I am not a yogini but I want to do headstands

I am always careful when using the word “but”.  I am sure this is common knowledge but everything before the but is thought to be untrue slash doesn’t stand for anything.  Hence this title of this post.  I am not a yogini and I still want to learn to do a headstand.

I found this article on headstands for beginners. I plan on adding the exercises (pictured below) to my daily workout/stretch/foam rolling routine to build muscles, strength and stamina for this pose.

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Although not pictured, I also need to add “plank on my forearms” to this practice.

Wish me luck!

A little bit of vulnerability and a lot of openness

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 8.33.08 PM Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 8.34.53 PMIt’s hard to believe that six months of my mat leave is already over. Well technically I’m already halfway trhrough the seventh month which leaves me with five-ish months left of maternity leave.  This blog post is just some free writing because I have a ton of thoughts and I need to get them out.  I don’t want to over edit this post because then I’ll probably won’t hit publish.

When I first started my leave, I set a lot of goals for myself during this time. One of the biggest priorities I had  established for myself was to stay motivated and productive.  With setting that goal I managed to get a lot accomplished sooner than later during my leave.  Setting such a big goal (essentially dreaming big) also help me learn about myself.

I’ve learned that I’m a creative. I need to do something creative everyday to feel fulfilled.

Being fit and working out is important to me.  I feel good when I make getting a workout in a priority.

I’ve learned that writing publicly makes me more intentional but also highlights / serves as a reminder of my failures (which obviously doesn’t bother me very much as you can go through my weekly goals and notice many of the tasks repeated week after week because they never got done).

I’ve learned that I am very good at starting things but not so good at finishing them.  Like this, this and this  :roll:

I’ve learned some really cool productivity hacks such as using the microphone on my iPhone to write blog posts and lists, the effects of bullet journaling on my everyday life.  And that #DocumentYourDays is important as reflecting back helps you correct as you move forward.

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I’m inspired by motivational quotes, journaling, inspirational people on social media. (I already knew these things but it’s a good reminder to myself).

Matt leave it’s both invigorating and isolating (more on this in a future post).

I’ve also learned that being self-motivated within an unstructured day takes a lot of work and effort.

Self care is really important.

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Creating more than I consume prevents burn out (and overall anxiety).

I am not perfect and and I shouldn’t get let myself get down and out if I can’t do everything right from the get go.  I’ve learned that its more about doing something a little bit better a little bit every day.

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Sling Diarist – Entry Submission

A few days ago I sent in my entry submission to Sakura Bloom to become a diarist.

I think it would be such a cool thing to do.  I am finally feeling well enough to look at my computer without getting dizzy so figured I’d post it here too :)

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Perception

To my daughters

I wonder if I could go back in time and tell my younger self that the standards I believed to be true are not the only things to strive for in life.  To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have believed it.   In my twenties, my goals were to have a successful career, own a home and be happy.   Even though I have achieved these things, little did I realize that my perception of happiness would change.

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We are told that what we perceive is due to the way we comprehend the inputs accepted by our biological senses. What’s more important is that we can change our reality by altering our perception.  And my dears, here is the secret I’ve learned over the years…We all have the power to change our reality. Simply by altering how we perceive our surroundings, circumstances and each other.

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I’ll be honest, it takes practice (I am still working on it) but by truly appreciating the journey you are on, living intentionally and supporting one another you will find that success and happiness is achievable.

A few months before starting my MBA thesis I met your dad. If at that point, I had decided that school would be my only focus and sense everything else as a distraction – I wouldn’t have come to know the joy of being swept off my feet in love and ultimately realizing the life changing delights of being a mom – your mama.

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So please remember this my sweet loves, just when you think you are on the right path or when you feel your victories are within your grasp – something will knock the wind out of you. You may feel excited, confused or even hopeless. This is the exact moment you will need to realize that this direction is meant to impart some wisdom on you. So take a deep breath, count your blessings and keep going. Do your best not to let any negative perception of your circumstance deter you. The best thing is, you’ll realize that there is happiness along this new path and it was something you weren’t expecting.

With all my love,
Your mommy

Find Joy

I rarely listen to the news / read the newspaper.  My mornings begin with my kids and around mid day I settle into doing things for myself (reading, writing, planning, creating) or things for the house/kids (feeding, tidying etc).   I don’t like discussing the things going in the news and the world.  To be honest I didn’t even hear it on the news.  My sister told my mom about it on our group family chat.  We were there about a month ago – my entire life was there.  But instead of getting angry at the world, certain person or myself there are things we can do.  Look for the blessings, donate and of course always be kind to one another.

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Capsule Packing for Las Vegas

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I’ve always enjoyed packing a suitcase or overnight bag.  The planning, the organization, the list making – everything that goes into packing makes me feel like I’m getting ready for the first day of school.  I guess packing gives me a sense of control, which isn’t something I crave in my every day life (I’m not exactly a type A personality).

But packing as a family of 4 takes on a whole new level because now I am trying to be as minimalist as possible.

Okay, I’ll be honest, you can’t really pack minimally with kids.  I mean even if you are going away for 6 days you still have to pack 12 days worth of clothes.  Well 15 because you need back up clothes for your back up clothes 😂.  With more than one kid, diapers, wipes and all the other stuff kids are comfortable with, that could take up an entire checked luggage.

So when we starting planning for our 1st multi-generational vacation I knew that going with more than one checked suit case was more then we could handle.  I mean we have only so many hands and carry ons and backpacks work better with umbrella strollers and babies in carriers.

I had to get creative and decided to plan all outfits (included back ups of back ups), pare down the number of shoes I normally take and research as many ways as possible to be as lean as possible with our packing.

I was pretty happy with myself when all we had was one large checked luggage, one carry on luggage and one backpack for 6 days!

I figure I’d share my capsule wardrobe for Las Vegas.  Mind you I didn’t do any clubbing but considering the girls’ grand parents were with us I did plan in case we would be able to get out (we didn’t – the time difference didn’t make for easy for evenings).

Daytime outfits were needed for hanging out at the strip, shopping, checking out the free hotel attractions, going to the gym and taking a day trip to go hiking.  Evening outfits were normally just for dinners (restaurant or buffet).

I was able to make 13 outfits from the following pieces:
– 4 fancy tops
– 1 tank top
– 2 t-shirts
– 1 button up
– 1 black skirt
– 1 light weight jacket
– 2 pairs of shorts
– 2 pairs of leggings (1 was vegan leather)
– 1 pair of gym crops
– 2 gym tops
– 2 bathing suits
Accessories included: wide brim fedora, chocker, handkerchief
4 pairs of shoes (runners, converse, mid heal sandal and flip flops – should have left the converse at home).

What started out as way to save space in our luggage actually turned out to be an efficient and quick way to get dressed for different activities on our trip.

Have you tried capsule/minimalist packing on a trip?

Our first multi generational vacation

At the beginning of September, our little family of four travelled to Las Vegas with my parents, my sister and her husband.  It was our first multi generational vacation.  We’ve done multi generations weekend getaways before but going away for 6 nights, on a plane with 2 kids, to a normally adult-only destination was a little daunting (ok a lot daunting).

But we managed to make it work and have a ton of fun!  #ForMemoriesSake I wanted to do quick recaps of each day.  I always wish I had more pictures (ha – like our entourage going through security checks) but I’ll post what I have and hope that years from now my memory will won’t fade.

Day 1: Travel & get settled

We left on the labour day Monday.  After parking out car we loaded everything into the shuttle: 1 large suitcase to be checked, 1 carry on luggage, 1 MEC backpack and 2 umbrella strollers + ourselves. Ellie was on me in her sling and Miss S was so excited to be on a bus.  What helped was prepping her ahead of time.  Our flight was very early in the morning which meant we left the house by 5am.

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We had an hour or so to hang out before boarding the flight.  We all had coffee and some breakfast.  Ellie took a nap and Miss S got her sillies out by running all over the place, taking a few too many trips on the moving sidewalk and telling everyone which plane was hers.

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The flight was good-ish.  I had planned entertainment bags for both girls.  A few new toys for Ellie and random activities for Miss S, which included: stickers, no-mess marker with letter tracing note pad, beads with string, fruit/veggie gummies and suckers).  We also had her sit at the window seat so she had lots to look at.  Miss S was too excited to nap but thankfully Ellie did get some rest (which meant so did I)…!