Happiness: An Inside Job

Today marks the first ever International Day of Happiness. It was  It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on June 28th, 2012, and according to Wikipedia, it was created to recognize that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal, and also that this day was created to recognize the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples. IMG_1091

Ah yes, the pursuit of happiness. The thought that happiness is something you will find, or obtain, maybe by buying a new car, or by going on a vacation, or by finding a great mate, or by becoming a millionaire; it makes happiness sound so elusive; something you should strive for.

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The Gratitude Project

The daily practice of gratitude is one of the conduits by which your wealth will come to you. -Wallace Wattles (1860-1911)

Every morning when step out of bed, jump in the shower, and then brush my teeth, I try to remind myself to think of the things in my life I am grateful for.  It’s a marvelous way to start the day. I’m choosing to feel, and recognize the abundance in my life on a daily basis now.

Did you know that your own thinking is the only thing in life that you will ever have total control over? “What you choose to think is what you will get in life“, Louise L. Hay has written in her marvelous book I Can Do It, and I’m beginning to fully believe it.IMG_3371

Today, I decided to write it all out.  When I read it back it makes me feel so lucky! Check it out.

I am so grateful for all of the marvelous things in my life.  I have an amazing man, Joel, who loves me, and shows and tells me, he loves me every day! He is such an amazing father to our daughter and I am so lucky to have found him. He supports me in everything I do. He is my best friend.

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. -Hippocrates (460 BC to 377 BC)

Five weeks ago now I made a vow to myself to get healthy in all aspects of my life.  I mean, how can I truly feel abundant in my life if I am neglecting (or ignoring) my body?  I’ve always been an active mama; I love the outdoors, so hiking became a higher priority in my life, as well as adding some resistance training back into the mix.  I stopped drinking more than a glass of wine an evening, and my body is feeling, and looking good.

IMG_2961My fiance and I forged ahead, nutritionally, with clean eating.  What is clean eating anyway?  I mean, I usually wash my veggies before I eat them, does that count? Clean eating is eating foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.  That means no processed food, no genetically modified food, eating whole grains, eating lots of organic vegetables and fruit, eating 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day, and buying organic dairy, eggs, and meats.

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Green Smoothies

green smoothieOnce our wonderful blender arrived we have been drinking these fantastic green smoothies every morning. You won’t believe how much green food it has in it: chlorophyll and a powerhouse of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. We use a blender because unlike a juicer (which makes such a mess and throws away much of the plant), green smoothies are packed with insoluble plant fiber capable of carrying many times its own weight in toxins out of the body.

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Whippoorwill Trail / Sandy Cove

This is how I love to spend my Saturdays: hanging out with my perfect lil’ family and going on a family hike!  Harrison Hot Springs, BC is only a 15 minute drive from our house and is a perfect destination on a sunny weekend.  Throw the hiking backpack in the car, some trail mix in our pockets,  and off we go!Joel and Jaima

I had read about the Whipporwill Trail in the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains: Backroad Mapbook and was eager to give it a try. It is listed as a moderate, 4 km, partial loop hike, and it took us about an hour and a half.

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A Weight off My Mind

I want to feel good about my body.  I am now at the lowest weight I have ever been in my adult life (including high school) and it is frustrating because no scale number ever seems to satisfy me.  I am a habitual daily weigh-er. I get up the morning, use the bathroom, then suck my stomach in (even though it doesn’t help), and step on the scale with a gleam in my eye;  hoping the number will be a just a little lower than yesterdays, NOT higher which can catastrophically cause me to tumble into the “well I guess I didn’t try hard enough yesterday” mantra. I hold my breath, look down and “crap, it is higher! 0.4 lb higher (yes, I have one of those wonderful scales that tells you every little ounce you weigh!).” I step off, sigh, and look at myself in the mirror wondering when this ‘perfect body’ I have always imagined for myself, with one day be reflected back at me. The scale

What is so amazing to me is that a number on the scale can actually instantly change my feelings to feel good, or bad about myself.  It can lighten, or darken my mood, every time I dare step foot on it.

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Deliberately Feelin’ Groovy

Has something like this ever happened to you?

Last weekend, Joel and I loaded the baby, and the dog, into the car to go for a hike to a local waterfall.  On the drive there I wasn’t paying attention, forgot to tell Joel where to turn off (which caused an additional 10 minutes of driving); gas light was on, so we stopped at the nearest station that just happened to be 10 cents more than it usually is!  Joel pulls the car in to the very busy gas station, gets out, and the pump is broken. Joel gets back in the car, maneuvers to another pump, and is about to begin to pump the gas when a kid runs out of the station and yells “hey buddy!  You’re going to have to move. I paid for the wrong pump, and that’s my gas!” Let me just say that within this described 15 minutes our moods went from happy- go-lucky to miserable! When it rains it pours, and there’s nothing you can do about it, right?!

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The Law of Attraction and Me

Okay, so here’s my story of how I came to know about the Law of Attraction. Way back in 2007, I was finishing up my Bachelor of Education degree at UBC Okanagan. I was living with a couple of roommates, away from home, and away from my boyfriend which was proving to be difficult. One day, my Dad randomly sent me a copy of this DVD called The Secret. Not knowing anything about it I popped it into my laptop and thought I’d check it out. thesecretbook

For those of you wondering, The Secret became famously popular after Oprah Winfrey did numerous talk shows showcasing this Law of Attraction’s magnificent power of “getting whatever it is you want” just by thinking about what you want.

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a good start

This is my journey of starting to feel abundant in all aspects of my life: my health, my body, my family, my relationships, and my finances. I’m going to be living the Law of Attraction in the REAL world, and we’ll see what happens! I’m excited to share what I have been learning along the way. Stay tuned…