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.
It takes an average of 21 days to make or break a habit (depending on the habit) and I do remember the first 21 days being some of the most difficult. But before I dive in to my experiences over the past year, let’s take a look back at why I started.
How It Happened
To summarize what I outlined in Accidentally Vegetarian (little did I know at the time that I actually meant Vegan):
I had decided and truly thought in my past that I couldn’t ever become vegetarian, let alone vegan! I was a hard-core carnivore; I loved chicken and fish but most of all it was red meat that I adored. I would go out for dinner with friends and family and order steak and potatoes, only my steak had to be done “blue rare.” For those who are unfamiliar with this fairly uncommon term, it basically means the meat is seared on both sides and served…it’s not on the grill long enough to even heat all the way through so the middle is not only mostly raw, but still cold. Yeah – you read that right; I wasn’t kidding when I said “hard-core carnivore.”
So how does a person go from a diet like that to being completely vegan? When your body no longer gives you the choice.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. There is no attempt to hide the damage but instead it is highlighted and made beautiful as it makes the object unique.
I like to think that my brain and my veins are laced with gold.
Unique and beautiful because of the history, not despite it.
No judgement; just healing.
Change is scary. The smallest change of plans is sometimes enough to throw me off. Bigger changes get my wheels turning and I feel my stress levels rise. So what happens with life decisions and major change?
I hit panic stations. We’re talking full-body stress and the anxiety levels to match. (The secret’s out, I have anxiety issues .. funny enough, I think my cat does too).
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!
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
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate! I got to spend some great time with family and friends while enjoying a few days away from the office. I took this holiday as a time to reflect on all the things I was grateful for, not just during these holidays but also throughout the year. I find that Christmas is always a good time to reflect because my heart is so full of love and cheer!
Now that we’re coming up on New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d share one of my new goals with you – I won’t call it a “New Year’s Resolution” because it’s more of a “New Year’s Change”.
“Have you ever loved someone so much that you would do anything for them? Yeah, well, make that person yourself.”