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 

Tiny hot sauce

YUM: Breakfast on Day 2

 

I love cheese

 

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).

Artsy Fartsy

For YEARS I have wanted to take pottery lessons and the stars have never aligned…until now. The original plan was to take a throwing class (a.k.a learn to use the wheel) but when I went to sign up the class was full. So, on to the waiting list I went. I got a call a few days later informing me that another throwing class was added and I. WAS. IN! Yahooooo!
I showed up to class and the group of 6 had realized that half thought I was throwing and half thought it was hand building….so we decided to stick with hand building. Originally, I was bummed out but I knew this would be really fun. AND IT IS SO MUCH FUN!

So, it’s nothing like the movie Ghost and here are some things I have been working on. Keep in mind that I still need to “bisque” and glaze them. 

…..Each items gets better and better (phew).

   
    
 

The 4 Day Work Week

Have you ever read the book “The 4 Hour Work Week?” I haven’t and what I’m doing sure isn’t a 4 hour work week but it is a 4 day work week, which I’m pretty stoked about. So, the main reason I had to buy my car was because my hours at work changed. I’m now working Tuesday to Friday from 7:00am until 5:30pm. It’s pretty sweet because my day doesn’t feel that much longer and I’m spending NO time on the bus. I do need to wake up a tad earlier, but that’s okay. So, taking into consideration the time I spent on a bus (30 minutes in the morning and 45 in the afternoon) plus the time I spent at work before my shift, I’m not at work that much longer!

Going from 5 days to 4 days of work, my life has changed. I am only at work 30 minutes earlier and an hour later and I have gained 1 WHOLE EXTRA DAY OFF! 3 day weekends? That has never happened to me and I better enjoy them because I think I will only have them until April.

The cruise into work is spent with CBC Radio 2 and I love their Under the Covers segment! I have 20-30 minutes of awesome radio time and I feel like I learn something new almost every day!

So, the plan is to ski on Mondays but I have yet to buy a ski pass. This past Monday I went to the Scandinave Spa with a friend. Until then I’ll catch up on my reading, go to the gym/yoga and just enjoy life at home. I’ve also discovered my love for using a slow cooker! It’s only been a few weeks but I’ve noticed a big change in my life. 3 day weekends should be mandatory for everyone! How do YOU think I should spend my extra day off when I’m not skiing?

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Pace of Life

One thing that I have noticed over the past few years is that Pemberton (and Whistler) have a much slower pace of life. It seems like most people that reside here work to live and unlike big cities, they don’t live it work. For me and my sanity, that is fantastic because I used to live to work. This change in lifestyle for me has drastically reduced my stress and allows me to live a more balanced life. You see, the problem with me and my personality is my ambition and urge to reach goals and have amazing experiences is very prominent. Over the past 2 years I’ve had to redefine what success is to me and dial back my timeline for achieving goals. My ambition is still there and from time to time it causes restlessness, but hey, what can you do? I have the right people on my side (friends, family and coworkers) and I’m lucky to have Shayne in my life to balance me out and remind me it’s okay to just chill out and live day to day.

Living day to day seems like the mentality of the majority here. I like it. You know what? I LOVE it. It’s okay to have goals but it’s also okay to slow down and enjoy the pace that your life is at. I will achieve certain career goals at some point and I know that everything I do it working towards them. I know that I will eventually be a “good” skier and that this summer was amazing because of work-life balance (AND CAMPING). I know that due to my lifestyle changes, moving to Pemberton, working for Whistler Transit and a few other factors I was able to pay off debt and set up RRSPs and a TFSA . Everything happens for a reason and I’m stoked to be walking hand in hand with life. So, how do you like to slow down and enjoy the pace of life?

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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?

I got my nails did!

It’s quite frequent that in movies or TV shows that we see the hairdresser or beauty salon as the social hub of the community. Girls (and some boys) gather to beautify and socialize. Being from a large city, I never had this experience. I salon hopped for my pedis and I rarely got my hair done, so I had never truly experienced this….until now! In Pemberton there is a spa called Ivy Esthetics.

When they first opened, I sporadically went there for  pedicures or other services (1 facial and tanning). I decided to try out those “gel polish” manicures that everyone is always talking about. No chipping? I gotta try this out! Immediately, I was hooked!  Every 2-2.5 weeks I book myself in for the last appointment of the day to get my nails done, hang out with the awesome staff and chit chat. This has become a social outing for me (and I assume, for the girls who work there). They are amazing and have become my friends! They also have awesome decor. This is their funkalicious rug:

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Sometimes I get a little loud so the girls try and schedule  like-minded customers at the same time as me. A glass of wine is usually how we end our evening and my nail-beatification routine has become a staple in my Pemberton life. Oh, they also have many other services and awesomeness such as: a tanning booth, chocolate, nail polish and amazing mineral makeup by Jane Iredale. If you are in Pemberton  I encourage you to check out these talented ladies at this awesome spa.

Presents

Ah, Valentine’s Day. You know, “that day!” Well, almost every year (until recently) I have been single and now that I’m in a relationship I would like to celebrate. How? I don’t really care as long as thought is put into our celebration.

Dinner, I like going for dinner. Specifically, I like going out for sushi and I would be very happy with Sachi or Sushi Village in Whistler.

Presents are also a great way to celebrate. For me, it’s not about how much money you spent but about the thought that you put into the present. For Shayne (and anyone who ever wants to buy me a present) here is a list of items I would be over the moon to receive:

Lilies
Cheesecake

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Massage
Watch

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ANY Jewelry
Trip to anywhere (even a staycation)

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Pictures/frames
Clothing
Mix Tape/CD        

Unknown           
A song
A poem
Anything handmade

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Feel free to reference this list when needing inspiration for the ladies in your life (or moi). Want to know what I got my boyfriend this year?

Tickets to Motley Crue and Alice Cooper AND a 6 pack of beer. What did you get your partner?

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