Moving Forward

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Ever felt stuck in a rut or stuck on a path that you didn’t want to be on? Prior to leaving my full-time television gig at the end of the summer, I really felt stuck in a situation and world that I no longer wanted to be in. Moving forward in life is something that isn’t easy to do but is necessary in order to find happiness and fulfillment. I’ve learned over time that when situations become unbearable, it’s better to break free and move forward and that goes not only for your professional life but also for your personal life (health, wellness, etc.).

Moving forward in my career isn’t the only obstacle I’ve had to overcome this year. My recent back injury totally made me feel stuck and powerless especially as months went on and I was seeing no improvement. I felt like I wasn’t getting better or getting myself out of this situation. I thought on several occasions that I was on a path of healing and change only to be stopped dead in my tracks and have to start over.

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2016 has taught me that moving forward isn’t easy but super necessary both personally and professionally. So I wanted to share with you today some of the things I’ve learned from this experience.

My 5 tips for moving forward: 

1) Figure out what’s stopping you from moving forward and making that change in your life. Take time to reassess your goals and aspirations and use that as a motivator to help yourself to get “unstuck”.

2) Stop listening to everyone else. When I went to leave my steady job, everyone was questioning why, trying to scare me by telling me I wouldn’t get another steady paycheck, that there were no jobs on the market at the moment, etc. Same went with my injury, I was told healing could take forever, that I may never run again, etc. The key to moving forward was blocking out all the noise around me.

3) Spread positivity. Surrounding myself with positive thoughts and people helped me focus on the goal at hand and helped me conquer my fears of moving forward. I made sure to celebrate little progress I made with my injury and focus on the pros of leaving my full-time job.

4) It won’t be easy. Whether it was having to cut down on spending after leaving my job or dealing with not being active, both were incredibly hard things to deal with or adjust to. There will be days where you will doubt yourself or days where you question your decision, but it’s important to persevere throughout the process.

5) The end result will be worth it. Once you realize that you control your destiny, that taking risks always pay off and that if you focus on what makes you happy and overcome the speed bumps along the way, you will be successful in your transition! You will be able to get yourself out of that situation that you no longer want to be in. Though I’m not by any means making a killing as a freelancer, I’m a lot happier, calmer and fulfilled than I was prior to leaving my job. Also, finally being able to be active again has motivated me beyond belief. I’ve never been so excited to pursue a sport in my entire life. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish now that I have moved forward!

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Photos & hair by: Cabello by Carolina

What I’m wearing: Hyba Printed Winter Legging (get it here), Hyba Long Sleeve Boot Camp Tee (get it here), Hyba Mixed Media Vest (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

Fall Goals

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Fall is a great time to re-asses a lot of things in life including your health. Because fall is synonymous with change, it’s a great time to make a few adjustments or improvements in your life. It’s also a great time of year to set new goals.

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My main fitness goal this year was to run a half-marathon but unfortunately that goal will not become a realization due to some unforeseen circumstances. That said, I am not giving up on my goal. Instead, I am using these next few weeks to come up with a plan of action regarding how I can make this a reality in the next couple of months.

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Cross-training and building slowly will be key, so will doing some proper core strengthening exercises and making sure I eat right. Since I will be traveling for the next couple of months, these are all things that need to be implemented in my daily and weekly routine so that I can keep on track without having a regular schedule. Making my health and training my priority will be the only way that I can achieve this goal or any goal for that matter.

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I’ve found it incredibly inspiring these past couple of months to follow athletes on social media, read articles about goal-setting and also surrounding myself with positive people. All of these can aid with achieving a specific goal.

There’s no better time than now to look into new goals and start planning on how you’re going to make them happen. What goals are you setting for yourself this fall?

Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Hyba Fast Track Geometric Legging (get them here), Hyba Space Dye Low-Impact Sports Bra (get it here), Hyba Fitness Belt (similar one here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

What Motivates You?

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What motivates you to get out there, day after day, week after week, month and month and year after year? What motivates you to do what you love, to keep going during hardships and never give up on your dreams or goals? What motivates you to keep your head held high when everything around you seems to be bringing it down?

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For me, it’s my passion for life, my desire to be better, my want to surpass myself and my inner voice that just won’t quit. For the first time in a long time, I’ve been faced with a health issue that just won’t go away. I have always said in my life that all that really mattered to me at the end of the day, was my health. Because without my health, I can’t really accomplish much. You can have all the motivation and passion in the world, but if your body doesn’t follow, there’s sometimes not much you can do. My health has always been a huge motivator for me. Growing up, living with my mom who unfortunately faced numerous serious health issues, I always told myself that if I had my health that I would be invincible.

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Since I started running and training last year, I’ve had clean medical chart. No injuries, nothing to worry about, the coast was clear. I felt invincible but also reminded myself on a daily basis to be grateful knowing all that could change in an instant. And change it did, this summer. I went from working out twice a day to being told to stop everything, as I mentioned in my post earlier this week.

Instead of being down, and losing motivation to get better and to get back out there, this injury has motivated me EVEN MORE than ever to pursue my dreams and do all the things I love. It’s when you can’t do them that you realize just how much you love certain things, how important they are to you and just how positively they affect your life. Running and being active has done so much for me in the past year and a half, I can’t even begin to explain.

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Thinking of running again, motivates me every day during my injury to do all the things I can to get better. I’m dreaming of all the races that I can sign up for in 2017, all the places I want to run in, what I would wear, etc. This injury has made me so grateful for the fact that I can run and I know will give me even more purpose when I am finally able to run again.

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Until then, I’m practicing patience, mindfulness and keeping my head high, staying positive because I know that it’s only a matter of time before I wake up again and can finally lace up those shoes and go out there for a run. That will be one of the best days of my life, hands down!

Photos & hair by: Cabello by Carolina

What I’m wearing: Hyba Contrasting Legging (get it here), Hyba Performance Printed Tank (get it here), Hyba Striped Performance Tee (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

Are You Game?

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If there’s one thing that watching the Olympics has for me done this year is encouraged me to be even more active… If that’s even possible!

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Lately I’ve been paying more and more attention to tennis because there are so many Canadians leading the way in the sport.

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Growing up, tennis was a pretty important part of my summers. I took countless tennis clinics, took part in weeks of tennis camp, attended the Rogers Cup in Montreal and watched my fair share of tennis tournaments on television.

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I stopped playing tennis during my teens but have been playing on and off as an adult. Lately, with all the attention Canadian athletes have been getting, it has motivated me to get back on the court. Tennis is such a great workout and way to spend time outdoors, I wish I would have been out again sooner. The city of Toronto also has a handful of free tennis courts around the city that are perfect for either beginners or those wanting to polish their playing skills.

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I’m excited to be back on the court brushing up on my skills. I’m currently looking for a tennis partner in the city, so hit me up if you’re game!

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Hyba Wrap-Around Low-Impact Sports Bra (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

Fit Summer

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July is here and it’s the perfect time to get your fitness in gear. It’s the perfect month to try new outdoor workouts and change your fitness routine.

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Growing up, I spent most of my summers going to the pool every day and biking around but as soon as I hit adolescence and with having to work a summer job, my fitness level dropped significantly.

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Last year was the first year in my adult life that I really kept my fitness level up, whether it’d be with running, partaking in races, swimming, surfing, biking, etc. This summer I’ve decided to push it one notch further.

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This weekend I’ll be racing my 5th race of the season already, something I would have never thought possible just a year ago. I’m excited for Spartan Race on Saturday and already can’t wait to plan the next one right after that.

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In between races, I’ve been keeping active by biking every day, running several times a week, doing a variety of fitness classes, swimming, etc. How are you staying fit this summer?

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Hyba Combo Medium-Impact Sports Bra (get it here), Hyba Combo Compression Short (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

Why I Became Active Again

p12Turning 30 was key in my wanting to become very active again. Growing up, I played every imaginable sport and spent most evenings after school practicing a sport or taking part in a sports team.

p16During my teenage years, I remained active by dancing semi-professionally, paying my way through school by teaching dancing and doing little dance contracts here and there.

As soon as I hit university, my level of physical activity really decreased due to all the time I was spending not only studying but working on developing my career as a music journalist and photographer. I put aside sports and physical activity and instead spent several nights a week covering concerts. My irregular schedule and frequent travelinh made it difficult for me to partake in sports leagues or let alone take fitness classes.

p15When I moved to Toronto 7 years ago, I was still pretty unactive. One of the main reasons why I was unactive was financials. I barely had enough money to pay rent so I definitely couldn’t afford the $20-30 drop-in classes around the city, which is what led me to become more creative with my workouts. I first bought a bike and started cycling to and from work. Whenever I would travel, I would also plan some surf expeditions to get back into the water and be active.

p13And then I moved close to the waterfront almost 4 years ago and decided to give the sport I so hated growing up a try: running. The thing that I immediately loved with running is that I could do it on my own time and that it cost no money. It was also easy for me to pack my running shoes whenever I traveled so that I could run wherever I was. Though running has been an upwards battle, I have seen significant improvements just by sticking with the sport.

Through running, I have met some amazing people who have inspired and motivated me to get into racing and get even more active. I started doing any and all kinds of sports at home and also when I was on the road. My motto has become – do everything, regret nothing!

p14Thanks to training and meeting all sorts of athletes, trainers and nutritionists, I have learned so much about the importance of leading an active and healthy life, especially as you grow older. I always loved being active and playing so many sports growing up, I’m thrilled I am now very active again. Not only has it helped me with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem, etc., it is also key in preventing all sorts of diseases and health issues. Having not been dealt the best family genetics, I want to make sure I keep any potential health risk as low as possible.

Why are you active? What motivates and inspires you to get out there?

p2Photos & hair by: Cabello by Carolina

What I’m wearing: Hyba Mesh Short (get it here), Hyba Racerback Medium-Impact Sports Bra (get it here), Hyba Loose Fit Tank (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.