Posted on Sep 30, 2008 Leave a Comment
I freakin‘ LOVE fall. The cool mornings, warm sunny afternoons, layered clothing, rain boots, smell of comfort food in the oven, pumpkin spiced lattes…ummm!
It is the last quarter of the fiscal year and the first term back to school. It IS the season of CHANGE, so don’t mind if I do…
* Changed my wardrobe – in with the sweaters, out with the summer dresses and a bag of last seasons duds that are no longer fabulous.
* Changed my job! ‘nuff said.
* Changed my attitude on the simple lessons of life – forgive faster (life’s too short!), love harder (it feels so good!), colour outside of the lines and stand tall when I walk to the beat of my own drum!
* Changed my hair – new bangs, love ‘em!
* Changed my routine – more goodness, less bother. ie. Up at 5AM for a morning workout, outsourcing house cleaning (alas!).
* Changed our banking – all VanCity, QED.
* Changed my commitment to health & exercise – more quality treats (ie. Thomas Haas Chocolate!) and less crappy calories; more quality workouts and less ‘guilty runs'; more massage/acupuncture and less complaints of being sore.
Life lesson of the season:
There is a reason that trees grow leaves, change colour, fall to the ground, rest naked and then start all over again (with a fresh set of leaves, I might add!). We should be more like trees. Hold steadfast to our roots, to our trunk and our branches but be willing to let the leaves (our ‘accessories’ of life) come and grow, change and fall.
Posted on Sep 12, 2008 Leave a Comment
“My butt is big and round like the letter C and ten thousand lunges have made it rounder but not smaller and that’s just fine. Its a space heater for my side of the bed, its my ambassador to those who walk behind me, its a border collie that herds skinny women away from the best deals at clothing sales. My butt is big and that’s just fine and those who might scorn it are invited to kiss it. Just do it.”
Posted on Sep 10, 2008 Leave a Comment
To quote my favorite O, One thing I know for sure is that i really love a great mag! Depending on the day or mood, I can get lost in the ads of O Magazine, enjoy the quick flip thru US Weekly, appreciate the neat tips and hints in Real Simple or find a new recipe in Martha. However, those are all the standard finds on the rack.
Check out my new, not so standard, loud and proud, totally positive find…ODE Magazine: The magazine to change (y)our world.
Posted on Sep 9, 2008 Leave a Comment
Do you know how to beat a drum? Bop your head and stomp your feet?
There is something incredibly empowering about the thought of “beating a drum” to me.
My birthday is on the horizon and it is the one day that I can do whatever I want to celebrate an awesome year of living. This year, my birthday wish is to gather all of my friends – all those fabulous people – bare foot and bare handed – Beat it! Pound it! DRUM it like you mean it! in a circle, of course.
And just in case you think I am crazy, check out this lil dude and don’t you dare hold back your smile:)
It will be a beautiful day of making music not air pollution; all love, no judgement! Friends far and wide, if you are in Vancouver early October, let me know!
Posted on Sep 9, 2008 2 Comments
In no particular order, here is my list of highly recommended shops/ products/ services that are guaranteed to make you smile or make life just that much better. Enjoy!
(Note: this will be an ever evolving and growing list…so bare with me while it is lean to start!)
Gifts of Gratitude
Looking for a fabulous gift for absolutely any occasion? Head down to Deep Cove’s Special Store – Room6 or http://www.room6.com/. Recommended by Nina, I have never left empty handed and always receive rave reviews on my special goodies.
CHiLDREN! Everything and anything for those lil critters can be found at the one-stop-shop: Jack & Lola at their new location in LoLo (lower lonsdale, NVan!). A beautiful store designed with the woman & child in mind – yet another fabulous momprenuer success!
The Best Investments in Health & Wellness
Fully engaging and invigorating my Chi is something I owe to Glow Wellness. Treatments from Andrea Lamont are a wee dose of heaven on earth. She treats me like a child with wee needles and the most wonderful calming sensations while she cures my husband with a fully loaded, double sided session. Regardless of the ailment, Andrea will be our doctor for life!
Live Slow, Die Old – where do you go for your namaste? Yogapod always leaves me well stretched, totally sweaty, breathing deeper and walking slower.
Swimming under the rising sun or dark rain clouds is the special experience of Kits Pool. I promised to never take the Vancouver experience for granted when moving west and a dip in this 137.5m pool is definitely one of my summer time favs!
Pursuits of Pleasure
A rainy day or a sunny day – looking to get lost among book shelves, laughing Buddhas, gongs and bongos – head to Banyan Books! I picked up a “Namaste” bumper sticker for the scoot – how appropro, eh! Can’t wait to go back…
People To Know
Buying or selling real estate (anywhere!) – Patricia Houlihan is the woman to contact. She smart as stink with boundless energy and incredible insight into how to make money in the real estate game.
Posted on Aug 28, 2008 Leave a Comment
Preheat oven to 375.
In a large bowl, combine:
1 1/4 c ww flour
1/3 c ground flax seed
2/3 c brown sugar (note: infusing lavender into your sugar adds a whole new level of fabulous to these muffins!)
2tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
Cut off ends of an orange and cut entire orange (yes, that means the peel too!) into 6 pieces.
In a food processor/blender, process until well blended:
1 whole orange cut into pieces
1/2 c milk
1/3 c applesauce
Stir wet with dry. Fold in generous handfuls of blueberries.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10minutes. Enjoy anytime:)
Posted on Jul 27, 2008 Leave a Comment
I am admittedly addicted (and quite happily so!) to reading blogs. Those of high performing athletes, crazy business owners or progressive business people, old friends from high school – you name it – i love it. To blog is to be bold, to be true to ones self. There are no rules and no guidelines. It is pure, authentic and more often than not – the real case of goodness.
Check out the blog of the CEO of Whole Foods Market! Friggen eh, Sugar ray – that place is guaranteed fabulous. Every time. No exceptions. But more on my love of Whole Foods another day…
Beneath the rows of luscious, organic produce lies a CEO who is extremely passionate about what he does, how he does it and how it effects the lives of those who he interacts with (employees and customers). John Mackey created Whole Foods as a college drop-out. He was addicted to healthy, vegetarian choices and thought by creating a health food store in his garage he would surely meet a girlfriend! Bottom line, he is now happily married, but has built a life off of a passion for doing what he loves. Admirable, I digress…
I took a few purchases from Whole Foods to watch a young, amazingly talented band perform on the weekend. Their enthusiasm, zest and passion for their tunes was vibrant! It clearly didn’t matter to them that the music industry is saturated with young, budding, hopeful musicians. It didn’t matter that there were only 20 people in a park in North Vancouver listening to them. Because they were doing what they loved and that alone, brought them great joy.
Where there is passion, there is power. Where there is a will, there is a way. I have huge amounts of thanks for the delicious calories I am able to purchase at Whole Foods. And to the Fur Bearing Animals, thank you for sharing your passion with me Saturday night – you rock!
Posted on Jul 25, 2008 Leave a Comment
The Knee Knacker is one of North America’s knarliest ultra-marathons! Covering 16,000 feet of elevation, this race crosses 3 mountains and approximately 50km of crazy terrain. To date, only 1300 people have ever crossed the finish line, but some have done it more than 15times. It has become a race for the die-hard ultra runners through snow, mud, bugs, sweat and tears!
Getting to the start line of the Knee Knacker two weeks ago was something a year ago I saw as impossible. I have only run one official road marathon to date and frankly, was in heaps of pain following it. Running longer, farther and thru the woods seemed altogether a feat too large for this cat. It was the inspiration of watching our dear friend Jurgen Watts cross the finish line that made me dig deep and say – what if I could do that too?
Finishing the Knee Knacker 7hr52min later was hands down one of my top 3 life experiences to date! Training for this event was a massive character builder – each Sunday long run became my longest run ever. I got dropped; I rolled over on my ankles,; I wiped out in the rain; I got lost…but I always finished.
I knew getting to the start line, uninjured would be an accomplishment for me, but I had no idea how it would feel to enter Deep Cove…amazing.
I learned that you can have thunder thighs and small feet and still run an ultra, if you want it bad enough! I have accepted that I may not be fast, but I will never, ever give up! And I firmly believe that IMPOSSIBLE is NOTHING.
Meeting tons of amazing people along the way who have accomplished great things in life in many different shapes and forms gives me hope for what may be in store for me. I have a new found confidence feeling mentally tough as nails and physically able to do whatever my chubby heart desires. I’m living the dream and feelin‘ pretty darn grateful!
A (WO)man’s dreams are an index to his/her greatness!
Posted on Jul 22, 2008 Leave a Comment
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