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?
Crow pose has been one of my favorite yoga poses for quite a long time and I think that it's because it represents balance so well.* . While it looks intimidating, with the right balance it becomes easier. I'm the same way with life in general. I can try really hard to cram in perfection but stress myself out with it OR I can go for balance. . I'd rather be balanced than perfect. I'll do yoga but listen to hip hop while I do it instead of kirtan music. I'll run for my health but eat chips for a snack later. I'll meditate with a glass of wine. BALANCE. And #halfassedzen. . What's your favorite balance example? . (*Okay it's also my favorite pose because it makes me look like a badass. Modesty and pride. Still balance.)
When you feel that Monday vibe creeping up on you like a giant wave... . I need a two day work week and five day weekend. . I also need to go back in time and prevent the INSANE sunburn I got at the beach on Sunday. Everything hurts and my lips look like a bad collagen experiment. . What's your best sunburn remedy? Hit me!
Starting my morning slowly is a big help towards easing into my day. I got a lift downtown this morning so instead of heading straight into the bustle with my coffee, I found a quiet corner to drink it while looking over notes from Helene Sula's free Instagram workshop - #InstaSecretsWorkshop. . I feel less stressed already. . My a.m. starts with a medium dark roast with one milk and one sugar. How do you take your morning coffee (or tea)?
End of a Monday - a still life. After a long day I came home, ditched the dressy clothes in favor of shorts and a t-shirt, poured a glass of wine, and headed out on to the beautiful flowering deck full of bees to chat with my husband. . All in all it wasn't a horrendous day. It had a rocky start but it worked out just fine in the end. . How was your Monday?
I'm having a bit of a rough Monday so I'm doing a little throwback to Saturday night when I was hanging out with George while he grilled up some sausages for supper. The weather was great, we were having some laughs, and I definitely felt better than I do today. . Also, approximately three minutes after I took this, I saved a bumblebee with some honey dissolved in water, so that was pretty cool too. . Happy Monday!
Last Saturday I had a gathering for my birthday and it was a ton of fun. Today is also fun because I have zero plans for today so I've been enjoying the sun out on my deck and reading. . My life does well with the right balance between activity and downtime. . How is your Saturday going?
Hands down, summer is my favorite season. I love the sun, the heat, the beach days, and the deck nights. Now that I live near the ocean, I don't even mind the humidity. . I could live with a lot more summer and way less winter. . What's your favorite season? . (I laid down in the dirt to get this shot. Worth it.)
Back at work today but wishing I was still at home, enjoying the day with this nutjob and the rest of my family. Even when we're all doing our own separate things, I love just being at home with everyone. . Ah well, at least it's FriYay and I can enjoy the weekend soon!
Generally it's true that I don't do mornings, at least not well. I'm the queen of five more minutes until I have to rush out of bed. . But one my one and only vacation day of the whole damn summer, you'd better believe I'm outside on my deck with a coffee, enjoying the morning.
Your end of weekend meditation. . Breathe in, breathe out, let go.
Yesterday was my birthday and I turned 43. So many people - women especially - freak out about getting older. It doesn't bother me at all. I freakin LOVE birthdays! . Besides it beats the alternative. Getting older means I'm still alive. 😉 . Today I will tidy up the house for a small party with family, friends, and a BBQ. And wine, of course. 🍷 . Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is amazing.
Filed under: Things I'd rather be doing instead of working.
Today when I woke up I was already stressing about tomorrow. It was so stupid. All my worry and anxiety was ruining this moment right now. . So in the same way that putting a cranky toddler in a bath soothes them, I went to the lake and let it relax me. . A little sun (okay, a lot of sun according to my shoulders) and a bit of swimming left me remembering to be here NOW instead of lost in fears of tomorrow. . One hour of swimming left me with a whole day of peace. . Where did you find your Now? . Tag a friend who may be stressed about the days to come!
I can not tell a lie. I love a good long weekend, especially in the summer. Usually I spend my Sunday prepping for the work week but we all have tomorrow off so I get to relax. Ahhh. I did some cleaning while listening to a @me_and_orla podcast and did some thinking about how to spend my birthday weekend next week (!!!). . How did you spend your Sunday?
I'm growing Truffula Trees in my front garden. I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
I've recently seen a few posts with an image quote that says life always gives us a second chance, and that it's called tomorrow. The problem with that is that we don't actually know we get another tomorrow. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. . Life DOES always give us a second chance though - it's This Moment. Every moment is a second chance. This moment is the perfect opportunity to breathe deeply, to say sorry, to forgive, to walk away, to step up, to do what is right. . Take your second chance whenever you need it. Don't ever wait for tomorrow when you have Right Now. . What will you do with your Right Now?
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. - Rainer Maria Rilke . I completely agree. The ocean does this for me every single time without fail. How about you?
Even in the post-rain fog, the waterfront is beautiful and a source of serenity. . That goes for you too. Even in times of chaos, life is beautiful - YOU are beautiful - and you can always find serenity.
Meditation mantra for your Tuesday mental break.
I wish it was still the weekend so I could be hanging out with this guy and the kids. Mondays blow but we had a nice weekend!
From last night's nice end-of-a-long-ass-week 6K run. Regaining the strength I lost when I took a run break isn't easy but it'd always worth it. . I think I need news shoes soon though. I feel like my current ones are at the end of their lifespan and are just about ready for retirement. . Seeing as how I went to bed at 2 am and it's been raining all day I'm really glad I went last night!
Yes I DO have my pajamas ready for this evening and they're going on as soon as I'm done my post-run shower.
You can't find peace outside of yourself. It's always inside. However, sometimes the external world can help you find your way in. . The water is always a conduit for me to journey inside so that I can pull out the peace that chases away the stress and anxiety. . What is one of yours?
Monday again?! No matter how hard I try to ditch it, this day always manages to catch up to me.
Ahhh. One of my favorite things about warm sunny days is starting my morning off with a coffee on the deck. . Alas this is from yesterday morning. I wish I could time travel back there right now. Drinking my dark roast at my desk tomorrow will not quite be the same.
A nice little post-work 5K to celebrate Global Running Day - I'm so glad to be back to a point where I WANT to run again. . Tonight even included several hills. I think I will repeat the route regularly to rebuild my strength. Go hamstrings and glutes! . Did you run today too?
Last night the skies opened up for a torrential downpour. When it was all over, we were treated to this beautiful rainbow. . Nature is pretty amazing.
Yesterday after work I went out for a little run to see if I could get my groove back. Yep, got it! . I wasn't sure how far I would go but settled on 5K. I felt like I could go farther when I was done but didn't want to re-injure myself so I stopped there. . In an effort to find my joy in running again I left the Garmin behind and set my app to only cue me for distance and not for pace. I basically just went by feel instead of numbers and it felt SO GREAT. . At one point I even said out loud, I can't believe I thought I was done with running. Turns out I just needed a break. . In the end, I got home and was surprised I had finished my 5K in 33 minutes - considering how long a break I took, that was unexpected. Guess running by feel can be a good thing.
We are truly stronger together. Lift each other up. No one's light has ever shone brighter by diminishing someone else's light. . Stop letting society pit you against each other. Let's have each other's back.
Back in April I challenged myself to do yoga for 21 straight days, even if it was just a quick Sun Salutation, just to get back in the habit. Today marks 41 consecutive days. . It's good to have it back. ❤
Words of wisdom right? Go forth and be non-shitty today. You will make the world a better place.
Apparently this is what 5 am looks like sometimes. These are the moments when I really wish I was a morning person who gets up with sun for no particular reason. There is something so beautiful and peaceful about the world when most people are still sleeping. . Alas I am seriously NOT a morning person, at least not that early. Maybe one day. In the meantime, night owls unite! Zzz. . (📷 taken last week when we actually had nice clear skies)
So it had been awhile but after volunteering at the #bluenosemarathon today (hence the Giv'er Crew shirt) I found my mojo again. . Came home and went for a 2.15 km run with my 11 year old just to test out my shin. . Verdict - shin felt just fine! Cardio strength is off but it always comes back with time. In the meantime 2ish km is a good starting point and Breanna enjoyed running with me too. . I hope it sticks. I sure missed this.
It's a beautiful hot sunny day in #Halifax and I'm wishing I was outside by the water instead of in my office. 😭 . BUT it's the long weekend and the weather's looking good for outdoor time. I'm not running in the Bluenose this year but will downtown by 6:30 am on Sunday to hand out water and cheer for all the runners. . What are your weekend plans?
With my two beautiful girls last night after a wonderful Mother's Day. My husband was sick as a dog so they did just about everything for me. It ended up being a great girls' day. 💖💖💖
Three cheers for pulling up all the dead stuff in the front and back yards. Now there's lots of space for new things to grow. My hostas are springing forth (this box around the front tree will be a massive explosion of them in a month or so) and the lily of the valley plants near my front window are already getting pretty big. . I don't have much of a green thumb but these pretty much take care of themselves. I love my wee yards.
I have been meditating for 130 consecutive days. Some days it's a few minutes, sometimes 15 or 20 minutes. Sometimes I am sitting on my bed, sometimes I am sitting on the bus. . Either way, it has been consistent and meaningful. And it is helping so much. . How often do you meditate?
So the sunrise today was nothing short of EPIC. I really only intended to slip into the bathroom and then go back to bed but I took one look out the window and quickly found myself on the back deck in my pajamas because this much beauty needed to be captured. . These are the moments that make me want to be a morning person. But I am not so then I DID go back to bed. 😂
Finishing off this #starwarsday with some bedside water in the only cup that would be acceptable. (Not pictured - my Dark Side jogging pants.) . #maythe4thbewithyou - always.
All I need is 3 deep breaths, 2 blessings to count, and 1 moment to be here now. - Rebekah Borucki, of @bexlife . I return to that quote time and time again. Some days it makes all the difference in my life. . Tell me one of your favorite quotes.
I may not be running but right now I am okay with that. I'm injured anyway but it's well timed in the sense that due to an utter lack of motivation or desire I really don't miss it. . Rekindling my yoga practice has been amazing though. Today will be day 9 of daily yoga. Sometimes I do full sessions of 20+ minutes, other times it's some gentle bedtime twists and pigeon poses before sleep but all of it is helping me physically and mentally. . Happy Monday!
Today's mental health excursion led us to explore some of the trails at Long Lake Provincial Park. Even though we've driven past it countless times we never went until today. . I definitely want to go back again. Once you're in there you'd never know you were in the city. . We spent about an hour roaming around but next time I'd like to go with a picnic and spend more time. There's so much to see; we could've spent a ridiculous amount of time skipping rocks even. . Bonus: Dogs EVERYWHERE! 💖 . Sundays can be hard but being out in the fresh air and nature helps so much with everything. What did you do to alleviate stress today?
Not gonna lie. Lazy Saturdays are the best Saturdays. Since Running and I are officially on a Ross and Rachel break, I'm totally enjoying some extra snuggle time with my fuzzy blanket, a dark roast, and a great book. . I'm reading The Handmaid's Tale for the first time ever, and while it is amazing, it is also FREAKING ME OUT. . What are you currently reading?
Yoga, meditation, candle aromatherapy, and red wine. . Because it's called balance. . TGIF! What do you have going on?
Throwback to my now-11-year-old daughter meditating by the beach on a chilly day. . She is a chronic worrier. I don't really worry, so my anxiety is different from hers but meditation helps either one of us. . If a young child can learn to meditate and feel the benefits then you can too!. . I meditate daily and have been having such epic Chakra meditations lately that I feel a blog post and possible video coming on! . What would you like meditation to help you with?
The cure for anything is salt water: Sweat, tears, or the sea. - Isak Dinesen . That has long been one of my favorite quotes. All three salt water methods are completely valid. The sea is my favorite though.