What I’m Loving

June 7, 2017

Let’s talk about my life lately. I’ve been single parenting for the last 4.5 weeks straight while working, trying to maintain this blog (albeit poorly these days), half marathon training, volunteering for SMBRD, becoming a charter member of a new Rotary club in the city and keeping up with the book club. This week we sadly put our family dog of 16.5 years to rest. I also received Liam’s schedule for kindergarten in the fall and have been trying to figure out how that will fit in with work/day home. To say things have been a little bit hectic is an understatement for sure. BUT, I’m not here to talk about the things that are sad or frustration or stressful. I’m here to share the things I’m loving and bring a bit of positivity to your day.

BUT, I’m not here to talk about the things that are sad or frustration or stressful. I’m here to share the things I’m loving and bring a bit of positivity to your day. I’ve been looking forward to writing this post because I know you guys enjoy them and I love finding things to share with you. Let’s do it shall we?

  • Global Running Day – Here’s the thing about running – you don’t have to be able to run certain distances or paces to be considered a runner. Anyone who runs, is a runner. I am often frustrated with running feeling hard and like I’m never progressing. I have been questioning my sanity signing up for a half marathon. But in the end, there’s just something magical about running that keeps me tying my laces and hitting the trails. It’s a chance for me to move my body, to appreciate life, to clear my head, to vent my frustrations. It’s a way to make new friends, mourn losses, and celebrate successes. While I may not hit PR’s or aspire to run Boston, I know that I am doing good things while putting one foot in front of the other.
  • Evening walks with Liam. We’ve been getting out for near nightly walks around our neighbourhood and have worked our way up to going far enough to hit the trail near my house that I often run on. Liam was so excited about how “beautiful” it was when he saw it for the first time. I’m looking forward to many more evening walks throughout summer. 
  • Have you heard of Evelyn Hugo? If you’d been around these parts long enough, you’ll know I’m completely smitten with all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novels. Her latest is available next week and I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy from Simon and Schuster. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is not like any of TJR’s previous work but it will still have you flipping the pages to devour the story as fast as you can. So, you might want to plan to hit your favourite bookstore on June 13th to pick up your copy.
  • My Pound certification is this Sunday! I’m equal parts nervous and excited. I haven’t put much thought into what it will look like once I’m certified (see above re: life is crazy lately) but I’m hoping to do some pop-up classes around the city. I hope you’ll come!
  • Exactly What To Eat (and What to Avoid) To Have a Great Period
  • I helped a friend with some lifestyle shots of their Canada 150 shirts (soon to be available at Bower Ponds for my local pals). Liam and I had a fun evening of paddle boats and hanging at the playground together. I can’t wait to sport my shirt on Canada Day! 
  • Rhubarb everything! I love rhubarb season and was excited when my mom brought me a huge bag of it last weekend. So far I’ve made a healthified rhubarb apple crisp and plan to make some muffins whenever I can find a minute to hit the grocery store to buy some butter. What’s your favourite way to use rhubarb?
  • I need this bra from Lululemon.
  • I’m pretty sure I post something Ed Sheeran related every month but whatevs. Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in for 13 minutes to watch the following:

What are you loving lately?

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  • Reply
    June 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I feel like life is a tad crazier these days too! Oh man, I’ve been asked a few times to join Rotary (read harassed lol) but just can’t. I hate saying no but there’s too much on the go these days 🙁
    I agree about running no matter what we bed to be proud that we are out there doing it, better than lots!
    Love that shirt and Lulu bra!

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      June 8, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Haha, I know I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit but somehow I am. :p

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    Rachel @ Better LIVIN
    June 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I LOVE the shirt! I’m studying social studies curriculum this summer and it’s all about teaching children that Canada is a diverse country and that we need to focus on inclusivity.

    You sound super busy! How do you manage it all without imploding?

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      June 8, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Honestly, I’m not sure lol

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    June 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Your pound certification!!! I forgot you were doing that! How exciting! I will for sure come to a pop up class, just give me lots of notice 🙂 Love that shirt! Excited to see your collaboration!

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    Susie @ Suzlyfe
    June 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

    So so sorry about your family dog. Sounds like he had a fabulous, long life full of love! But still, so sad to lose such a close friend.
    I love rhubarb–Alex and I had it in a cocktail at a wedding a few weeks ago and it was mind blowingly good!

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      June 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you! A rhubarb cocktail!? I want it!

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    June 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I am so sorry about your family dog. That is heartbreaking! xo SO excited about your Pound! I so want to come to a class!! That shirt is great and that’s an awesome photo of you!

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      June 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Yeah! It’s going to take me awhile to be comfortable teaching I think but when I am, I want you all to come!!

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    June 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I’ve had almost 2 months of full weekend plans, which is not my style at all (and 2 more for the next 2 weeks as well), so I’m already craving downtime where I don’t need to get out of bed. I’ve been reading more lately, which has been so nice. Can’t wait for Evelyn Hugo to come to the libs – I’m on the waitlist for the city and county to get it as soon as possible.

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      June 13, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Yeah – downtime is definitely needed over here. Ooooh I hope you get Evenlyn Hugo fast!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Anything else good you’ve been reading?

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    October 24, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I can relate with you. I’m not a single parent but I always want to be hands-on with my kids so their schedule in school is something i also think of. I always try to figure out how to fix my schedule with work and with my family. But let’s not forget to make ourselves happy in spite of the busy schedules we have. That is why I am happy for you that you manage to enjoy your life while being a busy single parent.

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