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After being cooped up for much of the winter, as soon as the weather starts to improve I get eager to do things like get out in my yard, sit on the back deck, and go hiking in Halifax and the surrounding area. Yes, I know there are plenty of things you can do in the winter and I’m not exactly a full-on hermit, but I do prefer to be outside when it’s NOT cold or snowing.A couple of years ago I read Wild&nbsp…

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I can think of a ton of examples of how my life changed for the better when I learned to manage my anxiety issues. I could go into stores that I used to avoid, I could volunteer at the school for my oldest daughter, and I could attend events that I might have otherwise skipped because I knew that a) I probably wouldn’t have to deal with any anxiety, and b) if I did, I could get rid of it fairly quickly and easily.I’m so grateful for…

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At some point in time I saw this image and it really stuck with me. Yes, life really does start outside of your comfort zone and if you stay inside of that little bubble, comfortable is all you’ll ever be. Yes, comfortable is nice. I like a comfortable couch, bed, chair, etc. But don’t you want to feel more than just comfortable in life? Doesn’t exhilarated sound better?It does to me! I have a fear of heights. A knee-wobbling, chin-trembling fear of heights. I…

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Today is the 95th anniversary of the day of the Halifax explosion. At work today someone mentioned that there should be some kind of memorial ceremony on this day every year but there isn’t; maybe they’ll have something in five years when it’s the 100 year anniversary.Then I mentioned that it’s not something that I ever even really learned in school. Even in high school it didn’t seem to factor into our history lessons (or if it did, it was such a small blip…

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Today I headed into work earlier than I absolutely need to and had originally intended to read while relaxing in the massage chair. However, a woman on the bus commented to her daughter that it was such a beautiful day and I thought, “you know, she’s right!”So instead, I headed down to the waterfront to spend 20 or 30 minutes meditating by the harbour like I’ve done before. It’s a great way to shake off anything that’s bugging you, and it’s also a nice…

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I had such an amazing long weekend. In Canada, this weekend brings about Victoria Day which was Monday, so that made it a great three-day weekend. I’ve had good ones before but this one is certainly high up on the list.On Friday I went to the fitness expo and race orientation at the World Trade Convention Center, then George and the girls picked me up. After a quick drive around the race route we went home and had a tasty BBQ which was an ideal way to…

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Race day loomed bright and early. And I mean that literally on both counts. It was 5:50 am so it was definitely early – especially for a Sunday! – and the sun was shining as I hopped out of bed. That was a rare time where I really did just about hop out of bed too, I was too excited to wait for my second alarm to go off.I hurried down to the kitchen to make myself a piece of toast with peanut butter so that I could eat it…

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Well, after about three months of training, the big day looms ahead of me all of a sudden. Tomorrow – Sunday, May 20th – is the Bluenose Marathon 2012 race day and right now I’m a strange buzzing mix of excitement and nerves.Sometimes lists help me keep everything straight so here we go.Race Day:6:00 – Get up. No really, get the hell out of bed, there’s a 5K to run.6:05 – Hurry downstairs and eat a piece of toast with a bit of peanut butter so…

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The weather was pretty unseasonable for March on the east coast last week and being stereotypical Canadians, most of Halifax spent as much time as possible outside to soak up the sun before nature remembered it shouldn’t be in the high 20s this early in the year (alas, it’s supposed to snow overnight tonight, boo, hiss).Even though I had to work I still took advantage of the beautiful days by taking the bus all the way down to the waterfront terminal instead of getting off at my…

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