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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Weekend Scene // Brunch Date

Weekend Scene // Brunch Date

One of the things James and I talked a lot about going into this year was that we felt strongly that we wanted to make time to go on dates.  The last few years we focused our attention on finding connection with other humans and couples.  It was something we were intentional about doing.  We felt as though we wanted to find real, deep connection, genuine community, and just good human beings to do life alongside.  This year as we began reviewing the last few years and what we'd accomplished and where we were at we realized that we are surrounded with that good connection and have gotten to know and befriend the best of the best in the last couple of years.  We feel very fulfilled in that area and so moving into this year it's less about finding that connection and more about enriching the relationships we have, including our own.

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2017

2017

2017 and it feels so right.  Entering into a New Year has become a process and ritual for us.  There's a lot of journaling, dreaming, evaluating, planning, discussing and intention that goes into the last days of December and the first days of January.  The only parameter we put around goal setting is this:  Have a vision that's bigger than our resources.  

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Foraged Holiday Wreath

Foraged Holiday Wreath

It's December!  More than Christmas I love the energy and feeling in the air throughout this whole month.  It's pure magic.  The snow and cold, having a calendar filled with weekend plans for holiday drinks and dinners with people you love,  the sparkly lights, the smells of pine and cinnamon, saying "Happy Christmas" to strangers. It's all perfection.  

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2016 Christmas Tree Hunt

2016 Christmas Tree Hunt

Holiday tradition has become increasingly important to us over the last few years.  I think it's really important to establish our own way of doing Christmas as a family of three: to be intentional about how we spend each Christmas and make a point of doing things that are unique and memorable for us.  One of the traditions we began just after getting married was to go on a Christmas tree hunt.  We'd get up early, make coffee, bundle up, and pack ourselves and a good saw into the truck and head to the mountains.  It's become one of my favourite things about Christmas.  I look forward to it and plan it well before December gets crazy.  Our tradition has since evolved and each year we have included good friends in our hunt for the perfect tree.

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Cozy Home

Cozy Home

I know I'm not the only one who feels like hibernating when the snow starts to fall.  There's something so romantic about spending snowy nights cozied up with good food, wine, and candles at home.  It's snowed a few times in Calgary, although up until this point it hasn't stuck. As the snow and Christmas near I've been spending time adding elements to our home that make it feel ready for those cozy snowy nights.  Here are a few ways I've made our house hibernation friendly for the impending winter months.

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