This week I’m on stay-cation. One week off and I’m staying put in Vancouver. My contract for lululemon ended on Friday working in the department I’ve been in for the past 3 months. I am so grateful to have had that opportunity – working in such a positive, fun-filled, inspiring atmosphere surrounded by hard working individuals who all have the same passion for life. Amazing. I’ve loved it so much, I’m not planning on leaving – for a long while. Next week I’m volunteering as a nurse all week at BC Bike race and then I will be back!
I have to thank Josie, the best boss I honestly have ever had, for making my initial experience at lululemon a great one. One day she noticed that I wasn’t quite myself. I opened up to her and explained how I didn’t get the Nursing job I was just interviewed for. The job that I assumed I would be working at when my contract finished. My ego was kind of shot and I was tired of yet another road block on my Nursing path. I will never forget this day. She didn’t have to say much but what she did say will always stick with me. She helped me to see outside of the box that I had put myself in – the ‘I have to work in a hospital’ box. The box that I never really enjoyed that much to begin with. The obviously not-meant-to-be-right-now box. She helped me to realize that a nurse doesn’t necessarily have to work within those walls to make a difference; to inspire health and help change people’s lives for the better. She helped me to FINALLY start to listen to what’s inside of me. To let go and listen to what I truly love. Not what I “should” be loving right now. So I’ve let that route go for now. It’s only when I REALLY let it go that I started seeing all of the insane dream opportunities right in front of me. Pinch me please.
When asked what I was planning on doing with my week off, my fastest and most excited answer was consistently: SLEEP! That was the plan anyways. Until this morning at 7am. BING! Wide awake – too excited to stay in bed when I could be doing so much with my day! Sometimes this trait of mine annoys me because I could have really used the sleep, but my excitement to take on the day wouldn’t let me get back to my dreams. Oh well. What do do with my day? So many options – but obviously it had to be an adventure. It had to be something that would make me feel inspired. That would fill me with creative idea after creative idea. This was an easy choice…
I packed up my backpack, made a coffee and hit the road. Blasted my tunes on the Sea to Sky Highway and ended up at the bottom of the Chief – one of my favourite day hikes in Squamish. This is where I am most inspired. Where my thoughts are clear and my ideas run wild. My ideal office – at the top of a mountain, in the walls of a sweaty yoga studio, on the scenic routes around this great city. Adventures. Fun. Leading through Living. It’s time to create. I’m getting ready for something exciting that’s just around the corner – I can feel it! This is gonna be good!
Don’t give up on your dreams. Everything falls into place when the timing is right. Everything. I’m learning to trust this and life seems to be so much more calm, real and right now. It feels good. Be grateful for the road blocks. They’re helping lead you to where your heart needs to go at THIS specific point in time. THIS chapter. And that big decision you have to make? It won’t be the be-all end-all choice that it appears to be. It’s just another chapter of your life-long book. Another exciting chapter. Another portion of your life which will help you learn and grow until you’re ready for the next one. Who wants to read the end of a book first anyways? No way. That would wreck the surprise and make the journey completely boring. So enjoy those road blocks. Look at your life as a story without a permanent ending. You get to create what you want in your book. Isn’t that exciting?!
Smile with your heart!