Well it's been an interesting summer to say the least.I wish I could post photos of the things I've done/been up to, but truth be told I don't have many, if any at all.

Since I left my previous job just over a year ago, excuse me, since I was asked strongly to leave my previous job and instead to work on contract for McDonalds pay for Keg style work, I have had a crazy year. New daughter, new opportunities, new insight into who I am and what I can accomplish, new vision, etc, etc. It's been a year of ups and downs, but one I will remember for a long time. So glad I left when I did.

I've been making a number of contacts all across BC and into Alberta this summer. I'll be sharing more of those links this week. It's been interesting getting a sense of what business is like across Western Canada. Up in some places, down in others, but overall a bright picture. Business has been good and is only going to get better. We're making some exciting expansions I can't wait to share with you.

Aside from those exciting things, I've taken on a challenge for myself to living life a bit more. 1. I started playing hockey again. I joined an adult league and began playing with a team in which I knew no one. Intimidating and fun. We lose a lot but we've got heart and I'm rolling into a full season with them now. Some great guys and a lot of fun and exercise. I'm hoping this sparks the desire to play hockey in my kids now too.

2. I took up fishing. I have always wanted to fish and kept waiting on others to teach me. I finally had enough waiting and went out and bought a rod & reel for me and my kids. My wife is next. Fishing has taught me a lot about myself and let me find a place to get away from the noise of the world. I'd even say it's a spiritual place for me where I really enjoy this world we live in.

3. I've auditioned for and got a part in a play. I'm playing a small role in the upcoming play "Witness for the Prosecution" put on by the Chilliwack Player's Guild in October. Again, I've always wanted to try live theatre but I just was too intimated. I finally set off to do it and loving it so far.

What I've learned from all this, is that there is so much of life waiting to be explored that is right in front of you. You just have to be willing to work for it. You have to be willing to make mistakes (I don't know how many times I've tangled my fishing lines or lost lures) and go with it. Don't wait for someone to ask you, go out and do it. You don't need someone to give you permission, you already have it.

Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins