Thursday Thoughts

  1. I think I might be the only person in Red Deer to be wishing for rain and temps that are a BIT cooler. I know, shoot me. I seriously feel like I have had such a “long” summer already because I was in Mexico at the end of May and it has been pretty nice since I got back. I wasn’t complaining at first but now my lawn is dry, my sprinkler system is broken, and my backyard tap burst from the winter. So basically I had to make shift 2 hoses and a sprinkler and it takes me an hour to water my whole lawn. I also am wishing my Husband would FIX ALL THE THINGS when he comes home.
  2. With the hot hot hot temps I have resulted to closing all my house blinds. This leads my house to look like a cave. Basically I have been living in the dark for the past week because I don’t want to turn on any lights and produce unnecessary light bulb heat.
  3. All this heat has also made me want to rearrange the furniture. I want to move the TV and couches down to the man-cave-turned-yoga-room-turned-kitty-birthing-suite and turn that into the “TV room” and then turn the upstairs into a Living Room. I know this is silly because we are hopefully moving at some point, and I would also regret it in the winter, but all I want is to not stick to my leather couches.
  4. My baby kitties eyes are opening! So my cat had kittens the day before my birthday. It was pretty rad. I got home from work and she was underneath a box in our basement and I had to get her out and into her birthing suite. She had already had a kitten and it was like hanging out of her butt because she hadn’t cut the cord or eaten the placenta yet. Anyways the kitten was fine and when she got into the room she went ahead with her buisness and delivered 3 more healthy babies! 2 orange and 2 grey. They are so sweet. They hiss at me when I go in the room and today one of the grey ones bit my finger. It didn’t hurt but it sure startled me lol. Oakley is the best Mama cat out there. She purrs all the time and takes really good care of her babes. She’s a natural :) Makes my heart swell with love.
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It’s hard to get a good picture of them because they move around so much!

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ANYONE WANT A FREE KITTEN IN 6-7 WEEKS? <3

Recent Happenings

Sorry for the disappearance again. I’ve been working lots and then Matthias was home so we were busy with house stuff!

  • We had our 1 year wedding anniversary on the 6, and that same day marked 9 years of love. Matthias was at work, so we celebrated when he got home by going out for supper at Boulevard. It was delicious. They are a great restaurant.
  • I had my 24th birthday! I worked, but it was cool because I got to spend the day surrounded by babies that shared the same birthday as me. How cool is that?! After, Matthias and my Dad went for supper at Earls. I really wanted to eat on the patio, but a storm was rolling in, so we ate inside instead. I ordered the Lobster and Prawn Roll and didn’t love it.
  • I think we have decided to stick around Blackfalds for a few more years, but we are now looking to build a house. We put a deposit on a lot and then I had a bit of a freak out because what if we will have to pay 2 mortgages and how does the whole payment and starting of the building process work!? We will only have enough for a down payment with the sale of our house but we can’t very well sell our house now and be homeless until the house is done sometime in January or February. *cue the panic attack* Has anyone gone through the Build Process? Do you have any words of wisdom for us?
  • I saw The Fault In Our Stars recently and let me just say, I will NOT be reading that book. I cried like nobodies business. What a sad story.
  • We got our first CSA Box and it was filled with delicious treats – Beets, Chard, Spinach, Lettuce, Garlic Chutes, and some small Squash.
  • Oh yeah, that being said, our garden got DESTROYED by the hail storm we had recently. Like pummeled. Everything looks like someone went in and ripped everything to shreds. Awesome.

Whats new with you?

Any fun summer happenings?

Matcha Party!

So Matthias and I are looking to sell our house and possibly move to one of the bigger centers – Edmonton or Calgary. We currently havent decided which city yet… waiting for me to find a job in one of the two. If anyone has any tips or suggestions on either one, please share!

Anyways, so getting a house ready to sell. Just what everyone wants to do in their spare time, right? Okay, maybe not.

I have a mile long list of to-do’s but this week I crossed off 2, a big clean (done by a cleaning company), and paint the house. The house looks infinitely better already, but everyday I have worked on extra small tasks to try to bring it all together.

mtchaThat being said, after working a full day the last thing I want to do is go full-on-clean-mode. Enter Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha Powder. Such a great pick me up for the days that I feel that afternoon slump but don’t immediately want to run to coffee or sugar.

Did you know? One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. Instant energy boost!

Amongst its many benefits, matcha…

  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms and relaxes
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Fights against viruses and bacteria
  • Is rich in fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Does not raise insulin levels

I like my matcha most in a green smoothie. Kiss Me Organics Matcha blends perfectly. It has a subtle “Green” taste, but is isn’t overpowering when mixed with the other ingredients!

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Mango Matcha Smoothie - Serves 1

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup Coconut Milk (I use So Delicious Unsweetened)
  • 1 cup Frozen Organic Mango Chunks
  • 1 cup Organic Greens of Choice (I used Earthbound Farms Organic Greens Mix)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kiss Me Organics Matcha

Directions;

  1. Add all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Enjoy!
  4. Run around like a maniac and clean the house.

Disclaimer: Kiss Me Organics kindly provided me with a free bag of Matcha Powder in exchange for a review. Of course all opinions are my own.

Yandara Yoga Part Tres – Lessons & Take Away

1. Friends will stand by your side when the waters get tough. Even if said friends just met you 14 days ago.

2. Watching the sunrise with family is better than getting an extra hour of sleep.

3. Everyone else, including that asshole who cuts you off, is enlightened. What can they teach you? What are they trying to reflect within you that you need to work on?

4. I still really dislike it when people aren’t punctual. Lol *cough* Christopher *cough*

5. I am strong. And not because I need to be to defy what I experienced growing up, but because that is who I am and that is what my spirit is.

6. We are all connected with everything.

7. My spirituality comes from inside me. I don’t need to look for the answers outside, they already lie within me.

8. Flower crowns, and laughter make the world infinitely brighter.

9. Blackberries and Strawberries are so fucking enticing when you haven’t had them in 2+ weeks.

10. I never need to fear acceptance. I never need to fear abandonment. It’s okay to let down my guard and let people into my heart.

11. I’m not that great at meditation, but I am working on it ;)

12. I really enjoy just sitting and being. I don’t allocate nearly enough time for it.

13. It’s okay to cry. It means your feelings are there and you aren’t lost in your brain. Plus my heart-strings are directly attached to my tear ducts, so that doesn’t help matters.

14. I don’t need to drink coffee or eat chocolate everyday, but I really like to do so.

15. Dairy really hurts my tummy and not eating it makes sense to me.

16. I need to make sure that I take the time to take care of myself. And that I should advocate the same for the people I love.

17. I really love Yoga. Like really, really. It makes me feel more whole. I love the lifestyle, the philosophy, and the history of it all.

18. Who needs drugs when you have Savasana? More people should do more yoga.

19. Everything is already O.K. and just how it needs to be. I don’t need to control every detail of every situation. I need to focus more on being present, centered, and aware so that I can learn the lessons life is giving me.

20. There is so much goodness, beauty, and love in the world. All you have to do is open your eyes to it.

20 lessons for the 20 souls that hold a special place in my heart.

Wishing you peace and eternal sunshine, Namaste.

Part Dos

Part Uno

Yandara Yoga Part Dos

Our mornings started bright an early at 6:30am. I would wake up at 5:45, brush my teeth, eat a piece of fruit, and unroll my yoga mat. From 6:30 – 9:00 am we would do a mixture of meditation/asana. We had 3 teachers that rotated teaching our morning class, Sara, Nicolina, and Christopher. Sara’s classes were my favorite because of her teaching style and the way she structured her flow. I always left feeling full of energy. Nicolina would always do 30 minutes of meditation/mantra followed by 2 hours of asana. She focused on building the class up to a peak pose. Christopher’s classes were fun and challenging. He would include free dance and cardio. One morning we went for a silent walk up a mountain to watch the sunrise. Another morning we did a wicked partner yoga class!

9:00 – 9:45 was breakfast in silence.

9:45 – 12:30 we did philosophy workshops, and learned physical asana assists and pose breakdown. I really enjoyed learning the different assists! There are a lot ways to help people get deeper into the poses that I didn’t know about.

12:30 – 2:00 was Lunch and a break. During the break I would read, go to the beach, or just hang out. I also got a couple massages and an astrology reading during this time.

2:00 – 4:00 was practice teaching. We started practice teaching the first day! We worked our way up from teaching a Warm up to teaching a full 70 minute private class to someone. I taught my class to Beth. I really liked doing the private teaching thing and it was fun learning about Beth and her dog Mugs :)

At 4:00pm I would have another piece of fruit. And until 6:00pm we would either continue to learn about the postures or we would have a Satya. Satya, in the nicest way possible, is a “truth circle.” This translates to a circle of crying and tears haha. Christopher would go around the circle and ask us questions like how we were feeling, what we thought of being a part of the group, and what we thought of the people in our group. On our final Satya we walked to an old Fig Tree. It was so beautiful and big. The tree was too old to produce figs, but Christopher brought along dried figs so we had a snack and shared our thoughts about our experience. I didn’t make it a single Satya without crying. #BigSurprise

At 6:00pm we ate Supper and after that is usually when I would shower. The showers were “out door” in the sense that they had no roof, but they were still enclosed little stalls. It was neat showering like that. Not neat when a spider would crawl onto your towel, or a fire ant on your foot, but that’s beside the point.

At 7:30 we started Satsang. We did a lot of different things during Satsang. Most nights we would do some singing and chanting, one night we did a really long, heavenly Savasana. Another night Bolo told us the story of Hanuman. We did this circle thing one night that was really special. Another night we got to play the Harmonium and practice making the singing bowls sing. We even had a dance competition one night where we broke up into groups and had to create a dance routine with yoga moves. It was nice to get to spend some time with the group of 26 day people. We ended up giving each group a name – The 16 Day group became the “Devi’s” which I think means Goddess? and the 26 Day group became the Lotus Balms.

After Satsang it was bedtime, aside from the night a group of us went out to the Beach. We talked about a lot of philosophical stuff and then the tide came over the sand bank and we all got scared haha. Lanly took a bunch of photos that night but they all disappeared which was strange!

Sundays were our “Rest” Day. We got to sleep in an extra hour! It was pretty glorious. We went to a class with Bolo and April for an hour and then ate breakfast. From 9 – 12:30 we learned about 2 topics, 1 weekend we learned about Anatomy and the other weekend we learned about Yin. At 12:30 we took the shuttle into town, Todos Santos, which was about a 20 minute drive away. The first Sunday a bunch of us went into town and we went to a local Vegan Place called Pura Vida. They had the most delicious Chocolate Avocado Pie that a Chocolate and Avocado loving girl could have. Especially for a girl who hadn’t eaten chocolate in a few days! After Pura Vida we went to a Mexican place to grab some lunch and did a bit of Shopping. We only had until 3:30 pm and then it was back to Yandara for a class from 4 – 6. At 6 was supper and then at 7:30 we watched a Yoga Movie. I skipped the movie the one week and opted for some extra sleep.

The 2nd Sunday a group of girls went to a local surf beach, Los Cerritos, for some surfing lessons! I was planning to go and hang out on the beach, but the day before I got the worst sun burn of my life. Like seriously. Sun scorched on every part of my body that was not covered by my bikini. I had the chills, a fever, and at one point I felt faint. Tylenol really helped. I may have layed out in the sun too long. Ok, I definitely layed out in the sun for too long. In fact, I’m still peeling on my calves. #Gross Anyways. Because of the Sun Burn from Hell, I opted to go into town again and ate lunch at THE Hotel California with my girl Bri, and then ate some more chocolate avocado pie. Then I got an iced latte. Possibly the best Iced Latte I have ever had.

Our days at Yandara were full. Full of acceptance, yoga, learning, fun, laughter, sometimes tears, and most importantly love.

Part Uno

Part Tres