10 Days of Yoga to Calm the Mind, Relax the Body, and Warm the Heart

If you’ve been following my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) then you may have noticed the pictures I posted doing yoga poses all over the Maritimes and northern Ontario this fall. With fall in full swing, I’m preparing for the winter to come. My 10 days of yoga challenge helped me to calm the mind, relax the body, and warm the heart in preparation for the coming winter season.  From flying as far north to the Hudson Bay or walking along the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia, my fall season brought me to incredible places in eastern Canada and in Ontario’s northern region. What are your favourite fall memories?

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You Know it’s a Canadian Winter When…

New BrunswickAfter the east coast of Canada just got hammered with yet again another winter blizzard, I couldn’t be dreaming more of summer than I am now. It’s storms like this that make me long for warm temperatures, sunny skies, hot sand between my toes, and a turquoise beach. Naturally, I’m a summer baby. That’s just the way it is. I can handle winter to an extent (not 6 months of it), but this winter is just giving me the blues. It’s one winter storm after another this year. Apparently, last year was worse, but I was lucky enough to be in Australia at that time. If only I could transport myself there now. I can say that this winter is the worst I’ve ever experienced since moving to New Brunswick. I wasn’t made for winters–just beaches! However, with that being said, I believe in living life the fullest. So I am living in the moment and embracing the snow as best I can. Snow banks and all. If I can’t climb mountains, I’ll just climb snow banks instead. Continue reading

A Seaside Christmas is the Kind of Christmas for Me

Christmas at the Coliseum

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Going with the theme The Christmas Song (one of my favorite Christmas songs) by Nat King Cole, commonly known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, I can’t help but think a seaside Christmas is the kind of Christmas for me. Although I love chestnuts roasting by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at my nose, turkey, and mistletoe, the thing I love most is a seaside themed Christmas. Most of my house and Christmas Tree decorations are turquoise and beach themed. Last year, I was able to spend the week before Christmas in Puerto Rico. Now that’s the perfect place to celebrate a seaside Christmas. Well, I found my Atlantic Canadian seaside Christmas, not by the sea, but at Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. Everywhere I looked I found sea inspired Christmas decorations. This Christmas extravaganza made me feel right at home. Although I won’t be on a tropical beach this Christmas, at least I know that I can surround myself with ocean inspired decorations, not to mention the fact that I’m conveniently located 20 minutes from the beach. Continue reading

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Turquoise Christmas

Christmas at the Coliseum

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Christmas at the ColiseumAfter spending this past weekend at Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum, I have come to realize that it’s beginning to look a lot like a turquoise Christmas (can you hear me singing?). I’m thinking that this is how Christmas should look–purely turquoise and festive. I had fun exploring the rows and rows of vendors in the coliseum, while trying to spot turquoise treasures. It wasn’t difficult to find turquoise all around, because it seems that every booth had at least one item in the colour of turquoise, if not an array of totally turquoise gifts. Continue reading

10 Reasons to Make Christmas at the Coliseum Part of your Routine

Christmas at the Coliseum

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Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum is an annual holiday arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. This holiday event is one of the largest annual events east of Montreal.   Continue reading

Christmas at the Coliseum: Yuletide Festival not to be Missed

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum

Want to win two tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details!


 

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

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There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. The annual Christmas event in Moncton celebrated its 26th anniversary last year. The arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. Greg and Claudette Turner produce the show in Moncton and each year they go over the top to produce an even bigger and better show than the previous year. With this year’s show coming up on November 21-23, 2014, Greg and Claudette are ready to put on the best Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Continue reading

Magic Hands Festival: Holiday Show & Sale

Magic HandsWant to win two VIP tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details! VIP passes include weekend passes, free parking, and complimentary coat check.


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Magic HandsWood & Pottery / Jewellery, Metal, & Glass / Textiles & Weaving / Lotions, Soaps, & Scents / Gourmet Food & Drink / Photo, Art, and Paint

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending the 4th annual 2014 Magic Hands Festival: Turner’s Holiday Show & Sale  at Casino New Brunswick Entertainment Center. This show is sanctioned by the New Brunswick Crafts Council and features the finest one-of-a-kind artisans from across eastern Canada . Hours are: Friday ( 5-9) ; Saturday ( 10-9 ) and Sunday ( 10-5 ). It features pottery, jewellery, woodworking, metalworks, and textiles . The arts-crafts-food-and-handmade extravaganza definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. With this year’s show coming up on November 14-16, 2014, I’m already waiting in anticipation! Continue reading

10 Reasons to (not freak out and) try Crossfit

CrossfitWhen people who haven’t tried Crossfit think about trying Crossfit they automatically think I can’t do that, Crossfit is for athletes, I won’t be able to do what they do, Crossfitters are crazy, or something alike (possibly even worse). The truth is, you won’t know until you try it. Before I tried Crossfit I had a similar mentality, but it wasn’t until I gave it a shot that I realized I could do it. I recently went back to Crossfit in the beginning of September after 14 months off while I was traveling full-time. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop Crossfit while I traveled, but I found it difficult to fit it into my hectic schedule while I transitioned from country to country. WOD’s (workout of the day) soon got replaced with yoga, walking, hiking, and swimming. My prior year of Crossfit training prepared my body for the extreme bucket list activities I tried while traveling, including (but not limited to) wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, body boarding, paragliding, and surfing. Crossfit made me strong, confident to try new things, and it taught me to trust my body. It was then that I finally realized that Crossfit prepared me for real life. There is no need to be intimidated to try Crossfit, especially if you find the right box (gym) for you! Continue reading

Enjoying Atlantic Canada’s Fall Season at the Beach

New BrunswickNew BrunswickAlthough I am no longer in a tropical destination or exotic location, there is no reason why I can’t still enjoy my favorite place–the beach. Now that I am back in Canada, I can appreciate being in one location for longer than a couple weeks. I am lucky enough to live by the coast so I can enjoy the place I always want to be–by the sea. In this moment, I can savour in the ability of still experiencing my passion in my home country: Canada. Continue reading

Moncton’s Marriott Residence Inn

Moncton Residence Inn

Moncton Residence InnAfter days of travel from Oceania to eastern Canada and after spending nearly a week in Nova Scotia, I made it back to New Brunswick. My jet-lag body was yearning for relaxation, yet my mind was busy thinking about all of the things I wanted to do before leaving again. I was excited to make it back to my home province after spending months away to recoup and rejuvenate before my next journey abroad. With only a short amount of time in New Brunswick, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity I had to sample the best of what Moncton has to offer, just as I would in any city while traveling. The Moncton Residence Inn welcomed me home with open arms. Although I wasn’t in my home per say, the Moncton Residence Inn couldn’t have been closer to it. Continue reading