Hey guys! How was the start to your week? I hope it rocked (because, you know, Mondays CAN rock!). 😉 Did you weekend rock? I’m coming off a great weekend, and yet the memories of the people and the events were not in the forefront of my mind all day. And it’s really too bad because it was a wonderful weekend! Here’s a glimpse at it…
Friday night I attended the grand reopening of the Simmons Building in the East Village in Calgary. The East Village as a rough past, and over the years the city has been trying to build into the area and community with varying degrees of success. They must have the right people in place now, because life down there is slowly starting to roll in, and there are many exciting things on the forefront for this area (think: music, art, culture, housing, etc).
As you might know, I’ve applied to be the East Village Resident Ambassador! You can watch my 30 sec video submission here:
(and any shares, likes, comments, views, etc would sure be appreciated!)
As an applicant, I was invited to attend the reopening of a historic building in the East Village, which now has 3 amazing tenants: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, Char Cut Roast House (meat and seafood!) and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery (which, I can tell you, is as delicious as you can imagine – fresh pastries and bread!). I was able to walk around, enjoy complimentary food and drink, and see the mayor and others from the community “breaking bread” instead of cutting a ribbon.
Check out the view from this place!
I was very grateful to be in attendance, and after mingling for a while and walking around, checking out the sites and trying bites and sips from the vendors around the building, I heard a familiar voice calling my name – it was my client and friend Gillian and her husband Chris! They are an amazing couple and so connected to the community, and it was fun to see them and meet new people through them. We talked at length the rest of the evening and they absolutely made my night! They have rubbed shoulders with our Mayor many times so I ended up chatting on the rooftop patio with Nenshi and grabbing a photo with him!
Seriously – this guy won Top Mayor of the World this year! More and more, I’m enjoying this community and getting more involved in Calgary. You can check out more fun from the evening on my Instagram page!
Saturday included training a client, working out with Mikey and a wonderful get together at our friend’s Heather and Roger’s house.
We had such an amazing time connecting with friends we haven’t seen in a while – it was a real reunion, and I didn’t pick up my phone once (but others did – hence their photos!).
From bum war-ing on the trampoline to good food to great talks with wonderful people and even some karaoke, we had a super fun evening. I’m grateful for this community in my life too!
Then on Sunday, after a long morning walk in the hills while I listened to a Tim Keller sermon, I tried a new church that’s just a 20 minute walk away from us. As Mikey studied for his defense (he defends Tuesday morning!), I tried out Grace Presbyterian Church. It was fun to see a local congregation, which is similar to how I grew up and pretty different from where Mikey and I go to church currently. It reminded me of my dad, so of course a Father’s Day call came next (I sure love my dad!). And then we had fun at my in-laws’ house celebrating my father-in-law with a steak meal, popcorn, lots of catching up and seeing their pictures from a recent trip to the UK.
So…after all these great things, guess what dominate thought was on the forefront of my mind on Monday? My body. How I ate too many sugary things on Friday and had some alcohol (2 drinks – but I hadn’t had any for a while); how I overate Saturday evening and then Sunday was digging around the pantry at night. That’s pretty sad. Pretty discouraging. But pretty real that I struggle with my mindset from time to time. It’s less about what I ate or how much (as I reflect back it really wasn’t bad at all!) but more about how I immediately went into “I should eat less tomorrow – maybe I’ll do a fast.” In other words, I went into “damage control” after working and focusing on my strength and feeling my body well. Just because I participate in a #BikiniRebellion online doesn’t mean that my mindset is right on track and I never struggle with my eating and my thinking!
Just wanted to be real and share the ups and downs of trying to be fit and how sometimes it gets the best of us! I wallowed a bit Monday and then realized how ridiculous I was being. I caught a glimpse of my legs and LIKED them. They looked strong and muscular. I still felt bloated and didn’t like the way my stomach felt, but so what? Who cares? And with that, I encourage you to think about what really matters, about the people and events and communities in your life, and be focus on the good! Hey – it happens to the best of us. 🙂
How was your weekend? Any prevailing thoughts you were left with going into the week? What’s normal about you that happens “to the best of us?”
Live well & be well,