Happy birthday to me. 30. The big 3-0. Wow. If you would have asked me 10 years ago, what I’d be doing on this day? It would be a completely different picture. Kids, husband, house, stable career, the whole shabam. Instead? Single, renting an apartment and working 2 jobs. But I couldn’t be happier. Thank goodness for this freedom that I feel. Right now. I’m loving the single life, loving my little apartment in my hippie neighbourhood, loving my flexible challenging but feel-good jobs, and most importantly I’m loving how balanced I feel with it all. I really and honestly couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t be more comfortable in my own skin. I’m content. I’m good. At this point in my life, I wouldn’t change a thing.
This year is a big one for me. I have a feeling. Big things are coming. I’ve been working hard towards this ‘something’ for a long while now, and I feel THIS is the year where I’m going to be living my “oh wow” life. I just know. All those things I’ve been wanting? ALL of them. It’s all happening. Already. This year. It’s already starting to manifest. I’m trusting. I just know. My goal with inspiring you? To be living proof of manifestation. To be living proof that anything is possible. To help prove to you that your dream life is waiting for you. It wants you just as badly as you want it.
Every birthday, I dedicate the upcoming year to something. Last year? One love. To discover every corner of myself and to learn to love myself unconditionally. This, I’ve learned, is always a work in progress. But. I have to say, I had a great go at 29. A lot of life changes. From a full time lemon to a registered nurse + lemon combined, life is good. New friends, new adventures, and solidifying everything in my life that I love. It was a year of self discovery. A lot of frustration, ups and downs, but overall a year of fullness. Raw and real.
If you read my post from my birthday last year, you would have noticed I only had 3 goals for my 29th year. Lame. This year, I’m upping the anti. I’m ready to start adding a little more spark. A little more risk. A little more adventure. Adventure. The foundation of my 30th year. I’m dedicating this year, to adventure bliss. Putting myself in as many opportunities as I can. As many inspiring moments, as many learning opportunities, as many moments that fill my body with that indescribable electric spark. That overwhelming and addicting feeling of ‘oh wow’. That spreads like wild fire. That I’m able to share with you through this little blog of mine. Smiling with my heart.
The other day, I was journaling and for some reason decided to write down what I would do if I had 6 months to live. The list was pretty short, but very similar to the one below (my goals for this year). Seeing my list, got me thinking: what’s stopping me from doing everything I want to do? Money? Time? People to adventure with? A little mix of all 3 was the answer. Screw it, I thought to myself. Screw the fear. Screw worrying about the ‘how’. Rather, believe. Create. Manifest. Inspire. That’s my job with this blog anyways, isn’t it? To inspire you to live your best life imaginable? So why wouldn’t I be doing the same? Well…
So that’s where this idea popped in. I’m going to live my 30th year, with everything I’ve got. As if I had one year to live. I’m going to fill it with as much laughter, adventures and feel good moments as I can. Working at a job which is demanding, yet fills me up every time I step foot on the floor. A job that reminds me that life is short. Life is precious. And we really don’t know when we will take our last breath. So, I’m doing this for me, but I’m also doing it for you. To inspire you. To help you see that it can be done. It’s a little experiment, with the foundation of trust. Of passion. Of an inner knowing, or calling that is ready to be lit.
2012. Here it is. Age 30. Best damn year of my life:
2012 Goals: ADVENTURE BLISS
- Complete my Yoga Teacher Training… in India.
- Qualify for the 2013 Boston Marathon, at Vancouver’s BMO.
- Yoga instructor at our adventure yoga/surf retreat.
- Visit my grandparents & friends in Europe.
- Volunteer nurse in Haiti.
- Start volunteering & blogging for Search and Rescue.
- Become a member of NS Ski Patrol.
- Sail up north with the pops.
- Adventure blog for 3 companies. 3 adventures.
- Work a contract as a travel nurse up north.
- Kayak the Queen Charlotte Islands
- Hike the Juan de Fuca Trail
- Build an igloo, and sleep in it (!)
- Ice climb
- Rock climb the face of the Chief
- Back country ski
- Master a handstand and pincha mayurasana (an on-going adventure ☺)
- Advanced Wilderness Life Support
- Utah Wilderness Medicine Conference
- Advanced Wilderness First Aid
- Avalanche Skills Training Course (AST-1)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Nursing Trauma Core Course
- Whistler Wilderness Medicine Conference
- Outdoor Emergency Care
- Become a Fellow Candidate of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM)
- Ride to Conquer Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle
- Tofino Half Marathon
- Collect and help hand out 500 pairs (!) of socks to the homeless
So that’s that. Adventure Bliss. And my balance through it all? Yoga. As much yoga as my little heart can take. Letting my rubber arm lead the way more often than not. Friends. GOOD friends. Relationships that serve ME. That make me feel good. Helping others. Serving others. Spending as much time as I can in the trees. And most importantly….. writing. Sharing. Inspiring. This, I feel is my life’s purpose. So why not be living proof. Am I right? So here’s to the best damn year of my life, and inspiring you to live your best life while I’m at it.
Smile with your heart!