Comfort | The Seasonality of Comfort

As fall approaches, I feel nostalgic thinking of all the evenings spent at home with my family around meals.  Being a Vancouverite, the rain acts as a reminder to hibernate and take time to refuel. I do this by pulling out my slow cooker and prepping for a new season of meals.  I am huge foodie and take comfort in curries, soups and generally anything that keeps me warm and cozy.

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Comfort | The Comfort Zones, For Better Or Worse

After a healthy dose of the summer sun, our vitamin D levels have us feeling better energy and lighter moods, we have the refreshing fall air to feel exhilarated and inspired, and cozy relaxed evenings to have us feeling rested.  The fall is a time for resets and planning all the exciting things we want to go after.

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Energy | Learning to Say No

I know when I am not choosing activities that restore my energy the impacts are colossal.  I make poor choices with food, skip my workouts and stay up late working and depriving myself of something that I love: SLEEP.  This makes turning down invites or bowing out of things a lot easier. I stay mentally strong and remind myself why I made the decision. 

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Energy | Energy… mental, physical, and emotional

Whistler, where I have spent my summers growing up, is a place that builds my energy.  The days are full; always involving some sort of sport (a hike, a swim, a bike ride), a walk through the village, great food, and quality time and conversations with friends and family.  The days are full, and the sleeps are solid. Utterly exhausted by the end of the days, but waking up relaxed and lighter. The type of exhaustion that leaves you charged.

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Authenticity | Reclaiming my Authentic Self

I had an epiphany one evening, pulling a late night at the office when I realized that I wasn’t living a life that aligned with my core values, needs and wants. And I knew I needed to make drastic measures to make my core values a priority. So, that week I quit my job.

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Authenticity | The Ease of Authenticity

At some point, we come to realize how much energy it all takes, and start moving towards the things that feel more natural to us… we discover our authenticity, and over time feel more comfortable sharing it.  Once we start sharing it, we find our true friends and meaningful connections.  This in itself builds our confidence, and our sense of self strengthens and develops.

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Compassion | Emotional Check-Ins

Without sympathy, pity or judgment, or need for solution… Compassion is actively listening to someone’s story.  It doesn’t mean withholding opinions or validating someone’s (potentially) false truths.  It simply means being open to understanding another’s experience OR our own. It’s easy to forget to apply compassion toward ourselves as we get caught up in our hamster wheels, but those emotional check-ins make all the difference in how we feel and where our energy goes.

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Trust | Violating Trust

Like most of you, I have made a slew of mistakes in relationships and have been exploring the theme of trust in friendships for the past year.  I’ve been evaluating what a healthy relationship with trust looks like and how to check myself when its no longer present. More importantly what to do and say when it’s gone (I failed hard at this and let things get worse).

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Trust | Trust, A Complicated Relationship

I had one of those moments the other day at spin class when oxygen deprivation kicks in and the daydream zone strikes.  I asked myself what I most wanted to trust. What came up? …that I am capable. I was surprised how quickly that answer popped up.  I think there’s a lot of doubt subconsciously around my capacity, and I tend to favor a safer route. There’s a lot of things I hold back on, mostly from a place of fearing burn out.  A place where I have been, and no longer felt like myself; a place I dread. I want to trust that I am able to push, that I am resilient, and that I can thrive.

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Nourish | Soul Food

“What do you do to foster your sense of well-
being?” “What is your self-care go to?” … I had no idea what to do for myself, when I was
feeling stuck. Truly, I don’t think I was even self-aware enough to know when I needed to focus
on taking care of myself. The problem with this, is I had no awareness or tools to get to a more positive space. I didn’t know how to be responsible for my wellbeing.

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Nourish | Nourish Yourself by Listening to Your Body's Cues

But my peers and friends often talked about their similarly busy lives, so I thought that having a full plate was typical. This was just - life. And we’re all just supposed to just deal with our busy schedules, lives, and find ways to cope.  Even worse, because of this belief, I also believed that pushing through agitation, stress and fatigue was normal.

I was wrong.

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