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
I love to spend time with my family but I also love to spend time with each one individually. . I went with my oldest to show her the bus route to get to her high school and we had a nice time touring the grounds and the halls inside. . You can learn a lot if you just shut up once in awhile and listen and spend quiet time with the people you love. . Part of me kind of wished I could go back and start high school all over with adult wisdom but the other part of me is way too tired. . Would you go back if you could do it with the things you know now? #busyzenlife
How is the weekend over already?! 😢 I feel like it just started. . I feel a sore throat coming on courtesy of my oldest daughter, sigh. But some hot tea, a nice snack, and a good sleep should help a lot. . (I may set aside the reading and watch the new Star Trek Discovery series though, not gonna lie. Because Star Trek is also good for a cold!) . What's your favorite cold remedy? I'm all over green tea since I can't do meds! #busyzenlife #halfassedzen #homeisacupoftea
Spending a bit of time getting some freelance work done. My workspace at my day job is a super boring cubicle so I make my desk at home a place that makes me happy. . It may be in the corner of my bedroom but it's a cheerful and cozy corner. And yes, a lava lamp is a work necessity for me. Plus it doubles as a meditation tool! . Add in Domo, Captain Picard, Yoda, and my Harry Potter calendar and it's quite easy to see I am a total nerd. 😂 . What's your favorite thing on your desk? . #busyzenlife #halfassedzen #meditateeverydamnday
TGIF! I am at work but I am having beach flashbacks. Any time I do a visualization meditation I would say 90% of the time I picture the ocean. . (The rest of the time it might be a lake or the woods.) . I really wish I was actually there though. 😦😃🌊 . Do you visualize when you meditate? If you have trouble shutting out the blablabla of your brain, this can be a fun and imagination-filled way to meditate. #busyzenlife #halfassedzen #meditateeverydamnday
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain. - Vivian Greene . Are you waiting or dancing? . #busyzenlife #halfassedzen
Today is one of those days where I wish I could go sit in the woods and hide from life. . I guess that's the thing with anxiety, it's so unpredictable and some days are better than others. Some days - like today - are decidedly NOT better than others. . It will pass. It always does. In the meantime I will make my way through this Monday one breath at a time. As Dory says, just keep swimming, just keep swimming... . Anyone got a joke to share to perk me up? . . . . . #anxietysucks #meditateeverydamnday #findyourzen #findyourbliss #busyzenlife #slowmorning #slowlivingforlife #morningscenes #morningsarehard #morningculture #outsideculture #signsofautumn #signsoffall #aseasonalshift #greatwhitenorth #thecanadiancollective #theslowdowncollective #littlestoriesofmylife #in2nature #thewildnesstonic #quietinthewild #beautifulviews #gritandvirtue #documentyourdays #momentslikethese #ihsavethisthingwithtrees
I don't know how I lived without yoga. I started back in January of 2010. Sometimes I have a daily practice and sometimes I go weeks or months without a single as an a but it has never once failed to make me feel a little better. . My anxiety is off the hook these days and all the slow living in the world can't change it (though slow living IS great for reducing stress!) but I'm going to see if getting back to that daily practice can dial it down a few notches. . Do you use something physical for fighting anxiety? I use running and yoga. What do you use? . . . . . #busyzenlife #beherenow #meditateeverydamnday #yogaanywhere #yogaeverywhere #healingmyself #mentalhealth #mentalbreak
Good morning! I am drinking coffee, journaling, meditating, and basically just trying to enjoy my Sunday instead of caving into the anxiety that tends to creep in the day before the week starts up again. . My girl @bexlife has the best meditations. Short, simple, and full of everything I need for all occasions. This book You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life has saved me over and over again. . And eventually perhaps I will get up. A little yoga would be beneficial today for sure. . How are you prepping for the week ahead? . . . . . #busyzenlife #beherenow #meditateeverydamnday #yogaanywhere #yogaeverywhere #YH4M #todaymycoffee #onmybed #fromabove #slowmorning #slowlivingforlife #slowweekend #hygge #nestandflourish #intentionalliving #quietchaotics #quietthechaos #darlingmovement #lookhowdopemylifeis #photosinbetween #baristadaily #coffeegram #sundayslowdown #coffeenclothes #morningscenes #slowsunday #morningculture #signsofautumn #signsoffall #foreverfaffing
I had a moment of sheer horror when someone mentioned today being Thursday. Luckily it actually Friday - whew. . This week wasn't a bad one by any means but it really has felt long so I'm glad only 8 hours of work separate me from changing into my comfy clothes and enjoying a glass of wine with the full knowledge that the weekend is upon me. . How was your week? . . . . . #busyzenlife #beherenow #happyfriyay #winenot #winelife #fridayfacelessportrait #facelessportrait #fridaynightselfie #wineporn #winelifestyle #slowlivingforlife #slowliving #foreverfaffing #intentionalliving #quietchaotics #quietthechaos #darlingmovement #lookhowdopemylifeis #photosinbetween #darlingweekend #hyggetime #bitsofbuildings #thelifestylecollective #myeverydaymagic #eastcoastlifestyle
Somehow I let my summer slip right on by with only one visit to Queensland Beach back in late July. The lone visit was partly due to not having any time off this summer and partly due to far too many rainy weekends. It really was my intention to go more frequently though. . But my soul needs the beach. I'm hoping we can at least hit one up for some strolling and enjoyment even if it's too cold to swim now. We've been to Crystal Crescent at Thanksgiving and even mid-January before so it's definitely an option. . What did you mean to do this summer but didn't manage? . . . . . #busyzenlife #localtourist #halifax #novascotia #allwhowanderarenotlost #takemetothebeach #fogstagram #landscape_capture #tbt #tbthursday #postcardsfromtheworld #neverstopexploring #theeverygirl #thecanadiancollective #slowlivingforlife #in2nature #quietinthewild #beautifulviews #thisismycommunity #inspiremyinstagram #lookhowdopemylifeis #photosinbetween
Climbing up through Hump Day like... . Seriously though. This week hasn't been too bad so far but wow, that first post-vacation week drags yes? . I'm dealing with my bus commutes by listening to podcasts, especially #hashtagauthentic by @me_and_orla - amazing discussions about Instagram and living as a creative. . What podcast can you recommend for my commute? #morningsarehard #morningculture #morningscenes #mystoryoflight #howihue #explorecanada #imagesofcanada #takethestairs #wednesdaywisdom #theprettycities #inthecity #morningview #morningslikethese #morningsunshine #sunbeams #hygge #sheisnotlost #letsgetlost #simplethingsmadebeautiful ##quietchaotics #quietthechaos #outsideculture #nothingisordinary #postitfortheaesthetic #lookhowdopemylifeis #photosinbetween
The first day back at work after vacation is legit the hardest work day OF ALL TIME. . But I'm here, and I feel good about my outfit & hair, and there is dark roast coffee, so life's not so bad. . It's also the first Monday in forever where I didn't really have much anxiety so I guess my week off really did refresh & recharge me. . What's your morning drink? ☕ . . . . . #adoremycupofcoffee #todaymycoffee #coffeenclothes #coffeeandhands #morningscenes #baristadaily #morningculture #mondaysbelike #mondaymornings #livethelittlethings #liveauthentic #mentalhealth #mentalbreak #healingmyself #thesimpleeveryday #fromabove #lookhowdopemylifeis #photosinbetween #thehappynow
Sunday mornings. . I'm not ready for next week. But it's coming whether I like it or not. Are you ready? . . . . . #slowmorning #currentmood #weekendvibe #weekendvibes #darlingweekend #foreverfaffing #morningscenes #todaymycoffee #baristadaily
Happy Saturday! I'm back to work on Monday (boo, my vacation went by WAY too quickly) so I am spending my weekend just relaxing and enjoying being with my family. Also planning on catching the new episode of the #hashtagauthentic podcast while I do housework. . I'm also glued to the news right now, closely following Hurricane Irma and hoping everyone in its path stays safe. . I really missed my calling and should have been a meteorologist. What about you? Is there a career you think you would have been suited for if you had thought of it sooner? . . . . . . #lookhowdopemylifeis #photosinbetween #travelgirlsgo #busyzenlife #halfassedzen
Taking a bit of time to read what has been the best book of the year for me so far. I am afraid of how hard it will be to find something else to read after this one. . Then it's on to prep work for the kids to go back to school on Thursday. Man, this summer just flew by. . What are you reading right now?
I'm pretty happy about the long weekend but I'm even happier that I'm on vacation too! . Cheers! . In unrelated news, I need suggestions for binge-worthy Netflix shows. What are you watching?
First day of vacation - as relaxed and calm as the Atlantic on a still day. . Spontaneous cousin sleepover last night, pancakes for breakfast, living room dance parties, and no set in stone plans. This works for me. . Tell me what you're doing today! Keeping busy or chillin?
A week of work done, vacation officially underway, and 8 km to kick it off. . I spent the last 3 1/2 days on my feet at work so my legs were wiped for the first 3 km and I found myself out of breath quickly. After that I felt better for the last 5 km - but I was still happy to be done! 😂 . (Not digging the fallen leaves I saw all along the trail though. Too soon!) . Happy long weekend! 🍷 . WHAT ARE YOUR LONG WEEKEND PLANS?? // #halfassedzen
Waiting on vacation like... . I've only got one more day before vacation. I wonder if meditation can make time speed up tomorrow and then slow down for the week ahead. . There must be a mantra for that no? Either way, I plan to find the joy in every single day so that I can fully recharge my much-depleted energy levels. . Who meditated today?
Another Monday down. And not that I'm counting or anything, but only FOUR MORE DAYS until I'm finally on vacation/staycation. . At least I'm on a special project for work from Tuesday afternoon right though until end of day Friday so I'm looking forward to that! . (I'm also looking forward to season 8 of Game of Thrones but that's about eleventy-hundred days away 😭 so we won't go there.) . What are you looking forward to right now?
Anxiety prevention on a high strung Sunday: a little bit of yoga and meditation. And I will distract myself with a visit to Westeros for the Game of Thrones finale, then I will use an essential oil blend, get some sleep, and be just fine tomorrow. . Today has been tough but tomorrow will be better. . What is your favorite anxiety remedy?
Current mood. It's overcast with occasional showers so I'm looking back at our beach day about a month ago and wishing I was floating in the ocean under a sunny sky. (But with proper sunscreen this time...) . Anxiety is kind of high today but at least Game of Thrones is on tonight (season finale already?! 😢😭) and then there are only five days between me and my vacation. Thank God, I've been waiting ALL SUMMER for a week off! . Are you watching the 79 minute episode of GoT tonight too? Someone important is probably going to die since we haven't lost any major lead characters yet and I'm scared! Who do you think is getting offed tonight?
From last night - 6 km (and change) on a Friday night. Here's to the weekend! . You can't tell in the pictures but at a few points it was drizzling just a bit which was nice for not overheating. I also got to chase a rainbow on the way back home. I did not find a pot of gold but I did find a faster pace than last week even with an extra kilometer so I'm improving slowly but surely! . Today I'm just foam rolling and enjoying the back deck. What are you doing?
This week has not been bad by any means but it has been long. Also, today I missed my bus and was 10 minutes late getting to work - it rarely happens so I'm fine but it still stresses me out. . Tonight's plans include an after-work run and some chilling with my family, and the rest of the weekend is currently wide open. Just the way I like it! . Random: I want a pretty orange house! Alas, this is NOT my house. This IS however my Doctors Without Border t-shirt, one of my faves . What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
My in-laws came to visit a few weeks ago and although they stayed elsewhere the kids saw them just about every single day and we saw them a lot too. There were many dinners and BBQs, and laughs. . Sadly we got downtown early this morning to say goodbye to them before they began their long drive back to Montreal. It must have been dusty outside because my eyes felt a bit damp. . A lot of people reacted in horror to hear that my in-laws were here for three full weeks but I am lucky enough to love them and I feel fortunate to have had this time - I only wish it was longer. . Photo taken on one of my visits to see them when I took my camera for a little walk so to speak. Such pretty colors. . Would you live in a pink house?
Well, my clothes are pretty comfy and my dark roast tasted strong. Day is DRAGGING though. Sigh. But 2 out of 3 isn't bad right?
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?