Light cracks through

Feb 1, 2016

Events will weave themselves throughout our lives, that are out of our control, that we didn't see coming. We get thrown off guard. We get punched in the gut. Our breath is momentarily taken away.

I believe with my whole heart that when this happens we need to be still and do whatever it is we need to do to recover, learn, and grow. This looks different for every single one of us, but we must be gentle with ourselves. We must give ourselves space, hibernation, wine, music, yoga, boxing, therapy, sleep, nourishing food, whatever it looks like, we must give ourselves this time, wherever we can squeeze it in, to unplug, recover, and adjust to a new perspective and create a new path.

This is a time to be kind to ourselves. And hopefully, we have people in our lives who love and respect us and who can support us however we need, whether it's a road trip buddy or a smooth shot of whiskey. I am so lucky to have these people in my life. When I think of a lifetime of ups and downs, the ups and downs we all rise and fall on, at some point, on some level, on this road, I think of my people. I think I must be doing something right to have these kind souls in my life.

Going through the challenges life will inevitably offer us reminds me to be kind and gentle with others, as everyone is going through something, even if it doesn't look like it from the outside or by glancing on their Facebook pages.

I think we all go through challenges so we can learn how to take care of other people's hearts a little better. By lending a shoulder to someone else, our own hearts are healed.

I still think of what my friend once asked me, "Would I trade it all for a different outcome?" My answer is still, "No." I like who I've become and I've needed to take all the roads I have to get here. Take the time to be still and listen.

(painting: Light Cracks Through by Lynette Suchar)

#1 New York City

Dec 23, 2015

These favourite moments of the living my dreams tour 2015 were not in any particular order, but this one was kind of number one. I've been wanting to go to New York City since I was 12. I'm not sure why it took me so long but this year I made it happen (with my good friend Megan).

It was the most magical trip. There is something so special about NYC -- now I know why almost everyone I know, who doesn't live there, starts planning their next trip as soon as they get home.

My whole experience was inspiring and rejuvenating but there were two moments, in particular, that kind of made my dreams come true.

I finally got to go skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center. As a past figure skater and skating teacher, this has always been on my bucket list before I even knew what a bucket list was.

Also, unexpectedly, we got to meet Matthew Morrison, after watching his fabulous musical Finding Neverland. My face lit up with glee (I couldn't resist) for the rest of the night!

2015 has been generous and kind to me and I'm so excited to see where 2016 takes me.

Happy Holidays to everyone!


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#2 Restorative yoga training

Dec 21, 2015

This fall I was lucky enough to be part of the Ground Yoga teacher training faculty. What a gift it was to teach others the importance of restorative yoga and pass on how to teach people to create pockets of stillness, quiet, and rest, so bodies, minds, and spirits can rejuvenate.

Thank you Ground Yoga for allowing me to share what I've learned over the years. As Judith Hanson Lasater says, "changing the world one savasana at a time."

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#3 Photoshoot with Lori Pasareno

Dec 18, 2015

My friend Lori Pasareno has been developing the photography portion of her business (which inspires women to be their best selves) this year. She asked me if I would model for a photoshoot she had organized with her colleague Ron Clifford. I'm usually the one behind the camera and that's definitely where I'm more comfortable, however, being this year was deemed the "living my dreams tour 2015" it felt like the perfect opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.

Lori asked me to pull together some outfits that would suit the theme of the shoot. I found my grandmother's wedding dress (see top two photos). It was tattered and full of holes but fit like a glove, like it was made for me. When I put that dress on and stepped onto the old railway platform, where the shoot was taking place, I felt this presence about me, this peaceful sensation that stayed with me, like my grandmother was with me. It was quite a magical feeling. (We also used my great-grandmother's hats and my mother's long black gloves.)

Before the shoot, Lori asked me what I wanted out of the photoshoot. I decided I wanted the photos to reflect how I was feeling this year. I wanted to step into my big girl boots. I wanted the photos to reflect all the work I've done, all of the experiences I've had, all I've overcome, to show all the light that I have within. I think she did an incredible job from start to finish. She's a gem that has a knack for making women feel comfortable in their own skin and for mirroring that back via her images.

Thank you, Lori, for giving my an opportunity (twice this year) to step out of my comfort zone and to express the fullness of my life.

(My blog profile photo is also thanks to Lori.)

More fave moments of 2015 (in no particular order):

#4 Vancouver

Dec 17, 2015

This past February I was lucky enough to study yin yoga with Bernie Clark and Diana Bates in Vancouver (one of my favourite cities), with my good friend Frances. Studying with Bernie and Diana is something I've wanted to do for a long time and I finally made it happen. Little did I know how positively it would affect my life.

They are both knowledgeable, inspiring, and compassionate teachers who have an obvious love for passing on all that they know. Teaching yin yoga has become one of my favourite classes to teach, as well as one of my favourite workshops to offer, which I've been able to share a handful of times over the year. I have seen such a change in my body from doing yin yoga and it makes me so happy when I hear from my students that they have also found freedom, mentally and physically, from the practice.

(I was also lucky enough to study Pain Care Yoga with Neil Pearson, another inspiring training I took this year!)

"When you learn, teach, when you get, give." -Maya Angelou

More fave moments of 2015 (in no particular order):


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