Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday #findthelight

This is not today but this is where we will be.  There is no fog this morning, the skies are clear and the air is brisk.  Woke up and it was -7 C which is still remarkably cold for the west coast.  It has warmed up to -4 and hopefully when we hit the trail it will be a tad warmer.  The question is what to wear on the feet?  The last time we walked on the trail it was covered with fresh snow.  Took us twice as long to cover the same distance.  

I love Saturdays.  The best part of the day is waking up to no alarm.  One day that will be my life.  This is a strong motivator for doing my side hustle.  More time freedom.  What do you love about Saturdays?  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Gratitudes

  1. Epic near miss on black ice early in the week.  I hit nothing and nothing hit me.
  2. Blue skies and sunshine for most of the week.
  3. The Whole30 community on instagram 
  4. Conversation with my daughter
  5. Solid business team and company
It was a doozy of a week. I am not generally one of those people who longs for the weekend but today I was thankful it was Friday.  It is supposed to warm up this weekend; which means the skating rink we call our street will finally melt.  We are on day 5 of Whole 30.  Our Friday date night pizza was replaced with steak, garlic green beans and mushrooms, and mashed cauliflower.  We ate well.  This is my second round of Whole 30 and once again I notice the craving for something little sweet in the evening.  And today I did not bring enough lunch.... but I survived.  We have our meals planned out which is a huge key to success.  We  plan on eating the same things next week; may change up one night.  I made mayo and it turned out fantastic.  So that there is a major success!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Gratitudes

  1.  4 WD on my Jeep 
  2.  the bullet journal community
  3. rye toast - as we about to embark on another round of Whole30
  4. one strand of mini lights in a jar so that the loss of the Christmas tree is not so drastic 
  5. friends who take photos and send them to me (photo above by Victoria Jordan)
Guys.  It is Friday.  Going into a busy and exciting weekend.  My company is releasing a new product and implementing some changes and we are starting the Whole30 on Monday.  So Sunday will be a day of food prep and time to finish putting all the decorations away.  It is also Theophany - and one of my favourite services is held by the river.  What are you doing this weekend?  

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year - starting a Bullet Journal

Happy New Year!  We were fortunate to spend some time walking one of our favourite places in Langley:  Nathan Creek.  The landscape was transformed into something extraordinary by the snow.  The light was different and we were one of the few people who ventured onto the path so the energy expelled was good.  

I was able to set up some journal pages - going to give the Bullet Journal system a try.  It is a commitment and definitely a new system.  But, it appeals to me and so I will put in the effort.  I am hopeful that it will help me maintain some order to my life this year as I have plans that need to be executed in a timely fashion.

Do you use a bullet journal?  Do you have any advice for me?  

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Day 31 Remembering 2016 #findthelight

Day 31 Word of the Year 

I am posting a month's worth of prompts to focus my attention and reflect on the year of 2016.  Won't you join me here and/ or on Facebook, I would love some company.

My word for 2017 is DECISIVE

It was a bit of toss up this year - back and forth I went but, I believe this is the year that decisions have to be made and made quickly.  Everything I have read about successful people is that they learn to make decisions and then act upon them.  This is what needs to happen this year.  Make a decision and then get busy.  

Some of things that I want to focus on:  read a book of fiction once every two months ...I devour non fiction books but, I want to increase the creative impact to my life so I committing to read at the minimum 1 novel every other month.

I want to write more:  letters, and blog posts.

I want to take more photos.

Yoga is going to find a place in my life.

Fitness and Finances are my two top priorities.  I start my coaching program at the end of January.  

So many good things to look forward to.  

What is your word for this year? 

Day 30 Remembering 2016 #findthelight

Day 30 If you could recommend one thing to someone, what would it be?  

I am posting a month's worth of prompts to focus my attention and reflect on the year of 2016.  Won't you join me here and/ or on Facebook, I would love some company.

Hmm... well the one thing would be to not give unsolicited advice specific advice to specific individuals is never appreciated unless they are asking... my two 21 year old children have taught me this to me.  My hot tips for living are not really appreciated on an ad lib basis.  Despite my willingness to share my wisdom....learning to zip it up and not share is really a key to moving forward  Learning to ask them if they want to hear my thoughts.... is a far better approach.

But, in general if I were to recommend something to someone.. I would say get up earlier.  I aim to get up at 5:20 on week days.  For the most part I would say I have been successful, and the rewards are amazing.  I know this now.  If I get up at 5:20 there is time to read/ pray / meditate and do some physical activity.... the day unfolds much more efficiently and my demeanor and spirit is prepared.  If the thought of 5:20 is too much... get up a half hour earlier and spend some time with your journal / planner/ or just sit in the silence.  For real.  It is life changing.

Day 29 Remembering 2016 #findthelight

Day 29 Most favourite pair of footwear?  

I am posting a month's worth of prompts to focus my attention and reflect on the year of 2016.  Won't you join me here and/ or on Facebook, I would love some company.

Easy.   My trusted Blundstones... although they did not accompany on the most epic trip to the Maritimes they are definitely are my favourite pair of shoes...I think I have owned my current pair at least 6 years for sure... They are worn and beaten and probably not quite acceptable for the office... but I have been stretching the envelope this winter with all the snow and wet weather... so a new pair might be on the horizon ... this would be the only new thing I am going to buy for the first 6 months of 2017.  

Part of the plan for 2017 is to reuse and recycle; use what I have - make a few things,, so no new clothing purchases for 6 months.. this should not actually be that difficult for me because I an not really a shopper.  That is someone else in my life...but, I also fully expect resistance to rise up and I am ready for it.