Wherever You Go, There You Are

I’m sure many of you know this saying. Originally coined by Confucius as, ‘Wherever you go, go with all your heart’, it is a slight variation and more well-known by the mindfulness guru, Jon-Kabat Zinn – as both a book, and a philosophy. To me it means you can’t escape your life by seeking out new adventures or distractions. You just have to deal with your baggage – period! It’s been easy to apply this to Covid life though. Even though we are ‘all in this together’, it’s been a fantastic opportunity to escape the city. Covid in Summer means no festivals or live music or concerts or outdoor eating (in the way we know it). So why not explore the beauty of wherever you are? For me, that’s Ontario, including my backyard – Toronto. Yep, it’s a hustle bustle city, but there are plenty escapes. And when you have a dog in tow, you get creative. I was lucky enough to be able to get out to cottage country on a few occasions to ‘beat the heat’, as well as enjoy some of the summer on water, and hope you did too. Wherever you are, go explore!

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Covid Life…Extended Play

There’s an old colloquialism we use for when we’re reaching a deadline or time limit. We say, ‘I finished it at the 11th hour’, right? Well, here we are at the 11th week. Gah. Who knew? Not me. While things have ‘relaxed’ a bit here in Ontario, we are still shopping with masks on, physical distancing and isolating. I’m guessing that’s still happening in most places. 2020 has, so far, been a time of slowing down, self-reflection and also some stress. But another old saying I like to apply is, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. Actually, I never say that. Lol – But when you’re stuck in a situation that everyone else is also in, you have to make the best of it. For me and some pals from my ‘year’, 2020 was a milestone for us – we turned the big 6-0. The best laid plans (oh there’s another one of those sayings) of celebrating fell through to Zoom chats and sneaking in the back yard of a friend’s for a distanced celebration. Definitely memorable, if not what was on the agenda! Regardless, this will be a time for the history books. For me, that’s included walking Dre (a lot), finding new trails and nature perks, perfecting Zoom (yoga, book club, Euchre nights, work) and eating far too much. Life could be ‘much’ worse. I am grateful for the opportunity to pretty much live this out in comfort, if not in clothes with buttons and zippers. Waiting for the world to return to normal isn’t what most people want, and when the time comes to open the door, it’ll be interesting to see how we’ve changed, what we will change and how we will make the world a better place. It really needed a breather from us. I’m actually enjoying this strange journey. Tripping around without the usual traffic, crowds and noise, is pure joy!

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Covid Life

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything here since my trip to Peru. I wish I had as there was plenty to cover before we all got hit with the incredible news about the coronavirus.  I’ll have to save that for another blog when the world returns to ‘normal’ – if and when.

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Peru – La Magica Andes

In 2017, I went on a yoga retreat with my studio, Beaches Hot Yoga. Initially, I had no inkling to until my then yoga buddy, Jonelle, suggested it. It was a fantastic week. It was full of yoga, but also a time where new friendships formed and good times were had. And the location was to die for; a retreat that took one hour by boat to get to. Mexican Paradise, also known as Xinalani. Fast forward to February 2019. This year’s trip was Peru. I was not thinking of going until two of the gals from the Mexico trip booked. I thought about it, then looked at the photo of the yoga studio in the Sacred Valley and was sold. It completely surrounded by The Andes. I put down my deposit down that week and then the months went by without me thinking too much of it until a week or so before we left.

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