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My first full “day-off” was approaching very slowly this past weekend. I will admit that the moments that have filled my schedule these past 5 weeks have been incredible, everything from my new lifestyle/torture plan with Endorphin Junkies to my new gig at the lululemon lab has been more rewarding (and kept me more busy) than I ever expected! So when Sunday approached this week my stiff body, busy mind and saturated soul sat me down and gave me a little feedback: do something for you. Just before I could even start brainstorming my good friend Barb called and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

I should preface this story with a little background: Barb and I had an instant connection after my move to Vancouver, we are both uber passionate about fitness and have long conversations about the importance of balance, stress relief and different forms of bodywork. We also both got our starts in alternative forms of healing in Toronto, she became interested in Thai Massage after working as a personal trainer and earning a degree in physical health & education at University of Toronto. Since moving to Vancouver she has set up a promising practice in Yaletown destined to propel her into greatness. She is quickly being recognized as a leader in Vancouver’s Thai Massage community with a growing list of addicts (me included).

This Sunday in particular Barb guided me through a relaxing one-hour session that some how manifested a new energy that still hasn’t worn off. She used a combination of deep stretching, rhythmic pressure and massage to release deep seeded tension and stiffness in my hips, back and neck. I can honestly say the results were immediate, and most importantly I can finally say that my muscles feel just as at ease as my soul does at this point in my very blessed life. Thanks Barb….and to all my friends reading this, give yourself  a little taste of Thailand this Christmas…take an hour and surrender.

You can contact Barb through her website, check out her new studio space  Groundwork Athletics (Granville and Georgia).

Original Weight: 167.5lbs

Today’s Weight: 160lbs

Total Loss: 7.5lbs

Medical Recommendation for height (5’7): 121 – 159 lbs/ Ideal Weight for medium frame: 148 lbs

So I started a new life for myself. I wake up ridiculously early, 3 times a week to put myself through exactly what my body needs. The team at EJ has mastered the art of making me sweat while still keeping a smile on my face. I have balanced this rigorous work out with yoga, proper nutrition and a complete overhaul on how I view my body. I type this with such ease by the journey has been anything but easy. From eating my emotions to learning to be real with my expectations, this has truly been another awakening, one that I have pushed to the bottom of the priority list and replacing with “more important things”.

What I have really taken away is the importance what I do with and to my body (and mind) and how it is a direct reflection of how I view myself. All the effort I put into my legacy is fueled by my self confidence and my ability to live a life with no roof.

I am now truly leading by example. The difference is that it’s not just with words or achievements, it’s with my entire life, top to bottom.

One year with the most amazing person I have ever met. Love you, love us.

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

During the week it’s easy to get caught up in endless lists, errands and distractions, so Jake and I decided that this weekend’s focus was quality time. We spent time together, reconnecting, talking and laughing. We enjoyed catching up with friends at the beach and returning to our beloved long boards for a cruise. I had the chance to stop in for a short shift at the lululemon lab, and got to spend some time being inspired by  some old (and new) friends. Through living this manifesto I have realized that often my agenda comes with a set of blinders and puts some friends and things (that are really important to me) on the back burner of my mind. Seeing these people are always a true reminder of the importance of balance and letting loose. Not working on projects or reading e-mail on my phone…not chipping away at the lists can often make me feel restless, overwhelmed and guilty. Learning to slowdown, long board near spanish banks, eat veggies on the beach and just have conversations where I am able to be present is something that is coming (slowly) into my life. Learning not to scroll the never-ending Rolodex of big ideas and to-do’s is challenging and a work in process. When I do connect with my ability to be present I have noticed food tastes better, I laugh more and for longer periods of time. I feel less of those moments where I am about the past and future. It forces me to just give in to experiencing life.

I feel grateful to have so many people in my life supporting me in getting what it really means to live…I look forward to experiencing the lessons and relationships formed from these guilt-free moments.

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I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate day 10 of my challenge then to pay homage to the company I work for. I quit my job at Sheridan Nurseries last October to pursue a dream of working for a company that pushed me to go beyond mediocre. Since moving to Vancouver I have had the freedom to recreate myself into the person I always thought I could be. Through the support of my friends at Lululemon Sherway (in ON) and here at West 4th I uncovered my passion for writing, creating and being a powerful force in my own life and in the lives of others. I have learned to listen authentically, and recognize the difference between my voice and the voice inside my head (which strangely sounds like a mixture of me, my mother and what a troll doll would sound like if it could speak). More importantly I have learned to value myself, set goals and be open to possibility. I have had amazing conversations, attracted positive (and negative) events in my life and learned to grow from each of them. I was able to do all of this while looking extremely put together (cause you know I love the gear…who doesn’t?). To mark this day in the Manifesto challenge, one of my most favorite (and talented) lemon’s (photographer, artist and visionary Pat Young) asked me and my beautiful co-lemon Emily Taylor if we were interested in doing a photo-shoot for lululemon’s new printed remix hoodies (coming to a store near you!). Of course I jumped at the chance to work with two of my favorite people to celebrate the brand that has brought a ton of amazing, positive and creative spirits together.

The shoot took place down at the picturesque Jericho Beach at sunset and (as usual) Pat delivered and was able to capture the true essence of what lululemon stands for. He generously coached us through each moment, showing us some technical pointers on photography and modeling (of course years of watching America’s Next top model had prepared me for this moment but it was still nice to get a few tips). He also walked us through the story of what he was trying to capture in the photos, drawing a picture for both Emily and I to envision and work with. Needless to say, it was a fantastic evening filled with happiness, gratitude, and some fun pictures like the one you see here. It was all capped off with a beautiful sunset, goal coaching (thanks’ Pat) and more new friendships. Big shout out to Pat for making me feel like anything is possible, Em for being as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside and Graham for inspiring me to make time to reach for my goals. It was another great evening and one I will never forget.

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