Some people like to complain about the weather. I am one of those people but usually only complain when it’s cold, snowing or raining. Last week we had a huge snowstorm in Pemberton and this week was spent on the beach in Mexico. Wow, quite the different in temperature and my own mental health.
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).
“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.
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).
I’m getting back into my blogging groove. I know you are excited! I sure am. Why not start off with some awesome press coverage I recently received.
Strangely enough, one of the hardest things for me to do is to talk about / promote myself as a Communications Specialist. Most of the general population finds it hard to talk about and promote themselves…which is why these people would hire someone like me.
My job is to talk about YOU and to get people talking about YOU.
Well, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing with you a little press coverage that happens to be about me. You can find it in the September / October issue of Fresh Magazine or just read the image below!
You may have noticed that I’ve taken an intermission from my blog. It wasn’t because I stopped doing anything but it was because I was doing too much. Yes, that’s a thing. I was working on a lot of very exciting projects but when it came time to do the things I do for myself I was too tired. I used my time off to disconnect because I spent most of my awake hours of the last 6 months connected.
I’m in the process of some very exciting changes and figuring out who the next version of myself will be. The last journey I was on was a wild one and my personal life had a lot of challenges (really sick father, the flu and other things).
Recently, things have been looking up!
It seems like the things that keep happening to me are serendipitous. Cool, eh?
Well, I have a new bike and I have some very exciting announcements coming up. I’m going to revive my rhythm of blogging weekly and look forward to having you join me on the next stage of my life.
For those of you who know me you know that I love to talk. I especially love to talk when I have something interesting or informative to say. One of the things that fuels my passion is talking to groups about social media (which I’m obsessed with). So, last week something awesome happened… I was asked by 2 different people to speak to their groups! To me, this is a huge honour and I love sharing my knowledge and experience with others.
This week I will be speaking to the Whistler Adventure School’s social media students about my experience with managing social media while the company I work for was featured on an international TV show called Après Ski. I’m excited to share the strategy to help take the conversation from the TV screen to social media and how I managed those conversations.
At the end of the month I’ll be leading the conversation at a Tourism Whistler event about creating content and conversations online. This is a passion of mine because I have spent a lot of time learning through trial and error and reading many (many) articles. I don’t know everything and not everything works for every brand but I’m excited to share what has worked for me.
Anywho, Tuesday was an awesome day full of little successes for me. While I work for Gibbons Whistler my goal is to help brand us as an innovative company and have our social media be the heart of marketing conversations.
I am excited and honoured to announce that at the end of the month I’ll be taking on the role of Digital Communications Manager for Gibbons Whistler! This is an innovative and growing company and I’m excited to have new experiences and work with the brilliant minds of the Gibbons team!
I AM SO EXCITED! WHOOOOOOO!
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?