21st September, day 91 of my 365 days of happiness. At the end of a good day, a nice cup of cacao is just what's needed. I was meant to have my 24 hour blood pressure monitor today but the Dr surgery cancelled so I could do my second day of 5:2 (week 3). Dinner at 5:30 pm was a bowl of tofu and stir fry veg, for a total of 420 calories. I used Konjac noodles fit the first time, what a revelation! They will help me immensely on future fasting days. The cacao mug is made of 5 almonds, 1 dried apricot, 1/2 tsp cacao and 2 cardamoms, all blended in the Vitamix then heated on the hob. Now in bed ready for my hot drink and a nice long read while the Master does his aikido. Happiness all round! .
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Yesterday we woke up at 6am, we were on a mission to make it to Botanical Beach at low tide. A short drive through the Pacheedaht First Nations and Port Renfrew we made it to the 47th Km of the Juan de Fuca Trail, also known as Botanical Beach! As soon as we got down to the beach and saw the hundreds of tide pools we knew this was something we had never seen before and we were so freaking lucky that we could experience this. It was a Wednesday at 7:30 am and here we were walking around alone on a beach completely covered in tide pools that would only be exposed during low tide and would eventually all disappear under the ocean. We spent a good hour walking around and looking at the wild life in the tide pools. There were little fish, enemies, starfish, snails, shellfish and more that we couldn't identify. As soon as we thought it couldn't get any cooler we walked onto this limestone shelf, the tide pools here looked like craters on the moon. The waves were so loud and so big. It was fun just watching them crash. So we did, we stood there basking in the sun, watching nature in its full glory do it thing ❤️Next we walked through the Botanical Loop trail, which looked like a Fairytale book! The trees grew every which way, except for straight! At one of the walkouts we watched the biggest and loudest waves we've seen yet! At another walkout we saw a real life mini "Bonsai" Trees. Due to the harsh weather conditions near the ocean, this tree that would normally grow 50 meters in the forest only grew to be 5 feet tall. We loved Botanical Beach and the entire South boarder of Vancouver Island. From the unspoiled nature, the rugged coastlines, the surfers, the laid back lifestyles...the list goes on- everything was astonishing.
Continued, our last night in Colorado. We had some crazy things go down the last few days which are disheartening. We signed up for an event to sell our vintage and jewelry in a smaller town in Colorado. The organizer overbooked and so we were left set up near a road block as our “spot”. We ended up speaking with him and asking for our money back after only a few hours since customers could not even see us and it was a two day event. Upon discussion, he seemed sincere and told us to shoot him an email and he would refund our payment of over $200. For anyone who has gone on the road, you understand that ever dollar counts and you have a sincerity and hope that you will not get burned. This past week he has dodged our emails then blocked our accounts, dodged our phone calls and texts until I called from a blocked number and he hung up. It’s just something upsetting to happen when you put yourself out there and go on the road. It’s already an anxiety filled atmosphere traveling and showing up to do event in unknown places but then getting burnt, is absolutely terrible. We are working with PayPal in hopes we will be able to get our money back thT we deserve. Besides this, we have been uploading all of our photos from our trip onto Brianna’s phone. Unfortunately, her phone completely broke and the last 3 weeks of photos were not saved to iCloud... What a devastating week but now we learned two things: RESEARCH, RESEARCH + RESEARCH, also back up photos and save them in multiple spots.
It is truly amazing when you look around you and find that everyone is having a great time, doing what makes them happy. This is the thought that crossed our minds as we set foot on Sombrio beach. To our left, a girl hoola-hooping while reading a book, to our right people packing in all their camping gear, and in front of us a dozen or so surfers waiting for the perfect wave. We had innocently walked into a little slice of paradise. As we sat on the piece of drift wood washed up on the shore we basked in our surroundings.
Knitasana (Knitting meditation practice) offers me the valuable opportunity to take it slow and focus on the joy of just being.
Not trying to be anywhere else, not rushing to the next thing... Just being. Here. Now. ✌️☺️ Do you enjoy knitting as a chance to slow down and be more present? Double tap if you do!
When I decide I need to get "back in shape," perfectionism kicks in and I go a little overboard. Ok, maybe a lot overboard.
This is what my thoughts sound like:
"I reeeealy need to lose some weight and get back in shape. I'm going to eat clean and work out, starting RIGHT NOW! I'm not going to let one single bite of less-than-perfect food even come close to my mouth. I'm going to get up extra early and do at least one hour of high intensity exercise every single day. No excuses!!"
I dive right in, shocking my system with all the extreme changes. Then I jump on the scale first thing every morning to see if I've made progress.
The scale usually dips downward little by little, day by day. But after a short period of time, I fail.
Read more “On Listening to Your Body” on my blog (link in profile). 💕
P.S. We’ve been going non-stop for weeks and finally get a weekend off - I can’t wait! Who else is ready for the weekend?!? Any fun plans?? #shesimplifies
We followed the Straight of Juan de Fuca on highway 14 up to the China Beach trail head. Here marks the 0km marker of the 47km Juan de Fuca Trail - a trail that leads you through some of the most untouched and beautiful temperate rainforest. As hikers trek along this trail they are treated to spectacular and breathtaking beaches. We started along the trail and immediately we shocked at the size and beauty of the forest around us; On the floor you found tree roots tangled amongst each other and the trees themselves covered in moss. The forest surrounding us was so big and powerful yet so delicate. We arrived at our destination - Mystic Beach, a beach only accessed via the trail. Here we walked out onto soft beach sand while waves crashed along the shoreline with so much power and purpose. As the waves retreated back into the water they dragged with them the river rocks creating this unforgettable crackle sound. The feeling and emotions that come back as we think back on this exact moment are amazing. We have been so fortunate to experience this at this point in our lives. We stayed along the shoreline watching as the tide came in and eventually the majority of the beach was covered, waiting for another low tide to expose all of its beauty.
What is your hustle?
My hustle for worthiness was silent, steering clear of attention, and striving for perfection. I was afraid to step into my identity because as long as I wasn't noticed, I couldn't let anyone down.
It’s hard to look back now and accept this is my past, that I sacrificed decades of my young life to the hustle of worthiness instead of embracing who God made me to be. There is sadness, but I’m also so grateful to be on this side of the hustle, to be in the embrace of a confident simplicity where my vulnerabilities are leveraged to make me stronger, not weaker, as I feared they would.
The answer to handling life’s complications is not to avoid the vulnerabilities we have; it’s to embrace them.
Own your story, because it matters. When you're on the outside of it, you and the world are missing out on something really beautiful.
This has never happened to us before but these next few posts where the hardest posts to write about. We just had the best 3 days and it's so hard to write a short Instagram caption that would do them justice, never mind choosing a handful of pictures out of the hundreds we took! It all started on Monday we visited 2 of the beaches on the south border of Vancouver Island. French Beach had the loudest waves we heard to date, little did we know the waves would get bigger and louder as we travelled west, but you'll read about that later! At French Beach we built a pair of Inukshuks while the waves crashed behind us. Then we went to a hidden gem, Fishboat Beach, it is not on the map and there are no signs on the road but with an inside scoop we managed to find it. We were probably the only ones that Beach had scene in awhile. It was so peaceful and hidden, we wrote our names in the sand as we took in all the beauty of the untouched Beach. By mid afternoon we found ourselves back at Jordan River, where we had a classic lunch of PB&J, we painted, we watched the surfers and then went to bed 💙
Learned a new term from @thelipstickgiraffe last night @theblogbloc meet up: SHOEFIE. And I ain't even embarrassed to use it bc these chelsea boots from @madewell give me all the dancing feet feels 🙌🏻 #everydaymadewell
Ahh the glorious "salad bowl". This has been my go to lunch lately and I am pretty obsessed.... Why? There is nothing to it. Just throw whatever greens you have in the bottom and then top with whatever sounds yummy (or easy). I made butternut "fries" for the kids lunch so I just threw some on mine. Always olives. Be sure to put some kind of protien - lunchmeat, tuna, fried egg. Then top it all with salad dressing. Now if I could just find a sister wife to make it for me.
Sometimes it takes a simple moment on a hot September day to remind me of how fortunate I am to be able to enjoy these mid-afternoon moments. It’s hard to accept the big changes we’ve had to make to get here but it’s forever worth it. Even if I don’t always appreciate or see all the good things it has to offer (especially on the hard days) I couldn’t ask for a better life. Thanks to my always hardworking husband and to our support system for making it all work. ❤️ #sahm#simpleliving#ptbocanada
🌿 We had the perfect end to the perfect evening and we celebrated it with homemade crumble made with hand picked apples 🍎 from the garden 🌿
This is the first evening this week where we've not had football, Beavers or something else so we've all just come home relaxed, the boys have played in the garden and I've made sausages and mash and crumble. I never used to be able to cook at all so this is a huge improvement 😉
I'm beginning to feel better already after a good rest and plenty of homemade food 🌿
To be honest, I feel so safe and cozy when I'm with my pup. She's always there for me and loves to just curl up on the couch with me when I'm feeling like having a quiet moment. How do your pets make you feel loved?
Welcome to @cwtch_aesthetic! We are all about everything that makes you feel loved and safe. This can be anything from cozy sweaters, to your favorite reading nook, to a hug from a loved one. ❤ What does cwtch mean to you? We'd love to hear about it!
Bring on the falllll weather please!! Missing the mountains like always and the fresh, cool air. Also helps when one of the amazing instructors of your workshop is pretty much a model and looks good out in the scenery. 😉
➕ "There is nothing left to prove - all that's left to do is to enjoy." @realrobbell 🙏🏼 🌱 🙌🏼 . . . As a mom, wife and business owner, I need to be doing more of that: enjoying this season of love, and all those that will come after. 💗. #thefirstyear#enjoy