Inspired – Elly Mayday

I recently had an article shared with me about a Canadian model named Elly Mayday and her battle with Ovarian Cancer. The article talked about how one of the companies she is working with handled it (which I give them a HUGE kudos for) as well as about Elly and how she is facing everything herself. That article can be featured HERE.

I know I sometimes take my time between posts on here, but when something like this comes up, something truly inspirational, I have to drop everything and share it with the rest of you! I know when I was going through treatment and decided to keep working people couldn’t wrap their head around it. It was hard to explain that to me it was a matter of not letting Cancer win, not letting it change my life or my day to day routine. At the time I hadn’t heard much about Ovarian Cancer at all, let alone about others fighting the disease.

Reading this article brought me back to that stage, to those thoughts and to figuring out what was going to work for me through treatment. Elly is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL person inside and out, and I am so happy to see that she’s not letting Cancer hold her back or steal any of that from her! Following along on her Facebook page (HERE) I have had a chance to not only see her beautiful photos, but to see her her smile throughout everything.

She asked on her Facebook page for her fans to write her snailmail if they want to reach out to her right now, and I am going to do that for sure, but I also wanted to put a little shout out on here. Elly Mayday you are an inspriation to many. Thank you for standing up, sharing your story and helping to get the word out on a disease that is WAY too often forgotten about, swept under the rug and ignored!

I should also add before finishing this blog up that I want to give a huge shoutout as well to the company mentioned in the above link, Forever Yours Lingerie who not only has stood by Elly Mayday through this battle, but is doing their own part to put this disease out there to remind everyone that it IS a concern and we SHOULD be aware!


While You’re Busy Planning…

I was reading through some posts on Facebook this morning while sitting in bed enjoying waking up next to my husband and my two puppies when I got to thinking about the world we live in. 

It seems that everyone is SO busy planning for the future now. My husband and I got married in September 2012 and less than a year later people are already quizzing us about when we’ll buy our first house together instead of renting, when we’re going to start our family, when, when, when…. 

Here’s my issue though: In all this planning, prepping and thinking about the future have we forgotten about today? I have been married now for 8 months. The past 8 months of my life have been AMAZING! We’ve gone out to dinner, gone to comedy shows, been camping, spent entire days with nothing to do but laze on the beach with our pups (with recent warm weather), spent a week in Los Cabos where we had a photo  shoot done as my husband stepped in the ocean for the very first time. These are all great moments, great memories, and we would very likely have missed them if we’d been too caught up in the what’s next mentality. 

While so many people around me are busy planning next month, next year, 5 years from today I vow to live in this moment. To enjoy every day that I have been blessed with and to never forget what it felt like in that moment when I was first hit with the fact that I don’t know if I’ll have a tomorrow. I want a memory bank that’s so full of good times, laughter and experiences that its hard to believe it fit into the days I’ve already had. 

I challenge all of you to do the same.