Each year I reflect on accomplishments, challenges and lessons. While I was doing my 2019 navel gaze, I noticed a theme: energy levels. There were a lot of mountains and valleys when it came to how much energy I was expending vs gaining at specific times of the year. So I started a fourth list of ‘what worked to boost my energy?’ Under that heading I scrawled answers to questions like: ‘what makes me happy?” How can I capture that feeling over time? What are the things I can do to level up after being in an energy valley?
One thing I’ve noticed the past few years is that my usual bottomless well of ENFJ energy is less so. These days I need to listen to my body and mind, do more of what boosts energy, do less of the energy draining things and sometimes slow the f*#k down.
When full and flowing my energy levels are all about loving, being lit up, focusing creative fun, spending time outside or at gatherings with family and friends. At it’s highest my energetic vibe runs through me like a warm Coachella wind through a turbine or beats through the Boss Fam‘s backyard boogies. When it’s low, I need a lot of coffee, a hanky, and endless text support from my nearest and dearests.
So instead of regaling you with the stories of the energy drains in my life, here are four ways I replenished my inner battery over in 2019.
Picture it: in the dark, wet days of winter I plan a sunny SoCal family getaway 3,800 kilometres from our chilly, rainforest home. The goal: a few days spent staying in a stylish, bright boho disco Airbnb while we explore the increasingly not-so-hidden gems north of Joshua Tree National Park.
In my head: we’re heading to the slower-paced yet ever-so-funky Yucca Valley to stay to soak in some California sun. According to my research (and advertising by local tourism marketers) the average temperature in February is 24C. Balmy. Warm. Pool-friendly. Full of Joshua tree-filled hikes, visits to outrageously thrift stores, stars gazing events under sparkly, black skies. But the universe had other plans.
I had a business meeting recently and at the end my colleague asked, ‘So what’s new with you?’
I said soccer, gardening, and my love of the sun are keeping things humming along at home these days. That and a little trip with my kiddo and mom off-island for Mother’s Day.
“When is Mother’s Day again?” A slightly panicked tone sailed out his lips.
“This Sunday!” I grinned watching him squirm as only a forgetful dad can.
“Thanks friend. Seriously, thank you,” he said as he walked away.
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Happy Womens’ History Month! This last March has been all about the leading women in my life. From my mom helping out with childcare while I was on an epic work trip, to the gal pal who taught me to ‘throw my hip’ in my new LBD to my amazing colleagues past and present. My lady posse exists throughout British Columbia but are they’re also sprinkled like the brightest fucking sparkle confetti in the political wilds of Quebec, the stampeding flatlands of Alberta and the far, far away playgrounds of Australia, the US and South Africa. My women are the ones I turn to in joy and pain, sunshine and rain (to paraphrase these dudes).
This anthology rounds up some of the best bits of the internet currently tipping its hat to women while also educating us on leadership, great eats and confidence-building dance moves.
Pictured above: Moon Wind Trading Co in Yucca Valley, CA, a shop full of ephemera, weavings, crystals, clothes and more. I met a lovely hostess one night at Pappy & Harriet’s and then the next day met here again while she was working at Moon Wind for her very pregnant BFF who owns the place.
The Alison Show – an new instagram to follow featuring pelvic thrusts and booty shakes.