Well, it has officially begun: it’s tour time, baby! I’m currently blogging from reSIProcate, a coffee shop with great smoothies (I asked for spinach in mine – 3 cheers for extra nutrients!), organic coffee, and tasty paninis, in downtown Vancouver. We have a few hours until our first official screening of the tour and are getting so pumped! But before launching into those details, let’s back up a bit, shall we?
Friday I finished off work with my clients and felt so extra grateful for what those people have meant in my life over the past year of training on my own, house-to-house. What a gift to get to know people in their own home and share life while moving towards healthier living together! It was a great last day full of hard, good workouts and good conversations.
As I drove around Calgary in the afternoon, finishing up errands, the warmer weather and sunny skies got the best of me and I pulled over in a park to sleep (me? nap? crazy!). I shut my eyes in the warm car, slept for 30 minutes, got up and decided to go for a run! It was a warm and beautiful day and my hip gave me no trouble at all, so I embraced it and 8.32 miles later, I was extra happy and ready for the rest of the day.
After my run, a long shower, and some dinner at home with the in-laws, we prepared for some friends to come over as last hang out night with people we love!
We had a great night playing games, catching up on life, and looking ahead to the next few months with this incredible, supportive group of people. We are so grateful for such solid friends in our lives and were so thankful when they initiated a time to pray for our journey before they left that night. This was such a reminder that SO many people are a part of this film tour even if they aren’t there in person with us on the trip. Thanks for coming out and sharing a great night with us, you guys!
The next morning started with a beautiful, foggy (and scarily ICY!) 5.5 mile run for me and sleeping in for Mikey followed by waffles with the fam and last minute laundry and packing. Before we knew it, we were off and running flying to Vancouver.
(By the way, this Runner’s World magazine came at the PERECT time! It’s my favorite plane-reading material!)
After landing, we did what every normal person would do as soon as they touched down on the West Coast: head to all-you-can-eat sushi!
Jun Sushi in downtown Langley (our old university stomping grounds!) did not disappoint. This was the best way we could have started off our trip on the coast. And because we were unwinding from a few stressful and packed weeks, we decided to hit up a movie afterward and enjoyed watching The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Not the best movie ever, but Mikey and I are suckers for spy/FBI/conspiracy-type movies, so we liked it. 😀
We are so thankful to be staying with Paul & Heidi Hughes in their beautiful home near Ft. Langley. Paul was my Old Testament Professor at TWU and he and Heidi are pastors of a local church called The River. Their hospitality, kindness, thoughtful conversations and incredible coffee-making skills reminded us what this tour is about: connecting with people and sharing life. Thanks for everything, Paul & Heidi! Looking forward to more conversations with you both (and good cups of coffee). 😉
…which brings us to the here and now! We’re ready to head to our first meeting with the crew for the event tonight and then will be setting up shop for a great night of entertainment with a purpose at the Ridge Theatre tonight in downtown Vancouver. We’re excited and ready to share life with people along the way and hear stories that inspire and unite us. I’ll be periodically posting here but make sure you check out the Wrong Way to Hope blog as that is one of my roles on this trip to keep that blog updated and alive with photos and videos of our adventures along the way! Thanks for following along! More thoughts on how I’ll be keeping fit on the road to come as well; for now, I’m off to prep for our showing tonight and am fully enjoying this Sunday as my rest day. Have a great end to your weekend!