Hammocking

I bought a hammock. I’ve always wanted a hammock. Now I own one and it’s going everywhere with me (camping, travelling, camping, etc…).

 

It was only $59 from The Hangout Place on Granville Island and if you are in that hood, I suggest you pop in.

 

These hammocks are made from parachute silk (nylon). They pack down into a small pouch (below) which is attached to the side of the hammock. Their packed size is 7 inches by 5 inches diameter, and they weigh 550 grams (less than 11/4pounds).

They require just 9 feet of space to hang them, and are rated for use up to 300 lbs. A backpacking hammock is exactly what you need when a very small stored size is of paramount importance.

   

  

 

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Savary Island

This past weekend Shayne and myself vacationed on Savary Island. We had a wedding to attend there and saw this as the right opportunity to take a break from life. It’s a beautiful island that is a drive, 2 ferries and a water taxi away from Pemberton. It’s WELL WORTH the journey, trust me. We rented a cabin for 3 nights and spent 1 night in Powell River. Sunshine. White sand beaches. Friends. Nature. Love. Will I be going back? YES.

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My Love, Gym

Last week my father came to visit. We invited Shayne’s parents to join us for a night, so they could meet. I was hoping to have something funny to report on but all there was love and laughs so this week I’m going to talk to you about the new love of my life. His name is GYM.

I have been working out (off and on) since the age of 12 and once I moved to Vancouver I stopped going to the gym because 1) I walked everywhere and 2 )I was way to poor to afford a gym membership. However, since moving to Pemberton I have had a love-hate relationship with the gym. The “things” I liked to do weren’t available at the gym in town and I found working out more of a drag than fun.

I have come to the realization that I need to get into a different shape than the once I’m in and ski season is quickly approaching (I need to be in top shape for that). Both my lungs and muscles are NOT ready, as of today. So, I have decided to commit to going to the gym AT LEAST 5 days a week for a cardio and weight session (alternating between arms and back to legs and butt). Due to my stupid rib problem, I have to take it easy on me abs, but that is okay ( for now).

The things I didn’t like about the gym have changed since the last time I was there. They went from having 1 crappy elliptical trainer to having 2 good ones (and still 1 less-good one). They have also drastically increased the amount and quality of equipment. To be honest, the equipment that I used yesterday made working out really fun!

I’m still working on my “plan” and am open to suggestions for exercises using kettlebells and weights AND I’d love to know your favourite quad and glute moves.

So, this blog post is meant to openly share my goals and hold me accountable for going to the gym at least 5 times a week (when I’m in town). It is a great was for me to spend my time, listen to new music, get in shape and clear my mind/get creative. Who’s with me?

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Lusting for Yoga

Almost a year ago I was told by medical professionals that I had to take a break from yoga due to issues with my ribs. After seeing a physiotherapist once a week and always working on my strength, I felt like I was ready to try yoga again. What perfect timing because Wanderlust Whistler was in my backyard. After spending the weekend camping at Driftwood Bay with friends, I used my extra day off to explore the festival. My friend, Tara, is into yoga so we wanderlusted together. So, what you need to know is that this is not a cheap festival. We bought a pass ($100) for Monday, august 4th and that got us 3 classes/workshops.

Together we planned out our day and decided to be there at 7:30am so we could ease into our journey. We got our tickets, schedule/map and a beautiful bracelet. We made our way to a room called The Mothership (sponsored by Kashi) and claimed our spots. A former coworker (from around 2005-06) would always rave about an instructor by the name of Janet Stone. Almost 10 year later I was finally able to take a class from her and WOW! The class was called Rhythm and Devotion and was 90 minutes, starting at 8am. We moved to our own rhythms. We danced with our own souls. We danced with other yogis. We connected with ourselves. This was BY FAR the best yoga class I have ever been to and I’ve been into yoga since around 2005. She has a magical way of guiding us through the practice while DJ HyFy played tunes. At one point we were having a mega dance party and we were coated in sweat….and this all happened before 10am.

We took a break to have breakfast and shop and there were many beautiful things for sale. I ended up with a new shirt!

After much debate we decided to go up Whistler mountain after our noon class. This was with Pradeep Teotia and it was called “Relax, Reset, Rejuvenate,” and although it was mellow-ish it was still very hard. He was really funny and deeply knowledge. After this 90 minute class the plan was to head right to another 90 minute class but our sweat drenched skin and open hips told us otherwise. We decided to head up the mountain for lunch, wineasana and to take some pictures.

It was a good decision to call it quits after 3 hours of yoga because on Tuesday my body was very sore….in a good way. This was a super awesome day and inspired me to continue with my practice. I guess you can say that this weekend reignited my lust for yoga.

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World Ovarian Cancer Day

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Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day! Did you know that the symptoms associated with ovarian cancer are often vague, non-specific and can be mistakenly attributed to other causes? These symptoms can often be experienced by women without ovarian cancer. Also, there is no reliable screening test.

I dedicate today to my Auntie Heather who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2006. She was a very, very loved aunt, daughter, cousin and friend. Please take the time to educate yourself about this disease and help raise awareness: http://www.ovariancanada.org/

What questions do you have about ovarian cancer?

Cycling Meditation

There is nothing more freeing (to me) than jumping on my bike and going on an adventure. Unlike most Pemberton people, I stick to the flat trails and roads and all I need is a minimum of 20 minutes to clear my head. My ideal bike ride is about 30-60 minutes, awesome scenery, a pit stop for a Caesar/snack and sunshine. Non-rain works when there is no sun. I love taking pictures of what I see on my rides and mostly it’s to honor the beautiful and amazing place that I live. Pemberton is amazing. #CyclePemby

Here are some of my pictures so far (and it’s only April):

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