What is Success?

What is success… such a loaded question if you ask me. I had recently read an article talking about my generation (Millennials) starting to “set back” their career to enjoy life more.

I’ve talked about this topic with a few friends of mine as well, so what is the meaning of success? I guess in all reality there is not specific definition… well I mean if you look it up it’s something along the lines of:

1. The favourable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavours; the accomplishment of one’s goals.

2. The attainment of wealth, position, honours, or the like.

But I mean inside of you, what do you feel success really is? To really sit down and think about it can really make you ponder some inquisitive things. Here in the Okanagan you can see it really holds different values for many people. I see individuals with “Alberta Money” who buy huge homes on the cliffs or on the water, they have big boats and lots of toys to go with them… yet they only use it two to three months of the year. Sadly that’s their image of success is work very, very hard for most of the year and then play a little (I’m sure they play hard but compared to their work I view it as little). Don’t get me wrong some of these individuals love this and it works for them, but I couldn’t imagine spending the majority of my life working for such little enjoyment/ fulfillment.

Is it money, "things"?

Is it money or “things”?

What do I see as success in my life? To start the less stress in life the better! But ultimately making a few really good friends, having a couple nice things… even then good company trumps material goods. I want to do things now when my body has the ability to recuperate after doing some crazy sport or trip or hike, I don’t want to wait until I retire before I start to enjoy my life. The experience I have are worth more than money can provide to me.

Is it being in the moment?

Is it being in the moment?

I read an argument about someone who’s an architect and that he’d spent a few years in school and another couple interning and is now in a job he enjoys working 40 hours a week, and will be able to enjoy himself before he retires because he worked hard. I applaud this person for his determination and enthusiasm but not everyone has the patience to do these things (Is financial security that really matters?). Does this make us lazy? Hardly, everyone has different ambitions and goals… and some of us just don’t have the mental capacity to break our backs for 8-10 years to finally start having fun and enjoying life… some of us want to live now because there may not be a tomorrow.

Moving to British Columbia I think was one of the best things I had decided to do, the people are such inspiration to grabbing life now and making the best of it!

Look from one generation to the next and see the contrast from Ethics to Fashion and Ideologies… they change constantly. I’d say every generation dating back hundreds of years think they had reached the best point in humanity, and that how they live is the way to be. Maybe each generation was right in their own respect but we are ever evolving intellectual creatures and will continue to change our values for many years to come.

Is it friends and special connections?

Could it be friends and special connections?

I originally wanted to talk about how I see success and what it means to me… but as I continued to write I just want to inspire others to stop for a minute and think about what success means to them. It might be a happy family, secure job, lots of money… or a life filled with amazing adventures with little to no money. There’s always something you can change in your life and never be afraid to do it… but it’s okay if you are, because change is strange 😛 but your happiness is more important.

Success can take time and determination; my slacklining is a great example, I have people tell me how amazing I am (I know I have much further to go)… It really is very humbling because I can still remember the first day, the second, and even the third; I would get up and fall, and fall, and fall again. All I wanted to do was just stand and walk! If you’re going to be scared, you’re better off being afraid doing something new than the same old thing!

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Is it doing something you love?

Success is what you make of it, if you’re not happy change something… it may not always about the best job or the most money, but to me success is what brings you the most joy in your life without the sacrifice of your smile.

Be happy in what you do

Be happy in what you do

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Things are Falling Into Place

So hopefully I can remember everything I wrote prior because I accidentally changed windows and lost the new blog!

Anyway good news Emily/ Caleb’s House will be taking on **EDIT**2 more beautiful children Christela 6 months and Stephanie who is 6 months. Sadly Stephanies’s mother passed away on Saturday but she will have a great and loving home at Caleb’s House.** Hime For Help has partnered up with another organization and was offered land to build on! yay. As Emily said

“Now we just need to work our butts off to find the funding to do so.. But ..It is official.. We will be moving to Ouanaminthe :)”

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The good news just keeps on rolling in, I went to the U.S. yesterday to pick up the mosquito netting there was 2 huge boxes… I don’t know why I was so surprised it was 100 Lbs. anyway thanks Kurt and www.mosquitocurtains.com. While I was there some vinyl’s/stickers came in from www.vinyldisorder.com so we can give some kids some like things to play with. While I was in the States I was able to visit some old friends from school, and was at my friends Hole in the wall bar and told her about my plan for Haiti and she was ecstatic and tossed me a donation without hesitation which I’m not surprised she’s a great Gal. While at the bar I got talking with gentleman sitting next to me about Haiti and then he told me how he did some work in Baghdad doing architectural engineering,  and later handed me his card saying to get in touch with him if we ever needed an addition/ building a new facility and that he may know some people who would be happy to help out for free!

I have to say during this whole adventure of raising money to help get to Haiti and getting supplies donated I’ve met some amazing people!

I have started brainstorming and asking people for help to put together some benefit dinners/ BBQ’s and I’ve had a lot of positive results. I went to my church recently and asked if I could use their gym to hold a dinner and I’m just waiting on a response on that, I was also thinking of having a BBQ after a Sunday service. One of my other friends may have snagged a lead on a tribute group that has performers from Elvis to Bob Marley and even Adele that says they can get venues for free and don’t charge anything for charities. Any money raised would go straight towards my cause and Hime For Help. I’ve had a lot of people tell me about other fundraiser’s that friends and family have done and have raise incredible amounts of money; I’m not expecting it but I still have my fingers crossed and am praying, hopefully you can do the same! A few friends of mine have offered to donate things such as paintings and gift certificates for paintings, Gift Baskets, I will also head out to some stores once I have a firm date and place to see if they would donate some stuff such as gift passes etc…

Earlier I said I’ve been meeting amazing people along my journey and one of them is Seanna, she’s also working in Haiti as a sort of placement guide. Seanna helps people find placements/ lodging to help out in Haiti, yet another great soul :). Recently she posted on her Facebook page that a local artisan will be selling some bracelets to help support his family, these works of art are only 10 dollars and are really unique I’ve already purchased 2 for when they come in hopefully at the end of July. I will be purchasing 10 in July if you are interested in buying any or you can go straight to Seanna’s page and message here there! Haiti In My Heart

ONLY 10 Dollars!

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I usually only post one quote but I really liked both of these.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~Margaret Mead

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
~Andy Warhol