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The Change in My Reflection: On Body Image and Self Love

body image and self love

I think we all have things about our bodies we don’t love, that we’d like to change, maybe try on a different version if we had a chance. Sound about right? I joke that I wish I had a smaller nose and bigger boobs. Someone got the recipe mixed up when they made me!… or so I joke.

Union Swimwear one- piece swimsuit

Those are the things I’d say I don’t love about my body; I actually considered getting a nose job in my teens, but after a fair bit of consideration opted to keep things the way they are. I figured if I couldn’t accept myself for the I was, then how could I expect someone else to? This especially resonates with me now that I have kids- and especially a daughter who I hope to raise to be confident in her own skin. Obviously there are some things that are harder/ impossible to change without an elective procedure, but knowing I had the option to change my appearance was a tempting one when I was younger and I’d be lying if I told you I haven’t considered getting a little work done when we’re done having kids.

The topic of body image and acceptance spans a variety of areas and isn’t limited to the changes we experience after having kids (both of the things I mentioned above stem from the years before I had kids). And on the topic of boobs, let’s face it: those are never the same after having kids and breastfeeding. I find that these kinds of emotions come in waves, sometimes we feel great and other times things chip away at us, at how we feel about ourselves. But while I  sometimes wish I could change the things I mentioned above (or maybe something else depending on the day), I have also learned to think about things differently: what are the things that I can change for the better – such as my physical health– rather than those that I can’t? For example, one of the major changes my body has gone through since having kids is that my stomach and midsection by no means look the same as they did before.

Union Swimwear one piece swimsuit

I used to have a flat stomach, one that I kept toned and was proud to show off. I liked how I looked in a bathing suit- maybe a little more up padding top would be nice ;)- but I was and still a beach bum in the Summer. Take me to water and I’m a happy girl. But following Ariana’s birth I was left with stretch marks (I figured I probably would since my Mum has them), and no matter how hard I tried, my abs and the skin in that area were not the same. Looking in the mirror that Summer I questioned whether I would still be a bikini kinda gal or make the switch to some of the cute one pieces I’d been seeing. Follow that up with a second child and additional body changes and I was really unsure where I stood with myself when I looked in the mirror. I didn’t hate what I saw, but it took some getting used to, some acceptance, and that took time. Some days I think back on what my body used to look like and sometimes it gets to me, I’ll be honest. For whatever the reason, those things can creep up on us and affect us out of the blue. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad, it doesn’t mean they’re wrong. They just are. 

This past Summer I hit up the beach as much as I could, ran around in a bathing suit on the hot days, and enjoyed the bright sunny days of the season while they were here. I still have things about my body that I scrutinize (remember my joke earlier about my nose and boobs?) and I’m picky about photos of myself (selfies still make me feel incredibly self conscious- how do you find a good angle with this nose?!), but I also take pride in the efforts I’m making to feel better inside and out. Running is one of those things, and whether I run for 15 minutes or an hour, the way I feel afterwards is a high that helps diminish any stresses or anxiety I may have been feeling prior. I love how I feel after a run and that positive feeling is an overwhelming one in the best way. 

Union Swimwear one- piece swimsuit

Over this past year I’ve shared about some of the personal challenges I was facing, and also about the addition of running into my routine and upping my self- care game in the hopes that others would be able to relate. As with any journey, it hasn’t been straight uphill but overall it’s been a positive one; I just had to make some changes. It isn’t always easy to face things, the things that really hit home in our hearts, the things that are hard to shake off. But that doesn’t mean you have to rip off a Band-Aid or go from one extreme to the other. It can be small steps. Slow progress is better than none. Learning to love and take care of yourself don’t always come easily, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve it. 

Thank you to my friend Janette of Ava to Zoe for being on this personal ride with me and encouraging me to share more on the topic of self love and body image. And to Union Swimwear for being a company that encourages positive body images in women and helping us share about this topic.

Photography: Akane Kondo Photography

Swimsuits: Union Swimwear

October 3, 2017
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Balance: How Giving Up on it Set Me Free

 Balance: How Giving Up on it Set Me Free 

I don’t know if I believe in balance.

There. I’ve said it. I think balance is a cruel word that gets tossed around as we try and convince ourselves that we can do it all in the same day. Someone once told me ‘balance’ is about making choices and being at peace with them, and I’ve reflected on that ever since; on days when I feel like I’m struggling I try to step back and think about what my focuses for that day are and regroup around them, simplify things. I absolutely believe we can do it all– just not all at once. Different days may have different priorities, we just have to accept that there may be/ will be other things that don’t happen- they’ll happen some other time. In other words, I think the concept of balance is more of an outlook than an actual thing we can achieve.

Some days it feels like I can get everything done and I feel like a champion (aren’t those the best!?), and other days I feel like the biggest achievement is that the kids and I make it to the end of the day in one piece (a big, crazy, messy piece). Either way the same thing happens: I go into the day with a list of priorities- this may be a mental list or one I write down and includes things like time with the kids, house work, work, appointments that have to be made, yard work, etc- and inevitably there are usually things that get left for the next day or the next (or the next!)- or if it’s a particularly chaotic day, I throw out that list (unless there’s something that falls under ‘must happen today’), and re- write it for the next. It’s not always easy- some days it feels painful to give up and tell myself ‘it’s not going to happen today’- but I’m learning what’s more important than that to- do list is my outlook towards it. It’s how I think about things and move through the day, not how much I can get done in a day that matters (hands up who else is Type A like me and always tries to cram as much as possible into the day?). Sounds so simple right? But oooooh creating mental habits/ changing your perspective can be just as challenging as changing other habits!!! It takes time and baby steps, and patience, and, and, and…. moral of the story: we have to have patience with ourselves

As I sit here and talk about choices, figuring out priorities, and finding ‘balance’- whatever that means- I don’t think I could do so without talking about one of the things I’ve made a priority over the past year, something I’ve made time for regardless of whatever else is going on. This choice didn’t come out of thin air, I’ve had to carve out the time from other things, but ultimately I’m happy with the choice of how I spend this time. The interesting thing about a year is you have a very distinct start and end point to reflect on, and I’ve been doing that lately as I look back on the progress I’ve made. Some days I’m stressed out about the time it takes, overwhelmed with everything else I have to get done, but ultimately I feel so much better after having made time for it, happy with the choice I made. The choice I’m referring to is exercise, and the time I’ve taken for yoga and running (and swimming when I get the chance).

Balance: How Giving Up on it Set Me Free

It’s been a year since I started running- the longest that I have been committed to exercise in my adult life- and it is something I choose to make a priority (I share more about it in this post). For the most part I have gone on a run every week for a year; there is the odd week that I’ve missed one and  weeks I’ve managed to go for two if I felt like I needed it (even if I’m stressed about finding the time for other things that have to get done, I ultimately feel better/ handle my workload better if I’ve taken some time away to give my mind a break with the added bonus of feeling better physically from the exercise). And before you tell me you don’t know where you’d find the time for exercise, I’ll confess this to you: I don’t have a lot of time for exercise. And I know a lot of other people who feel the same. It may not be exercise for them, it might be something else that they’re struggling to fit into their schedules, but either way finding time for some things is harder than others. The trick is to find it, then the second hardest part is to create a habit/ add it to your routine and then stick with it. 

We all have other things to do, other things that take up our time, we all have our daily mix that fill our days. And in the end we look back on the day and hopefully feel good about what we got accomplished. Taking care of ourselves and our health is something we’re told to make a priority and rightfully so, but as with many things it’s often easier said than done. How many times do you tell yourself I’ll do it today and then brush it off: Oh well, I’ll do it tomorrow… It’s not hard to put stuff off that doesn’t really appeal to us, or that’s inconvenient/ uncomfortable- let’s face it, fitness isn’t usually something people do for fun (even though it can be), they do it to stay healthy. And we tend to lump health stuff under ‘boring’ and ‘have to but don’t want to’ instead of making it something to look forward to (see how a change in perspective might make that more appealing?). But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a priority- that finding some time to take care of yourself isn’t important enough to warrant a little bit of time each week. And that’s just it: even just a little bit of time is better than no time at all. And that’s what I’ve told myself this past year when I’ve wanted to make an excuse to get out of running: it’s just. a. few. minutes. (and for the record, I didn’t let weather become an excuse either, no matter how tempting/ easy it would have been). I don’t always want to, but ultimately I know how much better I feel, how much happier I am afterwards; it’s worth it and something I’m glad I’ve added to my routine, even if it’s at the expense of something else.

 Balance: How Giving Up on it Set Me Free

I’m still working on calming down about all the things I want to get done in a day, letting go and really thinking about what I consider a priority- in other words, I’m still making peace with imbalance (see what I did there? 😉 ). But one thing I’m glad I did, even though I’ve had to choose the time to make it happen this past year is to stop making excuses for getting in some exercise each week. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I have your life all figured out and how easy it is to make changes, to make time for these things. It’s rarely, if ever, that simple. But it is about re- thinking your priorities, re- thinking the choices you make and asking yourself ‘Is this making me a better or worse version of myself?’. We’re grown ups, so obviously things like bills and mortgages aren’t going to go away and make the choice to work less any easier (oh adulting…), but for the things on a simpler level, those things we have within our control, it’s amazing the difference a few different choices and a change of mind set can make. I’m not any less of a to- do list loving person than I was a year ago, but I’m chipping away at changing my outlook on things (instead of thinking ‘these are all the things I didn’t get done today’ turning it around and thinking about all that did get done), letting go, and not making excuses for things that should be more of a priority/ deserve more time. I’m responsible for two little people and keeping them happy and healthy, and at some point I have to make sure I’m doing the same for myself. It’s the choices I make and the perspective I have that creates the happiness and inner peace that I think ‘balance’ is supposed to bring- and it’s not a perfect one- size- fits- all solution- but just making the effort alone has been a big step forward for me. Exercise has been ‘my thing’ this past year that I’ve made a priority, now I want to know: what do you want to make more time for?

Photo credit: Kristy Powers Photography

Outfit:

Canada 150 Leggings- Kristina Benson Art

LOVE tee- Try on Love

 

August 22, 2017
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From 5 Minutes to 10K- My Fitness Journey to the Sun Run (aka why to stop making excuses and just go for it).

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A common topic on the blog has always been self care, in whatever form it may take. Whether it’s as simple as making a cup of coffee and drinking it while it’s still hot, pouring a glass of wine, getting out with some friends, or finding time for exercise. Whatever it is, if it makes you happy, it’s about finding some time when you can refresh and recharge a little. And let’s face it: exercise comes under self care, but isn’t usually one of the more fun options; it tends to be one we put off, cast aside, make excuses for (‘not enough time’). Sound familiar?

Total confession: that was me about a year ago.  And that’s why I wanted to share about my fitness journey and the lead- up to the Sun Run last month. Because if I can stop making excuses- and believe me I had plenty plus many pity parties to add to the mix- I believe anyone can, you just have to start. Growing up I was a competitive swimmer. I loved it, I felt at home in the water (still do) and I’ve never been in such good shape before or since. As an adult, my fitness regime had been none existent until this past year- especially these last eight and a half months- since I’ve finally stopped making excuses and ‘not having time’. And running became a big part of my weekly efforts. But let me be straight up honest with you: I used to hate running.

The idea of it used to be boring to me; swimming checked all the fitness boxes for me and was a throwback to my competitive days. Every time I got in the pool I just slipped back into my old technique- sort of like getting back on a bike after not riding one for a while- and channeled my inner athlete, the one who quit in high school but never lost her passion. Swimming is something I take pride in; I’m good at it, and I feel like I’m tapping into a part of me from years ago when I get in the water. It feels good and is still one of my favourite forms of exercise- so why add running into the mix when I already felt like I had a a full schedule? Especially when it wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed?

Simple: it was something I could fit into my life a little easier than swimming, and if I was disciplined enough, could fit in at the end of a work day while my Mum watched the kids. I didn’t start running with any goals in mind except to not be a complete wheezing mess after jogging for five minutes; my standards were pretty low and I just decided to challenge myself more and more as I felt my strength and endurance improve. Like anything, when it makes you feel good, you want more, and running converted me from a hater to someone who’s made it a welcome inclusion of her weekly routine. So now you can kind of see how we got from ‘I just want to run for 5 minutes without passing out’ to  the 10k Sun Run…

When I was in high school, a year after I quit swimming, I  participated in the Sun Run for the first time. It was one of those ‘why not’ kind of things and I did it just for the hell of it. Fast forward more than a decade and I saw the Sun Run ad online one night as I was finishing up work. And again I thought ‘why not?’. I’ve been running weekly since the end of last Summer and thought this could be a great milestone to see how far I’ve come since huffing and puffing through a 15 minute jog around the block to running 8k+ each week. I messaged my friend Janette, hooked her into my scheme, and with a few clicks we were training for the Sun Run.

It was an interesting change in perspective- suddenly shifting from ‘running for the hell of it’ to running with a goal in mind- but it was a welcome one, one that had me pushing myself and loving the results. Thanks to Janette spreading the word about signing up, we enjoyed some help keeping our bodies well fuelled from Whole Cuisine with their healthy meals delivered right to our doors every week. There were several occasions throughout the weeks leading up to the Sun Run where I grabbed one their meals to eat on the go, grateful that I had something ready to eat that was healthy and that I didn’t have to think ahead about. The time it takes to prep healthy food is another excuse for many of us when it comes to our eating choices and this helped keep me in check on more than one occasion. 

 

On that note- something else that I smile about when I think back over the last year: I went from having virtually no exercise apparel to having a few options to choose from. One more hint that I’ve made progress in the past few months. There are plenty of great local brands to choose from here in the Vancouver area and thanks to The Sweet Life Apparel and Inner Fire, I trained in comfort and style. My ‘Coffee, Cardio, Cake’ tank has been well worn and loved, and has become one of my favourite workout tops. Comfortable and cheeky. Sign me up. 😉 And when it comes to bottoms I have this to say: the leggings from Inner Fire are some of the most comfortable I own with the added bonus of being made by a company that gives back (a portion of the proceeds are donated to The School Fund, an organization that helps youth in developing countries receive education scholarships). These leggings are available in full- length and capris, perfect for a variety of fitness needs. Whether you want to add to your fitness apparel wardrobe or just love their designs, you won’t go wrong with either of these two local companies. 

  

 

Exercise- in whatever form you choose- isn’t about being an all- star athlete, putting hours aside each week, or having it take over your life (it can be those things you like, but that’s up to you and your goals and expectations). It’s about finding the time- making the time– and choosing to put yourself and your health first. Because sometimes we forget to do that and I had the reminder last year that I couldn’t forget about my own health, my own needs. My body sent some strong messages and I listened. I won’t sit here and tell you that it’s always easy to add something to your already busy life, that you’ll always look forward to exercising, or that you don’t have to make choices to fit it in. You do- but before too much time has passed, it will become routine- a part of your day- and you’ll notice the difference it makes and feel better for it. And yes, choosing to do some form of exercise means you’re probably compromising on something else, but it’s a choice you’ll start to appreciate as you notice the difference in how your body and mind feel. Even if it’s only a few minutes throughout the day; every little bit counts.

I know you’re busy- adulting keeps us on our toes whatever our work/ family/ life mix is- and I used to think if I couldn’t put an hour aside at a time that it wouldn’t make a difference. But I’ve learnt that like many things, exercise is as much about quality as it is about quantity. Can’t get to the gym more than once a week? Only have a handful of minutes? Don’t want to feel overwhelmed by setting another goal you may not achieve? No problem. Just make the time you have count. Even now I still know I have a long way to go, but to have this 10k under my belt, I feel like I’m well on my way to making a marked improvement in my health; no deadlines, no pressure, just the overall goal to continue to work on my health and well- being. There- that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? So unachievable? 

I started running because I needed an outlet, a way to get back in touch with myself and improve my quality of life. Mentally and physically, it has made a significant difference. Running is my time to think, to clear my head, and just be. I pop in my earbuds and go. I don’t set off on each run with a specific time in mind, I listen to my body and go from there. Some days I push myself harder than others, and other days I allow a little slack. Either way, I feel better for putting time aside for it. It isn’t about comparing myself to others- while running the Sun Run I had to stop trying to pace myself with people going faster than me and slow down and walk a few times (tough for my competitive streak!)- but it was a personal best for me and I’m still riding off that high. I set a goal to run it within a certain time and hit it. And that’s what the whole point of this post is about: what is a goal you have for yourself? Start with five minutes and go from there, see where it takes you. I dare you. 😉

To read about Janette’s journey to the Sun Run (her first!)- click here

Sun Run Scrapbook

Thank you to Whole Cuisine for keeping me well nourished leading up to the Sun Run!

Finishing stats- now what’s next year’s goal? 😉

Finish line victory photos with this amazing gal (find Janette at Ava to Zoe)

Meeting 2 of the founders of the Sun Run: Canadian Olympians Dr. Doug and Diane Clement

Thank you to everyone who helped me on this journey:

Leggings- My Inner Fire | Instagram | Facebook  

‘Coffee, Cardio, Cake’ tank- The Sweet Life Apparel | Instagram | Facebook 

Water bottle- Free Reign | Instagram | Facebook 

Prepared meals-Whole Cuisine | Instagram | Facebook 

Photo credits

Running photos- Akane Kondo Photography

Screenshot- Janette Shearer, Ava to Zoe

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

May 2, 2017
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On Letting Go & Loving Yourself {+ Giveaway}

When it rains for 2 months straight it makes it interesting when trying to organize an outdoor photoshoot. And of course living here it rains a lot this time of year. So that means sometimes you just need to go for it and shoot in the rain which makes for some crazy hair and plenty of laughs trying to get the shots you want. Thankfully Akane (the photographer I’ve been working with on a few posts) is pretty much up for anything and we ended the shoot with some hot chocolate to warm up. And as you’ll see in the photos, we just tried to laugh through the rain and make the most of the beautiful location. The photos for this post were important to me and I’m glad a little rain didn’t stop us.
But enough about the photoshoot adventure, I’m really excited for this post for a few reasons. The first is that yoga and fitness came back into my life in a big way this year; I had a big reminder in the Summer that I can’t forget to take care of myself and it was the kick in the butt I needed to get back into shape. I’m no star athlete, but I feel better mentally and physically knowing that I’ve made time to exercise in the week. I’m calmer, happier, and it feels good to be taking steps towards a healthier life overall. I’ve made it a priority, had to move some things around, but ultimately it hasn’t been as challenging as I thought it would to fit into my routine. Sometimes it’s just a few minutes of yoga at the end of the day, but it makes a difference. The second reason I’m really excited for this post is that comes with a GIVEAWAY (the last one of the year!) for you, the readers who have supported the blog and me, your love and support means more than you’ll ever know. I thought what better way to go into the holiday season than with a gift for you? I’ve teamed up with some pretty amazing brands- Try On Love, Kristina Benson Art, Free Reign, Mint & Birch, and Built for This Baby– to help you treat yourself, and to serve as a reminder that you can’t forget to LOVE YOURSELF as well as everyone else you care for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was organizing this post, I wanted to work with brands that would help me share my message about not forgetting to make time for yourself, to LOVE yourself, whenever and however you get the time to do so. I know it can be tough, so that’s why I’m hoping this post will help you feel loved and serve as a reminder that what you do is important, you are amazing, and just trying counts for something. We all have challenges and bad days, but we can still find a few minutes for ourselves and it’s so important to do so, so we can be the best version for everyone we love and for ourselves.
So why did I choose the brands I did for this giveaway? With the tee I’m wearing from Try on Love, you probably don’t need any more explanation. This shop is all about being a gentle reminder to love. To love yourself and others, it really does make a difference in the world. What better message could you hope for? Each piece has a small quartz gemstone- the universal gemstone of love- sewn in as a special touch, and I felt these pieces spoke to the message I’ve been sharing about these past few months. Love is such a powerful force, and one that can help people when they’re hurting the most; you never know when a simple gesture can make the difference in someone’s day. Kristina Benson, the talented lady behind the leggings, has combined her passion of art and fitness to create wearable art that becomes a part of your personal journey. The ones I’m wearing are the Surrender leggings. I didn’t realize there was a special meaning behind them until I spoke more with Kristina about them and how this design represented letting go and being at peace. Without knowing it, I had made my selection based on where I was emotionally: trying to let go of some things and move on, to be at peace with things I had been struggling with. All of her designs have a story behind them and they’re as beautiful as they are comfortable to wear.
And if that water bottle from Free Reign looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same one I received on my yoga retreat this Fall (see here and here for more). The founder, Melanie, suffers from chronic pain and is helping to spread the word about not suffering in silence, to have compassion, and to be open about your journey. This lady, her message, and her products have a special place in my heart for very personal reasons and I’m so grateful to have met her. Individuals like this are the positive change we so need in this world and she helped me earlier this year as I worked through some very personal challenges. Mint & Birch is another brand I’ve loved for a long time, and Jessica’s beautiful pieces are all handmade by this talented mama. This bar necklace is a custom piece that says Live Laugh Love in Latin. When she asked me what I wanted, I knew I wanted something I would wear everyday as a reminder for what’s important to me, to represent the journey I’d been on this year. She hand- stamps her pieces, making each one unique and one of a kind, and I love that she pours her heart into her work.
And finally, Built for This Baby is a program I’m excited to share about, helping women to find their inner strength through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. I attended one of Georgia’s workshops this Fall and learnt so much about how my well being and emotional state was much more than what was going on outside of myself- nutrition, sleep, and self care all play in a role- and she reminded me of that. It can be hard, but we can’t forget about ourselves; we have to be advocates for ourselves as well as those we care for. Through yoga, conversation, and guidance from this woman of many talents, I reflected on my journey through motherhood and how it has impacted me, how it affects all women differently. You don’t have to be a new mom to appreciate this program and I am grateful programs like this exist to help us feel connected with ourselves and others as we embrace all that life throws at us, especially when it can feel like we’re losing ourselves trying to keep up with everything.
So now you can see why I fell in love with each of these amazing collaborators and the people behind them. There are so many individuals working to do good in this world, to help us move through life the best way we can, and to be ok when things don’t go smoothly. It’s a journey we’re all on together, and you can’t forget about yourself along the way. This has been a big learning curve for me this year, and I feel like it’s one many others are going through as well. Feeling loved, recognized, and having your feelings acknowledged can make such a difference when you feel overwhelmed. I hope to carry into 2017 with this new- found wisdom and build on what this year started and that you’ll enjoy some exciting things with me and the blog in the new year. This isn’t the last post of the year, but it’s one close to my heart, and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did putting it together.
So what’s up for grabs for one of you lucky readers?
– LOVE tee from Try on Love
– water bottle from Free Reign
– $40 towards a cuff bracelet from Mint & Birch
– 1- on- 1 nutritional consultation with Georgia of Built for this Baby
– plus all readers can enjoy 25% off a pair of leggings from Kristina Benson Art with code LEGGINGS 2538
Enter below and enjoy making time for YOU in 2017! Thank you to everyone who has supported TPB so far including you, my readers, and the amazing brands I’ve been able to work with.
OXOX KP
Instagram: @akanekondophoto
Instagram: @tryonlove
Instagram: @kristinabensonart
Instagram: @thefreereignlife
Facebook: Free Reign
Instagram: @mintandbirch
Facebook: Mint and Birch
Instagram: @builtforthisbaby
December 6, 2016
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Don’t Go to Bed with Your Makeup On! {Review}

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Two weeks ago I teamed up with Ciny & Kaite from Rodan & Fields to share 5 Skincare Tips, and #5- never go to bed with your makeup on, is something I’ve been guilty of a lot lately. Oops. I know it’s not good for my skin and I have no excuses, I’m really just being lazy at the end of the day And I definitely notice the difference when I skip removing my makeup. My skin feels less than fresh the next day and it’s texture goes from smooth and soft to broken out and bumpy. Not so great.
I tend to wear lighter/ more natural makeup, but that’s still not an excuse to skip washing my face and caring for my skin. But still, I’ll totally admit most nights I’m just too tired to spend the few extra minutes to go through my skincare routine. When I was chatting with Kaite and Cindy about this as we organized our collaborations, they mentioned a product perfect for those nights when you’re feeling lazy, but know you shouldn’t go to bed with your makeup on: Rodan & Field’s Eye Cloths. Even though they’re formulated to remove things like eye liner and mascara, the ladies suggested trying them on my whole face and putting them to the test, so I did just that. In the photos below you’ll see before & after photos- I removed the makeup from the left side of my face to show the difference- plus what the cloth looked like after removing the makeup from just one side (put it this way: it was a good reminder why I shouldn’t be lazy with this part of my beauty routine!). See my review of the R&F Eye Cloths below.
My makeup routine: I use a little bit of concealer to even out skin tone, mineral powder and bronzer, plus a highlighter on my skin; mascara & sometimes eyeshadow for my eyes; and brow pencil to fill in my eyebrows. 

The eye cloths come in packs of 30 and are recommended for use after cleansing your face. To test and show how well they worked, I skipped cleansing before I used mine.


On the left side of my face I started by removing my eye makeup, making sure to remove all of my mascara (my favourite item in my makeup bag! 😉 ), then used the cloth to wipe off the rest of the makeup on my skin on that side of my face. The cloth was soft on my skin and I didn’t have to work hard for it to work effectively. I was grateful for this since I find the skin around my eyes can be quite sensitive.
This is the first ‘after’ photo- if you look closely you can see that the skin on the left side of my face is slightly lighter (bye bye bronzer!) and the length of my eyelashes is different on each side with the mascara removed from the left side.

A closer view of my skin & eyes sans makeup

This is what the cloth looked like after cleaning off just the left side of my face…

... and here’s another view so you can really see what the cloth removed. I can see why my skin isn’t so healthy after a few lazy nights with my skincare routine.

The Eye Cloths from Rodan & Fields claim to be dual- purpose, helping to reduce signs of aging as well as removing makeup. While I didn’t address that aspect with this review, I was really happy with how they worked when it came to removing my makeup. I appreciated how gentle they are while being strong enough to remove everything from mineral powder to mascara. When I rubbed the cloth over my eye there was no irritation or stinging as I’ve experienced with other products, and they didn’t irritate the sensitive skin around my eyes. The rest of my skin felt clean and fresh, and I loved how quick and simple the cloth made removing my makeup. After using, you don’t rinse with water, simply follow up with a moisturizer and/ or eye cream. For full product details, see this page on the R&F website. If you have any questions about the product reviewed in this post or are curious about R&F, see contact info below to get in touch with Cindy & Kaite.

Want healthier, happier skin this Fall (+ year- round)? See this post with 5 tips from Kaite & Cindy.


About Rodan + Fields
Rodan + Fields offers dermatology- inspired skincare from the founding ladies behind Proactive. The company offers full- face solutions and strives to help it’s consumers find the products containing the right ingredients for their skin type to create a regimen suited to their skincare needs. 
About Kaite & Cindy
This two- lady team each came to work with R + F for different reasons: Cindy, a mother of 3 was looking for help with her tired, dull, and wrinkling skin. With a daughter in need of 24- hour care, Cindy’s skin reflected the stress in her life and she found R + F after complimenting a friend who had struggled with acne for some time; when she discovered the quality of the products, and how effective they were, she decided to pursue R + F professionally herself. Kaite on the other hand hadn’t struggled with skincare issues (except maybe enjoying a little too much time in the sun!), but became interested after hearing about the company from Cindy. After learning about R + F, it’s products, and speaking with Cindy, Kaite decided to team up with her to help others find solutions for their skincare needs. For both ladies, working with R + F has been transformative, allowing them to find solutions for their own skin, help others with their needs, and pursuing careers they enjoy in the process.
To learn more about R + F, and to find products suited to your skincare needs, get in touch with Kaite & Cindy:

Click here to visit their R + F page

Find them on social media:
Facebook: Rodan + Fields Trailblazers
Instagram: @loveyourskin3
November 18, 2016
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5 Skincare Tips for Fall (+ Year Round)

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Well ladies, its’ officially Fall (in case you hadn’t noticed), and with it comes the cooler days, more time cozying up inside, and braving the elements when you step outside. It can be an interesting time of the year when it comes to caring for your skin and I thought it would be a good time to share some simple tips to help keep your skin healthy and happy. I wanted to get advice from a source that really is on top of the skincare game and has some simple tips that will work for everyone, so I’ve teamed up with two consultants from Rodan + Fields, Kaite and Cindy, to get your skincare regimen set for the season. And really, these tips are good year- round to help you keep your skin looking it’s best (I just need to follow this advice more myself now too, especially #5- guilty!).

Here are Kaite and Cindy’s 5 tips for Fall (and year- round) skincare:

Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. With some good daily habits and the right products, you can transform your skin and really put your best face forward. These 5 tips are easy to incorporate into your existing routine, or serve as a great foundation to help you start taking better care of your skin. 

1. Exfoliate. This helps remove those dead skin cells, increasing skin turnover which slows down as we age, and allows a new layer of fresh skin to surface.
2. Drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated.
3. Protect your face & skin from the sun. Wearing a moisturizer with SPF (like Rodan + Fields daily moisturizers) can help protect your skin from the harming rays of the sun year- round (SPF’s not just in Summer ladies!).

4. Speaking of moisturizers… Use a good one! Don’t underestimate what a good- quality moisturizer can do for your skin. Find one that is suitable for your skin type and needs, and don’t be afraid to splurge a little, better quality ingredients make a big difference.

5. Never go to bed with your makeup on! Even if you can’t bring yourself to follow a full skincare regimen, make sure you use a product like Rodan + Fields Eye Cloths to remove all of the build up on your skin; think things like dirt, sweat, and other environmental elements that come into contact with your skin.

Still have questions about the best way to care for your unique skin’s needs and find something that works for you? Let us help you develop a skincare regimen customized for you. See our contact info below. If you’d like to try a mini facial, get in touch and we’ll send you everything you need!

What do you do to care for your skin? Do you have a full- out routine or keep it pretty simple? Thank you to Kaite & Cindy sharing these tips to help us looking & feeling our best!

About Rodan + Fields
Rodan + Fields offers dermatology- inspired skincare from the founding ladies behind Proactive. The company offers full- face solutions and strives to help it’s consumers find the products containing the right ingredients for their skin type to create a regimen suited to their skincare needs. 
About Kaite & Cindy
This two- lady team each came to work with R + F for different reasons: Cindy, a mother of 3 was looking for help with her tired, dull, and wrinkling skin. With a daughter in need of 24- hour care, Cindy’s skin reflected the stress in her life and she found R + F after complimenting a friend who had struggled with acne for some time; when she discovered the quality of the products, and how effective they were, she decided to pursue R + F professionally herself. Kaite on the other hand hadn’t struggled with skincare issues (except maybe enjoying a little too much time in the sun!), but became interested after hearing about the company from Cindy. After learning about R + F, it’s products, and speaking with Cindy, Kaite decided to team up with her to help others find solutions for their skincare needs. For both ladies, working with R + F has been transformative, allowing them to find solutions for their own skin, help others with their needs, and pursuing careers they enjoy in the process.
To learn more about R + F, and to find products suited to your skincare needs, get in touch with Kaite & Cindy:

Click here to visit their R + F page

Find them on social media:
Facebook: Rodan + Fields Trailblazers
Instagram: @loveyourskin3
November 3, 2016
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You’re Built for this Baby!

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This year, I have tried to make fitness more a part of my weekly routine and yoga has become a big part of my efforts. I’ve recently been going beyond my at- home practice and going to different classes and trying out new poses. About a month ago I heard about Built For This Baby, a pre and postpartum wellness program launching this Fall that incorporates yoga and holistic nutrition to help women prepare for birth and to help them recover after. Even though Liam is a year and a half, I learnt from the founder, Georgia, that it goes beyond the baby and toddler years when it comes to our body’s recovery: the six years after giving birth pose an interesting challenge to our health and bodies as we focus on others and generally have less time (and sleep!) to care for our own needs. 
I had never thought about a timeline after having kids for our minds and bodies to re- settle, to return (somewhat) to their pre- baby selves; I always thought it was something we did in our own good time. But of course, we never completely return to our pre- baby bodies or minds, we’re forever changed, but making sure that change is healthy and that we don’t forget to look out for our own health and well- being is key, both physically and mentally. And let’s face it, it’s a phase in life when we have very little time and energy to do so (who else has asked themselves: do I eat or do I sleep?). So when I had the chance to attend Georgia’s program I was curious to hear what suggestions she had for those years (not just months) post- pregnancy for us ladies to fit in to our daily routines to help us keep our energy up, our minds at peace, and our bodies feeling good. 
We enjoyed a few hours sipping herbal tea, learning simple yoga poses, hearing sleeping tips from Rock A Baby Guru, learning about our unique nutritional needs post- baby (have you heard of adrenal fatigue? Google it, I bet you’ll be able to relate), how we can find time- even just a few minutes- for self care in this busy phase of life, and enjoying some nutrition- packed smoothies and lunch from The Juice Truck. I came away feeling more relaxed and informed on easy ways to keep tabs on my health and energy. It can sometimes sound like one more thing on the to- do list to take care of ourselves when there’s so much else that needs doing, but simply making sure we grab a quick, healthy snack while we race out the door can make a difference (think a handful of nuts instead of a drive- through item). I know I’ve made excuses in the past, and I’m trying to remember that small choices, small changes, can all lead to a big difference overall. 

If you’re curious about the Built For This Baby program, you’ll find more details below and on their website. You can also find more information on their Facebook page
Thank you Georgia for such a wonderful time and best of luck as you launch this wonderful new program!
About Built For this Baby
Built
For This Baby (B4TB) is a mindset and a movement created to empower women all
over the world to feel confident about their birthing stories, pre and post
experience. The movement is intended to start and foster healthy global
conversations about inherent wisdom in birthing. B4TB encompasses a web-series
program where women globally can learn together about intuitive birthing
online.  B4TB will launch, “Yoga For Your Belly™”, plant-based nutrition
for pregnancy and postpartum, lead by Georgia Morley in the fall of 2016.
  • The B4TB program
    will launch its first pillar, Yoga For Your Belly™, in fall 2016.
  • The
    pre-recorded Yoga For Your belly ™ video will be 1.5 hours long.  The
    session provides valuable assets in nutritional coaching for plant based
    pregnancy and postpartum and is available for download direct from the
    B4TB website.  Assets include:  The Yoga For Your Belly™ plant-based
    pregnancy/postpartum  recipe e-book, a guided workbook, and valuable
    printable protocols and practices to easily implement into everyday life.
  • The Yoga For
    Your Belly™ app for iOS offers plant based recipes, nutritional tips for
    pregnancy and postpartum, equivalent Kent lists and grocery list making
    capabilities for optimal-proactive nutrition. The app will be available on
    IOS for $3.99.  The app will launch new bundles bi-annually.
  • Under the B4TB
    umbrella, Georgia Morley will also be launching a cookbook Nov. 2017
    titled, Yoga for Your Belly™. This cookbook features recipes and lifestyle
    guidance for effortless nutrition during pregnancy and postpartum.
  • In 2017
    additional video sessions will be available for purchase to B4TB
    participants:
·      
The
Birth Map: vision, and intention work for pregnancy and postpartum
·      
You
Are A Maven Warrior: winning at career and motherhood with balanced hormones
and an exuberant sense of self.
 About
Georgia Morley, Founder of Built For This Baby
Georgia Morley is a Certified Doula,
Holistic Nutritionist/classically trained Chef and Registered Yoga Instructor.
She has been involved in projects such as the very successful Heirloom
Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver and has worked as a private consult
nutritionist/chef to the likes of Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks Hockey) and
Chip Wilson (Founder of Lululemon). Her years of knowledge as a holistic
nutritionist and chef offer new and important ways to eat during pregnancy,
holistically and with intention; eliminating struggles with anemia, diabetes
and preeclampsia to name a few. Her work as a yoga instructor is what brings
the triumvirate of food, body and heart to one crossroad.
Georgia’s
journey into empowering women with their birthing experiences came from her own
experience of childbirth. While on one hand she felt very out of control and
without choice, on the other she had never felt more powerful in her life. She
recalls that for a few brief moments while birthing her son, she saw and felt a
connection to that which is most tenacious, loving, trusting and courageous –
that which was completely within her. She has subsequently committed
herself to supporting women everywhere to help them feel ready to birth their
babies and to choose differently, without judgment of themselves.  
Through
B4TB, Georgia aims to reshape the conversation about birthing away from how
painful it was, but instead to how empowered they felt and how it changed their
lives – not just because they became a mother but also because it allowed them
to better connect with themselves, as women.

October 27, 2016
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F*ck Perfect: Why I’m ‘Good Enough’ and Proud of It

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Last week I called one of my friends on the verge of losing it with Ari. I was edgy, my patience was gone, and I was gritting my teeth. I had reached my limit. I wasn’t being the Mom I wanted to be; I was grumpy and stressed out, and it was starting to slip through the cracks for my child to see. My friend, being the amazing person that she is, calmed me down, gave me the advice I was so desperately seeking, and reminded me that we all go through this, that it’s ok to not always feel like we’ve got our sh*t together. In those moments though, it can be hard to remind yourself of that, to remember that we all have moments when we’re not the Mom or the person we want/ like to be, but that’s ok. To that friend: thank you, you helped me in a moment of raw, vulnerable frustration.

In the past few months I’ve gone through a personal journey. I spent a few months exploring some pretty deep, personal things and am now coming out of the experience feeling solid again; changed, reflective, and content as I move forward. It’s strange trying to describe what I went through, but the best way I can is that I was combing through a variety of things I had pushed to the back of my mind. Tucking these things away was something I did thinking it was for the better, to help me stay strong, not realizing that I was actually setting myself up for a pretty rough experience when they all came tumbling out of the places I’d put them away.

I’ve come to terms with a few things and recognized some things about myself that couldn’t have come from happy, pretty emotions; I had to be open and honest with myself, allow myself to feel pain and be vulnerable, in order to emerge stronger. I shared about some of this a little while ago (you can read about it in this post) and now that I’m feeling more like my usual self, the one who can see the upside to this messy, painful experience, I wanted to talk a little more about it. Not because it’s pretty and has a happy ending tied up with a bow, but because we need to be real and honest about ourselves and our experiences- especially in a world where we see pretty snapshots everyday that show only a fraction of what’s really going on. A close friend of mine and I were chatting recently about how we don’t hear enough about the tough stuff, the real, raw moments that are as much a part of our days as the few snippets of highlights we see online. Well here I am openly saying: I wasn’t ok, life didn’t feel good for a while, and it was a really raw experience. But that’s ok. We are built to experience a range of emotions, and sometimes we just have to allow ourselves to explore them. 

It took me a while to share about the topic here again, mostly because I didn’t have the energy to try until now, to try and sum things up in a few paragraphs. It was an intense few months spent reflecting on many aspects of my life and I wanted to give it the time and focus necessary to properly sort through everything. And in those moments, you’re not thinking about sharing them, you’re just trying to get through. It’s not until you’ve come through something that you may be able to share about it. I’m grateful for the life I have and the people in it, but I had to take a step back and look at a few things in order to understand why I suddenly felt like I’d been flipped upside down emotionally. One of things that I called into question was how I was performing in my various roles: as a mom, as a wife, as a friend, as a person. Was I the version I strived to be or a hot mess? Or some combination of the two? Was I- am I- good enough? And on that note: what’s within my control vs what isn’t? (and that, I think is a key thing to think about). 
To give you a little background info into what led up to this whole thing: after reaching a solid place with Ari’s health towards the end of the Summer, it was like my mind realized I could relax a little and went whoomf! I fell down hard. I was emotionally exhausted. Burnt out. Looking back over the months and even the past two years, I can see the cracks forming, understand how I reached burn out, but it wasn’t until I hit the bottom and climbed back out that I could see everything clearly. I’d given of myself for so long, not knowing when (or if) the end was in sight, so I kept pushing forwards, stubborn in my efforts to find some sort of answer. And as Moms, wives, women, people, isn’t that what we do- we fight until we are satisfied? Ari getting some good news with her health was an amazing, positive milestone that I’d been waiting for, working for, for so long. So why did I fall apart then???

I think the best answer I can give is this: I’d been so busy, so focused, that I hadn’t looked around me and realized what I was doing to myself (there were some other things that contributed to my stress, but her health and finding answers was a major factor). The same friend who offered me sage advice last week with Ari is also one of the friends I confided in over the past few months as I sorted through my broken thoughts and emotions, pulling myself back together (and to her and the other amazing women I am blessed to call friends THANK YOU. You know who you are and you’ve helped me more than you can ever know). After what seems like months of serious internal reflection- well, 3 months I guess- I’ve come to peace with a few things, and one of them is this: good enough is just that. It’s good enough. Without realizing it, I had been striving for things to be a certain way and was exhausting myself trying to reach an impossible goal. Even though perfect isn’t necessarily the right word to apply to this, I guess I can admit that I had a certain idea of ‘perfect’ built up in my head and I was crumbling under the pressure I put on myself trying to attain it. Even when I knew something was impossible I would stubbornly reject it and try to find a way around it. And this way of thinking, of being, was toxic. Out of everything I learned over the past 3 months, this is what I really wanted to share, because I think it’s an ongoing challenge we all face in our own ways:

Good enough means trying. It means doing what you can, when you can. It doesn’t mean you’re lazy or not good enough. It doesn’t mean if you don’t get everything done, the way you want, when you want, that you’ve failed. Not reaching perfection- whatever that means to you- doesn’t mean you or what you’ve done isn’t good enough. You tried. That’s good enough. Perfect doesn’t exist. It just doesn’t. It’s impossible. Accept it, move on, and be at peace. Stop worrying about the things you don’t have, the things you didn’t do and be present and appreciate the things (and people) you do. That, in it’s own beautiful, messy, imperfect way, is actually perfect for you, you just may not always look at it that way. 
What I feel I’ve come to peace with, what I’m focusing on, since this emotional adventure pulled the rug out from under me and shook me up in my 28 year old boots is just that: acceptance and being content with good enough. Perfection is a myth; we can drive ourselves crazy trying so hard at so many things that all we end up doing is draining and harming ourselves. We put invisible pressures on ourselves all the time without even realizing it, on top of all the ones we’re aware of, that we have to face out of necessity as grown ups (yay for adulting!). But why? To impress who? And really, are you happier because you exhausted yourself trying to do one more thing instead of being satisfied with what you’ve achieved?
To end this post, what I want to say is this: that you, me, we are doing just fine. We’re good enough. F*ck perfection and the pressures and stress it puts on us, it’s way more fun being our crazy, imperfect selves. To everyone reading this, whether you’re in a good place, a vulnerable place, or somewhere in between, cheers to you and this crazy journey called life that we’re on. Let’s make it a good one.
…Did I make my point? 😉
October 18, 2016
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Yoga Expo Highlights

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Who made it out to the Yoga Expo last weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre? There was a great variety of exhibitors with everything from apparel and accessories to healthy snacks up for grabs plus free unlimited yoga over the two- day event. It was a good start for this yoga- everything event in Vancouver and I hope next year that it’s even bigger- especially since Vancouver is such a health and yoga- loving place. It’s the perfect location for such an event and I hope organizers bring it back in 2017. Vancouver is known for one big brand in particular, but there is so much more to the city when it comes to it’s yoga culture and community. 
I loved checking out some of the brands at the event and trying out aerial yoga (think acrobatic silks meets yoga) and came home after splurging on a few things- picking up some new leggings from My Inner Fire on sale pretty much made my day! Yoga has become a special part of my life and I loved chatting with others who are passionate about it as well. There’s way more to this world full of mind- bending poses than I used to think and I’m loving learning all about it. See below for some highlights and info about the event (plus my shopping haul! 😉 ).
I may have splurged a little… 😉
These beauties are made from reclaimed saries- how pretty would these be for a Winter vacation?

This was such a blast: trying out aerial yoga with Tantra Fitness! I’ve never tried anything like this before and I think I might sign up for a class- who wants to join me???

There was a great variety of brands at the event and I love me some retail therapy! 😉

Brands/ Companies shown (top to bottom):
S’Well | Hemm Fit


The Yoga Expo is held at various venues throughout North America, with the Vancouver event being the first 2- day Yoga Expo (how awesome is that?!). The events feature unlimited yoga and meditation programs, local and sustainable food to try, live music throughout the duration of the event, and a yoga marketplace so you can load up on everything you need. All levels of experience are able to sign up for the classes suited to their abilities, all you have to bring is your mat and dress in suitable workout wear. For full event details, including upcoming locations, visit the Yoga Expo website.
October 8, 2016
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On Feeling Broken

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I’m not really sure how to start this post, so I’m just going to jump right in…
A few weeks ago, I hit a wall and things came crashing down. Hard. Painfully hard. I felt like an emotional mess, someone I didn’t recognize. My usual outlook got pushed aside and replaced with a nagging feeling of anxiety, like I’d lost the ability to see all the good around me and could only see the flaws. I felt lost, overwhelmed, and broken. I wasn’t myself. I’m usually someone who tries to look at the positive and focus on the good things, who likes to laugh at dirty jokes and be a little bit cheeky; generally I just like to try and make things as fun as possible, regardless of what else might be going on. We’ve got one life to live, and I want to live it to the fullest. And for whatever reason, a few weeks ago I suddenly lost that person and struggled to regain that outlook. I haven’t felt like that since Ari was a newborn and it was a messy, emotional week, one with a lot of soul searching. I had lost me.
During that time I carried on, telling myself if I smiled, laughed, and continued on as if things felt normal, that they would once again feel that way inside. And to some extent, it worked. But I faltered. A lot. And I just couldn’t pick myself up without help. So I did what I’ve done in the past to help work through such things: I talked about it. I looked to the tribe of people I’m lucky to have in this life and they helped me regain balance. I talked about things with Will, and my Mum, and I confided in some close friends who I knew I could talk to without fear of judgement. It’s rarely easy to talk about the tough stuff, and speaking about it then and sharing about it now, it’s still a little intimidating, but I think it’s important that we are honest with ourselves and each other, and share about these experiences. We have to work through things, our emotions, not ignore them.
It was being able to do this and the love and encouragement I received that helped me push through the wave of emotions I’d been struggling with and come up for fresh air. I still feel like I’m working through things a little, but I’ve bounced back enough to feel like I can now share about it here and continue to move forward the best way I know how: smiling, and laughing, and savouring the good while moving past the bad. Life isn’t perfect, it isn’t tied up with a neat bow, there are curveballs and really, it’s one helluva roller coaster ride. And I wouldn’t expect any less. But sometimes things catch up with us and we have to fight a little harder to get through things. And as much as I don’t enjoy feeling that way, I have to admit that I think it’s healthy to explore those emotions. We can’t be happy all the time, even if we want to. That’s not to say we shouldn’t try and make the best of things, but we have a range of emotions for a reason, and I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be happy when sometimes all we want and need is to let off steam, have a cry, or work through things. 
I like to think I’m a pretty honest person, who wears her heart on her sleeve and doesn’t shy away from talking about the tough stuff. Sharing about this today, I hope it shows that it’s ok to not always feel wonderful; to feel like you’re struggling, or just simply going through a tough time. We’re encouraged to talk about these things, but still all too often we don’t in fear of judgement. While we’re breaking it down, there is still a stigma about mental health and it will never go away if we don’t have the courage to address it. So here I am, trying to do just that. 
I’m an advocate for taking care of yourself and yet I’m just as guilty of forgetting to do this. One of the things I’ve neglected for so long is exercise, despite knowing it’s integral for a healthy life and a healthy mind. I’d been slowly making half- hearted efforts this year, but I hadn’t really made it as much of a priority as I really wanted. This experience hit me across the face as a reminder that I have to make time for my own health, both mentally and physically. Out of all of this mess, I regained a focus and a drive to really start making time to exercise. I’ve been running and doing yoga, plus actually trying out the tips that have been shared by Irina in the blog’s fitness series. It started out as a little test, to see if I could actually get my act together and get into a routine, and so far I’m 3 weeks in and I’m enjoying the little challenges I set for myself, but also the difference I feel and see. For the first time in years I swam 3k this morning. I don’t know the last time I was able to do something like that and I credit these past few weeks for being able to achieve this goal. Out of all the negative, messy emotions I suffered through a few weeks ago, having something so positive come out of it has been a big part of the healing process, of finding myself again.
I don’t know what kind of a reaction this post will get. But what I hope for is that it shows that it’s ok to admit defeat, to ask for help, and to surround yourself with a tribe of people who enrich your life. We all have bad days, bad weeks, bad periods of time and it’s important to acknowledge how you feel and do some soul searching and confide in those you trust. To those friends and family who helped me get through this and put a big, goofy smile back on my face, thank you. You will never know how much you helped. And to those of you who feel lost or sad or broken, you are not alone and I hope this proves that.
I started this blog hoping to share openly and honestly about life. I love that it allows me to do some amazing things and meet some amazing people. It has been a blessing in my life in a way I could have never imagined. It’s an outlet, a hobby, a job, and so much more. But it’s also a place where I hope to always share about real life. I enjoy the creative challenges I get to explore, and often this blog is a pick- me- up or a distraction when I’m having a bad day and I pour myself into it. On my bad days this blog and it’s social networks are my outlet, where I can share things that have brought joy into my life and I hope will do the same for you. But in doing so, I hope to never appear fake or like someone I’m not; I post favourite moments in a day, experiences, (and wine!) etc in my attempts to focus on the good, the funny, the silly, and the WTF moments because that’s the mix that makes me happy and hopefully brings readers something to enjoy as well. I hope today’s post shows that happiness doesn’t always just ‘happen’, that it can take effort, and sometimes you’ve just got to make your own. Thank you for your ongoing love and support, I’m blessed to do what I do here.
<3 KP
August 10, 2016
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