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Corinne K.

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Join Us For A Week Of Self-Care

December 3, 2015

I had a lovely chat with Talia Chai of Talia Chai Wellness about self-care. We talked about taking the time to do things every day that make us feel good and get us out of the grind and routine.

We’re going to challenge ourselves for the next week to take part in a Self-Care Challenge. We’ll be picking one thing to do everyday for a week to pick us up and make our days brighter. We’d love for you to join us! Keep us up-to-date on what you’re doing for self-care and use the hashtag #TCSelfCare.

 

Need some inspiration on self-care things to do this week? I gotcha:

  • Go for a wander in the ‘hood
  • Wander somewhere new – be a tourist in your own city
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Write out 3 things you’ve done that make you super proud of yourself
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Cook yourself a kick ass meal
  • Devour a good book
  • Journal your heart out
  • Try a new food
  • Try something different
  • Help someone
  • Pet a cat or dog
  • Do a guided meditation
  • Get a good night’s rest
  • Do some yoga
  • Ask for help
  • Go for a run
  • Sit still
  • Get your hair done
  • Dance and shake it off
  • Get a manicure
  • Declutter your home
  • Knit yourself a pretty scarf
  • Take time to enjoy your morning before you run out the door
  • Take your vitamins
  • Burn candles
  • Unplug for an hour
  • Have some chocolate
  • Breathe
  • Watch some live music
  • Move your body
  • Wear that piece from your wardrobe that makes you feel like a million bucks
  • Throw on some lipstick and heels
  • Laugh – goof around a bit
  • Have a green smoothie
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Renegotiating Your Bliss: An Homage To The Year’s End

December 1, 2015

Aaaaaand, it’s December 1st. The quick transition from summer to fall took me by surprise and the fact that I went from wearing a cozy sweater out one day to a winter coat, was a tad upsetting. I don’t particularly like sleeves, shoes and socks and have been known to bust out tank tops in the middle of a stone-cold February day whenever the indoor temperature allows. So I surprised myself yesterday when I felt like I had finally made peace with the impending winter and inevitably shorter days.

I stepped out, all bundled up in my down coat, winter boots, cute mitts and popped on my iPod. I picked a song I hadn’t heard in a while and like all good music, all of a sudden, I was transported back to another time – specifically, this time last year. Rather than shrug it off, I decided to stay with the feeling as I made my way to the subway.

Moving through the city streets, feeling the cold on my skin and just observing the people, places and things around me, I was flooded with memories. I was living somewhere else in the city this time last year, doing some fun marketing work on contract, deep-diving into my Reiki clients and speaking engagements. I could remember the friends I had made – some of which are still near and dear to my heart and others who have simply went on their own way. And it all got me thinking.

Here we are – December 1st and 2015 is almost done. It’d be so easy to get caught up in the holidaze – Christmas shopping, Christmastime eating and drinking, running around trying to get everything done. But instead, I decided to look back and see what had changed, what I needed to tweak – add or subtract – from my life to move into 2016 with the grace and confidence that I wanted to move ahead with.

I’ve decided to renegotiate my bliss.

Rather than assume that everything I’m doing right now is keeping me happy, I’m going to really dig in and see if that’s true. There was a time that I positively loved coffee. The aroma of a fresh pot filling in the morning was my bliss. Until I realized one day that it was actually contributing to my anxiety and insomnia. So I quit. And I’m not looking back. I’ve replaced my fancy coffee lattes with fancy Earl Grey Tea Lattes. Same comforting habit with no nasty side effects. So. Worth. It.

This is also a time to look over the last year and really give ourselves credit for everything we’ve done. Time to say, “Holy shit. I did that? Awesome.” Sometimes we do some incredible things that we just don’t give ourselves much credit for. Those little things add up to an amazing life if we just take the time to see it that way.

So before you get carried away with your to-do lists and holiday engagements, take a breather to ask yourself if you’re doing the things that light you up. Start with the small things. Start with the daily habits you’re hanging onto and see if there’s anything you can ditch or add to your days to put a smile on your face. The things we did a year ago, a month ago or even a day ago may no longer add to our happiness and that’s cool! Move towards the things that make you feel good and remind yourself that you’re kick ass. Because you are.

xo

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How To Kick Stress To The Curb

November 17, 2015

We all have doses of stress in our day. Whether it’s running around to get to meetings, juggling family and social demands or just worrying about the future, we’ll all find ourselves sitting in a puddle of stress, anxiety or tension at one point or another. So what do you do to feel better in that moment?

This week’s video is all about understanding how you can deal with stress when you’re in the thick of things. I’d love to hear about the things you do during your day to de-stress. Feel free to comment below!

 

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Why Searching For Happiness Will Leave You Perpetually Searching

November 10, 2015

Our passion, purpose, soulmate – whatever it is. That thing we’re searching for the hardest because we think it’ll be the answer to everything – our problems in life, business and love.

We work hard to find it because we’ve been told and subconsciously sold on the idea time and time again that without it, we can’t possibly be happy and complete. Without it, we’re spinning our wheels and living an empty existence. Without it, we’re wasting our time.

Well, I call bullshit.

We get disappointed when our dream job or business turns out to be not so dreamy. Long hours, personal differences and conflicts arise and we suddenly see that things aren’t all they were cracked up to be in our squeaky clean vision of life.

We get disappointed when our significant other, best friends or family members let us down. Missed birthdays and anniversaries, differences of opinion and contrasting priorities. All of a sudden, the people we counted on the most are nowhere to be found. (Or so we tell ourselves because really – in the big scheme of things – I’d love to know I’m supported when I really need it and not only to celebrate a single day of the year).

The problem with searching for happiness in other people, places or things is that we’ll always be searching. When we look for something outside of us to keep us fulfilled, we’ll always be dissatisfied. 

Nothing will ever be perfect. We can try to find the ideal job, marry the ideal partner and make the ideal friends but inevitably, in some way, something will arise to taint that vision of perfection and the ideal. The question is how much imperfection we’re willing to put up with in any given scenario. Or as Mark Manson so eloquently puts it:

“WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FLAVOUR OF SHIT SANDWICH AND DOES IT COME WITH AN OLIVE?”

You can read more about his brilliant insights but he’s pointing to a very true fact that often gets overlooked:

“…here’s the sticky little truth about life that they don’t tell you at high school pep rallies: Everything sucks, some of the time… Everything involves sacrifice. Everything includes some sort of cost. Nothing is pleasurable or uplifting all of the time. So the question becomes: what struggle or sacrifice are you willing to tolerate? Ultimately, what determines our ability to stick with something we care about is our ability to handle the rough patches and ride out the inevitable rotten days.”

When we’re relying on something or someone to make things better for us, we often forget that we’re all out for our own agendas. So that person we’re looking for to complete our lives – he or she also has their own dreams, goals and opinions, which may not always be aligned with ours. Those coworkers, bosses, employees and clients we hope will always do and say the right thing? They may have a different idea altogether of what ‘right’ means.

So as you contemplate your shit sandwiches and which ones come with an olive (and I hope that most of them do!) also consider the following.

Since it’s inevitable that everyone and everything will at some point in time mire your idea of perfection or what you think you truly want and need in this life – find your own happiness, fulfillment and support FIRST. 

Back up and figure out what lights you up and go do more of that stuff.

Find the hobbies and interests that fill your soul with adventure and creativity rather than assuming that your job and others around you will always be around to fill in the gaps.

Take the time to take care of yourself so when issues and problems arise, you’re in a better emotional, physical and mental space to deal with them.

When we’re constantly searching for things outside of ourselves to make everything better, we’ll be constantly searching in vain. Because really, true happiness starts within.