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!