12 Reminders That you Are Exactly Where you Need to Be

I wish I was wise enough to write the below words, but alas ’twas not I. A good friend of mine shared the following with me yesterday. I am paying it forward. My bloggy senses have been tingling. 2016 was personally a tough year pour moi. I am thrilled by the thoughts 2017 generates for “without the low, there ain’t a high“.

Keep well,
Kimberly


1. You’re allowed to walk away from relationships that leave you drained.

Even if you can’t explain why.

2. You are worth so much more than your productivity.

Your life doesn’t have to represent a constant incline on some universal graph of ‘success’. Improving is fun, pushing yourself is fun, but don’t get so hung up on constant productivity and success that it starts to dictate your sense of self worth.

3. Being disliked or ‘not for everyone’ is actually a great thing.

It means at one time or another you weren’t afraid to be loud, to stand up for something your believed in, to hold your ground, to take up space, to take a decision. Get comfortable in the position of not being liked by everyone. It probably meant you did something awesome.

“The reward for being liked by everyone is everyone likes you but yourself.”

4. On mindfulness, your spiritual journey, and the pressure to do it ‘right’: you’re not going to be ‘in the moment’ every second of your life.

Please don’t get neurotic about being an A+ mindfulness student, cause that’s just replacing one neuroses with another. It’s called mindfulness practice, not mindfulness perfect. Do what you can in small little pieces, even if its just taking thirty seconds to feel the texture of the food on your tongue or making a concerted effort to breathe a bit deeper and longer. Start there. That’s a good start. You’re doing great.

5. Let go of age anxiety.

This idea of where you think you should have been in your life compared to where you actually are now. Age is so damn irrelevant. Some people are old at 29 and some are young at 92. There is no correct way or timeline in which to do life, except the life that feels true for you. Flow with what is, and do the best with what you have and you’ll see how quickly you fall in love with your life and start manifesting all the good shit that was meant for you.

6. Your life doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else.

Got that?

7. Sometimes, when someone gives you advice, it’s good to say thank you and then do whatever the fuck you were going to do anyway.

You don’t have to take advice that people give you. Be grateful they have given you some of their time and shared some of their life experience with you but the truth is you can’t abstain from life and you can’t abstain from risk. The only person who knows what’s best for you is you.

8. Some days you feel like you are ten feet tall and could break through walls. Some days you find yourself standing in the shower reevaluating all your life choices.

Love and accept yourself in both times. We so often acknowledge moods when they come, but not when they leave. Breathe through it, watch it wash over you, then watch it leave. It will always leave.

9. One of the most powerful things you can do in this life is talk to yourself with love.

We can be so unconscious of how we speak to ourselves. But ask yourself, if I spoke to an employee the way I speak to myself, would they still be on my team? How about a lover? We demand respect, consideration and integrity in all our relationships, and we should expect the same standard for ourselves.

10. Give yourself what you need.

If you’re an introvert, respect that fact about yourself and allow yourself that time to recharge in solitude to remain on an even keel. If you’re someone who needs to be constantly challenged to feel alive, then don’t keep yourself stuck out of the fear of the unknown. Put your hand up for new opportunities and push yourself into situations you might not quite be ready for.
If you need to cry sometimes for no particular reason, get into a childpose on the floor and let the tears flow. Feels weird? Whatever. We’re all a little weird. Some people just hide it better than others.

11. Sometimes the only thing that heals is time.

And usually saltwater and maybe a plane ticket. But mostly time.

“Just keep throwing six months at it until it goes away.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love.

12. Don’t punish yourself for those cringey crazy things you did for that person who didn’t deserve you.

We all go a little nuts over love sometimes. It just proves we are raw, emotional beings with the capacity to feel things deeply. And that’s alright, that’s just part of being human. We just need learn to gracefully let go of the things that aren’t meant for us.

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ADVENTURES IN FOOD: HOW TO EAT AT A MUSIC FESTIVAL

Just in case you’re someone who keeps your hard-earned dollars away from those divisive flower crowns that seem to infest music festivals, ANDPOP’s Kimberly LaMontagne shows you how to spend your moolah on the more important things in life: food. Here’s are a few tips and tricks to help you stay full during those lazy, music-filled festival days.

Osheaga, and a number of other music fests, wrapped incredible line ups this weekend. From the Lumineers to Vampire Weekend, watching your fave performers are well worth the pay cheque (or two) it probably cost you to get in, but remember, you gotta eat. Here’s how to survive on $5 a day at Osheaga for one or all three days.

For starters, make sure you don’t skip breakfast. Load up on protein and fibrous fruit & veggies to keep you feeling full.

Look out for water stations that are sprinkled across the festival, so bring a bottle and fill ‘er up. Hydration is crucial if you’re going to be rocking away in the sun all day, (and best of all it’s FREE).

Next, pack snacks. Granola bars, trail mix, you name it! Since the fest only starts at 1, these will tide you over until supper time.

aptFood trucks recently became legal in Montreal, and thankfully they’re everywhere. The moderately priced wheel meals makes dining affordable at this fest. Le Fromage makes a mean grilled cheese for $5.50. The comfort food will satisfy your cheddar craving and sustain you until day’s end.

A slice of pizza costs, you guessed it,  5 big ones. The ooey gooey goodness goes a long way to keep you dancing up a storm!

And, if you’re anything like me and look to for occasions like sporting events, music festivals or, you know, a Tuesday, hot dogs are a welcome treat for concert goers ($5.50 for a jumbo dog).

It’s never too early to start planning for next year, and now you can enjoy the roster of bands without breaking the bank. Bon appétit!

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Banff Bound

I packed my bags. I was ready to go. But, first, I wanted to make sure my 11:00 AM flight was on-time. I logged onto Toronto’s Pearson International Airport only to find that my flight was the sole to be cancelled out of dozens. Momentary panic. I called WestJet to assure I’d be on the next flight to Calgary.

The soothing voice on the other end of the line informed me that I was on the 5:00 p.m. flight. 5:00 PM? 5:00 PM! No. I needed to be on the 12:15 PM. It’s a 2-hour shuttle ride to Banff and I wanted to be unpacked and well rested for my first day as Podcast Producer at The Banff Centre courtesy of Corus Entertainment. I was told there was no room on the flight. A quick internet search indicated otherwise however and I let her know. 12:15 PM flight booked.

As I stood idly by to board said aircraft, a rather unruly passenger was causing quite a stir. “I checked in on-line! I’m claustrophobic! Let me know when you get your act together” and on and on it went. I don’t know what one expects to accomplish with such a poor attitude. Funnily enough the woman, who was on in years, wore a shirt stating “This princess saves herself” above a carton image of Princess Peach from the Super Mario Brothers video games.

As I settled into my seat which was situated in the first row with expansive leg room, a flight attendant asked if I was travelling alone. Indeed I was. “Would you be willing to switch to a middle seat? I’ll give you a $150 credit!” she said without skipping a beat. Sold! As you may have guessed the seat switching was to accommodate the damsel in distress I mentioned earlier.

The only method of payment up in the air is credit. Cash is useless above sea-level, apparently. Having just moved and switched banks, I am currently without the desirable plastic needed to purchase refreshments in flight. Unbeknownst to her at the time, the stewardess asked if I would like a sandwich. I informed her of my phantom credit card and she began to roll her cart away. She paused hesitantly, “Will you be ordering alcohol?” “No,” I replied. “We’ll give you a FREE sandwich since you switched seats.” Karma—someone should let the Botox-aficionado now sitting in my seat know about it.

The shuttle ride to Banff was breathtaking. The concept that this is to be my home for the next three months remains unfathomable. Meet the neighbours! These furry friends hang out by my window.

Today was Day 1.   Meetings, orientations, tutorials, oh my! It was a day chock full of info sessions. It’s a lot to take in. New endeavours are daunting and make me skittish. I over-anticipate what is to be expected of me and place an inordinate amount of weight on my shoulders. Things usually work out well. I emerge relatively unscathed and wiser from the experiences that cause me needless worry.

I am up to the challenge. This summer will be enormously rewarding. The Banff Centre’s motto is “Inspiring Creativity”; I think it is in part to the welcoming and supportive staff but it is also owed to the landscape. As soon as I step outside of a building and catch sight of the magnificent Rocky Mountains I am both stunned and amazed. I feel as though in a blink it could all disappear.

The creative possibilities attached to producing these podcasts seem endless. The eventual opportunity of bleeding over into video podcasting thrills me. With so much going on at The Banff Centre and around town, the only thing I should ask myself is where should I begin?