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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

today I'm grateful for

sweet nothings in Whistler Village
What do you want?
I want to travel. I want to fall in love again. I want a Chloe purse. I want a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. I want a lot of material things, but I also really want to make a difference. From the car seat to the swivel chair, inherently humans meet resistance in pursuit of want.
I could not tell you the number of times I’ve visualized the bull, me grabbing it by the horns and riding off into the sunset. The older I am, the more daunting this journey gets. I am not afraid of wrong turns (hell, I love a good ‘ol bump in the road) but how close the destination feels. I’ve been able to arrive at this place of contentment solely because of the people I’ve met en route. Their wisdom has taught me about communication, goal setting, active listening and how to manifest my strengths into strong leadership.
Today I am excited to be the kind of leader people want to follow. I want to be consistent. I want to be fun. I want to be accessible. I want to be a stand for my team and their goals.
Tomorrow I want to take these learnings and recreate them. I want authentic conversations to ignite feelings of self-worth and empower a new community.  
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Gandhi
Buck up, bulls are impatient.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

where the wild things are

United by the commitment to our practice, the pursuit of balance and promise to do one thing a day that scares us, yogis from far and wide congregated in Vancouver’s backyard for the first Canadian installment of Wanderlust.

WAN – DER – LUST n. a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel, do yoga and listen to music. Indeed, the atmosphere in the idyllic mountain village of Whistler made all these things irresistible. Host to heavy hitters like Seane Corne, Chris Chavez, Eoin Finn, and music legends like Michael Franti and Thievery Corporation, Whistler created the space for different teaching styles and body rocking beats to flow together in harmony.
The weekend was riddled with powerful metaphors and words of transformation. One such ah-ha moment occurred during Eoin Finn’s Sunday Superflow class. Eoin spoke about the ocean and yoga and the symmetry that exists between them. On the surface, the ocean is fickle and abuzz but when you sink deeper there is a boundless calm and tranquility awaiting you. He invited us to peel back the layers and find comfort in discomfort, focus on the breath and let peace fill us. Piece of cake, right?
After a weekend of back bending and heart openings, we wandering yogis headed back to the city filled with gratitude and some serious #joblove. Working for lululemon isn’t just an education in black stretchy pants, it’s an education of the body, mind, and soul.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

the sun will rise again

Will I find someone who treated me that well again?

It's a natural thing to wonder, but remember how unassuming you were when you stumbled upon him? You've got many such run ins to look forward to in your future my girl.

Maybe, I don't know.

I think through your relationship you've learned that you're not ready to slow down, and when you are, your guy will find you. How could he not? You're hard to miss.

They weren't kidding, love hurts.

It can. Not to sound cliche, but we always learn more about ourselves and what we need through our perceived 'failures.' For what its worth, I admire your courage to end something that was comfortable and familiar. You deserve the tummy flip 24/7.

So do you. It's out there for us.

One of my best friends is going through a break up.
We had this conversation last night and it still speaks to me.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I hear there's beer at the finish line...

Today our runners hit the Mississauga course
raring to go, they showed no remorse.
Rocking Cores, Inspires and Excels
they kept hydrated so no muscle would swell.
  Under the sun their Swiftly’s and Metal Vent Tech's shown bright
Flash and Kayak, they stood up alright!
With signage held high we were decked out in blue
Your Sherway, Square One and Oakville lemons
Trail side, cheering for you.
 Hey community, this Sunday was one for the books
with every stride that you took,
our hearts filled up, bursting admiration
Love your Saddington Park cheering station!
Congratulations to everyone who participated, a truly inspiring day!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

"couldn't stay away, I coudn't fight it"

Fingers dance across ivory keys and break the silence
words join in quietly and find momentum.
Truths are revealed and questions are asked
promises are made and the tempo slows.
White noise.

Adele's 'Someone Like You' has been on repeat for the last 30 minutes. The longer I sit here, the more convinced I am that given the opportunity to collaborate, we could not have produced a song more indicative of my present mindset.
Music is a powerful force, it connects fragmented emotions and pacifies tough conversations with oneself.

 I have always envied those able to dress up an everyday emotion.
Tonight, I just needed someone like you.

Friday, January 27, 2012

find comfort in discomfort

January 26th @ the ROM
A collection of letters arranged together.
Instead of understanding them just the way they are, I look in, between and beneath them as they dance around and around my head.
Last night at the first installment of the lululemon expansion series, our instructor Linda Malone (iam yoga), encouraged us to "find comfort in discomfort," breathe deeply and resist the urge to come out of challenging poses. In these instances, where does your mind go? For anyone that knows me well, you can agree, that I struggle with living in the moment. Despite genuine efforts to be present you will hear me reliving a memory, fixating on something I cannot control, or gearing up for the next phase of my life plan. My Mum has urged me time and again to be less rigid. As shoot her a smile of appeasement, my nods are really saying "blah blah blah." 
...but perhaps she is onto something.
Her sentiments were echoed last night, "find comfort in discomfort." Whether an elaborate yoga pose or the uncertainty that lies within every one of life's funny twists and turns, find your breath - it won't last for forever.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

"I'll wait here for you."

Happiness. Simple concept, profound meaning.
A pioneer in women's free skiing, Sarah Burke surpassed expectations and re wrote the rules for female skiers after her. She followed her passion for extreme skiing across North America, to the summit of dozens of peaks and eventually the top of the national podiums. From here, Sarah spearheaded a campaign to integrate freestyle skiing into the Winter Olympics and boy was the ski community excited to see what she had in store for us in 2014.

Today, surrounded by friends and family, after sustaining a critical ski injury Sarah lost the fight of her life. Far too often does it take a tragedy to remind us that we are not invincible. All we can take away from something that cannot be reversed is a sense of urgency. Urgency to laugh. Urgency to learn. Urgency to never go to bed angry. Urgency to set an intention for everyday. Urgency in the pursuit of happiness.

Let Sarah's full life be an example to us all. RIP our fair Ontario girl.
Be present. Love deeply. Be grateful.