My Personal Journal

Posted on November 30, 2014 | Filed Under: Uncategorized | Comments

How I see the world these days: I believe that any emotional discomfort I feel is not the fault of what seems to be causing it, but is a remnant of an unresolved emotional trauma from my childhood. And, I also believe that any discomfort other adults blame me for causing them is also a remnant of their own unresolved emotional trauma from their childhood. The whole point is to get away from blaming something outside of myself for causing my discomfort. And it’s not even about blaming my childhood. It’s about meeting the little girl who made up a… Read More »

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

Posted on August 24, 2014 | Filed Under: Life Lessons, Love Lessons | Comments

“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious attempting to weave us and our desires together. ” Anaïs Nin Usually we’re told to make our dreams come true. We’re told we’re responsible for wrangling our dreams into existence, and the fault is ours if we don’t succeed. If someone knew what success really was, which any meditative state will reveal, they will know it is not something to tie down nor does it require any type of violent force. The actual truth to how dreams come true is quite hidden. The short answer is that dreams are a… Read More »

Hiding Out Vs. Being Seen

Posted on June 28, 2014 | Filed Under: Business Lessons | Comments

When I initially quit my job at Starbucks many years ago, I just wanted to hide. I refused to get another job because I was so emotionally spent from all the overcompensating I was doing. So I removed myself from the public eye in every way (e.g. no social media, blogging, etc) and went into hiding. In my reclusive experiment which lasted a few years, I found great joy in creating jewellery and writing poetry. I adored frequent long drives to a beach cabin with my then-boyfriend and being tucked away in nature with no societal pressures or distractions. I… Read More »

Whirlpool Road

Posted on June 18, 2014 | Filed Under: Life Lessons | Comments

Oh Manitoba!  We packed up the family and headed to Clear Lake for our annual Father’s Day Gathering. With 20 people strong all staying in town, we opted for a quiet Bed and Breakfast retreat to spend our evenings. It felt familiar to be back on prairie farmland – reminiscent of where I spent the early years of my life. It was raining all weekend so we indulged in these indoor microwave s’mores since a campfire was out of the question. They were sticky, gooey heavenly goodness! Our bedroom was absolutely dreamy. Soft and cozy perfection that left us inspired… Read More »

Home for the Weekend

Posted on May 25, 2014 | Filed Under: Life Lessons, Love Lessons | Comments

I chatted with my soul sis-Star: I baked french vanilla cupcakes: I cheered for my rising dance star: I missed cuddles from someone who is traveling: So I watched a movie: which only made me miss him more…. What were some of the highlights of your weekend?

Wedding Week

Posted on May 19, 2014 | Filed Under: Love Lessons | Comments

3 Of My (New) Favourite Easter Traditions

Posted on April 21, 2014 | Filed Under: Life Lessons | Comments

This weekend brought us to Edmonton to spend Easter with some of my extended family. Although in the past you might have found me dissecting the meaning of the holiday with a “go against the grain” angle, I now appreciate the beauty of the tradition and how special it is. 1. Easter Lilies as a Take-Home Gift I was deeply touched entering my Aunt’s house and seeing 5 beautiful Easter Lily plants displayed overlooking her kitchen island with blooms opening in all directions. She explained to me that each one was a special gift for a mom or grandparent to… Read More »

A Blessed Weekend

Posted on April 14, 2014 | Filed Under: Life Lessons | Comments
lake house exterior

Calgary. Snowing one day, sunshine the next. Spring is in the air and I’m incessantly craving health food like my green smoothie concoctions with all my magic oils and powders. By lunchtime I crave green salads sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts, dressed in a creamy homemade raw dressing. This weekend Devon was here and we visited what’s become our favourite restaurant, the Lake House. This restaurant fits in beautifully in our natural Rocky Mountain backdrop we get to call home. Every detail is rustic, yet artful. The nature view of the water and secluded island is absolutely lovely, and… Read More »

4 Exciting Ways to Release Winter and Expand Into Spring

Posted on April 1, 2014 | Filed Under: Life Lessons | Comments
Release Winter ~Expand into Spring!

by Liz Vequist Spring is traditionally a time of rebirth and renewal. In order to expand into Spring, it is helpful to first lighten our load. Let’s explore how we can release the heavy contracted feel of winter so that we can easily expand into Spring. 1. Detoxify your Internal Environment Release the heavy meats, fats and salty foods that keep us warm and protected in winter. Eat a lighter diet with more vegetables, especially lots of greens. Dark leafy greens (kale, collards, swiss chard), bitter astringent greens (dandelion and mustard greens), sprouts (green pea shoots, alfalfa, mung) and mixed… Read More »

Stop Doing Everything the Hard Way: How Overcompensating Will Ruin Your Life

Posted on February 24, 2014 | Filed Under: Business Lessons | Comments

o·ver·com·pen·sate -take excessive measures in attempting to correct or make amends for an error, weakness, or problem. During my early years in the work force, I was extremely proud of my work ethic. I would give my all to the companies who employed me. I saw the potential to move up in position if only I worked harder. While I was working extremely hard, I never got promoted. This went on for years until I finally realized my approach was wrong. While there’s no question that work has to be completed and expectations have to be fulfilled as an employee, overcompensation is a psychological… Read More »