33 AM

We went into this year with the attitude that 2013 is our year, make no mistake about it! After the first 2 months, do we still feel that way? The answer is shockingly yes. Let's just say the Lady has done her best to test our resolve, I guess to be sure that we really do want what we want. Anxiety and stress which led to getting sick, illness and death of extended family members, money stuff, blah blah blah.

How is it that we are staying positive? The fact is that there is no other option. The goals we have mean so much to us that we have no intention of failure.

So moving forward, I have taken the next step in one of my major goals; I sent the novel I wrote off to the editor I booked for mid-March. Scariest thing I have ever done!! My ultimate dream would be to support myself through my writing and this is the biggest step I have taken towards that. Showing my work to people I know is one thing, sending it to a stranger to be critiqued is something else entirely. Terrifying!

I am looking at it as an opportunity to learn. I want to become a better writer and to do that I have to put myself out there, as frightening as that is. I don't fear criticism, I am terrified of being told, "This sucks, what were you thinking?"

I'll keep you all updated on how the process goes. Here's hoping I haven't been deluding myself!

~ Denise

Goals, goals, goals

Posted by Melina and Denise , Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:17 AM

Life should be about goals. Without something to work towards, why do we get out of bed in the morning? It keeps things jazzy. That's what this blog is about; our goals and how we get there. Woot!

Here's the thing: we never have only one goal kicking around. We are working towards buying a house, buying a car, being a writer or painter respectively. More immediate is that we are working on losing weight and being healthy. Bionic even!

But the biggest, greatest, most stupendously huge thing that we are working towards is a TRIP! Not a massive one in terms of location but ... (dot dot dot ... suspense building ...)

I feel weird even talking about this because this is so exciting to Melina. I will let her explain what seeing the Mish (that's what those in the know call them) means to her. Let me just say that if I mention our trip to Toronto to see them, she literally starts bouncing. 

The plan is to go see them play, spend the next day in Toronto and then take the train to Montreal for a few days. GOAL! Requires, money and planning and I'm gonna lose weight because there will be shopping. Oh yes. There will be shopping.

So many goals, so little time. What are yours?

~ Denise

What the Mission UK means to me is, OMG, I've loved them for so long I don't know when it first began. Was it 1985? Or was it early 1986? I'm not sure, I think it was 1985. Wow, did I digress or what? 

I love the music, which should be obvious. The first song I heard was 'Wasteland', and loved it. It touched something in my soul, and somehow made me feel hope. I didn't have much hope at that point in my life. Everything felt grim and painful, and like that would never ever change. But the opening strains of jangly guitar and rising vocals gave me something to hold on to. 

For the last 27 years, I have. And I had given up hope of seeing this amazing band live, but then I saw that they were not only mostly reformed (why Mick isn't back I don't know, but must suppose he has his reasons) and doing a short tour of North America in the fall. I finally will see my favourite band!!!

~ Melina