Props! Law of the Garbage Truck

It is 2019 and I’m feeling contemplative. 2018 wasn’t a bad year for me but I watched many friends struggle. Many of them are hopeful for twelve months with less stress, better health, and happier people around them.

I’m not one for resolutions because I don’t like the pressure. I would rather tackle growth throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Last year, I extended my yoga training further and have cemented my love for teaching chair yoga. I’m committed to making yoga more accessible. And I’m now wondering what are my next steps.

I have tried to be a good wife and a great mum. I’m trying to raise a strong girl who won’t comply to societal norms.

Yet, I’ve realized there are so many people trying to make being a wife, mom, daughter, employee, business owner, volunteer and friend extremely difficult. I’m starting to look hard at what I want and where I want to be.

I went looking for inspiration and I came across this article I saved awhile ago from Our Life is Beautiful. It is the concept of the Law of the Garbage Truck. Give it a read and leave me your thoughts.

https://www.ourlifeisbeautiful.com/law-garbage-truck/

In the comments, please share inspiring stories like the link above or your hopes for 2019! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance – and Facebook!

SPROUTING [P]INSPIRATION:
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Valentine’s Day Grouch?

Valentine's Day Grouch

My poor husband; I think I have been brought up as a Valentine’s Day Grouch. Although, the idea of cards, poetry, and declares of love started as a tradition in the late 1700s (thanks Wiki!), I grew up thinking of it as a Hallmark Holiday. Continue reading

War & Peace

War+Peace

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row”

Wednesday was Remembrance Day in Canada; we took the time to acknowledge the soldiers who have served in the past and still fight in the present.

“That mark our place; and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below.”

My friend and I went to a free showing of the movie Hyena Road in the afternoon. The movie is set in Afghanistan and shows the struggles of Canadian soldiers and the innocent citizens living in a war zone. The small children who have grown up to see war as normal haunted me. And the mental and physical strength of the soldiers is humbling.

“We are the Dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved, and now we lie”

Friday, another attack on innocent people – this time in Paris.

“Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.”

The people of Paris have shown that they will take up the fight against this violence … but with compassion. They opened their homes to those that were stranded by using Twitter and the hashtag #PorteOuverte. They lined up for hours to donate blood. Paris taxi drivers turned off their meters. And Facebook set up a page for family and friends to check on love ones. These normal citizens have become heroes for many.

The world mourns another senseless act like New York’s Twin Towers and London’s 7/7. Our large western cities are a little more fearful but I am grateful that despite these violent acts, I can raise my child in Canada, far from daily acts of war.

If you wish to read more about these events, please follow any of the blue links in the post.

Quotes from: John McCrae, In Flanders Field.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance

Blog Love Friday! 2015 June 26

Blog Love Friday

There will be a lot to celebrate this PRIDE weekend. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage will be legal in all States. This is a huge win for couples that have not been allowed equal rights in regards to marriage. I haven’t read the full document but I hope this will also allow them to spousal rights provided through insurance, medical care, and pensions.

I took the image above at our friends’ (lesbian) wedding in 2010; they were married at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.

SPROUTING COMMUNITY:
Toronto is one of the biggest PRIDE parties in the world! It is not just a party but also a two-week celebration of concerts, marches, parades, lectures, celebrations, and education. Lots of ways to occupy yourself, so go have fun!

BALANCED RECIPES:
Giant Buckwheat Pancake | Edible Perspective
I haven’t been doing very well with breakfast lately. Sometimes I make a smoothie, or use my homemade granola but there have been many days where I ate an ounce of cheese and some biscuits and called myself done. Ashley says this pancake holds her for five hours! I need to find out if this is true.

FEELING OFF-BALANCE:
Silent Bridal Showers | Scary Mommy
This site is always good for some blunt thoughts and their criticism of the silent (aka non-existent, but still send money) bridal shower is excellent. I thought this was a fitting article to add, as I will be spending my Saturday afternoon at a bridal shower. The bride will receive a thoughtful gift for her use from me. It is not a gift certificate, gift card, cash, cheque or e-transfer. It is something that I hope she will thoroughly enjoy on her honeymoon. Weddings, showers, Jack & Jill’s, stag nights, bachelor and bachelorette parties… when did the celebration of vows become a money spending & debt creating event?

SPROUTING [P]INSPIRATION:
Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance

Blog Love Friday! 2015 May 29

Blog Love Friday

I may have mentioned that we have a toddler. A toddler that likes to play in the dirt, play with other children and generally be a kid. That means that a fair portion of our year is spent being sick in some manner. This has been one of those weeks; a general feeling of being ‘off’, needing more sleep and drinking bucket loads. The doctor told my husband that it was most likely a version of flu but since we had our flu shots, we have been saved from the nasty parts.

FEELING OFF-BALANCE:
Lessons From Getting Sick | Amanda Rose Wellness
Our recent little bout of illness got me looking for other people’s thoughts about being sick. This post was written by a woman whose business is wellness. I think that being ill while running your own business (especially one wellness based) is hard. Those who work for large corporations often have paid sick days and therefore can afford to look after their health. Not true for those who are self employed or on contract.

LEARNING TO SPROUT:
How to Thrive Now That Work Life Balance is Dead | Forbes
I don’t believe that balance is possible; we sway like a plant. We can be pushed one day by the wind in one direction. Pushed the other way the next; and sometimes support is needed to keep us upright. Learning to stay calm during times of change can help you thrive.

ORGANIZING OUR ROOTS:
30 Minutes Till Guests Arrive … What do you Clean? | Design Mom
Housework is often pushed to the side when life gets hectic and then panic occurs when guests announce when they are arriving shortly. What to do? Read this article to find out.

SPROUTING [P]INSPIRATION:
Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance

Blog Love Friday! 2015 May 22

Blog Love Friday

It is difficult posting a blog when the internet decides to be patchy. In this technology driven age, we expect everything to run smoothly all of the time. It doesn’t. Sometimes the best thing to do is to unplug and do something else.

SPROUTING COMMUNITY:
3 Steps Anyone Can Take to Reduce Water Consumption | Food 52
Lack of water is a much greater problem than the internet running smoothly. Many people think of it as a third world problem but North America has shortages too. No matter where you live, do your part and save some ‘liquid gold’.

FEELING OFF-BALANCE:
Food Adventures from the Road to the Carolinas | A Natural Disaster
This is a lovely summary of the ‘Continental Breakfast’ and the various additives you consume from the prepared spread. We have also struggled with eating healthy when the choices are white flour waffles and maple ‘flavoured’ syrup. Recently, we started using Homeaway.com and choosing to stay at a home instead of a hotel. It gives us the opportunity to make our own meals and enjoy a more healthful start to our day.

GIGGLING TO BALANCE:
An Open Letter to Aspiring Exercisers Who Parent Young Children | Parent Co.
Oh did I love this post. Written by a writer that gave lots of ‘how-to’ exercise advice pre-children and now fully understands that having a child is exercise itself.

LOCAL SPROUTS:
For those with young children, you may appreciate taking a Wee Hands Sign Language session of classes. It can help you with the awkward stage where your child doesn’t have the ability to speak but knows what they want. Being able to teach a few simple signs (e.g. milk, more, etc.) to your baby can make a less stressful household. It is also another way to meet local families with children of similar ages. My husband did it with our daughter when he was on parental leave and enjoyed the experience. There is a session starting June 1, 2015 at Silly Goose Kids. The Wee Hands link above takes you directly to the registration page.

SPROUTING [P]INSPIRATION:
Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance