Bucket List: Ice Fishing

I wish I had more opportunities to go fishing, hunting and camping. I love those things, but I rarely get to do them! It has always been on my bucket list to go fishing and to eat our catch that same day – the freshest fish ever possible. Although I did catch fish while ice fishing – we didn’t exactly eat “my catch” because I caught Tullibee instead of some Wall-Eye… but that’s a minor detail πŸ™‚Β  A couple people from my church offered to lead an ice fishing day trip to a lake roughly an hour out of the city for who ever wanted to come. Without giving it a second thought I counted myself apart of the fishing party! My Dad and my little brother also went on the day trip. One of my New Years Resolutions this year was to check one thing off of my Bucket List every month – This was the perfect opportunity because not only were my odds good but the more people that fished, the more fish there would be to eat later!

It was a gorgeous morning! All month it’s been around 30 below zero + wind chill. Why do people live here where the air hurts our face and the snot freezes inside our noses when we breath? But today it was so nice: just below zero, no wind and full of sunshine! Dad, Addison and I hopped in the van, met up with the others at the church and were on our way to the lake.


Since we rarely go fishing, hunting or camping (and when I say rarely I mean like… not at all…) we obviously don’t have any gear. So us three stuck with Rolph; who is an ice fishing expert and had all the fancy equipment. Rolph let Addison and I drill our own holes in the ice and showed us the best way to feel through the fishing rod when someone was taking a nibble. After he got us all set up and he had drilled extra holes for his ice riggers, he tossed some buckets our way and said,

You haven’t ice fished until you’ve done it sitting on a bucket!


Before we knew it Addison had pulled up a fish and another had stolen my bait!


I prayed as I sat on my bucket and looked at my fishing rod, “Jesus, please allow Dad, Addison and I to catch at least one fish today! Thank you for already providing a fish for Addison – please also give one to Dad and I.”



I was beyond ecstatic to catch a fish! It seems like such a small success to others – but I was over the moon!


As the the day continued, Dad still had not caught a fish! Lunch approached and we filleted right there on the ice, battered and fired them up – Absolutely delicious! I could’ve ate that fresh fish all the way until supper!

Even though the excitement of Addison and I catching a fish right off the hop lasted longer into the day than we expected, it did dye off sooner than we had hoped. I was feeling bad for my Dad whole had been standing next to a hole in the lake for hours with nothing!

“You thought sitting at your office job was boring – What do ya think about sitting on a bucket on a frozen lake for hours?!”

I prayed again that God would give Dad a fish – also knowing that as soon as Dad got one, we’d be able to get home to warm baths πŸ˜‰ After the fish had stolen his bait a couple times, 3:00pm rolled around and Dad finally got his revenge on the fish!!!

We all got our fish and I was so thankful for the opportunity to go with family and friends from my church! It was so much fun – I can’t wait to go again (and hopefully catch more than one)!

– Stay Satisfied

Actions beat Words.

I have always been a person that pays more attention to someone’s actions more than their words. A couple weeks ago, I got to attend the Christian Youth Workers Conference (CYWC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a couple other youth volunteer workers along with our church Youth Pastor. It was an eye opening weekend to say the least.

This year I made several New Years Resolutions as I’m sure you’ve heard me tell you over and over. One of the many was that I would be more intentional with my time with Jesus and cultivate growth in my Faith. I want to be used by God. I want to trust God in every aspect of my life. One of the speakers at CYWC said, “You have to take steps of faith in the real world to allow your faith to grow! You have to trust that He has a plan for you, your future, and His mission for you in His Kingdom!” It is SO flipping easy to stay where we are comfortable. But we were challenged by this speaker to ask ourselves often:

AM I BECOMING MORE LIKE JESUS?

β€œHe [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesβ€”all things have been created through Him and for Him.Β He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,Β yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproachβ€” if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.” – Colossians 1:15-23 (NASB)

Focus on that last part: “… He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproachβ€” if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation…” I know this can be such a “feel good passage” but I truly believe this is God showing us with both His actions and His words how seriously He wants us to take our faith. Yes, we can TALK the “good Christian” talk, but it means nothing if you aren’t representing Jesus with your ACTIONS. If you can’t prove what you profess, your words are empty.

“A disciple validates commitment to Jesus by persevering, continuing and nurturing a growing and sustainable faith.”

I want to encourage you to step up in your faith. Do not allow sin to fester in your life. Lay it at the feet of Jesus and establish yourself in Him. TALK to the Lord about it, and then ASK for His help to ACT on it. We need to focus on becoming more like Jesus everyday and that will not happen if we hold onto sin in our life or chose to not deal with sin. If we are entertaining wrong and thinking that Christ will take you deeper in your relationship with Him – You are tricking yourself. God WANTS to help us ACT. We just read in Colossians that God has already done the work and reconciled us to Him. Jesus has given us the power to overcome any sin in our lives and be free from it. Take hold of that promise from Christ that He is with you and wants to help you. Those thoughts have given me so much peace and hope right now, and I’m clinging to it.

 

 

– Stay Satidfied

 

 

My Never Ending Bucket List

My Bucket List is like a bottomless cup of coffee. I’m always checking things off my list and I’m always adding things to my list. I don’t have any specific requirements that decide whether or not something makes the cut. I have a lot of things on my Bucket List that I’ll only complete by total chance! Like witnessing a wedding proposal in public, watching a flash mob or winning a trophy!

As part of “Expanding My Skills” in my New Year’s Resolution, I wanted to accomplish at least one task on my Bucket List every month. Obviously I can’t plan in advance to check those random, in-the-moment things off my list, but I can be conscious of other goals and work towards checking those tasks off my list. Like learning the constellations, going cliff jumping or starting a slow clap in public. I have a lot of long term goals that will take a long time to check off also! Like celebrating my 100th birthday (I’m always working towards that one πŸ˜‰ ) running a marathon or traveling to Egypt to see the pyramids! I would say that my list is balanced with tasks ranging from places I want to travel to, activities I want to try, life events I want to experience, foods I want to make and eat, as well as fluke chance tasks.

There’s no time to be bored in a world as wonderful and beautiful as this.

Right now, I save my Bucket List on Pinterest. I also have a “Crushed It” list where I’ll move all of the tasks I’ve completed off my Bucket List. My current count is 227 tasks completed from my Bucket List and I have 263 tasks yet to complete. Also, fun fact – One of the tasks on my Bucket List is to convince others to start a bucket list…. soooo you could help me with that one πŸ˜‰ As this year goes on and I work towards my goal of checking things off my list, I’m looking forward to sharing my stories of completed tasks and sharing about new ones I think of!

Sometimes I think people believe that if they make a goal, it has to be dramatic and hard to achieve, but that’s not true! That, or they set the bar way to high right off the get-go and make it impossible to achieve. Which is so unfortunate. Start small guys. You will feel so much better about yourself if you can start with realistic and 100% achievable goals! As you start and slowly build strength and abilities you can move the bar a little higher and make the goals a little tougher. Maybe a long term goal of yours is to travel the world. Well, if that’s what you make your goal from the start, you’ll be disappointed in yourself when you only managed to get to one new place in a year instead of multiple continents!! Plan to travel your city first, then maybe your province! Learn about yourself: how do you like to travel and what do you like to do? You’ll build your travel skills and travel plans as you grow, and you’ll experience farther and father places one step at a time!

– Stay Satisfied

Be Teachable.

I’ve always found the month of January to be the month of evaluation. That might be considered “late” to some people, because I think most people make December their month of evaluation considering that it’s right before the new year actually begins… but I like Christmas too much to do that πŸ™‚ One of my New Years Resolutions this year was to be consistent and read my Bible and devotional book everyday. It’s always been my goal to do so, but this year I’m wanting to read them intentionally; praying before hand that the Lord would open my heart and eyes to help me dive deeper into my faith during my time with Him. Not just read my Bible and devotionals for the sake of saying “yup I got em done…” and not just being able to put my hand up at church when the pastor asks who was able to read their bible every day that week. It’s only been a couple weeks, but I am so encouraged how quickly God asks when we commit ourselves to Him!

Come to Me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind. As you focus your thoughts on Me, be aware that I am fully attentive to you. I see you with a steady eye, because My attention span is infinite. I know and understand you completely; My thoughts embrace you in everlasting love. I also know the plans I have for you: plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness to My presence.” – Jesus Calling.Β  by Sarah Young

Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Friends, 2018 is an untraveled adventure that God has already mapped out! He already knows of your success, your failures, your ideas and achievements, challenges and heartaches. God knows it all. This is a fresh start for Him to work in us and develop us into the people He intended us to be. I am so thankful for that. Society teaches us that we are the ones who chose our own path – I don’t believe that to be truth. “Think positive and positive things will happen” the world tells us. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all for thinking positive, but I don’t believe that Christ is confined to our “good vibes”… The Bible tells us in the book of Proverbs, chapter 16, verse 9, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” As we go through life and both positive and negative events happen, I believe we need to remain soft heart-ed towards the Lord when things come to pass. We need to be open to the fact that God’s plan is far greater and more complex than we’ll ever know!

I think God watches to see how we react when events unfold. Success happens? Who do you give credit to? Do you become an air head? Or how about when failure happens? Do you get angry and throw a fit? Do you blame others? No matter what happens, there is always an area we can improve in our lives. And understanding this is the first step to allowing yourself to be teachable and moldable by Christ. Allow yourself to be open to Him changing you. No one is perfect, that’s why we need Jesus. All things that have happened in the past and will happen in the future is for a purpose chosen by God. God watches to see how we will handle everything that happens in our day and I believe He will either reward us or teach us based on our reactions.

I want to be teachable. I want to live my life with an open hand knowing that God can give and take as He pleases. I do not want to cling to old ways of life. Old habits. Old routines. I want to have a soft heart towards the Holy Spirit so that I can learn from Christ and over time, become more like my Saviour. New habits and new way of life! I want to be grounded in Christ so that when life happens, My foundation is always strong on Jesus. We cannot change ourselves – True changes happens through Jesus Christ and that is what I want for my life.

– Stay Satisfied

I’m Not One for New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year is my first year that I actually sat down and wrote a list of goals that I wanted to achieve and work towards this year. 2018 will be a year of development and growth for me! I took time to evaluate myself and pray about the changes that came to mind. Afterwards, I made a list of major goals I wanted to see positive growth in this year:


Setting big goals are important – Setting too big of goals is reckless. I was reading about New Year’s Resolutions and the best ways to achieve your goals and keep your motivation all through out the year; one recommendation that was stressed in order to accomplish goals was to break down your goals. Let’s say you want to healthily lose/ gain weight this year: What are you going to do each month in order to achieve that? What are you going to do each week, to reach success in those areas every month? Etc. After praying about 2018 and coming to these four goals, I broke them down into lists of what is realistic for me each month to accomplish them.

Philippians 3:12-15, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

I’m blogging about my resolutions as a reminder for myself. These goals are now public and I have you guys to help keep me accountable! That was another point that was stressed – Don’t be alone in these goals: Make your friends aware, get accountability partners and talk about your goals. Speaking things makes them a reality and not just a wish to yourself.

GROW SPIRITUALLY

β€’ Read the complete Bible in one year
β€’ Read everyday in my devotional book
β€’ Write a prayer journal
β€’ Volunteer in my church regularly
β€’ Get connected in a church group and be consistent
β€’ Be open to mentor ship

DEVELOP PHYSICALLY

β€’ Take better care of my skin
β€’ Take better care of my teeth
β€’ No screens after 10:00 pm
β€’ Do three cardio work outs a week
β€’ Drink the recommended water amount daily
β€’ Do not snack after 7:00 pm

EXPAND MY SKILLS

β€’ Publish a blog post once a week
β€’ Read one book a month
β€’ Accomplish one task on my Bucket List a month
β€’ Take risks in my career to grow & learn
β€’ Learn to cook more full meals
β€’ Spend more time doing activities that do not involve screens

CULTIVATE MY FINANCES

β€’ Set up budgets in all of my spending categories and stick to them
β€’ Record my income and spending weekly
β€’ Give generously
β€’ Think before spending
β€’ Grow my savings

2018 will be a good year. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I am so thankful we don’t have to walk into each year alone. Christ is with us, Christ has always been with us and Christ will continue to be with us.

– Stay Satisfied

[ Andra’s Graduation ]

This lady is one of my best friends.
I remember running around when we were little, pretending to be princesses together with plastic crowns and way too much glitter On her graduation day, I was able to click the moment where she truly was a princess. My sister graduated this Spring 2017 and I was so lucky to capture a couple moments of her big day of success and celebration!
You are such a beautiful woman – Inside and Out

 


Her dress was absolutely breath taking – There was no other dress like hers that day ❀




One last walk past those old, locker filled hallways…

Having our brother as her grad escort was so much fun!

Seriously though… the details in this dress… her head band… earrings… lipstick…. She’s perfect ❀

I’m cheering you on lady as you approach this next exciting chapter ahead and all that God has in store for you!
Thanks for letting me run around taking photos of you like a crazy woman!

 

[ May β€’ 2017]

 

 

 

 

Shaylee + Levi

What a beautiful day! I had the honour of designing the beautiful Shaylee [now] Durston’s wedding flowers for her and Levi’s wedding in May 2017. Shaylee wanted an elegant blend of romantic, old character to compliment the celebration of their new, young life together! I believe she brought her vision to life on this special day:

It was important to Shaylee to have elements of her Grand mother in her bouquet
and I found her attention to these details to be absolutely perfect!

I was a huge fan of the vintage car Levi was able to track down as their “get-away” car for the day!
What a fun set of wheels!

Shaylee’s pallet was a focused on soft romance: vivid peaches with calming ice blue
wrapped together in white textures and hinted with navy.

The navy thistles and berries complimented the gentle men’s suits, the baby blue hydrangea accented the lady’s dresses while the mix of whites showed off Shaylee’s incredible dress. Peaches added a touch of colour and the baby’s breath + miniature roses continued the theme of old romance.

I am excited for you both as you start this new chapter of life together!
Thank you for letting me play a part in such a wonderful day!

Levi + Shaylee had contacted another couple I had done wedding flowers for, and purchased the floral arch I had made for them:
It was so special for me to see floral decorations reused in such a beautiful way for another wedding! Levi had built a new arch for the flowers to hang on and afterwards would be used outside in their new garden.

You two are so cute ❀

Praying for you both and your new life together – I had so much fun working with you both and your beautiful day!

Special thank you to LP Photography for letting me snag a couple photos of Levi + Shaylee’s special day!