29 Jan

Wellness for 2017

It’s a new year and with it comes new ideas of things we could be doing differently to promote wellness in our lives.


The less is more movement continues to be significant. North Americans have become known for their love of material things. The trend in 2016 was decluttering your life physically and emotionally. In 2017 it continues as it moves to fashion and our wardrobes with clothing coming from natural fibres and Canadian designers. The idea that we should simplify our wardrobes and get rid of excess, ditch the trends and get back to basics.  We guess that means 2017 will be a bit of a jeans and tshirt kind of year as we declutter our wardrobe.

Digital Detox

The constant buzzing, we are all familiar with the sound that happens even when our phone is on vibration.  The checking to see the email that just came in or texting a friend instead of calling.  In 10 Ways To Step Up Your Self Care Game in 2017 this tip stands out.  Take a no technology break and let your brain be creative without the help of a phone or computer.

Hygge or Nesting

Hygge, pronounced (hue-Gah) a Danish term defined in the New Yorker as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”.  Winter is the perfect time for curling up with a good book with a hot beverage and practicing the art of hygee.

Self Care

We keep talking about this but honestly it is incredibly important and we can’t talk about it enough.  It is the subject of many blog posts like 30 on Tap and Moms Who Drink and Swear.  A favourite description for self care that is shared by Nicole Knepper on The Soundtrack for Self Care 2017 is to take time to do things that make you feel like you.  That is fantastic advice we can all use!

Silence is Golden

Have you ever thought about spending time in complete silence?  Silent retreats are now being offered where people cannot speak and must unplug for the duration of their time there. Unwind and still your mind for a couple of days or even weeks.  These retreats are becoming so popular they are being offered around the world in countries such as Australia, Costa Rica and closer to home in Canada. There is a website that lists them on their directory.

So find something that speaks to you and make 2017 the year of wellness!


01 Jan

2017 Full of Possibilities and New Lessons

2017 Full of Possibilities and New Lessons

So here we are, we have made it to 2017.  Every year we look back and think about what we didn’t achieve.  Looking back to last year’s blog I can see that we talked about doing something new each month.

How did you do with this?  I can say that quite honestly I met my goals but not in the way I had planned.  We talked about identifying new things that you would like to do like see an opera, learn a new hobby or read a book you’ve been wanting to read.

The interesting thing is that I created a list but many of those things didn’t happen.  I never went to that opera but I did go to a student recital where our friends’ son sang opera.  The list has few check marks but interestingly life brought new experiences and lessons.  I read a fiction book in its’ entirety in less than a week.  No, it wasn’t something that helped me learn a new skill or how to reshape my thinking….it wasn’t groundbreaking it was just a really good book.

The lessons that 2016 brought me were many, but the biggest is that sometimes what I think I need to do and what I really need are different.  2016 gave me things I didn’t want but yet the wisdom they brought was invaluable.

So for 2017 be open, be positive and just resolve to let life take you where you need to go.  There is no need to overthink or to judge yourself on what you haven’t done but rather marvel at what you learned. It is okay to set some goals but I suspect less attachment to outcome is what many of us need.

I don’t know what 2017 has in store for us it does bring possibilities and new lessons and as long as we are learning then we are on the right track.


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