May 4, 2014

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Kicking off the High Vibe Project right

Kicking off the High Vibe Project right

5am is not a bright start to any day, well not at least in autumn in the Far North. Nonetheless, Saturday morning we were up, out of bed at 5 and out the door by 5.20 and on the road to Whangarei, 2 hours south of home. There was a low-lying fog most of the way, hanging elegantly just above the tree line, like a veil. I would have taken a photo, but I was driving. Thom had his First Aid course from 8am-5pm, so I was on my own in the Whangarei CBD for the day. Perfect start to the High Vibe Project, no? Affirmation I found the Grower’s Market, and cruised the stalls of fresh produce, which are all locally grown. I was drawn to one stall in particular, EVO (Echo Valley Olives) because the man behind the table was just so jolly. We ended up having a solid yarn, making connections that are so typical of the Far North (i.e. he owns property in Ahipara and knows some of the locals that I do too). Don introduced me to anyone passing by, making sure to mention that I lived in Kaitaia but was from Nova Scotia. Once I’d been there for what 20 minutes, I thought I’d better check out the rest of the goods, before they sold out. I told Don it was great to chat and he told me it was nice to meet someone with such a bubbly personality, because it was rare these days. He’d mentioned stuff like this a few times in our conversation. One thing I’ve heard lots of lately is to remember to receive compliments with grace, so I looked him in the eye, smiled, said ‘thank you’, and told him I hoped to run into him again soon. Little did Don or even I know, he actually chose my affirmation for me. Once I got back to the car with my purchases (wheatgrass for juice, baby kale plants for my garden) I had a look over the affirmation list. “My positive attitude reaches more people than I can imagine” stood out to me immediately. For the rest of the day, I focused on a bigger smile and an extra question or comment to each store clerk I encountered.  Self-Love Task: Book a massage, pedicure or...

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May 3, 2014

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Hello High Vibe Project!

Hello High Vibe Project!

Recite the months of the year with me.. January, February, May, June – wait, what happened to March and April?! Yeah, looking back at my blog, I just asked myself the same damn thing. I think it goes without saying that blogging took a bit of a back seat as I returned to New Zealand. I also developed an evil case of Writer’s Block. The kind that left me silenced and unsure of where to go and what to write for two months. I’ve been slowly working away at my 52 challenges for 52 weeks, and will update that list shortly. So much has happened in that time, and I crave to share all of it. But I wasn’t sure how or to say. Well friends, today I am kicking off my very first day of the High Vibe Project and decided that this was going to be my focus for the next month, to have something to get myself back on track with, and hold myself accountable to. Jen Groover said it; “Discipline is an action of Self Worth” so if that’s the case, right here right now, I am committing to myself, to the High Vibe Project and sharing it all with you. What the heck is ‘The High Vibe Project’ anyway? The High Vibe Project is a 30 day program focusing on simple tasks, exercises, nourishing food and supplements, that will help you stay positive, increase your self-love, and keep your energy up! Designed by my beautiful friends & business partners Holistic Nutritionist Steph ( Founder of Luscious Life Design) and Lifestyle Coach Julie Robinson (known as The Healthy Artist). The Project involves a bit of daily routines a commitment to three different sorts of tasks:  Because when you focus on raising your vibration, life gets easier, relationships blossom, everyday is a new adventure and space is created for miracles to happen! Check out Julie describing it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0gf1lenCQw So for the next 30 days, I’ll be posting daily to share my journey to higher vibes with you. There are 3 checklists, each with 30 tasks, so each day I’ll choose one one thing to focus on from each list. The program comes with an amazing downloadable guide book, which includes the lists, recipes, tips and more… But I don’t have my...

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Feb 24, 2014

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Travelling with an Ear Infection

Travelling with an Ear Infection

I wasn’t plagued with frequent ear infections as a kid, but I did get them. My dad kindly passed on his “tub ear” or “swimmer’s ear” genetics to me. I actually got an ear infection while I was home visiting my parents in August; I didn’t have a family doctor after being away from home for many years, and Yarmouth didn’t have a walk-in clinic. I was not about to go sit at Outpatients at the Emergency Room,...

Feb 3, 2014

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The Longest Ride: Toronto to Winnipeg by Train...

The Longest Ride: Toronto to Winnipeg by Train

Midday Saturday I was in Toronto catching up with some friends.  I received a voicemail message from VIA Rail saying our train will be leaving at 12:30am instead of 10pm and to have a nice day.  I assumed that this meant that the departure time had changed, leaving us a couple extra hours to hang out with Chris and Mel. Since I was passing through Union station anyway, on my way back to their place, I thought I...

Jan 30, 2014

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Returning to Toronto

Our epic year of travel and freedom was quickly coming to an end, but sitting in the Ottawa train station time could have been standing still. The train was slightly delayed and so were our party plans. We certainly weren’t late; we arrived with plenty of time before check in, only to find that there was no baggage car on our train. Generally the allowed limit on the commuter train is two forty-pound bags. They tried to convince...

Jan 27, 2014

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Haggis, Numbing Nighttime Photography and a Night in Jail: 24 hours in Ottawa...

Haggis, Numbing Nighttime Photography and a Night in Jail: 24 hours in Ottawa

We were in the Montreal Central Station and had just finished eating after arriving from Halifax. We had waited in a ginormous line for an extra hour and as we finally made our way to board the train that would take us to Ottawa, the scanner made that troublesome sound as the clerk scanned my ticket. He pressed some buttons and then waved me through. So far as I knew, everything was sweet, so I carried on. That...