Aloha all around.

 

If anyone has ever grown to know me, seen me, been around me enough, you will know that I have lots of love to give – to share – to bring joy to others – to fully embrace what I believe is to live in the spirit of Aloha.

From the lil piggy at Foodland that runs around, to the Pickles the Pool Cat who has been left behind by an owner who moved back to the Mainland, I just love to love.  The problem with the whole I love everything, is that it can hurt.  Your heart and joy that you would feel bursting out of my soul, can slowly start to diminish within time, but then again, that is one of the blessing and fallbacks of wanting to give so much love to others.

Currently, I am in an awesome state of love, joy, beauty, calmness, excitement, adventure, and I can’t believe each amazing day that I get to live out here on Kauai.  Now, I am sure that my days in Ontario, my days on a Cruise Ship somewhere in the middle of the ocean or in port, and even my days in Whistler had an element of this, but nothing as strong and dynamic as what I experience on a daily basis.  There is a magic to Kauai.  There is something that has drawn me here, and every day I get closer to what I am meant to learn here.

I have met some wonderful people so far, I have been to events that I would never have imagined that I would be present at, and at the same time, I feel as if I have been here for more than 3 months.  Now, back to my love for everything – it is growing here.  I am learning to let go of the past, to believe in myself and the infinite abilities that I have with the power of our Creator who is guiding me in the right direction.  I have held on to so much, and that can be why I couldn’t feel this abundance around me wherever I was before.  However, no matter where you go, there you are.  Maybe this journey right now in my life is setting me up for one wild ride, but allowing me to finally move forward.

Excitement is all around.  Adventure does exist.  With the ever changing coastline, to the intensity of the ocean, the energy of the island is one of nurture and guidance.  I know that I am about to stumble on something so crazy awesome that I can not even imagine what it will be.  The energy is building around me, the excitement is growing, and I feel that I am finally coming into my own.

Creativity will resume.  Laughs will continue.  Local food will be consumed, and many more memories will be made.

Now life – this is what I believe it is to be.  To be shared with those you love, to show others that you love, to continually be in a state of abundance of joy with no blinders on, and to give gratitude to all and everything around.  This post comes from the bottom of my heart, and I do hope that it inspires you to live each and every single day with the utmost exuberance for life, a sparkle in your eyes, and never look back.

Aloha from me to you on this beautiful night in Kauai.

L

 

Island Life – The bits

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Aloha Friends, Family, and WordPress Readers

So, it is a bit unbelievable to see that the last post I did was titled “Last day of 33”, which would mean that I wrote it back in October 2016.  Quite a bit has changed since that last post and some highlights include: Trip to Hawaii, Month in Hawaii for work in December, New Years Eve shenanigans in Maui, back to Canada, job offer in Kauai, March 29th – fly to Kauai.  May 1st – here I am.  Return of the post (for those old-school, you can play the song Return on the Mack in your head while reading that line).

My one month in Kauai has provided me with many experiences, challenges, exciting adventures, and questions.  Questions that were easily answered back in Canada, or you can say the mainland.  Areas of interest and need, like where do you get waxed? Is there threading available?  What about a hair stylist? Nails? I was very lucky back in Ontario where this was readily available.  Here – you must really plan it out, ask around, and be prepared to spend a bit more than you are used to.  I miss Fuzz Waxbar so much.  My normal $38/month spend will be around $70 minimum here.  So good ol Lady Bic came out, and that was a bad idea.  Repeat – BAD IDEA.

My lighter colour of hair is slowly coming in and when the sun hits it, it starts to go even more lighter.  My once all very dark black hair is becoming a reverse balayage with my fantastic floating roots.  It is all very stylish right now, according to me.  Until I find someone who can take me in on a Saturday, then I will continue to grow the natural colour.  Daring – I know.

Manicure and pedicure – I let the natural elements of the sand, ocean, and work stress fix that.  Threading – nothing a good tweezer can’t fix, and laundry – I will find a place to wash my clothes. I will just think that I am saving precious water for the time being.

However, would I give this island life up? No.  Every great adventure has to come with challenges, or the journey will not be one that will continue to grow you, mold you, help you become a stronger leader, friend, and traveller.  One day I will look back and say, that was good time and think of everything you achieved.  It’s ok that you had only one sink in your studio condo, you became very creative,and now look at you.  You have two sinks – the dream is real!

If you are thinking of making a big life move – DO IT.  If you want to move somewhere remote like Hawaii – DO IT.  If you want to even go and try a new class out at the gym – DO IT.  Life is an adventure.  Life is sacred.  Life is the precious gift given by your Creator, and you can be the one who believes who that is, but make the most of it and share your love all around.

Aloha my friends.  There will be much more to come!

Lyns x

 

The last day of 33

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This will be the last few hours that I will be 33 and then it is on to 34.  Who would have known that I would be writing about getting older, when I was younger, that is all that I wanted to do.  To be able to travel, get out of Ontario, experience the world, have freedom. I have been so blessed in the last 33 years to have had the opportunity to live a life of adventure, fun, challenges, many jobs, a few notable relationships, and being able to surprise my family coming home for celebrations.

I have spent my last day of being 33 by doing a fantastic nutritional cleansing day, a positive approach to work, being around friends, going to Yoga, and commuting on the train with those coming in and out of Toronto.  I have also been working on my Healthy Mind and Body Challenge and I am on day 58 out of 60, and what perfect timing to do this on a new journey of my life.  This is one of the first times that I can truly say that I love myself.  I love who I am, my flaws and all.  I love that I can look in the mirror and say, hey you are beautiful and you can do it.  I love that I don’t have to look to other people for that validation, and that I always have God on my side to be there fully supporting me through the good and the bad.

I vision 34 being the year where life happens to the extent that I have been working towards.  A life of travel, adventure, love, passion, excitement, growth, change, and becoming even more flexible that I am.  A year of helping others overcome their obstacles and at the same time being a strong role model for others.  34 is only a number, but it will be a year of creativity being unleashed and nothing holding me back.  Also, it doesn’t hurt to start the week of being 34 off in my paradise, Maui.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of the 33 years so far, and I can’t wait to continue to make memories for the next 33 and more with all of you.

In my very much Lynsay Hawaiian way, Mahalo and Aloha!

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Fall. Embrace. Change

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There comes a time in our lives when there is change. This change can be something you are looking forward to, whether it be a new addition to your family or a well deserved promotion, or maybe a change in careers, relationships, beliefs, and the list can go on and on. Change is inevitable. You can either embrace the change, or do your best to hold onto things the way they were until you are left wondering what happened.

A season for change can be found during the Fall. What I love about the Fall is, (being lucky to experience this season in Canada), it is where we get to see the colours change on the trees, the air becomes cooler, and sweaters are being pulled out from the closet. There is  almost a spicy sweetness to the air and things start to slow down. The hustle of the summer months comes to an end, and then starts the talk of the dreaded upcoming Winter. Fall is a time to also renew. Actually any day can be a day to renew yourself and work on who you are, your love for yourself, and your love for everything that has blessed your life.

As I write this as I am having a hard time at embracing an upcoming change, and that is a change of location. This is being done as a sacrifice to get where I want to go in the long run, and if I don’t embrace this change, I will be sitting here in a year’s time wondering why I have not been able to get ahead. I could change my mindset about my situation, but the reality will not change, unless I make more sacrifices. You have to know that there is a great plan for each and everyone one of us, and you need to stop and embrace the plan, and the changes that might come from it. There is one who is greater than all of us, and He is in control.

I have been blessed to become part of a great company in the past month which is helping me to reset my Mindset and how I thought that I could control myself. I have been able to increase my Health, my Energy, my Positivity, and my Beliefs while working on myself to become stronger, smarter, and more aligned with beneficial thoughts, beliefs, and values. I am making a change in myself, so I can help make a change in others. But the biggest thing about change is to Just Let Go. What are you afraid of?

Fall. Change. Embrace – it’s that easy – are you ready?

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One of my strengths is my ability to communicate, which is probably why I have become good at what I do. I am good at my job, I am good at helping others, but I want to turn this good into great. I am not referring to the book “From Good to Great” here, but I am referring to my current spot in life. I have been determined that 2016 is going to be amazing and that when I turned 33 in October that this would be the best year ever.

I have had interesting experiences along the way so far, but there is a piece of me that is missing. There is a part of me that feels unfulfilled. There has to be more than this. There has to be more than waking up at 5am, pushing myself to get to the gym, being squished in the small room with ‘band-wagoners’, then squished on a streetcar to go a short distance (yes I could walk, but I do that at night since I run a bit behind in the morning from going to the gym), swiping left or maybe right on Tinder, going on dates that go nowhere or to be told inappropriate things, and then back home for less than 7 hours of sleep because you need to work multiple jobs to get by living in the city in an overpriced condo on your own. Seriously – is this what it is all about?

I had always thought that I was destined for something great, and Freudian typing slip that I had just erased, but I had someone great. Maybe that is the missing piece. Maybe I am judging myself from my past mistakes in life, however those mistakes have brought happiness to a few people that I know in my life, but where is my happiness? I put a smile on my face, I am brave throughout the day, I do what I can, but am I truly happy? Do I truly feel fulfilled at the end of the day? Can I answer that truthfully? Yes, I can answer it and I don’t feel fulfilled. I can’t talk about my successes or adventures, unless you call my Tinder dates adventures which all generally turn out to be nothing more than a date or two and then as what I have learnt – ghosted. I have been told that I am awesome, you are beautiful, you are wonderful, but then why I am failing in this area? Why am I not being ‘swept off my feet’ as a Tinder date put it that would happen to me as he confided he was not ready for anyone and just broke up with someone 2 weeks ago, and of course I will keep all names out of this to protect their identity. Why do I feel as if I am the odd one out in Toronto? What is it that I am missing to be admirable? To be successful? To be everything that I have ever hoped to be?

Today has been a day of reflection. A day to release. A day to be on my own and accept being on my own. A day to watch a movie and cry through a comedy and know that it is ok. A day to drink 2 glasses of wine and eat leftovers from food I prepared on Sunday night. A day to cry in the bathtub while your Mother listens to you wishing she could change the world for you, but she knows that you need to go through this to be a stronger woman. A day to realize you deserve the best and to stick it out and be positive. A day to make a change to be a better person. That is today – and I will get through this. I will be more than what I am today, it will be a challenge, I will face obstacles, but life isn’t supposed to be easy. Then where is the fun if it was?

33 – I am optimistic. 33 – You can’t run away from your problems, as they will follow you no matter where you go – even Hawaii. 33 – Tinder sucks. 33 – You deserve better.

Dear Santa

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Dear Santa,

I have to admit, it’s been many years since I have ever thought of writing a letter to the one and only Santa Claus. This time, my Santa Claus is you, reading this, so thank you for taking your time to read my Christmas Wish List.

I have made quite the transition since last Christmas where I was somewhere in the Caribbean enjoying a morning mimosa with the Medical team following by an epic Engineering party with lots of food and drink. The memories I had celebrating with the Crew onboard kept my spirits bright as I was surrounded by so many others in the same boat, literally.

So here is my Christmas Wish List. I have a few, so please be patient as I write them out to hope that these do come true in the year to come. You can also look at this as my New Years Resolution/Wish for 2016 – so I am ahead of the game here.

  1. For Christmas 2016, I really want to perform a few Christmas songs on a stage and to bring joy and laughter to those who watch. I have always had a dream of doing a recording of a Christmas song or two, so Santa, let’s entertain in 2016.
  2. Santa, I would really like to meet someone who I can share my experiences here on land with. Yes, I must admit that I have had relationships which have been up and down, long and short, but I am ready to bring this element back into my life. It seems that the typical Tinder and other apps aren’t bringing the best matches my way. I have always imagined spending Christmas with a loved one and visiting families, friends, and hosting parties together – Santa, let’s make my life like a Holiday movie.
  3. Just like what I shared when stopped in Dundas for a Christmas Eve special for a church where they asked, “What gift would you like to give to everyone in the world?” and I responded with “love”. I want all of us in the world to feel love, give love, share love, and be love. It is time to stop the negativity and anger towards each other. Let’s be love.

Santa, that is my Christmas list. Not too long, not too complicated, and nothing that comes from material possessions. It is the wish to share my talent and myself to the world and maybe someone special.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday season, no matter what you celebrate or don’t celebrate. As we end 2015, let’s remember the good we had throughout the year and the good we can bring into 2016. Every year we get better, wiser, smarter, and challenge ourselves to be a better person.

Here is to the Holiday Season…..here is to the Christmas Wish List, here is to all of your dreams coming true.

Happy Holidays!

Strong. Beautiful. Confident. Deserving. Successful.

Last week during my 5k run that I lead (and no one showed up), I decided to go out on the run on my own. Negative thoughts were in my head from my attempt at the run two days prior and it was slowing me down. I was only focusing on what I was unable to achieve instead of what I could achieve. I would look at others running past me and I would think to myself “Why is that not me? Why am I slow? Why? Why? Why?” None of these thoughts were productive or even in any way supportive to my goal of completing this run. Then, I had a thought – and that was to change what I was saying in my mind to the following positive mantra: I am – Strong. Beautiful. Confident. Deserving. Successful. I couldn’t believe what happened! My stride increased, my energy was up, and I felt unstoppable. It’s amazing how a change in attitude and thoughts can make things lighter, more enjoyable, and making you feel good! Let’s break it all down for fun, as things have been a bit difficult lately and I am sure I am not the only one who goes through things like this.

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For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with my weight. Comparing myself to who I think I should look like and why I don’t look like them and be a size (insert said number here). Being strong is being sexy. I don’t have to be bones and skin, but more of bones, skin, muscle, and a bit of curves, never hurt anyone, and being healthy is important. Strong in mind. Strong in body. I have just started an amazing team training called F45, and this was just to improve what I am lacking – motivation, recognition, being pushed to achieve more, and a team environment. It’s good to be strong! Both physically and mentally!

Beautiful

Again, just like struggling with my weight, another was my image. Beauty glows from the inside out. If you think and speak negative thoughts you will ultimately have these vibes come out of you without even saying anything. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and we need to embrace this beauty in others and share it with them. When was the last time you said you were beautiful to someone? I have to thank my Mom for doing this on a daily basis, as when we become so judgmental, we can forget to tell ourselves – you are beautiful today.

Confident

Fake it till you make it. Put on a show and don’t turn back. Speak with your head held up high and own it. All of these things are what you can do to be more than confident in every thing you do. There is a difference between being confident and cocky. No one wants to be around someone who is putting themselves on a “show”, be genuine to who you are and confident about that.

Deserving

Here is a big piece of the pie that I am dealing with at the moment, to know that I am deserving of the best. That I will not settle for less and know that I can do better. This area at the moment comes to what you can title more of relationships, because they can be casual, brief, long term, whatever it might be. Surround yourself with the people who are liked minded to you, then you will be surrounded with what you need to succeed. Surround yourself with others who raise you to the next level and not bring you down. Do not attempt to make a piece not fit into the puzzle, as when you think that you made it fit, it doesn’t flow with the picture and you will see it stand out. In the past month I have learnt to not let others who do not want to be in my company bring me down, as I am to share my time with those who truly want to be around someone of my ability, potential, and goal setting.

Successful

It has been coming up on almost 6 months that I have left ships. This was my area of comfort, ability to not worry about anything, travel, friendships, and it was what I knew. I was in my comfort zone and I did feel successful on most days but there was something missing. What was missing was that element of being stable and having a solid foundation. Here I am creating that foundation and it is scary. Things are not as easy as they were at sea and you need to really push yourself to make things happen on land. I will be successful here and not need to run back to sea when things get tough or not what I had planned. A successful mind will be a successful life. I can do this, a challenge only makes you stronger, so I will become that much more in the big picture.

So there it is. My mantra for: loving who you are, your situation, and anything else that needs a bit of extra loving. You are – Strong. Beautiful. Confident. Deserving. Successful. Go and share this with who you love – tell them just that. Happy Monday!