Tag Archives: Balanced Life

13Jun/15
Serenity Now!

Serenity Now!

Serenity Now!

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We have two children under the age five so serene isn’t a word that would describe our home very often.

Kids are loud and living with them can be chaotic.

Tantrums.

Tears.

Tempers.

They all abound.

But over the last couple of years I have found one thing that very rarely fails to deliver.

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24May/15
Healthy Grocery Haul

Healthy Grocery Haul

Eating healthy as a family doesn’t have to be complicated.

It begins with shopping places that have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets, local grocery stores, and even community gardens are great sources. Loading up on greens will ensure that a majority of your diet is healthy and you will be more able to get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.

If you go to a grocery store regularly, try to shop the outer aisles (where the fresh stuff is) first. Avoid processed foods as much as is possible and buy things with the least amount of ingredients necessary.

We don’t meal plan often, but I do have a few simple, standard meals that I often prepare. We eat 95% of our meals at home, so we are better able to control the quality and type of ingredients that we are eating.

It isn’t about eating “perfectly”, but focusing on whole, natural foods.

Happy Eating!

05May/15
A Day of Mindful Eating

A Day of Mindful Eating

After filming my video on mindful eating, I wanted to take one day to film or photograph all of the food I ate in an effort to be more mindful. I also ate all of my meals and snacks sitting at our kitchen table, where we eat a majority of our meals.

As you can see, eating mindfully doesn’t mean eating in solitude. My family was around for most of the meals (and my son was there for the meals I didn’t post video of) and we enjoyed conversation and time connecting together. Eating with other people can definitely be a practice in mindfulness if conscious attention is being paid to your food and the sensations that are connected with it.

Do you practice any aspects of mindful eating? Share with me what you do, when you eat or things that you’d like to change to be more mindful. It is a process for me to be aware of the food I’m eating and to stay connected to the experience.

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17Apr/15
Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

We all need to be more mindful in our lives. Many of us eat our emotions, when we’re bored, or we are dis-engaged from our food. Eating mindfully is a way to connect more with the practice of eating, re-enforce a healthy relationship with food and it allows you to be fully present while eating. Here are five simple ways to eat more mindfully:

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13Apr/15
Life is a Restaurant

Life is a Restaurant

Life is a Restaurant

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Life is like a restaurant, you have to choose what you’re going to get.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where nothing on the menu appealed to you? Or perhaps you experienced the opposite — you had so many options that you were overwhelmed and couldn’t decide what to eat.

Life can be a lot like that. Have you ever looked around at your circumstances and nothing appealed to you? Or perhaps you saw what everyone else had and wondered why your life couldn’t be more appetizing. The difference between a restaurant menu and your life is that you get to decide what gets prepared because you’re the chef. Sometimes life puts us into situations where we feel we don’t have any choices but to stay depressed and stuck. But the truth is, we can create choice.

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18Mar/15
How to get the life you want

How to get the life you want

How to get the life you want

Why do you do the things you do?

Think about it, every decision you’ve made until now was governed by a force in your life, whether you realized it or not. From seemingly insignificant decisions like what you would eat for breakfast or wear to work, to life-altering decisions about who you would marry, or where you would live, every choice can be brought back to the same source.

Yes, who we are dictates what we decide, but what we decide also dictates who we are. It is a continuous, evolving cycle and whether you are aware of it or not, it is at work in your life right now. I call it the “principle-practice” model.

Your principles dictate your practices, and likewise, your practices dictate your principles.

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13Mar/15
Go Ahead, Get Dirty!

Go Ahead, Get Dirty!

Go Ahead, Get Dirty!Spring is on its way where we live and with the warmer sunshine-filled days comes the melting of snow. And we have a LOT of snow. What happens when giant banks of snow dissolve into water? Puddles. Around our neighbourhood they tend to resemble miniature lakes, where you’re liable to get wet up to your knees. Is there anything more satisfying to a child than coming across a giant puddle, and running through it with reckless abandon?
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02Mar/15
Leaving The Hero Complex Behind

Leaving the Hero Complex Behind

Leaving The Hero Complex Behind

Superman’s suit worn by Christopher Reeve. Photo taken at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

I remember being 6 years old running on my home’s wrap-around porch and suddenly opening my Spring jacket pretending to be Superman. Then I would run back inside and ask my mom to snap my jacket back up so I coould do it all over again. You see, most of the time I felt more like Clark Kent than Superman. Growing with a disability, I felt fragile and was very dependent on others but imagining I was Mr. Kent gave me hope of becoming a hero.

As I got older, I got stronger and more confident. I developed a strong sense of responsibility, a love for helping people and fixing problems. You might say that those are noble traits, and for the most part you’d be right. These character traits helped me stay out of trouble, gave me purpose and shaped me into a dependable person. But I also developed a hero complex.

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05Feb/15

How Not to Become a Hoarder

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/ Freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/ Freedigitalphotos.net

The other morning as I was getting clothes for my daughter to wear to school, I opened her sock drawer and reached for her last pair of clean socks. Internally I told myself “We’ll have to get her more socks.” Immediately my mind started to debate itself: “Do you really need more socks or do you just have to do laundry?”

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14Jan/15
It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me

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“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.” – Michael Jackson

“It’s not you, it’s me.” It’s a cliche line used when breaking up with someone to take the onus for the end of the relationship. It’s also something I’m trying to live by every day.

“It’s not you”, the man who cuts me off in traffic–

“It’s me”, the one who has to let go of anger that surfaces.

“It’s not you”, friend or family member who didn’t react to news the way I wanted you to–

“it’s me”, taking ownership of my life choices regardless of how anyone else responds to them.

“It’s not you”, child who challenges my authority or brings me to my knees in exhaustion–

“it’s me”, a parent who is learning what it means to love unconditionally.

There is a proverb that says “as water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” What kind of reflection do you see today?

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