Posts made in May, 2011

11 Things…

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in regular | 0 comments

I did one of these lists back in January and some people really liked it. I think it’s time for another, so here is a list of 11 things you may or may not know about me.

  1. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Fine Arts Cultural Studies; it’s a double major; and a post graduate diploma in Arts Administration/Cultural Management
  2. I had my full motorcycle license before I knew how to drive a car. I owned an EX500 for about 5 years; it was a grad present to myself.
  3. I love Scrabble and it’s various digital game knock offs.
  4. I never went to Grade 3. When I moved to Canada (from Poland) my math skills were above Grade 3 and I didn’t speak any English…so I got placed in Grade 4 to be with kids who were the same age as me. Little did I know, Grade 4 is also the year that French class started for non immersion kids…you try learning 2 languages at once.
  5. Ireland holds a special place in my heart. I’ve wanted to visit since I was about 14 and finally went, practically on a whim, for two weeks surrounding my 28th birthday (yes, I’m older than 28). I will definitely be going back again.
  6. I love hugs and I love laughter. Both have super powers.
  7. In high school I played the flute, sang in 3 choirs, acted in musicals, did make up for the school play, played on the Tennis team…I don’t do any of these things anymore. I really miss musicals.
  8. I’m trained in classical piano, but stopped playing almost 12 years ago. I regret it.
  9. I have a day job that doesn’t involve me serving food, alcohol or coffee. Although 8-years at Second Cup did pay my way through school.
  10. I took a few Tae Kwan Do classes in my late teens and broke a piece of wood (basically a 2 x 4) with my foot. Just like a Ninja 😉
  11. I recently got back into practicing Yoga. I greatly value it as part of my life. It gives me a positive outlook, calms everyday stresses, reinforces the importance of patience, gives me strength and provides a mental/physical challenge. I am hoping to continue on this path and am considering teaching Yoga.

Are you interested in a specific list?

Let me know and maybe I’ll post it it in the future!

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In Motion for a Cure

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in regular | 0 comments

If you know me, or have read this blog before, you know that I am a huge supporter of anything involving the fight against Breast Cancer. I’ve participated in a few Weekends to End Women’s Cancers as a volunteer, a safety crew member and a walker, as well as a couple years being involved in the CIBC Run for the Cure. When I’m not part of an event, I’m donating to the cause. Maybe there won’t be a miracle cure tomorrow but I have faith that together we can beat Cancer and I will continue to fight it.

Last year my mum and sister participated in a “full day fitness marathon” called Yoga in Motion. It’s basically a “day” of Yoga or Zumba with short breaks. Studies have shown that regular exercise can lower the risk of Cancer and thus this event not only raises funds, but actively involves each participant in fighting the disease! When my sister asked me to join the West End Warriors, I gladly agreed.

A few months of fundraising found me surpassing my goal and ready to spend April 11th on the mat. Or so I thought. The day proved much more intense than I had expected. Four 45-minute sessions; I did 3 Yoga and one Zumba; with 10 minute breaks (we got 30min for a very quick lunch). I lost track of how many Sun Salutations I did and I’m fairly sure my hips have never been so open. Even though I do work out, and have been regularly practicing Yoga for about 4 months, my whole body was sore for days; but I have no regrets.

As with other similar events I attended, there was a feeling of community and emotions ran high as organizers and volunteers shared some of their stories. I lost a family member to Breast Cancer in 2003 and know a survivor or two. Events like these are truly inspiring because even though each story is unique, there’s a common goal.

If you have a story to share, I’d love to hear it!

And in case you’re wondering, it’s not too late to donate!

Let’s stand strong, and in motion, for a cure!

Namaste.

         Runners Lunge

                                 That’s me, on the right, looking very serious.

    (Photo Credit: Yoga in Motion website, Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary)

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