Wellness / Self-care

Wellness / Self-care

I’ve hit that point again.. There's a very distinct feeling and moment at which I begin to realize I'm starting to feel drained.  It's like the moment you're driving along and the orange gas light pops on to let you know you're getting close to empty, getting close to needing a fill.  That's me, in this moment.  Self care is easily forgettable.  For me when life gets busy, our social calendar is filled up, there are people who demand attention and care, it's spring and I'm feeling the urgency of newness, needing to get the garden cleaned up and vegetable seed orders placed, taxes, main floor ceilings that needs to be repainted - life.  And it's a balance of the thrill of knowing I'm running on empty and pushing the limits, while also being aware that I'm about to hit a wall and be empty, stranded on the side of the road when it's not fun or thrilling anymore.  

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Drumheller // Weekend Playlist

Drumheller // Weekend Playlist

Last weekend we adventured to Drumheller Alberta.  It's a stunning part of the world. Adventures + photos is my kind of day.  Plus its a nice little day trip and I don't know about anyone else but long drives are when James and I have the most life-giving convo.  We often end up turning the podcast off or the music way down because we get into such great conversation.  Re-connection.  It's where a lot of sparks fly for idea, thoughts, change, growth, learning etc.  Dinner and road-trips are where the magic happens.  (Which for some reason makes me think of the Seinfeld episode where George has a phone conversation with a new girl and talks about how great they are on the phone together....anyone?) 

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Wellness // Green Smoothie Recipe

Wellness // Green Smoothie Recipe

The night we arrived home from our trip to Vancouver in November James and I watched a documentary.  We love documentaries, and we have always been particularly interested in issues about health and wellness.  I don't really know what it was about this documentary in particular that struck us.  Honestly I think it was more that the timing was right.  We'd watched plenty of documentaries, read all of Michael Pollan's books, and altered and changed things in our diets many times over.  But since that night, watching that documentary, we haven't eaten any meat.  

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The Importance of Knowing You're Not Alone

The Importance of Knowing You're Not Alone

This week was a struggle.  Everything that could have gone wrong did.  Within the tangled mess of struggle I felt really down.  I've been feeling really affected by the weather this winter on top of it all.  The fog really settled in this week.  I've always been a pretty guarded person.  For lots of reasons.  But ultimately I like holding things together and being strong.  One quality I love about myself is that I am really strong.  I'm good at taking care of things for myself and carrying things for others if they need it.  I've got my game face on 99% of the time.  I'm steady, and capable, and truthfully pretty uncomfortable about getting emotional

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Life Lately

Life Lately

I should have titled this post, "finding balance" or perhaps, "the ramblings of a mental patient".  Both would be true of how January has felt for us.  There's a lot of really exciting things going on behind the scenes (there are some exciting posts and changes coming soon) but a glimpse into our day-to-day would reveal a lot of going through the routine, striving for balance and acting a whole lot like hundred-year-olds.  I asked James the other day if someone were to describe the following evening scene to him how old he might guess that the people in the story were. Dinner at 5:30, kitchen tidy, tea on the stove, cookies in the oven.  Bed, snuggles and a movie at 7:30, and fall asleep by 9 sometimes earlier.  (Earlier than I'd ever admit to). He said 100. That ages us by 70 years.

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Thoughts // Comparison

Thoughts // Comparison

Something I've heard myself say often lately is: keep your eyes in your own lane.  This is one of the things I want to hold to throughout 2017 in an effort to break free from those pesky limitations I was talking about in this post.  The comparison game is a cruel one.  Its easy to become discouraged and hard on yourself when you begin to look at what other people are accomplishing, creating, succeeding at, etc. and in turn make it about yourself and comparing what you're doing/who you are only to fall short.

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Routine

Routine

The other day I caught myself wishing time away.  Because transition into anything can be uncomfortable and uncertain.  Even though transitioning into a new year feels in a lot of ways like forward motion in others it can feel like moving forward only to settle back into routine.  For me it's equally exciting and difficult.   I think routine is super important but I crave change to happen quickly and am not great at being patient.  There's an energy of inspiration, newness and change in the air this time of year and yet living in such a cold climate almost forces waiting. So, this week has been a lot of uncomfortable transition, and settling into routine.

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