A New Journey (in so many ways).

Hi there peeps! How are you? Happy Saturday!

I have not been good lately blogging (again). The holiday weekend came and gone – and for me, it was crazy until Memorial Weekend. I’m an Innkeeper.. and our inn is in a very tourist oriented area – summer is major for us!

So, I’m starting on a new journey. I am still paper crafting.. that isnt going to change. I love my stamping tribe. I need you!

But, today is a new chapter in my life and I debated.. do I share it or not. I was up all night Thursday thinking, over thinking – I came up with.. vlogging it. Yep, I am going to vlog. I think. Im scared to “expose” myself to all – but, I think maybe if I can help someone along the way of my new journey, it would make my heart smile.

So, along with paper crafting.. we are going to paint the chalet.. PINK.

My name is Dawn, and I’m going through the process of being a Breast Cancer Survivor.  Im a helper, a fixer, a control freak, a wimp at times.. but I felt maybe sharing this may be helpful and somehow documenting this new normal.

I made my first VLOG.. and its here for you to view. Im scared.. its not edited, and they wont be (I have no time for the fuss). However, I’m sharing ME … a lot of me. Im inviting you to share in this journey too.

Oh and before I do.. I do want to thank SO many gals who came to my Retired Stamp Sale and Catalog Kick Off. It was a HUGE success and I received a LOT of hugs – which was the BEST part! A few tears shared too.. I love my tribe!

So, here it is.. The Pink Chalet – Vlog Post #1

I guess saying this out loud, reminds me that Im accepting this and going to fight and be super strong. So, I posted this on Facebook yesterday (not for sympathy, but to share the new road I’ll be strolling).

“Yesterday, not only did I get some new shoes, but these shoes will be a part of my new journey to kick cancers butt and be a survivor of breast cancer. I won’t lie, I’m scared, but I’m determined.”

And, thank you ladies.. you made today a better day than it started to be (woke up not feeling so chipper) – love these smiling faces!



Thank you so much.. have a great day and get inky!! *hugs*



18 thoughts on “A New Journey (in so many ways).”

  1. Dawn,
    I love you and will send hugs to you each and every second of each and every day to support you in this journey! Yes, you have the support from all of us but most importantly you have the love and support of Dave, your main squeeze!! You may not think you are a strong person but you are going to amaze yourself!! The “pink chalet” will be overwhelmed with whatever you may need! Here’s to kicking cancer to the curb and a long, long future for you! Remember… you just need to share with me what your current need is… driving, office support, a listening ear, a shoulder…. you have it!!
    Hugs and kisses!

    • Cathy,
      You are the best. Im blessed to call you my dear friend. Oh my gosh.. I may lean on you but you know me.. Miss Independent. I try .. but honestly, I may be leaning on a few of you now and then. Thank you for you.. love you!

  2. My brave and ever so beautiful friend.. We will be with you every step of the way.. to your healing and recivery. My sweet Momma is a ten year breast cancer surbivor. She chose to have a mastectomy of her left breast.. and remains cancer free.. Thanks be to our Heavenly Father.. she and you will be my biggest role midel. for so many things.. but for your courageous determination to beat this.. Love you sweet girl.. What an awesome session with you here.. God bless you and keep the faith.. we’re stampin the journey PINK!

    • Christi, you my dear friend, are just the best. Im so blessed to have you in my life. Your mom is so strong to go through this. I hope to meet her someday! Thank you for all you do.. you always put a smile on my face. I love your positive spirit and it helps me smile at times when Ive been kinda not so smiley. I’m going to beat this.. because we have a lot of stamping to do “together”! Much love and hugs!

  3. Dawn, I am so sorry you have to experience this journey!
    Yes, it is scary, it is mind boggling, and it leaves your head spinning, and your mind continuously thinking.
    I was diagnosed 6 years ago. Yes I am a survivor and celebrate it everyday. It is a life changing journey. Things that were so important 6 years ago not so much now. Time with family, friends, and our tribes is where it is at daily! Grateful for chance to do the really important things, I use to take for granite.
    Rely on your foundation of family and friends. Your support system will be amazing, and a very calming effect. It’s OK to have occasional melt downs, we are human.
    If you have any questions about my journey, please ask. I’m not a medical team, but I have real life experience, from the journey , starting with diagnoses , surgeries, chemo, the effects, and 36 radiation treatments, then the happy news, of being called a survivor, and healing my mind..
    You are in my prayers, faith was also a great help. My stamping addiction was also my therapy.
    My Journey motto was… :Girl don’t wait for the storm to pass , learn to dance in the rain” Along with “Cancer I WILL Kick your A$$ to the Curb”
    I’m with you in spirit, Keeping you in my heart and prayers. I’m a cyber friend, and a stamping demo sister. Please send me your address I would love to send you some cheer. Take care of yourself……. Hugs judy

    • Judy, oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing in your journey. I am feeling all of those things. I dont want to be on a bunch of medications – scares me. I have always been so healthy.. so this just really stopped me dead in my tracks. You are a beautiful inspiration. Big hugs. My address is 930 E Ludington Avenue, Ludington MI 49431. Thank you so much!!!

  4. Dawn- I’m SO proud of you and know I’m there with you in spirit (and phone call and text)! You’re going to get through this! Love you! Robin

  5. Sweet Dawn, thank you so much for putting yourself out there and sharing your journey.
    I will be praying for you every day. Cancer doesn’t stand a chance against you 😉
    Be strong, but allow yourself to fall apart as needed because the rebuilding of oneself is what makes us even stronger. Love and hugs.

  6. Dawn …. you’re amazing! I loved your vlog. You’ve got such a great attitude and thats 90% of the battle. We haven’t talked lately, but i think of you often.

    • Sharon!! I miss you.. and I think of you often too! I always think of you being a busy gal.. so Ive not called in forever.. I am so glad you are “here”. Love you.. and gosh.. we need to connect soon. I know I’ve said this before.. but I REALLY want to venture west this fall/winter.. Ill keep you posted! *hugs* Love you!

  7. Dawn Thank you for sharing your Journey with all of us. You are a wonderful, loving, kind and inspiring woman. There is never a time when I see you that you don’t bring a smile or laugh from me and everyone around you. You got this girl and those cute shoes just scream Dawn’s Cancer Butt Kickers. So Hugs to you and prayers for healing, strength and more good days than bad.

  8. Dawn,

    As I said, I’m in your corner! I love the name, “Pink Chalet”! You are not alone in this fight! There are a few things from my journey that might be helpful. Call or text anytime

  9. Hi love.
    I don’t know much about blogs, and I didn’t know there was such a thing as a vlog, but I searched, found, listened, and got teared up with you. Obviously, like many others, I want to be on this journey with you. I want to be there with hugs, smiles, encouragement, tears, and more hugs, prayers, and whatever else you need. And, sometimes, you might have to let me/us know what you need, because we cannot read minds. I know that will be tough! (Sometimes, one of the biggest, toughest lessons we can learn is to ask for help.)
    I know that you are one determined woman. And, you are stubborn, which is a good thing. You are also strong, positive, and a force to be reckoned with. Sometimes, I’m sure you won’t feel that way. Those times will be tough, too. But you have a lot of people with you, supporting you. You’ve got this. BTW, I love the shoes!
    Love, hugs, and prayers, my friend.


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