The End

Posted: October 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Today marks a sad milestone. I have to say good-bye.

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Adios.

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Ciao.

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The end.

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To our weekly family lunches!

Sorry for the dramatic effect. Did I have you a little worried there? No? Okay, then. I see how you feel. Kidding! Winking smile 

Anyways, today marked the last of our family lunch dates on Thursdays. We did it up just as we normally do with some playtime at the mini park and a standard sandwich/wrap + chip lunch combo.

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I picked the two turkey wraps and some original Sunchips for my lunch.

I've had better, but nothing could beat the gorgeous fall day.

Or the fun of time together as a family!

I’m so sad to see this little tradition go, but it marks a good change. The change? Peter got a new job!

He loved where he was working, but a new opportunity came along that he felt compelled to take. A bunch of things just fell into place for this chance, so he rolled with it.  You know how sometimes things just seem to align and you can’t ignore them? That’s kind of how this went.

I’m a little bummed he will be working further from home now, but I trust this change as a good one for him and for our family. His hours will still have him home by 5 pm so we have family time and he won’t have to be “on call” anymore. We’ll just have to figure something else out for our little lunch tradition! Winking smile

Things may not be drastically changing but it’s still a little unnerving. Change always is, in my opinion! I believe the unexpected always poses challenges. I also believe change is necessary for growth in life. And that we have to be open to new opportunities.

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Speaking of opportunities, I found Caitlin’s post from this morning really eye-opening. We can all too easily compare our opportunities in life to others. That does no good! We have to keep our eyes on our own personal ventures and view our current situations as the stepping stones to our futures.

Just like in the success versus achievement mindset I posted about before – we simply must strive to do our best and build up our gifts/talents any way we can with where we are NOW and let things happen naturally. Be open to new possibilities in our own lives instead of dwelling on the circumstances of others’ lives. Easier said than done, I know!

I guess a lot of things have had me reflecting lately on the paths I hope my life takes. Then, I remember that all I can do is be the best version of myself, develop my strengths, and keep an open mind and loving heart. It will all work out..and we each have that option in life. Smile 

  • What’s the last change you had in your life?
  • For fun - What is your dream job?

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35 Comments to “The End”
  1. Jen says:

    You really scared me for a minute, girl!

    I’m sorry your tradition has come to an end. :( I’m sure there will be many more fun traditions in your family’s future though!

  2. Yay for new jobs! Boo for no more family lunches! My dream job changes depending on the day. Sometimes I’d like to write from home. Other days I want to be a PR exec with a corner office. Perhaps this is why I have neither??? ha

  3. Christelle says:

    My whole life is about to change in 2 months. Last January, I sold my car, furniture and everything I owned to move across Canada. I was planning on working here for about 5 years or so, pay off my debt. Well I absolutely hate being away from all my friends and family, so I’m moving back home to Canada’s smallest province with NOTHING!! I’ll have to live with family for a few months till I get back on my feet, so it will be a HUGE change for me. I’m so nervous but soooo excited at the same time!

  4. Congrats on Peter’s new job! Sorry that means that the lunches are gone, but still awesome news!

  5. That’s awesome about Peter’s new job, but hard to let go of the time together as a family every Thursday.

    I have two big changes that just happened in my life and I can’t wait to share them on my blog next week. I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been and I’m going to embrace these changes because they are just so awesome.

  6. Jess says:

    Congrats to Peter on the new gig! That’s awesome! I’m totally with you – with change always comes good, and I know good things are on the way for you guys, as always, He is watching over you!

    As for what my dream job would be? Something fitness related – personal trainer, RD, fitness instructor, you name it fitness-related, and that’s what I’d love to do. Maybe some day…

  7. You had me worried there, Tina! Congrats to Peter on his new job. I look at it as a good thing, but I agree…I’m not usually good with change either. But this is a positive one. Excellent!!

  8. Hahah you scared me!! Aww great pics though :)

  9. Meg says:

    You little stinker! I totally thought you’d decided to throw in the blog towel. So glad you aren’t! :) Congrats to Peter on the new job!

  10. The last change in my life… passing my massage therapy state licensing exam! And I’ll be done with internship on Tuesday, and then I’m ALL DONE!! :) And um, that pretty much is my dream job, so I’m almost there!

  11. Congrats to Peter on the new job!

    I can’t remember that last big change I had, I guess I feel like things have come with enough warning lately that by the time it happens I’m prepared- good or bad.

    As for my dream job- I don’t know what it is, but I know it isn’t where I am right now. I’m still searching…

  12. jobo says:

    Congrats to Peter and his new job! Sounds like a great opp and still home by 5? Even better! Not many can say that is possible! Very awesome.

  13. Tina says:

    Wow! You scared me a little bit…thought you were leaving us : )

    Congrats to your hubby on the new job!

  14. Congrats to your husband on the new opportunity!

    Hmm. Well, we have small changes here and there with the passing seasons and years. It’s been a while since a huge change for us though. Same jobs, same city, no new family members since 2005…

    It might sound corny, but it’s true. Right now, being at home with my kiddos is my dream job. Ask me again in another five or ten years, and who knows! :)

  15. congrats!! yayaya so exciting!!!!!! :)

    Biggest change I have had recently was my new job as a full time personal trainer and I have never been happier. I love what I do, where I do it and my clients! it is so important to do something you truly love….it will never feel like work!!

  16. Aww I’m sorry for the end of your family lunches!
    But a huge congratulations to Peter, I wish him all the very best with his new job :-)
    Change is definitely essential in life and I do believe that even if we struggle with it (as I am now) we need to embrace it!
    Your wrap looks delicious and that fall photo is beautiful.

  17. HAHA Oh my gosh you FREAKED me out! I thought you were going to say that you decided to say goodbye to blogging! You little trickster, you ;)

    Change is always something that I have a tough time dealing with too, but I’m confident that you will make the best of the situation. Plus, Peter not being on-call will make a big difference in having more family time, I’m sure.

  18. Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama says:

    Congrats to Peter! That’s really exciting. I have a big change coming in approximately 8 weeks. Let’s hope I’m ready! :-)

  19. Mellissa says:

    Yeah for a new job! So exciting to find something that provides balance and is rewarding. Hopefully this will be a good move for him.

  20. Allie says:

    Change IS really unnerving.. I totally agree. But your right-it is part of life. Best of luck to Peter with his new job!

  21. Lauren says:

    Congrats to Peter!! Even though you won’t be able to do your weekly lunch dates, maybe you’ll just have to schedule monthly visits to Daddy’s new office. :)

  22. You are so mean. I almost puked. And now I’m giggling.

  23. lindsay says:

    me too! i was gonna cry. But now I am sad but happy. Its good change. Glad you got to enjoy the lunches while it lasted.

  24. Lee says:

    Congrats to Peter!

  25. You had me for a second there! Whew.

    Congratulations to Peter and your family! This sounds like a wonderful change. My last really big change was career-related, too, and it was the best decision I ever made, hands-down. That little voice inside your head tends to be right, I think. :)

  26. Robyn says:

    Tina
    Hope all works out well w/ Peter’s new job.

    I would miss Thursday picnics if I were you. I think that is a neat tradition.

    I enjoyed your insight on life in this post. Thanks for the link to Caitlins post, very fitting.

  27. Khushboo says:

    Congrats to Peter- it’s never easy to trust your gut so kudos to him! I changed jobs in August I didn’t see any growth in my old job- it was a risk but I am SO glad I took it…love my new job and am learning so much daily!

  28. Totally had me going at the beginning of this post! Congrats to you and your family for starting a new venture! Change is fun and keeps life interesting!

  29. Jen says:

    Yes, you DID scare me, you stinker! hahahaha (love) :) Sad to hear about the family lunches, but this does sound like a wonderful opportunity! Go, Peter!

    And, totally off-topic, but I’ve just gotta say…GO CARDS!!! (I’m sorry – I’m excited!) :)

  30. WOAH I was so afraid at the beginning! Really! :P All sorts of thoughts were running through my head…haha! Congrats on Peter’s new job, what a blessing!

  31. oh my gosh you had me worried! I clicked in the Google Reader to load your site in a new tab and it was taking too long (5 seconds) so I ended up reading the post in the Reader while it was loading. PHEW. Congrats on the new job Peter!

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