Craft Awakening (Guest Post)

Today, I welcome Jennifer Smith-Kirk to the blog to chat about how crafting – in particular, making cards – has elevated her life to a whole new level. I have known Jennifer for many years and love her positive spirit! Here she is, at the door. Do come in and join us.

Take it away, Jennifer:

A Crafty Woman to Admire

Meet Jennifer Smith-Kirk, Crafting Extraordinaire!

Hi Everyone!

Firstly a huge thank you to lovely Christy Birmingham for allowing me to write a guest post. A little about me, firstly my name is Jennifer Smith-Kirk, I am in my early 50’s, and through various circumstances I have found a hobby card-making that has become my passion.

I have some disabilities and was diagnosed with Pulmonary Sarcoidosis just over 10 years ago, Sarcoidosis in an autoimmune multi-system disease, which affects my eyes, joints and skin. I have overcome 2 major strokes & 2 mini strokes I was at the time in retail management with a large team of staff under me. I hung on to work mainly in denial until poor health took over, then I was no longer well enough to do my job.

I have had to learn to walk again twice and I am now left with right sided weakness and I walk either with a cane or a 3 wheel walker depending on how I am as it changes on a day to day basis.

I am married to a wonderful, patient caring man who is loved by my friends and family. He encourages me and on days that I want to disappear as I am quite often in pain he manages to lift me up.

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The Beauty of a Woman

Here are beautiful words from the inspiring Audrey Hepburn, as shared on the blog Maverick Mist. Thank you to Maverick for the wonderful spotlight on women! This line is my favourite: “But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.” Reblog!

Maverick Mist

20140629-IMG_0139-EditThe Beauty of a Woman

The beauty of a woman Is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries, Or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman Is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman
With passing years only grows.

Author: Audrey Hepburn

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Anne Giardini Takes on New Role as SFU Chancellor

Twitter Profile of Anne Giardini

Anne Giardini is the new SFU Chancellor. Photo: Screenshot taken by Christy Birmingham of Anne Giardini Twitter profile.

Anne Giardini is the newest chancellor at Simon Fraser University (SFU), a research university (and my alma mater) based in Burnaby, BC. She takes on this new role as the latest of many ventures that she has done successfully, from a lawyer to author and environmentalist. What she has achieved – so far – is so much that it’s mind boggling and and inspirational.

Anne Giardini as SFU Chancellor

The new role is a full-circle moment for Anne Giardini, who graduated from SFU in 1980 with a BA in Economics. She takes the position officially today, June 13th. Duties of an SFU chancellor include being a university representative in the community, for both alumni and students, and honoring students with awards at convocation.

 The Balancing Act and Anne Giardini: Inspiration is Here

Aha, but this busy woman, who lives in Vancouver, BC, has more on her plate than being new chancellor. She is also president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, which is a part of the forestry giant Weyerhaeuser Company. She climbed the ranks since first joining the company in 1994.

In addition to this important role, Anne Giardini is also a published author and an avid environmental activist. She has two books, both released through HarperCollins, titled “Advice for Italian Boys” and “The Sad Truth about Happiness.” The latter novel was a bestseller that won her the 2007 Audie Award.

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