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Thankful For The Women I Have In My Life (Week In Review)

You know, life is a hard thing. 

It can be really, really hard. For many numerous and varying reasons. It doesn’t matter our history, our health, our financial status etc etc…. each one of us will and does have our own set of struggles or heart breaks or barriers to cross. 

So when I come across people in my life who perform these – even miniature sized – acts of kindness, and give over a part of themselves, their time, their energy, purely out of the goodness of their heart, it does not go unnoticed. 

This past week I was totally blessed to have a number of women in my life. I was gifted a handful of the most wonderful acts of kindness and generosity. And for each of them, I am very thankful. 

It’s time for Meg’s Week In Review! Go check her out and see what we’re talking about!

 

For starters, last week I…

Visited Meg!!! As in, yes, the founder of this link up. 

Meg and her family graciously invited Dan and I out to the cottage they were renting for an afternoon of visiting, sun and relaxation. It’s no small thing to host a couple of extra bodies – let alone strangers – when you are a) trying to relax because you are on bloody holiday and b) have a family and a baby to keep watch over. But they did! And they were so, so awesome. 

We toured the historic sites of Old Fort Erie

We relaxed on the beach

We visited, drank shandies, compared the differences in food between the states and Canada, and we let Ave be the beautiful and entertaining little personality that she is.

Me and Meg!!

I think I was shell shocked for the first 3/4 of the day. This was my first time meeting a blog friend in person, so it felt pretty darn surreal. But sooooo awesome.

And then Dan and I jumped back in our car and headed for home.  After a stop for a Peace Bridge photo-op, of course. 

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THEN, the next afternoon I headed right BACK onto the road and bussed to Niagara-on-the-lake! One of my movement coaches works with the actors at the Shaw Festival and she – out of the goodness of her heart – invited me to take her extra comp ticket to one of the opening performances! Like, really? Of course I wasn’t going to turn that down. 

I gladly took the opportunity for a few hours on a bus to catch up on some submission and email work, which I’ve been waaay behind on. Also caught up on some sleep. 

I strolled the lovely town.

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We grabbed dinner (I got an ah-mazing wood fired margarita pizza) and then grabbed coffees and took a stroll by the lake before seeing the opening of, Octoroon

The show, and the entire evening, was – absolutely – incredible.

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I mentioned in my previous WIRs that I have been taking this movement/theatre class – which I find absolutely revolutionary for my grounding and pure happiness. But I didn’t mention that this woman, who leads these classes, has been letting me take them for absolute free. I don’t know why… I mean, she has been a bit of a mentor for me as I transition into life from graduation…but basically she has invited me into her room out of pure generosity. I took the last of the section of classes last week. It was wonderful.   

I’m really thankful for these women in my life who have, for whatever reason, shown me so much kindness. Thank you. 


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Now I can’t let an ode to women post go by without mentioning my mother. 

She – officially – retired yesterday (Sunday) after 30 years as a United Church Minister. The congregation held a dinner and evening of celebration for her, in which of course, I couldn’t be present. Sigh. This makes me sad. But I did record myself saying some words for her, which they will be playing at some point. So I’ll sort of be there. In spirit, at least. My mom is amazing and I’m inspired and grateful for her every day. Oh, and it was her birthday last week, too!!

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As for other WIR shenanigans, oh boy I have some stuff to catch you up on. I spent a great deal of time researching something that I need to share with you. I’ll do that soon. But besides that, I saw a doctor, got acupuncture, went to yoga, saw my therapist, fed my babies, worked, responded to comments, baked some hippy bars, visited the farmers market and enjoyed some time outside.

All in all, a definite summer week. 

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Tell me,

What women in your life are you thankful for?

When’s the last time you took a road trip? Spent time on a beach? Drank a shandy?

 

33 COMMENTS

  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 31st Jul 17

    Meeting bloggers in real life is so cool! What a great experience. And that theatre lady sounds so sweet – she must see something in you to be mentoring you like that 🙂 Sounds like such a great week!
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      She is very, very sweet. And yes it is! I hope this is just the first of many blog meet ups I have 🙂

  2. Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com | 31st Jul 17

    I’m thankful for so many women in my life. My mom, sister and best running friend are at the top of my list. They are so supportive and understanding and always have the right thing to say <3 Looks like you had a blast with Meg!

    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      Ah this sounds like a beautiful circle of support you each have. We need this so much in our lives.

  3. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 31st Jul 17

    You met Meg?! That’s so cool! I guess it isn’t actually that far from Toronto to Cleveland. Were Meg and Ave as adorable in real life as they are on camera?
    I didn’t know that your mom was a minister. Congrats to your awesome mama! I love that you made a recording–what a creative way to support her.
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      She wasn’t actually in Cleveland! She and her family had hopped across the border and were only 2 hours from Toronto. So I couldn’t pass up a chance when she was going to be so close!

  4. Jamie@TheMomGene | 31st Jul 17

    You got to hang out with Meg! I am jealous of both of you. I would be a third wheel if I could. Also, I’ve said this before, but I l Be your family. Your mom sounds so cool. My mom is definitely a woman in my life I couldn’t live without. Why I wrote my post for today, actually. She deserves a whole book though.

    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      We would have LOVED to have had you join. Oh that’s a dream that will just have to be resolved one day.

      I loved your post about your mother. Reminded me so much of my own mother and my childhood. I think most mom’s could deserve a whole book. You, included!

  5. Evangeline | 31st Jul 17

    Woohoo you did a meet up!! With Meg and Ave no less. What a blast. Your mentor sounds like an incredible woman. I think in general, when you show kindness to others, people pick up on that and return it generously. Also, congrats to your mom. Thirty years is a long time 🙂

    Outside of my family (mom, sisters, a few of my aunts), a woman who took me under her wing was my AP World History teacher. She also was my Student Council adviser. She helped me through a few college rejection letters and taught me everything from the history of the Mongols to Triangle Trade to mediation before scary exams. Through her own example, she taught me what it looks like to be curious, inclusive, gentle but fierce and fantastically womanly all at the same time. I’m going to miss being in her classroom.
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      Wow. This woman sounds incredibly special. So very fierce!!!

      I’m sure she loved working with you. Mentors tend to know when a student is extra curious and desiring to grow.

  6. Emily Swanson | 31st Jul 17

    This makes me so thankful for my mama and my grandma. They are both such precious women of God who have taught me just how much we need Jesus every day. They have such a fire for Jesus and they LOVE to serve and to love others.

    That is AMAZING that you got to visit Meg. It’s incredible how blogger friends become real life friends!
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      Mamas and Grandmas are so special. I’m glad you have them so close to you in your life <3

  7. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 31st Jul 17

    Isn’t Meg the BEST?! I love anytime I get to hang out with her. And Ave. I almost took her home with me.

    Having great women around you is such a beautiful thing. I’ve been really lucky throughout my life to have strong women around me. And to be married to one who is a FORCE. 🙂
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      Yeeeeppp she’s pretty awesome. Ave, too. Her whole family for that matter. It was so great.
      I think Vegas could say the same thing about you!! Fierce power team you are <3

  8. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 31st Jul 17

    It was fantastic meeting you and Dan. I’m so glad you guys made the trip. I’ve met several bloggers in real life now and it’s almost always a success. We tend to pour our hearts and souls out on our blogs so we really get to know one another without actually knowing one another. What I mean to say is meeting you was like catching up with an old friend and I can’t wait to do it again soon. You always have a place to stay in Cleveland and the Breadsmith makes the best cinnamon rolls so you have to come and decide for yourself.
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      I am already getting my piggy bank ready for that Cleveland stop. It will happen. And Breadsmith must be our first stop.

      That day was so great <3

  9. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 31st Jul 17

    What a beautiful week. So lovely to meet Meg, spend a gorgeous moment out at the cabin (stunning!) and so much love for your mom. Women can be the best. They can be the worst, but a good week of female time? Ain’t nothing like it!
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      Hahahaha. Women CAN be the worst. And also, the most necessary and beautiful parts of our lives. We are complex creatures.

  10. Ellie Pell | 31st Jul 17

    My mom helped me move today which was amazing. We had a great day 🙂
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      AND she gives you beautiful dresses to model. Glad you two had a great day together <3

  11. chasetheredgrape | 31st Jul 17

    Oh I am so happy that you got to meet Meg – I am green with envy but also so happy for you both. I know Australia is on the other side of the world but gah sometimes it really does feel like it!
    Your mum is a superstar and I can only imagine the impact she must have made on so many people’s lives. What a role model to have!

    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      One day I’ll get to meet you, too!!

  12. Alyssa | 1st Aug 17

    I am really thankful for my best friends, my yoga friends, my mom, older bloggers I look up to. I love having such strong and courageous women in my life. It inspires me to wanna be a badass just like them!
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    • Cora | 4th Aug 17

      You bet it does. We all need these people in our lives.

  13. Kat | 1st Aug 17

    I love this! It’s so important to have people around us to look up to and be inspired by – even if it isn’t immediate family. I’m blessed enough to have my older sister – whom I legitimately think is one of the best people in the world. Her heart and her spirit is unmatched by anyone. She has such a heart for the Lord and she constantly strives to better herself for His glory and for her children and husband. She’s my hero!

    • Cora | 5th Aug 17

      It kind of pushes us to be this kind of person for someone else, doesn’t it? Seeing the pure, sincere goodness in someone is pretty unbelievable some days, amongst all this other mess in our world. I have the feeling many are saying the same thing about you, Kat.

  14. Hannah | 1st Aug 17

    This is lovely. A few of those kind, supportive gestures can make a bad month so much better. And you got to meet Meg! How fun.

    • Cora | 5th Aug 17

      Truuuuue that.

  15. danielle | 2nd Aug 17

    oh how joyful indeed! i can’t believe Meg is the first and last blog person i’ve met in my life as well. i don’t have a blog anymore and had stopped blogging when i met her, but it was so cool to meet her and sweet Ave. surreal indeed! indeed.
    i wouldn’t be here without the strong and fierce women in my life. my great-grandmother basically helped my mother raise me from birth till she passed away when i was 18, but i had started to care for her when i was around 10. she was amzing, she was the last of her generation to have her feet bound. it’s an ancient and cruel chinese custom that i had no true appreciation for until i got older. her memories are with me each day, and i miss her stories. i’m learing now about chinese foot binding and it actually brings tears to my eyes, mainly because i can’t belive how much women have gone through for acceptance and beauty. it’s just sad and mind boggling… oh i will stop now. on to happy news and end with hapy news. vegan cinnamon rolls sound divine 🙂

    • Cora | 5th Aug 17

      First off can I please say that even though you did stop blogging (I do miss your posts but 100% support you if it wasn’t serving you), I’m so so thankful you’ve continued to comment here. Mostly because this means we can continue our friendship and one day I can come and meet YOU!! Oh man. Or you, Meg and I could all get together. How beeeauutiful would that be?

      Your great grandmother. Oh my gosh. What women went through. It is unreal to have these women in our lives from older generations. Their stories kind of stop us right in our tracks and make us grateful for what we have…. what they did for us and all women in order for us to live a different way…. She sounds incredible. <3

  16. Kaylee | 4th Aug 17

    Seems like a busy bee type of week, travelling a lot and going non-stop. I hope you find time this week to slow down. I know that’s a big thing for you.
    Hearing about your class’ instructor makes me have faith in the goodness in people. It’s a good reminder that there are still people like that out there amidst the chaos of society we live in now. And yay to meeting with Meg (and Ave!)

    Glad to have all these women blogger friends that I have found through this community. Hoping to meet up with some of in the future. One day, one day. Always thankful for my mama too. And my sister. And my best friends who make thousands of miles and oceans seem insignificant.

    As a side note, you are making me miss the beach terribly. 🙁

    • Cora | 5th Aug 17

      I hope we are able to meet one day!!

  17. Kristy from Southern In Law | 5th Aug 17

    Yay for meeting blogger friends!!

    I am thankful for so many women in my life! I have the most amazing friends and family!
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