Last week I attended my first sound bath. What's a sound bath? You lay down in a dimly lit yoga room, with bolsters, blankets, a pillow and a lavender scented eye mask. While you lie there, a wonderful guide plays sound bowls, chimes, tuning forks and other gentle sounds that lead you into a beautiful state of appreciatation, gratitude and relaxation. The session I attended was led by @kikosounds at @kikos_pace in High Park, Toronto. I had met Kiko at an Entrepreneurial group I attend. What she did for her living sounded so interesting. I knew I needed to try a session. So glad I did. Since I met Kiko, I've seen a guy do a sound bath on the Dragon's Den and also seen the power couple @JesseItzler and @SaraBlakely attend a session with their family. It's funny how when you meet new people and open yourself to new ideas and approaches, you expand in so many ways. Have you tried a sound bath? What did you think of your experience?
Just watched The Creative Brain on Netflix. Highly recommend. Allowing yourself to be creative is a must for discovering new ideas and solutions. What I understood from the movie was that we need diverse interests outside of what we do for our job to solve challenges and invent creative ideas. We also expand on other ideas. So get out, explore, engage, colour, see new places, learn new things, cook, write, draw, paint, skate, dance, long board or get your camera out. The more you live life, the more you will be creative.
What are you grateful for? You have a choice in how you show up every day. Making a conscious choice to express gratitude and be a positive leader will not only make you happier, it will make those around you more pleasant. Today, choose gratitude and inspire others with your positivity. Ranunculus from @dahliamayflowerfarm Pussy Willow and Tulips from @longosmarkets
Cheers to all who make their health a priority. It's not an easy road. I struggle with eating for health over eating for ease. But, once I get back on the healthy eating side of life, I feel good and I want to eat healthy. I've cut sugar out for the last six weeks and have been taking Vitamin D since the beginning of January. I can't believe how much more energy and brain clarity I have. For those who carry the healthy food and wellness torch daily, I thank you for your constant inspiration and dedication. Shout out to @flavcity @juliedaniluk @joyoushealth @rachelmmolenda @meghantelpner @jennpike And cheers to you my followers for the healthy decisions you make for yourself, family and friends. Together we lift each other up.
Squeals with delight! Today I soaked and planted Ranunculus corns from @dahliamayflowerfarm here in Ontario. 2 to 3 weeks and they will sprout. And in 10 -12 weeks we will have flowers. Yes.....it's time to start thinking Spring!!! More in my stories today and I posted the story to my highlights.
Happy International Womens Day! Here's to women that make us smile, laugh, feel appreciated and continue to make a difference in at least one person's life! You can make a difference without having to start a movement or charity. I acknowledge and appreciate those that take on those important issues. However, you can make a positive impact one person at a time. Let's celebrate all the amazing women in our lives. Jo
Feeling like this winter is too long already. Snow, rain, melting snow, ice, freezing rain, heavy winds and now more snow. And that's just in the last 4 days. Please be careful out there today and tomorrow. The ice will be covered with snow making it slippery. This is the time to wear those big boots with the treads. One or two days of practical fashion is worth avoiding 6 weeks of broken bones recovery. Haha...well that's my motherly guidance for today!
Happy Self Love Day. Today, find a moment to say: I am blessed I am grateful I am creative I am smart I am clever I am beautiful Carve out time today to do something that makes your heart sing. Maybe it's a warm bath in essential oils, or 30 minutes reading a novel or magazines or cookbooks, or it's a walk in the woods, or arranging flowers that you bought to arrange, maybe it's repotting Succulents, maybe it's colouring or painting or working on sculpture or making handcrafted items, or maybe it's time with your camera. Find the time today. Give YOU the gift of enjoying something you love doing. Then after you spend your allotted time, allow yourself to be grateful for however much time you gave it. Then spread that joy and kindness around. You have to start with loving you first. Once you do, your love radiates and expands. Happy Self Love Day! What will you do today that brings you joy?
Happy Canadian Agricultural Day.🚜🍏🌽🥦🍄 On a cold and wintery day like today, it's easy to think about making a soup. Thankfully, our Canadian Farmers have supplied many of the ingredients that went into your soup. And they're planning what to plant and studying Mother Nature for when she will make the soil ready for our crops. I am very grateful for our Canadian Farmers and the Farmers that supply us items that we can't grow in Canada in the winter.
Been reading and watching videos on the Keto diet. It's made me aware of how sugar slowly crept back into my life. From 2012 to 2015 I was off sugar, did intermittent fasting daily and a once-a-week juice fast. I was also gluten and dairy free and really watched carbs. Honestly, it was hard to live that way socially. I kept up with being glutenfree and dairy free since 2012. Haven't had a sinus infection since only rare migraines which were daily before. But I did gain back the weight I lost which has been frustrating. In January of 2019, I returned to the gym doing yoga and pilates classes 4 times a week. I can't believe how much stronger my core is and how much taller I stand. The confidence of returning to the gym, has led me to going sugar free again. I may even try the keto approach since I was basically doing that from 2012 -2015 using mainly veggies. I've been inspired by my keto friends who see positive results and by the research I have been looking at. If you have a favourite Keto YouTuber or IG personality I should know about, please leave your suggestions in the comments. Also, for this smoothie bowl, it has 1/6th of a small banana, chia, hemp, flax seeds, almond butter and 2 cups of spinach. I topped it with coconut, maca, cacao nibs and almonds with puffed quinoa. I have no idea if it's Keto approved but making a smoothie bowl with toppings slows you down and starts your digestion which begins in your mouth. I also had a glass of lemon water 20 minutes before this to really start my digestion. Here's to tackling the sugar dragons and thanks for your Keto suggestions.