10 reasons…

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10 reasons why it was definitely worth getting out of bed this morning:

  1. Sun is shining. The weather is sweet.
  2. Brisk morning walks to shake off the cobwebs. 
  3. Cobweb-shake-off walks to procure delicious croissants and almond mylk lattes from Hula Girl
  4. Cobwebs are from a night filled with friends, family, great food (Playa Cabana is a must!), and music (Lusine at CMW). 
  5. New friends who I adore and who teach me so much about life (thx Bubbs). 
  6. It’s one of my bestest friend’s 30th today. She’s awesome. She plays the trumpet and the piano and all sorts of other instruments.  I adore her. 
  7. Bonobo and Erykah Badu on one track… is this for real?!
  8. My blunnies have finally moulded perfectly to my feet.
  9. Croissants delivered to a happy family. 
  10. It’s Sunday. It’s quiet. There’s still so much day ahead!

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Happy Sunday!

mxo

stories…

The Monday evening commute always seems to be a dreary one. In the morning, everyone looks like they’re still buzzing off the weekend… or they’re asleep. On the way home, they look utterly miserable. One day in and four more to go, it’s dreary indeed.

I like to smile just to mess with people. 🙂

Quietly observing these somber faces, I couldn’t help but think about how many stories there were aboard my one subway car. 

We all have a story, or two, or three. Here’s a bit about my story.  

But how much of your story is just in your head? How much are you perpetuating by holding onto it? And, most importantly, who would you be without your story?

Monday has a story, but I’d like to give it a new one. Each and every Monday is wonderful because it is a day you’ll never have again. 

mxo

cherish…

I found myself in a cafe yesterday, drinking a delicious Americano and eating a scrumptious brownie, waiting for one of my best good friends, contemplating life in my journal. 

I do this often.

I wrote these words, “I love my life. I truly and utterly love my life. It’s strange, this contentment, and the silence that is left after the panic to fix things disappears.”

And then a nervousness crept in – what if I lose all of this?

This reaction is a product of a lot that has happened in my life and I think, on some level, it’s natural. We all fear change. And, like it or not, we could lose it all at any moment – we could lose our jobs, lose our partners, get sick. The bottom can drop out and we can’t control how or when.

So what’s left? What do we do?

Simple: cherish every single moment. Accept its fleetingness and give it an extra squeeze of love.

Love every morsel of your life.

mxo

giving thanks…

Here are 100 things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving 2012:


Core love.

  1. My husband, and his relentless patience and acceptance of all that is me.
  2. My family. New family, old family. Here family, there family. Love.  
  3. My friends!!
  4. Core. So many years, so many chapters. So many tears and giggles. So much love.  
  5. My house. Despite the recent plumbing, electrical and deck issues, this place I call home is pretty rad.
  6. That I never really had to struggle. Even when we were dirt poor, my parents hid is well (most of the time). Now I have the world. 
  7. The fact that most days I wake up healthy, as do the people I love.
  8. Croissants. I really have to eat more of them. 🙂
  9. My cat. She is kind of like her momma. 
  10. This time of year. September through January is my absolutely favourite.
  11. CHRISTMAS!
  12. The little bundle of joy that is currently in my bestie’s tummy, who will come in December and give me the best present ever: being an aunty!
  13. My bestie. You know you have a special bond with someone when you can spend every single weekday and many weekends with someone for 10 years straight and still love them dearly. 
  14. Nature. 
  15. “Thanks nature!” 
  16. My polka dot pajama short-shorts. 
  17. The ocean.
  18. Yoga, and its ability to completely shift my mood and remind me just how much I have to be grateful for.
  19. The fact that I can go to yoga and move all of my limbs in all sorts of directions.
  20. That life can change on a dime, in a split second, or a moment.
  21. Cozy fall sweaters.
  22. Boots!
  23. All of the friends I have all over the world.
  24. All of the trips I get to take all over the world!
  25. Books! Even smutty books like 50 Shades… 😉
  26. Movies, I loooooooove movies, especially romantic ones.
  27. Vegetables. I really, truly love them…. even brussel sprouts!
  28. Yogaglo. Genuis.
  29. Autoshare. Genuis. 
  30. Lessons. 
  31. That there’s still so very much to learn.
  32. COFFEE!
  33. Mercatto, and getting to chat with Alice every morning as she makes my delicious Americano.
  34. “Go big or go home.” 
  35. Wine. Lots and lots of wine. 
  36. Bourbon. Who knew?! 
  37. That when I wake up after a night of drinking too much wine and bourbon, I feel compelled to apologize for loving my friends too much. It could be worse and I should just relax. 🙂
  38. Sparkly tops.
  39. Forever 21! So long as I can fit into their crappy clothes, I will wear their crappy clothes… especially the sparkly tops.
  40. The fact that I get mistaken for a teenager at least once a week. I’ve stopped fighting it.
  41. Hipstamatic. 
  42. Toronto. 20 years of living in this city and I still love it.
  43. Stumbling upon a Jill Scott album I hadn’t yet heard. Yippie. 
  44. Commas.
  45. RONCESVALLES!! BEST neighbourhood in the city, by far.
  46. De La Mer and the lovely owner who always “accidentally” undercharges me. It’s our thing. 
  47. Lit Espresso Bar.
  48. Lunch Box. 
  49. Quotes likes this, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” W. James
  50. The Quote Monster, my sister-in-law. She doesn’t even know how amazing she is or how much I love her.
  51. The fact that I get to call uber ridiculously talented people like ECB, PD, and so many others my friends.
  52. Alright, fine. The new sound system, when the AirPort thing doesn’t cut out.  
  53. That I can drive and one day I will learn to drive standard. Who wants to teach me? 😉
  54. My job, and my cool new boss and awesome colleagues. I grumble often but it’s not lost on me just how lucky I am.
  55. The fact that I’m good at my job. 
  56. Music!
  57. Carole King. I am so digging Tapestry right now. 
  58. Oh, and uber sexy Lana.
  59. CBC Radio 2. Every single day at work for the last umpteen years.
  60. That we are all special. That’s right, I said. I’m Gen Y after all; we got medals just for showing up.
  61. El Coco Loco!! Family-owned paradise…
  62. … and awesome brothers-in-law that do amazing things like Waves of Hope. 
  63. Despite the fact that I’m an uber sensitive sap who can’t quite figure out her schedule (sorry!), I still have oodles of friends who love me dearly.  
  64. Words like oodles.
  65. Being weird. Whatever, it’s awesome. 🙂
  66. My food processor…
  67. … and my mom’s gazpacho which I make in my food processor.
  68. Pinterest. So many pretty things.
  69. California. 
  70. Yoga.
  71. This country. Seriously folks, we are really, truly and very lucky. 
  72. My other country, even though I neglect her so. Polska!
  73. Being a woman.
  74. Being a woman who lives in a country where I can work, vote, decide what I want to do with my body, and decide what I want to do with my life.   
  75. My blue eyes and strong thighs. My curvy spine and dirty-dishwater coloured hair. The fact that I can do the splits and stand on my head. 
  76. My tattoos.  
  77. Savasana adjustments with lavender-scented lotion. Bless you, wonderful teachers!
  78. Hugs…
  79. … oh, and kisses! 
  80. The plethora of amazing restaurants in Toronto. 
  81. Dinner Club. My boys. xo
  82. My yoga ladies. You inspire me so. 
  83. Streetcars.
  84. Lululemon pants. How do you manage to stay dry-looking (though not at all dry) after a 90-minute sweat-dripping-from-places-I-didn’t-know-could-sweat class?
  85. The TTC. Most days I complain about you but I still love how quickly I can make it to work (and home!)
  86. Getting over my fear of flying. Yay me!
  87. Makeup. 
  88. My iPhone. Es beuno.
  89. Guacamole.
  90. When my adoring husband gets home first on garbage day and puts the bins away. Bam.
  91. Chhhh chhh chhhocolate!
  92. Those “healthy” cheesy puffs you can get at Mercantile. Yum yum.
  93. Hil’s rice crispie treats… YUM YUM!
  94. The new Adele 007 track. Dear god.
  95. Ms. Badu.
  96. Sunshine. Seriously. 
  97. Having three Thanksgiving dinners to go to. Bring on the turkey. 
  98. Cozy pants.
  99. From last year: That if we try hard enough, we can all find at least one thing to be grateful for, even if it’s the fact that we’re still breathing.
  100. Thanksgiving.
Me, in Cali. Happy as a clam. 

        1thing…

        It’s rainy outside…

        … and cold

        … and it’s Tuesday, which means it’s too early to start talking about the weekend.


        If you’re feeling a little glum, don’t fret. You’re certainly not alone.


        Here’s 1thing that has really, really helped push me through my glum moments: it’s 1thing!
        The global gratitude journal that helps you tell the happy story of your life, 1THING at a time.

        Each day, the site will send you a prompt to think about and log the 1thing you are grateful for at that moment (or many things). What’s even better is that you can see everything you have been grateful for in the past (in case you need a little reminder), and you can see trends in your gratitude log (apparently I am often thankful for almond mylk lattes). AND you can see what others are thankful for… AND you can access gratitude tips… AND it’s free. 


        One of my bestest friends got me hooked on this site a few weeks ago, and I have been diligently filling out at least 1thing each and every day. I have set the prompt to arrive in my inbox at 3pm. A little burst of gratitude is a far better mood lift for the mid-afternoon slump than any sugary treat ever was (or is). J’adore 1thing!


        And here’s the thing, we always have at least
        1thing to be grateful for, even if it’s just the fact that you are able to be online contemplating your 1thing…




        Much love… 
        … and happy tumbles and stumbles!
        mxo


        P.S. Images from today’s post are from 1thing. They even have daily illustrations…. pictures!!! 🙂