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SBC: Day 11 and 12

11) Make a wish

Like Gracie I don’t believe in sharing your wish, so I’m keeping this one to myself!

12) Favourite quote(s)

“If you don’t like how things are, change it.  You are not a tree.” – Jim Rohn

I actually have part of this (you are not a tree) tattooed on my left wrist.  I love it.  It’s a reminder every day that I’M in charge of my life.  I have a choice.  And as much as sometimes I may feel trapped in a situation, I can always change it.  It’s been two whole years since I got this tattoo, and I still smile every time I look at it.

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(getting inked)

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And pretty much everything else from Rumi.

I think I’m noticing a theme in these quotes…. Transformation, following your heart, taking the risk.  All things I aspire to.

And because sometimes my favourite quotes are lines from a song, I’ll leave you with this:

I believe in the good things coming, coming, coming….

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SBC: Days 5 and 6

I’ve decided that I’m definitely giving myself a pass on the blog every day thing on days that I work a double shift.    Something about 14 straight hours at work makes me feel pretty entitled to taking a pass on pretty much everything else that day.

5) Top five highlights from summer

1. Bali.  Duh.

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2.  Weekly roadtrips to visit someone awesome.

3.  Sunday morning yoga in the park.

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4.  Cottage visits with amazing friends.

5.  Realizing I can pop up into headstand every.single.time.I.try now (this used to feel soooo unachievable)

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6) Six things about fall you’re looking forward to

1.  A trip out east to visit one of my dearest friends.

2.  Starting to work with my very first private yoga client – so exciting!

3.  Hikes through High Park with Kaylee.

4.  Mocassins.  Boots.  Warm socks.  I loooooove being barefoot most of all, but something about fall footwear makes me super happy.

5.  Crisp fall nights.

6.  Cozy comfort foods.  Soups, stews, roasted veggies, pumpkin everything.

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^ That’s all that comes to mind when I think about my grand plans to actually update over here.  

I have simultaneously no excuse and every excuse.  I got home from Bali and jumped right back into life head first: working 50+ erratic hours a week, catching up with friends and family, trying to carve out a bit of time to teach, training for a half marathon (maybe), maintaining my personal yoga practice, keeping up with the house, the dog….life in general.  

I’m not complaining.  My life is very full and I love it, but I do want to make a conscious effort to be present in this space.

So in that vein, I’m taking on a challenge.  Gracie from girl meets life put together a September Blogging Challenge and I’m going to join in!  I think part of my problem is that blogging isn’t part of my daily routine.  And since it’s supposed to take 21 days to create a habit, hopefully this 30 day challenge will really cement it for me.

 

Since I’m already a day behind (old habits die hard….??), I’ll do days 1 and 2 now.

1) Your goal(s) for the month of September

Well, first one is to actually complete this challenge! 

Like I mentioned, I’m sort of training for a half marathon.  By sort of, I mean that I’m hoping to continue training.  I have a long history of running-related injuries, yet I still can’t seem to let it go.  Call me a masochist, but I’m dead set on keeping running in my life.  Next weekend I’m running the Longboat Toronto Island 10k, and I’m hoping to finish in under 50 mins and (more importantly) injury-free.

Yoga-related, I’d like to get back to a longer daily practice.  On busy days, I’ve been doing 15 mins of sun salutations and random stuff and calling it a day.  While this is better than nothing….it’s not great.  And it doesn’t make me happy.  Time on the mat is so precious to me, and really helps my mental state.  Even if it means waking up earlier (which is so painful for me), I’ll spend more time on my practice.  Also, I need to figure out how I’m going to extend my Sunday morning yoga in the park into the colder months.  My (tiny) group of yogis make me really happy and I look forward to it all week, so I definitely want to make it a year-round thing.

Lastly, I want to sneak in a little trip before hockey season starts.  Not because I’m a diehard fan, but because the restaurant I work in gets infinitely more busy during the season, and I need to check-out and get myself mentally prepared for a few days before it hits.

2) Something you’re proud of accomplishing recently

Am I still allowed to say completing my teacher training? It’s been two months, but I’m still riding high on that.

I’m also proud of myself for really being there for some very important people in my life who are going through some tough things.

And on a more trivial note, I’ve been consistently making all my own almond milk and coconut milk yogurt, which has been a longtime goal.

 

See you tomorrow for day 3!

 

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I didn’t really mean to disappear like that! There have been lots of big things going on, on pretty much every level of my life right now.  First off….I’M GOING TO BALI!!!  I was accepted into the yoga teacher training that I applied to and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  And nervous and anxious and excited and pretty much every other feeling you might expect.  The course lasts for the entire month of June at the Pranashama Yoga Institute in Bloo Lagoon Village in Bali.  It looks so beautiful….I can’t wait for my yoga selfies to look like thisImage

Speaking of yoga selfies…I’m still working on the 30 day yoga challenge.  I’ve been (mostly) doing well, and have definitely managed to post each of the poses, just not usually in a timely manner.  Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator. I caught up on days 19 and 20 Image

 

Day 19 was supposed to be King Dancer, but neither my shoulders nor my hips are open enough to get anywhere near the full expression.  Dancer is one of my favourite poses though! I love the heart-opening aspect of it.  Day 20 is an advanced version of camel.  One day my head will rest on my feet…..one day.

I’m also doing well with green smoothie April….as I had hoped I’m finally having a nourishing smoothie every.single.day.

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Even if some days they’re purple.  This one was kale, broccoli stumps (fact: I only like to eat the florets), beets, banana and mixed berries.  Plus the usual Vega, hemp, chia and flax.

I’ll leave you with a typical outtake of Kaylee “helping” me with my yoga challenge

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As I mentioned, I was in this crazy motivated and productive mood yesterday.  I committed myself to a couple more (much smaller) goals.  The first is a 30 day yoga challenge, hosted by Dashama and Vitamix.  Every day a new pose is posted, and everyone participating posts a picture of themselves doing it.  Day 1 was Warrior.

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I already have a Vitamix, so I’m not really interested in the prize, just in pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

I also committed to Jen’s 30 day green smoothie challenge!

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As of right now, I’m in a really good habit of having a green smoothie on every “working” day (as a server I definitely do not work a normal or predictable schedule).  My Vitamix has honestly been life-changing when it comes to this.  And no, Vitamix isn’t sponsoring me.  Not that I’d say no.  Heyyyyyy Vitamix.  Anyway, I can throw in pretty much whatever’s in the fridge and call it breakfast (or lunch, or dinner…).  This one contains kale, spinach, cucumber, carrots, frozen mixed berries, a banana, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds and Vega protein powder.  I usually make a big batch in the morning and enjoy it for breakfast plus a snack or 2 throughout the day.  I would like to start doing this EVERY day, not just working days.  Hopefully openly taking on this challenge is just the kick I need!

 

I can’t decide if these challenges are a ramp up to or a distraction from the biggest 30 of April….my 30th birthday!  I’m trying really hard to have a positive attitude about entering a new decade, but it’s a little bit terrifying.  My life is definitely not anything like the way that I thought it would be at this point 15, 10, or even 5 years ago.  That’s not to say that I don’t (mainly) love everything about it.  Just that there are some big goals that I have in mind for the next couple years and that I need to get moving!

You can follow me on Instagram to see all my 30 day challenge pics!