My Totally Trendy Turquoise Bridal Shower

Turquoise CompassTurquoise CompassOn the day of my bridal shower, I was reminded how much I am loved. I have the best friends and family in the world. Everyone came together to create the best totally trendy turquoise bridal shower a girl could ever ask for! The surprises the girls had in store for me blew my expectations out of the salty sea so to speak. It was a bride’s dream come true and a very special day that I will always remember. It’s moments like this when you realize who you can count on. I’ve been so blessed with people who have grown to know me inside and out and to know just what to do without even asking. It’s incredible to know that the friends and family who are celebrating my upcoming wedding with me seem to know me better than I know myself. I’m blessed to have been given such wonderful people who surround and support me during this most joyous occasion. For this, I am forever grateful. Continue reading

Kripalu Means Compassion: Interview with Becky MacCallum

Bodywise Yoga StudioBodywise Yoga StudioI’ve known Becky for 10 months now and the more I get to know her, the more I want to know about her. I first met Becky when I started attending her Thursday night gentle Kripalu yoga class at Bodywise Yoga Studio. At the time, I had just begun my full time yoga practice. In the beginning, I attended the gentle Kpripalu class almost on a weekly basis. It was exactly what I needed at that time. I needed her class. With practicing multiple times a week, her class helped to ground me and balance out the vigorous styles of yoga classes I was frequenting. The pranayama (breath work), meditations, gentle yoga postures, and guided relaxations helped to calm my busy and frazzled mind, body, and spirit. In the beginning, I had a hard time not letting my mind wander, but after some practice I learned to better control my thoughts and focus on the practice. Her Kripalu yoga classes have taught me a lot about myself over the last 10 months. I’ve learned to be compassionate toward my body, to listen to my body and to give it what it needs, to eliminate the phrase “I can’t” from my vocabulary, not let me ego get in the way, and to come to yoga class as I am. Becky taught me that regardless of what physical, mental, or emotional condition I am in (and it changes from day to day) I am welcome in her class–that I am meant to be in her class just as I am. Continue reading

Attention Canadian Residents: Enter to Win a July Harmony Box

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June Harmony Box

To share my love and excitement for Harmony Box, a new Canadian subscription box, we’re giving away a July Harmony Box (valued at over $90.00) on the Turquoise Compass Facebook page! I had the opportunity to try out Harmony Box’s May and June shipments and have fallen in love with each and every product. I couldn’t help but want all of you to know about it too! Why not win one to try out? Continue reading

Nourish the Mind, Body, and Soul with Harmony Box

Harmony BoxHarmony BoxLast month I had the opportunity to receive one of Harmony Box’s first shipments of their yoga and wellness subscription boxes. Not knowing what to expect, I was extremely impressed by the outstanding products and the concept of receiving a monthly box filled with one of a kind products I might not otherwise know about. I’m always interested to learn about new products that will make my life easier and enhance my life in any way. From detox tea, arnica salve, no crease hair ties and headbands, charm bangle, to body scrub, Harmony Box thought of it all. After receiving the May box and falling in love with each and every product, I didn’t know how Harmony Box could possibly top their May box in June.  To say the least, the June box blew my expectations out of the water. I shouldn’t have been surprised! I was so amazed by not only the quality of products, but also the quantity. Continue reading

Turquoise Compass Contest: Win Two Entries for a Spartan Race U.S.A.

It’s that time again! CONTEST TIME.

Have you ever thought about running a Spartan Race? Here is your chance! The chance of a lifetime! I am giving away two Spartan Race Codes to one lucky winner for any race in the continental U.S.. Continue reading

My Wedding Shower: Turquoise Beach Themed Tea Party

Turquoise Compass Wedding ShowerTurquoise Compass Wedding ShowerIt’s probably no surprise to you that I had a turquoise beach themed party for my wedding shower. After spending countless hours on Pinterest searching for wedding shower inspiration, I fell in love with the idea of having a vintage style turquoise high tea. A old-fashioned tea party is feminine, elegant, and so ME! An afternoon high tea is the perfect way to celebrate my upcoming wedding with family and friends. Yet, I still wanted my love for the beach to be incorporated into the party somehow. My mother surprised me with the brilliant idea of blending the two concepts together and designing a one of a kind turquoise beach themed high tea. It is no surprise to me that the best host in the world planned the perfect turquoise inspired wedding shower just for me–one that is more than I could have ever imagined. Continue reading

Yoga for Golfers, Cyclists, and Runners: Interview with Catherine Dupont

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I have the lovely pleasure of knowing Catherine Dupont, one of my fantastic yoga instructors at Bodywise Yoga Studio. I’ve been attending Catherine’s Strong and Slow Flow class on Monday nights since the fall at Bodywise Yoga Studio. I’ve had the opportunity to grow through Catherine’s excellent teachings. Her background in therapeutic yoga shines through her teaching with the unique ability (her super power) to provide exactly what I need that day. When I’m in Catherine’s presence, I feel an incredible sense of calm and comfort; she truly has the gift of teaching yoga. I can always count on Catherine’s genuine welcoming smile and excitement to be exactly where she is. She has the ability to take me to another world during savasana like no other instructor can. Her calming voice and centering messages take me to a place where there is complete contentment and inner peace. I’m surprised that I haven’t fallen asleep during the resting posture because she makes me so relaxed. After each and every one of her classes, I feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and restored. Catherine has taught me to stay grounded by repeating to myself when I need to hear it: may I think words of peace, may I speak words or peace, and may I feel peace. What a powerful, yet simple message.

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