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A beautiful life

I think it’s fair to say: I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my adult life. 

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And that’s a long time. I’ve endured seven whole years of adulthood, and I’m just starting to learn how to be healthy. 


I wouldn’t say I have any overly-detrimental bad habits — smoking, doing drugs or even drinking too much, for example. But I could never get a handle on taking care of myself, in the simplest sense of the words, and that was a problem.


During university, I lived off coffee and drive-thru meals. While I was living on my own and working full time, I just never seemed to be able to find my way around a kitchen. When I did cook food, it was often the same old tired recipes time and time again. And in college, again, I lived off coffee and eating next-to-nothing.


I got plenty of headaches. I had zero energy. I was irritable, and quite honestly, sick of not knowing how to take care of myself.


It wasn’t until I moved nearly 500 kilometers away from my family, my boyfriend, my friends and everything I knew to be home, until I was finally ready to tackle me.


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Freezing, post-election on the streets of Yorkton, talking to the people. What I moved 5 hours away from home to do, and what I love.


In this new place, this new job and this new life, I had my work cut out for me. I didn’t have a lot of know-how, but I sure did have a lot of time. I told myself, enough is enough, this is my time. I decided I would dedicate all my newly-found hours to developing healthy habits. If I learned anything in those seven harmful years, it was that being healthy is a hell of a lot of work. It takes time, dedication, and motivation — all of which I was finally ready to give.


Being able to take care of myself is something I truly cherish. I’ve got a freezer full of nutritious, home-cooked meals. I eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. I’ve got a full water bottle by my side. I have weights sitting on my floor at home, and a wet bathing suit from swimming laps drying on my towel rack (I picked up a few new activities along the way, too). I have a couple library books waiting for me to dive into, and I’ve got a painting needing touch-ups on my easel.


I hardly ever get headaches anymore. I’m full of energy. And yes, sometimes I’m still irritable. I’m 500 kilometers away from everyone I love — going home to me, myself and I tonight — and I swear, I really am the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in this adult life of mine.


Isn’t that a beautiful thing?


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Happy, healthy me.


Gettin’ Crafty

It’s back!

For the 18th year in a row Scattered Seeds Christmas Craft Show & Sale will showcase crafters and artists from across the country at the Red River Exhibition Hall. Tonight is opening night, and this years exhibitions range from showcasing books and ceramics to clothing and accessories, bath and body products, folk-art and food, and much more.

I’ve gone to this show every year for as long as I can remember. My mom and I both love arts and crafts, and it’s been a fun tradition for the two of us. A lot of the exhibitions have been there for a while, but there are always some interesting new ones to check out.

Last year, I recall meeting a super cool dude from Saskatchewan who sold various uniquely packaged types of flavoured nuts.

I bought some fun adhesive chalkboard stickers to put on my wall from a really cool local company.

I chatted up the guy from an incredibly awesome book publishing company right here in Winnipeg.

And I ate a lot of pretzels and dip.

Although I don’t always walk away with something, it’s always interesting to see what Canadians are up to. The exhibitions vary so widely, that it appeals to such a large crowd. I always leave super inspired, and excited for the approaching Christmas season.

Also, Scattered Seeds is owned and operated by Manitobans!

So I highly recommend checking it out! You don’t have to be a crafter to get something out of this event. Support local businesses, get out of the house, be inspired, get your creative juices flowing and have fun!

Scattered Seeds will be on until this Sunday, October 20. Admission is only $6, which includes access all weekend long.

Have you been to Scattered Seeds before?