Tuesday, January 05, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

I had some trouble coming up with good resolutions for the year.  There have been some things floating around in my head, but sometimes it's difficult to quantify.  Mostly this year I would like to work on relationships.  Of course I know this is the a huge resolution.  But it is something I want to work on.  Mostly with my kids.  But also with my husband and my family and my friends. 

I had a conversation with a hygienist last time I was at the dentist, which means it was mostly her talking and me listening, but she was talking about how she'd only ever want one child so that she would involved in their lives all the time.  She would be their playmate and adviser, she would be very active in their lives.  I mentioned how having two is great because they entertain each other.  While I still agree with my theory, it did make me think about how often I disengage with them while they play with each other.  It's funny cause when they are little you pray and hope for these days of self sufficiency and then when they get there you have to make the effort to spend the time with them.  So that is something I'm going to try to focus on more this year.  I find it more challenging as many of their interests are not things I enjoy doing, but maybe even being the room or encouraging them to do things I am interested in.   To make this goal a little easier to qualify and see if I accomplish it my plan is to take the family to a non chain restaurant where we get to try new food once a month. 

With Darryl I would like to plan more date nights.   I have a great husband and person to spend my life with.  He's a great dad and partner, but it's easy to get caught in the mundane of everyday life.  I would like to make more effort to do reconnect and do things together. 

We will see as the year goes on if I have more things I would like to work on, but reflecting over Christmas this is what I've been thinking about and would like to focus on.

I have been doing a regular yoga practice for a couple of years now so I want to continue with that.  Maybe work on doing more practicing at home.  Although I do love my studio.

We have a trip to Hawaii planned for this year and I'm heading to Halifax for a work conference, probably going to Kelowna this year too and maybe something else in the summer.  Plus it's Darryl's 40th birthday and our 15 year anniversary, so hopefully something fun for that.

What about the readers, any inspiring resolutions? Goals? Intents?

Jenn 

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Resolutions

As I've said lots of times on the blog I enjoy resolutions.  I like making goals and trying to be a better person.  I liked last year and set different goals for each month.  Some of them I totally rocked and others.... not so much.

Here's a synopsis.


Jan: Practice piano for 15 minutes each day

This went okay... on and off for the month.  On the days where I felt like I had time, things went really well.  But on the busy days this quickly feel off the to do list.
Feb: Only check social media once per day
This one went great.  Only checked it in the evening.   That being said I didn't feel like it made a huge difference.  In conclusion I'm not too addicted to social media.  It's the thing that falls off my to do list when I'm busy. 
Mar: Meditate every day

Did pretty awesome with this one too....although I count going to yoga and sitting in peace at the start and end of class.  And most days I go to yoga, so it wasn't too hard of a resolution to keep. 
April: Eat at Home Challenge
I can't really remember this one... so my guess is it didn't go very well....
May: Ab challenge
This one started off great, but as the month went on it got too hard!
June: Yoga challenge
This month I doubled up and also did June dresses. Totally rocked out on both of them!
July: Take picture with big camera everyday
This one I did not do great on... started with high hopes but didn't follow through in the month.  Partly cause I travelled a lot and didn't bring it with me  =(
August:
September: Blog everyday


Did awesome!  See all those posts in September. 
October:
November: Plank Challenge


My coworkers came up with a great challenge of doing plank for 30 secs a day and then increasing by 5 seconds each day.  Again with this one started out awesome, till it got hard.  Then it was harder to follow through.  That being said I can do a 3 minute low plank.  Although I have been practicing for a long time.
December:

It was a pretty darn good year of getting better physically.  I feel pretty darn strong.  I went on 8 trips last year! 8!  That's pretty lucky and incredible.  3 of them were work related.  And 2 to Ontario for Lori's celebrations and 3 just for fun ones!  My goal is not to top that in 2016, as that would be pretty difficult.

Now to contemplate 2016....

Jenn

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Reflections on 2015

Well it's that time of year again... time when reflect on the end of 2015 and then in a couple of days what I hope for in 2016.   2015 was an interesting year.  It was a bit more of a roller coaster then the last couple of years.  There were some of the greatest goods: (Lori's wedding, Red Rocks, family trips) but also some difficult times too (harassment, surgeries, work stress, relationships).  '

Like 2014 yoga was still a big part of my life and helps me to cope with the other stuff in life.  I don't worry, cause I know it will do nothing to change the outcome.  I let go of bad things cause I know it only bothers me and not other people.  And I breathe, breathe through any stress.  I'm so grateful for the powerful positive force it is in my life. 

As usual I enjoy spending some time looking over the photos of the last year.  Here is a slidehshow of some of the greatness from the last year. 


I'm so grateful for all the incredible things in these pictures.  Shows the beautiful greatness in my life. 

Till Next Time

Jenn

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Music Tuesday

My friend Sidsel posted an article on facebook this summer about how reserach shows you stop listening to new music when you turn 33 and early if you are a parent. 

Today's new music Tuesday is proof they are wrong.

Here are two new pop people.

And an alternative acoustic cover

Jenn

Monday, September 28, 2015

Election

Coming up next month there is an election here in Canada where we vote for a federal party.  In Canada there are 3 main parties, Conservatives, Liberal and National Demographics.  At the moment it looks like they are in a pretty close 3 way tie.  Which from a lets get stuff done standpoint I don't think is the most helpful. 

I listen to enough news to feel like I have a pretty good idea of what is going on, but the things I really don't like about politics is all the negativity around it.  I don't want to hear about all the bad things about the other parties I want to hear about the good things with your party. 

I live in Alberta the home of conservatives and they have done some good things over the last couple of years.  I like that they reinstated the child benefit tax cheques.  At this point in my life that is more important then affordable childcare at 15$ a day per child.  I put that money towards the kids RESP and the governement contributes 20% more when I do that as well.   The liberal would like to pro rate that amount based on how much you make.  And there is part of me that really agrees with that and part of me that likes that it is equal, no matter how much you make. 

I also like that the conservative are being strict with terriorsts and working to get them out of our country.  I would like it if they worked towards bringing in more refugees from other countries, but I do also think that the screening is necessary. 

I also like when politicians are open and accessible.  I'm looking at you Naheed Nenshi, you are awesome at this.  And the conservatives don't seem to be like that at all.  Liberals seem much more accessible.   And really I like people with awesome hair.  I'm looking at you Justin Trudeau. 

I also think living in Alberta my biggest concern is the economy and the liberals seem to be focused on that, which I also like...  I've done some research with a couple of different online tools.  This one is different and this one I do like better and this one is long but good as well.

Really I'm not totally decided yet.  And there is still a couple of weeks to research and learn. 

Do you have a strong feeling?  Reason?

Jenn

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall Day

Fall has such lovely colors.  Especially from "Nannie's Tree".  Which turns shades of red, yellow and orange.  Here are some fun shots from today. 
video
 We thought it would be cool to do a slow motion video of the us throwing leaves.  I thought we'd just do it once.  But the kids kept going... I kept waiting for Darryl to stop.  And when I finally gave in and decided I would throw them again, Lucas attacks Darryl with the leaves and Darryl stops the camera....

Hope everyone else had a great weekend!

Jenn

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gratitude on a Friday.


I have so much in my life to be grateful for and while sometimes this month I feel like I've been struggling to maintain my usually joyful self, in the busy-ness of back to work, after some yoga last night and a fantastic morning I spent some time sitting in the sunshine going over the hundreds of things I have to be grateful for.

It was parent teacher interviews this morning and both teachers had really good things to say about the boys.  Nathan's teacher talked about what a fun and happy kid he was.  How he's not allowed to sit on the carpet with his best friend cause they talk to much.  But he shows so much love to all the kids in his class.  He is kind and generous.

Lucas's teacher said a lot of the same things.  He always volunteers for things and how there was a new girl in his class and Lucas did a great job of making her feel welcome and included.  She really appricated that and so did the girl.

I'm so grateful for the amazing children I have.  I know part of it is my contribution and part of it is Darryl and part of it is the community that have helped to raise them.  But I also think a bit of it is luck.

Yesterday I got to go to yoga with my best friend.  And that sentence has so much to be grateful for.  While I did miss my mom there, I was still so happy and glowing, especially after a busy week.   A week where my balance was off again and trying to find it has been my challenge this month.  I don't think I'm quite there yet, but certainly trying... and enjoying the beautiful weather, sounds of my good children and looking forward to seeing my awesome husband on this Friday.



Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Favourite Snack Foods

Today I ate a ton of junk food, pizza for dinner, food court of lunch.  Pop and not water. french fries not fruit.  I really should have brought an apple.  They are in season now and the perfect travel food.  When I went to yoga my practice was not as good as normal.  Which I'm sure has to do with the food I ate and also the fact I haven't done yoga for days now.   But I committed to eating better when I came home.  So my bedtime snack was yougourt with dried goji berries and a handful of almonds. 

What's your favourite healthy snacks?

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Frenchies

My boys and I are frenchies. We all went or go to French immersion so I love it when we put our French accent on things.

Tonight Lucas was looking up cars. Called it a Buick La Sabre.  Instead of le saber.  

Alexis and I once took a road trip to Las Vegas. When we went through Boise Idaho, I pronounced it the French way. Like Framboise. She laughed hysterically and corrected me. It's Boy-z. 

Nathan loves to roll his Rs.  When he pronounces work it sounds so funny. It's a mix between a French and Boston accent. Woak. 

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Part Fish

After waking very early one morning this summer to get Nathan signed up for swimming lessons we have started them again this year.  I love to take the opportunity when the kids are swimming to swim laps myself.  Swimming is one of my favourite activites, so I'm feeling so happy about being in the water again.  There's something about being in the water that makes my heart so happy.  It' like I was born to be in the water.  I feel so light and so graceful gliding through the water.  I can get into a rythm of breathing and over the last couple of years I've become good at turning my head to both sides when breathing.  

I feel the same happiness and content anytime I'm in the water.  I love the beach and swimming in the water there.  I'm sure the sunshine and the vitamin D help, but something about having water all around me that makes me happy. Maybe living by the water is something I should plan for in my retirement. 

Jenn