Ok Cineplex, you wooed me back to you

You tricky little devil, you marketing genius, you. Did you read my blog “For the love of Ryan Gosling… SHUT IT!” a few years ago and realize I was breaking up with you and in an effort not to lose me forever you set a plan in motion to win back my love? Because it worked, I do love you again Cineplex and I think our love story is one for the movies…

Cineplex and had a turbulent relationship to say the least. We started out as friends; I remember the great adventures of my childhood when “he” introduced me Indiana Jones at the Eaton Center or The Land Before Time at Warden Woods. We were so innocent then. But soon our relationship blossomed, and we began spending every weekend together. Snuggled up with popcorn, a Jumbo Coke and friends, “he” took me places that were Fast and Furious, and made me feel special when “he” asked me to Save the Last Dance. But Cineplex had issues “he” needed to work out, issues “he” chose to stay in the dark about and my staying was only enabling “him”. Continue reading

What about your friends?

I recently met up with some old friends from high school and we made concrete plans to meet-up again and agreed to get together more often. One of those “get togethers” is going to the NKOTB Main Event concert with special guests TLC and Nelly. So this weekend I took a little trip down memory lane and listened to some TLC. One of my favorite songs was/is “What about your friends” and it really got me thinking.

Not to be overly dramatic but the past 3 years have been really difficult for me. I had people in my life that I thought were friends for life basically disappear on me and when I was in their presence treat me like the I had the plague. I had a nightmarish pregnancy due to HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum), and then my life drastically changed when I became a mom and while I was trying to figure it all out I faced serious financial struggles due to government red tape that left me with little to no maternity leave pay. It was 3 years filled with rumours, lies, hurt, physical pain, emotional struggles and anger.

But if all of that taught me anything it taught me that my true friends never left me. People who I may not have seen or really spoke to in almost 20 years were there to support me; friends I neglected to make time for other people not only showed up, but held me up. Friends who saw me struggling reached out to make sure I knew that I wasn’t alone and that all the crap that was surrounding me was just that…crap. They made me stop doubting my worth, or who I was and that the reason they were still there was BECAUSE of who I was. And all the crap, especially the friend crap came into perspective and I can’t thank those people enough for it. Continue reading