Does your schedule rule your life?

Does your schedule rule your life or does your life rule your schedule? Chances are we've never thought about the nuances of the question above. We often think our schedule and life work together to ensure we stay on task, motivated, aware of what has to be done and what's to come so that we can enjoy all the things life has to offer. We can fail to realize when our schedule becomes so packed it ends sucking the joy out of the very life it is helping us live on such a tight schedule.  I love my schedule. I love writing in my planner the schedule for the day. From my morning routine to work, to getting in a workout and going for a walk, to scheduling in time to read and even writing down 'bedtime', it can be a fun process to lay out your life on the [...]

2021-03-03T19:37:20+00:00

Comparison Is The Thief of Joy

I had a moment recently where I needed to stop and check-in with myself. Amidst new and exciting opportunities, pursuing personal projects, work and living life, I found myself unconsciously being caught up in comparison. As something I actively work on reformatting my brain to steer clear from, I’m met with mixed emotions; how did I not realize sooner that it was comparison at the root of my discomfort and anxiety? How can I be more gentle with myself when I slip into this old habit that we are conditioned to believe is a necessary part of life? How can I set myself up for success so it doesn’t happen again? And what immediate action do I need to do now? I started where I always feel called when I have an idea spinning endlessly in my brain-- to my words. I began to write. I opened a page, wrote [...]

2018-07-23T15:12:49+00:00

My Theme For 2018 : Radiate

When I chose the word and theme of Balance for 2017, it’s because it was something I knew I needed in my life. Anyone close to me who heard this as my intention echoed me with an outstanding YES! Unfortunately, often what you need most can be the hardest thing to do. I began setting boundaries in a feeble attempt to regain balance in life, but it ultimately did not work. After hitting my own personal physical and mental rock bottom at the start of the early summer months, a change was forced upon me. I was mentally stressed to the max resulting in the strain on my most personal and meaningful relationships, I was physically unable to do the activities I enjoyed most, and there was a weight on my heart I could not shake. Tears in the yoga hot room dripping wet with sentiments of feeling like [...]

2018-01-02T02:45:05+00:00

Prayers of Inspiration, Motivation and Execution

Today as I left yoga in my super zen state of chill, contentment, joy & awareness, I began to pray... I prayed for inspiration, but not just inspiration-- I prayed for execution-- the motivation and guidance to execute the inspiration that came my way. All too often I pray prayers of blanket statements without really thinking about the rounded out outcome. I don't just want to be inspired, I want to take that spark of inspiration and set fire to everything I set my hands to! I want to let that Inspiration unfold in unique and creative ways to be put to use in my work where, at the end of the day, I can stand back and go 'whoa, what an incredible day. I didn't think I had that in me, but it was God-breathed inspiration living through me and it's amazing to see.' Today, think of both [...]

2018-01-02T01:52:14+00:00

Looking Out Windows

I love looking out windows.From the warmth and safety of my indoor haven, the mystery and unknown of the outdoors is beautiful and almost surreal; I can't feel it's cold, I can't touch its edges, I can't become exposed to its very being.Inside is safe.Inside is comfortable.Inside is where daydreams run wild and your heart longs for something more... to simply go outside.To go outside is to live the adventure your soul tells you is out there, waiting to embrace you. It's not the same embrace as the blankets of safety that enrobe you inside. It's the comfort of the wind at your back, the sun on your face and the knowing whispers of your surroundings singing 'go on; dream, live, there's more for you here.'But going outside; taking that first step is scary.What do I wear, how do I prepare for outside I've come to desire but haven't taken [...]

2018-01-02T02:23:12+00:00

GIVEAWAY: Inspiring Spaces

  I am passionate about being inspired. When you're inspired, you are limitless. All the possibilities of the world are open, and you find ways to relish in the daydreams of endless potential. Creating inspiring spaces cultivates a little piece of possibility in your own home, which is valuable beyond measure. Creating a space that inspires you means you believe you can change the world, you can take on anything that comes your way, and you feel welcome, happy and your heart radiates. I've made a point to surround myself with items that inspire. I've even had people comment on my Instagram photos, sharing sentiments of how they enjoy the environment I intentionally put myself in. I encourage people to do the same-- a candle in a little corner, a plant whose shadows dance in the sunlight, or a favourite saying framed in calligraphy to encourage you in moments you feel [...]

2017-02-10T01:22:10+00:00

Prairie Yogi

Rachelle is one the sweetest people I've met since I started attending Yoga Public in the late summer of 2015. It's kinda funny-- I've made more meaningful relationships with yoga instructors than other students I attend class with. I guess after seeing faces again and again, and after the easy conversation starter of 'hey, you work at Jenna Rae Cakes', it's easier to connect with teachers than students. Rachelle is the inventor of Prairie Yogi. As defined on their website: We are inspired by the big skies of our geography and the big hearts of our people, and believe that by sharing the stories of our community and bringing together that community by creating inspiring experiences, we are making the prairies a bit brighter of a place. I resonate with this. The longing for community, of people to truly share life with, is something I find woven into my being. [...]

2017-01-17T02:03:39+00:00

4 am Beauty

My favourite time of day is the early morning. Not 8 am early morning, Not 6 am early morning, 4 am early morning. Photo (from quite a few years back in Hamilton, Ontario) by the lovely and talented Krysten Cathleen Photography When I happen to wake up around this time of the morning, I relish in the quiet joy of stillness that surrounds me. A sleeping husband to my left, a sleeping cat to my right. The freshly fallen snow or leaves, the freshly sprouted grass or flowers, all untouched but ready for the natural sun stage-light to cast its beams for their stage call so they can show off their beauty, stillness & overnight transformation. In scripture, we read about how tomorrow is a new day. Sorrows may come, hardships, moments of weakness; but the light and love of a new day will come. Each morning, beginning [...]

2017-01-03T00:00:42+00:00

Balance

At the beginning of each year I choose a 'word' as my intention for the 365 days ahead. Sometimes it is a phrase, sometimes nothing more than a simple word that may receive nothing more than a passing glance to some, but for me it holds significance. My word for 2016 was Brave.   My life centred around the theme of stepping out, trying new things, finding my voice, and really embodying what it means to find strength and not be afraid to shine. Brave was what this past year needed. But being brave; with all its positives leaving me feeling accomplished, like I achieved personal growth and like I truly pushed my own limitations, often left me exhausted.   When I look back at all the things I wanted to accomplish this year, I am left with lists written in beautiful gold ink with barely any stroke marks of [...]

2016-12-29T18:25:30+00:00

Healing – My Healing Session Experience

Healing is such an interesting word. We can think of healing in many different ways but its deepest root is positivity—to become whole again. I recently had a healing session with one of my yoga-teachers-turned-friend Savannah. I will be the first person to admit, when she first mentioned I should come to a healing session, my mind was full of doubt and disbelief, intertwined with playful curiosity and intrigue. As someone who has a firm belief in my own faith, I am definitely open to hearing about what other people find worthy of their own belief—where people find truth, and how similarities form. Let’s be honest, as a Christian, we are continually told to go out and make disciples of those around us, spread the gospel, and see people come to Christ. One of the reasons I love hearing about another individuals belief system is because I love seeing where [...]

2016-11-20T04:22:54+00:00