Well it’s been a hell of a summer. Feels like I’ve finally sat down and realized it was over. Holy shit.
So we’ve got so many things to cover here let’s see…..
Well August came and went. The two shows feel like they just didn’t even phase me and life is back to normal.
Ella came to town for what seems like a snap of a finger. It was not nearly long enough and I’m missing one of the closest humans to my heart big time.
Well, after about 5 days of what seemed like all nighters, I guess this is what we did;
🔹Spent the first day hosting camp. It was our guinea pig. We have so many ideas for round 2. Next location…. Hmmmmmm 😉
🔹Hit up the Keg for Ella’s first Canadian steak experience. Met Joel, raging chiver and bad ass bartender. Keep running into this human places, maybe it’s a sign I haven’t eaten enough steak. I caught him buying foods to help him cleanse his poor liver. Fist bump to that! Hahaha
🔹Monday we lifted all ze weights. Well all ze little weights because it was shoulder day and they don’t require 3000#. After our lift we travelled down the DVP to get ourselves to Yonge St and show Ella the main downtown shenanigans.
🔹Took that sweet apple bottom girl to the exhibition. We got a palm reading done and shit man… Those people are freaky. Felt like she was staring into my soul and pulling out what was inside. It was hopeful, so whether my fate is true to her words or completely far off, it’s hopeful!
🔹Tuesday came with guns a blazing … Bwahahaha. Yes yes we take ze guns for ze runs. Wonderland was delightful. We rode roller coasters and got our heads smashed by that dang wild beast coaster. Tuesday was probably the best day out in the atmosphere. Mostly because James got to come out and everyone knows that guy works so damn hard and takes a break for nothing. My buddy Mel came too so we basically partied.
🔹Wednesday we went out with a bang. We got tattoos of Pandalopes – angry panda with antlers – and hit up The Works for some serious burgers. The smart and brilliant mind of mine decided we would go full steam ahead to Niagara Falls around 830pm… With what seemed like an ocean full of water pouring down on us. We got there with luckily no monsoon and did the full Clifton Hill walk.
🔹We hit Denny’s after the madness up thurrr. And it hit us back. We started to get tired and sad on the way to the airport… At this point it was Thursday morning. Felt lucky to be so tired so I didn’t cry when Ella left.
Let me tell you this homies:
It’s not everyday that you stumble upon someone who changes your life for the better. Those of you who know me know I don’t play well with girls, or at least have a history of having very limited girlfriends. This girl is the life of the party, and she brings out the best in people by just being her…. Or her Russian counterpart (lol). I can’t explain how much wisdom this beautiful young girl has. At 21 you wouldn’t expect to see someone so fearless and so free. Call her a hippie or call her a badass… She is all of those things. ‘Little peter cottontail running through the forest’…. ‘The last unicorn’… I could go on but you get it.
I hope I can one day empower the lives of so many as she has already. For someone so young she has uncovered some amazing opportunities, worked her ass off for every single one of them, and has so many stories to tell you. With the experiences she has lived and grown from already, she is wise beyond her years. I admire that, and I want to see her grow far beyond the fitness world we all know her in.
Now that I’ve gotten all sappy, I have so many more awesome things I could tell you about. Mostly that every weekend James and I have Date Night, and we’ve made a pact over at my mom’s place to host Sunday dinner every Sunday (:
There’s something to be said about the simple things in life.
I don’t know if many people realize the importance of being surrounded by the people who care about you the most. I know with schedules and life, shit gets wild. But sometimes even though your tired, sore, irritated, bummed out… So are the people who care about you. You both need each other. Those people are the ones who pick you up when you feel lost and alone, or when you just want to smile and laugh at something stupid and silly.
I dismissed a lot of family time, friend time and most of all James time while I was training for my shows, going through career changes (both of us) and owning a house. Now, some of you may say alone time is good and that’s okay, but I can’t tell you how much better I feel after I spend a day at my moms, who lives just around the corner. The days where James and I just take off and drive somewhere, play with RC cars or just drive down bumpy trails… Those times take no effort to accomplish, but they are the first things we just let roll off our backs. I made a commitment to myself and to my loved ones that I was going to be more mindful of these circumstances. I don’t want to be alone. I don’t want to strive for success in this world without the people who mean the most at my side to help me/support me. I don’t want them to obtain their success with me in the shadows, and myself regretting not being there to see them through their struggles on their way there.
Someone told me they thought I was so balanced and they asked how I do it… I dont. I constantly take a look at myself… Wonder where I’m at. Am I happy? Could it be better? What am I going to do to fix the way I feel?
My first step is this: my phone has a workday. It gets flipped over and left past a certain time at night, and on days where I go out on dates or we have family dinner, it sits somewhere and we make memories the old fashioned way… Without a YouTube video… Without a selfie. Just good company.