June 9 Grounded Gratitude


The closer I get to July, the more excited I get about my road trip to Tofino for my friend’s wedding. I look forward to going a bit earlier, sightseeing, eating local food, driving through and exploring the forest, the trees, the beaches, the towns.


My shady plants (hostas and vinca vines) are loving the shady parts of my deck and seem to be flourishing. My pansies, begonias and lobellias are another story – they are kaputz! I think I was too late in providing them sun. Alas, this season is meant to be exploratory in my horticultural skills so I shan’t feel bad.

I should first off acknowledge that it is purely coincidence I have a darker background for today’s Grounded Gratitude, and I talk about following more black creators on Instagram. I did not intentionally choose to match these aspects up.

I have a lot to learn, I am sure I will misunderstand concepts and ideas and make mistakes – I apologize in advance, but these are exactly that – mistakes. They are not intentional. In an effort to be more conscious, more open and more informed about matters which I, because of my skin color, am not affected by, I have followed a number of accounts created and driven by people of color. I think it’s a good place to start so that I can learn in a quiet, observant manner.

June 7 Grounded Gratitude

Despite, not posting Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 etc. with my Grounded Gratitude practice any longer, I still have to include some form of a date, otherwise the links will be funny – so now we have June 7th Grounded Gratitude!

I was thinking today of how I haven’t been to the fair in so long – oftentimes the one here in Vancouver has a lot of the same things year after year which is why I haven’t been in so long. Now that it’s not taking place due to covid, I reflect on the sights, sounds and smells of the good old summer fair.

I was also thinking of how many dishes there are that my mum used to make when I was little, that really bring me back to a place a remembrance when I eat them now. Kind of nice to reflect.

It’s been my first week of scheduled content and I am really happy that I took this step. As I mentioned on a few days ago, I received my report off my iPhone last weekend of how many hours I had spent on my phone – I spent 7 HOURS on my phone on average, every day last week – not okay.⁠ A computer and a phone are how I continue to grow, create content and create an abundance of what I am working towards in my life but I don’t think that should mean they should be attached at my hip – distance is healthy, too!

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Grateful Times Are a Changing

Grateful Times Are a Changing

Hi friends – as you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t posted in a few days – there’s a reason for that.

Prior to attending Gem Conference over last weekend, , I had thoughts as to the direction of this account, which I had rolling around in my head. After attending the conference, I decided that the direction I wanted to go in was for the best!

On June 1st, I began reducing the number of Instagram posts I created on my account from 2 to 1. I’ve felt proud that i’ve never sacrificed quality for the sake of quantity, but now I feel like this will enable my content to go the distance far greater than keeping up with posting twice a day.⁠

On June 1st, I began no longer posting Grounded Gratitude posts, rather, now they’re every other day (or basically whenever the heck I felt like it). I think the time has come, especially within British Columbia, where I live, where social distancing is gradually lifting, the commitment I once made to post every day that which I am grateful for, is no longer applicable. We are gradually coming out of quarantine, and I think my content should reflect that shift, too.

Finally, I have attempted (or actively am attempting) to schedule content for the entire month of June. My weekly stats were delivered to my phone, tracking app usage – this past week, I spent approximately 7 hours a day on my phone. Kind of ironic considering how much I promote mindful living and existing in the present moment, to have such a high daily rate. While I had prior to this occasionally scheduled content, most of the time (and because I had the time in quarantine), I would post however I was feeling on that day. But it eats up my time, when I could be using that time, keeping productive with other tasks.

So that’s that. I’ll still be around, but taking more time for myself as well as taking more time for quality over quantity.

May Grounded Gratitude Day 30

My friends – today has been an informative day!🌟

Day 1 of Gem Conference wrapped up a little bit ago – I am SO pleased I made the decision to purchase a ticket last minute. The wealth of information and knowledge of the speakers has been incredible. I got involved, joined in the chat feature, interacted with folks, made some new connections here on Instagram based off those interactions – overall I’m really happy and grateful that I put myself out there and joined in on the fun and learning! 😊

I’m also grateful for (and something which I seem to notice when out for my daily walk) how curious I get about nature. Leaving my phone at home especially allows for me to interact and engage with nature by getting curious.💭

I ask myself questions, I get curious about certain things I see: “How come leaves can grow different patterns? At what rate does a baby Canadian goose grow? Why is there a certain smell when it rains? Why do we find that so relaxing and refreshing?”🌿

It’s healthy to get curious and it’s healthy to interact and get out into nature – I encourage you to do both of these things as restrictions continue to lift! 😁

Have a lovely Saturday evening.🌟

May Grounded Gratitude Day 29

Hi friends – hope your Friday evening is going lovely.

Lots of great things happened to me today – In particular, I signed myself up for the GEM Conference, a digital marketing conference primarily aimed at small business owners looking to grow their content strategy, but it’s also open to individuals (like me) looking for an opportunity to learn as well.

There are going to be sessions and workshops led my well-known female content creators across the web on a variety of topics – podcasts, organization, DIY photography, public speaking, intellectual property and protecting your brand, pitching yourself to a brand – lot’s of really great topics! I’m looking forward to learning lots of taking the steps to invest back into myself, my brand, my social media and of course, this site! For the complete list of speakers and workshops, check out https://gemconference.ca/

May Grounded Gratitude Day 28

Hi all – today’s Grounded Gratitude is here 🌟

Exciting things that happened to me today – I submitted a job application, received my Saje order, and applied for meditation teacher training with @the_lab_of_meditation 👏🏻

I’m excited about the potential opportunity to expand my knowledge on a subject I am very passionate about (as I know a lot of you are too) and to be able to teach others this practice which has helped me greatly in my daily life. What’s more, the decision to apply was so clear in my mind. There were no “what-if” moments or questioning my ability or self-doubt. Yay to being brave and just going for it 😄

Tonight some girlfriends and I are having a group video chat too – all in all a great day – hope you had a great day too✌🏻

May Grounded Gratitude Day 27

Day 27 of Grounded Gratitude 😄

My new patio lounge chair is AWESOME – it’s a cute teal color, I bought a matching ottoman , cup holder, and an outdoor pillow ✨ I’m cozy folks. It’s my new fave spot for drinking my morning coffee and answering work emails.💻

I ordered a bunch of products from @sajewellness – I ordered some baths salts, new hand soap, and a lavender mist. I wanted a new room spray, too, but with less chemicals, so I also decided to purchase one from Saje – plant-based and no synthetics!🌿

May Grounded Gratitude Day 25

Hi friends! Hope you all had a great start to your Monday. Today’s blog post was supposed to come out, but I just got busy doing other things and time slipped away, and it didn’t happen. I feel proud of myself for having been so consistent with posting so far (every Monday!), so I shall allow myself this one time as a grace period. Tomorrow it shall be published!

A week or so ago, I entered into a draw for a free tarot card reading by Lynn of Gentle Guidance Tarot on Instagram. I didn’t win, but had been planning to enter her draw again come the next month. I received a message from her yesterday (kind of strange timing as those accounts who follow me closely will know it was a bit of an odd, sad day), that she’s going to do my reading for free the following day (today!). As a way to promote her readings and her services, Lynn is offering for anyone who is interested, their first reading for free so they can experience a reading and get a feel for working with her. From there if people decide they wish for more readings, they can pursue her paid option. I told her what I wanted to focus the reading on, and woke up this morning to a lovely 20 minute clip from her explaining my tarot cards.

I haven’t had a chance to fully sit down and take in and listen to the reading (it’s just been a wack, busy day, and time got away), but I plan to fully immerse myself this evening.

On another note, my avocado seed seems to be growing – fingers crossed, my plant saga continues….

May Grounded Gratitude Day 24

Hello friends – today is Day 24 of Grounded Gratitude.

My brother turns 25 today. He is home visiting from Calgary, and it’s been nice to spend the weekend with him to celebrate!

I had talked a week or so ago about a person close to me leaving the country (and moving home, very very far away) because they can’t afford to stay as a result of covid-19. They left today. I wished them safe travels – my heart still aches a little, and i’ve been feeling somber as the day has gone on, but I am more accepting and open to the fact that it was not in my hands. It was part of a much bigger picture. People have continuously said that this period of time has been a massive shift for all of us, personally, professionally, spiritually. So while I can’t see the bigger picture clearly in this very moment and am sad that it went this way, I know there are lessons to be learned. To be frank, I wonder if it was meant to show me that good men still exist in the world ( and vice versa for him – good gals like me). I’d lost faith in that for a long time, and I seriously believe this was a lesson in order to help me restore that faith.

My post tomorrow talks about this belief (good men still existing) and how I have struggled with it in the past. I I made sure I said everything I wanted to/needed to say to this person before they left the country. I wanted to have no regrets upon their imminent departure and I can say with confidence that I have no regrets – the only one being I didn’t get more time with them, but that as we can all see clearly was out of my control. I take comfort in the fact that the regret is not something which I could have done something about. It’s not something I have to live with or will be kicking myself for in the future.

It’s been a very good weekend to be busy spending it with family. It was healthy for my mind and my spirit to have my focus shifted elsewhere, rather than sitting at home by myself feeling sad.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.