A simple gesture

20190117_142233Today has been a good day. I am feeling better after a week of a cold and a couple weeks of migraines. As simple as it was when a student brought me a coffee during her lunch period it just made my day. It may not have seemed like much but in the midst of semester end, prepping students for exams, a cold, and a partner away at work it was a simple gesture that meant so much. A coffee to some, a “you matter and are important to me” to others.

I have had a challenging group of math 20’s this semester, academically speaking, but what I am sure will be a memorable group, relationship wise. I have made some great connections with students and have built bonds that, I hope, will endure long past graduation.

As a semester ends I look forward to meeting a new group of students but am also saddened by the going of a group that I have grown so fond of. A group that has gone through a loss of a friend, fellow student, a part of our community. The first group of students that I have cried in front of, while telling them that they are care for and need to be here every day because they are important to me. A group that has brought me coffees, small tokens of appreciation, company every day at lunch, and so much more.

After a lovely yoga video from Yoga with Adriene (you NEED to check out her youtube channel if you love yoga and haven’t been yet). I am feeling all the feels and want to send love to all the people out there that may need a simple “you matter” today.

I send a challenge to you to complete a simple gesture of gratitude, love, or whatever you want to label it as, for someone in your life tomorrow or this weekend. It may be simple and not much to you but may be just what someone else needs!

Peace, love, and light

A. xo

P.S. I would LOVE to hear about your simple gestures and how they went 🙂

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Being Authentic

I was talking to a friend yesterday while we were at To the Lost (great place for high quality cocktails!) and she asked me “aren’t you nervous to share so openly about yourself on your blog?” Honestly, that thought never really crossed my mind before. I started this journey for me and it is an outlet for me to share my thoughts and feelings. I have always thought that I was an over-sharer but now I feel like I am trying to be more of my authentic self. Whether people think I’m strange or whatever they would care to think, I am striving to be my best, most authentic self.

In a world of social media that shows only what we want we are becoming a society driven by perfection. We so frequently only project ourselves with photos that we think are flattering, have been photo shopped, or filtered (of which I am a culprit as well!). Many of us have heard stories that have some derivative of “but they seemed so perfect” about couples or families that break up. With technology we have become so good at hiding things we don’t like about ourselves and showing only what we want, that it can be difficult to keep up the facade.

As I get older I find I am trying to care less about the “perfection” I tried to strive for when I was younger. On that journey I have picked up journalling and the other day I wrote that I need to be more authentic so that I could have authentic connections and relationships with people who like me for me.  That was one of those light bulb moments for me when I thought “holy crap maybe that is why I struggle with relationships” I connect with people based on a persona I am playing rather than my true self, because frankly sometimes I know I am a bit strange!

Ultimately, we need to be our true selves to connect with the right people. It has taken me a long time to be comfortable in my own skin and it will be something I am constantly working on but here I am (unfiltered, no makeup, scrunchie and all!)

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Show me your authentic self in the comments and tell me about you. Who’s out there in internet land?!

Peace, Love, and Light

A. xo

I’m trying to keep my posts short and sweet so they are easy reads but would love to engage in meaningful conversation about this topic with more people!

A book for your introvert self

I have been making my way through this book recently and am truly engrossed in the content.

I have always considered myself an introvert and this book speaks to me on a whole other level.

I have found that the last half a year has been really about self awareness and self-actualization. It has been so amazing to take time to learn about myself. Reading this I have had so many “YES, that’s totally me” moments. Learning about high reactivity and highly sensitive people and their attributes has made me feel less alone in a world where I feel so different and, at times, “weird”.

I did a few myers-briggs version tests and have found myself to be an INFJ, one of the most rare types that only make up about 1% of the population. Hence, the feeling alone and different.

I am get nervous easily and sweat when I am anxious. I stumble when speaking and therefore, hate public speaking. I am highly empathetic, sometimes to the point where I need to remove myself because I’m overwhelmed. I remember one time having a student go through a difficult time and reach out to me. I remember being home and just bawling because I was so concerned about them.

I have always been kind of embarrassed by some of these traits or tried to hide them since they seemed so irregular. Reading this book has been amazing and made me realize there is nothing wrong with me.

If you are an introvert or have an introvert in your life, I highly recommend this book!

Take care of yourself and your introvert people

Peace, love, and light

A. xo

*all opinions and recommendations are my own and I have not been compensated to provide said reviews*

People hangover

If anyone needs me today, this is where I will be…

It has been a gloriously busy 5 days with lots of family and friends, food, travel, and good times. I am so fortunate and feel lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life, so many things to be grateful for, and so much good fortune. Especially in a time of year that is not always great for everyone out there.

With that said I am so happy to be home, to have quiet time, and to have space to recharge. I desperately needed it by the end of it all. I am looking forward to journaling, reading, checking out a new game, and enjoying a cup of sweet almond green tea from David’s tea (Ah-mazing, you need to try it!).

I wanted to mention a great place we tried out for breakfast in Edmonton called Rebel Food and Drink. I completely forgot to take a picture because I was so engrossed in enjoying it! We all had the breakfast skillet, 2 with meat and 2 vegetarian, and all loved it. Being the coffee fiend that I am, I was super impressed with their french press coffee! Most of the time I find places that do breakfast have mediocre coffee that is horrendously over priced. I loved that you had a french press brought to your table, which served 4 of us, and it was only $6.50! I hope they keep it reasonable and good quality, it will definitely keep me coming back for sure.

The service was great, the people were kind, food was done well, and the place had spectacular decor. I will definitely be back again.

Rebel food and drink – Edmonton

Service = ♥♥♥♥♥

Food = ♥♥♥♥♥

Atmosphere = ♥♥♥♥♥

Cleanliness =♥♥♥♥♥

Time to enjoy the quiet.

Hope you all had a lovely holiday and enjoy some down time.

Peace, love, and light

A. xo

Christmas Break is Coming

If you are a teacher, have a teacher in your life, or know a teacher some how be extra kind to them this week before break! We are running on mental fumes with slightly rambunctious children… Like 35 of them…

Week before break is always a hard one. As a high school teacher I have so many kids gone for this, that, or the other thing. We are inundated with emails asking to get stuff ready because their kids will be gone early or coming back late. Kids are stressed as we all try and test units that are finishing. And for some kids this time of year is not happy. School is their good place and home is tumultuous. I worry about those kidlets and hope they get reprieve from some rough times ahead.

It’s been a decent week so far but today I definitely hit my wall. So I decided to hit up the kitchen for some happy time while talking to my friend. I am drained so tonight was simple stirfry.

(with wine hehe)

I usually just grab a teriyaki and hoisin but decided to switch it up and went with this beauty

I was pleasantly surprise. I actually quite like the blue menu items at superstore and independent. I find the items to be good quality and usually a bit less on the garbage ingredient scale.

If you are looking at switching it up give it a try!

Until next time

Peace, Love, and light

A. xo

*all opinions are my own and I have not been compensated for any part of this post*

Best Breakfast in Town

If you have not been to Jamie’s Riverview Cafe in Red Deer you are seriously missing out! Since I found these guys I have come for breakfast every Saturday morning (well, almost).

Walking in the first time I came in I was greeted with an enormous smile from a familiar face. The owners are a husband and wife, the wife I worked with a long time ago. They are wonderful, friendly people and you never feel unwelcome here!

In terms of breakfast food, in my opinion, they are the best game in town. The food is always made to order so you know its fresh and seriously delicious.

I always get the breakfast scramble with salsa.. Mmm delic. I have brought many people here who have had many of the other choices and have never heard a bad word.

This hidden jem is fantastic and you need to go!

Jamie’s Riverview Cafe– Red Deer

Service = ♥♥♥♥♥

Food = ♥♥♥♥♥

Atmosphere = ♥♥♥♥♥

Cleanliness =♥♥♥♥♥

Till next time

Peace, Love, and light

A. Xo