For the last month I have been dreaming up the greatest blog post about the property we just bought. I was so excited to tell you all about it and I will… but something more important has come up.
As I sit and admire the beautiful 50 acre forest that I now call home, I have a lot of time to think. I think of our plans for the land and our hopes of homesteading. I think of how things happen in life and that every step serves a purpose, even if we can’t figure it out until years later. But most often, I think about the wonderful support system I had in London and I am forever thankful.
“You were lucky!” Some people have told me.
That’s only partly right. It wasn’t a coincidence. I actually did that on purpose. I found people, on line, through social media (twitter & facebook) that were awesome, and then I became friends with them. I picked people who were disrupters and motivators. The ones who just couldn’t keep quiet if there was an injustice being done, but more than than they followed up with actions and deeds. Those who rallied the troops, and when the going got hard they found new and innovative ways to do things. People who won’t accept “Because that’s the way it’s always been done”. People who were brave and do things I feared.. and they taught me and led me and motivated in me and believed in me and even when my ideas were only half baked… they supported me. Everytime.
Well, okay… not all the time. There was that one event I ran and no one came to it… I’m over that now. 😉
It was in London that I learned that my vote does matter and that individual citizens can and DO amazing things. London gave me confidence. They believed in me. They made me believe in myself. I will forever be grateful.
I’ve heard plenty of people complain about London. I may have a complaint or two myself (Stop the urban sprawl! Respect your Heritage buildings. Even if they aren’t designated yet!) but my love for the community of people who are actively improving the city on a daily basis makes me have to say something. London is definitely the city where you get what you put into it.
If you get a chance to see one of these people on your travels, please remind them that I appreciate them, I think they are exceptional and I think about the things I have learned from them all the time. I know I will miss people on this list and I am sorry. I love you, too!
Amanda Stark – she just keeps giving (hug her!)
Jenna Goodhand eeeeeeeeee (loves hugs too)
Councillor Freaking Awesome Tanya Park
& the rest of council. They really are a great group.
The whole SoHo Community – I love you best. I want my SoHo sisters in my forest. Angela & Laurie <3
Not having a Jamie Edwards anymore really sucks. Also those kids.
Also OEV, Ham Rd, Woodfield, Byron & heck… the whole Urban League London *Exceptional people
That Wes guy… am I right? Sheer awesomeness
Sheryl Rooth. She’s saving the world. Give that woman a medal.
Shell-always saving my ass Carr <3 She can do a million things at once!
Shawna & the whole Women & Politics group. Instant mentor heaven! Brilliant, Empowering,Awesomeness
Extra hug for Anne Marie Sanchez who believed in me so much. I’m forever grateful. I miss your hugs!
Every single Awesome London Trustee & pitchers & winners!
Susan Toth- Mentor material. She’s inspiring and supportive and a lot of fun to be with.
Kyle Gonyou – He makes Heritage Loving contagious.
Sandra … we’ll be chained to a building or two together one day <3
Chris Moss. Need I say more? Have you met her? She’s awesome
Mike Sealy. Everyone needs a friend like Mike
Gord. Everyone needs a Gord
I really miss Louise. I loved when she’d drop by
None of this would be possible without Sherrington. Mentor for decades.
Janet Frood. She’s. So. Wonderful.
Michelle Baldwin. I wish everyone had one in their community.
Much love to Nicole & Lore, too!!
He should be much higher on the list. One day I’ll write a whole blog post about how Shawn Adamsson has changed the way I think about community activism, politics, heritage, railroads, philanthropy, geeks, well… many many things. Pay attention.
Can’t think of Shawn without Jodi Simpson. Check out Citymatch. There’s no better person to show off London!
Hacker Studios and it’s owner Amanda Stratton. I think some guy named Joel works there, too. Amanda helped me fall in love with London. And she lived in Listowel at the time.
Lisa & Paul are so lovely. Their hearts are huge and they radiate passion, persistence and they are sooo creative!
Colleen Murphy We’ve had some awesome moments together & I’m mesmerized when she sings. She grows food!
Holly Painter! What an inspiration! She gets me. I love her. She speaks truths!!
Dave Mitchell – Because how do you know you are in London if you haven’t met Dave yet?
Lincoln. Lincoln. Lincoln. Word has it he has a day job but I can’t imagine they’ve seen much of him. Lincoln supports every single worthwhile organization in London, some that aren’t and where there is nothing happening… he makes it up! Honestly, your life is richer having Lincoln in it. <3
Peggy Sattler is an exceptional person. I must admit, I’m always start struck when she’s around. She loves policy and it shows. She’s changing the world. Having Peggy as a friend is a great privilege. Having her as an elected official is even better.
Irene Mathysson is so much fun to canvass with! Her constituency love her and so do I!
Joni Baechler was the greatest mayor ever. So glad she is passing on her knowledge to others and inspiring women to run for office. I cried when I found out she wouldn’t run for mayor again. Still crying, actually.
Donna Currie is London’s unofficial photographer & a great community supporter. Happy to call her a friend.
Justin Peters. I miss that guy! Also Reinhart, Tim & Ed who always support me!
Also if you get a chance please support London’s local businesses & especially the social enterprises. I’ll make a list another day.
Also… not in London anymore but I love them twice as much knowing they probably miss the community, too.
Faith <3 and also Mandy & Rosie. <3
I know there’s more so I’ll keep updating. Thank you for being awesome. You made a big impact on my life and I wanted you to know I miss you & appreciate you.