Day 30 – Dream BIGGER!

Welcome to Smile with your heart!!!  Thanks for visiting my page.  Thanks Lululemon for posting my blog on your site, you guys ROCK!!!  I’m so grateful to be a part of your company and to be truly living your manifesto.  Thank you!

If you would have met me two years ago and told me that I would have my own website, be blogging everyday as a Lifestyle Lululemon Ambassador and been in Runner’s World Magazine, I would have laughed pretty hard.  What??!!  Me??!  Why me?  I’m just a regular person out there living my regular life like everybody else!  At this time, I was in Nursing school struggling to make it to the end.  That was my main focus, apart from trying to live the most balanced life I could by running a few races here and there as well as adventuring around BC as much as I could handle.  None of those possibilities even existed two years ago.  I didn’t even have a glimpse of dreaming any of this.  Not even close.  Well, lesson learned I guess.  And that lesson would have to be – DREAM BIGGER.

Here’s a little bit about me for everyone who is new to reading this, and for everyone who knows me quite well already (sometimes too well since I’ve been known to barf out all of my emotions as if this was a dear diary on some occasions).  I’m not sure where to start, but here goes.  I just graduated from Nursing School in December and went traveling to Australia for a break, thinking that I was going to take advantage of my travel bug and continue doing a bit more travelling.  When I was over there, I learned that this wasn’t the case.  I found a passion, or rather a NEED, to come back to Vancouver and plant some roots as a nurse.

So, February 1st was my 29th birthday. Single, jobless and semi-homeless as I was living with a friend for the time being (thank you for taking me in!).  I decided I wanted to dedicate my last years of my twenties to myself – twenty MINE.  One love.  So this blog is a story of just that. What can one person accomplish in ONE YEAR?!!

I know for me personally, some days really suck.  Some times in my life I just want to run away and hide.  But what gets me through a lot of these times is knowing that everything will eventually be okay. Everything will be fine, one day.  I often picture myself in the future and smile knowing that I’ll be laughing at myself for taking this problem so seriously.  I was going through a rough breakup last summer, which brought out the “dear diary” blogger in me.  One night during this time, I picked up my guitar to try and help me stop from crying and dwelling in my nightmare of sadness.  I started strumming only 2 chords.  I didn’t really mean to make a song, but it just came out.  Here’s the chorus of the song I wrote which recently inspired me to blog about my life for one year.

Just walk away, that’s what I’d say if I could see myself one year from today.  Look at her so wild and free, not a care in the world besides being me.

Sometimes when I’m going through a rough patch, I will literally picture myself smiling and waving back at myself with a grin, knowing that life’s going to be alright.  To remember to lose the idea that there is a final destination, because it’s all about the journey that counts.  I’m curious to see where I’ll be one year from February 1st, 2011.  I’m learning to dream BIGGER.  To dream things up that seem impossible.  One year is a long time!  Who knows how many opportunities and new beginnings I will embark on.  New job, new relationship perhaps, stronger friendships, new travels, new adventures and most importantly new memories. Life is so great.

My goal is to blog 6 times a week for one year.  I have no idea where I’ll be this time next year.  I feel fortunate to have a blank canvas.  Scared, yes, but fortunate.  It feels like it’s coming together.  The ball is beginning to roll.  I noticed this ever since I decided that I was going to stay put in Kitsilano (my favourite place in Vancouver!).  I will continue to do 40 day challenges to keep myself on track as well as to inspire everyone to set goals and reach your dreams!  Why 40 days you ask?  It takes roughly 40 days to turn something into a habit.  I definitely agree with this, because one of my first goals was to blog everyday (which seemed impossible), but now it feels weird when I don’t.

So thanks for following me on my journey.  I really appreciate your feedback, so thank you!  Try this if you like – mark on your daytimer/calendar/or just mentally one year from today. Imagine yourself on this day and what you want your life to look like.  This is the first step in living your dream life.  DREAM BIGGER!  Here goes!

Smile with your heart!

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  1. Hey Jenn, I just want to give you big kudos for your journey. What an incredible gift you are giving yourself and your readers in sharing it on your blog. Well, thanks a bunch, I’ll be following you from waaaaaay east (well, not that far, I’m from Val-David, a mountain town north of Montreal, QC).



  2. I found your blog today thanks to lululemon! perfect timing! I also found out today that I have a stress fracture in my femur so my dream of running my first marathon has come to a screeching halt 16 days prior to race day. Major Bummer! I’m marking my calendar – March 3, 2012 – and making my list. I love the idea of waving to myself. Thank you!!!!

    • You’re welcome!! Sorry to hear about your injury. I know how much it sucks being set back. But yes to March 3 next year!! I’m excited FOR you!!!! Thanks for the comment!

  3. I stumbled on your blog via the lululemon website and am so glad that I did. Your post really resonated with me. I’m going through a rough time with a recent break up and sometimes I just want to hide from the world. Yoga has helped me as it’s one of the things that I really look forward to doing, and in some ways makes me feel at peace with myself. It’s encouraging to hear how happy you are with your life now. I’m hoping that I’ll get to that point too soon.

    • I totally understand how you are feeling… if you want proof read back into my May blogs from last year. Man was I in a rough spot!! Yoga was one of the things that saved me. And good friends. I’ve been where you are, and all I can say is time heals everything. Thanks for writing! And YES to picturing yourself waving happily in the future – you WILL be there sooner than you think :)

  4. Just found you today and as I read a few entries of your blog, felt so aligned with you in how you look at life. I love your positivity and more specifically, the way you confidently put your goals ‘out there’ for all the world to see, defying that proverbial fear of failure. I think you’re very wise, especially for someone of your age. Here are some funny things I find we have in common: same first name, same initials, same love for running and yoga! Cheers and happy day,

  5. You are the light! Wow, I just found you today and what a blessing you are! I look forward to watching you grow as I grow with you! We can never have enough teachers!
    Sat Nam

    • Thanks for writing Amy!!! I’m glad you found me too! I just checked out your blog – amazing!!! Peace, Travel, Yoga – I love them all. It’s great to meet you!

  6. Just found your blog through the lululemon site too! Where is that second to last picture taken with the mountains and lake!?

    • It’s Garibaldi Lake, half ways up to Black Tusk which is my HANDS DOWN FAVOURITE HIKE!!! It’s about 1.5 hours from the city, super close to Whistler. It’s a long hike but it’s well worth it!!!!

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