Saturday, January 14, 2017

Here we come, 2017

The new year is here, and I haven't written my "100 best things of 2016" post yet.  I promise I will write it before the end of the month!  If you got our Christmas newsletter, you will know that 2016 wasn't always a walk in the park. It was not bad, it just was not always easy.  Honestly, I don't know that 2017 will be any easier, but I certainly know that I have many things I am already looking forward too.

Of course, one might ask if I have New Years resolutions.  I didn't have any, until today.  One of them is blogging more... sitting at my computer, and writing out my thoughts.  I have used this blog over the years for many reasons, but this year, I don't want to write about the things I have written about before.  Of course, posts might contain thoughts on racing, adventure, dogs, work, etc... cause, that's me!  But I want to get back to writing for the therapeutic aspect of it. I am going to write about being in the wife of someone who lives with depression. I'm not going to talk about the depression in particular, because that is my beloved's story to tell, when he is ready to tell it.  I will also not betray his confidence in me or break his trust.  But, I am willing to talk about me.  Because, if we are silent, depression wins.  I won't let it win.  We must talk, because this is not a secret or anything to be ashamed about.

My second resolution is to study the spiritual aspect of suffering.  I am a Christian, and as a Christian, I trust that the Lord has this in his control.  In fact, the lord suffered in his love for us.  But I don't claim to understand suffering.  I have suffering every day in my life.  In my family, with my friends, in my work, and in the world.  I have people I love very dearly, who are suffering right now.  Where do we understand the Lords love within this suffering?  If you have books, or a study you would like to send my way, please do.

Finally, I know this is going to take vulnerability, and that is not easy. But Just because I might right something, it does not necessarily mean I want to talk to you about it.  I may, I may not, but please respect me on that.  I welcome you to journey with me.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall days

It's raining and it's the fall.  October apparently had the most frequent days in a row of rain that has ever happened.  Like, 28 of 31 days or something crazy like that.  Bleh. 

Let's talk about happy things! 
Once again, I am stoked to represent Betty Designs in 2017!  This team has been such a wonderful group to be a part of.  Not just amazing gear, but the friendships and fun.  I'm excited for new pursuits (hello, off road triathlon!) and for continuing to build my connection with this group of amazing women! 


I'm in a Friday night social league.  This sport is a whole lot of fun & perfect for the dreary nights.  Getting to know a different group of people in Squamish (ahem, the former mayor was my skip for a week), and learning something that requires a totally different set of skills than what I use in racing. 


My doggie.  She's the best and oh so hilarious. We are also nearing the one year anniversary of getting her first head lump removed, and she's still with us.  I'm grateful for that.

Also: interesting observation.  When we moved to Squamish, there was reportabley a dearth of Christians in the region.  However, odd thing is that we have come to realize that the majority of the people we are meeting here are Christians. Not the typical "brand" that we have traditionally known, but I'd say more Christians than who we were hanging out with in Vancouver.  So... We're still not chilling with Anglicans, or getting the Eucharist regularly, but I do think we can anticipate having a good Christian community around us.  I also think it will expose us to a community that we are not used to being in... Which is good. 

So, that's a quick update.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Summer in Squamish



Oh boy!  I can't believe that it is already September.  The summer has passed so quickly, and fall is certainly in the air.  Sometimes I wonder if it is because I didn't have any focused race periods, or builds, or whatnot.  Or, perhaps it was because of the consistency with the Malawi walking challenge. I'm just not sure.  But here is a quick recap, with some of the summer highlights. 

1) going to Edmonton and DNFing a triathlon 
I went to Edmonton on a lovely trip with Sean to see friends, visit family, bury/remember my sister, celebrate my birthday and compete in GWN triathlon. It was quick, but filled with fun and love.  

2) Malawi walking challenge 
500km of walking in 50 days.  Basically... Lots of lovely walks, some fundraising, lots of reflection on how to keep Warm Heart Initiatives going strong. 

3) Squamish 50km.  
It was hard and it was fun.  I cried, laughed, trotted, walked, balanced, and felt like I was accomplishing a great feat,  
In the mountains of Squamish! I met my expectations, loved the aid stations, and understand why people can get hooked. 

4) kayaking desolation sound with Sean, Sam, and Gretchen. 
So lovely to have our yearly catchup with dear friends.  Spent some days kayaking in a beautiful location in BC, camping on cliffs and poking at sea creatures.  Hard work, nice rewards. Kayaking is adventurous and fun! 

5) Challenge Penticton 
I entered and participated in my first Cross triathlon! That was 1.5km open water swim, 28km mountain bike and 10km trail run.  It was so much fun,super supportive   and a hard challenge. It was nice to be in Penticton for another triathlon year.  I got to catch up with some Bettydesigns.com teammates while I was out there, meet a hero of mine (Silken Laumann( and had an altogether great couple days.  Also, I qualified for world championships next year!  Yay!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Head on over to Warm Heart Initiatives

Hi Folks,

I know that there are a few people who are continuing to read this site... And, I appreciate you.  I also appreciate this site, and know that I have been neglecting it. I have thought and drafted a few posts that I will eventually get to, but for now, I want you to head over to Warm Heart Initiatives. 

I'm doing a walking challenge right now, and I would appreciate your support!  I am aiming to walk 500km in 50 days (basically), and raise 1500$.  So far fundraising has been slow, but walking has been awesome.  It is amazing how much you see and how much you think about when you are walking. I live in this incredible spot of the world, which makes walking "easy."  However, doing something consistently day after day is a challenge.  So, please join me in this journey.

Meanwhile... some photos from a weekend camping trip I did up to Joffre lakes with some girls. It was walking, it was just not during my walking challenge!!!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Living in Squamish

Its pretty hard to believe that I have lived in Squamish for 8 months!  We seem like such new residents, and it is so strange to continually have conversations about "how long have you been here, wow! ok!"  There is no question in my mind that this was a bad decision.  However, lets talk about the good and the bad.

The Good:

  1. Mountains. 
  2. We see lots of animals: bears, salmon, bald eagles, deer, mysterious animals in the forest that you cant see, birds, snakes.
  3.  There is so much to do!  Being outside is Squawesome, and it is so much fun to learn new things.  Mountain biking is great, and challenging. Trail running is way better than road running.  I want to paddle board, I want to get back into camping.
  4. Our neighbourhood is awesome.  Almost like the condo community in Vancouver, but with yards houses.  Good Facebook group, lovely conversations while walking the trails around our house.
  5. Farmers markets, and craft markets.  Such a good, local scene here.
  6. Mountains.
  7. Lots and lots of people our age, with similar interests to us. Everyone has super adorable kids who do awesome active stuff.
  8. The dog has so many great places to explore and sniff and run.  She is basically in doggie heaven. 
  9. Mountains.


The Bad:

  1. There are way too many things to do.  How am I to choose if I have mountain and road biking, swimming, fishing, climbing, paddle boarding, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing!?
  2. We have not found a church:  however, we have heard sermons that deny the resurrection of Christ, believe that the United Nations is representative of "the one world government" and symbolic that the armageddon is coming, or have misogynistic/homophobic tones.  It really makes me uncomfortable and sad.  I miss church and having a good community of Christians to have dialogue with... and, not going to lie, I miss not having to explain my traditional background.
  3. Trying new things is dangerous.  I have rolled my ankle real bad, and it sucks.  Sean has fallen on his bike, and he got hurt.  Having fun outside can be dangerous.
  4. I miss my triathlon team.  Being in a team builds community.   I miss that.  I miss the routine of training with others. I miss seeing people on a regular basis.
  5. it is hard to make appointments.  It basically requires a whole day off work.  And, things are randomly quite spread out. 
  6. Everyone has kids. its hard to hang out. 
  7. The commute: even though it is the most beautiful commute in canada, it still sucks 2-2.5 hours out of your day. 
SO, basically, Squamish is awesome. But, I still don't feel like I/we have built a community though, and I know that we both long for one. Here are a few shots from over the past few months.

pax.