Hello and happy
Friday Tuesday, friends! How’s your week been? As you can see from that strike-through line, I started writing this post last week but never got around to finishing it. Blogging simply hasn’t been the main event in my life lately, and while that’s a-ok with me, I do appreciate reading others’ blogs more frequently, so I’m sorry about the radio silence! So what have I been doing while I haven’t been blogging? I’ve been enjoying the warm weather in Calgary by long boarding to work, taking clients outside for their workouts, and have been busy with some fun Survive & Thrive events.
And although I haven’t blogged in a while, I HAVE been snapping away on SnapChat (which I used to be confused by, but now I’m actually loving!) – you can find me under my username of buffbon, name Bonnie Lang – and of course on Instagram. Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been up to – let’s catch up!
Survive & Thrive
A week ago today (was it really just a week ago?!), we had the friends and family screening of the film Mikey just finished, “How to Win a Tickle Fight,” a true story about what can go right, even when things have gone terribly wrong. We followed Brock and his family for almost 3 years as he was living with metastatic cancer and created a documentary that is his legacy for his son and about how to live well when you know you’re dying. It was amazing to have 3 years culminate into one evening and was a night we won’t soon forget. The film premiere took place at the top of The Bow in downtown Calgary and we felt so supported surrounded by friends and family, by Kristen and Ben, Brock’s surviving wife and son, and grateful for the opportunity to share Brock’s story.
(our view! photo from Paisley Photography)
Mikey did such a great job leading the night and speaking after the film, as did Kristen and Ben. It was an emotional but bright and light evening that was full of life! We were absolutely drained the next day as we realized that so much was building to this night, and it really wasn’t until the next weekend that we (especially Mikey, who sat with this content for so long and with Brock, his friend, and his story for countless hours) were able to release a bit of this emotion and breathe a bit.
Last weekend, we packed up and headed out to Water Valley for our second Survive & Thrive Weekend Hang Out at Camp Kindle and it was such a great weekend away! The theme for the weekend was “Try Something,” and with the high ropes course, opportunities for more vulnerable and honest conversations, rock climbing wall, group games and long boarding fun, there was lots of opportunity to try something new!
It was a real release for us to hang out with amazing people, have great talks, share meals together, and simply have fun (hello, giant swing activity!). You can get a glimpse of what our weekend was like with this short video Mikey made:
I’m reminded to live fully and, as one survivor friend put it, focus not on the big things I cannot do but on the small things I accomplish daily. More life to the days!
Life has been full in a very good way these days, and Survive & Thrive is a big part of that. We are very grateful for this added dimension and depth to our lives!
We recently took a trip to Seattle to celebrate our friend’s wedding, and while we didn’t snap many pictures, we had a blast! Here’s a quick glance at the fun:
…coincidently, no pictures of or with the bride and groom – whoops! – but lots connecting with old friends from university and our outdoor guiding days. It was a blast to reconnect with friends from different walks of life!
Training has been going well and I’m grateful for clients who want to work hard, are committed to seeing change and who generally enjoy coming in for their workouts! 😉 I’m also studying (slowly!) Precision Nutrition in between all the busyness that has been April and May and will be plugging away at that certification over the summer.
(blurry and a funny face but some triceps action captured all the same! 😉 )
I’ve also been slowly branching out with my nails and got this done yesterday:
It’s been fun to explore this sense of my femininity and of expressing myself even in this small way – and I have a client, Caitlin, to thank for bursting me out of my bubble a little. 😉 I think these are perfect as I head to… California today! I’m heading back to see family for a week or so while Mikey takes the film previously mentioned on tour to some Canadian cancer centers. I can’t wait to see family, be at the beach, and breathe in California – but even more so just be with family.
So that’s me… What’s been going on with YOU? Any recent trips? Things you’ve learned or are grateful for? Nail polish colors that I MUST try? 😉
Have a great rest of the week and I’ll see you guys on social media from the Golden State. Adios for now! Live well & be well,