-Fall is officially here in BC. Well, in my part of BC at least. The rainy season has begun but I'm not complaining. The earth needs it and it's better than snow. The sun is setting earlier, which means I have to hustle to get my errands finished earlier. Finally, the leaves are changing into the amazing colour spectrum of reds, yellows, oranges and browns. It's not perfect but Fall remains my favourite time of year.

-I haven't been taking as many walks as I normally would have at this time of year but that will change. The hot weather has passed so there is no excuse. Well, the rain is a bit of an excuse. There really is no "singing in the rain" & jumping through puddles when it's 8°C.😂

-It's also Friday the 13th today. Is today an unlucky day for you? For me, it's always been lucky & mostly uneventful. I'm thankful for that. Have a great Friday & weekend, everyone!

Till next time,


~Everything Is Not For Everyone~

I'll share a secret with you. I used to hate my middle name. I was embarrassed by it. It sounded weird & foreign. Donella sounded different from everyone else's name in my schools & neighbourhoods. I didn't want to stand out with another "weird" name. Donella was a name that I had never heard before. When people asked me what my middle name was I would lie and say that I didn't have one.  I know, shameful. My first name Nadia is another story for another day.

It was around my mid-twenties when I finally started to like my middle name. Unfortunately, I don't remember why I had the change of heart. Maybe it was because it was different. Unique. Who knows? Now I love it and use it proudly, hence & and my social media handles.

By complete accident, I stumbled upon the meaning and origin of my name, this week. I've spent my entire life not knowing the origin of my middle name. Growing up the only thing that my mom told me was that Nadia & Donella were names of cousins of hers that she had grown up with or had spent time with. I can't recall which. She did not know the origins, she just knew that she thought they were pretty names and I guess they continued to suit me after I popped out. When she was pregnant with me she had male & female names picked out. This was before sonograms & the newest blood tests at 10-12 weeks to determine the sex of the baby. Technology is something else.

Basically, there are 2 origins of my middle name which I've pulled from I'm not a fan of either meaning but hey it is what it is.🤷🏿

In Italian the meaning of the name Donella is: Lady.
The Celtic meaning of the name Donella is: Dark - haired elfin girl.

Do you know the origin of your name? If you'd like to share, let me know in the comment section.

Till next time,


"Everything Is Not For Everyone"