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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Journey, The Ride, The Connection

I just watched one of the most incredible videos via a friend on FB about the socialization and human connection of modern day society. 


The beauty, the rawness and the embracing of opening up and pushing beyond the daily isolation. 


It is about the experiences we share and that we are in it together even when we feel most alone. 


Love Token 90: New City, New Studio

I attempted to try out the yoga classes in my building at work before the Christmas holidays, but the class size and the atmosphere (hearing students below playing bball, screaming at each other to pass the ball) just didn't mesh with the feeling I love that yoga gives me. 

So I began my hunt for a small scale studio again. 
As luck would have it - I found a small yoga studio right on my bus route home. 
I signed up for an unlimited 1 week pass and away I went. 
I decided to do two back to back classes last night and it was pretty amazing. 
The first class was a good re-awakening of my limbs and got my connection back up and running but the 2nd class - oh the second class was *magic*

It was called Yoga Chill. I thought it was neat but was skeptical as it was a very modern twist to yoga. I am  glad my skepticism was squashed

Picture this:
1 small 500 square feet room 
13 bodies
Sun sets - yoga by candlelight
Background music to the likings of Jack Johnson, David Gray, Bedouin Soundclash and Ben Harper. 

It was an indescribable feeling that yoga has never brought out of me - the feeling of human connection confined in a space all at peace. 
Usually I find yoga a solitary mind, body, soul experience.
It was beautiful
I am really looking forward to trying out the other classes and starting to engrain it back into my weekly routine. 
I am so GLAD I found a new studio, and even though my limbs are pretty sore today, I couldn't be happier. 


Love Token 89: Birthday Road Trip To Tofino

Dear readers, 

Please excuse my latest absence, so much love to share and just not enough time to get into the headspace of entering on my page. 

So let me rewind a couple weeks back and share the incredible, relaxing, candy for the soul, b-day trip for the hub. 

I cannot speak in detail about the hub's experience as his was slightly different and entailed much surf...but I can say he was super happy and loved it as much as I did.

Mine however composed of a quaint little cabin - surrounded by lush, rainforest-esque nature. 
Included in this little cabin were 

  1. A few of my dearest loved ones
  2. Lots of giggles
  3. Many of dance parties 
  4. Zennin' out in the hot tub
  5. More giggles
  6. Heart to heart chats
  7. Connection, togetherness and love. 

It was a beautiful weekend in Tofino, surrounded by nature at it's finest. 
Our hot tub was on the back deck and surrounded by beauty - it is so hard to describe that you kind of just had to be there, in that moment and that state of mind. 
But let me tell you - the heart was very happy. 
And really that is all that matters


Friday, March 11, 2011

Relief Fund

On days like today, it is really hard to feel upbeat and positive when there is so much hurt and pain going on.

But, if there is anything I can make out of a love token today - it is the gift of helping one another. The importance of sticking together when times are tough and being an active member in the world community.

Please read below and if you feel like I do, donate and help provide relief to the tremendous tragedy that has affected Japan.

Red Cross responds to massive earthquake in Japan.

On Friday March 11, 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan. This has triggered 4 metre waves in Japan and tsunami warnings across the Pacific coastline, including British Columbia. At least 28 people are reported dead, and many more are injured or missing. The earthquake has caused fires and severe damage to buildings, leaving 4.4 million households without electricity.

The Japanese Red Cross has deployed 11 national disaster response teams to carry out assessments and provide first aid and healthcare in the affected areas. Emergency relief planning is underway.

The Canadian Red Cross is monitoring the situation closely and has emergency supplies and trained emergency response personnel ready to be deployed.

Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway in Japan are encouraged to contribute by donating online, calling 1-800-418-1111 or contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

A little can go a long way.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy Birthday To You Hub

A new chapter was beginning; a girl was changing direction in her life
A boy was turning a page
Heading toward the unknown, while butterflies of excitement and anticipation danced throughout their insides
The kisses good-bye from loved ones, the unpacking of old into new
A knock on the door, the exchange of glances; a smile and a sparkle
Two souls aligning, two paths joining and the start of their forever began
10 years of friendship, 9 years of love, 7 months of marriage and one constant feeling of peace.

Happy 31st Birthday Mr. K

Obtained via flickr: here


Love Token 88: Lunch Time Distractions

I was milling around on my Facebook page and being advised to update some settings, which led me to an application that I used in 2007 for celebrity look-a-likes.

To me the app was completely off but SUPER funny and also F-U-N.

Curious to see what it would pull out 4 years later I did it again and there are still some celebs this website is determined I look like (Kirsten and Martine) but some that I have grown out of (which I am kinda glad!).

I love mindless escapes like this every now and then and a good giggle.

PS - I WISH I looked like Vanessa Marcil (some of you are familiar with my thoughts on this chica!) so thanks My Heritage Website for a little pick me up on a typical Thursday at work! 

Try it out for fun!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

!Happy International Women's Day!

This fabulous excerpt was obtained from Tristan Prettyman's latest blog post found here
This girl rocks 100% - I swear she is my doppelganger in thought.
Either way, enjoy ladies & men


Love Token 87: The Brain Map

Last night I watched the novel-turned-movie: It's Kind of a Funny Story

To be honest I had no clue what this movie was about, I just had it in my library and put it in.
I REALLY liked it.
It paints the picture of adolescence and depression and really shows an accurate impression of it.
That it is not a constant downward spiral but peaks and valleys.
Intertwined with a multitude of emotions such as stress, anxiety, sadness, etc. 

It has a satire dark humour twist to it and I loved the artistic concept of brain maps.
The imagination of the main character and what is "going on inside his head" and how he turns his issues into art in a very subdued manner.

I liked the concept, the writing, and pretty much how the whole movie seemed to evolve like I was just a fly on the wall.
Check it out if you have a chance - I wish I knew about the book sooner!

I am kind of tempted to draw my own brain map!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Embroidered Literary Loveliness

creator: alli coate obtained via: Bliss


Go Somewhere, Do Something, Be Someone

photo credit: hannah ruth via Bliss


Love Token 86: Book Love

Books make me SMILE today...every day actually. 

Illustrator Nan Lawson via Bliss


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This Is Your Life

Love Token 85: Personal Life Goal

I heard this statement the other night from "O" and I love how it summed it all up.

The beauty
The journey
The point

I will constantly strive to
"illuminate the human condition"
in all facets of my life.



You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection