The Gratefulness Project - Day 12
ALWAYS THE HAIRBRUSH!!!
Opportunities. Safety. Taking Care Of ME. Cold Baths.
I cannot believe it's Wednesday already! I have some catching up to do. :)
This week has been pretty much a whirlwind in many ways. I had written previously that I was making positive change and I have been which is so exciting. There was this awesome new opportunity come by me which I'm so very grateful! There are so many people out there in physical pain and I have something amazing that can help. So opportunities. Grateful.
I'm also grateful that I was safe on the highway as a gigantic storm passed through last night. The sky went green which is not a good sign and something I remember quite clearly from my childhood so I was scared. Luckily I was safe as a tornado did touch down. So safety. Grateful.
Hmmmm...what else do I have. Oh, cold baths. Yeeeeeeeeks! I have never had a freezing cold bath in my life as to me it just sounds excruciating and totally not enjoyable so why on earth would I do that to myself.
WELL...I have been riding quite a bit and my legs have been having none of it. My muscles have been so sore for no real reason. As I was riding on the weekend, tears started to come streaming down my face and the words that came to mind were "I cannot do everything". I have quite literally been burning the candle at both ends trying to keep up. AND the person suffering from it is me. I have been having trouble on how to balance everything. Day job. Relationships. New business. New opportunities. Biking. Sleep. Good Nutrition. AND the lists goes on and on.
Ever feel that way? Like you're being tugged in a gazillion directions? Yep, I thought so!
I have this feeling that my busyness has manifested itself in such a way that I had to take a break. It was like back the truck up sista...you gotta start taking care of YOU. AND so I did and so I will continue to.
The result you ask? I was singing and dancing like a maniac in my car this morning and the only thing missing was my hairbrush microphone! :)
OH and my cold baths have turned out to be not too bad after all. Who knew!
So consciously taking care of me. Cold baths. Grateful.
The Gratefulness Project - Day 11
Friends. Inspiring Action. Motivation.
Two of my closest friends are living their dreams at the moment and it's so amazing to see and hear about. Anne is from Vancouver, BC and we have been friends for 9 years after meeting at a Toonie race in Whistler in the summer of 2005. I think it was a Loonie race at the time...and fyi...this is Whistler's awesome version of what a fun mountain bike race is all about! Race for a Toonie, get tickets for beer and food put on by a local restaurant and business and have FUN.
Anne and I have seen each other through some pretty crazy life changing stuff over the years and have always been able to count on each other for support. Anne just happens to be in Nelson, BC taking a much needed rest day on her way to Newfoundland...(drum roll please)...on her BIKE! This is something I have wanted to do for years and she's doing it! So cool. I cannot wait to join her on part of her journey and make more memories together. I haven't seen Anne since our last adventure in Panama in 2012.
My other friend Jessie is from Wisconsin and I met her and her man Nate at a Spanish school in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala. At that point they were almost at the 2 year mark of travelling the world. Yes that's right...they travelled around the world for over 2 years! Super cool. We have been friends for almost two and a half years. You know when you meet someone and you just friggin' click?!? Well that was the case and although we haven't seen each other in a couple years, we talk all the time. We both LOVE Costa Rica AND she has found her dream job which will take her and Nate there for 8 to 9 months of the year. How dreamy is that!
So today I find myself being so incredibly grateful for two very special friends of mine, Anne and Jessie. You both inspire me through your actions and your actions and kind words help motivate and inspire me to reach for my dreams.
THANK YOU!! Lots of love to you both!
The Gratefulness Project - Day 10
This morning I walked out to my car to head to work and I took a big breath in and smiled. I could smell Kempenfelt Bay which is right across the street from where I live and I LOVE that smell! It reminded me of living by the ocean in Vancouver and made me want to turn around and go back down the elevator to the lobby, walk across the street and sit on the beach and ponder. :) So today I'm thankful for smells, bodies of water and deep breaths.
The Gratefulness Project - Day 9
Today I'm grateful for deer. I was driving to work and there was one running in an open field. So beautiful! Then I went for a ride with my dear friend Hanna and one ran right out in front of us across the road. I have to say it scared the shit out of me but wow they are fast and so pretty. :) I'm grateful for stretching and for yummy leftovers post-ride!
Start each day with a grateful heart.
My gratefulness bucket is overflowing after this weekend. It has been a busy and FUN one! I was away at an Ontario Cup watching my boyfriend race mountain bikes in Haliburton. It was my first time up there, my first time at Sir Sam's Ski & Bike AND my first time watching Andrew race "mountain bikes". There were a lot of firsts this weekend SO I think that makes for an awesome first "grateful" wouldn't you?!?! FIRSTS!!!
Instead of mountain biking this weekend, I decided to go for a ride on the road to check out the scenery while Andrew and his racers pre-rode the course. I pedaled alongside Eagle Lake which has lots of what I like to call "money shot" views! The terrain was mostly rolling consisting of short punchy climbs so I got in some "smart" hill training. :)
I didn't get a chance to post on here but I was thinking of all sorts of things I was grateful for throughout the entire trip. I might as well start listing them here. There really were so many more! Great conversations, special moments, making memories, smart people, fun people, off-the-beaten path accommodations, lakes, greenery, the smell of a dry forest (you know that pine needle-ish smell?), for the word "ish", good energy, heat (yep it was hot!), for sweating and good times! Ya I think that makes up for a few days missed.
Also, I'm so grateful for dragonflies. They are my favourite insect EVER!!! I was so sad when we driving up because we kept hitting them off our windshield. Eecks! :( Happy for all the ones that dodged us! Anyway, I just love them. Last year was my first real experience with them. They always seem to fly up right in front of my face as I ride and then carry on their way. Such beauty! When I think of or see a dragonfly, I associate the word "freedom" with it. Not sure why...I just do.
Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend too!
Mango Kale Smoothie
Mmmmmm...look at my mid-morning snack! Isn't it pretty?!?!
If you're looking for easy fast ways to get your greens then this Mange Kale Smoothie is the ticket. It's what I call "power-housing" nutrition!
This recipe makes enough for 2 big glasses. If I have any leftover I will put it in a mason jar and into the fridge for later in the day.
Today I'm experimenting with picmonkey.com and you are witness to my first recipe picture. It sure was FUN creating this little diddy!
Well yesterday's post is as clear as water! There ain't no mud at all. :) Change, signs and decisions! It's funny how sometimes a situation needs to become almost unbearable before things become clear and that is what happened today. Here is what I wrote:
Today is a tough one because I had a bit of a tough morning where I left my house early to get to work early and ended up being a half hour late because of traffic. It would be different if I could say this is a one-off occasion but this is pretty much a daily as a commuter. Some days I'm better at handling the rat race than others. Today is not one of them! You never know what you're going to get out there. BUT I promise myself that there will definitely be three great things to be thankful for by day's end. AND in this moment I'll start with being grateful for CHANGE. It definitely is the constant in life and I see change on the horizon for me and that makes me excited...and scared because I have this feeling it's going to require the "jump and the net will appear" type of change. I tend to take that route often! The second is I'm grateful for SIGNS! I got a sign this past weekend only I didn't realize it until today. It popped up in the most random of places too! I'll save that for another post. :) And that lead me to DECISIONS. I have a made a decision to make a change. AND that my friends all happened within one day. Such as life. :)
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m grateful for humidity. Yep I said it…I LOOOOOVE me some humidity. I’m grateful for my brain, quick-thinking and confidence especially when it comes to work. And in reflecting on my weekend, there is only one word to describe it...okay maybe two...EPICALLY AWESOME!
I’m grateful for group rides with guys who are great people and super supportive. I’m super thankful that my legs cooperated for most of the ride (except the hills at the end) as it was the fastest longest ride of the season for me. :) AND who can forget get togethers, food and the backyard oasis'. Bliss!
I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach a cycling clinic and to hear one of the girls list off a bunch of points I made that she did not know. Sometimes when you teach the basics in anything whether it be nutrition or cycling there is that little voice that thinks that they probably already know all of this stuff. It’s so awesome when you ask what their key take away points are and there are so many! So yes, super thankful for that. I’m thankful for beet juice and a super yummy lunch that my boyfriend had waiting for me after! And I’m grateful for the beautiful ride today where we saw three deer and I got to stare into one’s eyes! He had a big rack on his head and was just a beautiful experience. :)
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