joy…

I’m up a bit earlier than I’d like but Ryan rules these days. Doc says little ones often peak in their fussiness around six weeks, as their tiny digestive systems mature, and judging by all of the squirming and tooting, this is definitely the case with Ryan. He sounds like a horse having a bad dream or an old fashioned machine that needs oiling.

So I’m sitting in my in-laws beautiful family room wrapped up in blankets with my favourite creature in my arms. I’m not sure life gets any better than this.

This is joy, pure joy.

It’s different than happiness. Happiness would be sleeping in, waking up late to go to brunch or yoga, lazing around aimlessly – in essence, my old life. I had to go hunting for joyous moments (see project joy). Now, despite the exhaustion and occasional weepiness, it overwhelms me.

I can only hope that my life is filled with more of these moments. I hope yours is too.

Hugs.
mxo

P.S. For a truly inspirational read, check out my friends Mark and Lynne at http://www.tenpercent.ca and http://www.lynnenewman.com

Joyous Quote
Joyous Quote

eight TLCs…

There’s a 13-foot hole where my front lawn used to be and five guys with big machines tending to it. Junior’s due date is in a week. Yesterday, I stressed. Today, I’m moving on. 🙂

A beautiful friend of mine recently shared this video which is now going viral:

I like a lot of what Logan has to say, especially the attention he brings to Roger Walsh’s eight therapeutical lifestyle changes (or “TLCs”).

tlcsThat’s my equation for a happy, healthy life… what do you think? 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

mxo

2013…

It’s the last day of 2013. For this gal, it feels like the last day of a much longer chapter. Today feels rather monumental.

At some point in the next month, I’ll become a mom. Just a few days ago, I said a temporary, year-long goodbye to the job I’ve held and molded for 10 years. And this is the last new years I’ll ring in as a twenty-something-year-old. See? Monumental.

As I look back on the last decade, I do so with awe. Life gave me so much more than I could have dreamed of. I married my best friend. We bought a house and adopted a crazy cat. I finished my degree and then my yoga teacher cert. We travelled the world and found our home away from home (Nica). I met new friends and held on to old friends – the very best kind (core!). It was a decade filled with adventure.

decade

My goals for 2014 and the next decade of my life (my thirties… woot!):

to be much more open to all of the amazing things life has to offer…

to live my days more deliberately, taking advantage of the breaths I’m afforded…

and to savour each and every croissant.

Wishing you and yours the most magical of years!
mxo

Surviving Wholefoods

Surviving Wholefoods

“I went on a cleanse once; it was a mixed blessing. On the one hand, I detoxified, I purified, I lost weight. On the other hand, I fell asleep on the highway, fantasized about eating a pigeon, and crapped my pants. I think I’ll stick with the whole eating thing.”

This is a must read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-maclean/surviving-whole-foods_b_3895583.html

Happy Wednesday!

mxo

walkity update…

Some 17 days ago, I started my 10,000 step challenge. And then I learned just how far that is…

But I didn’t quit! No siree!

I can proudly say that with the exception of two days – one due to bad shoes and one due to ice pellets – I have walked an average of 11,000 steps each and every day.

And honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I have made in a long time.

In my two weeks of walking, I have:

  • fallen back in love with my city
  • had some of the best cups of coffee at cafes I never knew existed
  • lost some winter insulation on my belly (note: this was not intended but better-fitting jeans are a nice perk)
  • had some lovely walking dates to get green juices
  • noticed how many people are glued to their phones – it’s a miracle there aren’t more accidents!
  • developed some gnarly blisters – lesson: wear proper shoes
  • realized the magic that is spring
  • learned how to ditch work crap before getting home
  • found two trucks and an octopus
  • visited the zoo
  • fallen madly in love with life

Walking is my exercise. It is my stress-relief and elixir. I cannot recommend it enough. 

And after Monday’s incredible tragedy, I have taken each and every step with immense gratitude.

mxo 

overhaul…

Truth: I’m at home, alternating between the bed and the couch, somewhat dead to the world.

Between work and my social life, I’ve been running on overdrive recently. I am happy as a clam, but I’m a burnt-out clam. Exhausted. Completely and totally. 

This is entirely my own doing – every moment in our lives is a culmination of all the previous decisions and moments – and it’s mine to fix. 

It’s back to basics time. Here are the general principles:

  • Better nourishment.
  • More rest.
  • Less busy.
  • Unplug.

I know better than to set timelines, rules, deadlines, etc. Scratch that. It’s about taking care of myself so that I have the energy to keep enjoying the life I love so much.

Details to follow. Now back to my Timothy Olyphant Justified marathon.

mxo

snowy quote…

It’s absolutely stunning outside – white, crisp and so perfectly sunny. Days like this are why I adore winter.

SNOW!

On this beautiful day, I leave you with this gem:

We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap

Anthony Hopkins  
(Source: that kind of woman)

Much love,
mxo