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Helena Artmann has a bachelor degree in Communications with a vast experience in PR and the online world. Before moving to Canada in 2005, Helena published a variety of articles in Brazilian magazines and websites, mostly about travel, adventure, outdoor, gear, environment and her favourite activities, mountaineer and hot air ballooning. This is her website: http://artmanncommunications.com

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Lego for Christmas

Lego for Christmas

This post couldn’t be different… It is Christmas Eve, my son is happily opening some gifts that he got from our family in Brazil (the magic of Skype!), and mounting the enormous amount of Lego Hero Factory he asked for Christmas. I will have him busy for a few hours, at least.

A year ago, we had Ricardo having Christmas dinner with us. It was his last and he said one of the best he had. He was supposed to be in Brazil with his family but the cancer didn’t let him travel. I bet it was a hard decision for him but one I supported, as I did with all his decisions. My December last year was certainly very different from this one.

We have the boys with us for this week. Three kids, two adults and all of us are sick – ones more than the others, but all of us are on drugs to overcome an insistent cough that is here for more than 5 weeks! Two of us also have fever. And very low energy/appetite. Nothing too serious but enough to bring so many memories.

2013 was a weird year for me. I didn’t work as many hours as I needed, just because I didn’t have the energy nor the certainty that this was the path I wanted to pursue. I had ups and downs with Ian but an overall good year. I have a very special boy in my hands and this is definitely a blessing.

I am ending this year with a good feeling of ‘decision’ in my hands. This reminds me of my friend Lourdes, the balloon pilot. Lourdes works in the family business, a travel agency, and her big brother is her boss. She told me that the balloon helps her conduct the business and be effective with the decision-making process.

‘When you are flying and see a power line on your way, you have to decide as fast as you can what you are going to do to avoid it’, explained Lourdes. It is the same with businesses. And lives, I should add. So, I finally decided what to do next – I don’t want to get that power line on my chest, that’s for sure! If you’ve been flying on a balloon before, you definitely know what I mean…

Merry Christmas and Happy 2014!

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2 Comments on “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

  1. T. D. Davis December 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    I’m going to have to remember that analogy; thanks. And I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. helenaartmann December 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Thanks, T.D. Davis.

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