So I mentioned recently that I had started a new job. In other great news, it's going so well that I'm now working from home. Today's my first day in my home office and I'm already so excited about the lack of a public transit commute that I'm practically floating on the ceiling. . My youngest was under the weather and stayed home, so since I was only starting at 10 am I went back to bed until 9, made myself a coffee that didn't cost me $2, I'm dressed in yoga pants, and I'm now enjoying lunch on the deck. At the same time, I have a lot of integrity when working from home so I have plowed through a bunch of work. This is amazing. (And seriously with no commute I gain an hour and a half of my life back!) . How do you feel about working from home? Not everyone loves it but I sure do. How about you? . 📷 Paul Mason
When I get off the bus I have a ten minute walk to work. On my way I noticed a long stone wall in front of a house with one lone tulip standing tall enough to peep over it. . It caught my eye and I look at it every day now. I can't even say why it makes me happy, it just does. Maybe it sends me a message about doing tour own thing and not being afraid to stand out and be vulnerable. . What little thing makes you inexplicably happy?
The world lost such a beam of light yesterday when the amazing Anthony Bourdain took his own life. Such a tragedy. . A lot of people have shared suicide prevention hotlines and that's amazing. It can help save a life and you can call them if you have concerns about a loved one and need guidance too. . But I'd like to offer up another suggestion. If you are not suicidal but you're worried about someone else who may be, don't wait for them to come to you or hope they'll dial a 1-800 line. The truth is, in the darkness it can be really hard to find your way to a helping hand. Because depression is a dirty liar and will tell you not to bother. . Instead, reach out yourself. Speak to the friend who has been struggling. Talk to the friend who seems like they've always got their shit together no matter how tough things get because sometimes people are really good at hiding behind the I'm okay! mask. . And ask people how they are, no how they REALLY are. Then listen. You don't have to solve everyone's problems. But listen and care. We need to care. . Mental illness needs to be de-stigmatized. It is no more shameful than a physical illness. We need to be open and we all need to know we have someone to count on. . Let's all stand in the light together and shine that light on anyone trapped in darkness.
So I thought I should share some news. You may have noticed I haven't posted to Instagram all that much lately. I didn't really intend to take such a long break but let me tell you why I did. . Back In May I resigned from the job I'd held for 7 years in order to take on a new role and a new challenge elsewhere. Hence why I have been so quiet here on IG - I've been training and training and training. Honestly, by the time I get home my brain is so fried that I just didn't have much left for social media. A quick Facebook post or tweet isn't as time consuming as taking a good photo, editing, writing a caption, etc. . Training is winding down now though and I'm meant to start actually working next week so hopefully I will have more time to visit and hang out on my favorite app! . I'm very excited about my new job even though change can be scary. I'm looking forward to actually digging in and working soon! . What's new with you? Do you enjoy and embrace change? Or do you resist it because it's scary and uncertain?
Current mood. I've been listening to binaural beats for anxiety lately and it's been helping me so much. There's a whole science behind the frequencies affecting your brain and I love it. . I've been listening to them for 10-15 minutes per day using the Brainwaves app (this is not sponsored) and I've noticed a real difference. . Have you tried it yet?
When you just don't want to let go of the weekend yet so you sip some Shiraz in the sun and wish for summer vacation. . #whp🌲 Did you get outside on this Earth Day weekend?
It is currently pouring rain and the forecast says to expect more of the same into the next week or so. . Meh. Rainy days are important but they always just make me want to curl up on the couch with a book, a blanket, and a cup of tea. Ah well, work says I do indeed have to leave the house. . So here's a Friday Flashback photo to a day when it was sunny and lovely down by the water. I'll just pretend that's my reality today instead. . Where do you wish you were right now?
My body is at work but my brain is at the beach. . I had a mini panic attack on the bus today but I needed to get to work so I put on a guided meditation with my phone and closed my eyes and pictured the beach. The ocean always helps. . It's a little better in person but an imaginary beach is still pretty good. . What do you like to visualize when you meditate? I like picturing the forest too but beaches are usually my go-to.
I've seen some photos people have shared lately of trees covered in beautiful white blossoms. Well, our trees are white too - just that it's snow and not flowers. 😒 . Yes. Yes, it IS April 9th today. Why do you ask? . I'm still hoping for a ridiculously amazing summer. Eventually. . How was your weekend?
I just finished reading Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane so this feels like an appropriate photo today. . I've never read anything by him before (gasp, I know) but had always meant to. It was so friggin amazing that I can't wait to read more, as soon as I finish up my current books I have from the library. It's been awhile since I read something where the description was so vivid that I forgot where I was because my imagination was standing right inside the book. . What are you reading right now? Next up for me is Nights of the Living Dead, an anthology of short zombie stories!
Water heals me every time. I've been sick at home the past two days but I wish I could've walked and sat by the water - I know it would have been beneficial. . Instead I slept, and ate soup, and read, and did some very gentle yoga, and I think all of that helped because I'm finally feeling human again. . What always makes you feel better?
Hey guys! Look! It's spring! . From now on I do not want to see anything white on the ground unless it's sand or the white foam of crashing waves. Okay? Thanks. . In other news who else is relieved it's almost the weekend?
Oh you know, just drinking a bit of coffee and indulging in denial over the fact that my vacation week is coming to a close! 😭☕ . What are you up to for your Friday evening?
We had a nor'easter with such insanely high winds the other day that part of our fence blew down. Now the snow is mostly melted and I walked to my mailbox in running shoes because it's like spring. . I'm off for March break this week and I can't believe it's already Thursday. Trust me the week NEVER flies by this fast during a work week. . Anyone know how I can slow time down? I'm not ready for this to be over so soon!
If you tell people you're on vacation they often ask if you're going anywhere. I'm not gonna lie, I would love to be on a sunny beach in the Dominican, working on my rusty Spanish skills. . But I also love a good quiet staycation which is what I'm enjoying right now. We may go to the library or to see a movie but mostly we're just laying low and enjoying a whole week with no school and no work. . What's your favorite thing to do on staycation?
Do you ever feel like you're the only person left in the whole world? . (Until you get on the bus and remember That Yes, there are TONS of other people and they're all sneezing and coughing around you. Sigh.)
Yesterday my biggest girl who is 15 had eye surgery. Again. For the 3rd time. This recovery has been the hardest one of all for her. . I am so grateful I could book a specially authorized vacation day yesterday (technically there was no availability but my manager is great). I am grateful that I was able to call in today with no pushback after she asked me to stay home with her. I am grateful that my workplace understand the importance of work life balance. . I still wish I worked for myself and could stay home with her again until she's fully recovered. But for now I am grateful.
D is for Daydream. I know it's not even the end of February but I'm daydreaming of sunny days outside with a glass of wine. . What are you dreaming of? #scenefromtheceiling . (Huge huge shout out to @allthatisshe for inspiring me and even more for encouraging me on Twitter to try something new.)
Halifax remembered that winter in Canada = snow. I didn't mind too much. It did mess up some of our plans but I shoveled and took yoga pictures in the snow, cleaned the bedroom, and relaxed so it wasn't all bad. . Plus there's really nothing like a cup of green tea after pushing 5-10 cm of snow out of your driveway. . Do you have snow in your area right now?
Not many things are better than a weekend. Except a long weekend. I am SO grateful for three days off work. . I have a fantastic mix of mini plans, total relaxation, and creative endeavors in store. Now it's Saturday night and I'm waiting on a late supper while pondering whether to watch a movie or read tonight or maybe start season 2 of The Crown. The best part is I still have two whole days ahead of me. . What are you up to this weekend?
I don't feel like I need a special day to tell someone that I love them but since it IS Valentine's day I will say that I love him more every single day. I will never take for granted all the amazing things he does for me or for our family or the sacrifices that he has made for everyone else's benefit. And believe me there's a LOT. . It's been an adventure since day one and I am so lucky.
I've been craving noodles a lot lately so George bought a variety of Ramen noodle packs so I could have them whenever I'm in that chopstick-y mood. This time I went for a spicy-ish option and although theyvwerent as hot as I might have wanted they were definitely tasty! . Never underestimate how much it means when your husband shows up with exactly what you need just because he was paying attention. #whpwithlove . What's your favorite ramen flavor?
Wondering how much longer it will be before I can enjoy a coffee outside on a warm sunny day again. . How are you spending this fine Saturday?
Last night I closed the living room blinds to snowfall and went upstairs with some tea and a book. By the time I put my head down I could hear rain hitting the windows and winds gusting down the street. . Then this morning I woke up to above freezing temperatures and bare ground. . (And if you check my stories you'll see I walked into a surprise snowfall after getting off the bus; not 15 minutes later it seems to have stopped.) . I am a self proclaimed fan of slow living. Right now I want to slow down to the point of hibernation until this all settles the eff down. . Who's with me?
Winter here is weird. This photo I took after a storm is what you'd generally expect to see. Meanwhile today we have a forecast of snow, then dropping temperatures, then freezing rain, then warming temperatures, then straight rain, and finally potential flooding. Also maybe locusts and plagues and the rapture. I don't know. . Now excuse me. If you need me I'll be over here with my eyes closed, fantasizing about a beach in Bali. . What's your weather been doing lately?
Here's to a Tuesday that feels a lot like a Monday, by far the longest of all days. I feel like this would taste better at home on my couch. 😉 . (This post is not sponsored by @starbucks but I wish it was!) . Coffee or tea? What's your favorite?
I swear to God, this is how cold it feels to me right now. I'm so happy I had a nice lazy Sunday that involved blankets and space heaters and tea. And blogging too! New post up at busyzenlife.com or link in profile. . What's your favorite thing about winter?
I wasn't a big fan of the color pink for a really long time. Maybe it's a side effect of being born a girl and wearing way too much pink as a child. . Over the past couple of years though, it's been growing on me. I have a preference for bright pinks and you can spot it in my favorite winter hat and my new lipstick. . What's your favorite color? . (My daughter is freaked out by this cinemagraph lol) #whpillusion
I was 15 when I had my first panic attack. I had no idea what was wrong with me. My parents took me to our family doctor and I then saw an ENT and a neurologist. Not one of them knew what was going on. I had a clean bill of physical health - no one thought to look at my mental health. No one told me I had an anxiety disorder. . It went away after grade 10 was over and my stress lessened. It resurfaced at age 24 and has not left my side since. . Running and yoga help a lot. Essential oils, meditation, and self care help. I've recently discovered Tapping (EFT) and that's been great. . But my anxiety disorder with panic attacks has not disappeared and likely never will. It's been my faithful companion for almost two decades. . The thing that has helped the most has been talking. I used to hide it from just about everyone. You'll still be hard pressed to tell I'm having an attack unless I tell you. But I don't hide my anxiety disorder any more. I talk about it and write about it. . It feels good to talk and I'm happy to listen too. The best part is when I started talking others talked back and I quickly learned I was not alone. It can be isolating, so knowing I have company helps so much. . If you need to talk I will listen. Fuck the stigma. #BellLetsTalk
I'm going to open a café and serve a new drink. I'm calling it a Snowpaccino. What do you think? . Last night and into today Halifax got a bunch of snow and then some freezing rain, and we may get some extra snow tonight but I'm not sure because I don't want to look at the forecast. 🙈 . The kids had a snow day and I did not but at least I made it safely into work and back. . I wish it was the weekend. I'm ready to sleep in. Alas.
Sundays are for peace and quiet. Other than the bit of laundry I need to tackle later, I have nothing in particular to do today. Considering that 40 hours of work loom in the week ahead, I am just fine with a lack of plans. There is nothing like a serene view out my window and a calm day ahead to make me happy. #whpsmile . What are you up to?
Anyone who has known me for more than five minutes knows that I'm 100% a summer girl. But even I have to say that sometimes the snow is beautiful - especially when it's the first real snowfall of the year and it brings big fluffy flakes. . Besides, winter means cute pompom hats and slowing down a little so I guess it's not all bad. . Still. It's almost summer soon right?
The best thing meditation has taught me is that I can get control of myself, my reactions, and even my mood any time that I want to. Depending on what level of panic I'm in it may take longer in some cases than others but it can still be done. . I have a few things on my mind these days that are causing stress and worry in my life and I can spiral so easily into anxiety but sitting and checking in with myself helps so much. . I have regularly found a great deal of peace (or motivation or self-confidence, etc) by using 4 minute meditations from @bexlife. If you struggle with knowing where to start that is a great place to begin. . Have you taken a few minutes to slow down and just follow your breathing and re-center yourself?
A is for Anxiety. . Today I finally had enough of the anxiety that follows me everywhere. I'm even looking forward to work tomorrow (helping with the new training group) and I STILL have anxiety. So I did some of the yoga I learned from @dashamalove way back years ago. . It takes more than just one yoga session to get rid of anxiety but it did relax me and dial it down a few notches. Somewhere along the way I lost my regular practice and I know I need it back in my life. Even a short practice is better than no practice. . And when you use a space heater you can almost pretend you're doing your flow somewhere warm. (The geeky Star Trek socks don't do anything specific for the yoga but they sure are fun!) #whpmystyle
Day 2 of being at home courtesy of illness. I debated hard about going in to avoid burning through my allotted paid sick days. . In the end I decided I felt lousy enough to go back to bed and take one more day. It was a good choice. After more rest, some TV, soup, and steaming green tea it really helped me to heal . . Who knows how I would have felt after a bus commute and 8 hours of work? Now at least the nausea is gone. I'm totally exhausted and heading for bed but I am much better and have a calm tummy again. Whew. . What do you like to watch when you're sick on the couch? I'm partial to daytime talk shows. 😂
Last night during dinner I felt completely run down very abruptly. I couldn't even finish eating (something that is unusual if you know me at all!) because of the nausea that cane with it. I was asleep by 10 pm, awake from midnight to almost 2 am, then asleep again until my alarm at 7 am. . Right away I knew I was calling in sick today. I hate burning through sick days at the beginning of the year but I had dragged myself in way too many times when I was not well so I was not doing it now. . Breanna was also feeling the same way so we both stayed home and rested and ate pea soup which is almost a magical healing pill. . I still feel like crap but I'm glad I took care of myself today. We shall see how things look in the morning.
Tea and meditation are the perfect combination on a Monday night after a really questionable day. If it wasn't for my meditation practice I would lose my mind. . How do you unwind after a long day?
When it's Sunday and you're pretending the weekend isn't over yet so you enjoy a cozy Sunday with candles and tea and yet another new notebook. . It's minus something stupid outside. I'd be happy to repeat this for the next five days and stay warm inside if only I didn't have to work. Why am I not independently wealthy again?? . How was your weekend?
Between my new calendar, the winter hurricane that knocked out power for most of Nova Scotia last week, and our current -24C (or -11F) weather, I confess I am daydreaming of hot summer days playing in the waves. . Winter is so not my favorite. I can't wait to sit around sweating in the sun again. . What are you daydreaming about?
Last week it was so cold on Thursday that steam was rising off the harbour. I was early and part of me really wanted to go sit in the massage chair in our break lounge (yes really) with a coffee and a book. . In the end the beautiful views called to me. My hands were frozen despite my gloves and I couldn't feel my face but it was worth it. . Winter is my least favorite season but if I can find something fun to do - like taking photos - it's not so bad. Besides, there's really nothing like the vivid blue of a winter sky. . What gets you (willingly) out in the cold winter?
Thank you for a great year! My Instagram #topnine2017 is full of things I need to bring back into 2018 - yoga, running, meditation, and slow living. . Have a very happy and safe new year and may 2018 bring all of us what we need, want, and seek most. . My big resolution is to take back my health. What is yours? #whpresolutions
It has been COLD across Canada the past couple of days. I know people generally tend to think of it as a cold country anyway but it's been excessive - some parts of my country have been colder than MARS. That is too much. . On the other hand it's new years eve and a brand new year looms ahead. I'm spending the day wrapped up in a blanket, drinking tea, and trying to finish one more book before 2018. Then tonight we enjoy our tradition of eating way too many appetizers while watching the festivities from New York City. . I also create my resolutions for the year. I am aiming for better health as my primary goal. #WHPresolutions . What's your weather like right now? Will it change how you spend New Year's Eve?
Merry Christmas from our house to yours. I hope your day is full of love, light, and laughs. . Now for a brief holiday nap on the couch so I make it through the day! . #whpcelebrate
Is it just me or is there something under my Christmas tree that doesn't quite fit in? . We've had rats for a couple of year - the pet kind, not the sewer kind. Last Friday (8th) we lost our older rat after she lost her fight against a tumor. It never gets easier to say goodbye to your pets. . This little girl is a little lonely so we got her a friend but they need to be kept apart for quarantine purposes first. In the meantime we try our best to keep her entertained and happy. . I've had cats, dogs, hamsters, fish, gerbils, and a guinea pig but I do adore rats - they're so smart. . Do you have pets?
Waiting on my tea to steep so I can sit down and work on some writing. I've been jotting down some ideas and I'm ready to start to actually flesh them out properly. . In other news, how is it Sunday evening already?! Sigh. If two weekdays flew by as fast as the weekend does... . What would you do tomorrow if you could extend your weekend by just one more day? . #whpclassic
Saturday night with a little wine, some beautiful Christmas lights, and some belly laughs with the Comedy channel. It was a stressful week but this was a damn good day with a combination of tidying, new gadgets, family time, and chilling. . I hope your Saturday was as good as mine? . (Yes, my wine glass says Blood of my Enemies lol...)
I know it's FriYay and that alone should add some high energy to my day and my mood but honestly I am super tired so I need to push some artificial energy into my veins with a bit of coffee. Some days that cup I drink is like a lifeline! . I've been trying a new habit of working on my blog for 30 minutes every day and it has worked well (new post is up, link in bio!) but it's shifting my bedtime a little too late, hence the TIRED. I need to figure out how to work this. . Do you work on the things you love at night or before starting your day?
I feel like this is the longest week that has ever existed. It isn't a bad week exactly, but I'm really tired and a little stressed out so I will be really happy to walk in my front door on Friday evening. . Meanwhile I'm going to hope that this quote that I found on the street holds true. . Do you find compensation in all things? I'm working on it.
We had a rainy, dreary day here in Halifax today. That kind of weather immediately makes me want to put on a warm onesie and lounge in my recliner with a blanket, some tea, and a good book. Unfortunately, seeing as how it's Wednesday, I kind of had to go to work. . The bright side is we're halfway through the week and Saturday is calling for similar conditions so I may just have myself a lazy but cozy weekend! . (And yes I know there's a certain irony to choosing to live in a Maritime city when you can't stand the rain...) . Do you hate the rain as much as I do or are you one of those weirdos who enjoys it? 😉☔
The sun trying to escape the clouds is kind of like my attempts to pry myself out of bed this morning. It’s just so hard to escape the cozy blankets when I know it's cold outside. . I made it though. But only because I knew I could put on a nice warm sweater. . It's almost summer again, right? RIGHT?
Monday mornings are hard for me, as I'm sure they are for many people. I tend to wake up with my heart pounding with anxiety and the Friday evening kick off feels so far away. It helped me so much that I managed to catch an early bus and the traffic gods were with me, so I had time to take my coffee for a little walk. I'm doing my best to carry all that ocean water in my heart today. . What nice thing did you/could you do for yourself today?
My living room became far more festive this weekend. In a proper Christmas miracle, I got all the lights connected and functioning in one shot with no cursing. . Once that was done I put on the fireplace channel and played a Christmas playlist while we decorated. . I am not a fan of holiday shit all over the stores on November 1st but at this point in the year I transition from a Grinch to a cheer-filled nut in love with twinkling lights and carols playing. . I hope your weekend was merry and bright! #whpinspired
I wish this was what I was doing right now but alas it is a memory from last night. I love when everything is done for the day and I can make some tea, grab my book, and hop under the covers to wind down. This time of year it feels like this is all I ever want to do when it's cold and dark. . Unfortunately for me I'm currently wearing pants with a button and zipper instead of cozy pajamas, and I'm at work instead of under my collection of blankets. At least I have coffee AND I'm off on Friday. Two more days! . This book is pretty entertaining so far, having a lot of trouble putting it down! What are you reading? My to-read pile is never too big!
If you don't know me well you may not know that I'm quite the big zombie fan. I wasn't always, I thought they were slow and boring - I mean sure, walking corpses are creepy and all but they shuffled about and never seemed scary. Then I saw the remake of Night of the Living Dead and it all changed. . Now The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows, I seek out zombie movies often, and I can get into pretty animated discussions about surviving a zombie apocalypse (yet I'd probably die early on if I'm being honest with myself). . This whole wooded area and the fog in the background made me feel like any second some undead creature was going to grab for me. . Tell me some sort of random fact about you!
This weekend has flown by so fast. We had a full house because we had a birthday party with nine guests, then three of the girls stayed for a sleepover. I guess all the excitement and busy-ness sped time up. . Right now one girl is gone and the other two will be picked up soon, and I'm fully expecting Breanna to fall asleep on the couch later - she always does because of course sleepovers don't often involve a lot of sleep (apparently they got four hours; I got about an hour more than they did, zzz). . In the meantime I'm entertaining the idea of a second coffee and making myself a ham, cheese, and egg panini for brunch. First I have to energize myself enough to get out of my comfy chair. . Happy Sunday! What's been the best part of your weekend?
I needed to move my legs just a little before sitting on my ass all day at work; I didn't have a ton of time but I did have enough to bus down to the terminal and walk briskly back to the office via the waterfront. It was quite a pretty day out there! . What's your weather doing these days? Like Ned Stark once said, winter is coming. . #whplikealocal
There's something so strange about that feeling of time dragging on. This week has felt twice as long as usual - at least. . However there is a lot to be said about the days where you can get downtown early enough to grab a waterfront walk and a leisurely coffee before work starts. Funny how time doesn't seem so sluggish when you're taking a few moments for yourself. 😉 . If you had some time before work, how would you use it?
I don't know who trekked into the woods and hung up a random bird house but I love it! . I was off yesterday so I feel like it's Monday more than Tuesday. The big problem is I feel a lot of Monday anxiety too. I need my brain to understand it can stop with the heart palpitations and all that nonsense. . Anxiety isn't very rational is it? 😂
Last night my husband had to take our oldest to the emergency room at the children's hospital. Today we are celebrating our youngest turning 12 years old. There is no shortage of excitement, to say the least. . They didn't get back from the hospital until almost 3 am but I had booked today off anyway so I was able to take my not-so-little-one to school and then come back home to sleep a couple of hours which helped. . I love random vacation days, especially when they help me NOT have to deal with crazy Mondays. Bonus if it means not having to deal with crazy Mondays on almost no sleep! . Hope your Monday has some bright moments among the chaos that always comes with the start of a new week! . . . #in2nature #simplethingsmadebeautiful #simplicityfound #todaysgoodthing #thatsdarling #thatauthenticfeeling #wonderfulautumn #impressionsofautumn #makelightautumn #alittlebeautyeveryday #smallmomentsofcalm #thewildnesstonic #outsideculture #quietinthewild #natureonthepage #gatherandcurate #searchwandercollect #postitfortheaesthetic #bloomandgrowtogether #bloomandgrow #photosinbetween #myunicornlife #abmlifeiscolorful #ihavethisthingwithcolor