Friday, September 28, 2007

Our Divine Circle of Love

makes me happy.



Last night, in between Survivor and The Office, Kevyn asked me if there was anything he could get me from the kitchen.

What that really means is...would I like a granola bar of some dark chocolate? As those are the only 'dessert type' items I keep in the house.

"You know, I'm actually craving Nutella..." I responded. Which is a new thing I've been into, since my sister brought it up to the cottage this summer, but have only bought once, as I seem unable to exhibit much self control when it's in the house.

"No problem, I'll pop up to the grocery store and get you some" Kev easily offered.

I was just as quick to resist as we were already in our pj's, nice and relaxed on the couch. Kev insisted by telling me that, I ask for so little that when I do, he savors the opportunity to practice love - the verb. A habit we both strongly believe in, BECAUSE...

what ALWAYS follows love - the verb?

LOVE - THE FEELING.

Hence, The Divine Circle of Love.

The sure fire remedy for anyone who has lost that loving feeling...exercise love - the verb and love - the feeling will follow closely behind.



Cash and I went for the ride. We stayed in our pajamas though. Kev ran into the grocery store and got me some Nutella, and then we all prayed that one day, they'll find the cure for rabies...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Friends, Fires and Flip Flops

make me happy.



Although friends are ALWAYS in vogue, it's only during a select few days of the year when wearing flip flops while warming yourself by the fire makes perfect sense.

My friends, it is currently that special time of year up here in Canada.

Don't be hatin'!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Really, Really...Really Long Walks with Cash

make me happy.



Walks with Cash...ROCK! I love spending time with her and, of course, I enjoy the exercise.



Consequently, all the walks are great, but the long ones...are exceptional.



You see, we take the long walks on slow days. Days when I have no where to be and no agenda to follow. My mind isn't racing and the clock's not ticking. We go as far as we can, and take as long as we need to come home.



And sometimes, we even lie down in the flowers to rest.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Story of A Life Changed - By Doing Nothing

makes me happy.



Try, if you will, to imagine your life, 20 years from now, if...

you don't tell him you love him.

you never follow through on those extensive travel plans.

you never make the commitment to get your body healthy.

you don't make that large investment.

you never climb up that big hill.

you fail to explore your interest in dance.

you don't swing open that huge door.

you never give your own business a shot.

you fail to learn about love & patience.



What you are imagining is YOUR story, forever changed, by doing nothing.

Want to really drive the message home?

Read Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach.

It got to me...REAL good.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Being 'Not So Into Other People's Opinions'

makes me happy.



When Kevyn and I first began The Best Life Ever, we quickly decided the subject of choice was happiness and that ourselves, our images and our personal talents would create the material.

To me, this added another dimension of honesty. Not only would I be telling our visitors how we are trying to live our best lives, I would be showing them.

Photography is an art form I've been exploring for the past 10 years and Kevyn developed a passion for video making and editing quickly after he opened imovie for the first time.

Consequently, the website not only allowed us to live out our dream of inspiring others to find happiness within their own lives, we were also able to cultivate our own skills, within our chosen creative pursuits.



What that resulted in, for me, was...becoming an expert Self-Timer Photographer. Yes, 90% of the photographs on the website are taken by me, accordingly...all the ones with me IN the shot, are done with the self-timer.



I'm sure you can imagine some of the interesting scenarios this type of photography has gotten me into.

Cameras balancing on rocks, branches and garbage pails. Ben Johnson like dashes between the camera and the mark. And, all kinds of people slowing down to a snails' pace, in order to get a real, good stare of me and the madness.



If my ego had it it's way, my mind would filled with any number of self defeating stories, all about how crazy and self absorbed these people must think I am.



Instead, I tell myself they're simply interested in what I'm doing and I'm adding some amusement to their day.

I also KNOW, for a fact, most of them just want to help. And what's not great about that?

Therefore, when they ask, "Can I take that for you?"



I sincerely thank them and openly tell them, "No...it's just my thang!"

Friday, September 21, 2007

A Summer Send Off On The Stoop

makes me happy.



Simply put...it would have been sacrilege to stay inside last night.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Super Clean

makes me happy.



Cleaning with Kevyn is always a win-win situation.

Firstly, anytime spent together is time well spent, but cleaning day is also rewarding as...

* Kev always plays great music
* he makes many funny jokes
* we have Clean-Sheet Lovin's

and when all is said and done...the house is spotless.

Oh how I love a clean house!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Never Waiting

makes me happy.



This is the thing about waiting. If I were to spend my days waiting for the subway, waiting for the kettle to boil, waiting for Cashius to go poo or waiting for Kevyn to come home I'd miss the ONLY true thing we ever have...the present moment.

Instead, I'll get lost in a book, I'll delight in a spoonful of Nutella, I'll marvel the gentle majesty of the willow trees or write my husband a love note.

It was, in fact, on the subway that Eckhart Tolle taught me this powerful lesson with his insightful words in 'The Power of Now.'

Life was never the same after that ride.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Clouds On The Ground

make me happy.



As a child I often imagined what it would be like to play in the clouds.

Soft, fluffy, whimsical and mysterious.

Wonderfully enough, walking through this morning's fog evoked those same childhood impressions.

What a way to start the day!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Eyes On The Prize

makes me happy.



Do you ever suffer from limiting beliefs? You know, the little voice in your head that keeps telling you 'you can't do that' or 'you'll never lose the weight' or 'you're too old to get a job like that.'

Well here's a thought. Head down to your local dog park and find a Baller.

Not sure what a Baller is? It's the dog that plays fetch relentlessly.

Then, watch the dog watch the ball (or the prize, if you will). See her spirit, her sharpness, her attentiveness.

Now, try and imagine what the little voice in her head is saying.

"Throw the ball. Throw the ball. THROW THE BALL!"

Okay, how about we suppose what it's NOT saying.

"Oh, I hope he doesn't throw it TOO far. If it takes a bad bounce I'll NEVER get it. That other dog is SO much better at fetch then me."

Sounds absurd, no? As ridiculous as your own liming beliefs?

That's what I thought.

Friday, September 14, 2007

What We Stuck In The Ground And Got

makes me happy.



You may remember back in July, I wrote a Post explaining that the basic philosophy with our garden is 'Don't Kill What You Got.'



That's pretty well how our garden grew this summer. With two exceptions. A pumpkin plant and a watermelon seeding that our good friend Al, bestowed upon us.

So...we stuck 'em in the ground.

And a few short months later...TA-DA!



Taking the reigns as Artistic Director on this shoot, I thought Kev and I should simply stand tall and proud and showcase our realizations.

By Kev's expression, and lack of enthusiasm in his watermelon, you can tell he had a different idea.

'How 'bout we play, Toss the Fruit!?!'



Oh it sure was all fun and games, until...



Looks like I'm still going to be BUYING a pumpkin this year.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tuning Out to Tune In

makes me happy.



Often, when I'm looking for answers - I run a bath.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a Pisces and I have a thing for water.

For me the bathtub is an ideal place for not thinking. And, not thinking, is exactly what I need to do when I need answers.

Like most of you, thoughts race through my head ALL DAY LONG. Therefore, when I'm looking for an answer to something that is very important to me, the last thing I need to be doing is thinking about...'Where are Britney's underpants and why didn't she perform her VMA routine 'Full Out?!?'

And that's hard to do at times, especially when one of my favourite fellow blogger's, Gretta , makes thinking about these questions so damn entertaining.

I regress. So while in the tub, I simply tune out and create as much space as possible between my thoughts. It is then, in the gap, when the most truthful, lucent answers come.

And then I smell good too.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Using My 'Will' to Create Some Momentum

makes me happy.



Did you know that a NASA rocket uses a whole chunk of it's fuel on take off to overcome Earth's gravitational pull? Yet very little is used for it's tours around the Earth while in space.

In the same way, I believe my 'feelings' are the energy that will fuel my 'best life.' Still, I know at times, I need to dig deep into the reserves, and call on my will power to get the ball rolling...or swinging, as you will see in the video below.



Any guesses on what I'm 'willing' in the picture above?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Searching For The Stuff That Feels Good

makes me happy.



Well it's been one week since my 'Back to School Talk' and my mind feels clear and my energy is high.

I've been exercising lots, eating right and experiencing a return to the fundamentals of 'living my best life.'

My dream, with this blog, has always been to inspire others to live their best life ever. And let's get this straight. Your 'best life' will, without a doubt, be different from mine. I am, in no way, suggesting you have to spend YOUR days...



diving into the water...



jumping out of the water...



or playing on the water, to live your best life.

What I am suggesting is, begin your own journey discovering what makes YOU feel good and do more of it.

The truly beautiful part is...your 'best life' will begin the moment you embark on the journey of living consciously and getting in tune with what REALLY feels good to you. Instant gratification.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Towel Critters

make me happy.



It is my strong belief that happiness is a choice.

Ninety-nine point nine percent of life is out of our control. But, and this is a big BUT, the point one percent of life within our control is ultimately the most significant.

This is our ability to control our thoughts, our behaviour, our words and our dreams.

So when I walk into a hotel room, and someone has taken the time to twist my towels into such a pleasing piece, I CHOOSE to feel joy.

And maybe a little bit of envy. As thus far...



this is the only Towel Art I've mastered.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Everyday

makes me happy.



Last night I received an eloquent email from a lovely lady in Chicago, who was kind enough to let me know the way in which this blog spoke to her.

Between teaching classes at night and a full time day job, her life began to gain the type of undesirable momentum specifically reserved for The Rat Race.

It took being saddled down with a cold, to allow her to slow down without feeling GUILTY! Oh how that little voice in our head loves to lay on the guilt.

That's when she stumbled upon The Best Life Ever and came to the realization that 'slowing down' and enjoying her fiancé EVERYDAY, needs to be priority number ONE.

The first time I heard the phrase 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' I felt like the heavens opened up and sang to me. I've always believed that there MUST be a way to make a decent living, with very little room for stress and lots of time for love. Welcome to my journey. Small steps, EVERYDAY, in a forward direction with time to smell the flowers, eat the Ben & Jerry's and love the husband.

And to you my sister I say...thank you for the kind words... and can I get a 'Hell Ya!'

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Night Tennis

makes me happy.



A large part of the 'Back to School Talk' I had with myself the other day focused on making choices to participate in ANY night time activity that didn't include a BBQ or booze.



Tennis anyone?



Conscious decision making...very cool.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Having A 'Back To School Talk' With Myself

makes me happy.



The summer of 2007 was a great one...no doubt about it. And this Labour Day Weekend was no exception.




Of course, there was hot-tubbin'...



sun bathin'...



and some volleyball playin'.



But, when Kelly fired up the grill...



a hush of anticipation fell over the grandstand.



No? Could it be? Sandy...are you making us more...



BBQ PIZZA!?!



YES! YES!



YES!



The crowd went nuts!



And life is good.


So today, I'm thinking...what an opportune time to pack up the cheese and sausage, grab an apple and hit the Yoga mat! Anyone care to join me?