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!