Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Hello, friends! Every Thursday I write down 10 things that I am thankful for.  This started over two years ago after reading "1000 Gifts".  It's a great way for me to reflect and focus.  This week I am thankful for:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Cultivate Connection

Connection doesn't exist without giving and receiving.  We need to give and we need to need. {Brenè Brown, Rising Strong}

Receiving is hard for me–gifts, compliments, help, even a cup of coffee–they are all difficult.  Why? The reasons range from "I don't want them to spend money on me" to "I don't want to inconvenience them" to "someone else deserves it more" and  "I don't know how to respond."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sea to Sky Gondola {Hiking}

Do you love a variety of hiking trails with incredible views? Me too! We just discovered the beauty of hiking up at the Sea to Sky Gondola. Four months ago we experienced a winter wonderland up there which you can see here  (Summary: It's SO worth it!) and ever since then, I've wanted to return to check out the hiking trails.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

#Spring30for30 Week Four

Hello, friends!  Are you tired of seeing me in front of my mirror posing yet?  I am.  This month brought the challenge of 30 items of clothing making 30 different outfits in 30 days.  You can see the first weeks here, here and here. I am so ready to add some more to my wardrobe.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Quarry Rock {Deep Cove Hike}

When I realized I had an opportunity to hike with the oldest two, I decided we would hike Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.  I needed a hike we could get to in an hour, would take less than two hours to complete, provided a gorgeous view, and would be a moderate level; Quarry Rock was perfect!  With the promise of a donut from Honey's upon completion, we set off.

Just a few things to note are that it would not be ideal for younger kids as there are a lot of steps and roots which is hard for little legs–my boys were fine. Also, there are many dogs on this trail (off leash) which can be hard when one of your kids is afraid of them. The nice thing about this trail is that it undulates–you're never climbing for very long which seems unusual for most hikes when you are getting to a viewpoint. Finally, there is one point where the trail veers off to the right without any signs (by the wires about 30 minutes in) so keep your eyes open and don't keep going straight. 

One Word That Can Change Your Life

As a former people-pleaser with a love for tackling To Do lists and a passion for productivity, it was inevitable that one day my body would say "No more" and my mind would say "I can't".  Perhaps I could have pushed myself harder, but I was moving further away from who I was and who I wanted to be.  It took being knocked down by an autoimmune disease to get me to listen to my body which was screaming out "Enough! No more stress. I need rest."  It took being burnt out by a side business to realize that I couldn't thrive off of making other people happy.  It took having four kids to recognize that something (okay, a few things!) had to go in order to be the mom, wife and friend that I wanted to be.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Share Your Story {Sunday}

Hello, friends!  I'm trying something new and I'm nervous that there will be a lack of participation. However, one thing I have learned in life is it usually doesn't hurt to try.  Well, unless it's snowboarding–hello, whiplash!  So, here we go.  Last year my friend Estelle shared her journey with infertility here and it reached over 1,000 people. That's 1,000 people that can either relate to her story or learn from it.  As a life-long lover of learning, I appreciate hearing people's stories and gaining a new perspective–is this you, too?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Surrey Bend Regional Park

Surrey Bend Regional Park is the newest park in Surrey.  It is 348 hectares of forest, marsh and bog with great trails, a nature discovery area, interpretive exhibits, and three covered picnic shelters.  Located along the Fraser River near Barnston Island at 17529 112 Avenue Surrey, it is a quiet and somewhat remote location; if you follow 176th north, you turn right at the bottom of the hill.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

#Spring30for30 Week Three

Here we are in week three of the #Spring30for30 challenge already!  It involves 30 pieces of clothing making 30 different outfits in 30 days.  You can see previous weeks here: Week 1 and Week 2.