The world is harsh. We go through rough patches, hard times, and events that are downright terrifying. There are a lot of people in the world who are currently living in fear. (Let me just clarify that I’m not speaking about a specific event; this fear exists day in and day out and for a wide number of reasons.)
It’s easy to give in to the fear, it’s easy to let it control you and dictate your life. And it’s okay if it does – no judgement.
But please don’t let it convince you that there is reason to lose hope. There exists a force of people in the world who are good! And who are actively trying to make a difference.
It’s my birthday weeeeeek! I’m a whopping, ripe old age of twenty-seven. In honour of the beginning of my 27th lap around the sun, I thought I would share with you, 27 random facts about me! And some of my other birthday reflections and rituals.
In my mind, there is a difference between dreams and goals. Dreams are the bigger picture, long-term, “wouldn’t-it-be-nice”, kind of over the top visions. Dreams are the big “what-ifs” on your vision board; the ones that when you sit and seriously think about them coming to fruition you get misty-eyed and choked up. Goals are the smaller (but still quite large) steps in progress to bring you closer to that dream.
There is some stigma around being single, especially as you get older and your friends are getting married and starting families. Conversations at family events become about what you plan to do with your life and if you hope to ever be married or “how many cats do you have now?” (by the way I still only have the 1).
There are videos becoming viral about “single life vs. married life” as more and more people are opting to be single but there’s still a sense about it that ‘those people’ are living like spinsters as if our society still hasn’t quite escaped the 20s.
The days are longer, the temperature is starting to rise. We still have a few cold days and nasty storms ahead of us before we can fully embrace the sun but we are on our way!
I spent my Easter weekend with family, eating food, doing some yoga, enjoying the sun, and planning my next few months. During the Spring Equinox the weekend prior I went to YogaFest with my sister and spent the day meditating, picking up a few new ‘yogi’ items, doing hot yoga during Earth hour and just basking in that environment.
It’s time to clean out the cobwebs of winter and I’ve got a few tips to help kick off your spring cleaning!
Tidying Helps Clear Your Mind
As you clean and organize you’re space you might find that you can feel the winter funk start to leave. You can breathe clean air and think clearly again!
I write for a depression community called NewLifeOutlook; using my experience with depression and anxiety to hopefully share some knowledge and light or hope to others who are suffering.
I’ve written articles such as:
– The Importance of Talking About Depression
– Combating Depression After Moving
– Mental Illness in the Media
– How to Help Someone With Depression
I really enjoy it! I had never considered myself much of a writer until taking on the project and it sparked a love affair for me. It showed me that despite how much I want to save the world, sometimes giving a single person hope can be just as powerful.
At the risk of sounding “old” – wtf is wrong with kids these days?! Though I suppose it isn’t exclusive to youths because so many of my own generation are guilty of the same thing. I’m referring to the ‘DGAF’ attitude that seems to be so abundant! It’s on tshirts, phone cases, tote bags, pillows, and painted across the faces of those who sport it.
Before I dive in too deep – let me just say that I understand where it comes from. I get it. You don’t care what others think so you can continue to be who you are and stay true to you without their judgement. “DGAF what they think” … but has it come too far?
The first of June. First of a new month and about half way through the year. I’ve been challenged a lot these past few months to think of my desires and dreams of the future. So I challenged my friend over at The Wolf and The Wardrobe to create a 30 Before 30 list. I’ve only just completed mine but wanted to share it with you.
3O BEFORE 3O
- Walk around the CN Tower
- Walk the Kerry Way in Ireland
- Promote to Arbonne Executive Regional Vice President
- Travel British Columbia
- Visit a Buddhist Temple
- Go skinny dipping in the ocean
- Go Sailing
- Camp without a tent
- Create a cookbook
- Drive a motorcycle
- Run a 5K
- Cross the finish line at Tough Mudder
- Attend VanCon
- Donate Blood
- See Canada’s East Coast
- Complete a 365 Project
- Learn to drive stick
- Make a t-shirt quilt from all of my Fandom tees
- Put in an offer on my dream house
- Go away on a Yoga retreat
- Volunteer in a country in need
- Reach my goal physical condition
- Dance in New Orleans
- See one of the wonders of the world
- Have a photo published in a known magazine
- Complete a photo essay
- Host a class or seminar on mindset and empowerment
- Have a photography exhibit
- Plant a successful veggie garden
- Stand on a movie set
Have you ever done a 30 Before 30 or dream/goal challenge? Did you have any trouble with it?
Until next time!
When I was younger, probably 13 or 14 I had decided that I wanted to be a vegetarian because I didn’t like the fact that animals were dying just for our food. I had a discussion with my parents and they told me it was fine as long as I did my research so I was still getting all of my essential nutrients and knew how to look after myself. I started doing the research but quickly got bored and gave up on the idea thinking that I was only one person and I probably wouldn’t be able to make a difference anyway.
A few years ago when my sister was studying nutrition, she made the decision to cut meat out of her diet and commit to a vegetarian lifestyle. She actually did the research and followed through with her plans. After seeing all the changes she’d made I was so proud of her but had become a “meat lover” and still said that I would never become a vegetarian. To add to the pressure I started dating a vegetarian. So I had to learn how to cook healthy, nutritious meals for us that didn’t contain meat. I was still eating meat when we weren’t together but it was fun to learn and try new foods and combinations. I still told him I would never be vegetarian and we respected each other’s lifestyles and were able to work around it.
I’ve been sick a few times this year; flus and never ending stomach issues – the worst being at the end of March. While it was likely enhanced by the stress of my work life I had gotten so sick that I was hardly eating. I was losing weight and not in a healthy way – I was drained in every sense of the term and vowed to make some serious changes once I was able to eat again. I started things slowly – taking note of what didn’t agree with my body and how it affected me.
I’ve learned over the last 6 months just how important it is to listen to your body so I took this seriously.
I started with the basic “flu recovery” foods like bananas, toast, apple sauce, etc and slowly worked my way into regular foods. I noticed right away that anything with meat would leave me in pain. So I cut that out for a while thinking my stomach just wasn’t ready for it yet and just stuck to the other foods that would be easily digested. But every time I went back to the meat, regardless of which kind, I would find myself with the same level of discomfort. But I vowed to listen so I had to come to terms with the fact that despite how many times I said I would never be vegetarian … It seems my body has decided for me.
I’m still doing the research but I’ve already found some pretty incredible new recipes! The tricky part is that I’m also lactose sensitive (yah, I’m a touch high-maintenance) so I can’t have cheese or dairy. This often leaves me searching for Vegan recipes and just making alterations and substitutions as needed.
I’ll post some of my favourites as I go because there are some that I’m really excited to share with you! What are some of your favourite vegetarian recipes? Are there any resources you would recommend for someone new to the lifestyle?
UPDATE: As I continued to introduce foods back into my diet I noticed that eggs weren’t so much my friend either, this has left me accidentally fully vegan … for now it’s a choice I’m comfortable with just because the alternative is an intense amount of pain. Stay tuned though cause I’m sure there will be some adventures, stories, and recipes that I find as I go!
Now that we’re at the start of February, I took some time over the weekend to reflect on the past month. With it being first month of a new year with the excitement of resolutions and new beginnings, I definitely had a lot to look back on. We’re only a few weeks into 2015 and already so much has happened! Continue reading