Thursday, 30 October 2014


There is no denying the fact that Halloween brings quite a stir of energy. There are fireworks popping in the air, bonfires being lit and people of all ages are encouraged for this one night to forget who they are supposed to show up as and can become whoever they want. For one night you can walk down the middle of the street, in the dark, wearing whatever crazy thing makes you feel good and run into your neighbours doing the exact same thing! And of course there is candy.

I love Halloween, I always have. I love the decorations and the smell of fireworks. I love dressing up and seeing everyone else all dressed up. I love watching kids so proud of who they have become. I love that we open our doors to each other and give treats. The whole thing is crazy really! I love it.

Halloween reminds me that life is not always so serious and it’s fun to be silly. It’s fun to forget what time bedtime is, how much sugar is in candy and if you are dressed appropriate to go out. Life goes quickly and although there is something to be said for the "order" we set for ourselves there is also something to be said for once and awhile just showing up, having fun and maybe even eating candy. 

Have a safe and silly night,

Friday, 17 October 2014

Great purpose

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali

Thursday, 9 October 2014

I am Thankful

Finding gratitude and being thankful for what I have is an easy daily practice as I feel so blessed in my life with an amazing family, friends and community. I have a life that I am thankful for every second of the day. I often take moments to feel or express gratitude during my day and it always serves as a reminder of how much beauty there is in this life and how fortunate I am.

As we move towards this Thanksgiving weekend I am practicing being thankful for the things that don’t usually come first to my mind. I am thankful for relationships that have been challenging as they have taught me so much about myself and how I want to show up each day. I am thankful for injury as it has showed me how to live healthy and have compassion for others in physical pain. I am thankful for late nights working because I have work, and work that I love and feel passionate about. I am thankful for my kids waking me from my deep sleep every night to go to the bathroom or adjust their blankets because I have two healthy, happy kids that I love with my whole heart. 

This practice of being thankful for both the things that bring me pure joy and the things that are challenging has brought my daily practice of gratitude to a whole new place. I truly am thankful for all the easy paths as well as the bumpy roads because regardless of the ease or effort they all brought me here. For that I am thankful. 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Body Image movement

On Tuesday night CJ and I went to an amazing event here in Vancouver called "Embrace Vancouver". The event hosted close to a 100 woman of all different cultures, professions, and ages. Even though we all showed up in our own unique way, we ultimately came with the same intention, to hear more about Taryn Brumfit and her "Body Image movement".

To say that CJ and I were moved is an understatement. The hair on my arms stood up for most of the evening and my eyes constantly swelled with tears as I related to Taryn's story and thought dearly of my sweet innocent 5 yr old daughter. Like many of us, Taryn struggles with body image issues and after years of agony and self loathing she came to the conclusion one day that she needed to change. Change the way she felt about her body, change the way the media portrays woman........change the worlds view of the woman's body. Powerful, YES!

Yoga is time we spend with ourselves, in our bodies, connecting deeply. Time we can use for self love, self compassion, deep rest. On the flip side, for some, it can also be another opportunity to beat yourself up or acknowledge your failures or less than perfect attributes. We at hope that you'll see that those limiting beliefs and unnecessary inner talk isn't serving you anymore and will make a promise with yourself to utilize yoga as an opportunity to nourish all aspects of your Self and be grateful for the body we have. Just as you are. For we know YOU ARE ENOUGH!

We are in full support of this movement, and am motivated to do what we can to help Taryn in this endeavour and we're hoping you will too. To get a better feel for the "Body Image movement" please watch Taryn's video.

With you on this path,
Lauren and CJ