Practicing Positivity – My Jar of Awesome

My Jar of Awesome
My Jar of Awesome

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been absent from the blog for a while. I had a nice break from work and I took a break from the blog as well in order to spend time with friends and family and to really and fully relax for a while.

I have a little tradition I’ve been doing for the past two years that I’d like to share with all of you as it has been very rewarding for me.

I call it my Jar of Awesome – but you can call yours whatever you like if you decide to do this as well.

I started it in January 2013. Every time something awesome happens – a fun day, an accomplishment, a friend having a baby…the list goes on – I write it down on a little piece of paper and pop it in the jar.

On New Year’s Day I spill all the little pieces of paper out and read them over. I find so much joy in doing this! I tend to forget a lot of the great things that occurred over the course of the year and being reminded of them and remembering those moments brings me into such a positive mind frame to start the new year.

I then write them all down in a moleskin notebook so I have a permanent record that I can look back on over the years.

There are a few reasons why I do this:

  • It’s a fun and happy tradition to start the new year.
  • It helps me remember all the good things that have happened over the course of the year, allowing me to reflect on it positively, and allowing the negatives to fade from my memory as much as possible.
  • I feel that in the future I will be very glad to have a record of all the happy events in my life over the years.

This year before emptying my jar I thought to myself “I don’t think I will have as many as the last year, I don’t recall as many awesome things this year.” Lo and behold, there were actually more than the previous year! Many had escaped my memory and I was very glad to be reminded of them.

Tip: After doing this for two years now, I’ve learned that it is a good idea to date the events, and it’s nice to include a few notes about some of them to help you remember. For example, if my note is that I attended the Vancouver Film Fest for the entire weekend, I might add a note about who I went with, who I ran into there, and what bands I discovered I really liked.

I also like to throw in concert tickets and similar items to paste into the book as well, to make it like a scrapbook. I’m also planning to print out pictures of some of the events to include as well.

This practice has been so much fun and really helped me to be positive and grateful for all the good things in my life. I hope you will choose to join me while the year is still young so that next New Year’s Day you can relive your best memories from the preceding year as well.

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A Beautiful Day for a Hike

Yesterday I had a wonderful day doing what I love the most – exploring nature with a friend. For the locals: We headed out to Buntzen Lake in Port Moody. We did the loop around the lake, with a detour at the north end to go around another small lake and catch a glimpse of Indian Arm.

Hiker on trail
That’s my friend leading the way.

I love hiking year-round. The benefits of fall and winter hiking include the fact that you don’t get as hot and you don’t have to fend off the bugs!

And, you get to see some cool things, like this:

I love watching steam rise out of the trees to join the passing clouds.
I love watching steam rise out of the trees to join the passing clouds.

 

mountain in clouds
More cloud appreciation.

We stopped at North Beach for a snack and a stretch and got to appreciate the view.

Hiking shots
View from North Beach, Buntzen Lake Hike, Port Moody, BC, Canada
dock on lake with sky view
Dock at North Beach, Buntzen Lake

And then we continued on along the trail taking in the sites of the lake, moss covered trees, trail-side mushrooms, streams, and several waterfalls.

IMG_0594It was a gorgeous day for a hike. I only wish the pictures could do it justice. If you are able to, I highly suggest you find a friend, pack a bag and head out into the woods!

Make sure you are prepared though – hiking safety is important!  Check out the Mountain Equipment Co-op website for some tips and tricks.

The First Post – Who am I and what am I going to talk about?

Me on a foggy hike
Photo taken by Chloe Ernst. That’s me on a foggy hike.

I was feeling a lot of pressure to come up with a great first post for this blog…but I wasn’t getting it done so I’ve decided to just start writing and see what comes out.

My name is Adrienne, I’m currently 34 and live on the West Coast of Canada. I realize at this stage of the game West Coast Blog Lady or West Coat Blog Woman would have been more appropriate than Girl, but those don’t have quite the same ring to them, so let’s just go with it okay? Thanks 😉

I assume this blog will likely evolve over time and I may end up focusing more on certain topics than others. Originally I was trying to narrow down what sorts of things I would write about – but honestly I don’t want to limit myself. I want to talk about whatever is on my mind. However, the sorts of things you can expect to read about here include:

  • Cultivating positivity and gratitude in your life
  • Happiness
  • Self-reflection and self-improvement (I’m constantly trying to improve myself and my situation and believe the world would be a better place if we all took the time to do more of that)
  • Simplicity
  • Healthy living (something I strive towards but am not great at – yet!)
  • West Coast stuff – I’m a big nature lover and like to camp and hike so I will likely be posting things relating to those passions

I hope you like what you find here.

Edit May 22 2015: I have decided to focus this blog around hiking and other outdoor adventures. Oh and I’m 35 now 😉