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To the woman who tutted at me using the disabled toilets…

So Bad Ass

Dear lady who loudly tutted at me using the disabled loos,

I know you saw me running in, with my able bodied legs and all. You saw me opening the door with my two working arms. You saw me without a wheelchair. Without any visible sign of disability.

You tutted loudly as I rattled the handle with my hands that work perfectly and my able voice call to my kids that I’d be out in just a minute.

My lack of wheelchair may have suggested to you that I was some lazy cow who didn’t care. Some inconsiderate bitch who was using something I wasn’t entitled too. (I actually carry a card to explain that I’m entitled to and have a disability key if you’d have cared to ask). You may have seen my face blushing as I caught your eye and assumed I was showing guilt at blagging the…

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Looking Back at 2014

I have been meaning to blog about this for a while, I always like to capture the previous year – reflecting on the great things and not so great things.

Having said that, 2014 was a pretty fantastic year!!

So, my amazing husband surprised me with VIP tickets to see Deepak Chopra!! It was incredible!! I met him twice, got pics with him and he signed a few books. WOW. What an experience!!! 

  I started volunteering with an organization as a crisis counsellor, and it’s much different that what I thought it would be. I am happy to be volunteering, I have always volunteered. 

  I applied to the RCMP for the first time and I am over halfway through the process!! Already had the in person interview and did very well!! Training now for the PARE. I applied to the local police and not getting a great feeling about that. This was my 3rd time, and I always get invited to do the PARE and failed it 3 years ago. I don’t think I will reapply next year, my gut is telling me that it’s time to wrap that idea up. I am more than ok with that. 🙂

 I gave up using artificial sweeteners in my coffee in the summer and gave up margarine. I now use real butter (not a lot of it) and a tiny bit of sugar in my coffee. I plan on giving up sugar, as a matter of fact, I am drinking a black coffee right now. 🙂 

I now am hooked on smoothies, specifically green smoothies and have them a few times per week. I also drink apple cider vinegar every day, it’s SO good for you! 

 Here’s the big one. I started going to Yoga at Moksha yoga in the summer and instantly became HOOKED. It felt amazing in every way. Shortly after, I applied to do the Yoga teacher training course and was accepted!! I started in Jan and it has been life changing. It has opened up all kinds of new doors and experiences. I now teach Yoga to my youth at work several times per week and they love it!! I was already offered a job to teach at a local gym once I become certified in December 2015! WOW!!! 

 I was interviewed for Optimize magazine back in the summer about having Seasonal affective disorder. I am so pleased with the article!! I hope it has helped a lot of people. I have some mild bouts when it comes to my SAD but manage it very well, all on my own. No medications, just exercise, meditation, yoga, positive thinking, healthy diet, support from my amazing husband and general good habits. I have used my blue light but haven’t needed it in months. 😀 

 I volunteered with St. John’s Pride in the summer and LOVED IT!!!! Met so many wonderful people. I got to drive a cool car in the parade!! It was INCREDIBLE!! I worked my ass off, all day, helped out at the festival too. I can’t wait to volunteer again!! 😀 

 I got to see my best bud Tracey in the summer when she was down. I love that girl to pieces. I have known her over 30 years!!! She is pretty incredible.

 Dave, Nicky and I went on a trip to Ontario in the fall, just in time for Thanksgiving. It was awesome!! Got to spend quality time with family and close friends. A week wasn’t long enough but we had to put the cats in boarding and Rocky stayed with a friend. It all worked out and was a wonderful trip. 🙂 I missed everyone dearly. 

We saw Sarah McLaughlin in concert!!! I am a HUGE fan and it was AWESOME!!!! Went with good friends and loved every minute!!

 We got a lot more renovations finished on our house, and it’s looking much better! It is a long way to go still but we do what we can. We are incredibly busy. 

 Work has been awesome! I Love what I do, the team, my boss and the youth. If I don’t become a constable, I am very blessed to do what I do. 🙂 

 Dave and I had a beautiful Xmas and New years, for once we were both off! Only two days but still. It was magical. 😀 We even went downtown together spur of the moment for New Years eve! We haven’t gone out together for New years in years. It was awesome!! 

 Not many negative things happened, which is great. The last of our ratties passed away in the summer, poor little Arwen was quite old and sick. We loved her dearly. Now we just have the 3 cats, Rocky and Nicky and they keep us busy but we wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

 All in all, a great year. I know 2015 will be even better!!! This is my last year of being in my 30’s so I plan on ending my 30’s with a bang!!! 😀 Bring it on!!!! 😀

The Childfree BINGO

The Childfree Filipina

In Childfree (CF) communities, the BINGO is a set of expected negative comments we get when we say, “I’m not having children.” So here are some of them, with answers! Feel free to add yours in the comments.

You’ll change your mind!

Here’s a fun question: why is it that when a woman says she wants children, nobody ever tells her that she’ll change her mind? Biology is not destiny, especially not in this day and age when modern medicine is more than capable of genetic engineering. When I have a ligation, it’s going to be permanent, just as permanent as having children. You live with all the rewards and regrets either way. Children are a choice, and my mind has been made up.

People who don’t want kids are selfish.

Yes, because all people who want children want them for completely selfless reasons. As sentient beings wired for survival…

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Yoga: 23 Powerful Benefits and Counting…

Awesome post! Very informative! Thank you! 🙂

Health Unlimited

The health benefits of yoga just keep rolling in…from relieving chronic back pain…reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety…increasing nerve function in Type 2 diabetics with mild nerve damage…improving blood sugar control and pulmonary function…decreasing hot flashes up to 30% in menopausal women…reducing the effects of stress…promoting weight loss…lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels and resting heart rate…improving coordination…increasing energy levels and improving quality of life in cancer survivors…experiencing less physical discomfort and stress in women with breast cancer…to reducing inflammation…

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Wait—there’s more–too much for one paragraph! Yoga is also helpful in building muscle strength…improving flexibility and posture…preventing cartilage and joint breakdown…protecting your spine, warding off osteoporosis…increasing blood flow…boosting immunity by increasing lymph drainage…lowering cortisol levels (this is HUGE!)…improving our mood and our focus…promoting deeper sleep…improving overall balance…and easing pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. And this isn’t an exhaustive list…just enough to provide a major WOW…

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