Day 5: Gratitude Challenge

Write about someplace you’ve been that you’re grateful for:

Antelope Canyon

I’ve already written about it in a previous post but this place is absolutely stunning. I’m thankful that Coen and I were able to plan a trip that included a visit. It was certainly worth the three hour drive.

Pictures don’t really do it justice. You’ve got to experience it to see is true beauty.

To check out my more detail post click here๐Ÿ’œ

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Day 4: Gratitude Challenge

Home sick again today…as my grandma would say, “BOR-ING!” So, here goes Day 4 of my challenge…

Write about a happy memory.

In 2008, there was one thing I wanted and one thing only – to go to Trevor Linden Night. He had been my favourite hockey player for as long as I could remember. He may have initially been my favourite because I thought he was cute. Okay okay, that’s absolutely why. And if you read my post about my celebrity crushes you’ll see that he’s still #1!

I wanted to be there so badly to see #16 retired but the game was sold out. I scoured Craiglist ads for days, hoping that a decently priced ticket would appear. It didn’t. I just couldn’t justify spending over $500 for one night. And if I didn’t want to go alone? $1000. I couldn’t. Although I was horribly disappointed, I accepted that I would have to watch it on TV and tried to forget about it. Not exactly a happy memory, is it? I promise it’s coming…

Then came my 26th birthday. I opened all my gifts from my parents and my boyfriend at the time. I was spoiled, as usual, and as I thanked them my Dad told me he had one more. I opened the gift, took one look and burst into tears. And when I say this, I actually mean full on sobbing. I could NOT contain my excitement and happiness. This was the best gift EVER! My dad had saved the day!

On December 17th, 2008, I donned the jersey I had asked for for my 21st birthday. Trevor had signed it a few years (yes, years) later.

The night was magical. It was emotional. It was amazing.

I absolutely shed tears as they raised his banner to the rafters beside Stan Smyl’s.

What started out as a disappointment turned out to be one of my happiest memories! Thanks again, Dad!๐Ÿ’œ

Day 3: 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

I’m home sick today – spent the first 30 minutes of my day sitting on the bathroom floor feeling dizzy and nauseous. Yuck. Fingers crossed it goes away soon. I hate feeling like this. So, today’s topic:

What’s something you’re grateful to have today that you didn’t have a year ago?

My laptop.

Up until last summer I would lug my work laptop home every night. I was fortunate to be able to do that but I finally decided to buy my own. I’m incredibly grateful that although I had a budget, I was in the position to purchase pretty much whatever I wanted. Not everyone has the ability to do that. Coen was here so he helped me shop around online before we finally went to Best Buy. We found something suitable and even a little bit under my budget. Bonus!๐Ÿ’œ

Day 2: 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

What’s a simple pleasure that you’re grateful for?

Bubble baths! Nothing beats soaking in a tub filled with hot water and sweet scented bubbles after a long day. Add in a cup of tea and a good book and I’m in Heaven.

I’m currently working my way through a bottle of Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream.

What is a simple pleasure that you’re grateful for?๐Ÿ’œ

Day 1: 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

A little while back I completed a 30 Day Blogging Challenge. I’ve been keeping an eye put for another one and I just came across a Gratitude Challenge on Pinterest.

Just last week I was having a conversation about gratitude with my friend (and amazing RMT) Susanna so this one seems especially fitting.

Day 1: What’s something that you’re looking forward to?

That one is easy. My Alaskan cruise! My aunt and I are doing a 7-day cruise from Vancouver to Whittier then staying on the ship for the 7-day cruise back to Vancouver. We did the same back in 2012 but on a different ship. We had a great time and I know this time will be just a awesome!

I’m looking forward to starting the summer off with a little relaxation, gorgeous scenery and indulging in delicious food! I’ve decided I need to make sure I’m getting some extra exercise in over the two weeks – I don’t want to ruin all my hard work from the last little while and up until the cruise.

This is my 3rd Alaskan cruise but if anyone has any recommendations for Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Whittier please comment! ๐Ÿ’œ

Mmmm, YUM!

I’ve been experimenting with new recipes lately in an effort to be more healthy and thought I would share a few that are “winners” in my opinion.

I’m pretty much obsessed with the skinnytaste site. It has totally become my go-to for finding new recipes. I’ve mentioned it in previous posts and I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already!

Anyway, in no particular order, here we go:

4-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

I eat these fairly regularly as they’re super easy to make. I omit the pecans and add a little cinnamon then top with a bit of syrup. The texture takes some getting used to but now I crave them!

Southwest Chicken Skillet

I’m not a fan of many veggies (terrible, I know) so I need to find creative ways to get them into my diet. This recipe does just that! I eat it with a side of brown rice. I also think it would be great with quinoa.

Skinny Sloppy Joe Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is great for freezing. I whipped up a batch of meat and froze the leftovers in individual serving sized packs. The meat defrosted easily and tasted just as yummy! I served it with regular potato instead of sweet potato.

Southwestern Chicken and Rice Foil Packets

I’ve already blogged about this one but I need to mention it again. It’s definitely one of my faves! Feel free to check out my previous post for more info.

Do you have any healthy recipes to recommend? I’d love to hear them! Let me know in the commentsโค

Honesty: Why Are We So Afraid?

“Honesty is the best policy.” We’ve all heard it and I’d hazard a guess that most believe it. So why is it that so many of us struggle with actually being honest? What are we worried about?

On the way to work I was listening to the radio. One of the hosts was sharing her predicament and looking for advice. She’s paying a fortune to get her hair done and just can’t justify spending that kinds of money on it. She wants to switch to another hairdresser but doesn’t know what to tell her current one. She thinks most people just wouldn’t go back anymore but the problem is the salon is below her building so she walks by every day. There is no avoiding seeing her hairdresser. Now, I didn’t hear any of the advice given, but my first thought was – just be honest. Tell her you can’t afford to spend that much on your hair. But listening to her conversation with the other house, this didn’t seem to be a route she was willing to take.

Why not? Why is it that we go to extremes to concoct stories to use as excuses? Why don’t we just tell people how we really feel?

I know I’m guilty of it. And I don’t know why. I shouldn’t be afraid to say how I really feel about something just to save someone else from potentially feeling disappointed. But, alas, I do it anyway. As much as I’m a huge proponent of staying true to yourself, I’m still quite a people pleaser. Sometimes I worry about others’ feelings more than my own. I’m better than I used to be so maybe there is hope for me yet!

Well, that’s it for tonight’s ponderings. I’ll leave you with thisโค