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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Sensitivity + Gatherings

Sensitivity + Gatherings

Have you ever spent your time doing something that leaves you with this off feeling that you just can’t shake?  Social engagements and interaction often cause this for me.  I am a pretty sensitive person.  Not sensitive as in thin skinned.  Sensitive as in I pick up on everything going on around me and absorb a lot of energy and emotion. Energy and emotion where others are able to be like a rock in water and allow it to flow over, around and off of them, not through them.  I’m more like sand in that analogy. So after social interaction I often feel like I have a lot to process.  I used to mistake this quality in myself as weakness.  Sensitivity is often equated to being weak, the opposite of strength and empowerment.  But things are only weaknesses if you own them as that.  And since sensitivity is not necessarily something I want to change about myself, instead I’ve changed the way I see it in the context of my life.  Being sensitive has now become my superpower that I’ve just started learning how to manage. 

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Colours of Spring

Colours of Spring

I'm finally feeling my creative juices flowing again!  It's taken awhile.  Creativity isn't something that just surfaces at my beck and call.  For me creativity is a sort of magic that seems to just happen when it happens. Seemingly at random.  And when it hits you grasp it and run.  It's deeply associated with the seasons both figuratively and literally.  And it's finally March!  We've turned a corner and I feel hope and creativity returning all at once.     

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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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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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Explore // Van City Guide

Explore // Van City Guide

When I was going through Yoga Teacher Training last year an idea was presented: there may be certain places in the world that work best with your individual make-up/energy.  You know those places you visit in which everything seems to fall into place, you feel the best you've ever felt - healthy, inspired, positive, beautiful etc, the most yourself.  Ideally we'd each be able to live in the places that perpetually make us feel that way.  And, you've guessed it, Vancouver is one of those places for me.

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Style // Finally Fall

Style // Finally Fall

Weather is a big topic of conversation in Calgary.  Truth be told, Calgarians are never very happy with the weather.  The only chance Mother Nature has in winning our favour is when it's November, we are anticipating snow and instead, we get 20+ degree celsius temps.  We never had a chance for fall until this last week happened.  

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