Trying to calm the Sunday Jitters aka the pre-Mondsy Blues by making a few lists for myself. Included are some organized hashtags to use, some photo ideas that I have, and some gratitudes to keep it real. I'm also enjoying some amazing essential oils that keep anxiety at bay. . One gratitude right now is that last night we had my in-laws and some friends and family over for a turkey dinner. Yes, a turkey dinner in August! My in-laws live in Montreal and are never here for Christmas or Thanksgiving so we did it now while they're here! . Gratitude is contagious. Tell me one thing you're grateful for right now!
On the weekend I love drinking coffee on the back deck. It's been harder to manage lately what with all the rainy weekends. . I tried but it just didn't really work out. 😂 . What's the weather like where you are? // #busyzenlife
I haven't been running regularly at all this summer and I have the stress levels to prove it. Naturally I picked one of the hottest and most humid days to get back out there. . For the first time in my life I ended up pulling my shirt off mid-run to see if it would actually make a difference. Hello #sportsbrasquad - and yes it DID help because without a tank top the air could hit my skin and cool me down. I think I'm a convert. . I have to say though, I felt SO self-conscious running like that even if it felt better. It's a weird feeling but if it's that gross out next run I will do it again. . Just a 5K to get me started but I'm ready to start training again. I have the Food Run and the #grvr in October and plans for 2018. Giddy-up!
I never knew I wanted a pastel spray painted bicycle to hold flowers until I saw this one while out and about. And well, now I know that I want one. . My grandmother put an old toilet outside and filled it with flowers so really, a blue bicycle planter is not that weird. . What do you think? Yes or no to unique flower settings? // #busyzenlife
Coffee and planning on a quiet start to a Sunday. I try not to let myself stress out over the end of the weekend but it's not always easy so I make sure to get some Me Time in. . (And of course it's also Game of Thrones night so that's always helpful! It's hard to feel down when you're traveling to Westeros later.) . How do you face the week ahead on a Sunday? #busyzenlife
Happy Saturday. Time for some wine and pizza and entertainment. . What are your Saturday night plans? Mine are way more tame than the Saturday nights of my youth! #busyzenlife
It's a rainy Saturday here in Halifax so I did two things. . 1. I slept in, which felt freakin FANTASTIC after too many tired days all week. . 2. I'm looking at pictures from our beach day a few weeks back when the sun was shining and the undertow was impressive. . Now, perhaps, another coffee. ☕ What are you doing this fine Saturday?
Today is my 5 year anniversary of being married to this amazing man. I will never claim to have a perfect marriage but I have a marriage that is full of love, happiness, laughter, companionship, support, and the occasional exasperated sigh. 😉 . I don't even know how we will celebrate yet but it's irrelevant because as long as we're together that's all that really matters - which pretty well sums this entire almost-19-year relationship actually. . ❤💙❤💙❤💙❤
Is it just me? Or does it always feel like the short week post-holiday always passes so slowly? . But it's almost Friday and I can't wait! I'm exhausted from too many late nights and I'm looking forward to sleeping in just a little. . What are you excited about this coming weekend?
Monday was a holiday here in Halifax (Natal Day) so I only have a four day work week. Somehow it just feels better when you wake up on what feels like a Monday but you realize it's already Tuesday. . I spent some time walking around with my camera over the weekend playing tourist in my own city. Halifax has a lot of amazing brightly painted houses on the streets close to the downtown core and I never get tired of looking at them. . I find acting like a tourist in your own area is a great way to keep from getting jaded about where you live. Use your eyes to look around the way you would if you were brand new to the city and you'll have a different appreciation. . I also find it helpful to walk a lot. You will always spot little treasures you'd never even notice from a car window. . Do you play tourist at home too? Tell me where you live! #busyzenlife
It was a really long and hectic week. It ended well when the entire phone network in Atlantic Canada crashed and burned - it made it literally impossible to do our phone-reliant job so we all spent 4+ hours socializing and playing games. Not bad! . But now it's Saturday and I'm enjoying a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon with what's left of the sun before the rain rolls in. . How's your Saturday? . #busyzenlife 🍷busyzenlife.com
I don't mean to sound corny but here it is anyway. Years ago I wanted to move from Montreal to Halifax so badly and sometimes it felt like it would never happen and it would always be just a vacation spot for us. . Then in June 2011 we actually finally did move here and it was so amazing. . Of course eventually the novelty wears off and it just becomes routine and it's suddenly just Home instead of Dream Spot. . Still, I try not to take it for granted. I try to look for little things (or big things) that make me happy here to remind myself that no matter how long it took, I fulfilled a dream. Then I try to remember not to give up on other dreams either - after all, it took me 9 years to get here. Sometimes great things take time. . I went downtown before work to see the Tall Ships that visit us every summer and it was a great nudge to say, hey! This is your home. This beautiful city is yours to see every damn day. . What dream-come-true can you remind yourself of right now?
The little emoji on my wine charm totally sums up how I feel about the weekend being over already. Seriously, how can these two days pass so quickly but your average Monday feels like a week?! . It was a good weekend though. I did a major cleanup on Saturday, then caught up on Snowfall with George, and today I went for a 5K run to shake out the nerves which was followed by an epic BBQ. . Plus tonight I get to travel to Westeros to see what everyone on Game of Thrones is up to. . What was your favorite thing about your weekend?
After what feels like a bit of a long week it's finally Friday! I wish I was at home right now enjoying my yard and relaxing but I'm almost there, I just have to hang on for 6 pm. . It's supposed to rain and I have a grand total of zero plans so I think this calls for some Netflix-and-actual-chill. . I've been watching the show Zoo on Netflix lately and loving it. We're up to episode 9 in season 1 right now. . What have you been clicking next episode on lately?
I've heard from people who are not ocean fans that the whole empty horizon with nothing but a faint line between sky and sea freaks them out. I kind of get it. It looks a little intimidating, especially if you have Thalassophobia, the fear of open water. . For me though, I find it calming and peaceful. Instead of thinking about what lurks beneath the surface, I focus on what I can actually see. At the horizon point there is no chaos and clutter. There is a sky and there is water, and there is nothing else to interrupt it or disturb it or get in the way. . To me, that is relaxing and soothing and exactly what I need to clear my mind of the stresses of the day. I'm so grateful I live so close to the ocean but even on days when I can't get there, at least I can re-live it by looking at pictures to remind me to take one breath at a time and just let go of the chaos. . Do oceans relax you or freak you out a bit?