Thankful Thursday - January 2011 - My Ya-Yas

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Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca E8107

I have a love/hate relationship with January.  I love the feeling of renewal and fresh beginnings that comes with the first month of the year.  But by the last week of this torturous, outrageously long, cold, dark, icy month, I'VE HAD IT!

And so it was that last night I dragged my sorry, grumpy self out of the house for dinner with some of my girlfriends at a local restaurant, Steak et Frites, here in Kirkland, Quebec.  This is a group of women I lovingly call my Ya-Yas, so named after the book Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells.  (If you haven't read it and you're a woman, you must run and get it immediately.)

My Ya-Yas are an amazing group of women who care, listen, laugh, share, complain on occasion, and fight the good fight. 

And we do it all together every 6 weeks or so thanks to one Ya-Ya in particular, my friend Nancy Elliott.  She is the social convener of the group, one of the best moms I know, and a person who always seems to have her priorities in order.

I left the restaurant feeling like my very soul had been hugged, and I awoke this morning fully re-energized -- which is quite remarkable considering the fact that I woke up at 4:15 a.m. 

I am so, so thankful for my Ya-Yas, and for Nancy -- who pulls us all together, knowing it will be good for us whether we know it or not.

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Tanya Nouwens

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Rainmaker
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Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
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Cara, very true. And thanks.

Susan, we do accept newcomers.  You must have a wicked sense of humour, very frank without being b*tchy, and be willing to drive down the 401/20 every couple of months.  You in?  :)  If not, yes, you MUST get you some Ya-Yas. Every girl needs her Ya-Yas.

Jan 27, 2011 08:32 AM #4
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Lenn Harley
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January does nothing for me escept get me that much closer to March 21st.  That's when I'm renewed.  I do enjoy the longer and longer days. 

 

Jan 27, 2011 08:34 AM #5
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Joan Whitebook
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Glad you are fefueled and ready to go.  Good luck to you in 2011!

Jan 27, 2011 08:35 AM #6
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Gary Woltal
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Tanya, a close knit group like this is a TERRIFIC support system for you. Hang on to them!!

Jan 27, 2011 08:37 AM #7
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darn it, i wouldn't even qualify for your ya-yas, and not just cause i'm in Florida.:-(  Glad for you and the affections and love you share with these ladies, who must be remarkable if only because they make you whole:-)  xoxo

Jan 27, 2011 08:44 AM #8
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Tanya Nouwens
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Virginia, "a little girlfriend" works wonders :)

Lenn, I've noticed the days getting longer too.  Crazy that we can actually be excited about it not getting dark until 5:15 pm!

Thanks Joan.

I plan to, Gary.  Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 27, 2011 08:45 AM #9
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Tanya, so glad you make time for you and the ya-yas! I like to plan a lunch every year on Valentines day with all my ya-yas, a great way to show how we truly love each other!

Jan 27, 2011 08:47 AM #10
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Tanya Nouwens
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Not true about your not qualifying, Inna!  But thanks for the rest :) xoxo

Jan 27, 2011 08:48 AM #11
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Tanya Nouwens
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What a great tradition, Ellen. That one deserves to be copied!

Jan 27, 2011 08:48 AM #12
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Lenn Harley
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Here's what it means for me.

The trap range opens at 3:00 p.m. during winter weekdays.  I'm there at 3:00 p.m. ready to shoot.  I shoot for an hour, that's 4 rounds.  Then I head west and home which is an hour drive. 

So, the later it gets dark, the longer I can shoot and still get home before dark. 

Hate to drive in the dark.

Jan 27, 2011 09:17 AM #13
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Susan Emo
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That's me, that's me!!   Via Rail, here I come :0)  They do still have a bar car don't they?

Jan 27, 2011 09:58 AM #14
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Tanya Nouwens
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Oh Lenn, you kill me.  That is to say, I know you could kill me, but you make me laugh too.  I am not happy for the extra shooting range time, but rather for the extra time in the day to walk my dog before dark.  Whatever floats your boat, right?

Susan, yeah baby :)

Jan 27, 2011 10:02 AM #15
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Tanya- Votre "ya-yas" me semblent tellement chouette!  (I imagine you are bilingue, non? ;))  This is such a wonderful testament to the power of close ties.  If you haven't sent this to them, you should!

Jan 27, 2011 10:04 AM #16
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Susan Mangigian
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I have a great group of girlfriends as well and we always laugh and re energize ourselves when we get together!  I'm so happy you have them!

Jan 27, 2011 10:07 AM #17
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Ross Therrien
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Lenn your a riot.

Sounds like an upcoming Bravo reality show. Nothing beats good company and conversation. and a MaiTai!

Jan 27, 2011 10:13 AM #18
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Tanya Nouwens
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Mais oui, Jennifer!  Elles sont tellement fortes aussi :0) Et oui, je l'ai déjà envoyé à mes amis...

I knew you did, Susan.  And I'm glad you have them. xo

Well, maybe a nice glass of a hearty red wine, Ross?

 

 

Jan 27, 2011 12:19 PM #19
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Susan Haughton
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Ross said it best!  I'm torn between the MaiTai and the big red, though.

Jan 27, 2011 02:00 PM #20
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Jane Peters
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I didn't read the book, but I did see the film.  And I have the album.  The music in that is amazing.  One of my all time favorite songs is "The Dawning of the Day".

Jan 27, 2011 03:03 PM #21
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Tanya Nouwens
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Susan, how about one followed by the other?

Jane, I will have to see if I can find that song on YouTube.

Jan 28, 2011 12:21 AM #22
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Cherise Selley
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Tanya,

I admire your 6-week get-together with your girlfriends.  It's liberating to share life and also it's great to watch how life gets bred among our closest friends.  Ya-Ya to you... g

Jan 28, 2011 01:13 AM #23
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