Tomorrow is my 44th birthday
I am fortunate and grateful to have had such a wonderful past year. My Dad didn’t see his 43rd birthday, passing away the summer prior from colon cancer. This was top of mind around my birthday last year.
Below are my highlights (and one lowlight) from the last 12 months:
Being overall holistically healthy and injury-free
Besides a big mountain bike spill on a technical trail last summer I’ve been injury-free which I am truly grateful for! I do my best for injury prevention by keeping my core fairly strong and doing gentle yoga consistently for lower back fluidity and strength. I’m overall holistically healthy as well. I could improve with eating better more consistently and have been sick the odd time, however I am fortunate to be able to live an active lifestyle with no mobility limitations.
Christmas Day with my brother
My brother Duane lives in Calgary and came out here on Christmas Day. We had such a great day! It was sunny and cold that day…around -18C from what I recall. When he got here we hiked Johnston Canyon trail which is stunning in the winter. After getting back to my place and doing our 30 second gift exchange, we played some dominoes and hung out for a while. We ate supper at a Thai place, and came back to my place to play backgammon and chat some more. It was a wonderful day
Beautiful scenery at Johnston Canyon
Front row to Mystere in Las Vegas
At the start of December I had a night by myself in Las Vegas after taking a course in St George, UT with my buddy Francesco. I decided to treat myself and got a ticket for Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystere”. It was a discounted front row ticket! It was incredible to see the beads of sweat rolling off some performers and to marvel at their incredible athletism. Luckily no sweat got on me!
Skyline backpacking trip
In August I did a backcountry hiking trip on the Skyline Trail with my friends Masaki and Leigh-Anne. The trail is very close to the Jasper townsite and starts at Maligne Lake. I hadn’t done a backcountry trip in almost ten years and was nervous. The trail is rated as one of the most scenic backcountry trails in Canada and I can definitely see why! I got very little sleep those two nights however it was worth it.
Hiking Skyline Trail towards Jasper
Learning Universal Sphere® and becoming a practitioner
In September I learned a next-generation energy tool called Universal Sphere. It was very easy to learn and is something that I now use on a daily basis. As a direct result I now feel more calm, grounded, and have a greater sense of trust that the Universe has my back. If you’re curious, click here to watch a video testimonial of me talking about it. I just recently started doing paid sessions for others and love it! This may sound very woo-woo to you, which I totally understand. However there is scientific evidence showing tangible evidence of the benefits of it.
Lowlight – news and down the rabbit hole
For the last number of years I purposely don’t follow the news much as I find most of it depressing and negative in nature. Last August I started following the news closely and diving deep into some of the recent and upcoming events (eg-USA election). At the same time I went down the rabbit hole watching various documentaries about New World Order, the Rothschilds, reasons for various wars, etc… Essentially a lot of this painted a very black picture about various things in our world. Since that time I am doing my best to be a projector of good energy and light in this world, and have resumed barely following the news. I am holding the space that the light (positive) forces in our collective consciousness will overtake the dark and negative.
4 Peaks Canmore
For the second consecutive year I did a fundraising hike with my friend Tyler on August 31. The hike was to raise awareness for bipolar disorder, to raise funds for the International Bipolar Foundation, and also to raise funds for Parkinson Canada (Tyler’s charity of choice). August 31 is a special day for me as it’s my medication-free anniversary. I’m fortunate to have not been on any psychiatric medication since August of 2010 (with various medical professionals’ support) and do not intend to again moving forward. When I got up on August 31 for the hike, my stomach was really queasy. Tyler and I biked into Canmore, hiked up and down Grotto Mountain, biked up to Cougar Creek, and then hiked up to the platform on Lady MacDonald. During all of that my stomach was getting worse and I was getting progressively slower. At the platform I made the difficult decision to call it a day and start heading down. Tyler continued to the summit. After getting back down to Cougar Creek we biked down to my car which was in the core area of Canmore. I stopped and supported Tyler the rest of the day. It was SO inspiring to see him bike up to Grassi Lakes, run up and down East End of Rundle, and then run up and down Ha Ling Peak. He is a machine! Click here to read a full recap of this fundraising hike as well as my lessons learned. Planning is in the works for a 3rd hiking fundraiser this August 31…
Tyler and I at the top of Grotto Mountain, our first peak during 4 Peaks Canmore
Tantra Relationships course
Every Thursday evening in April I fully participated in a tantra relationships course in Calgary facilitated by the incredible Rovena Skye. The course was definitely out of my comfort zone! The vast majority of the course focused on effective communication…being fully present, asking for what I truly desire, receiving what I desire, and asking permission. We covered other concepts like Core Erotic Blueprints and the Wheel of Consent. All touch was non-sexual and done only with permission. It was a fantastic course and I feel that I have better skills and communication for an upcoming primary relationship.
BC road trip
In May I did a road trip to British Columbia. First I stopped at my friend Klaus’ place in Vancouver to visit him and his family. I then went camping on my own in the Tofino area on the west coast of Vancouver Island for four days. That is the first time that I’ve been there. I spent the days hiking, exploring and sightseeing. The weather was ideal, around 20C most days and sunny. Gorgeous place! On the drive back I stopped to see my cousin Tania and her husband Toby at their beautiful newly built home overlooking Kamloops, and stayed overnight with my aunt Sheryl and uncle Stan in Golden.
Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet (near Tofino)
This is an area I had heard a lot about from various people however I had never been. I got a group of six friends together and made a campsite reservation for the end of June…three months in advance for our late September overnight. On the first day we hiked the circuit around the area in very cool and overcast conditions. The second day we awoke to bright blue skies and it got up to around 20C. We hiked to an area and were by ourselves! Spent the day hiking around, soaking in the sun, and admiring the larch trees which had turned to their stunning gold colour.
Group shot while hiking in the Lake O’Hara area
Me admiring the golden larch trees in the Lake O’Hara area
Learning to heal subconscious blocks
In October I attended a five day in-person business course in Canmore facilitated by the inspiring intuitive business coach Fia-Lynn Crandall. She taught us how to heal our own subconscious blocks. Learning it was powerful! During one of the healing sessions I had a headache come up during the process. I trusted the process and kept plugging on. After that session was complete my headache instantly went away! Since that course I’ve healed many subconscious blocks, primarily around the areas of power, fear and money. I still have some blocks to heal and am truly grateful to have the ability to help myself move through various roadblocks that I subconsciously have.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! I greatly appreciate it.
I’m setting the intention that my 44th time around the sun will be my best year yet