I know spirituality (ie: not religion) is becoming more main stream and I love that for the collective human experience. Below sharing a few interesting things about spirituality (and life!) that are really worth knowing.
We are merely reflections of each other
Love is the only emotion that vibrates from the soul
I want to start by saying that I had high expectations for this book. The book had me hooked at the beginning as we begin to learn about Frida’s (the protagonist mom) very bad day. Reading this part made me think of the countless times similar ideas pop into a mothers head – but daring to do it…is another question!
The novel continues by illustrating that the state has put into place a “school that will focus on re-programming bad mothers” with the help of robot dolls as the mother’s adopted children no less! The story is written in away that you are transported to this prison-school where you feel you are sitting in the classroom with the robot dolls. Majority of the lessons are harsh and challenging. Mothers are taught to mother in a very mechanical way (read: if this else that). Consequences are delivered out hourly. The mothers also learn that there is a school for dads, where in contrast, the dad’s are treated with grace and respect.
The women are graded and medically analyzed to see if they are fit to return to the society as mothers to their children. Most are not, which drives Frida to take a drastic decision.
This book was interesting right until the end. I mean I could understand her mindset and her reasons for doing what she did – but I didn’t agree with it. And as always I wanted more science fiction in the story. Would recommend 6.5/10
I know I’ve stumbled upon these quotes multiple times, but just recently they hit different.
It made me reflect on my purpose, direction and priorities. And also gave me more motivation. Though, I must say, quotes are flaky and can’t always provide inspiration. On occasion they can make you stand up, re-evaluate and take action.
So please feel free to reflect on the words and enjoy the sunflower pics I took at Robintide Farms
What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.
We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.
It’s Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
It’s been about 4 weeks since we got back from our trip to Calgary & BC (more lovingly known by most as “the Banff trip”)
I’ve yet to go through all my photos, but I figured this would be a good way to start. I read a lot of travel guides and blog posts ahead of our trip about what to see and do on #TheBanffTrip.
So I figure it only fair that I share my tips too! (my way of paying it forward). And nooo this list does not include Lake Louise (a bit of let down in my opinion!).
I’m sharing FOUR experiences that you can’t miss when in Calgary & BC (aka on your own Banff trip). These are great options to add to your itinerary if you are travelling with family/kids or if you want to try things off the beaten path (without the need to extensive gear or training!)
I should say that most of these attractions technically are in BC but considering how close everything is to each other, most people would still consider these things on their Banff Trip.
I’ve also shared our travel vlog – hopefully it provides some inspiration for a future trip.
Glacier (paid) Tour
Most people will tell you to check out the Glacier field by taking a small hike to the base of the glacier (aka the snout…just doesn’t sound nice). If you just see the base, you will not get the magnificent views, history/information and fresh (drinkable) glacier water. This can only be experienced by paying for the tour.
A moderate hike uphill and you get views of a turquoise lake surrounded by mountains (both with trees and snow peaks). And although there were crowds, it was way better here than to be herded like cattle between Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Make sure to detour and check out this lake.
This is an easy-moderate hike with a surprise ending! The cool (read: cold) spray from the waterfall. Getting to most waterfalls can be a trek, but this is mostly paved which made it easier for my kids.
We didn’t do the popular Banff Gondola (to be honest didn’t even want to). I found this attraction by a simple google search …and I honestly think this was way better. The views are stunning and you can even hike further up the summit. It was windy up there so be sure to bring a touq and some layers. The mountains in the distance look unreal!
We all have those days (heck maybe weeks) where productivity wains and we feel less than stellar about the work we aren’t getting done. I have a few thoughts on that, one being that productivity ebbs & flows – it’s all part of the process. Secondly, I ALWAYS say no to hustle culture. I mean, like the rest of us …I want it all (progressive career, great marriage, be a loving mother, hang with my friends, drink 3L of water and workout daily) – but I remember that REST will help me accomplish all the things.
Take a break from your workplace Essentially you want to remove yourself from you current situation. Whether that means taking a walk, going to a coffee shop or sitting on your deck. Changing your environment (and in short order) will provide a new perspective as well as a break so you can come back with a fresh mind.
Put your phone in another room: Staying off your socials, not constantly checking chat/emails or other apps will help to eliminate distractions (which when providing a false/high dopamine fix will further prevent one from getting work done). I’m yet to master this …let alone try it… But we all know mindless doom scrolling and social media comparisons, can put you in a funk. So an easy way to remove distractions is to time block your phone breaks.
Complete the smallest – easiest task: What is important here is create the impression of progress on our minds. One small task could be finishing a bottle of water or sending an email you are dreading. Once you complete that task, and mark it off your list – it will create an automatic momentum and willingness to keep going!
Use the momentum and a focused playlist to keep going: Once you’ve completed one task, use the that feeling to keep you going on to something else. Sometimes it helps to play your favourite music or a brown noise playlist. Keep on single tasking till you get three of your top priorities completed.