Dear Mr. Corporate America

This is complete bs. Help out our fellow blogger Johanna at painkills2/All Things Chronic by reblogging and if you are able to, donate to the gofundme account set up by another fellow blogger and friend.
Peace, love & light,
Jules

All Things Chronic

February 14, 2016

Mr. Doug Morehead
CEO and Vice-Chairman
CRHMI Management Group
1600 Dove Street, Suite 450
Newport Beach, CA 92660
info@corerealtyholdings.com

Re: Vistas at Seven Bar Ranch Apts., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dear Mr. Morehead:

I am seeking your assistance regarding a Notice to Vacate, which I received a week ago from your Community Manager, Kara Buchman.

Ms. Buchman and I argued about a renewal increase that she told me was mandated by your company. Even though my long term disability benefits were recently terminated (because I couldn’t afford to see a doctor), and my Social Security Disability benefits did not increase this year, I had no choice but to accept Ms. Buchman’s renewal terms (because of the cost to move). Along with my acceptance of the renewal terms, I reported an old maintenance issue (still outstanding as of this date) and my intention to send a more complete list…

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Checking In

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Self-Portrait...Muskoka, Ontario...July 2015

Dear ones,

I have been ridiculously inattentive. Forgive me. It has been over two months since my last post! I sound like I’m  beginning a confession, lol.

How have you been? Please, fill me in, I want to know.

Summer FLEW by didn’t it? I’m hard pressed to remember it all. Best part of it for me was spending two weeks with my daughter at my Mother’s place up north in the land of Muskoka lakes. Lake swimming and ice cream eating. Every. Day. We are so lucky to have had this special time with my Mum. And I needed a break from the big city. Toronto does not present the depth of nature Muskoka offers so willingly and freely…and my soul needs the soothing surround of pure, peaceful nature.

On August 24th I began my courses in Massage Therapy at Sutherland-Chan here in Toronto. We have a healthy class of 37 wonderful, unique individuals all working together towards the same goal (they teach me so much!). We really are lucky to have each other.

It has been an intense period of transition, adjusting to a new full-time study schedule. And it’s truly full on. Both Anatomy and Physiology are dense courses…I can hardly believe I’m learning as much as I am in such a short time…all the bones and their structures from the pelvis to the feet and their muscles & ligaments (excluding the lower leg). I mean, it’s only been 4 weeks! It feels so much longer…in a good way, lol.

The best part of course are the practical classes where we learn massage techniques. Every week, three times a week, I get a massage. How brilliant is that?! We just learned Head/Neck/Shoulders… oh…my…gad it feels amazing!!

I have to say though, I love giving more than receiving. It’s a total workout and thus completely energizing. I love it. I massage with love :).

Regarding my mental health, school is so beneficial. I feel motivated and inspired every day. I have no time to ruminate. Bipolar who? Ha-cha-cha!

So, that’s me. Where I’m at right now.

I love that my 6 year old daughter and I are both going to school at the same time…learning, steady as she goes, new languages both (she French, me Anatomy speak). My husband makes our lunches for us…how sweet is that? How lucky are we :).

I leave you now, time to play a game with the little one.

Thank you for reading and being here.

Peace, love & light,
Julia

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Birthday Beach

Yesterday was the time I turned 43 ☺. Twas a relaxing time, a simple one, shared with my love on the shore of Lake Ontario on a bench in the spot nearby where we had our first date 7 years ago. Perfect weather, not too hot not too cold, juuuuuuust right. I spent the day exactly as I wanted to, with my family. Close in not too wide, nuthin’ too fancy. Chocolate cake, my favorite to top it off. I still don’t feel “in my forties” whatever that’s supposed to feel like. Young is how I feel except when my body tells me otherwise, lol.

What a difference a year makes. A year ago I was still struggling with the depression aspect of Bipolar2 Disorder…couldn’t fathom having the energy or mind to work, getting out of bed was a success. Dressing, brushing my teeth, being present. Now here I am taking a pre-requisite course in Physiology and Anatomy for the Massage Therapy program at Sutherland-Chan AND working a part-time job…AND enjoying my life.

Grateful…blessed…humbled are words that come to mind.

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Our living room wall decorated by Steven & Lily

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Lily's Birthday message

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A Dad & daughter out for a stroll...

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Our spot

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Boardwalk

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Special is another word I feel.

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Birthday smile

Twas a lovely day.

Mid-Term Saturday. I’ll let you know how it goes. I feel satisfied with my studies and can’t wait to get at it!

Thank you for visiting. I know my posts have been few and far between of late as well as my visits to your pages. Maybe now that my nerves have settled in regards to my class I’ll feel more inspired to be creative and engaged here.

Sending you peace, love & light,
Julia

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
xxxx

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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

Notes: It’s All About the Light

First lesson in the Basics of Photography with my new mentor & dear “old” friend Nicole Bond Winters. An hour and a half of wonder give or take the time it took to rejig my tetchy laptop as we’re doing this via Google Hangout. So wonderful to see her beautiful face. Lots of learnin’ and laughter. Quite brilliant to discover what I already knew and what I really didn’t.

We focused on the three  settings of Manual Photography (as opposed to Auto). I feel liberated! No more auto for me, now I really get to play!

Onward —>

Stance: Free hand cupping the bottom of the lens, elbows IN

Shutter Speed is like a curtain
letting in light
The higher the # the faster it draws open & close, less light, freeze motion
Lower #, slower draw, more light, blur motion
First question to ask yourself, “What is my objective? Do I want blurred action or frozen in time?”
Proceed from there

ISO: sensitivity to light
Lower # lets in less light (100, 200) outside daytime
Higher # more light (800—>)
Indoors, nighttime

Aperture (f-stop) & Depth of Field:
Lower number (1. 8) lets in more light, call it shooting “wide open”
Higher # (4 etc) less light

1.8 (low #) is the “beauty stop” focuses on eyes the rest “falls away” (blurry, lovely “bokeh”) fab for shooting portraits esp of women 😉 (less wrinkles lol)
Higher the stop more detail, sharper image

Tips to Remember:

Scale…what’s closest to the camera is largest.

When shooting two people together say, a couple, keep them on an even plane so they’re both in focus, use f-stop 2 & higher. For 3 people, stop 3 & higher and so on —>

Your camera wants to grab focus on the lightest part of the scene (in auto focus).

When shooting, the exact “numbers” are not what’s really important…they are constantly changing depending on the light because light is never constant. Most important, key ingredient, is your heart. Be inspired and allow the meter to do the guiding ☺

Das it for today! Hopefully this is helpful for other budding photographers out there. Next one Monday morning ☺

Thank you Nicole for helping me to become more confident in what I’m doing. Photography is the one place where I’m not “depressed” or “Bipolar”…I get to be me, to fly. Tis a peaceful, joyful place and your guidance will allow me to soar! You are one helluva lady, lady.

Til next time…

Peace, love & light,
Jules

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Nikon D90 35mm F-stop 1.8 ISO 400 SS?