What I Did On Summer Vacation

Did you ever have to write one of those essays? I’m sure I did but I really don’t remember it, but thought I’d kick off my return to work & blogging with a recap of what I did last week while on vacation.

Are you ready? It’s going to be exciting!

First and foremost – I slept. A lot. And it was glorious. Mind you I’m still tired today so what does that tell you? That I need to go to bed earlier, that’s what it tells you.

But seriously, it was so nice to not worry about alarms (meaning, worrying about sleeping through alarms) and just sleep. Have I mentioned I heart sleep? Because I really do. But enough about sleeping ;)

When I wasn’t sleeping I was relaxing either no our deck with a furry friend



chillin’ out watching TV or a movie (we only have about 1 1/2 hours left to watch of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – the extended versions which took up a lot of the week, lol. J complained that the 3rd one is mostly Aragon and his love life which is funny because it’s true.

I also spent a lot of time in our pool. This picture signifies a good week of vacation:



bathing suits everywhere! It was so hot here in Nova Scotia last week that I took multiple trips to the pool on many days. And the humidity is probably why I slept so much, it was just too hot to do anything! And even though I was sleeping a lot I still didn’t sleep well. I honest to goodness slept with an ice pack on my belly two nights last week because it was so hot I couldn’t stand it. <—I’m so glad I didn’t have to teach classes in that humidity!

I had a fun mail delivery last week that helped keep us cool though, some drinks from Zpirit!


Zpirit Infuzions are fruit flavoured waters that actually have fruit in them, you can sort of see it here:


J had two and I had two (but requested sips of his so I could report back on the flavours ;) ) and I loved them all! I think that the mandarin and mint was my favourite, but the peach and basil was a close second, and the other two weren’t far behind. And of course you know i love supporting Canadian companies so you should def. check them out! If they aren’t already, Zpirit will be available for purchase soon at Whole Foods and Longo’s grocery stores as well as many others in Ontario and Quebec. If/when they reach the Atlatntic Provinces I’ll be sure to let you know but in the meantime you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates. 

And then on Sunday, Arthur hit us and knocked out power through I think most of Nova Scotia (a lot are still without power. We were fortunate enough to get it back early yesterday afternoon) and knocking down lots of tress and branches. Here is a shot of one tree on our property that split three ways during the storm



But we had a lot more down branches besides this, but this was the largest tree damage we had here. At my parent’s cottage a tree fell on the roof, but they don’t think it damaged it so that’s good.

So I spent most of my last weekend on vacation in the dark, but no worries, I had downloaded both A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night into my Kobo beforehand which kept me happily entertained. I’m in love with this series! And excited to be late to the show because the 3rd book comes out next Tuesday so I don’t have to wait years for it. Yay!!

Two things I didn’t do last week – work or exercise! And that, is amazing. I was so sure I’d get the itch to work or exercise but I didn’t – yay!!! I think I was so over-do a really honest vacation that my body and mind happily accepted it. Usually I’ll take time off from teaching classes but still blog, or vice versa, but unless I’m going somewhere I rarely take time off from both, and that is a mistake.

Later this summer I’ll be taking another mini vacation (I’ll still teach during the week days, but take the evenings and weekend off) and will probably take the week off from blogging then too. It’s such a good way to rest and recharge, and I always come back with more ideas. Plus I have some pretty fab friends who are happy to drop in and keep you guys entertained while I’m off relaxing!

So that was pretty much my week off. Actually I’m taking tonight off from teaching classes because so many people are still without power, I didn’t want anyone to worry about missing a pre-paid class (and I’m not even sure the community centre has power) so I guess we’ll be able to finish off our Lord of the Rings marathon ;)

It certainly wasn’t the trip to Walt Disney World we were planning to have this summer, but all things considered it was a pretty great vacation all the same!


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Finding The Strength In Yourself {Guest Post}

I’m so very excited to have one of my race buddies guest posting today! You have all seen Laura pop up on the blog in race recaps, but if you’re not following her on her blog  you are missing out. Laura is a fantastic writer, and though I know she is super busy her posts are always wonderfully written. And I happen to know she didn’t have the time to spare to write this post, I’m so glad she did because it’s a message so many need to hear!

I did not exercise consistently until I became a Mom. It is a funny irony that I didn’t become motivated to do this important thing in my life until I had remarkably less free time to do it. I had a gym membership before my wedding that mostly went unused. Now, I would give my left leg for a gym membership or a pass to hot yoga, but since having kids, we just haven’t been able to afford it.

So here is my reality: It is hard to find time to exercise. It is suddenly important for me to exercise.

I didn’t really get the chance to grow up and be a responsible adult before getting pregnant with my first baby. I was one year out of university (and one year married) when I found out I was pregnant with Cameron. I was a waitress with part time hours. One thing I had was time. I was young. I slept in. I watched TV. I even played video games. I knew I probably needed to work harder on being healthy but there was always later in the day, or maybe tomorrow, or maybe next year. I had time. The mini-gym in my apartment building mostly went unused by me.

Today, I don’t have much time. I work full-time. I manage some part-time stuff on the side. I have two kids and a husband who want and need my time. I am legitimately exhausted.

I have also learned that my body will never again look like it did before I had kids. It isn’t a simple matter of diet and exercise anymore. I will always hold onto very physical evidence of my pregnancies. These scars and stretch marks and extra skin used to make me upset, but I’ve learned to love them as part of my story. These physical markers of motherhood are visible representations of all that my body has accomplished.

The strength that I see in these less than beautiful body markers is the very strength that convinced me that I could become physically strong. (Confession: Body dissatisfaction after a baby first pushed me to start exercising, but body pride convinced me that I could keep it up). I discovered a strong woman who could survive pregnancies, miscarriages, and childbirth so I made her into a strong woman who could run 5Ks, 10Ks, and even a half marathon.

You don’t have to be a mother to find your strength. I wish I had found it before motherhood. But wherever you are, in whatever stage you’re in, whether you feel like you have lots of time, or no time, find the strength in yourself – even the not-so-perfect parts. It is there. I promise.

Thank you Laura! As I mentioned above you can find Laura on her blog Mommy Miracles , on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook at Mommy Miracles Blog  please check her out!