It’s Do What You Want To Do December

How is it December? I don’t even know – but some how it is…

Now we must rally together to get through holiday parties, friend festivities, and all the events that usually come with end of year. Right?!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I have to do vs. what I want to do.

And you know what I’ve (finally at the age of 32) realized? If you don’t want to to go to the party, you don’t have to go to the party. If you don’t want to buy a gift, you don’t have to buy a gift.

If you (err, I mean, me) need anything, it’s to do more of what you actually want to do. 

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Badass Beats, a Sweet Flow & Sunshine

20140704-113610-41770844.jpgYou know what’s awesome about summer? You can be outside ALL THE TIME. Well I guess you can be outside all the time during every season, but you know what I mean… THE SUN IS SHINING and it’s different! ;)

Another awesome thing about summer is Outdoor Yoga. Yes, you heard correctly. Outdoor. Yoga. The type of yoga where you get sand in your feet and fall over in an arm balance because there was a rock under your mat. Pretty much the best.

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Summer in the City

This week I vowed to myself that I would start having more fun. Seems pretty bat shit cray to say that out loud, but I often keep myself focused on “achieving” — must improve, must do more, must accomplish. I know that what I truly need is a little less of that. Truth bomb.

Every moment of every day I feel blessed to live in Vancouver. I truly love it here.

Summer is here… it’s time to beach and eat and sun and laugh — and experience a little bit of everything. I’ve scoured the interwebz and found the best of the best in this beautiful city:

Farmers Markets

  • Every Wednesday: Main Street
  • Every Saturday: Trout Lake & West End
  • Every Sunday: Kitsilano

Night Markets

Festivals

Music

Outdoor Movies

Yoga

Let the games begin.

Hey Patch, Let’s Chat

PP: Why do you grow your own food? 

JW: To my core, I am a learner. I love to experience new things and put knowledge into action. Over the last year, I have been developing my kitchen skillz and I have learned a lot about local food. I like growing my own food, because I know exactly what goes into it! Water and love, baby!

Read More: Patch Planter’s Blog

Fall Events in Vancouver

Vancouver is a busy city. Like really busy. (!!!) There is absolutely no reason to be bored — and it totally irks me when people whine there is nothing to do. Forget about the mass amount of events, there are also restaurants to check out, a seawall to run, parks to hang out in, coffee shops to lounge in and a huge amount of culture to soak up!

Over the last year, I’ve managed to gain a pulse on events that touch women entrepreneurs, marketing, leadership, small business and health/fitness. Some of that’s been due to being connected online, but the majority has been all about ‘who you know.’ I’ve been blessed to meet a ton of outstanding ‘change the world’ types in this city. Most are hyperactive involved and every day I’m sent, event after event after event. {Exhausted just thinking about it}. This morning I compiled a list of all the events I’ve been sent lately  and sent it off to about 100 movers and shakers.

Thought I would share some of them on my blog as well. So here you go — best of the best events taking place in town this fall:

The scary thing is that — this list will grow — and grow and grow over the coming weeks. Attend them all if you’re looking to turn into a psychocase. Otherwise pick and choose the ones that align with your interests. Another great place to keep on top of events is NetworkingInVan.com and Miss604.com.

Today is a busy day for events that fall under my interests. The day started with Innovating Differently: Women, Entrepreneurship & Technology. This afternoon is Startup Canada’s Grand Finale and the launch of Women 2.0’s Founder Friday. Wishing each of the respective organizations a smooth sailing day!

PS – I have 2 tickets up for grabs to tonight’s Pecha Kucha at 7pm. If you want the tickets send me an email!

VanLOVER

Vancouver, we love you [the t-shirt project]

I love this city.

Like love it to the moon and back.

I talk about my love for Vancouver all the time {yes I spam the interwebz with the #VanLOVER hashtag}. Every day I am grateful that I have the privilege of living in such a beautiful city.

Last week a Twitter follower sent me a private message asking:

“Are you happy in Vancouver?”

I responded with {in capital letters, please note}:

“The best decision of my life was leaving Calgary. I love this city with all my heart. Never been happier. Even when life is falling apart, I still love it every single day.”

Seems a little emotionally charged — but it’s true.

I love Vancouver.

I love the easy access to both the ocean and the mountains.

I love that I can lay on the beach and do the Grouse Grind in the same day.

I love to get swept up in the sunset while running across the Granville Bridge.

I love that I can train year round and that my local Lululemon has just the right running rain gear.

I love the rain-filled winter and sunshine-filled summer.

I love spending days reading and sipping tea at Cafe Milano.

I love working from the picnic tables at English Bay.

I love big box shopping on Robson Street and boutique shopping in South Granville.

I love  that I can walk everywhere I need to go.

I love Granville Island, the farmers markets and community gardens.

I love brunch at Abigail’s Party, lunch at the Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe and wine nights at Uva.

I love cocktails at Hawksworth, burlesque at the Keefer and late night dancing at the Roxy.

I love tacos at La Taqueria and coconut smoothies from the Juice Truck.

I even love Tsui Hang’s at 5 in the morning.

I love that I can’t think of a single restaurant that I hate.

I love the vast amount of festivals, events and things to do.

I love that Whistler, the Gulf Islands and interior BC is just a quick jaunt away.

I love that people are genuinely excited to visit this spectacular city.

I love the incredible people I’ve met and new friends I’ve made.

I love that Vancouver always leaves me itching for more…

This city oozes with beauty, culture, activity and good vibes.

It’s been 10 months and I’ve barely touched the surface.

There is one thing I know for sure…

Vancouver, I’m proud to call you home.

Grind for Kids

Earlier this year, our team at JCI Vancouver committed to dominating the Grouse Grind for the BC Children’s Hospital.

How? Grind for Kids! An awesome organization that is raising money for sick kids around the province via EXERCISE {or physical death — depending on your stance}.

The process is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Register for Grind for Kids and complete the Grouse Grind on a regular basis {2830 stairs, 2,800 feet of vertical gain — oh boy}
  2. Ask friends, family, etc to pledge $1 or more for every Grouse Grind you do between June and October
  3. All proceeds are donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Our team aims to do the Grouse Grind once or twice a week. So far I have completed FIVE… many of them sucked but all of them counted! Hey, it’s all about completion right? I have noticed that the Grouse Grind, coupled with running and power yoga has had a lot of impact on my body. The Grouse Grind is a haul — I’ve learned a lot about my breath and it’s definitely helped my training. Lean machine!

Grind for Kids is particularly close to my heart because I was a patient at the BC Children’s Hospital back in the day. To learn more about my journey and support our team fundraising, visit my superhero page!

Interested in joining us for a Grind? AMAZING. We’d love to have you join us. We either head up after work at 5:30pm-ish {and have a beer at the top!} or we head up Sunday morning around 8:30am. Check out our Facebook event or follow @JCIVancouver‘s tweets to stay in the loop!

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