Get to Know Me Better!

I saw this Get to Know Me quiz on A Foodie Stays Fit and then on Peanut Butter Runner and thought it would be a fun addition to my blog that is all just Whole 30 recaps, weekend recaps and monthly recaps lately. Enough with the recaps already, I know!

So here we go 🙂

1. What brings you the greatest joy? Being at home with my little family – Eric and the pets. I love traveling and exploring but I truly do love just being home. The other night Eric was watching TV, I was reading a book, Webster was curled up on the couch beside me and Chloe was at our feet and I just felt so filled up. So much gratefulness. So much joy. Other things that bring me joy are exercise, spending time with my family, girls nights, sleep and travel.

2. What are your vices? Facebook scrolling. Oh the scroll. I’m so bad for getting trapped doing it when I’m really tired, it’s a terrible habit I would like to kick. I’ve tried taking Facebook off my phone completely but then I feel like I’m ‘missing out’ on certain things.. Maybe I just need to get over that. Any tips?

3. What is on your nightstand? I have a drawer in my nighstand that is filled with CRAP – ha ha! So on top of the nightstand is just books and my kindle and a cute bag filled with my daily supplements & medications. Here is a picture 🙂

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4. Do you have a secret talent? Hmmm, I think my secret talent might be planning travel. Nothing overly exciting, but I get asked a lot about how I manage to plan all of the travel we’ve done and also score great deals on trips. It takes A LOT of time. I would estimate I spent 30 – 50 hours planning our Ireland and Scotland trip. So much researching, price comparisons etc. We are going to Hawaii this Christmas and watching deals / doing price comparisons has been on my to do list since Fall 2015! You can’t just decide to go on a trip and book something and expect to get a good deal, you have to take the time to compare prices and plan it out. So I don’t know if that’s really a ‘secret talent’ or not but a lot of people do ask me for advice when planning trips so I guess I’ll call it that for now!

5. What is your greatest indulgence? Something I did a few times before going on Whole30 is eating frozen yogurt in the bathtub, while sipping on a glass of wine and watching Gilmore Girls on my laptop. That was SUCH a treat! And it still works without the froyo and wine as I’ve discovered during Whole30 🙂 Something about a hot bubble bath and your favourite TV show on Netflix just feels indulgent!

6. What should everyone try at least once in their life? I do think everyone should live alone at least once. I only did it for about 8 months but it was a real growing experience for me.

7. What makes you laugh? Eric. Every day. My husband is hilarious.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I think people would be surprised to know I have quite the potty mouth and tend to drop more swear words than most people might expect!

9. What is on your bucket list?  So many things! Top of the list; having a family and hiking Machu Picchu in Peru.

10. What is on your feet right now? Tan flats! I actually couldn’t wear flats for the longest time because they gave me blisters but I’ve discovered I need a really soft/flexible pair of flats to work for me. I have three pairs I rotate through now and I love them!

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11. How did you make your first dollar? My parents used to own a small store so I think it was working for them in the store.

12. What superstition do you believe in? Karma! If you put out good you will get good back, if you put out bad you will get it back, eventually…

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? It depends on the time of year. I basically live in my Fabletics gear on the weekends. I wear my Liverpool Denim Jean Jacket A LOT in the summer and fall.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Man, this is a tough one… I don’t know if using the words ‘best gift’ is the way to categorize these but two very memorable gifts are the afghan my grandma knitted for us last Christmas, I will treasure it forever. And then also the Birthday Picnic Eric took me on for my 26th birthday in 2014 was a pretty special and unique birthday ‘gift’.

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15. What is on your liquor shelf? I haven’t drank alcohol in 32 days so I’m not entirely sure. I know we have several bottles of wine and I think some whiskey Eric bought back from Ireland that he never plans on opening. lol

16. What is on your kitchen counter? Kitchenaid mixer, knives, coffee machine, microwave, clean dishes that are drying, candle… a bunch of crap. Here is a picture 🙂

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17. What would you never leave home without? The only thing I truly never really leave home without is my iPhone – but sometimes I even take the dog for a walk without that! Rarely though.

Questions to answer in the comments: What is your greatest indulgence and what items in your closet do you wear the most?

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2016 Goals

To set goals or not to set goals? That was the big question mark lurking over top of me for 2016. I did not end up setting any goals for 2015, but 2015 ended up being a really weird year so then I started thinking maybe I should set some goals for 2016. I was a bit perplexed about what to do.

Then I saw this article shared on Facebook the other day and immediately re-shared it and read through it about 300 times: 16 goals to set for next year that are more about enjoying what you have than chasing what you don’t.

16 may seem like a lot, but truly every last one of these are really amazing, beautiful goals that we all could strive for. I’ve decided to hone in on a couple of them, specifically numbers 2, 6, 9 and 14.

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What the article says: Seek out ways to appreciate the way people are, not the way you want them to be. It is not your job to judge who is deserving of your love and kindness. It is not your job to fix anybody. It is only your job to love them, in whatever way is appropriate. You are not anybody else’s god.

What I’m going to do: I’m really going to focus this year on being more self-aware about my thought process towards other people, especially people that are the closest to me. When thoughts and feelings of judgment come into my head I’m going to try to acknowledge them and let them pass.

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What the article says: On January 1, start a “journal of days” where you write down a sentence or two to sum up each day of your year. The reason keeping up with a journal is only sustainable for a week or so is that nobody has the time (or energy) to thoughtfully or extensively detail their everyday lives. Yet, we miss out on the incredible opportunity to see how far we’ve come, and what our lives are ultimately comprised of when we fail to – so make it easy for yourself. Just write down one sentence that sums up the day before bed. In a year, you’ll be grateful you did.

What I’m going to do: I was a little late as I didn’t start doing this until January 3. But 3 days in and so far, so good! It has been hard to keep my thoughts to only 1 or 2 sentences though. I’m a wordy person 🙂

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What the article says: Do a “spend cleanse” where you only use what you have for a period of time. At once, teach yourself the art of denying immediate gratification for the sake of something more important, and show yourself that you already have everything you need, or at least, more than you think you do (even when it doesn’t feel like it).

What I’m going to do: I am doing this right now and going to try keeping it up for the first 60 days of the year. The biggest way that I am doing this is by trying to figure out new ways to wear clothing I already own. Around this time of year I get really annoyed/bored of my wardrobe and want to go shopping. I’m using Pinterest and Instagram to gain outfit inspiration and re-style pieces I already have.

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What the article says: Do the most important things immediately in the morning. Give your energy to what matters most, when you have the most of it. It also helps you define what really matters to you.

What I’m going to do: I’ve always been a morning person and I really want to hone in on that this year. After listening to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People I really want to create a Private Victory in the morning. My ideal morning would consist of exercise, reading and time for planning my day. I’m trying to figure out how to fit all of those things into every morning and establish a really good routine that makes me feel productive, energized and ready to tackle my day.

Also, here are some more tangible, regular, every day goals I would like to achieve this year: 

  1. Read 52 books (or one book a week). These can be consumed either by reading e-books, paper books or listening to audio books
  2. Complete my Group Fitness Instructor Training and get BCRPA certified
  3. Run at least 5 races
  4. Travel to 3 places I have never been (close to home or not, as long as they are new places!)
Here is another really great article to consider when you are setting your goals this year. Instead of asking yourself what you are want, ask yourself how much you are willing to struggle or endure pain for what you want.
What are your goals or resolutions for 2016? 

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A weekend full of thanks!

Last year after the Thanksgiving weekend I posted a weekend recap that also included many of the things I am thankful for sprinkled throughout the post, it was a fun format to recap Thanksgiving so I am going to do the same thing this year!

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It was a four-day weekend for me as I had Friday off of work in lieu of some of the overtime I’ve been working lately. I really really needed the long weekend too as work has been flat out crazy busy lately.

I am thankful to have a job that I love but also one I can step away from when I need to. I am thankful for supportive coworkers and a supportive boss who 100% believe in the concept of work-life balance.  

On Friday I went for a trail run in the morning, to the gym for Group RX, for lunch with my mom and grandpa and in the evening Eric and I went grocery shopping and bought everything we needed to host Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday!

I am thankful for the gym, and more specifically the local YMCA/YWCA. I absolutely love going to classes there and how strength training has completely changed my body. 

On Saturday morning I woke up at 8:30am and immediately rushed off to my favourite Saturday morning flow class at 9. I really didn’t think I was going to make it to class so I was soo glad I did! It was a slower flow which was exactly what I needed after lifting heavier weights during Group RX on Friday.

I am thankful for yoga and the peace and clarity it has brought into my life. 

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After yoga I picked up my mom and we went to buy some tulip bulbs. She then helped me rip out our current flower bed and plant four rows of tulip bulbs for the spring. I cannot wait for all of the bulbs to grow into beautiful flowers!!

I am thankful we own our little house and even though I sometimes complain about the size and the lack of outdoor space for storage I know it is more than many people have. I am thankful we have a place to make our own. 

After planting I did some other house stuff with Eric and we prepared for his mom and nephew to arrive. Sunday we were up bright and early to get our turkey in the oven! Eric and I were officially cooking our very first turkey and hosting Thanksgiving. We may have overdid it a bit and bought a 12-kg / 25-lb turkey at the grocery store. Yup, it was a little too much food for five adults and one child…

I am thankful for the ability to not only purchase quality, healthy food for us to eat on a regular basis but also that we have the means to purchase all of the fixings for a big Thanksgiving meal! 

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After more than four hours in the kitchen we had cooked up an amazing feast! Huge thanks to my mother-in-law and my own mom for all of their help and guidance. I’m not sure we would have known what do with the turkey without their help and advice!

I am thankful for a husband who not only likes to cook, but is good at it, he did the majority of the cooking for our feast! I am also thankful to have amazing women role models in my life teaching me how important life skills like how to cook a turkey. 

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Before we ate our delicious dinner we headed out on a nice little hike with the dogs. We hiked 2km in the beautiful sunshine. Holler for wearing a tank top in October!

I am thankful for my love of being active and moving my body. I am also thankful for our family members who are willing to be active with us. I am thankful for the incredibly easy access we have to so many amazing hiking trails. 

After we had all stuffed ourselves silly and packed up all the leftovers (our fridge is seriously beyond overflowing with leftovers!) Eric and I spent about four hours on the couch watching back-to-back episodes of Parenthood. It’s the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time and was so fun. Also we are over halfway through season three now and it’s hard not to binge on the episodes because they are sooo good!

I am thankful for guilty pleasures that help me relax and recharge. I am also thankful for binging on TV series with my husband, one of my favourite things for us to do together!  

Monday morning I met up with eight running friends for a beautiful 11km run on a remote country road. The fall colours were absolutely stunning and it was a perfect morning for a run.

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Oh running, I am so so thankful for you. I am thankful for the people you have brought into my life, the places you have taken me and the adventures I have had all thanks to you. 

After the run and some Thanksgiving leftovers we all piled into the truck for two of my favourite fall activities – the corn maze and the pumpkin patch! We wandered the corn maze for almost an hour, and then my mom and I went and got some coffee while Eric, our nephew Drayden and his mom continued to wander around trying to solve clues.

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After the corn maze it was off to the pumpkin patch. We walked out with 10 pumpkins of varying sizes for only $25!

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I am thankful to live in an area with so many fun things to do. I am thankful for the opportunity to make memories with our family on such an important holiday. 

And I added some new fall decor to our house 🙂

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I am thankful for simple pleasures in life, like the smell of a delicious candle burning and how much happiness I get from looking at these fall decorations. 

Sunday evening was spent eating more leftovers and really just lounging around the house. I spent a lot of time reading my latest book, The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog, it’s pretty good and I’m enjoying it way more than I thought I would.

I am so thankful for my love of reading. To quote George RR Martin, a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. I am so thankful for all the different ways reading and books have opened my eyes and lit up my soul. 

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Above all, I am always the most thankful for this guy and our beautiful and messy life together.  

This year, I am also thankful for the hard moments in life because they make the good moments that much sweeter. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of food, love, family and friends.

What are you thankful for today? 

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