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
Another Sunday down. We were supposed to take part in the local parade tonight with Breanna's dance studio but it poured rain so although they went forth with it, we said a big no - especially with everyone having been sick to varying degrees the past week. . Instead we stayed cozy, out of the rain, had homemade paninis for supper (so good), and celebrating the last day that Breanna will be 11 years old. I'm off work for her birthday tomorrow and I'm getting ready for The Walking Dead. Can't ask for more from a Sunday! . How was your weekend? Have you been winding down the weekend by being good to yourself?
Now that it gets dark so damn early I find I go through candles like my life depends on it. Having that warm flickering light in my living room makes everything so cozy and comfortable. . I love my living room. Once it's too cold to be out of my deck, it's my favorite place in the house, and where I spend most of my waking time when I'm at home. I'm so grateful for this space. . Which part of your home is your favorite spot? . #WHPthankful
Where I am: at work. Where I wish I was: at home drinking this tea. Not feeling my best but end of year means no paid sick days left for me so I struggle through if I possibly can. At least it's Wednesday AND I got 8.5 hours of sleep without even a single wakeup all night. . I can do this. . Where are you right now as you read this? Work? Home? Elsewhere? (Waiting to see how many admit to being in the bathroom. 😂)
I will always love the ocean as a place to ground me, recharge me, and remind myself I am just a small piece of a bigger picture. . At the same time, the magic of the woods on a sunny day always does the same and it's only a short walk away. . I love knowing there are physical places where I can hit the reset button when I'm stressed out and anxious. . Do you have a place?
Life can be magical in general but it's especially magical when it's a long weekend. I'm really excited about the combo of sleeping in, relaxing, getting stuff done around the house, freelancing, photo taking, chasing the beautiful but short lived November late day light, and did I mention relaxing? More of that, less of the stressing. . I'm thinking of re-watching The Force Awakens in anticipation of The Last Jedi. Plus only half this family has seen it which is unacceptable. . What other movie (not in theatres) would you recommend for my weekend? . #WHPfindthelight
The thing with November is that there are good things and bad things about it. For instance the late afternoon light seems to somehow be more magical than normal. On the down side to that, it happens earlier and earlier. . We just turned our clocks back on the weekend and when I left work at 6 pm yesterday it was already dark. It's a bit discouraging and depressing and it leaves me feeling so tired a lot of the time. . Do you have any tips for beating the darkness of the coming months?
As an adult I find that spending time with my kids is one of the best ways to stay young myself and to see joy and feel curiosity in the otherwise ordinary moments. . I asked Breanna to throw some leaves in the air while I took a burst of photos but when I caught her mid-spinning jump, so overly full of happiness, I knew this was the shot I wanted to hang on to. . May we all have this spirit no matter how old we get. . (I kind of feel like spin jumping myself because it's Friday. Who else is looking forward to the weekend?)
Okay, okay, I know we're into November now, but does that mean we HAVE to stop with the pumpkins? Because seriously, the pumpkins make me happy. I love the color orange and they just look so... I don't know, so NICE. . Another week for the pumpkins okay? Okay good. I'm glad we had we had this talk. . What do you think? Yay or nay to clinging to the pumpkins?
Every time I get a chance to walk around the Historic Properties down by the waterfront, I'm always disappointed that I don't have time to stop for a leisurely coffee. It's really an ideal sipping spot. . One day I really need to do that, maybe the next time I'm not doing the school dropoff. . Do you sit and drink your morning coffee or tea somewhere charming and inspiring or do you grab and go like me?
I wish I was sitting right there with a nice hot tea and a snack and a book, listening to the water. . Why are Mondays so hard? How do you snap yourself out of the Monday Blues? . Link in my profile to a blog post about beating the Monday Blues bit I'd love to hear what you do too.
Where did this weekend go? I can't believe it's already Sunday evening but it was a good weekend at least. I watched all nine episodes of Stranger Things 2 by Saturday night, cleaned up my insane bedroom, nailed my dress for a work event coming up next week, and figured out my Halloween costume. . Now a little wine in my clean bedroom before I head forward to the dinner/shower/week prep/ Walking Dead part of my night. . What was your favorite part of this weekend?
All week long, when I'm at work, I come up with ideas of things if like to write about on my blog. I even jot the ideas down on a scrap of paper. Sometimes I go as far as logging into my blog dashboard, creating a new post with the title, and noting the key points in bullet form; you should see how many posts I have saved as a draft to write later on. . I do all this with the notion that I will write a proper post from these notes later in the evening. . Then I get home around 6:45, relax with my family, eat supper, wash up, prepare lunches, have my shower, and say good night to everyone. I march to my desk with a mug of green tea and ... well, I don't write a thing other than a tweet or two. Instead of writing on my blog I end up reading someone else's posts instead. . Because when I sit down at 9:30 or 10 pm I've been up for 14 or so hours, worked a full day, and my brain is fried. . Tomorrow. I will write it tomorrow. 😂 Not really though! . Can you relate? How do you deal with this writing inertia after working at your 40 hour a week job?
Going for a walk in the woods with my camera made me feel so grounded the other day. I tend to gravitate to the ocean for a mental health break but in all honesty, woods have always worked for me too. . I wish I was there right now, surrounded by trees and fallen leaves. Instead I am at work trying to fight my way through a vertigo attack. Vertigo sucks but I slapped some VapoRub on my forehead and behind my ear, I'm drinking lots of water, and I'm wearing my Sea Bands all in an effort to feel better. . I can make it through this day. . How about you? Are you getting through yours?
Breanna wasn't feeling so hot today so I called into work and stayed home with her. Can't say I minded too much, especially when lunch time rolled around. . For as long as I can remember pea soup has always been my go-to feel-better food. You can have chicken noodle all you want but pea soup is my first choice. . I heated up a nice steaming pot of this magic soup and gave her half, then took the rest. She ate hers with bread. I skipped the bread but loaded mine up with cracked black pepper. . I think she feels much better and even though I wasn't sick I still feel better too. . What's your family's go-to food on an under the weather day?
Catching up with an old childhood favorite on a cozy fall day. I love the woods anyway but when you throw in the beautiful colors of the season and the constant crunch of leaves underfoot it's an irresistible place to be. . Reading and a fall afternoon are a pairing I can enjoy over and over again. #WHPperfectpair . What's your favorite childhood book?
Are you tired of beautiful fall foliage yet? Apologies if you said yes, because I can't get enough! . Yesterday I got a lift to work and I made George pull over to the curb so I could hop out and stand in the middle of the road to catch the sun filtering through these beautiful yellow leaves. . You know you've married the right person when he doesn't even roll his eyes or complain and waits while you snap away even if he can't see what you see until you show him the picture. . I'm not ready for winter yet (ever), but I'm enjoying the coziness of the fall season. . I have plans to go for a walk with my camera later. What's your Saturday plan?
Happy FriYay! Today had an extra good start - I got a drive to work which meant leaving later which meant I had 20 minutes to enjoy the beautiful day out in my backyard. . A relaxed start to the day really makes all the difference. I wish I could be this calm before leaving the house every day! . Are your mornings pretty calm or completely frazzled?
Fields of gold. Autumn has the most beautiful colors and light. . Happy Thursday! Someone I know calls Thursdays Friday Junior which I love since it means I'm one day closer to the weekend. . Speaking of which, I need a quiet weekend like whoa. It won't be this one but hopefully we can plan a nice Saturday with no visitors and a family movie for next week? . I am a big fan of quiet days. I just posted about my defense of being unproductive - link in bio! . What are your thoughts on productivity? Do you feel guilty if you're not always doing something? . #busyzenlife
Today I took the day off. Aside from celebrating my husband's birthday I found some time for some freelance work, a blog post (first draft, not up yet, but soon), and some photos. . Can I have another day off tomorrow again? Please? . What's a great blog you've been enjoying lately?
So I call this pose Shirazana. 😂 I'm super excited on this fine Monday evening because I have tomorrow off! . Sure I still have to get up to get the kids ready for school but other than that, no running to catch a bus for me! . Whew. I'll cheers to that! 🍷 . How was your Monday?
I can never decide which thing I love the most about the fall. Is it the beautiful colors of the leaves? Or is it that amazing crunching sound when you step on them? . I think it's an equal mix of both to be honest. . Which do you love the most? 🍁 🍂#whpmyeveryday
Just a little Throwback Thursday to one year when we went up north of Montreal to stay in a cute little cabin with a group of friends and all the kids. . I love a nice cup of coffee but I especially love a nice cup of coffee outside. Bonus if it's near a lake. . Now that the weather is getting cooler (it was only 4C when I left the house this morning 😨) those outdoor coffee days are numbered but that means I can move on to my second favorite option - coffee as I sit on the couch, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket. ☕ . Which do you prefer?
Every once in awhile I get a little overwhelmed by, well everything and nothing all at the same time. One of my best solutions is to slow down and sit by the water and breathe. . I'm so lucky to work just minutes from the waterfront. This was exactly what I needed this morning. . What's overwhelming you lately? . (Frankly I'm a little overwhelmed that I thought I was wearing black socks until I took this photo and realized they're BLUE omg.)
I will admit one thing - while summer is my favorite season, fall is definitely the prettiest. . The fact that it gets dark early is making me super tired (I went to bed an hour earlier than usual last night!) but colorful leaves wake me up at least a little bit. . Plus, summer always feels busy but fall ushers in a slower approach, don't you think?
Best thing about a long weekend? Not having to rush around in full insanity mode! There's lots of time to enjoy a little breathing room and a bit of tea. I'm grabbing the chance to relax outside now while I still can! . This is my kind of Monday. . What's your favorite kind of tea?
I've had a hard time letting go of summer but I'm starting to settle into fall thanks to good things like pumpkin pie, beautiful leaves crunching underfoot, and amazing soft light. . (Wearing my favorite boots helps too.) . Today we're celebrating Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for my husband, our family, and my laid back life. . What are you grateful for in this beautiful season?
This photo is a bit of a lie because contrary to what my planner says I am actually NOT very busy. I am, in fact, very lazy today. . Later we will have a turkey roasting for our Thanksgiving dinner so eventually I will be very busy eating (and then very busy cleaning up dishes unfortunately), but at this very moment I am reveling in a lazy and very slow day. . Which is exactly how I like my Sundays. Bonus when it's the Sunday of a long weekend too! . What would your planner say if it was accurate? Mine should say lazy AF and probably daydreaming about the zombie apocalypse.
Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now... . I always loved that song, which is good since it will now be stuck in my head all night. . What would you wish for right now?
I've been struggling to post lately because with all the horrible news on TV I just couldn't find it in me to be motivational. . Instead I did some reading both online and offline, worked, did things with my family, and tried to catch up on sleep. I did yoga and meditated and looked at pictures of my favorite beach. . What do you do for yourself when the news around you is awful? What's your favorite way to take care of yourself?
Fall weather has really settled in but at least it's still nice enough for a hot cup of tea on a sunny afternoon. For now at least. It did require a warm hoodie though. . Am I the only one mourning the loss of summer even though I do love fall?
A little Flashback Friday to a foggy day at Peggy's Cove. It felt appropriate since my head feels equally foggy. I can't wait to feel healthy again some day. . Peggy's Cove is often filled with tourists but if you come down in the off season it's not too crowded. I love standing on the rocks - the safe, dry ones as opposed to the slippery dark rocks where rogue waves have been known to sweep visitors out to sea to drown. Staring into the horizon is so soothing and works just like meditation for me. . How is your Friday going?
I can't with the anxiety and stress in my head right now so on October 1st I am going to do at least one round of Sun Salutations every day. If I do more because that one round inspires me to keep going, great. If not, that's fine. . I started my yoga journey by going to YouTube one morning in January 2010. I typed in beginner sun salutation because it was the only term I knew. Up popped a very helpful beginner friendly video from @dashamalove - I did it and kept doing it for days. Eventually I signed up for her 30 day yoga challenge by email. Long before Instagram challenges came along, Dashama was the first one doing it. . Once I completed my month I was hooked. Somehow though, I've gone and lost my way so I'm going to see what happens if I simply go back to the basics and promise myself I will do this one thing every single day for one month. . I'm willing to bet miracles will happen. . Have you ever stopped doing something you knew was really good for you? How did you get that habit back? . #busyzenlife #halfassedzen #meditateeverydamnday