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Lee Currie
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In a land where it is not allowed, Caden was never a very good hockey player. He was not much of a skater and would slide into other players to stop. He quickly earned a reputation as a "thug". Ha! For good or for bad, he does have a competitive spirit! For a long time his passion far exceeded his ability. Over the years he tried his hand at many sports. He plays rugby and squash at school and enjoys it. At football he was a remarkably good player, so good he scared the bejeepers out of his mother and,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Embrace Life
Love it, Leigh! I can't wait to learn more about it :)
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I quite like being an 8. It was startling at first, but I can embrace the whole lack of political correctness. It reminds me daily to just be me and it's okay :)
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hello home. oh how i love the desert, but it's always nice to come home. hello mess. holy smokes was my house a disaster! slowly putting everything back together again. laundry is all caught up. fridge is full. recycling in the garage. still a way to go, but there's progress. hello canada. i love trivia and this is a great collection of canadian factoids. hello apps. i'm not much of an app person, but these two may convert me. perhaps my most favourite thing ever is a good list - especially one that is completed. i found this app: checkmark... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Embrace Life
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On occasion Danielle LaPorte shares, via her Desire Map emails, interviews with those participating in her Desire Map program. I'm taking those questions and digging deep. Time to answer them here as a way to keep myself on track and stay accountable to this program that has been revolutionary in the way I look at and live my life. What are your core desired feelings? I'm about to go through the Desire Map process again with my book club, and I have a feeling my current CDFs might change a bit, maybe even more than a bit. Today they are:... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Embrace Life
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Ages ago, Becky Higgins posted a list of "I" statements and challenged those who read her blog to do the same, so here it goes :) I WAS … recently reveling in how much I enjoy my life, now. Even with all of the drama and chaos of raising four kids alone, it is challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. I am present and engaged, every day. I AM … delighted to have learned how to put me on the list and discovered things I enjoy that keep me centred and challenged: meditation, pilates and new courses including writing and art. I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Embrace Life
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Since I wrote out my first Mighty List in April 2012 I managed to accomplish a lot, I also managed to forget about the list while life had me focus on other things. It's time to regroup and figure out a new list, one that serves me better and takes into consideration all that I've learned in the past two years. Nowhere on my original list was "take private reformer Pilates classes" or "take kids on a Caribbean cruise" or "file every spec of paper in the house" - things I've done that have greatly enriched my life. I'm revisiting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Embrace Life
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hello life above zero. we've enjoyed consistenly above zero temperatures. that doesn't mean we won't get snow again, but this little bit of spring has been a welcome change. hello baseball season. it's finally here! hello preparation. as much as i don't want cole to apply to be a prefect at school, he is determined to take a leadership role next year. applications are being completed and essays written. hello creative routines. i found this infographic fascinating. especially the amount of down-time enjoyed by those i find particularly creative. hello healthy reboot. dark berry smoothies. 10,000 steps daily. charged fitbit.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Embrace Life
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You know how December can be filled with all kinds of end-of-year reflection and inspirational articles filled with ideas and new direction? I wish I had the time to read and execute all of the good stuff, but you know, December just doesn't work for me. Even though I have pared down the frantic of the season to a simple holiDAY, I am still overwhelmed by the sense of possibility and promise the new year brings. Articles and hope abound and I can't seem to keep up with it all. My most relaxed months of the year has traditionally been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Embrace Life
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Who knew the first Wednesday in April was National Walking Day? I learned about it last year when I was reading a Walking Challenge article as part of my "reset". I have to admit I haven't done a lot of walking since winter started back in November. A combination of my left hip "catching" regularly, my right knee blowing up like a balloon when pushed too hard at Pilates, and a winter filled with ice on every sidewalk has made me feel unsteady and older than I should! I walked as often as I could but certainly not as much... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Embrace Life
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I have spent an awful lot of time trying to figure out what to do with my life. Seriously, what should I DO? To make a living. To be a better person. To contribute to society. That kind of do with my life. It turns out that my goal of being a good mum was not as far-sighted as I once thought. Not that my role as mother will ever end, but my role as ever-present mum will. That realization makes me happy and sad at the same time! As my kids need me less, I realize I had better... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Embrace Life
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Most of March was "break". All of the kids who live at home had break from school from March 7 to March 24. They were (of course) thrilled. Caden started his month at a volleyball tournament that brought us to Welland. It's a good luck facility for our boys as they fared very well and came in 4th! Even more fun was coming home to dinner with friends at the Oakville Club. Big Brother Canada started and the kids are enjoying it almost as much as they did the first season. My Desire Map book club has changed format somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Embrace Life
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hello super soul sunday. finally we can watch own programmed shows on the oprah channel here in canada. crazy but true. her interview with gary zukov? so good. lessons: lean in to living an authentic life - to use your personality to serve your soul. profoundly brilliant. hello lunch with friends. love! hello reading week. crunch time for claire! the end is near. hello b-school. we're at the midway point. what a turbulent and challenging exercise! the minute i think i know something, i don't. i am not enjoying the process but i am learning a ton and that i... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Embrace Life
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DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS That word DREAM is scary! Being a pragmatist, I always used the word "goal" instead. By way of "wish", I'm starting to warm to the word "dream" as I start to welcome what it represents. The added bonus of actually dreaming for the first time in a decade has made it easier, too! The assignment: If you have a dream and want to see it come to fruition, what is stopping you? Right now the only thing standing in the way of my dream is getting my taxes out of the way. With the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Embrace Life
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CHANGE THE SCENERY It used to be that I could go for days without talking to another adult. Those days are done! The assignment: How do you like to change the scenery? Where do you like to go? My day works in alignment with the school day, which around here goes from 8AM to 5PM on most days. I have split my days in half. My mornings are spent writing, creating and meditating; my afternoons are spent moving and socializing. I have a hard time remembering life without reformer Pilates, Kundalini meditation, yoga flow and Yame Sushi on Kerr! Those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Embrace Life
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GET OFF THE ROLLER COASTER Years ago I was told in no uncertain terms that our lives were filled with too many peaks and valleys and it would be preferable to live a life that looked more like: _______. Hmm. A flat line. I don't think "life" looks that way. Death maybe, but not life. I am happy to be back on track and fully connected with myself and those around me. Years of emotional detachment and unrealistic demands took their toll. The assignment: Get off the roller coaster. Ironically, with the absense of the one making demands, our lives... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Embrace Life
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PLAN YOUR MEALS We eat well. Just not well planned. After growing up in and then spending 20+ years in the grocery industry, the one thing I know is food. We eat well chosen, healthy selections found mainly on the perimeter of our grocery store - lots of fresh meat, produce, dairy and little processed (aka plastic) food. The assignment: Do you plan your meals? What works for you and your family? I am awful at planning our meals. Every time I think I have a handle on it, I don't. We live across the street from a big grocery... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Embrace Life
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The big closet purge with Chloé. It took a couple of hours, and a couple of bags, but it was worth it! I live in chaos. Over this past year I've implemented some changes around the house to reduce the clutter, but it seems as soon as one area is addressed another becomes the focus of my attention. A couple of projects were completed that have greatly added to my sense of calm: the installation of drawer inserts in my kitchen cupboards; the purchase of new slim hangers and the purge of my closet; and, the complete purge and organize... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Embrace Life
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VACATION IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN Over our March Break our plan was to take a few day trips around our town. Take in some things we had never done before. The assignment: What do you love to do in your hometown? Simple. I like to live in my hometown. It took a very long time, but in the last couple of years I finally feel like I belong here in my town, the town in which I've chosen to raise my kids and put down roots. It still feels a bit weird as I'm a big city girl having been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Embrace Life
Fabulous! No judging here. Truth be told, should I ever have an opportunity to share a bed ever again there will be two beds - and a long hallway in between :) I've told my kids that every home, if you can, should have a his and a her bedroom - and bathroom.
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52 LISTS | Week Seven | list the things that make you feel healthy (mind, body & soul) My new practice of daily meditation . drinking at least 4 litres of water each day . realizing I am worthy of being at the top of my list . practicing kindness . deep cleansing breaths . my power fruit smoothie in the morning . daily affirmations . clean eating . reformer pilates classes with Jackie and Jill . days at the ocean . recognizing (and then the mindful ridding myself of) anything that is not good for me . learning and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Embrace Life
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A SMOOTH SEA NEVER MADE A SKILLFUL SAILOR I can handle anything. In my life the seas have not often been calm and for that I have learned to be grateful. There is a lesson in everything - good and bad - and I look for the opportunity within the chaos to take whatever good is available in what can appear challenging. The assignment: How do you deal with stormy seas? In general I just bear down and deal with what is thrown at me the best way I can. I have been given plenty of opportunity to perfect this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Embrace Life
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WISHCASTING | 05 What inspiration do you wish to FOLLOW? I am told I tell a good story. This has always stuck me as curious as the only stories I tell are the truths of my life. And then, once told they are often forgotten - very certainly the nuances, subtleties and humour of the situations are lost forever. I am inspired by everyday happenings and the everyday magic found within those events. I'd like keep the nuance, subtleties and humour, and write stories much like those of Alice Hoffman, Jan Karon, Sarah Addison Allen, Katherine Center and Alice Munro.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Embrace Life
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CELEBRATE THE EVERY DAY I celebrate my every day because I have done everything in my power to turn my life into one worth living and enjoying: my heart is full of gratitude and joy knowing the positive and productive life I've achieved for me and my kids. It's even a category here on the blog! The assignment: how can you add more celebrating into your everyday life? That being said, I think I could do more to show my kids how to make every day special in some way. Sometimes we get too caught up in our routine and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Embrace Life