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One of my goals in life is to spend time in Africa to be part of the global development effort. Towards the end of 2011, I realized that this wasn’t going to be my defining purpose. I realized that the commitment I’ve made to my nephews, affectionately known to the world as E&N, is going to be what defines my life’s success. Seeing this quote¬†this morning is so fitting¬†after spending a really fun evening of laughter and tickle fights with my nephews:

To leave the world a bit better…to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Also, I have learned that the key to happiness is to count my blessings. And the second quote I’m sharing for today, unlocks the rest of the “secret” to a joyful life:

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
~ Albert Schweitzer


A few good friends

I’ve heard it said that friends are the family we choose for ourselves.

This is definitely true in my life and I often think of how blessed I am to have many good friends in my corner.

I make it a point to count my blessings every day through a daily gratitude post in my journal and on my Facebook wall. This is a great way to remind myself that no matter what type of day I’ve had there is always something for which to be thankful.

So, today, I give a shout-out to the many friends whose names and faces come to mind on a daily basis. My life is so much better because of your presence and love and support. Thank you for being my cheerleaders, my sober second thoughts, my confidantes, and for making my corner so full of people I know I can count on to love and support me come what may. You know who you are and you rock. xo

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Pluralism in action

I’m thrilled to be the newest board member for the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association.

The Heritage Festival is one that I have been attending since I was a kid. In fact, I love this festival so much that I came home as soon as possible two years in a row after running Leg1 of the Death Race just so I could attend the final day of the Festival. That’s dedication, eh? It’s also passion for a Festival that brings to life one of my passions – pluralism in action.

I love that this event is solely dedicated to celebrating the many and varied cultures by stressing the things that make us similar – great food, beautiful clothing, wonderful songs and dances, and a connection to our roots while celebrating the Canadian identity that binds us as one people.

And this celebration isn’t in spite of our difference, it’s a result of them. How cool is that?

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At long last: My blog! Woohoo!

NARMIN (Pronounced NAR-MEEN): The blur you see zipping by you as you go about your daily business. I live life to the fullest and fill every moment with some sort of activity. Outside of work, you can usually find me rock climbing, doing boot camp/circuit training/cardio boxing, mastering core yoga poses, spoiling my nephews and nieces, seeing and learning about the world, volunteering for a good cause, fulfilling my life purpose, and being sincerely grateful for the amazing existence with which I have been blessed.

I look forward to sharing my world with you.