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Working Hard to do Nothing

I just got home from spending the long weekend at my parents’ cottage on Lake Simcoe and I couldn’t feel more relaxed. It probably has something to do with the 11:00 am wake up I had today (how did that happen?!) and also something to do with the whole lotta nothing I did all weekend. The funny thing is, it actually took effort to do nothing.

As a blogger and as someone running my own business, I am constantly faced with the feeling that I should always be doing more.

In a setting as beautiful as the cottage, surrounded by the incredible food prepared by my chef mom and sister, there is always a photo to take. 

And with all the down-time, sitting in front of the TV or lying around on the couch, it always seems like a good opportunity to be on my phone, to catch up on Instagram or answer some e-mails.

But when does it all stop? How does the ‘doing nothing’ begin?

Since this was the first of many summer weekends up north, I did not want to set the precedent that I would be working the whole time. Yes, I brought my laptop with me and some product to shoot but I also knew I really needed a physical and mental break and should try and relax.

What I realized is that it’s almost impossible for me to relax when I have my phone with me. Call it sad, or unhealthy, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s true. I am constantly faced with the struggle of wanting to share everything on social media but also wanting to mentally shut down. 

So once the photo-shoots (including below) were done, the messages were sent, the workouts were filmed and the stories were posted, I decided to just turn my phone off. And that’s when the ‘doing nothing’ began.

I played with my nephews for hours, caught up on TV, ate peanut butter chocolate ice cream cake and laughed with my sisters until our stomachs hurt.

I’m glad I took this weekend to experiment with how I can balance work life with my personal life when, as a blogger, the two are already so intertwined. Turns out for me, shutting off means shutting down. And only then can the doing nothing begin. 

Wearing:

Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Running Shoe

Under Armour Threadborne Train Long Sleeve

Under Armour Threadborne Seamless Heathered Crops

Under Armour Perfect Headband 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Time I Turned my Phone Off

I know this post is long over due but I want to talk about that time I turned my phone off. Yes, you read that correctly. I actually turned my phone of. For 24 hours. In Mexico. 

It’s hard to remember what life was like before Instagram. But when I do think back to that “simpler” time, I remember that five years ago I went to Thailand without a phone. Of course I brought my clunky digital camera so I could upload Facebook photos when I got home, but that didn’t have the same affect on me that Instagram does today. The ability to instantly post, to receive instant feedback changes everything. It’s no longer about the moment that is captured in the photo. It is now all about everything after that moment. What should my caption be? Is it too filtered? Is this a cute hashtag? Taking a photo has suddenly become a completely different experience…if your intention is to post it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am obsessed with Instagram and clearly won’t stop posting as there are many wonderful things about it. I have a job for one thing, that did not exist before the app was born. I have friends that I met “online” whom I am so close with now. And above all, I absolutely love sharing my life via photos and stories. What might seem awkward and painful for other people, such as directly talking to the camera, is actually really fun for me. I get so much joy out of connecting with friends from all over the world, answering questions and sharing tips. I have also gained a lot more confidence in my body image and also in things like public speaking, which used to be one of my biggest fears!

While there are obviously so many things about Instagram that I love, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. I really try and respond to every single message and comment, which can be very time consuming. I also like to stay in touch, see what everyone is posting and like other people’s photos. And of course film and story everything and anything. So might as well just glue my phone to my hand, right?

As with all other things in life, there is a time and a place for everything. Sitting next to DC on the couch while watching a movie is not the right time to check my phone. Going out for dinner with friends is not the right time to check my phone. Lying on a beach in Mexico on vacation…I mean, it sounds like a really good  time to check my phone but I decided before we left for our trip that I would take a 24-hour phone detox on our vacation.

My intention of the phone-detox was to be as present as possible and just connect with the people and things surrounding me. It took a few hours in the morning to “get the hang of it.” For my muscle memory to not automatically cause my hand to reach in my bag for my phone. But by the afternoon I not only felt more relaxed but also liberated. I couldn’t check an e-mail or like a photo on Instagram even if wanted to, and all of a sudden, I didn’t really want to. In fact, I chose to keep my phone in the room almost every night we went out, and go purse-free. Talk about liberty. 

Yes there were times when it would have been nice to have a camera – such as the beautiful white party on the beach which we never got the chance to capture. But those memories are real, even if they are in our heads instead of cyberspace. 

Going phone-free for 24 hours is definitely a practice I want to try and implement once in a while and something that I definitely recommend everyone try at least once. You’ll always have tomorrow to take all the photos…after all, how do you think I got all these shots? 

 

 

 

A New York Minute with Old Navy

When I transitioned from my corporate job in real estate to full-time fitness instructing, personal training and health coaching, there were some lifestyle changes that came with the territory of pursuing my passion, which I expected, and other changes that I was simply unprepared for.

Working longer hours, expected. A smaller paycheque, expected.
 
But the amount of times I have to change my clothes in one day? Well for some reason, I just never seemed to consider that. And let me tell you, when you go from training a client, to a business meeting, to teaching a super sweaty spin class…let’s just say, I am changing in and out of workout clothes a lot
 
While there are some cons to this, such as my actively growing laundry pile, there are also many pros, like having a good excuse to buy lots and lots of activewear. 
 
But that smaller paycheque and buying new workout gear don’t always mesh well. So when Old Navy approached me to try out their new activewear line, I jumped (both figuratively and literally) on the opportunity. 
 
I’ve always been a fan of Old Navy‘s classic, comfortable and most importantly affordable styles so I knew this invitation could not have come at a better time. 
 
The cherry on top was that we were celebrating the launch of #oldnavyactive in New York, so off I went with fellow blogger Meghan Yuri Young to try out Old Navy‘s new gear in the Big Apple.
 
  As a full-time spinning instructor, I know the ultimate test to any workout gear is a spin class because I get just as sweaty on the bike as most people do in hot yoga! So when we went to Soul Cycle on our first night in New York I knew I would be putting my new Old Navy outfit to work.
 
I chose to wear the Go-Dry High-Rise Mesh-Panel Compression Tights as I prefer a high waist band while I ride and the Go-Dry Seamless Light Support Sports Bra on top – in cute, bright colours of course. Aside from feeling good walking into the studio, I was incredibly happy with how the fabric held up during class as well. I felt comfortable on the bike and the sweat absorption was on point. 

Wearing: Old Navy Active Go-Dry High-Rise Mesh-Panel Compression Tights for Women and Go-Dry Loose-Fit Hooded Tunic for Women

Wearing: Go-Dry Seamless Light Support Sports Bra for Women

 The following day we attended the official launch of #oldnavyactive which was like Disneyland for fitness! Complete with a trampoline, hula hoops, workout equipment, cold pressed juices and a glam bar, I was seriously in heaven. 

Wearing: Go-Dry Mid-Rise Fitted Running Tights for Women and Go-Dry Performance 1/4 Zip Pullover for Women

 As if the activities and food were not enough, there was also an adorable “pop-up shop” showcasing all of the current and upcoming pieces in the Old Navy Active collection. From inspirational quotes to pink and purple florals, the clothing in the spring-inspired line was not only beautiful but extremely motivational.
 
In addition to the price, my favourite thing about Old Navy Active is the functionality of the clothes, which can transition me from workout class to lunch date to business meeting. For example I love that I can throw on my Go-Warm Front-Wrap Fleece Hoodie over my leggings and a sports bra for a simple but cute look that serves my fitness training and the rest of my day-to-day activities. 
When asked who the ultimate Old Navy Active customer is,  Lauren Guthrie, General Manager of Old Navy Performance Active says

” Our shopper is someone who’s always on-the-go and is fully committed to a healthy lifestyle by keeping active.  She looks for functional pieces that are stylish enough to extend beyond the gym, and that can easily mix with the rest of her wardrobe.”

That is exactly what the new gear embodies and why the brand resonates with me. It also helps that the colours and designs are both beautiful and inspirational. And after all, what is more motivating to get you active than new workout gear?
 
Thank you Old Navy for the incredible New York minute and I look forward to continuing to run around and sweat it out in my #oldnavyactive gear. Be sure to check out the new line at your local Old Navy or online