Yesterday I threw a little socially distanced 60th surprise party for my momma🥳 • Mom watches my Insta Stories so I couldn’t share it with you. I know you can hide your Story from certain people but I was too paranoid she would somehow see so I didn’t share😂 • With the help of my brother and my mum’s partner to coordinate keeping it a secret (and my brother helping me pick dessert flavors 😄), she got to celebrate with 3 of her best friends.🤫 • I didn’t take any photos except for the food but it was all a hit!! A big thank you especially to @thegrazecompany for your amazing charcuterie box and @cakesnsweets_ for the delicious lemon and taro cupcakes, and earl grey macarons😍
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.
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.🌟
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✌🏻
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!🌿
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….
Grounded Gratitude Day 23 is here – happy Saturday!
My gal pal Abby helped me out with a little creative project this afternoon to do with my Instagram account (which will come out soon!). I’m grateful for her creative wizardry and her beautiful front garden where we shot photos.
I’m working on a blog post which confronts an irrational fear of mine (hint hint – it has to do with turning a certain age, in a few years, and a certain relationship status I may or may not have by that age).
This weekend I am staying at my parents’ house while my brother is home for his birthday. I am grateful I am sleeping in a safe house in a safe bed this weekend – I don’t have a remote idea of the number of people who sleep in unsafe beds in unsafe locations each night and I’m grateful I don’t have to experience or live through that.
Hey folks! I was picking up my brother from the airport this afternoon, hence why Day 22 is coming to you a little later today.
I was getting uber frustrated with a work project earlier on today, and had to fully stop and put it away because it was just stressing me out and making me more angry and upset than anything else. Glad I recognized that and took the right steps to calm myself down!
I’ve been really appreciating my senses lately – the other day it was my sight, today it is taste. I think of the yummy breakfast I had this morning, my cup of coffee, my simple lunch of crackers and cheese, my regular snack of pb toast with banana – how many delicious foods I eat on a daily basis that I get to enjoy and indulge in the taste.
What foods are you grateful you are able to taste and enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!
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I was out for my daily walk the other day and saw a bunch of baby geese and duckies out and about and it made me happy because it meant Spring time is here. It also made me happy because people were respecting them and keeping their distance. Not that you’d want to buck heads with a Canadian goose – ack – aggressive af!😬
My brother is coming home for his birthday this weekend, I’m planning to create and schedule a bunch of content tomorrow so I don’t have to think about it over the weekend.💌
Another exciting thing is that in British Columbia here🇨🇦 we’ve launched Phase 2 of reopening the economy, meaning we’ll be able to go out to eat here again soon enough 😄