Discovered

Road (Discovered)

Today I thought I would share some new discoveries.

This book is offering me insight into the mystery that is Kalista Isabelle.

No current travel plans but I’m thinking that this Canadian gem would make an awesome destination for our next trip.

I found this perfectly delicious recipe. I’ve made it twice in the last week as a fix for my after dinner all day long chocolate cravings.

These malas are gorgeous. I recently bought this one for my mom.

Full disclosure: I am neither a Louis C.K. nor a Common Core fan. Reading this article opened my eyes to the collateral damage that results from bad policy excused as good intentions. The author doesn’t seem to get that.

Two weeks later, I’m still thinking about this movie, its message and breathtaking cinematography.

I totally dig how this t-shirt speaks the truth.

I never realized how low budget time travel could be. Very clever.

Of all the things that promote violence in our society, I’m confident that Hop on Pop isn’t one of them.

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365 Photo Project

Wow. Hard to believe that four whole months of 2014 are done. Gone. Over.

When I set the intention to “be present” in 2014, it was in an effort to live fully and embrace the abundance all around me.

One easy way I could do that was to capture daily moments in photograph to savour the blessings and record them as future reminders.

Using the Project365 app I have amassed 120 beautiful photos detailing everyday moments in my life since the start of 2014.

Behold the abundance in my life.

January 2014 February 2014  March 2014

 

AprilI’m looking forward to continuing this project and seeing how it evolves throughout the year.

Word // 02

 

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Isn’t it true that some days are spent wishing for tomorrow? Lately I have been reminded by more than a few people, that this period of time right now will disappear before I know it. These irreplicable hours that become days which become weeks are filled with unique experiences that will never again happen. These messy, sleep-deprived moments blurring together to form a new normal will, at some point, be missed and longed for.

In the words of Mary Jean Irion:

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.

Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.

Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.

Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.

One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

 

Right now

Path to Lake

Right now…we are collecting smiles like lucky pennies.

Right now…we are treasuring warmer temperatures and walks by the lake.

Right now…we are finding our flow through meditation.

Right now…we are embracing our inner yogini.

Right now…we are having fun with modern technology and using it to keep in touch.

Right now…we are surrendering to the schedule of a newborn.

Right now…we are building community in new ways.

Right now…we are growing and changing all the time.

What’s your kind?

kind (adj)

  1. Of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature.
  2. Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable.
  3. Humane; considerate.
  4. Forbearing; tolerant.
  5. Generous; liberal.
  6. Agreeable; beneficial.

This is the definition of “kind” taken directly from The Free Dictionary. I felt the need to look up the word after a day of bearing witness to the opposite of “kind” behaviour. It is amazing how up until December 25, it is “merry christmas” this and “happy holidays” that. The day after and whatever holiday spirit was stocked up in the 3 week lead up to the holidays has all been spent.

On December 26, I saw the absolute worst brought out in people in parking lots, at malls, in movie theatres. Call me crazy but charitable behaviour should not be seasonal. We all have places to be, dislike waiting, and want things done our way. But is that excuse enough to be unkind? No way.

A lot of folks have taken to participating in random acts of kindness. I believe this is truly wonderful but also know that so often being kind is a more immediate and daily requisite in our exchanges with others. Often the kindness that is needed is not in going out of one’s way for another human being but merely in making different choices as you react to situations that arise.

My kind is really a combination of what I bestow on others and how I value what others bestow upon me. Here are some very simple and basic ways to be kind in your daily interactions.

  1. Say “hello”, “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me”, “sorry” – as context dictates. It takes only seconds to do this but it means that you are actually acknowledging another human being’s existence and value.
  2. Be mindful of others around you. When in public watch where you are going and what you are saying. Again this is an easy way to respect the fact that we all share public spaces and all of us have the equal privilege of enjoying these spaces.
  3. Be helpful. Often it won’t be your problem that needs solving but somebody else’s. Choose not to hinder someone else’s enjoyment of life because you feel you can’t be bothered.
  4. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes people will cut you in line or walk directly in your path without awareness of the impact this has on you. More times than not, it is unintentional. They may have failed to follow #2 above. It doesn’t mean you have to take it personally. Choose to be the bigger person and avoid unnecessary negativity.

Remember: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama

The Manifesto of Abundance

Manifesto of Abundance

This is the Manifesto of Abundance. It is my intention and declaration for 2014. It may seem a bit early for 2014 visioning, goal setting and/or themes. (After all there are still 2 weeks left in 2013). But the truth is that I am currently in a physical, mental and business transition so it seemed like the right time to put pen to paper.

I have reflected a lot on what my year of LIGHT has manifested. What is light? Something that makes vision possible. A spiritual illumination. Truth. Enlightenment. I know that there were some powerful awakenings in my business and self that hit around the mid-way point this past year. The rest of 2013 has centered around brightening existing habits of the heart and igniting new opportunities that better align with my values. This year was not easy-breezy but it helped me uncover the things I didn’t even realize I wanted. Now that I know what they are, I can ask for what I want and make it happen. And so that brings me to a year of ABUNDANCE.

I have known what my theme for 2014 was going to be for a while. I gravitated toward the concept of abundance and felt at home with how I had interpreted it. Or so I thought… As part of my continued commitment to enlightenment this year, I have been very fortunate to benefit from the wisdom of others. Through my participation in the Holiday Council, I got to actually visualize my future self and imagine where, who and how I would be a year from now. It was truly fascinating and not at all what I had expected. Needless to say, I learned from this exercise that my original definition of “abundance” was impossibly narrow. In fact, the happy, healthy and serene person from 2014 I encountered in my mind had experienced an abundance of peace, presence and glorious potential. As a final component of this visualization, we were guided to imagine our future self giving us something as a take-away from the year. The 2014 Kristle gave me a dream catcher and a pacifier. Taken literally or symbolically, I think that speaks volumes about the kind of year that is in store for me and the nature of the experiences I will be creating.

Have you started to reflect on 2013? Are you thinking about your intentions for next year? What is your THEME for 2014?

Right now

Advent Calendar sparkle

Right now the holiday season has begun and we are filling the early days of it with music, merry-making and lots of cheesy Christmas-themed movies.

Right now there is plenty of dreaming and scheming for 2014 happening with the help of Molly Mahar of Stratejoy and the Holiday Council.

Right now the new parents-to-be are preparing to start birthing classes and slowly shifting into a new mental space.

Right now old work projects are getting wrapped up and new ones are taking form.

Right now all of the girls in the house are getting ready for a big trip to our favourite winter wonderland.

Right now we are savouring moments by the fire knowing that we will not all be together over the holidays.

Right now Bear and I are getting extra cuddles from Winnie and Khailee as our hearts and bodies expand to accommodate more love and happiness.

Right now.

Grapes

Right now… I am LOVING fruit. It is as if I’m tasting it for the first time. Grapes, blueberries, apples – all of it nectar from the Gods.

Right now…my nesting instincts have kicked in and no corner, cubby or cabinet within reach is safe.

Right now… my puppy dogs are being especially sweet to me and giving me extra licks and cuddles.

Right now… I am a stress-free zone and for the first time in my life, that is non-negotiable.

Right now… the leaves are beginning to fall and it is a great time to be alive.

It’s coming…

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I love fall. For me it is like a second start at January before the calendar year ends.

2013 take two. This year more than ever before, I really feel ready for a second take. Not a do-over just a kick-in-the-butt to get moving on my life and to-do lists.

This year, thus far, has been like a 7-course meal that I am still trying to digest. There have been very rich to very bland to near stomach-turning moments. But like with all good feasts, I am now onto dessert. (And yes I did order the chocolate souffle in advance.)

This weekend the summer clothes get put away, files get archived, home projects get organized and I return to blogging.

Fall is coming. And I’m ready!

*This photo was taken at the historic (now abandoned) Robinson Flag Station near Carcross, Yukon.

To the brave ones

“He who is brave is free.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is a certain amount of courage and conviction that is required for us all to live our daily lives.

Maybe some days that means having a melt down, recovering and starting again. On other days, that could mean marching right into the dragon’s den with shield up and sword drawn. And still others, it requires the willingness to let go of the known, the ugly, and the stuff that just isn’t working. In making that decision, you hold the space for what’s next – whatever that may be.

Bravery is as much about optimism and foolishness as it is about perseverance and preparedness. It is also as much demonstrated in everyday life as it is in climbing mountains, rescuing those in peril, and standing up to a bully.

Living is not for the faint at heart. And I have begun to appreciate the acts of bravery that we each demonstrate daily as individuals.

Forget skydiving, for some bravery is walking into a room of complete strangers at a social event and striking up a conversation. Nevermind swimming with sharks, bravery could be resisting group think and choosing to be the lone voice and sole vote against something that you simply do not agree with. Maybe bravery is retraining in a completely different field after the loss of a job or overhauling your entire lifestyle to become fit and healthy.

Whatever it might be, know that we are all heroes of our own lives.

So here’s to the brave ones. All of us.

p.s. This post was inspired in part by a group of individuals participating in a Job Creation Program to start new careers after a decade or more of working in what is now a dying industry.