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Enjoyment

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New Years. The cliche time of year where many of us cling to ideas, goals and promises we hope to achieve in the upcoming year. By no means am I against New Years Resolutions. I think having goals is essential for personal development and being able to better ourselves. However, I find that all to often we forget one of the most crucial aspects of self development and growth. Reflection. When we are truly honest in our own self reflection it brings awareness, and this awareness creates the ability to change the things we don’t like. Self reflection is extremely humbling as it gives us the freedom to see things for what they truly are, the space to grow and the foundation in which to measure that growth.

Our society thrives on constantly wanting more, having more and being more, but as a result we rarely slow down and truly appreciate all that we already have. It’s imperative that we honor ourselves through reflecting not only on where we were, or where we are, but also where we are going. There is so much to be grateful for in between point A and point B, in admiring the steps you have taken, the accomplishments you have already made and the moment you are currently in. If we cannot appreciate what we already have, we will never find happiness in having more.

For me, New Years is simply about honouring the course that life has taken me through over the past year. Allowing myself to remember not only the high points but also the low points, because strength grows in the moments that we feel defeated by the darkness but continue searching for the light. The happiness often comes after heartache, the success after the struggles. Life is full of change. Priorities changes, friendships change, relationships change and what we value changes. Ask yourself what is really important to you and then have the courage to continually build your life around that answer.

I chose one word every year to be mindful of as I wake up every day. 2015 was the hardest year of my life where I felt completely lost on many levels. So my focus for 2016 was Alignment. And this past year has been exactly that. Aligning my thoughts, my actions and my life with who I truly am at my core. It has been a very emotional year but in the most amazing way as I feel like I have found myself again.

So this year I choose to be mindful every day of one simple word. Enjoyment. I choose to make a conscious effort to find more enjoyment every single day. Enjoyment in those first few quiet moments in the morning, enjoyment in the uninterrupted beauty of time spent with those I love. Less analyzing, over thinking and losing direction with thoughts running wild. Simple enjoyment in life and where I am today, not where I may be tomorrow. But most of all, enjoyment in who I am and who I was truly meant to be.

Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous. ~ Confucious


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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchilada

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This recipe is straight from the pages of Oh She Glows and it is by far the best vegan recipe I have ever tasted, let alone made. I myself am not vegetarian, but I aim for at least 3 vegetarian meals per week. However sometimes it can be hard to find a meatless alternative that remotely resembles the original full fat, full flavor or full ingredient recipe you desire. This savory dish will not leave any of your taste buds disappointed and I can guarantee Continue reading


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Sweet November

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Something I will never take for granted about where I live is the ability to experience all four seasons, but there is still something about fall that resonates with my soul. The beauty of nature visually transforming every day carries a feeling of change, reflection and subtle sense of slowing down. The busy summer lifestyle slowly yields itself to quieter days and longer nights, yet this shift doesn’t come without a bittersweet feeling of another summer come and gone. In a city buzzing with young families, tourists and outdoor lovers I’ve never been one to Continue reading


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My Honest Nursing Story

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 Although my son is now three years old, nursing my little one is a memory that remains fresh in my mind and heart.  Regardless of how much times passes, I think that the more awareness and knowledge new moms have, the better.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was a dozen emotions all wrapped up into one hormonal bundle. Sure I was ready to be pregnant. Come on, I had seen enough social media to be prepared for 9 months of cute maternity clothes, a perfectly glowing complexion, Rapunzel like hair, and an unlimited supply of ice cream in the freezer. How hard could pregnancy be? Reality sunk in quite quickly, when the body that had once been entirely my own, was now morphing into unrecognizable shapes seemingly overnight. As well as symptoms that WebMD had not prepared me for. Sleepless nights sumo wrestling pillows trying to get comfortable-ish, heart burn equivalent to swallowing a heated curling iron and days spent waddling around in sweatpants with a container of stale donuts in hand, convincing myself I was fashionably casual. Oh, pregnancy at its best.

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Lest We Forget

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The question this Remembrance Day is not whether or not we remember, it is about what we chose to remember. Those who gave their lives and fought for a better tomorrow should be respected for many years to come. But this day is not about honoring war and violence, it should be about honoring peace and unity among a nation. And paying respects to all those who were affected by the war. Remembering those who not only lost their lives on the battle field, but also those who Continue reading


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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Halloween comes and goes so quickly, along with all the creepy decorations and spooky costumes. But unfortunately those little chocolate bars and mini treats may still haunt your willpower long after the pumpkins are gone. After an evening spent eating the equivalent of my body weight in bite sized chocolate bars, I find that the best way to get back on track is to find a healthy substitute for those afternoon sugar cravings. And what better use for those pre-carved pumpkins then to bake with them? I never liked to waste food and with all the delicious recipes to use pumpkin there is no reason to toss those little jack o lanterns in the compost just yet.

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Train Like A Girl

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I never accepted being a girl as a reason for not being able to physically do something. As a little girl I always looked up to my older brother. I watched him in envy as he raced his dirt bike through the trees and as soon as my little four year old feet could reach the kick start I was right behind him. When he signed up for BMX racing, so did I. When other girls were on their way to piano lessons I was more interested in racing my bike off a dock into the lake. When the backyard apple trees were no longer difficult to climb my dad would simply harness me up with a rope and let me climb something taller. I realized my love for adrenaline at a Continue reading