Today is a fresh start. Just 15 days in to the New Year and our friend Natalie (the Suitcase Entrepreneur), has us thinking about all the changes we want to make in our lives… including, for me, beginning to blog again.
In the past my blogs were very personal. I didn’t do it to bring attention to myself or to my business… it was much more of an exercise in rambling.
Now the end goal, for me, is to gain the attention of my potential clients as well as my peers, friends and even family. Family might be the biggest challenge and in fact (I’m sure there are others who would agree) that if I can succeed in having a few key people in my family read my daily blog then I will consider it all a great success!
I expect my routines to change as I blog, and as my circumstances evolve.
Right now I live in Ottawa, Canada’s capital and one of the coldest capital cities in the world. Ottawa is a beautiful city located in one of the prettiest places on the planet, especially in the summer time! For those who love skiing and skating and all those other winter sports and activities it is an awesome place to be right now. For me though… I can’t stand being COLD!
SIDE NOTE: My father was on the Canadian Ski Team when he was a young man and by the time I came along he was coaching high school students in the Giant Slalom. Our winter weekends were spent on the Ottawa area ski hills (or skating on The Canal… the worlds largest skating rink). My feet and fingers were always FROZEN!
For me, this was a odd torture my otherwise loving parents placed on me. Even when the first insulated ski boots came out, my feet froze! Keep in mind, when I was a little girl, skis were literally strapped on and boots were leather and laced up. As a child, my fondest memories were sitting in the ski lodge drinking water hot chocolate.
I do love living here in the summer but my intention is to become FREE of the ties that bind me to this place 12 months a year. Within the next few months I expect to get rid of almost all my ‘possessions’ and keep only the things that I have a deep emotional connection to. I hope to get this down to just a few boxes that I can easily store long term. Then, Kitty and I will take to traveling this wondrous Globe. The obvious challenge will be bringing my little buddy/office assistant with me. For now, I will share my days here in Ottawa and my life in my cozy bachelor apartment and life as it changes and evolves.
Getting back to where I am now, and my intentions…
We’ve been asked to consider our morning ritual and how it helps create the perfect day – a successful day. Right now I am working out of the house, half days. I was asked by a former employer if I could come back on board for a couple of months to ‘help out’ and the hours work fairly well in to my day. The only issue for me is that now I’m back to rushing in the mornings.
Currently, when I wake up I spend a few minutes chatting with Kitty. OK, so it’s just me talking and he sits in my arms purring… but I realize it is my way of setting my intentions for the day. I tell him what I need to do and what my intended goals are and then after a few minutes I crawl out of bed to meet the day full on.
After feeding my now hungry cat, I pour my fresh pomegranate juice mixed with water and take my supplements and start to cook my organic, free-range egg in Ghee (clarified butter). I can eat this while I get ready for my day. Before heading out, I make my protein shake… a great Vegan Gluten-free mix, coconut water, Spirulina, and berries. This makes a great lunch later on. Luckily I’m home mid-afternoon and so I can have my home-made vegetable soup to warm me up.
MY INTENTION, once this special project is completed and I’m back to working 100% from home is to change my routine to reflect my previous one, as follows:
I will continue to wake up and spend a few minutes filling Kitty in on my plans for the day. Basically setting my intentions.
Then, after I feed him, I will sit back down to meditate. I’m a big fan of Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge and have purchased a few that I love. This always makes me feel refreshed and provides my spirit with good ‘vibes’ and positive energy.
Then I make my shake or egg and if the weather is good I’ll go for a power-walk or do my little fitness routine which includes balls, weights and bands.
Once I’ve freshened up, I’m ready to face my day!