Gratitude Retreat

Enjoyed a weekend retreat in a small town in Alberta. Memories of my childhood. The quiet and peaceful nature of a small community where the neighbours know each other. Snowed in, (not really, but when will the snow stop?) There was more on our list than we accomplished, next time.




  • Late night movies
  • Sleeping in
  • Pinterest
  • Walking in the snow
  • Fresh baked bread and cinnamon buns
  • iPads and iPhones
  • Learning
  • Loving
  • Laughing
  • Sharing
  • Relaxation
  • Reading
  • —-not enough time

Slide to off

I learned something important this vacation. How to slide the little button into the off position. Miracle for me. Unfortunately I didn’t think of it until Thursday morning. As I lay awake at 3:50am with my mind racing about the work email I had read and responded to before bed, I thought – there has to be a better way!

One of my problems is the increasing count. That little red circle which shows the number of unread emails. It fills me with a certain level of anxiety to watch the number climb. I take a peek, then open one and then respond to one and then I’m awake in the middle of the night on holidays!

So I slid the “mail” function to off in my settings. The number disappeared along with my curiosity and anxiety. Poof, gone. I’m not even going to slide it back until Monday morning. Aside from Mexico at Christmas when most people were also on holidays, this has been an amazing couple of days. A simple little action which tricks my mind into complete relaxation – brilliant! I only wish to have known about this sooner.


Being in hot water

Of course I am being literal! It has been almost 5 months since we got a hot tub plunked into our back yard. I can’t remember ever being so happy with a purchase. Having the use of my parents hot tub and growing up taking so much for granted just isn’t the same thing.

Every night that I have been home, I have used our new tub. It is a most excellent feeling to slip into the warm water and enjoy whatever late night weather show that mother nature is putting on for our viewing pleasure. I never realized how dynamic the changing night sky can be, even in the space of an hour.

It turns out that not only does the warm water make you “feel” good, but it can have positive impact on your health. The warm water relaxes muscles, soothes tension and relieves stress. Taken before bed, the rise in body temperature sets the stage for a good nights sleep. We also have a chance to talk without the interruptions of our daily life.

This more relaxed person that I have become has additional side benefits. I have more energy to take on projects, both at work and home. This has made a difference in my communication style. I have a little more patience and empathy for people around me. If I had known all these benefits before, I would have pushed harder for this purchase years ago!

I turned 40 last year and this hot tub was one of my big presents. It was without a doubt, my best birthday year.