Not about where you're going

ITS ABOUT THE JOURNEY —- not just the destination ⁣

How many times have you heard this? I know for myself, I’ve heard it and been told it .. A LOT. Mostly because I’m so excited to get wherever it is that I”m going, I forget to relish in the moments leading up to the ending of whatever it may be.

A business launch.

A trip to Maui.

A birthday party planned.

A fitness goal.

Here’s a Fun fact about our family.

We love road trippin. We love to hop in a car and head on out to the wide open spaces and with a destination in sight, while along the way making stops, making new paths along the way.

We’ve clocked A-LOT of miles & hours in our vehicle making many memories that we’ll talk about for years to come⁣

This past month we loaded up the Van and headed down to Arizona for a week of fun in the sun.

The three days were long & hot with no air-conditioning in our vehicle in 42c as we rolled down the highway through Salt Lake city Utah. At one point I thought the dash was going to start melting from the heat.

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Thankfully, Carmen had a brilliant idea of filling our big blue cooler with Ice & Water. We’d then dip rags into the icy water and wrap the cold rags all over our bodies. We’d wipe our face, arms, legs, feet anything just to keep cool.

As much as I was hot & felt the frustration from the heart wearing on me, we found ourselves laughing so though the whole thing.

Who drives a vehicle through the hottest states in the USA in the middle of Summer with no Air Con?

WE DO. I like to break the silence with “ok, guys we’re making memories.”

I found we’d take the quiet time needed when the relentless heat from the sun wouldn't let up, re-focus on what truly matters.

Our journey. This was just a moment in time, a phase, a blip on the clock of life. We chose to make the most of it knowing we were ending up at the most beautiful lake for a week of cooling off.

Just like life. We have to stop and smell the flowers, so they say. Stop and look around you.

Stop right where you are, appreciating the struggles knowing they are making you stronger.

Look at the greatness all around you, focus on the good.

This beautiful piece of Art was found in a small town named Beaver, Utah. ⁣ We stopped for one of our nights there, taking a little stroll into the small town.

We found this gem. Hello Mr. Elk.

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So Grateful to have almost all the family together making great memories along the way.

Remember that when you’re in a hurry, stressed out, just want to GET THERE, BE DONE, FINISHED, whatever it is for you;

take a few moments and enjoy where you are right in this moment.

Much love, Krista





Never good enough

We should never feel we aren't good enough just as we are, or that being ourselves is wrong ~ however, it's not uncommon to feel that way

Have you ever felt the pressure to be someone or something you're not? 

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Have you struggled to be your real self or where to fit in? 

I did. For years I found myself morphing into whatever situation I'd put myself in to be liked and accepted at that moment

leaving me NOT being my genuine self, but rather what I thought others wanted me to be

And I know I'm not alone.

We feel the need to be someone other than how we were created. Society sure doesn't help by shining spotlights on Celebrities, Models, IG fakeness, or athletes that "look" like they have it all 

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And it's so NOT TRUE. 

When we can begin to recognize our own unique traits, gifts, talents, behaviors and skill sets - we can then begin to get comfortable in who we are from the inside out. 

"Happiness is an inside job" means to start accepting all parts of who you are, the great, the good, the work in progress, ... ALL.THE.THINGS. 
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Know you're not alone in this arena. I'm here with you - getting my ass kicked and rising back up :)

The House that built me

Today I took a chance. Stepped out, and told myself the answer is always No unless you ask 

I asked

Walked up to the door of this house, after 7 loops around the block (stalker much?) knocked on the door, shaking, secretly praying that nobody was home 

Mom answered the door. 

Shit. Now what do I say.

“Hi my name is Krista, I’m from Calgary, Alberta, this was the house my dad grew up in, my grams lived here, my favourite aunt and uncle were here; and continued to mumble for the next minute .....saying something about this was my safe place growing up....
Is there any chance I’d be able to look around inside” 

She asked me a few more questions to make sure I was telling the truth, proceeded to open the door and let me in 🙏🏻
Walking through this house filled with copious amounts of loving memories brought on wave after wave of emotion. Tears fell moving from one room to the next 

The Mom (Rebecca) either thought I was nuts or legit. 

I saw my dad in the kitchen fixing something that needed attention 

I felt my grammas presence in her room, as I would snuggle up next to her, fall fast asleep as she scratched my back with perfectly shaped nails & have the best sleep of my life 

I heard my sisters laughter as we ran up the secret staircase behind the kitchen wall 

I played with my uncle Dale in the backyard with his boarder collie (Sport) asking me if I wanted to go for Ice Cream - which the answer was always yes. 

After the walk through - hugging Rebecca - I slowly walked to the car, allowing the waves to hit hard 

I sat & cried. Cried and cried some more.

This... my friends ... is all part of the healing journey to freedom, love, grace, gratitude, compassion

I believe We must be willing to face the hard, sad, Real-ness, real-mess of our lives in order to move forward in our most authentic selves!! 

Xoxoxox thanks for reading. 

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Radical Self Care

When I first started down the path of radical self care, self love ... chosing to live an authentic life was on the top of my list.  - I actually wrote it on a rock that sits on my desk at home so I see it at all times  - Authenticity isn’t something we have or don’t have... for me, it’s a daily practice. It’s a moment to moment choice of how we want to live our lives. What comes out of my mouth, what my actions are - Today I escaped to where I feel peace calm and in alignment with who I am. The mountains.  - One thing I know to be truer than true... I need my alone time. I need my down time. I need the moments where I feel connected to myself, my thoughts, my beliefs, my truths. Recharging 101.  - The coolest thing is, the more compassion, love, grace and gratitude I show myself, the more I have for others.  - Today is a fantastic beautiful day to be alive .... every day I get to breath another lung full of oxygen is a gift from God

When I first started down the path of radical self care, self love ... chosing to live an authentic life was on the top of my list. 
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I actually wrote it on a rock that sits on my desk at home so I see it at all times 
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Authenticity isn’t something we have or don’t have... for me, it’s a daily practice. It’s a moment to moment choice of how we want to live our lives. What comes out of my mouth, what my actions are
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Today I escaped to where I feel peace calm and in alignment with who I am. The mountains. 
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One thing I know to be truer than true... I need my alone time. I need my down time. I need the moments where I feel connected to myself, my thoughts, my beliefs, my truths. Recharging 101. 
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The coolest thing is, the more compassion, love, grace and gratitude I show myself, the more I have for others. 
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Today is a fantastic beautiful day to be alive .... every day I get to breath another lung full of oxygen is a gift from God

Recovering People Pleaser

I learned along time ago to not care what other people think of me ....
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The problem was my heart knew it, yet my mind/ego kept reminding me, pestering me, sabotaging me into believing I really needed to care what others thought of me in order to be successful, own my power, walk my truth, make choices, live my own life, speak my story
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“Care about what other people think & you will always be their prisoner” - 💕
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Then this happened 👆🏻


What I know for sure ....the weight of other people’s thoughts can and will become too much of a burden for you. It will inhibit you from living the life you want and love 
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The skill of making an effort to stop giving a damn what others think of me is a daily practice, like a meditation practice. 
I practice it daily, I positive mind chatter daily to let it go. It works 99% of the time 😄
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I’m better than three years ago, I’m hundred times better than last month, and today I feel free. I see the world through different lenses... mine.  
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Once you give up catering to others peoples opinion & thoughts, you will find out who you truly are, what you believe inside, & the freedom that comes. 
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Looking forward to many more minutes, days, weeks, months and years hearing my own voice while continuing to seek out wise counsel 
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Be you. Be confident in what you say and with your actions. When you speak, act and know what you are saying is coming from a place of love kindness and grace, you can’t and won’t go wrong.

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