WU Guide to Portland

WU Guide to Portland

Calgary to Portland is a 13 hour drive.  We, however, decided that we absolutely needed to drive to the Okanagan in B.C., drink some wine, eat at our fave vineyard and then stay the night and drive to Portland the following day.  Trust me the tuna sandwich and a bottle of bubbly in the picnic area of Joie Farms is SO worth it.  So, after dropping Finn off at my family's property in Invermere B.C. we drove 6 hours to Joie Farms and it did not disappoint.

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Portland

Portland

There's so much catching up to do since our last post!  This week alone has equaled traveling through/to 2 provinces and 4 states.  That's a whole lotta miles that we've put on,  more roadside bathrooms than I ever care to admit to, listened to some really amazing podcasts, taken in the most beautiful country side, and made it back home feeling full/exhausted/inspired/excited/blessed/happy/ready to be back to our life here at home - all the feels.  

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July Long Weekend

July Long Weekend

I woke up early this morning remembering that I haven't blogged in awhile and feeling the desire to but also happy at the notion that life has been so full and I've been enjoying summer so much that I just haven't had the time.  Last weekend we spent 3 days in BC, at my family's cottage, with friends.  It was perfect.

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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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Roadtrips + Memories

Roadtrips + Memories

Last night James and I were talking about how memories are not comprised of facts but feelings. What you remember is how something made you feel.  Even when certain senses trigger very specific memories it is almost always tied to the emotion of that past event or moment in time.  I love remembering certain trips we took or drives we went on, or things that in the moment didn't seem overly important but now when thinking back on them I'm flooded with happiness, fondness, love, good, and all the warm fuzzy's.  I love the idea of memories triggering certain feelings and remembering something so clearly because of those feelings.  Whenever we go on a trip somewhere I always have this idea that I want to purchase a new perfume.  Because smell is one of the most powerful senses when it comes to memory.  When we were in Vancouver last year I wore this perfume and now every time I smell that specific scent it instantly transports me.  

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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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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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