Brain Dump – Self Care, Change and Priorities

I don’t know why, but I’ve been on a rather big lifestyle change/kick in the last few years..I think part of it started because I was (and currently am) single and I used to feel like something was wrong with me and I needed to change…..

Thank goodness I have evolved from that space…

Now I do it because I just feel like I want to change for me…and that is SO much better and makes the process of undertaking the changes so much more enjoyable. And many thanks to all of my patient friends and Coach Tara for helping me get to this place.

It started with a focus on fitness and weight loss and though I could still stand to lose a few more pounds and do more strength training, I think I am generally a-ok.  Lately my focus has been all on self care, learning my job and planning my finances more carefully.

This new-ish job has forced me into starting some major self care because I wouldn’t be upright if I wasn’t taking care of myself.  The best result of this self care is that it’s forced me to look at the things I really want in my life, what’s important. More and more it’s about experiencing things and not letting myself be held back because I’m not X enough or I am scared. Traveling, spending time with family and friends (locally and not so locally), learning to make really good food, running races/staying fit, trying new things and to make each day better than the one that proceeded it are the things that are taking up big real estate in my head and my life.

And as I have been thinking of these things that mean the most, and realizing how much traveling to visit friends, try new activities, make and eat really good food and keep my gym membership really cost in terms of both time and money.   It’s a LOT. Esp. since I also tend to be a bit fancy when it comes to my skin and hair maintenance.  Oy!

I’m not perfect…but I am navigating it.  The benefits of writing down all the money I have spent in January and now February is showing me where I can make cuts (bye bye weekly coffee dates).  The Lent Challenge #10items40days is forcing me to take a bit of inventory  (btw, this website is an awesome place to start re: the benefits of a shopping ban, budgeting and how vital it is to take an inventory of the stuff you have so you don’t end up with extra junk) of all the stuff I have.  For example, I do not think I will need eye shadow, nail polish, shampoo, conditioner or body lotion again for at least two years…if not longer.

Another weird side effect of all of this is that I have become more aware of my food waste and I’m trying my very best to use all my veggies before buying new ones. I am slowly working my way through my freezer.  Trying to use up stuff before it is freezer burnt to hell and then start keeping a more structured inventory of things in the freezer so I don’t find a block of ice that was once a roasting  chicken. Oh and by using up all these things, I’m making more of an effort to cook and trying to cook wisely and my weight has dropped a bit (though I feel some of this might be from work stress).

Anyway, what this brain dump is meant to accomplish is just a weird inventory of the stuff I’m trying to do, what I’ve accomplished and what the big life priorities are.  It just felt really great to put this all somewhere…and yeah…I’m feeling kind of excited to continue changing things up and, in the smallest and biggest ways, making life a bit better every day.

Thanks for listening friends! Mwas to you all and happy Friday!!

~Princess Lisa









Long Weekend!

It’s been a ROUGH few weeks at work, as I may have mentioned six million times in the blog…but I see a teeny tiny light at the end of the tunnel – a three day weekend is ahead of me.


Phew, that felt good to get out. :)

Now I just need to survive the next day and a half at work….*sigh*

I’m excited for two days in a row of sleeping in (which will mean, of course, that I will be up at the butt crack of dawn and/or sleep like shit because Murphy’s Law).  I’m excited for brunch with a dear friend of mine.  I’m excited for cooking up a big bowl of buttery popcorn and the mid-season premier of Walking Dead. I’m kinda excited to go to curling. I’m excited to continue working on my Lent Declutter Challenge (15 things are gone already!)…especially since I’m going to try and get rid of more than my ten items a day so that my trip to Aus won’t extend the challenge too much longer than the 40 days.

I’m also still enjoying running, for whatever reason….which is great.  I hope this love of running continues until Wine n Dine is done in November. :)  I’m looking forward to attempting an 8 mile run on Sunday – which will be the longest distance I have run since running the Tinkerbell Half in May 2015.  I might even sneak in a swim after my brunch date – mostly because I have been feeling lack lustre on the swim front and feel like going on my own to fart around in the pool might be what I need to get me back in it.

What are your favourite things to do on long weekends?  Any must dos?

~Princess Lisa

40 Days n Nights

So that whole Lent thing begins today. I have never done anything for Lent…and most of that is because I’m not at all religious.

This year, that is going to change.  I found this super great declutter challenge on a fellow Canadian blogger, Liz at One Twenty Five.  Her challenge is to throw away ten things every day in an effort to declutter her apartment.

Liz…I’m SO with ya.  I need some massive decluttering to happen in the worst way.  My only issue is that I’m heading on vacation during the challenge so I may have to double up on days I am home so that I can hit that big old challenge.

Oh and if getting rid of ten things a day sounds to intimidating, try only five a day or maybe one?  Whatever feels best, just do it. :)  Give it to friends that are interested. Donate it. Sell it.  Recycle it.  Upcycle it.  Trash it.  Just. Get. Rid. Of It.

I am going to try for ten.  Between all of the old Sephora samples and travel bottles of toiletries I stocked up during my old traveling road show job, I think I could just do that for the challenge…but I do plan on making my way out of the bathroom…other places that I think I could declutter include:

  • under my bed (eek)
  • wardrobe
  • PJs, socks and running top drawers
  • cookbook collection
  • old nail polishes
  • these old scented oil burning things I was obsessed when I was in my early twenties..not so much now
  • old jewelry I’m not sure what to do with
  • all the random crap at the bottom of the closet

Seriously…this makes me want to be home so I can start! I hope that less clutter will mean that cleaning/tidying is that much easier as guru Marie Kondo suggests.  Btw, here methods of folding t-shirts is the BEST.  I use it for my running clothes and I always end up with exactly what I need/want.

Do you do anything to recognize Lent?  What do you have planned? Let me know!

~Princess Lisa