Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years Eve!

So I have been sort of living the dream...and each new day I get more and more comfortable in this lifestyle. It's also nice that people from home have made there way into Naples! ... however, I totally know that this cushy bubble will pop and in no time I will be back in the snow wishing I was either on the beach or going for a bike ride. One day I hope to find myself living in the sunshine; it just doesn't get better than this!

May you always have enough happiness to keep you sweet; enough trials to keep you strong; enough success to keep you eager; enough faith to give you courage; and enough determination to make each day a good day!

Tonight the clan is heading into old Naples for a catered affair; but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new years bash...and a 2009 filled with possibilities and happiness!

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

This morning as I attempted to wake up I felt a desperate need to stay in my sleep coma and get up when my body allowed me to! These last couple weeks I felt as if I was and am in super over drive, definitely testing myself physically...and though I love this new chapter in my life it's nice to have a morning to myself and to prepare myself slowly for the day.
"find life experiences and swallow them whole. travel. meet many people. go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. try everything. exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life." ~ lawrence k. fish
Jodie and Mitchell left for home yesterday...it was great to have them here and to celebrate Christmas with them - we are all constantly mesmerized by Mitchell and can't help but to sit in silence and watch him. It's just so amazing how fast Mitchell is growing, and the new things he learns to do everyday! He will be 1 yrs old on January 6th! So surreal! Alright time to make some tea to wake myself up! Hope everyone had a very merry christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas in Florida

2nd weekend and counting! I could totally get use to this life style! Katie and I have had a great week in Naples...lots of laughs, chats, wine, shopping, champagne, tanning and movies...a perfect end to teachers college, and I could do it all again. Oh wait I am going to be (will be here until the 5th!) After getting a blessing from the snow gods, Katie was able to change her flight and stay an extra day; which was nice as she got to meet and spend time with Jodie, Mitchell and my
Dad who all arrived yesterday (planes and automobiles). This week as luck would have it, I also fully jumped into triathlon training...eesh! The group I train with just so happen to all be in Naples, FLA. So my bike made its way here, and I have been biking, swimming and running most days. I have never trained this hard, and though I have always thought I could handle my own, these tri people are kicking my butt! Tomorrow morning they have me joining their crew and we are biking a total of 90km. oh my gosh! Anywho as I might be in a coma tomorrow night, I will muster enough energy to welcome my mom and brother as they will be arriving from the wintery north to join us in amazing Mediterra!
ps. random pics from our night in town :p

Friday, December 12, 2008

"Good afternoon class..."

Today marked my last day of teacher's college! Amazing! It's been quite an experience and I have truly enjoyed all my placements and the friends I have met...but I am so ready to take on my own classroom. Though I know this will be a long process to get to that point, I am excited and blessed to have made the decision to become a teacher!
Signing off for now: Miss Bryce!
ps. only teacher pic i could find! ha!
pps. Happy Birthday Dad xo love ya!

Monday, December 8, 2008

make time to play

Go play. Yes, take a break and go play. When your head starts to pound and your back starts to ache, stop. Do something you want to do. Do something that feels good, feels fun. Leave your worries behind. Put them in a box, then close it and go play.
We make sure that our children take time for recess every day. But we forget that we need recess, too. The lingering threads of work and worry can tie us to tasks done and undone. They can block our connection to joy, creativity, and the vital life-giving force that courses through us all.
We no longer need to slump with tension and fatigue. It isn't necessary and it doesn't help a thing. Most often, it hurts. Your fatigue may be from lack of play as much as lack of sleep. You might begin to see that you don't need a rest, a nap, or more vitamin C. You need to play.
Play as much as you can. Find time - take time - to play.
It may give you the energy you need.
-Journey to the Heart

god bless the broken road

On the radio today one of my most favourite Christmas songs was playing - Mary Did You Know sang by Kenny Rogers and Wyonna Judd (if you havent heard it check out youtube to listen). Anywho as I was going to share it with you folks I came across a song that everytime I listen to it, it gives me chills. I just love it and wanted everyone to listen - "God Bless the Broken Road".
I hope everyone is having a great week...this week marks my final week of teachers college, and also a week with much to do.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wonderful World-Sam Cooke (1960)

I just heard this song in Starbucks after school today...and for some reason it made me smile. Love should be that easy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Team Brit

She's making her come back...Britney Spears is doing the rounds and is showing she is here to stay and turn her life around! (Though who really thought she left?...baby steps of course) As I have always said I am game for a come back and I welcome what Britney is bringing to the stage. Thought she looked fab for her pre-taping of the Rockefeller lighting segment. A nice black tailored jacket with a bit of flair. Previously we would have seen some sort of nappy faux fur with some sort of message displayed across her chest. Tune in tonight on NBC to see Britney glammed up right.
Ps. Next week is my last week of Teacher's college and Katie and I will be heading to Florida on Saturday! Amazing!

~ My heart and thoughts go out to the Dwyers ~

Sunday, November 30, 2008

maybe just one more ...

So it's official, I have signed up with the Connor Clinic in Oakville to train for a Marathon in May-ish (perhaps the Mississauga one...though it was not my fav). Leading up to the day I will be doing 'The Chilly 1/2' (hopefully with Box and Steph) and 'Around the Bay' in March. I am still going to keep at my swimming and hopefully transition to triathlons come summer time...but I am itching to get back on the roads and to go for long runs. As weird as it may sound to some, I just love the feeling of training for something big! Maybe this next race will be the race that gets me to Boston?!?! Here's hoping!
For those who think I am insane I found an insightful article online that explains my crazy addiction of running/training. (http://www.medicinenet.com/)
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When you're running a marathon, whether it's in New York City, Washington, or Chicago, you need every trick in the book to get through not only months of grueling training, but the grand finale as well: 26.2 miles of road that you cross step by agonizing step.
Through the blood, sweat, and tears, many runners report that their favorite trick -- and part of the reason they wake morning after morning to pound the pavement -- is what is referred to as runner's high.
While runner's high might be more short-term, it's well-known that regular exercise also offers long-term benefits, on both the mind and the body.
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"On average, you tend to see people who are runners and habitual exercisers having better moods, suffering from less depression and less anxiety, and more general feelings of well-being," says Bryant. "For people who are physically active on a regular basis, they have active relaxation -- kind of by moving the body and focusing on the sensation of moving your body and getting into the rhythmic activity
(swimming included) and motion, it produces this relaxation response, and that I think contributes significantly to the feelings of psychological well-being."
While marathon running can take its toll on the body, it does offer significant benefits as well.
"Clearly, there are many health benefits of running at this level," says Rick Hall, MS, a registered dietitian and advisory board member of the Arizona Governor's Council on Health, Physical Fitness, and Sports. "A smart marathon runner has put in many hours of training for many weeks or months, before the event, and the health benefits of sustained aerobic exercise are well documented: improved circulation, reduced body fat, lowered blood cholesterol, and better self-esteem."
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When a runner comes down off the high, many are left asking, "Why bother?" What sense is there in running a 26.2 mile race?
"I've completed three full marathons and two half-marathons in the past two years," Hall tells WebMD. "In the next year, I plan to complete two half-marathons and two full marathons -- one as a component of an Ironman competition."
While it sounds insane, for Hall, it's the epitome of accomplishment after months of training and hard work that drives him to compete in marathons over and over again.
"For me, the event itself isn't really about competition," says Hall. "The marathon is my reward for the months of training leading up to the event itself. You don't build a house in one day: You make a plan, wake up early every day, and work hard. Such as it is, for me, with a marathon."
And of course, there's more than runner's high -- there's finish-line high.
"There is no better feeling than raising your hands as you cross the finish line of a 26.2 mile course to the sound of hundreds of spectators cheering," says Hall. "The emotional high of completing an endurance event can last for days."

Thursday, November 27, 2008

How I Got Through It ~ By Amirra (page 181)
I spent years wondering, "What was he thinking?" and "How could he do that?" - both when we were together and broken up. It was like an ongoing game of chess that only I was playing. I was sure I could get him back in the game once I figured out what was motivating him and made him realize what he would be losing. I was constantly trying to find the reset button on our relationship to get us back to the place where things were great. Now, I fancy myself a bit of a smarty pants, but even though I knew logically that you can't coerce someone into feeling what you want them to feel, I wasn't above testing that rule. There's nothing I wanted more than for him to have the same fire burning inside and the desire and will to salvage our marriage. But all my attempts at the mighty wake up call were glaringly unsuccessful, and he never did spring into action and become the guy that I wanted him to be. Sadly, there was nothing stronger than his ambivalence about our future together. As far as he was concerned, we could stay together or break up. Whatever. It's cool. Is it? As if the choices were even remotely equal. In my version of what my life was supposed to be like, I'd always imagined that my marriage would be something that both parties would feel invested in. Finally, it dawned on me. All of the "what is he thinking's?" and "How could he do that?" were my own trip - not his. What became crystal clear was the he was not thinking about it at all! Only I was! That's why he did the things he did. And he didn't do the things I wanted him to because this didn't even occur to him. Our marriage was that unimportant. It wasn't even on his radar. He was content with the ebb and flow of that which made me miserable. And you know what else I realized? He was not sitting around wondering what I was thinking, feeling, or doing, so why was I wasting my time? Sometimes the cold reality is that guys just aren't thinking about us at all. this relevation made it so much easier for me to finally lay down my king and accept his checkmate that had been on the board for so long. Real love doesn't require strategy - but getting on with your life does. Awesome Thought: The right guy is out there right now, wondering when he's going to meet someone like you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Oprah's Holiday Hits

As was shared on Oprah today, for the next 48 hours anyone can visit oprah.com to download 8 holiday hits for free. It just so happened my brother shared this tid bit with me, and right away I went online and downloaded all the songs. It takes about 2 minutes and is easy peasy japaneasy! I love this time of year!
Christmas tracks:
1. Faith Hill ~ Joy To The World
2. Tony Bennett ~ I'll Be Home For Christmas
3. Il Divo ~ O'Holy Night
4. Josh Groban ~ It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
5. Brian McKnight ~ It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
6. Amy Grant ~ O Come all Ye Faithful
7. Harry Connick Jr. ~ It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas
8. Aretha Franklin ~ Silent Night

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tis the season

Well I do believe it's official ... the Christmas season is upon (apon) us ... says so by Mrs. Starbucks and my new staple Mr. Tim's (the mugs have changed designs). This past weekend I headed into toronto to watch the Santa Claus parade with the O'Regan clan and Jodie and Mitchell. It was nice to kick off the Christmas season by doing something festive. It was also nice to see the snow, if only for a little bit. Though I am kind of, sort of, by passing spending the holidays in Oakville but rather in Florida, I look forward to spending time with family and friends over the next month celebrating this time of year! Happy Holidays!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller (just finished reading the book in class today...what an inspiring story of Helen Keller)
ps. Notice anyone famous in the photo?!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Beyonce - If I were a boy

Just finished watching Beyonce on Oprah and she sang her new song "If I were a Boy". So good! One of those songs that when it comes on the radio in the car you crank it up. Thought I would share. xo(for some reason I can't post the official video?)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thumbs up...thumbs down

Thumbs up: As I was searching for something to watch on tv tonight...wasn't ready to jump into bed yet...and I came across a show called "Stylista". I was a fan of Project Runway when I was living across the ocean, but for some reason I haven't been able to remind myself to figure out when the show is on. I think it's because though I found it entertaining I can't seem to connect with what the designers are creating. I took sewing lessons and it was SO not for me. Stylista is the same concept of using your imagination with style however it's about styling people-sets-magazine spreads-etc. Soo good. Lots of catty-ness and un-needed drama, but hey you gotta have flare to have a fashion sense ;) So check Stylista on the CW at 9pm Wednesday nights.
Thumbs down: Tonight Jodie and I randomly met up to go to the movies. We were going to see the new Angelina movie, but thought it was a little much for a Wednesday night. So instead we opted for "Rachel Getting Married" with Anne Hathaway. All I have to say was it was terrible! An hour into the show we felt we gave the movie all we could and decided to pack up and leave...of the 6 of us in the show I think 2 remained. So awful. Can't say I have ever walked out of a show. So save your money and wait until "Australia" with Nicole Kidman comes out the end of the month. If you need someone to go with I will be first in line at the box office.
Night night...off to swim in the morning...still drowning!
Ps. 1 month tomorrow and I will officially be done teacher's college and will also be hopping on a plane for Florida!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Swimming - Sinking

As my alarm woke me up this morning for 6am I was wondering what the heck I was doing up that early...but remembered right away that I had agreed to go swimming with my crazy athletic triathlete neighbours. I grabbed my fabulous speedo one piecer (hideous), goggles and cap and headed over to the pool in Oakville. To make a long story short, I was WAY over my league! I was swimming with people who have been doing triathlons and iron mans their entire adult lives. One guy was doing his last minute training for the worlds. Needless to say I gave it my all, but still was flapping and flailing in an attempt to do the drills and sprints. All were supportive and cheered me on, but I know I have a long way to go to get to their level! On a side note...one of my favourite things to do is enter into an entire new world. I remember when I went for my first long run with the Running Room early one Sunday morning. It was so peaceful and calm out with only the noise of runners and a lot of runners at that...I just remember thinking how in my old life I would have been sleeping in, and had no clue about this entire world of running. Same went for today, I was in awe of all the early morning swimmers all clocking in their routines while most people were snug in their beds (of course my bed some mornings is the greatest place to be). Though I can feel almost every muscle in my body at the moment and am thinking I am crazy for going again on Thursday, I know this new experience will be so rewarding and hopefully my goal of completing an Olympic length triathlon in 2009 will be checked off my bucket list! I have a long road of training to go, but am excited of entering into this new world of training.
PS. The pool I will be swimming at is Centennial Pool on Navy Street. It's $3.25 to go, and the pool is divided into different groups of swimmers/training levels. So for those of you who want to join the experience I will be there Tuesday and Thursday mornings!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

November

This weekend I definitely had a run for my money...and though I had a great time, I am spent!...but of course would do it all again. October was definitely a month not to be forgotten (even though i would like to), but I am excited that November is here, and will look forward to what the new month brings. Friday night went to the movies and saw the new Leo movie. 3.5 stars. Highlight of the night was reminising about cous cous with Box. Saturday night the LPers celebrated a night of costumes at Amie and Trevor's. I was very impressed with the dedication of the outfits and seeing people fully commit (my hum bug attitude was on the sidelines). Best costume of the night was Borat! I was beyond shocked, however was impressed with his courage. I had a backless outfit on and felt self conscience to say the least...whereas Borat was skin to the wind! Too funny! Annnd today was spent in the tdot with the Bryce girls; where we enjoyed watching Dirty Dancing the play. 4 stars. Great movie, great play. "No body puts baby in a corner" The perfect thing to do on a Sunday!
"Look for miracles. Hope for the best. But when you can't change what you are going through, let the simple, quiet, daily miracle of acceptance find you."

Saturday, November 1, 2008

the babes and moms in my life

Mommy Jodie & Mitchell. Mommy Angela & Irene. Mommy Heather & Estelle! picture too cute for words.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Practical Magic - Sally's letter to Gilly

One of my favourite halloween/witches movie! Thought I would share a perfect scene. xo

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween costumes

It's that time of year again...and though I always love the days leading up to Halloween, with all the fun activities and treats, I just can't help but be a little hum bug about it all. I am not a fan of dressing up! I never have been and I never will. I think it's because I would rather buy a new outfit or new shoes than to spend money on a costume I won't really enjoy. Especially seeing as all female costumes...no matter the age (unfortunately!!!) always seems to be a slutty something or other. Really in this day in age do females really need to make themselves over the top tacky and tarty looking? not me...no thanks! Any who as I was driving to school this morning I heard an interesting tid bit on the radio so I thought I would share. Halloween expert Suzanne Kelly tells us what your costume says about you (however I believe budget and time can play a huge part!):
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Ghost
You’re either cheap, unoriginal, or lazy. If you think that you can throw an old white sheet over your head, cut slits for eye holes and call it a costume, you’re sadly mistaken. You’re better off staying at home and saving people the tears your mind-numbing personality would cause them.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Pimp
You’re cashing in on the old trick-or-treating philosophy; the more houses you go to, the more candy you’ll get. A lesson just as important in your 20s as it was when you were 8-years-old.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Pirate
Fun-loving and adventurous, you aren’t afraid to take risks. You aren’t easily influenced, especially when it comes to people’s opinions about others; you truly believe that there's a hidden treasure buried within everyone. That, or you're just lazy and are two years too late to the Captain Jack Sparrow trend.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Superhero
Some may say you're close-minded. But you're actually just self-assured and strong-willed. You're a loyal friend, someone who is always willing to go above and beyond for them. Because of this, you are someone that others look up to and seek comfort in. More importantly, you look good in spandex.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Celebrity
An air of arrogance surrounds you, and you have raised yourself to self-appointed VIP status. You often find yourself being the hub of gossip. Yes, that means people know you, but do they really like you? Think about that.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Witch
You aren’t afraid to tell people what you think, even if you make some enemies in the process. Those who know you well would say you have a spell-binding personality....but most think your cool ;)
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Angel
Sorry. We're not buying it. It’s going to take more than wings and a halo for you to seem innocent.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Devil
You are naughty by nature and don’t care who knows. It’s rare that you don’t get your way, and if you don’t, you aren’t afraid to use extreme measures. Be careful, it’s a tangled web you weave.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Nurse
You’re a people person who enjoys doing whatever it takes to make others around you feel comfortable. You jump at the chance to check someone’s vitals or give mouth-to-mouth. Just remember, you need to take care of yourself sometimes too.
What Your Halloween Costume Says About You if You're a Clown
Your main concern is having fun, even at your own expense. You thrive on being the center of attention, and no doubt your antics will earn you that spot.
Happy Halloween! Tomorrow I will be marching in the school parade...also Mitchell and Estelle will be trick or treating in the O-town!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The new black

"You Don't Know Jacques"....is this years new black. Today I picked up the new shade from the France OPI collection, and fell in love with it! Great colour! I am a fan of dark nails, especially for the winter but felt I needed something other than black or dark blue, something different and not so yesterday. You Don't Know Jacques is a mix between a dark grey and deep taupe...a very nice shade! Just and FYI from me to you.
Ps. My new placement starts tomorrow. What to wear?
Pps. My flight has officially been booked for FLA, and let's just say I have a one way ticket at the moment. Katie D is making the trip with me! Very exciting...and hopefully Steph will be close behind!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A New Leaf

At this moment in time my life seems to be changing in different directions. Things seem to be ending and new things are going to be starting...and it all seems to be happening in October (I wonder what November will bring?) I have mixed feelings about all the changes, but all I can do is move forward and embrace these life challenges. My training for the marathon and my 7 week placement have both come to and end....
1. The Toronto Marathon
Before I begin I worked my tail off for this race (with the help of my running partner Katie!) We had been running since June, and I felt much stronger than I did for the Mississauga race and knew that qualifying for the Boston could be possible. Of course 2 days before the weekend, I feel my super weak immune system acting up and I feel sick all day Saturday...just before the race. So I ate Tylenol Cold like it was candy and told myself I was going to race no matter what (well i did have doubts). I pushed myself to the limits and was so proud of myself for what I had accomplished (sorry i am on my podium)...and so proud of the people around me! (Steph did her first half and kicked ass!!). Now that the race is over and I have allowed it to all sink in...I wish I had 33 faster seconds in me as I would have qualified!! Rats! Oh well, it wasn't meant to be. Qualifying time = 3:40:59 and I got = 3:41:32. It is such an amazing feeling though to say done and done. My next challenge for this year will be a full length triathlon. I am jumping in the pool Thursday morning with my neighbour! Ah!
My stats:
Bib: 962
Event: Marathon (booya) 42.2 km
Chip: 3:41:32
Pace: 5:16
Gender place: 64
Caegory place: 17/92
First 21.1km: 1:47:34
2. My first 7 week placement
Today I had to say good bye to the 29 students in my grade 4 class and my amazing associate teacher Mrs. D. I have had such an amazing experience at Lp and hope that my life path guides me right back into that school soon. I even felt like a real teacher today as I received my first Ms. Bryce teacher presents from all the kids. If I haven't said this enough, I am so happy about my decision of re-evaluating my life and going into teaching, it's such a rewarding career! This Friday will mark the first day of my second 7 week placement and as time always does, the weeks will fly by and in no time I will be an official teacher.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” Souza

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Create Your Destiny From Your Heart

Be aware of life's energy moving, pushing, pulling, guiding you forward each moment of the day.
And know each moment is your destiny.
You're connected to and part of a mysterious, invisible life force. Let it guide you forward. Let it move you along. Clear yourself of all that blocks your connection to that life force - old emotions, old beliefs, remnants of the past.
Listen to your heart. It will take you, move you to where you need to go. No, you cannot see as far ahead as you would like, as far ahead as you used to think you could. That is because you have undertaken a journey to your heart. Seeing would prevent you from listening, trusting, opening to the magical guidance that comes from within. You would confuse things, think you had the control, manage, make things happen. You would confound yourself with the illusions of the past. You would become afraid.
Stay in the present moment. Listen to your inner guidance. Trust the wisdom of your heart. Feel the life force, guiding you, moving you forward. Go where it leads.
Embrace your destiny. Know you help create it by what you choose each step of the way.
Let your choices come from your heart.
~Melody Beattie

Thursday, October 2, 2008


one of my favourite scenes! xo

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

boobyball b-day

Today I recieved an email from a friend, Sarah O'Regan. An email that made me stop to think, and was later reinforced while watching Christina Applegate on Oprah (who recently had breast cancer)....it was an email that asked if I and many others wanted to help. Wanted to help find a cure for breast cancer. Though I was unable to attend Boobyball this year, I still felt I needed to help in someway...and being a student I thought that it might be extra hard this year for me...until I read Sarah's email. Please click on the link: www.boobyballbday.org to watch an inspiring video and to see what YOU can do to end breast cancer one day. All it takes is $7! (that I could do!)
Email as follows:
Now that the Boobyball is a blur of excitement from the weekend passed, we’re calling on you and all of your friends to help us bring a little bit of luck and a whole lot of support to help in the fight against breast cancer. And it’s as easy as 1,2,3...7 (wait, let us explain).
Seeing as it’s the 7th birthday of the Boobyball, we’ve conceived a simple plan. We’re rallying around lucky number 7 to help bring some good fortune to women across Canada.
Just imagine if all the 850 people who attended this year's Boobyball donated seven dollars...and if each one of them got one friend to give seven dollars...that would be enough money to fund a critical breast cancer support program for an entire year.
In recognition of our 7 years of fun and success, we’re asking you to forgo that Starbucks latte or scotch on the rocks for just one day and donate $7. Sound simple? It is.
Why not take it one step further and invite seven of your closest friends to join you on the mission to put a stop to breast cancer. Seven is a powerful number. Your $7 combined with another $7, combined with your best friend’s-sister’s-fiance’s $7 can quickly be used to help educate young women about breast cancer prevention and help pay for much needed screening equipment in remote areas that suffer from a lack of up-to-date technology.
For the next 7 days we will be driving this fight against breast cancer and pushing to reach a goal of raising over $7,777 for Rethink Breast Cancer’s unique programs. Each time you donate, you will be eligible to win one of 4 prizes valued at over $700 each!
Click
and make this the easiest and most rewarding 7 dollars you’ve ever parted with...and thank you for your incredible support in our goal of making a difference in young breast cancer patients and survivors lives.While we’ve come a long way and impacted countless lives thanks to all of your support but there’s still much to be done.
Thank you.
The Boobyball Committee

Monday, September 29, 2008

We are a part of a rhythm nation

Last night my sister and I (compliments of my parents) went to sing-a-long with Janet Jackson. The days leading up, I was getting excited but couldn't really pin point as to what new songs Ms Jackson has out right now, so figured the concert could go either way. Lucky for me, all my fav songs Janet has ever recorded were performed last night, and it made me appreciate what she had and has to offer to the entertainment world! It's just too bad that as Jodie and I sat down to enjoy our large decaf teas from timmy's, I of course spill the entire cup (was trying to get the tea bag out) into my lap and completely soaked my shirt, pants and shoes while burning myself and slightly spackling a lady a couple rows down. As I was in the middle of being shocked by what I had done to myself, the ghetto lady down below was looking for a fight,and was waiting for me to step outside. Give me a break, can't you see I am drenched? Any who it was nice to be out and jamming to Janet. Funniest part of the night: "sooo...what I was thinking..."
Ps. I know I keep mentioning this, but I just can't help but notice shows, fashion, music, etc from the 90's making a come back in full force. Have we hit a creative lul? I am all for it, as it makes me appreciate my youth, however when LL Cool J hit the stage to open for Janet Jackson it took the cake for me. LL you are 40+, no need to wear pants down by your ankles while sporting a beater! I would have much more respect for him if he had evolved with the times.
video

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Mitchell and Callie

I had to share! Mitchell's mommy sent me some uber cute pics of him and his girl; Callie (Stacia and Jeff's daughter). Both picture perfect in every way!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I welcome fall with open arms

Sorry for my lack of posting. I feel as if I have had lots to say this past month, but every time I sit down I either want to work on some lesson plans or go to sleep, and even now I need to get some shut eye as I have a 38k run tomorrow and a Janet Jackson concert to attend to!
I am now entering into my 5th week of my LP placement, and I have to say that it has been such an amazing experience! I love the school, my class, my associate teacher (who has been a huge support and friend), and everything in between! Though it has been a long time since I have felt this tired, and am on the verge of adding coffee (aka burnt toast) to my diet, I have a sense of peace knowing that I have made the right decision to go down this new path. (To all the teachers out there...I know I am in the "honeymoon" phase and you probably think I am nuts...but it's just the way I feel, and I am excited about it!). I have yet to find out about my second placement, but I will definitely be sad to leave my old hood!
...and so the post continues....
I was going to update everyone on the NKOTB concert, but Heather did an awesome job of summing it up (my two pennies)! It was a great night, a night to celebrate the time when we were 13, and though I didn't know as many words as i thought I would, I was humming and hollering when my boys, especially Joe, took the mic! "I feel like a nerd!...love it!"
Ps. 3 weeks until the Toronto Marathon! Good luck to the Waterfront runners for their race tomorrow!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

la la la la laaaa...

...i'm just warming up my vocal chords! Tomorrow night Heather, Laura, and I are supporting our boys from back in the day - the New Kids on the Block! This is definitely the year of the come back...first nkotb, then 90210, I wonder what will be next? "Step by step...ooooh babe-ay..."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Journey to the Heart

You're Right Where You Need to Be
You're right where you need to be - on your path, guided, in just the right place for you today.
Many times on my journey (Beattie) I stopped short, convinced I would never find the place I was trying to find, only to discover that it was right in front of me all the time. I had gone there instinctively. Gone right where I needed to go, right where I was healing.
There is a part of us that knows where we need to be and understands where we really want to go. There's a place in us that has the map, even if our eyes and conscious mind can't see it, can't figure it out, or aren't certain it's there.
If you're spinning in circles, feeling lost and confused, trying to figure out where you need to be and not all that certain where you're going, stop. Breathe deeply. Look around.
You're right where you need to be.
Maybe you've been there all along.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Way I See It #263

"Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up!"
~ Dean Karnazes - Runner and Author of Ultramarathon Man

I joined the club

it's official! I have joined the blackberry club. Yes some may say it's about time I retired my cell phone that resembled a fax machine, but for me I thought a phone should be just that; making in coming and outgoing calls...with the odd text message sent here and there. I have had the phone since early in the week and actually quite enjoy it. I love being able to check emails from anywhere, use the gps thingy ma-gig, pin people and google anything. I still feel as if I am from the other generation and feel kind of like a 16 year old who hangs out at starbucks and manages her business of being a professional student through her blackberry....but seeing as the entire world is switching over I thought hey why not! Also the luxury of living at home is when your Dad wants the newest Bold, you get the awesome hand me downs! Merci beaucoup!
Well this has been the first weekend in a really long time when I have had nothing to do...it feels kind of odd! Though I was dreaming for a morning when i could sleep in, wake up at when ever time and waste the day away, I have to say I am going stir crazy and need some things to do!!! The grass is always greener! Oh well time to rest up I guess; Katie and I have to tackle 36km's tomorrow morning...eesh!
Ps. To my friends: Send me your pin

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Randy Travis - Forever and Ever, Amen


Since I was young and knew what weddings were all about, I have been on the hunt for the perfect wedding song (I have never really been one for caring about the hoopla's of what goes into planning for a wedding...but have to say the song is something I will always look to perfect). Anywho, as most of you know I love a good 'ol country song..and when I went to Leah and Paul's wedding the other week and 'their' song started playing (Forever and Ever, Amen)...I thought it was such an amazing choice...and it made me smile! Those who can find the perfect song, I believe will have a loving and long lasting life together! So thought I would share! xo

Thursday, September 4, 2008

letter to myself

It's 9:30pm and I have finally sat down after a looong week (with one more day to go)! I seriously have not had time to stop and smell the flowers and I feel as if my head is spinning at a rapid speed! I have had my first few days at my placement....and let me tell you I am exhausted!! I usually am able to muster up energy to do anything, however I found this week has literally kicked me to the ground! I use to think I was one who could handle change, and could handle lots on my plate, but clearly that is not the case anymore and my youth days kind of feel a wee bit over.  I went to the Ambler & Alexander wedding at the Kind Edward on the weekend, and we partied like rock stars. (wedding was fabulous...will attach pictures when I can find my camera charger - also more details to follow, as if the day should come for me I will like to duplicate a few items on their agenda) Anywho back to partying like rock stars...so we let 'er loose and had a great time (kind of forgetting I had signed up for the 1/2 marathon). Sunday was spent on a couch sleeping, waking and sleeping to then throw on my running shoes on Monday and hit the Oakville half with Mrs. Dold. I do not recommend having a bender even a month before a huge race like that, but of course I thought I could. At 6km I was still winded and was trying to keep up with Jenny. I got a good time, 1 minute off what I wanted, but have promised myself all of October will be about vitamins, eating well, and sleeping. Nothing else! Well I am feeling sleepy and need to catch up on things. But my placement is going well....my teacher is awesome and the kids are too cute (well most of them).
Hope everyone is having a great first week of September! I hate to say this, but where the heck is fall? I am desperate for a change in wardrobes and seasons (and to put my boots back on my feet!)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

stuck in doors in the burbs

It seems that this might be the best day of summer and I am stuck in doors! I stayed home from the cottage this weekend as his good friends Paul and Leah are getting married today. So I thought it would be a good idea to make a trip to the salon, touch up my highlights, trim my bangs and get a nice blow dry (it's amazing what a fantastic stylist can do!)...however I made the appointment a touch too early and now I am sitting in doors, doing laundry, watching tv, and sitting on the computer....all activities I was born not to do! I just don't want to go outside and mess up my hair! sniff sniff...so what's a girl to do? ...blog?
Because I have all the time in the world I may ramble for a bit!

Tid bit number 1: For all of you who always look to save a buck or two, Katie introduced me to Visa Perks (http://www.visaperks.ca/), and I seem to be telling anyone who will listen. I just can't believe I never knew about it before. Basically what you do is you visit the Visa Perks website and there is a list of stores that you can get discounts at...such as Running Room (20% off), Banana Republic (15%), Gap and some others. All you have to do is print the coupon and use your Visa card at the participating store and you get a deal. Crazy!

Tid bit number 2: As said by my good friend John Tesh, blogging can be therapeutic. It seems blogging is the new prescription of choice among mental health experts. According to Newsweek magazine, psychiatrists say that writing a blog can have a significant therapeutic effect. Not only is it a creative outlet and a forum to vent, it's a way to reach out to others and get feedback on your life. I subscribe to John Tesh newsletters (yes I am a nerd), and there was an entire write up on the effects of blogging. I found it quite interesting - there are times when I think 'why do I even blog', but for some reason it has turned into a little hobby and it gives me an opportunity to share my views on life and basically say anything I want - I know that i'm not much of a writer and will never compare to some of my friends abilities (Ie. Heather!!) but it's fun to just sit down and write!

Tid bit number 3: As I figured I would be home for the entire weekend I thought why not run the Oakville Half Marathon on Monday....so look out early Monday as I will be running the streets of Oakville with my other Oakvillians who got stuck in the city for the weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Vote

Dancing with the Stars, which is nominated for eight prime-time Emmys this year (and one of my favourite shows), kicks off its seventh season on Monday, September 22, on ABC....and the line up is.... (my vote is bolded):
• Toni Braxton, singer, 40, and season one DWTS champ Alec Mazo
• Lance Bass, singer, 29, and Lacey Schwimmer
• Ted McGinley, actor, 50, and Inna Brayer
• Cloris Leachman, actress, 82, and Corky Ballas
• Warren Sapp, former NFL star, 35, and Kym Johnson
• Rocco DiSpirito, chef, 41, and Karina Smirnoff
• Kim Kardashian, TV personality, 27, and reigning DWTS champ Mark Ballas
• Maurice Green, Olympic gold medalist track and field star, 34, and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke
• Misty May-Treanor, Olympic gold medalist beach v-ball, 31, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
• Susan Lucci, Emmy-award winning soap opera actress, 61, and Tony Dovolani
• Jeffrey Ross, 42, comedian, and Edyta Sliwinska
• Cody Linley, 18, actor, and two-time DWTS champ Julianne Hough
• Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality, and Derek Hough
(My vote may change after the first day.....stay tuned!)

Monday, August 25, 2008

if i were a dress

I was looking through some of my pictures I have saved over the years, and for some reason I stumbled upon this one of Katie Holmes circa "I just married Tom Cruise and inherited a stylist" era. I love love love this dress! It's fabulous! Ah I am craving a new purchase!

The end of summer

Today officially marks the last day of summer. I head back to class first thing tomorrow morning and then start my placement on Tuesday. Though I am going into my placement (lil' LP) with my two feet on the ground...I can't help but be a little nervous, excited, stressed, happy and a touch overwhelmed about what the next few months will hold (especially since my teach emailed me to warn me about how busy things are going to be). eeek! Any who, so my last few days of summer were spent with some of my friends...I was a bit of a no-mad and felt all over the place, but I enjoyed having convo's about life, love and playing the odd drinking game to get things rolling. Too bad the lack of sleep from the weekend kicked Katie and I to the ground our first couple k's this morning, but we managed to finish our 33km's in good time, and actually quite enjoyed ourselves (i am speaking on behalf of both of us!).
Here is to students and teachers who are approaching the end of the summer...."may every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace!"
Ps. Next summer, I will be one of Katie's bridesmaids!!!!!!.and I can't be more excited and extremely honoured to know I will be part of Katie and Sean's amazing, special, and most fantastic day!!! Yay!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My So Called Life

"Once upon a time there lived a girl. She slept in a lovely little cottage made of gingerbread and candy. She was always asleep. One morning she woke up and the candy had mold on it. Her father blew her a kiss and the house fell down. She realized she was lost.She found herself walking down a crowded street, but the people were made of paper, like paper dolls. She blew everyone a kiss good-bye and watched as they blew away."

"There are so many different ways to be connected to people. There are the people you feel this unspoken connection to, even though there's not even a word for it. There's the people who you've known forever who know you in this way that other people can't because they've seen you change. They've let you change."

For the love...

Before I begin, I am always game for comfort when it comes to shoes (well at least for day time shoes); I own a WIDE variety of flats ranging in style, colour and type…I even cherish my pair of Birkenstocks that though may not look so hot, feel awesome wearing after a long run (somehow I feel more balanced while wearing them). However!! a few years back when Crocs were introduced and they started popping up left right and centre and I saw entire families have matching pairs, I promised myself never will the day come where I buy a pair. Even as I age and find I have limited funds to keep with the trends…I will not go there! I have to admit though sometimes when I am looking for shoes at the cottage to run to the boat house I may slip on my mom’s pair (yes the Prada lover herself did succumb) and find they are in fact comfy…but every time I slip them on I feel some what like a smurf in the cartoons looking for my giant mushroom house. Not flattering. The reason why I feel the need to talk about the plastic smurf shoes, is because for 1. Billie from mix 99.9 has been talking about them for the last few mornings...and has the same out look (never should you wear a pair of shoes to work that you can hose off) and 2. Because I came across a picture of the latest invention…Croc high heels!! Please god no! I have kept quiet for quite sometime about the shoes, but have to draw the line there! Ha!
Ps. I start school on Tuesday. Where does the time go?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Hills Season 4 - Trailer

The Hills is on tomorrow night...let the 'fake' but very entertaining gossip begin!

Friday, August 15, 2008

InStyle

Yesterday the best magazine ever arrived in my mailbox…the September issue of InStyle…it’s a mammoth! As I was approaching my house at the end of a work day (and by ‘my’ I mean my parents house), I saw the fat-est magazine stuffed inside the mailbox and knew it was that time of year again! So I grabbed it from the front door, ran upstairs, immediately put on my favourite stretched out most comfy lulu gear, propped up my pillows on my bed, put Oprah on that I had pvr’ed from earlier in the day and attempted to read through my addition of the bible! I have only read through ½ of it, but so far so good! I am saving the rest for when I am up north relaxing on the dock…ahh the life! Once I get through it I will let you know what’s hot for the fall (hopefully it’s what I already have in my closet…as my wallet has never been so hurtin’….boo hoo).
Ps. is it me or has the summer not flown by in the blink of an eye? I have one more week of work and then school starts…jeez la-weez!
Pps. I am still hoping that Canada brings home a medal! I have faith! Another fav Olympic moment...when the US gymnastics team performed like crazy last night....“In life, as in dance, grace glides on blistered feet”

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Sailor

This past weekend, Chris, won the US Open Championship (laser class) for sailing which was sailed in Long Beach, Califormia!! Amazing!! Congratulations Chris!!

Kick'n It Old Skool

Friday night the class of '99 and then some celebrated Mike and Brooke's engagement and upcoming wedding at the Brema resident. It was an awesome night - with lots of laughs, drinks and pictures ;) I couldn't help to reminisce a bit though; as Brema's house brings up lots of memories...especially since my old house since grade 7 was always just a 'hop over the fence' bit away. It's such a great feeling though to know that after all these years we can all get together again and have a hoppin' good time! Ha! It's also cool that all our of significant others gel so perfectly! So thank you to our gracious hosts and hostesses and cheers to mike and brooke!
(I was going to include a group shot of the night...but just as I was going to download my photos to my lovely surprise I realized I forgot my memory card up north...so will update at a later date!)
Ps. Katie and I just got back from a 29km run...holley molley...Friday night may have hindered our performance...just a weee bit!
Pps. Fav Olympic moment this far has been watching the girls bike race and the mens swimming! amazing!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Mama Mia, The Movie

Steph and I went and saw Mama Mia!, the Movie tonight and it was excellent!! I would see it again in a heart beat! Such a feel good movie! I have yet to see the Broadway musical, so I knew I would either love the movie or call it a 'pass'....but it is definitely a MUST see! 5 stars! Also makes you want to jump on a plane, grow your hair and move to the Greek islands! Synopsis (for those of you in the dark like i was): An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Meryl Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)—from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on
this lush island full of possibilities.
Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

tarte

Lately I have been looking for a blush that will actually stay on my cheeks longer than an hour...I feel that because I am already pretty tanned this summer that I should ex-nay on the bronzer look and go for more of a natural flushed look. So while I was at Sephora the other day I thought I would ask one of the beauty gals to help me out. They suggested a Cheek Stain by tarte...so after going through all the colours I chose "Tipsy" (sheer coral-pink with a hint of white shimmer) - the one is the picture is a much bolder shade!! Any who I so far love the product and want to share it with others who are also looking for a similar product! Here are a few specs on what tarte flush is all about.
What it is: A natural-looking gel blush.
What it does: Tarte Cheek Stain is a water-based gel cheek tint that gives you a natural flush—exactly like someone just pinched your cheeks! This formula is alcohol-free so it won't dry your skin and it's also oil-free so it won't clog your pores. Plus, it contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like a T5 Super Fruit Complex™—pure water to help skin retain moisture and mineral-derived pigments known for their soothing and softening properties.
Ps. Happy Birthday to Zarine! May you smile and laugh every day this year!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Progressives

As we are starting to climb the ladder in the amount of distance we run per week, I seem to become a little more conscience of my health and my efforts to remain 'sick-free' ... so that I can continue on the climb. For the last little while I have started to take my multi-vitamin regularly. Since then I have been asking around as to what else I should be taking, or not taking. I first want to mention that I have bought MANY vitamins over the year, and most times I come down with some sort of illness, after I take the new vitamin for a week. Most say it's all psychological...but I would have to disagree! Anywho of all the millions I have taken over the years, Progressives have been the only ones where I have felt healthier while remaining constant with them. So to all of you out there still looking for a multi-vitamin, I would totally recommend Progressives. The one I take is for 'Active Women', but there are different levels and doses that match up with an individuals lifestyle. I know that you can get all your nutrition from the food you eat, however, I just have a better peace of mind when I get that added boost of nutrition...plus you never know, the ingredients in your vitamins may help you combat a future illness! Here are some of the benefits to the ingrediants in my vitamins (ps. I am only making a product plug from the kindness of my heart and speak only truth):
Combat Stress & Fatigue - additional B vitamins and higher potencies of the entire vitamin C family help to combat the increased stress levels associated with an active lifestyle. Glutathione, calcium, and magnesium also assist in supporting adrenal function and reducing fatigue.
Increased Oxygen Uptake - malic acid, coenzyme Q10 and ginkgo biloba all contribute to greater oxygen uptake, which improves energy production and enhances performance, stamina and endurance.
Electrolyte Replacement - potassium, calcium, magnesium and sea salt take part in replacing and balancing the minerals and electrolytes lost through strenuous activity.
Antioxidant Support - additional vitamin A,C,E, coenzyme Q-10, selenium, as well as added alpha lipoic acid and grape seed extract help to neutralize the damage from exposure to free radicals.
Greater Recuperation - N-acetyl cysteine, phosphatidyl serine and L-glutamine help to minimize recovery time after exercise. They also aid in the repair and maintenance of muscle tone.
You can find additional product information on their website: www.progressivenutritional.com
The company is also Canadian! It's nice to represent!
(I also am now taking Progressives Fish Oil Capsules, vit. D, and Ester C....but I will get into those at a later date!)
Ps. You can find this vitamin at Popeyes and or Whole Foods in Oakville (just to name a few)

Monday, July 28, 2008

A wonderful weekend

Well this weekend turned out to be fantastic!  Josie and Dave got married! After getting my highlights done (way over due!) on Saturday, we made our way to Niagara on the Lake to meet up with Erin, Cam, Lyndon, Heather, and Estelle (missing Angela, Jason & Irene tho).... to attend the Burroughs-Agro wedding...it's so nice to celebrate your friends happiness especially in a group. I am an emotional wreck at weddings...there is just something about listening to and seeing so much happiness, especially when it's a close friend. Josie looked glamorous in her dress, and of course Dave looked pretty sharp too. After they said their "I Do's", we then headed to the Hilton in Niagara Falls. The reception was a great time, and everything was very well planned out and so much fun! So cheers to Josie and Dave.... May your love be modern enough to survive the times, yet old fashion enough to last forever!
ps. Katie and I ran 22km today...enough said!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

This 'n that

In the last 24 hours a few momentous events/moments occurred that of course I wanted to share....
1. Yesterday Angela and Jason welcomed into the world their adorable baby girl: Irene Rose Santos. I can only imagine in a couple years Estelle and Irene becoming the 'it' girls of Oakville ;) Welcome baby Irene...I am so excited to have another girl to add to our circle.
2. Yesterday I officially signed up for the Toronto Marathon (yes I know crazy), but it is somewhat of an addiction, and I have pulled Katie in with me! We have been training for a couple weeks now, and though the humidity and heat has disappeared a touch, summer running is proving to be somewhat of a challenge! ...but here we go, on Sunday October 19th Box and I will be hitting the streets of the T.dot!
3. Drum roll please....yesterday as Heather and I were getting ready to go to the hospital we decided to meet at Sherway...and a bunch of stuff went down. I got a sick Hobo Carly Coach bag (compliments of my parents for my bday and crazy hook ups by Heather), annnnd Heather joined a club I hope to one day be a part of and purchased her first fabulous red soled shoes - Louboutin's (Heather and Holly give me 3-5 years and I will be there to represent!)
4. Andrew and I are officially on the board...after subscribing to lotto 649 tickets in February we have finally hit some good luck and recieved our first winnings - we won $10 ... oh yeah! It can only go up right? You gotta' believe...
4. And finally today marked the day when I got to say to Andrew before he went to bed..."SEE YOU TOMORROW!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Amos Lee

The other day I stumbled across some new music (well new music to me)....Amos Lee. I listened to a couple of his songs and became an instant fan. The perfect type of music I am always looking for...peaceful, soul-full with a bit of a jazzy-blues and country feel to it. I have added his music to my play list....two of my fav songs so far are Southern Girl and In the Arms of a Woman. I definitely recommend downloading his music, or should I dare say make a trip to your nearest record shop to purchase some tracks!
Ps. My thoughts are with Angela tonight...as she becomes a mother!
Pps. Had a wonderful meal with Katie and Paul tonight at Via Allegro...amazing food and company. Can't say my student teacher wallet appreciated it ;)
Ppps. 4 more sleeps for Josie and Dave...they are getting Married this weekend!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ways to Lower Your Resting Heart Rate

Tid bits from John Tesh. (Yes I am showing my 90 yrs old side....but I do like the odd John Tesh newsletter, especially when it has to do with health...so thought I would share to help everyone stay heart healthy!)

If you want to lower your risk of a heart attack, it’s easy. Just lower your resting heart rate! That’s how fast your heart beats when you’re sitting quietly. According to Italian researchers, having a resting heart rate above 70 beats per minute increases your risk of dying of heart disease by at least 78%. So, how can you find your resting heartbeat? Before you get out of bed in the morning, take your pulse – and count the beats for one minute. Do that for three days, and figure the average. If it’s above 70 beats per minute, here’s how to help your heart beat more slowly, courtesy of Rodale Publishing.
  • Increase the intensity of your cardio. In other words, run hard, don’t just jog. Exercise increases your heart’s efficiency – reducing the number of heartbeats needed to keep your blood flowing, and varying the pace can cause a 10% increase in the volume of blood your heart pumps with each beat. So, three times a week, run for half an hour, alternating four minutes at 90% of your maximum heart rate with three minutes at 70%.
  • Sleep more soundly. Australian researchers woke sleeping volunteers with loud noises multiple times during the night. Each time, their heart rates jumped 13 beats per minute. So if your neighbours, or your snoring spouse, constantly waken you, try earplugs!
  • Don’t try to “hold it”. In other words, if you’ve gotta go – go. Researchers in Taiwan studied people with heart disease and found that having a full bladder stresses your entire circulatory system, and raises your heart rate by about nine beats per minute.
  • Get a massage. Relaxation techniques reduce the production of the stress hormones that make your heart race when you’re scared or in danger. A study in Britain found that volunteers who received an hour of reflexology – a type of foot massage – had resting heart rates that averaged eight beats per minute slower than those who didn’t get a massage. (Well you don’t need to tell me twice!! I just need to find the funds)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Journey to the Heart

Let the Universe Lead the Way
Feel and see how the life force, the heartbeat of the universe, leads you on, guides you, takes you on the way. Yes, there are times when we need to march forward, muster up our willpower, and grind through the motions. But those times are transitory. And that's not the magical way we're living now. Even when we stop, doubt, wonder, get tired, and confused, the universe is there to revitalize us, move us along our path and lead the way.
If you're tired, rest. If you're sad, cry. If you're thirsty, take a long, cold drink of water. If you feel hopeless, feel that. Feel it until clarity, desire, hope and meaning break through. You don't have to trudge through on willpower, not any longer. You do not have to push your way through.
Rest until you feel healed, then gently go forward. Let the universe assist you. Open your eyes, the eyes of your soul, and see where to go. Feel where to go. Sense what to do next. See how the magical power of the universe carries you along, even when you get tired, even when you get confused. You are connected - to yourself, to the universal life force, to God (Or to what you believe in).
Quiet the chatter of your mind. Renew your body. Replenish your soul. Take all the healing energy of the world around you. Then let the universe lead the way.
(Author: Melody Beattie)
My yoga instructor sporadically reads excerpts from Journey to the Heart, and of course I picked up my copy and love to share some of the daily entries...so above is an entry from over the weekend.
Ps. Happy Birthday Heather! Hope you're having a fabulous day with your hubby and daughter!

Friday, July 11, 2008

You Either Have It Or You Don't

...and I do not have it! What I am talking about is the ability to walk into any Winners store and find a gem in the rough. Over the years I have commented on nice purchases that friends have bought, and when they reply "Winners", I immediately forget how much of a failure I am there, and make my way over to the nearest one...to then remember right away as I walk through the door that I NEVER find anything there!! I make a promise to myself after every visit to stop wasting my time and restrain myself from the inevitable disappointment!! My friend Heather definitely has it, and in her presence I found my sweet black 'book bag/purse/work bag' and on another occasion (on my own) I did find my wallet of the present moment, a wallet I love...however over 28 years that is all I have found (of course the odd bundle of work out socks which I do not include)! This past weekend Dave's girlfriend Cassandra had an awesome sun dress on that I fell in love with...and low and behold she bought it at Winners (of course). Since last weekend I have been to 5 Winner locations; including Newmarket...and my mom even went to the Barrie store to hunt for the dress...and of course 2 of the 6 stores only had Larges left, and the other 4 showed no sign the dress was ever there...boo hoo!! So this is my promise to myself, I will not go into Winners again unless I am with someone who "has it!".
Ps. On my way up to the cottage I just so happened to make my way to Newmarket where they have one of the greatest shopping centres (FYI for those that need a break from the lovely cottage drives)...at this mall is the BEST Forever 21(my fav store!)...it is huge with lots and lots of selection. For those of you who have yet to be a fan, please note that 85% of the store is pretty tacky and unwearable, however it's the remaining 15% that makes it all worth while! I always leave with sweet finds (unlike at my foe Winners)!