Good morning…

7:22 am. It is an absolutely gorgeous day so far. Our balcony faces East, I’m bathed in sunshine. It’s going up to 21 degrees. Sigh. Life is wonderful.

Janet Edmonds

Two weeks ago today my dear friend Janet died in palliative care in St. John’s, NL. 51 years old, bone cancer. Surrounded by close friends and family. She died as she lived, gracefully. She was an Actor by trade, a phenomenal one at that. We worked closely together a number of seasons at a summer theatre festival in Newfoundland many moons ago. The picture below was taken last summer when she visited Toronto. We had 3 glorious hours together which I shall cherish for a lifetime.

It’s too soon to clearly express…I’m still processing it. Heartbroken is a word I’d use. And grateful. Through action she taught us that no matter what life throws your way it can be met head on, eyes and heart wide open, with great humour, love and dignity. She didn’t allow cancer to define her. Instead she showed it her boot and said, Well if you’re here you’re coming with me. Try to keep up will ya? Lol. She had the BEST laugh. Chesty, charming and catching. She was unique which means there was only one ❤

It turns out another friend, who lives in Halifax, my hometown, has the same cancer. It was only a few days after Janet’s passing that I learned we’re talking months now. Well fuck. I couldn’t get home to see Janet. I was in school see and she was no longer able to handle visitors. But I’d had it. I was heartbroken and homesick (hadn’t been home in 5 years). I sure as HELL was going home to see Lynn. So, I put it out on Facebook asking for airmiles or aeroplan points to get me and my daughter Lily home, it’s important. I’m not working yet see…poor student, couldn’t afford to do it on our own. Lo and behold an angel came through for us. I found out Thursday morning and by that afternoon our eager arses were sitting on the tarmac in Halifax.  

Still processing our trip home too. It was an unforgettable whirlwind of love, salt air and meaning. Lily, who’s 8 now, got to spend quality time with her Auntie Danielle, my friend for 30 years, and her Nanny Jean & Auntie Joan on my husband’s side. 

Lily & Danielle

We were treated like gold, as is the East coast way.

Anni & I…I am a lucky woman ❤

It was also my 45th birthday on the Saturday…

Myself, Genevieve & Danielle…friends for 30 years…birthday brunch ❤

Old friends 😃

Myself & Rebecca, choir camp buddies since our teens…seeing ONCE the musical at Neptune Theatre, a gift for my birthday ❤.

Friends of mine who were in the cast of ONCE…Kirsten, Amanda, Cam, Me, Jon-Alex and Margot ❤

Myself and Margot Sampson…a fellow performer ❤

Doug & Danielle ❤…our loving hosts for the weekend

Myself & Jeremy Webb…Actor and Artistic Director of Eastern Front Theatre ❤

Kendra & I…friends for 40 years – HOLY poop!! ❤

Myself & Lesli Chandler…we performed together in the musical Cabaret at Neptune Theatre in the late-90’s ❤

Luckily Lynn had enough energy to see me Sunday afternoon. We had a whole 2 hours together!! I got to massage her feet and legs…it was…beautiful. Magical. Spiritual. Our time, it was love. She said she felt Janet was with us ❤. I feel indescribably lucky. Felt so good to give something of myself to one who has given so much of themselves to others. I love you Lynn. More adventures to be had 😄

Sigh☀️

At the airport Sunday evening waiting to depart…sad faces.

Here it is, Saturday again.

It’s been two weeks since Janet passed away. Still hard to believe. But I strive to live, love and be better. Every day.

Our time here is brief my friends. Make it count ❤

It’s 8:50 am…and I am bathed in sunshine.

Wed. May 31, 2017…after a 12 hour day at school. This is the face of a soon-to-be graduate. 2 more months of classes!!

Peace, love & light,

Julia

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Happy Monday Everyone

I hope life is treating you all very well! A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there ☺. Motherhood: best job there is.

Speaking of jobs, I have a new one! I’m serving part-time at a vegetarian restaurant downtown called Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar. I love it! Feels so good to be working again after two years…gets me outta my neighborhood, I get some social time and some extra cash to boot ☺. I’m deeply grateful and feel so blessed to be where I’m at presently. A year ago I was incapable of even the simplest of daily tasks…look at me now. I’m taking a pre-admin Physiology course and working part-time. Biploar Disorder be damned! Lol

Tomorrow night we have our first quiz ☺. I feel really good about the material I’m learning.

Gotta take my girl to school and work another shift. Have yourselves a beautiful day!

Peace, love & light,
Julia
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Me & my girl...October 2012

Massage Therapy

Well, I’ve decided to do it. I’m going for it. I’m going back to school this September to become a Registered Massage Therapist – weeeeeeeeee! I’m scared shitless lol. It’s been over 20 years since I’ve sat in a classroom. Crikey! This is what I really want to do…help others.

However the only thing standing in my way presently are the two prerequisite courses I must take which I do not have the money for. So I’ve started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe in the hopes I can raise the total amount of $674 I need in the next 2 weeks as the first course begins May 5th.
Send me your prayers and kindly donate if you are so inclined and able. Any amount is helpful ☺ And I thank you from the bottom of my heart in advance.

Peace, love & light,
Julia

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Spring is in the air…

Currently 13C in our fair city (Toronto), birds are singing, I’m wearing my Spring jacket sans hat & gloves, bought a bunch of tulips and 2lbs of strawberries at our local market this morning for $7 – gotta love it! Haven’t caught the fever yet but it’s coming…

This is my first post in almost two weeks, very unusual for me. All I can say is I’ve been in a very quiet, calm space which is rather foreign after 3 years of emotional upheaval…yet feels perty good. I don’t recognize myself…is this the new me, beyond the throes of the highs & lows of Bipolar Disorder? I wonder…

I’ve been reading…hangin’ with my fam…looking into a Massage Therapy program – imagine me an RMT – haven’t picked up my camera at all. And I’m okay with that ☺

How are ye all gettin’ on in your sweet parts of the world?

Peace, love & light,
Julia