Vietnam, here we come!

Holy Moly. I woke up today and realized my dreams are finally my reality. Here I am waking up in South East Asia. Vietnam, to be more exact. What a wild ride it was getting here. Another 24 hours spent traveling on flights and in airports.

Before landing we were terrified about all the scams and horror stories we have heard from people getting in ‘taxis’ at the airports that either rob you or take you to random locations. It’s no wonder we were completely stressed out as we left the airport to find a random man holding a sign with just my name on it. No sign of what hotel he was taking us to, who he worked for and to top it off he did not speak one word of English!

After much deliberation we decided to get in the car, I mean he did have my full name on a paper which the hostel said he would. We also used the google translate app to find out what address he was taking us too. After a 40 min drive full of anxiety, we pulled up to a block of people sitting around everywhere and our driver pointed down an alley way and said “down there ya”.. Ummm NO! There was no way were were getting out of the car to walk down an alley together at midnight with all of our backpacks. Continue reading “Vietnam, here we come!”

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Our alarm was set for 5am, which was not a good situation for me. It’s no secret that I am not the happiest person in the morning. I just love sleeping! This morning was even worse after fighting through a sleepless night of jet lag. Boooooo! 

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However, the alarms were set for good reason. We needed to wake up, eat some brekkie and hop on the public transit to head over to Diamond Head before sunrise. Diamond Head Crater is a stunning volcanic landmark that has incredible 360 degree views of Oahu! The early am wake up was definitely worth the view and also gave us a great workout! Not to mention this event cost us a whopping $3.50 after the bus ride down and $1 park entrance fee. Traveling on a budget can be challenging, but finding fun outdoor activities for cheap makes my heart happy! Stunning views and exercise, what more could you want!?

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We assumed after the early wake up, we would be spending the afternoon enjoying a siesta on the beach, however, that plan changed quickly after planning out our remaining days in Hawaii. After much deliberation we agreed to hop on an hour bus ride west to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Continue reading “The Early Bird Gets the Worm”

Departure Day

Well, DAY ONE was full of mixed emotions. After very little sleep, it was a 4am wake up, rush to get ready and head to the airport. For the entire 2.5 hour drive I felt as though I may puke as so much tension built up in my chest, I felt like it could burst at any second.

As I looked at the driver’s seat to see the love of my life so calm telling me everything was going to be okay.. I felt an overwhelm of both gratitude and guilt. This incredible man was driving me to the airport so I can live out my dreams and I feel incredibly blessed to be with someone who truly understands me. The guilt came from the fact that we just moved into this beautiful country home and I can see our future together, yet here I am pushing the pause button to travel the other side of the world.

As I stared at that beautiful man I couldn’t hold back my tears, I was not ready to leave him. However, deep down I knew this is just something I have to do.. It’s a now or never sort of thing. I’ve always dreamed of backpacking and when your best friend puts the perfect opportunity in front of you.. You have to take it because who knows where we will be a year from now? Everyone’s getting engaged, having babies and life is moving so quickly! There might not be another chance like this!Continue reading “Departure Day”

NOTE TO SELF: Importance of Self Care

In order for something to grow, you must nourish it. You feed your children, you feed your pets, and you feed yourself. If you want to learn a skill you must show up everyday and work on that skill. Nourish it until it grows.

If there is one thing that I have learned while being a health coach, it is that we must nourish OURSELVES as we nourish our business and every other aspect of our lives. Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in all the creativity, learning and excitement of running a business that you forget to take care of yourself.

It is funny how I coach women everyday to stress less by making more time for themselves. Yet here I am, burnt out after a crazy few months of juggling too many opportunities and dreams all at once.

So today, I am here to remind myself that we MUST NOURISH TO FLOURISH. You can only push yourself so far and so hard before you crash. Nobody likes to crash and end up sitting out on the sidelines anxiously waiting to get back in the game.

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LADIES, DO YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE?

Somedays I really wonder how women go through their entire lives with the pressures of society constantly on them.

Today I was chatting with an older woman who was absolutely radiant. She looked happy as could be and was truly glowing. Yet the first words out of her mouth, to my surprise were “what ever you do don’t get old” – and let me just say I CAN NOT count the amount of times I hear this statement in a week. Mind you, I do live in a ‘retirement community’ (most likely because I am an old soul and I fit in here) but it still shocks me the amount of people who make growing old and even retirement sound DAUNTING.

However, the part that was so surprising to me was the fact that I had already taken notice of her natural beauty before we began conversing.

It was almost as if she felt my energy or perhaps I had a puzzled look on my face (I am not one to hide my emotions) but she suddenly changed gears and went on to say “actually.. the best part about getting old is not having to care about my looks, my weight, or my clothes… now there is just complete FREEDOM for me to be me! There was so much pressure before and now no one cares!”

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Summer Solstice

What a week!

My vibration was ridiculously high this week which was no coincidence considering SUMMER SOLSTICE was on Wednesday!

For those of you who don’t know the summer solstice is the longest day of the year (meaning the sun is up in the sky longer than any other day of the year). It is the first official day of summer and it is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness. It is a time to reflect upon the potential for consciousness to awaken both in ourselves and within everyone else!

Sometimes, I am just so fascinated with how incredible our universe can be.

This week I honestly could not stop smiling. Even my boss took notice and asked me what was going on and I truly had no answer other than “I’m just in a really good mood”.

There was no explanation for this good mood other than I just felt like things were right where they were suppose to be. It was though my stars were aligning. This is a feeling which I have not felt in a LONG time.

I had several weird ‘coincidences’ this week (however, I don’t believe in coincidences but that is the best way to describe it for others).

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Lessons From The City Of Love

A lot of people have been asking why I haven’t blogged about my time in Paris and quite honestly I think there is so much to talk about that I don’t even know where to begin! It was an incredibly eye opening trip.

Most people go on vacations to get away,  I however, go to learn.  On this trip in particular, I learned so much more than I was ever expecting.

With another awful event happening in London last weekend, I felt compelled to sit down and write about our time in beautiful, majestic Paris.

It was my first time in Europe. For whatever reason, Europe really hasn’t been at the top of my list for places to see. However if I learned anything at all from ‘Sex in the City,’ when your boyfriend asks you to go to Paris, you say 100% yes without hesitation.  I mean… IT’S PARIS!

Since this trip came out of nowhere, I didn’t have all that much time to prepare for it. Therefore my expectations were low and I really had no idea what it was going to be like.

Before we left, everyone was asking me “Aren’t you concerned about flying right now?”, “Do you think it’s really a good idea to be going to Paris right now?”, and “What if something happens while you’re over there?”.

As usual, I brushed off these comments and said “Whatever happens…happens!”.

I live my life with a strong belief that whatever is meant to be will be and I simply can’t live my life in fear of the ‘WHAT IFs’. Some see this as being naive, I see it as having faith and courage to really LIVE rather than just exist.

I choose to BELIEVE that there is FAR MORE good in this world than there is bad. 

With that being said, my experience in Paris was definitely eye opening. This was the first time in my life where I was completely out of place and unable to communicate with locals. What a strange feeling!

Obviously we knew they spoke French, but we just assumed a lot more people would speak English. Since we were staying at an Airbandb which was a 30 minute train right outside of Paris… there was NO ONE who spoke English around us.

Simple tasks like buying groceries, going to restaurants, and communicating with Uber drivers were now incredibly hard to do. Hand motions and lots of laughter got us through most of these language barrier issues. This gave me a whole new level of respect for anyone who has immigrated to different country without speaking the local language!

At first this language barrier was all fun and games; that was until we were put in a dangerous situation with no form of communication available to us.

While riding the subway, the train came to an immediate stop. A voice came over the   PA system (in French of course) and quickly panic broke out as people were running off the train. We had no idea what was going on. All the signs were in French. All we could read was “attention, attention”… people were frantically running around!

Next thing you know, army men are all over the subway station carrying massive guns with their hands on the triggers. Yet here we were, foreigners who don’t speak the language and have absolutely no idea what was going on as we followed the crowds out of the station.

Later, when we found our way back to our accommodations, we couldn’t stop talking about the experience we had earlier that day.

As messages began to fill our phones asking if we were okay we realized that there had in fact been an attack. This was such a surreal feeling as all the voices of others replayed in my head about ‘how dangerous it was for us going to France at this time’.

I realized just how sheltered we are in Canada and how truly lucky we are to live here. Sure we hear about all of the hate and craziness that is going on in the world right now, but we aren’t actually LIVING it day to day in our own backyard.

I know when I get up in the morning and walk to work I am not the slightest bit concerned about whether I am going to make it home that day or not.

Meanwhile for our entire trip in France, we were always looking around with a feeling of hesitation. Everywhere you go that is a significant place (like the Eiffel Tower, Chateau du Versailles, The Arc, etc) there are army men walking around with their massive guns just waiting and ready for anything.

At one point on the trip my boyfriend asked me, “doesn’t it make you feel safer having them walking around?” and I honestly replied with “Not one bit!”.

My heart skipped a beat every time I saw one of them because I was wandering around snapping my camera, taking in the breathtaking views of the incredible buildings, when suddenly, I’d see them and reality would set in that there really was a possibility that we are exploring a targeted site of the city that could be hit at any moment.

Before we went to France people warned us that ‘the French were snobby’ and I can honestly say that I never felt as though anyone was ever rude to us. We had a wonderful experience everywhere we went.

The best part about truly experiencing the city through their public transit was seeing just how nice and helpful everyone was to each other. In the middle of chaos and devastation it felt as though there was a sense of unity. As we watched women try to get on the crowded subways with their baby strollers, others around would make way and help them get the strollers on before anyone else.

When we were lost, Parisians desperately tried to help us even with the language barrier! Some would even give up trying to explain directions to us and just waved us to follow them as they took us to our destination.

It always amazes me how people are so quick to judge and categorize other people. Just because you meet one snobby person doesn’t mean EVERYONE is snobby. Heck, that person probably isn’t even snobby! I bet they were just having a bad day or you caught them at a bad time.

With all the hate going on in the world… WE NEED MORE LOVE!

Paris will ALWAYS hold a part of my HEART.

I am so grateful for the amazing experience we had. I feel blessed to have been able to see Vimy Ridge during its 100 year anniversary. All of the history in France was truly astonishing. The buildings were incredible and the people, well…they were lovely.

Every place I go teaches me something new. It’s funny how sometimes it takes flying across an ocean to make you appreciate your own backyard.

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Big Magic

This is one of those books you constantly see popping up on Instagram. You probably noticed it a few times simply because it has a wicked cover. I don’t care what they say, I always judge a book by its cover! This book caught my eye and I am so thankful that it did. Elizabeth Gilbert truly changed my perspective on creativity and my current living situation (you know, working for someone else while living with a burning desire to be an entrepreneur).

Lately I have been feeling rather uninspired. It’s as though I can see where I want to go and where I want to take my fitness and my business, yet I am stuck in this 44hr work week that does not allow me the time and energy to grow.

This book truly came to me at the right time. I realized that creativity is something I have always valued. When I was young and people asked me to describe myself, creative was always a word I chose. Growing up, I was always involved in creative activities whether that was sewing, drawing, dance, art camps, scrapbooking etc. I was always able to express myself creatively. What I didn’t realize until now after reading this book was that my creative energy flow has been lost in this work to live life style. I’ve been blaming my work for taking away my happiness, yet its not the job itself although the lack of creativity definitely has an impact, it is the amount of time spent at work that has me feeling resentful! Elizabeth showed me a new way at looking at things. My job isn’t my life. Although it takes up a lot of my time and may be the cause of my lack of inspiration.. it does not mean I can not create in other areas of my life outside of work!

Elizabeth talks about if you are feeling stuck, do something creative. It can be irrelevant to your original task but as long as you are doing something to feed your creative energy you will be moving forward. This was something I never thought of before and since reading this book I have been implementing this idea and I am honestly shocked by the transformation it has created!

I have plenty of ideas for blogs I’d like to write, or meals I want to cook but sometimes when I have time to actually work on them I feel stuck or uninspired in that moment. Since reading Elizabeth’s book I have been carving out time in my schedule for creativity! I recently got out my old sketch book and have been drawing a lot lately, I’ve also signed up for a few painting classes, and I began renovating my kitchen. These projects are all completely irrelevant to my passion for fitness/health and wellbeing, yet they have allowed me to escape my 9-5 grind and gave me room to grow creatively. The best part is, my gym routine is finally back on track and I have my positive energy to thank for that.

Elizabeth writes about how you must “give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents”. She is talking about the fact that if we are not occupied creating something, our minds are usually actively destroying something whether thats our self esteem, our relationships, etc. This is what really tied it all together for me. Have you ever noticed how some days you wake up feeling charged. You have the best day full of productivity, love and laughter. This leaves you feeling on top of the world like you are really getting somewhere in this life. However, some days you feel totally uninspired and pick yourself apart feeding your ego with thoughts like “I’m not good enough, I can’t do this”. Big Magic made me realize that when I am feeling that negative energy creeping in, it’s time to do something creative! Anything that makes you feel good. Give your mind a job to do!

Please, go read this book! It is not just another self help book.. its a great read that WILL change your perspective on life, creativity and living authentically.

THANK YOU ELIZABETH for creating this masterpiece!

Until next time,

xo

Cassidy