Happy Edition to Monday Moving & Grooving

The last few months as I’ve been recovering and trying to put the dance back in my step, I have begun to play with the underlying theme of happiness and what it means to me … in a good part thanks to Realwheels’ #WheelVoices Happiness Campaign.

On one level the answer to that question is simple for me.  Happiness is dancing!  On another level, as I have not always been able to dance the way I am use to these past few months, and still can’t in totality, I have been dissecting what happiness is beyond that, along with what makes me want to dance.  Certainly the music, but also freedom, love (in it’s many forms), creativity, adventure, hugs and kisses, magical moments (like that with the wild horses in Florida)  … to name a few!

 

Conga at Fighting Chance Production's 80's Prom.

Rob Jones, Lori Yearwood and Nina Kumar strutting up their happiness at Fighting Chance Production’s 80′s Prom!

 

For all those reasons and many more, this song, Happy by Pharrell Williams, made me smile and want to do exactly that … dance!

 

 

Even cooler, check out Pharrell Williams’ #24HoursOfHappy! Total awesomesauce!

Kisses,

Emme  xoxo

 

Adventures in Teaching a Boy to Multitask

What started out of necessity has now become a little project of mine, that I have to admit, has been providing me with some good laughs. Our family, like most others, is really busy. My son has started high school and has athletic and artistic pursuits in the evenings and weekends as well. This often makes him short on time to accomplish what he needs to get done. As a woman (I know you feel me on this ladies!), I am always looking for ways to make the most efficient use of time.

On one particular day, my son had studying that needed to get done and as I noticed him sitting at the table eating his meal I remarked, “Hey … you should maybe read while you’re sitting there eating.” to which he replied, with the greatest look of shock, surprise, and how could you be so stupid mom kind of face, “I CANNOT READ AND EAT AT THE SAME TIME!”

 

table situated by kitchen

I’m sharing this as reference for what’s coming next …s o you can see how close the table is to the kitchen!

 

In another dining related attempt at a teachable moment, I noticed that hours after dinner my son’s plate was still on the table. Our kids have the task of clearing and cleaning their own plates, so I gently reminded him that he still had to take care of it. He gave me a head nod with a “Yep, I’m planning on getting to that.” I then ‘lovingly’ showed him that if he stood up with his plate as he left the table and brought it directly to the kitchen the job would get done in a swift instant. I explained that you’re standing up and walking away anyway, might as well bring your plate with you at the same time and save yourself from it becoming a lingering job to come back to. His reasoning was this, “Yes, but I was planning to walk in a different direction from the kitchen, because I was going somewhere else.”

My most recent attempt to teach the skill of multitasking was when he had a lot of homework to do, and it was already late into the evening. He was waiting for video footage to upload for something he needed to edit for a class. I suggested that while he was waiting he should work on some of his other work. He explained, “I have to sit here and watch the screen.” I showed him how he could keep the computer open but put it kind of beside him and begin his other work while keeping an eye out for updates on the uploading. He kind of chuckled and said, “That’s not really going to work out mom.” The poor kid was up until midnight!

Oh well … I’m trying! (says the mother to any future girlfriends of his)

Being Uplifted by Andrea Menard and Robert Walsh’s Lift

With the regular news stressing me out too much, I’ve decide to focus my site this week on uplifting things that address healthy living, and specifically restore mental health, after a fair bit of stress personally and globally this past month.  As fortune would have it, after making that decision, I opened a message on my computer, introducing me to a new project of Andrea Menard and Robert Walsh’s, Lift.

 

 

After listening to the video above, I couldn’t help but smile, as it seemed that this project hit the heart of exactly where my soul was at, feeling the desire for that that uplifts the soul.  Who knows maybe this mirroring of desires and needs in our crafts comes down to the longer than usual Canadian winter, as we were both certainly at this space before the events of last week hit.

Also I couldn’t help but smile, as Andrea and Robert’s music is some of the music I turn to when I need a little bit of a pick me up.  Below is one of the many songs of theirs that I love.

 

 

What is your vice when you need a little lift? What uplifts you?

Unplugging for Mental and Emotional Health

I’m not sure about everybody else, but this past week has been a Hell of a stressful one for me.  I will never forget 9/11, but with the increase barrage and forms of media we receive in our lives, with this past week’s horrific event, it was more difficult to unplug, and I was feeling my anxiety levels going through the roof.  This, when I knew that my one childhood friend who was in the race, was safe, minutes after the explosions.  I hate to think how people were feeling who were personally impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Turning on the news to get the latest information, was even worse, as everything was over-sensationalized, and too much speculative reporting was going on, especially from the American networks.  Switched off of those when they began reporting anybody of racial minority (in the US) in the vicinity of the bombing, as suspects, moments after the bombings. So I mostly turned off the news last week ~ checking in on the CBC with my morning coffee and whenever I was in the car, driving.  That was until Friday, when I missed my coffee news until I got a text telling me to turn on the news and learned of the man hunt for the suspects underway. Once I did, I was trapped.  I found it very difficult to turn off, and my body became a knot of wound up tension.  It wasn’t healthy. And it was even less healthy, looking at Boston PD’s twitter feed to see that they too were sensationalizing the events unfolding (specifically the capture at the end of the day).  The only thing that eventually calmed me down was Obama’s address to the Nation and the Press.  Such a great and eloquent man, and was relieved to hear his reminder to all to not to rush to judgements, especially on groups of people.

Feeling on the brink of a state that could have been quite damaging to my mental health, I made the decision to unplug this weekend, take some ‘me’ time and focus on positive and uplifting activities.

I walked along the seawall in Stanley Park

 

Gull in Stanley Park

Was met with a tranquil morning.

 

… seems I was not alone in my quest for some peaceful reconnecting with nature …

 

A couple of wakeboarders.

A couple of wake boarders.

 

Walkers on the Stanley Park Seawall

A trio of walkers on the Stanley Park Seawall.

 

Would not have minded joining this fellow in a bit of yoga.

Would not have minded joining this fellow in a bit of yoga.

 

Watching the waves in Stanley Park/

Watching the waves.

 

Great Blue Heron in Stanley Park.

Nothing more relaxing than watching a heron fish.

 

… observed a rehearsal for Realwheels Theatre‘s upcoming #WheelVoices production …

 

Dancing at the #WheelVoices Rehearsal

Dancing it up at the #WheelVoices Rehearsal!

 

… enjoyed dinner with a friend, and caught up on a favourite Canadian Show on Global.

Not sure if any of the rest of you are similarly feeling the tension and stress of it all in your bodies, but if you are, please take my advice: turn of the news, unplug for a couple of days, and do something relaxing and healthy for yourself.

Trimming Down Over the Holidays

Happy 2013 all you salacious cats!

 

Thanks to Daniel Noll for taking this photo in the desert outside Hurghada of Audrey Scott and I.

Thanks to Daniel Noll for taking this photo in the desert outside Hurghada of Audrey Scott and I.

 

Now while everyone else is busy making New Year Resolutions, I’ll admit I’m not so much a fan, as I think such things should be done whenever you are so inspired to make change in your life, as that is when such resolutions are most likely to be followed and make a difference.  For me this year, that was during the holidays when we all have a tendency to indulge a little too much.  Having just finished a two month stint on a TV set, I was a little worried that the odd hours, catering and craft services had gone to my hips, as lets face it that world does not produce the healthiest of lifestyles for the regulars working there.  Truth be told, I don’t think I’d over-indulged and was in all likelihood a healthy weight, but with the on-set of my period, I was feeling bloated and suffering from “Do I look fat?” syndrome.  At any rate, as the holidays began I was feeling inspired towards a healthier lifestyle, inspiring a hashtag series #TrimmingDownOverTheHolidays.

I don’t believe in dieting, in part, because I already eat relatively healthily ~ still enjoying regular desserts and the occasional fries and chips, but generally of the homemade variety and minus ingredients like cream.  But I also generally don’t suffer from overeating, as it makes me feel terrible.  So this holiday trimming trip I was on, had nothing to do with my food consumption, or alcohol consumption, for that matter.  I had every intent of enjoying meals with friends and family, and in enjoying some holiday cheer with them.  So how did I trim down (and trim down I did)?  Simple ~ remembering to take time for fresh air and exercise.  Here are a few of the tips I shared:

  • #TrimmingDownOverTheHolidays Tip #1: Pack ridiculously heavy carry-on baggage, that does not wheel & ensure your gate is furthest one away from required coffee stop.  For the hard core holiday trimmer: head to the gate 1st before having to back track for the coffee.
  • #TrimmingDownOverTheHolidays Tip #2: Stay with family or friends over the Holidays with a dog (or offer to look after someone’s dog that is going away), so that you get out walking daily.
  • #TrimmingDownOverTheHolidays Tip #3: Walk, don’t drive. This way you can safely enjoy a glass of holiday cheer! If too far to walk, then walk to and from your local public transit.
  • #TrimmingDownOverTheHolidays Tip #4: DANCE!!!
  • #TrimmingDownOverTheHolidays Tip #5: Be neighbourly and get out and help shovel.

 

A visual demonstration of Tip 4, care of Ralph Talmont and and his holiday festivities. If you click on the photo, it will take you to the pixengo he made, so you can play the sounds in the background.

A visual demonstration of Tip 4, care of Ralph Talmont and his holiday festivities. If you click on the photo it will take you to the pixengo he made, so you can play the sounds in the background.

 

Now, while many of the above are winter or holiday specific, what I learned from this is that I need to take the time to make fresh air and exercise a part of my regular life.  Preferably everyday, but at worst every other day.  And when I fall off track, like this week due to the flu that was gifted to me over the holidays, I need to not let that be an excuse to simply fall out of habit, but rather go for shorter excursions, until my energy is back.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Year filled with Shenanigans that make you laugh!

Emme  xoxo