Blood


These little drops of blood told me quite a story. I had a live and dry blood analysis and spent an hour with Georgette (Tadasana Wellness) talking about what was going on. This blood gave me a look at my health and provided us with some insights on what tools I need to improve my health. Super cool! Any-who, I’ll be doing a candida cleanse so any tips or recipes that you have would be appreciated! 

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Wedding Planning Part 1

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Our wedding is going to be on August 18th in Whistler which means I have just over 6 months to plan things out. I’m pretty organized and already have my venue, dress, menu, videographer, photographer and a few other things sorted out. I can see how this is stressful and expensive but I’ve learned a few things in the month of planning that I’ve done:

  • Sign up for Wedding Wire. It’s free and it has a budget tracker, list and even an option to create a free website (which I did, obviously). A friend told me about it and I’m so happy with it. It’s an organized person’s dream. I can hook up my guest list with my RSVPs with my seating chart and more! Engaged? DO IT!
  • Don’t go dress shopping alone. I was going to go alone but 2 friends ended up coming with me on a trip to Seattle where I just so happened to try on dresses. I didn’t think I would find my dress on this trip but it was the 5th dress I tried on. I cried. YUP. I also drank champagne from a can with a straw to celebrate.
  • Find a few hotels that offer a discounted rate for guests and let out of towners know. My wedding is during a busy time in Whistler and a lot of people have already booked their rooms (the invites haven’t even gone out yet). I know that they appreciate me being on the ball so they can be on the ball, too.
  • Ask for help if you need help. This goes for everything.
  • Start a Pinterest board with your siblings or best friends. You can make it a secret board or public but it’s a great place to be inspired for all things wedding related.
  • Remember, it’s YOUR wedding so YOU do what YOU want.

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Wedding planning should be fun and if you are organized it shouldn’t be too stressful. Do you have any tips for newly engaged ladies out there? Add them in the comments below!

Taking Time for Self-Care

I’m sure most of you have been on an airplane and paid attention to the safety demo before takeoff, correct? Well, during these safety demonstrations there is an emphasis on making sure that you put your own oxygen mask on before helping other people put their masks on. This is important because, in order for you to be useful and help others, you must take care of yourself first. This can be applied to all aspects of your life. You need to make sure you are taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your family, friends, and career. When was the last time you focused on self-care and is it a part of your daily routine?

Self-care is something that I’ve been actively practicing since 2005 and within the last year, I met Catherine Roscoe-Barr, who would be a part of my journey. I spent a weekend with her and 9 other at the Luxury Wellness Retreat at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria (which is one of the most spectacular hotels that I’ve ever stayed in).

Catherine is the Founder of The Life Delicious. What is The Life Delicious?

“The Life Delicious is a Vancouver-based wellness education group, founded by Catherine Roscoe Barr, that empowers entrepreneurs and high-level professionals to prioritize their health, happiness and productivity, through writing, speaking and coaching services.

With a BSc in neuroscience and 15 years as a wellness professional – certified as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and older adult specialist – Catherine is regularly featured on blogs, TV shows, podcasts and radio programs for her expert opinion on mental, physical and spiritual health.”

 

Over the weekend we focused on a lot of different concepts, which were broken out into modules. Some of the modules were:

 

  • Definitions and Concepts (for what would be used over the weekend and in my future life)
  • Neuroplasticity and Stress Management
  • Nutrition for Mind-Body-Spirit
  • The Science of Negative Thinking
  • Positive Psychology
  • Meditation and Sleep

 

We also had a few bonus modules, movement breaks, mini-workouts, delicious meals s and a closing ceremony. I also had some moments of clarity while there, which I shall share with you:

 

  • I’m going to regain control of my personal power.
  • I’m going to feel good about taking time for myself.
  • I’m going to marinate in the good….all the time.
  • Even a little bit of good is good.
  • Starting my day off with movement helps my creativity, mood, and overall health.
  • Type 2 fun is still fun (it’s basically fun in retrospect).
  • It’s okay to say no to things that I don’t want on my plate.
  • I need to change my PM ritual.

 

When I got back to reality, I made some new additions to my daily routine/life :

 

  • Each day begins with at least 30 minutes of movement.
  • I will always marinate in my happiness. When something feels good, I pause and soak in that feeling.
  • At 9pm my gratitude alarm goes off and I write down 3 things I’m grateful for.
  • I bought a new alarm clock and leave my phone in the kitchen at night (and it feels so good).
  • I end each day with a hot bath or shower and curl up in bed with a good book or magazine.

Feel like you want a dose of inspiration to tie you over until you go on this retreat? Check out this fabulous article written by my new friend Itka.

 

Awesome decor 

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YUM: Breakfast on Day 2

 

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Interested in the Luxury Wellness Retreat? The next Luxury Retreat At Fairmont Empress will take place February 17-19, 2017 and the waitlist is now open. You can also check out other workshops and events on Catherine’s website.

I’m excited about all of the changes I’ve made and plan on continuously working on my self-care habits. What about you?

(Sorry that most of my pictures are of food. I love food. Also, I was living in the moment for most of the weekend and refrained from using my phone/camera).

Hello 2016

When I was younger, 365 days seemed like forever. As I get older, time seems to have a turbo jet pack and 365 days doesn’t seem like long enough. It’s funny how time moves faster as you get older but it also makes you appreciate things a whole lot more. Last year went by extremely fast and there are a few moments that stood out for me:
I completed 2 year Leadership Mastery Program.

Mountain biking became a part of my life.

My lifestyle got a facelift and I lost over 20 pounds.

My dream job became my real job. 

I celebrated a few marriages and births (neither mine). 

Camping and adventures occurred often. 

I celebrated my dad’s 60th birthday with him and my grandma’s 90th birthday with her. 

I’m sure there are more moments but these were ones that came to mind. A lot of people set resolutions or goals at the beginning of the year but I find that I’m constantly setting goals. So, the beginning of the new year doesn’t inspire me to set goals but does allows me to help inspire my friends. It’s important to always be working on your goals (health, person and professional) and always be working towards something while trying to remain present. 

In the next year I would like a few things to happen but not everything is in my control! 😉 So, CHEERS to an awesome year full of love, laughter, unique moments and zest!  
    
 

Social Media Content Creation Whistler Workshop

Today’s post is a shameless self promotion for the workshop I’m leading at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce on February 23 from 2-5pm. You all know that I’m great at creating/joining conversations and that I love to talk. I also know what to say and when (that would be the “PR” in me). I noticed that a common struggle for brands is not knowing what to say on social media and not knowing how to create a strategy to help “create conversations.” So, during this workshop I’m helping the attendees create a social media tactical plan, create a detailed content posting schedule and walk away with a month worth of quality content.

In Whistler or can come to Whistler for the afternoon on the 23rd of Feb.? I’d love to hang out with you and help you strengthen your online brand!

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Total Wellbeing Diet

So, it started. I’m now on the Total Wellbeing Diet. Eating like this won’t be hard but curbing wine and snacking may be. I think the most challenging part of the program is that I have to upload a picture of myself at the beginning and at the end. Well, that’s a lie….I stood on a scale yesterday. YIKES! But if I don’t weigh in and upload my before and after picture, I may not get a refund. You see, if you follow their plan and rules you get your $150 back at the end of 12 weeks. 12 WEEKS? I can do it, especially with the help of Sylvie Allen.

Setting up my account was a tad annoying because this is an Australian company so I lied about my phone number and address. I emailed tech support but no one got back to me….that’s frustrating.

According to their website, “The Total Wellbeing Diet is a 12 week healthy diet program that is personalized to your eating and exercise preferences. It combines a scientifically based healthy eating plan with easy-to-use online tools to keep you on track and motivated to achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals.”

This is my limit per day:

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So, my diet is now consisting of higher protein (lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu and legumes/beans) and low Glycemic Index (GI) foods. I’ve also learned what my limit of fruits and vegetables is….unless I want to hang out on the porcelain throne.

The diet company also thinks I may loose around 20 pounds and it would be nice but only time will tell if that is possible for me. I feel that is it possible.

Sylvie sent me a weekly fitness plan that includes strength training, cardio, yoga and a whole lotta fun! I’m excited because I love working out and now I will have a plan and structure. After learning more about her I’m honoured to have her as my trainer. WOW she is a successful athlete! I’ll update you on week 1 and if you have any recipes you think that I should try, send ‘em over!

I’m en route to being 30, fit and fab!

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Viral

From time to time I have a post that goes viral. Yesterday was one of those times. I was in Creekside and the sun teased us for about 10 minutes so I snapped a shot. I put it on Instagram and added a few hashtags, one being #whistlerunfiltered. Tourism Whistler saw it and shared it on their Facebook page and it seemed to get a lot of love. Below is my Instagram post, my Facebook post and Tourism Whistler’s Facebook post. I guess they have more fans and my followers has grown a bit. It’s been shared almost 300 times from Tourism Whistler’s Page. WOWZA!  All in all, thank you Go Whistler!

My picture:

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Tourism Whistler’s post:

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My Instagram and Facebook post:

 

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