Meet Dexter! My new best friend

From my Instagram post: Meet #Dexter my #newbestfriend I’m a total #flightrisk🚀 and I’ve wanted a dog for 20 years and never got one because I knew I wasn’t in a place where I could devote my time and attention into developing my relationship with my dog. The timing is right finally. I’m excited to have a training/adventuring buddy. I want him to be with me always. Where do you wanna go little man? Now I don’t have to worry about encountering a bear when I’m trail running by myself day and night or feel unsafe walking or running along shady streets in dodgy neighbourhoods at night (For example: Pandora at 2am. Really Melissa? #yourenotinKansasanymore. Also? #yourenotinvisible —- When a guy came up to me “Heeey girl…” 😳 I will never do that againi will never do this again*i will never do this again 😬) But I digress…I sent in an application so I hope I get it. 🤞🏻 On 20 acres by the river/exercise adventure buddy. I think I’m a good candidate. @lanamah2000 now Cyrus will have a buddy, another member of his pack. No more separation anxiety. He’ll be able to play and burn off steam and not look sad and depressed if we don’t have time to take him out. Plus I’m stoked to run these two together. They can both carry packs with my water and food. #bestdecisionever

Check out this little clip of Cyrus being ‘Such a good boy’. Soon Cyrus will have a buddy another member of his pack that he can run with.

Slow Dance poem by David L. Weatherford

Slow Dance by David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain
Slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?

When you ask: How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time
To call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through the day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower.

Hear the music
Before the song is over.

West Coast to East Coast along the TC-1 East relocating to Nova Scotia ✌🏻 BC

Ontario kind of goes on forever. The trip started to feel pretty long last night when I was really tired. I pulled over at the first picnic spot I found after Kenora, beside Willard lake. I had the entire spot to myself.

The stars were radiant; I haven’t seen a sky that incredible with so many sparkling stars since I was in New Zealand, many years ago now.

The water was like glass; it was simply spectacular. I stared at the lights sparkling off the water for some time. When one of the lights started moving slowly along the water I wasn’t sure if I was looking at a reflection of the sky or fireflies. Eventually I realized it was a plane flying overhead but it totally threw me off.

I brought several fleece blankets and a few faux fur mats with me to make the most comfortable bed in the backseat of my CRV I laid them out along the rocks beside the water and slept under the stars for a about four hours from 2300-0300.

It was so peaceful listening to the loons calling and all the different sounds of the night. I could make out crickets and frogs and the sound of fish jumping. There weren’t any bugs, I thought that there would have been after one of the stops I made at dusk. The bugs were swarming; it gave me flashbacks of my fire fighting days. Specifically the muskeg in Quebec.

This trip, and the sense of ultimate freedom, is exactly what I need right now. The timing is truly impeccable. I need this to nourish my soul. My Mom doesn’t know I’m headed her way and I can’t wait to see her face when I arrive.

Here’s a link if you’d like to see where I’m at on Maps:

On my way to Katherine Cove today; only 9 h 29 min. It sounds amazing, I might stay there for a few days.

I mentioned where I was headed to a lady in a store just now. She said Katherine Cove is so beautiful “but there’s nothing there.”. I told her “That’s perfect. That’s exactly what I want.”

So I should get there after 1am.

3 years ago: Beginning stages of my first run 115 day streak

Three years ago today #memories It was around this time that I registered for a 100 miler in Denmark to give me enough fear to get my ass out the door when I was struggling to get into the routine I needed and wanted. #running #consistency #thestruggleisreal #runstreak #daytwo #winning #notreallytho #onedayatatime *comments from today* Oh the run streak. Sometimes I put the cart before the horse and start pursuing something before I have all my ducks in a row. Holy metaphors Batman. I still have some chaos to sort out in my life before I can commit to another run streak. The dust is starting to settle, things are coming together but I’m not there yet where I can pour myself into my training.

Everything is temporary

Two years ago I couldn’t have imagined how I would let go and truly flow. There was so much uncertainty and so much change. I made so many sacrifices …and I just let go. This created space in my life for something truly amazing and beautiful to enter and I know without a doubt that I made the right decision. I embrace change. I am fearless. Life begins outside your comfort zone. I will continue to boldly go where I’ve never been before and create the absolute adventure that is my life. I do what I have to do to get what I want and I know what I want. Sometimes I lose focus and direction but when I give myself the time and space I come back to what really matters and what is most important to me.

40 day juice fast: Day 1/40

I worked last night and drank green tea and vegetable broth all night. I am on my way to get a body composition scan done. I will post the body composition results.

Starting stats:

height: 5’10”

weight: 151.1 lbs, 20.8% body fat

dimensions: 37-29-39

Juice 1: I bought a bag of mandarin oranges yesterday and green grapes and a bag of organic carrots and ginger. I will Juice these after the body scan.

Juice 2: Lettuce, celery, cucumber, Granny Smith green apple, lemon, coconut water, ginger. I will juice that later today. I will take pictures and upload a post when I prepare my juices.

So this is day 1 of my 40 day juice fast. I will keep my blog as the platform for tracking this content as it’s for my own purposes and I want before during and after photos for comparison. I want to see how my body changes when I allow it to detoxify, release the toxins stored in fat tissue and what not.

I Must Go On – Inspired by David Goggins

Posted @withrepost • @davidgoggins Your mind wants to grow so you have to feed it. Your mind doesn’t ask “what have you done for me lately?”, it asks “what have you done for me today?” You have to apply pressure to things in order to make them grow.

When you are in the hurt locker, you have to take great pleasure in the fact that no one wants to be where the fuck you are right now. Take great pleasure knowing that your mind is stronger than the conditions being put in front of you.

When it’s cold outside, I must go on.

When I’m tired from a bad nights sleep, I must go on.

When I look in the sky and the clouds say rain is coming, I must go on.

When day is too hot, I must go on.

When I lose my job, I must go on.

When my spouse leaves me, I must go on.

When death hits close to home, I must go on.

Because no one else wants to, I must go on!

Life is fucking relentless, I must go on!

At the end of this journey, there may not be a pot of gold but there will be a shit ton of self-respect! A lot of people in life are very successful but I think very few are fulfilled. Fulfillment comes when you know you tried your hardest and have given your absolute best when responding to life with “I must go on!”