• #GetThrifty,  CityGirlTravels,  Travel Yoga,  Wellness

    Airport R&R

    Flight delays. Or long layovers for connecting flights, usually involving flight delays. Not very glamorous and inevitable realities when travelling. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle and then you’re left a bit worse for wear in your gate area and having to kill however many hours. (Click here for some flight delay survival tips for when things get fraught and chaotic at the airport.) With energy levels incredibly low, I was recently walking to my gate area in London Heathrow’s Terminal 3. I needed food and a strong cup of tea, stat. And then I saw a sign that made me want to weep with gratitude: The rest and relaxation…

  • CityGirlStuff,  Wellness

    Mala mail

    I love getting mail. Not bills, obviously, but good mail. Occasion cards, postcards (my favourite!), or something I’ve ordered. The mail redirect from the recent move is working so that’s a bonus. I also like sending mail. As my friends and family know, I am an avid postcard sender. Mail, for me, is something simple, yet tangible and personal in a time where we mostly “LOL” electronically instead sharing that belly laugh in person. My favourite piece of mail in 2014, aside from a letter from Pemberley(!), was a mala bead bracelet from Mala Collective. A small Christmas present to myself to help me start 2015 on the right foot. (What are…

  • CityGirlStuff,  New Year's,  Wellness

    Happy 2015! Attraversiamo, patience and goals for the New Year

    Attraversiamo: verb – cross, go across, walk across, traverse, go through, pass through, pass; span Yes, I recently (re)watched and (re)read  “Eat, Pray, Love”. But, it’s great word, and very appropriate for going in to a New Year. It’s also fun to say. Attraversiamo. 🙂 Every New Year’s Eve, I go through my goals. What happened this past year? What would I like to achieve in the next 365 days? Did I have fun? (For the most part, yes!) My main goal for 2015 is patience; a virtue that I have some of, though the levels vary. The person I have the least patience with and am hardest on is myself. And so,…

  • Feeling Good,  Stuff and Things,  Wellness

    #100happydays

    Wednesday started out as a bit of a crap day. I woke up feeling like I hadn’t slept, and if you’ve ever woken up feeling like that, you know it’s not great. At all. But as with 99% of crap days, it got better. But the highlight of day – the ultimate pinnacle? An email of the best kind that contained this: After a final payment this month for my yoga teacher training, I got my instructor certificate! It’s officially official! I am ridiculously proud of and humbled by this achievement, and I don’t think I stopped smiling for the rest of the day. And I, of course, posted on…

  • Stuff and Things,  Wellness

    Happy 2013! – Goals for the year

    It’s officially 2013. Does anyone else feel like it came really quickly?? For me, 2012 went by in a wonderful blur, culminating in a great holiday season with family and friends. Sean and I are staying with our friends Ward & Kim just outside of Edmonton and are just had post-NYE brunch. Much needed after last night’s dinner and dessert, games, Snow Olympics (for another post), and my apparently super strong cocktails. 🙂 2013 is the year I feel l need to get serious about my goals and objectives. Why this year more so than any other year? Because October 5, 2013 is the day I turn 30. While this…

  • CityGirlMoves,  Wellness

    Cracking the coconut

    I went to a lunch time class at Inner Space on Tuesday, and the teacher was one I had never had before named Heather. Heather is awesome and so was the class. The class focus was opening the heart, so lots of upper back bends to open the chest. Back in the fall, I ended up with a minor rotator cuff injury. Very inconvenient for this girl, as that meant that I couldn’t do downward facing dog without my shoulder hurting. As some might know, downward dog (or if you want to get fancy, Adho Mukha Svanasana) is a huge part of most yoga classes. And I was going 3-4 times a…

  • 2012 Cleanse,  Wellness

    Operation HAC

    I’ve been seeing a naturopath the last couple of months to address scalp issues I’ve been having on and off, and also to get a different perspective on how to take care of myself. My family doctor quite literally brought me into the world and I love him, but he’s about an hour transit commute away from where we live. And the naturopath is right near our house. At my last naturopath appointment, I was told that my issues probably stem from a food allergy. So I could go get a super expensive blood test or I could do a tried and true, month long, hypoallergenic cleanse to figure out…

  • 2011 Cleanse,  Alternative Baking Chronicles,  CityGirlEats,  Healthy Choices,  Recipes,  Wellness

    And on Sunday, I rested + Healthy Protein Power Muffins

    It is Day 9 of Cleanse Lite (CL) and in theory, I should be on Day 2 of three days of nothing but vegetables and maybe some white fish. But you know what? It’s Sunday (and isn’t that the day of rest? I say this with absolutely no disrespect, but if God took a break…) And the French toast I had brunch with Sean and some friends was spectacular. (The fact that Sean was at brunch on a Sunday is the result of a very rare couple of weeks off. (I think they miss him at the theatre, but he’ll be back soon, I promise!) We walked to the Quay – long but nice…