Tonight I was inspired by Joseph, also known as JT, the happy guy who balances rocks just outside of Granville Island. If you live around here, you know who I’m talking about. He’s there everyday. I’ve always wanted to stop and talk but always seemed to run on by. Today I stopped. He was just packing away his signs that read, “have a balanced day!“. Made me smile. I mentioned to him how much I appreciated his work and that I wanted to write about his rocks. He assured me that tomorrow was a better day for pictures, in his strong European accent: “come back tomorrow and we make good pictures for you”. I snapped a few, but will be back. I’m curious to know his story.
I believe so strongly how important it is to lead a balanced life. A balanced day for that matter. To always continually be stimulating both sides of our brain. For me, I have two big passions. For one, I’m incredibly passionate about science. The human body. Physiology. Emergency First Aid. Exercise science. Love that stuff. My other major passion, which I’m only beginning to understand it’s importance in my life, is creating. Creating uniqueness out of the ordinary. Turning grandiose ideas into awe-inspiring realities where there were initially only glimpses of hope. All of this with a foundation in caring. Empathizing. Making people feel good. Feeling better. Feeling inspired.
Somehow I’m managing to create a life for myself which involves both. Somehow. A brilliant balance between left and right – yin and yang. A runner and a yogi. A cookie monster and a smoothie addict. A nurse, who just so happened to start her very own job this week (yesssss!) and a creator at one of the best companies in the world, combining an inspiring group of creative minds together on one of the coolest projects that lululemon has ever put together. (Trust me, when I can let you know about it – I will. So cool). And best of all – I get to involve you in this journey. Writing. I love to write. I get to share with you my world of science – the Nursing world which is an entirely different culture in itself – and the world of creativity, goal setting, vision making, nation-inspiring, plain out awesomeness at lululemon. Balance.
I took this picture on the backdrop of my phone on Sunday morning when I went up to one of my favourite spots in Deep Cove to do some ‘work’ (meaning journalling, note taking, list making, writing, you name it). My office. My dream office. I saved it on my phone backdrop to continually remind myself of what I want. To keep me on track with my dreams. Well. As I was finishing off my run tonight, I looked down and had to snap shot this picture. The title of the song was ‘Imagine’ – over top of my dream office. Co-incidence? Nahh. Belief perhaps. A sign telling me to keep on going. Keep on dreaming big. Keep on working hard. Keep on creating my dream. It IS possible. If you believe it, you will achieve it. This has obviously been the theme for me this week! At least the good thing of being a broken record is that we remember things which are repeated to us 3 times. So there you go! Believe it!
Here’s a picture of my nightstand with a balancing act of books. I am often asked for any book recommendations or which books I’m reading at the moment – so here goes. You’ll notice they are all to do with anything and everything (balance once again!). I usually don’t read one book at once. This many books is a little over kill, but that’s just how excited I am about everything right now. Life is good!
Here’s the list!
- Eastern Body Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self – Anodea Judith (Thanks Elizabeth for this reco!)
- A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
- Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall
- Crazy Sexy Diet – Kris Carr
- When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times – Pema Chodron (don’t be fooled by the title! This book is amazing!)
- Wilderness Medical Society: Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency Care – William W. Forgery, M.D.
- The Tao of Leadership – John Heider
- The Artists Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity – Julia Cameron
- And lately, Nursing textbooks have been making their appearance once again :)