Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

Guess who’s back… back again…

Oh man, I feel like this happens a lot, but possibly this is just my perception of it. The get going, the break and the revival. I hate the revival. It’s taken a while to pick it back up again if I’m being honest, my “in-my-head” got the better of me, and convinced me that not re-starting again was better than re-starting AAAGGGAAIINN. Yaknow what I mean?

But it’s not.

So here I am.

Again.

Life took a turn for us a while back, when we got word that our home was going up for sale… again. House number two. In a row.

The rental scene in the Okanagan for families was nearly non-existent at the time… in that vacancies rates were less than 1%. Even worse for dwellings with 3 or more bedrooms that also accepted pets, which were less than few and far between. The ones that were available were so incredibly unaffordable families were having to find other families to live with in order to pay rent. To add salt to the metaphorical wound, the amount of people looking for rentals far out numbered the amount of rentals available, so you might be 1 in literally 100’s of other people wanting that same rental. On rental forums in the area were only ever ISO posts and posts of stories of young families forced to live in tents or shelters, forced to leave the lives they’d built, forced to give up their family pets, some forced to give up their children. It was the most discouraged, painfully hopeless and scared I have been in a very long time.

Long story not-short (because my stories are neeevveer short), Jeff and I made the decision that we were NOT going to go through this again. We needed out of the rental “game”. like. yesterday. With the help of family, our governments HOME partnership program and lots of luck, sacrifices, prayer and hard work, we managed to make a plan to buy.

With sheer luck Jeff found an opening for a job in his same field of work in a small town in an area of BC that also happened to have affordable housing prices, and we even got an accepted offer on a home.

Using the HOME partnership program added a lot of extra steps to our journey, a lot of stress, a lot of uncertainty if it would even work, and then added to that was the wrench of having to back out of our first offer at the last moment and start from scratch.

By then we had already given our notice to leave our rental, and now we had less than 30 days and no place to call home.

With much stress, once again we started the process, found a house, made an offer, and got the ball rolling with the partnership program. Many hiccups, lots of re-doing paper work, a lot of packing, moving, storage units, and an elongated visit with Grandma and Grandpa, we had a home.

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Between June and the middle of November we went from renting in the Okanagan with next to no money, and not a hope in our hearts that we would even be able to buy, to owning in the Kootenays. Since then we have been spending our time un-packing and settling into life.

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In the back ground I was also working on finishing my course in Sports & Fitness Nutrition and beginning on my course in Vegetarian Nutrition. On top of that came all the normal being a human, being the wife to a human, and being a parent to tiny humans as well as trying to keep it all together.

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So here I am, back again, again. Ready to settle into life and embrace this new year in our new home, in our new home town, a real new start and Sweat & Cinnamon will continue as it always was, a place for love of food and activity and life.

Stay tuned!

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Social Media, Fitness & The Body Positivity Movement

Social Media, Fitness & The Body Positivity Movement

Fitness enthusiasm and promotion of body positivity can not co-exist.

Just kidding yes they can.

Body positivity is not reserved, nor should it ever be, for ONLY those over a certain weight. It’s is not reserved for ONLY those with stretch marks and those with love handles. It is not meant to condemn those who workout for their health, or their physic, or their goals, or for their what-ever-reasons-they-want-to’s.

#BODYPOSITIVITY is for BODY POSITIVITY.

If you’ve got one. Love it.

Whether your muscular, thin, over-weight, average, tall, short, skinny, or built. You are allowed to be positive about your body.

Whether you work out, 6 days a week, 4 days a week, 1 day a week or spend your days on the couch. YOU are allowed to be positive about your body.

What about self love? Could we throw around that term a bit more?

Loving yourself for the way you are. Loving your personality, not just your body, so go ahead and love yourself while you tone that stomach. Loving your inner self, not just your body, so go ahead and have a long early morning run if that’s what tickles your toes. Loving your character, WHO you are, not just what you look like, so go ahead and love yourself with a face full of make up. Your hair down, or your hair did, in a gown or in grubs. Love yourself enough to let yourself do what you want, when you want, live how you want, in peace and acceptance of your OWN self, NOT just your body.

Physical activity is not reserved ONLY for people who dislike themselves. Do it for health, do it for happiness, do it for stress relief, do it for energy release, do it for all your very own reasons. Do it when you want to, don’t when you don’t.

Do what makes you happy, what makes you thrive, what gives you fire. Train for a 5km run, compete in a bikini competition, swim, hike, bike, build muscle, lift weights, grow a bum, dance, sparr, fight, hit a ball, hit a puck, row, dive, whatever! Enjoy yourself, enjoy your body, enjoy what it can do!

LOVE yourself, love YOUR body, not what body type social media has deemed worthy of “the” hashtag.

So yes, fitness enthusiasm and promotion of body positivity CAN co-exist.

#therearenorules  #bodypositivityincludesallbodies #selfloverocks #dowhatyouwant

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