Hello hello!

How are you guys doing today? I know most of my US buddies are enjoying a long weekend so I hope that whatever you’re up to, your day is off to a beautiful start. Summer truly feels like it’s here and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been loving the shorts and tanks weather.

Deep Cove, Vancouver

As I mentioned on Friday, one of my friends was visiting this weekend so we went on a hiking, city sightseeing + food tour. It was a blast and if any of you happen to be coming to Vancouver this summer, hit me up if you need some recommendations! (Alternatively, you can check out my city guide posts here and here.)

Hiking Quarry Rock, Deep Cove

Since a new month is near, it’s time for a May goal check-in. I set a couple of pretty ambitious goals and definitely didn’t hit them all, but there were tons of unexpected and surprising learnings in the process. Here’s the run-down:

1. Be able to snatch a 55lb barbell – C-

Gahh guys I’m definitely not there yet, but it’s not for lack of trying. At the beginning of the month I was giving all of the movements that make up a snatch some solid attention, but started to feel a little click-y and sensitive in my right shoulder. Erring on the cautious side, I decided to back off the frequency.

HOWEVER….

What I CAN do now is a pretty darn good 35lb barbell snatch (better than the beginning of May) and a whole lot of other fun things. Two weeks ago I accomplished my first double unders (when you skip and the rope passes under your feet twice instead of once), and I’ve been trying to nail these since February! After many failed attempts and rope whip marks on my legs, I finally did it and it was such an awesome feeling.

gym stuff, skipping rope and asics

I also learned how to climb a rope and can now do wall walks with a dismount that looks far more graceful than earlier attempts. As the name suggests, a wall walk is when you lie tummy-down on the floor with your feet against a wall, get into high plank, walk your feet up the wall while simultaneously walking your hands toward it, then reverse and walk your hands and feet back to their starting positions. A month ago I was ok at the walking up part of this, but my dismount consisted of my legs sliding down the wall – kind of like a dead bug sliding off a windshield. Yay for progress!

Be able to do 5 unassisted chin ups – C+

I knew this would be ambitious and fell short of this goal too, but definitely got closer. One Crossfit class in particular that I attended was awesome for forcing me to practice because by the end, I’d done a total of 80 banded pull-ups (legit, full-range reps!) mixed with a bunch of push-ups and air squats. I practiced every other day or so on my own, and was amazed how even just doing 2-3 sets of 6 sets made the next attempt feel a bit easier.

When it comes to completely unassisted chin ups, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Right now I’m able to do 2 full-range chin ups (underhand grip, as shown below, but without the band), and I’m going to continue this effort into June in hopes of hitting 5 soon.

banded chin-ups

No blog work on Sundays – A

I cheated once or twice, but for the most part I was firm on this one and made myself stay away from my laptop on Sundays. This is going to sound so obvious, but it’s amazing how one day off can help you to gain a fresh perspective and energy when Monday morning rolls around. (I guess that’s what we have weekends for!)

On my No Blog Work Sundays, I went hiking with friends, had coffee dates, went to the beach, tackled some projects I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, made my apartment feel even more sanctuary-like, slept, cooked just for fun, and enjoyed living a little more spontaneously. And it was great. So great in fact, that it’s inspired a big goal/decision for June and the rest of the summer. I’ll tell you about that on Wednesday though… it’ll be a juicy post. 😉

let's start by taking a small nap

Moving right along to June, here’s what’s coming up…

3 goals for June 2017

Read White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte

As much as I’ve tried, in the past I’ve found Danielle LaPorte’s work to be a little too abstract to truly resonate with me. However, having listened to her recent interviews on some of my favourite podcasts, I’m really excited about her latest book White Hot Truth. As the teaser on her website reads…

Has your self-help become self-criticism?

White Hot Truth is a wise and often (hilariously) relatable exploration of the conflicts between spiritual aspiration and our compulsion to improve, from Oprah SuperSoul 100 member, Danielle LaPorte.

Danielle cheerleads seekers to fully own their wisdom by having a good laugh (and maybe a good cry) at all the ways we’ve been trying to improve on our self-improvement.

As you all know, I take a lot of interest in self development and goal setting. I’ve done plenty experimentation of my own with ideas that come from self help resources, and perhaps you have too. In the interviews I’ve listened to, Danielle jokes about how self help keeners (herself included) have become so caught up in our lists of daily practices to the point where it’s more exhausting than beneficial. (For example, daily meditation, then yoga, then appointments with one guru, then onto another appointment with your backup guru just in case you didn’t like what the first one told you, etc etc etc. 😉) One of the statements that resonated with me was when she said ‘the best form of self-help is self compassion’ and this is something I’m really looking forward to digging into more while reading the book.

Do 2 hikes/day trips to places I haven’t seen yet

We’re so ridiculously fortunate to have such gorgeous trails near Vancouver that can be conquered in anywhere from an hour to several days. Last year I really fell in love with exploring some of them, and this year will be the same – just with new destinations in mind. There might also be a few non-hike escapes over the coming months, including paddleboarding which I really feel I should be better at by now as a west coaster!

Paddleboarding in Salt Spring Island - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Wear non-lululemon clothes to work on at least 2/5 days per week

This is going to sound so weird to some of you, but hear me out. One of the truly fabulous things about working for a company that makes stretchy pants is that we get to turn up for work in said stretchy pants. Errrrrry day if we want to. On most days, that’s exactly what I do. It’s easy, it’s comfy, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t accumulated an extensive assortment which means there are plenty of options.

During a recent clean-out and purge of belongings, I realized there’s a LOT of non-lululemon summer-ish items I haven’t worn in ages. Sun dresses, shorts, tops – everything. The goal is to go against my usual tendency and wear as many of these things as possible this month. At the end of the summer, I’ll channel my inner Marie Kondo again and take anything that doesn’t bring me joy to a new home.

Now it’s over to you. I’d love to hear what you’re working on in June, and any exciting plans you have coming up this summer!