How Solo Travel Changed My Life

In the begining of my traveling days, I never thought I would turn into a full fledge solo traveler and take the term ‘the world is your oyster’ to such great lengths that it became my lifestyle.

As I write this I am on a solo trip in Spain. Last year I did participate in my first group trip in about 10 years, and then of course in true Petrena fashion, after the group trip, I was off on my solo adventures once again. Previously to all of this, I backpacked all around Central and South America, and completed a solo trip across Africa, from South Africa to Egypt, carrying a portable massage table. As much as I love traveling with people, I also love traveling alone for so many reasons. Solo travel enriched my life in countless ways.

My passion for travel and adventure also has me incredibly excited for this travel event coming up in Calgary on March 19th, 2020, hosted by Nomad Junkies called #Nomadtalks, showcasing and inspiring others like you to travel further, longer.

It got me thinking of the ways solo travel have impacted my life.

1. Pushed Me Into Growth

There is nothing like showing up to a country that you know nothing about, do not speak the language and are not familiar with the culture. It is exciting, nerve wracking, at times mentally exhausting, and the best way to uplevel your mindset in a very short period of time. You are in charge of navigating, communicating, keeping yourself safe and also finding the most epic adventures that the destination has to offer. Your intuition will become sharper and shaper as you continue to use its guidance to get you places. You will be challenged in so many ways, and suddenly the comforts of home are not an option. Through it all you, you will gain massive leadership skills, and I mean leadership of self. Which is priceless, as you can not be a great leader of others if you are not first a great leader of self.

2. Got To Know Myself Very Deeply

The best way to get to know yourself is to actually spend time with just yourself. Put yourself in new and foreign situations and you really start to see what makes you react and also what makes you tic. You have plenty of time to just be in your head and in your thoughts. You begin to discover things about yourself that you never knew, or perhaps forgot about since your early days. Passions new and old will arise. It is almost as if epiphany after epiphany happens. You return far more grounded in yourself, your values and who you are then you could have ever imagined. For this relationship with myself, I am forever grateful to my solo travel experiences.

3. More Connected With People As A Whole

This for me was so amazing. There was countless times where I have been in very remote places, and also very metropolitan places that I do not speak the language, and they also do not speak my language. Yet, through alot of charades, broken languages and at times frusteration as we had so much we wanted to say, we were still able to communicate. I formed deep bonds with people all over the globe not speaking the same language at all. Nowadays things are even easier as we have google translate. Last year when I was solo in Zanzibar, I met another solo female traveler from Russia who didn’t speak a word of English, and my Russian is also non-existent. Thanks to google translate we had the best time and lots of endless laughs. Picture the two of us having a cocktail at the bar and passing a phone back and forth cracking up. My biggest lesson in this respect is that no matter where we are in the world, people are people. We can be very different in values and beliefs, but at the end of the day we are all the same. When you realize that, you can connect with virtually anyone, and that is a beautiful feeling.

4. Greater Appreciation For The World

Unless we get out from our little bubble, we will never see all the endless beautiful and amazing things this world has to discover. Alot of times we can get stuck under the impression that the world is a very scary place, so we play it extra safe and don’t venture off too far. For myself, the further I have gone the further I want to go and the more beauty I find, the more beauty I want to discover. Of course there are dangers, and we must use our wits about things, but we should never let fear take over and stop us from discovering all of lifes splendors.

I have had the pleasure of staying with locals in the townships of South Africa, to rural villages across the continent and likewise in Central and South America. Places where most other travelers won’t go because they are told never to visit there unless you are on a tour. I prefer getting the real experience, so in my solo traveling history I have always made friends with locals and families who invited me to come and stay. When you are there with locals from the community, you are always well taken care of. Many times people endlessly thanked me for coming as that never happens. I have gained such an apprecation for everything this world has to offer. There is so much heart opening beauty.

5. Proved To Me That The Only Cure For The Travel Bug Is To Travel More

Those of you who have gotten biten by it know – the travel bug is relentless. There is no real cure. You can simply put it into hibernation for a bit by giving it a taste of what it loves so much. I feel like I was born with the travel bug, it was engrained in my being. At times it calms down and I settle for awhile, but that never lasts forever as when he doesn’t get his travel fix he begins to awaken from his slumber demanding some adventure. The travel bugs appetite is insatiable. Of course I have also grown to love my travel bug, so I like to be a good host. I mean what else can I do, he seems to be with me for life. Plus, the cure also happens to be what sets my soul on fire. Why work against some things, when it is so much easier to work with them.

Has solo travel been something that you want to discover for yourself as well?

Something I didn’t have when I began my global travel was tools. Tools and knowledge that would have made the whole process even more smooth. I just jumped right in and went for it, which is also great. I love learning as I go, but it is even better to have some mental preperation and also know your options.

If you dream of traveling for 6 months or longer, then knowing your options and how to make it happen, will help immensely. If you are interested in learning more about the nomadic lifestyle then I definetely suggest checking the #Nomadtalks event that will be happening in Calgary. Nomad Junkies will be hosting their first ever event in Western Canada presented by International Experience Canada, and in partnership with Tourisme Alberta on March 19th. I am super excited to also announce that I will be a guest speaker at the event.

Tickets are available here.

I will also be hosting a giveaway on my facebook page, so go give that a follow if you want to be kept upto date on how to win your seats!

The event will consist of three talks, all of them travel related, and all full of amazing tools to get you on your way to treking the globe.

The first talk will be by David Xiao of Trailing Adventures. His talk is ‘Hiking from Mexico to Canada: Everything You Need to Know to Trek the Pacific Crest Trail‘. David is an adventure blogger and has great inspiration to share. This is an amazing trek that I would even love to do one day. I am very excited to learn about this.

The second talk will be by Safia & Emilie from Nomad Junkies. Their talk is ‘Work Your Way Around the World: How to Make the Most of Your Working Holiday Visa‘. Being the founders of Nomad Junkies, these two ladies have done loads of traveling and have a wealth of knowledge about how to work and travel. Working holiday visa’s are amazing. I have had one myself before. It is such a great way to travel further, longer. So if that is what you want, this talk will be for you.

The third talk will be by none other then myself! My talk is ‘ The Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel: Wild Stories from a Woman Who Travelled the World‘. Solo travel is my jam. I have had some insane and also completely magical experiences. I have learnt the right and wrong way to do things, and I am excited to share all the knowledge I have gained on my global adventures.

The MC for the event is Rudy Desjardins of Radio-Canada’s Le Cafe Show.

There is an incredible giveaway too!

You could win a 1 week surf & yoga retreat in El Transito, Nicaragua.

The winner will be randomly picked on stage at the event on March 19th. So get your ticket!!

See you there!

Massive thank you to Nomadjunkies for collaborating on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I share from personal experience.

Time to pack our bags!

I Tried Six Forma Facial Treatments And Here Are My Results

Touted as a ‘non-invasive’ facelift, the Forma Facial is a favourite of many A-list celebrities. It uses radio-frequency to target deep in the layers of the skin to improve skin elasticity and help build collagen. Recently, I received 6 forma facials in Calgary, Alberta at Rejuve Your Body which is in Kensington. Rejuve is exactly as the name, the most amazing place to rejuve your whole body.

I was on the search for something that could help with the loose skin under my chin. I like to keep things as natural as possible, so the less cutting or injections was what I was after.

I actually had no idea what to expect when I headed in for my first treatment. Forma was something I had not even heard about prior to this. However, when Rejuve owner Elanna Halisky explained to me about it, and how it was non-invasive and simply assists your skin to tighten, tone and produce more collagen – I was in.

From the first time I walked in the doors, every person I came in contact with was incredibly welcoming at Rejuve. To me it makes a massive difference walking into a warm environment. The treatment starts at the doors.

Before you begin the treatment you use a cleansing cloth to clean off all of the makeup and dirt.

And then it’s go time.

The wand of the machine used to do the treatment heats up and a large gob of gel is placed on the end of it and on your skin. This gel barrier is what makes it possible for the laser to be on contact with your skin and then also gives it the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of your skin.

The treatment itself actually feels very warm and relaxing. The temperature strength is adjusted for each individual person’s needs. As I laid there with my eyes closed melting into the treatment, I felt a sense of relaxation over my whole body. It really does not take long at all, it is about 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the areas you are getting done. This is why the nickname is the ‘lunch break’ facial.

After the treatment your skin is slightly red, simply due to the heat from the machine. However, there are no other side effects, and you can immediately notice a tighter smoother look to your skin. Depending on your personal goals a series of 6 – 8 sessions is recommended for the most dramatic and long-lasting results. Luckily, Rejuve has packages that make this a much more doable process. I did 1 treatment a week for 6 weeks, and my results blew me away.

One thing I noticed after a few sessions was a renewed self confidence. Not that I lacked confidence before this, but it definitely brought it to another level. I never imagined a facial would do that for a person.

It has now been a month since my last treatment and my face just continues to change for the better. The forma facial tightened all my loose skin and as I am working out and eating healthy to transform my body, my face is following suit. I feel the forma facial gave my skin a massive boost which has enabled it to continue to progress and change. I am definitely a believer thanks to Rejuve Your Body.

Self care is always a good idea.

Beating Anxiety, Inflammation And Insomnia With The Best CBD Oil

CBD oil is a hot topic right now. As is anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia. With so many brands popping up in the market, it’s difficult to find a quality one that we can feel confident investing our money in and that gives us the results we are looking for.

Our bodies all contain an endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for creating homeostasis feel within our bodies. When our bodies are relaxed, they are capable of doing what they are made to do – heal themselves, and with more cannabinoids, it can do this at a higher level. We do create our own cannabinoids, however, due to poor diets, stress and toxicities to name a few, we do not create adequate amounts. So by supplementing our bodies with external cannabinoids, we nourish our endocannabinoid system.

Last summer I tried my first bottle of CBD and I totally lucked out with it, it worked fantastically and showed immediate benefits. It for sure helped with my anxiety and gave me an overall relaxed feel, plus it took away the pain and inflammation in my collapsed ankle. I was super excited about it.

Not long after that, the brand I first used was discontinued, and I had to begin a search for a new kind. Little did I know it would be a long and disappointing search. I ended up trying 10 various brands over the course of 8 months and I was not getting the results I expected or that I knew were possible from a quality CBD oil. I was beginning to get very discouraged and so was my wallet.

I had a list of requirements I was looking for, and potentially my standards were high as I had such good results initially. Long behold I came across Calm By Wellness. After I inspected the website, I could see every minute detail about the oil. The company had it all there, very transparent.

Calm CBD oil is organic and full spectrum, which means it has all of the cannabinoids minus the THC cannabinoid which is the psychoactive cannabinoid. Full spectrum is important to me as having all the cannabinoids means that it has further health reach within our bodies. Plus Calm is made in Loveland, Colorado. Colorado has some of the strictest agricultural laws out there, so you know it really is organic and all that it says is in the oil plus how it is made is legit. They also infuse it with love in good ol’ Loveland. It was checking all the boxes.

Calm has two different flavours of drops. The Strawberry Lemonade and the Peppermint.

 

Flavoured with essential oils, sweetened with stevia, infused with organic hemp seed oil and fractioned coconut oil, it was an easy choice as the ingredients were things that I would naturally put in my body. I love the peppermint flavour myself, as minty fresh things always get me.

When I started my first bottle of Calm CBD oil, I did not have high expectations, nor did I want to. It all looked amazing in writing, but I needed to see if it lived up to that. I had been disappointed enough times already.

After the first dose, I immediately felt ‘calm‘. Exactly as the name. I have suffered from insomnia off and on for years as it runs in my family. However when I take a dose of my Calm CBD at night, I am asleep within 30 minutes, and I have an amazingly restful sleep. I have never experienced sleep this good in all of my adult years. My anxiety that was slowly creeping back disappeared and any inflammation is gone as soon as it starts once I take a dose. I have been completely blown away. It is better then I could have ever imagined, and now a part of my everyday lifestyle and my ‘can not leave home without’ stuff.

I also tried the gummies, which not only are delicious, but fantastic after a workout to reduce post-workout inflammation.

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I feel so lucky I found Calm By Wellness it truly has been a CBD game changer, and the best part is, they ship all over the globe! Set’s my little travelling soul at ease knowing I can order some of this no matter where in the world I am. If you are interested in checking it out, I will link it right here.

http://bit.ly/calmbywellness

Health is the best investment we can make. Without high-quality health, we can’t have a high-quality life. Plus I love getting better with age – just like a fine wine.

 

THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.

Waterton National Park – A Southern Alberta Gem

The windiest place in Canada. That is what Waterton National Park is known as being. Having clocked winds of up to 170km an hour. It is also known for its mind-blowing beauty. Prior to this trip, I had no idea of either of those things. How on earth did I not know?! Surely I have been living under a rock.

A short 3 hour drive from Calgary and you will find yourself in the little town of Waterton. The drive itself was beautiful. As you enjoy the country landscape, suddenly you find yourself amongst the wind farms.

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It was the first time in my life I was surrounded by so many wind turbines. So many firsts for me on this trip. It is incredible how majestic these turbines look and feel when you are up close and personal with them. I was in total awe.

As you head into the gates at Waterton National Park your eyes become immediately fixated to the view of the lake engulfed in the mountain range. It doesn’t take long for you to recognize that you are in a very special place.

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The first structure that greets you upon entering the town of just over 100 people is the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel.

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Established in 1927, it has an old world charm to it. It also has the most picturesque view in the whole town. It is as if you don’t want to blink, so you do not miss a moment of the splendour.

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Although sometimes you DO have to close your eyes and feel all the energy surrounding you.

The high tea at the hotel is something not to be missed. An elegant session of pure indulgence, with a view that is equally an indulgence for your eyes.

As you stroll through the quaint little town, the feelings of peace and tranquillity overcome you. My soul was feeling relaxed simply being amongst it all.

I stayed at the Bayshore Inn, which is a hotel that boasts lovely views of the lake. You are short walking distance to all the local restaurants, so it is not a problem to dine.

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Cameron Falls is a short walk from downtown, a beautiful spot where you can enjoy a bit of nature and take some nice photos while on a leisurely stroll.

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The area is known for its fantastic and very accessible hiking. It is amazing to see the aftereffects of the forest fire that nearly wiped out the town in 2017.

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The charred remains with the blanket of regrowth sprouting from the earth show all too well just how big and scary that fire must have been. That being said, the hiking is still incredible. An activity you must partake in when in Waterton National Park.

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Hiking to Bertha Falls is a great 2 hour excursion that is the perfect way to spend a bit of your day. The sights along the way will not dissapoint.

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I happened to be there during the Taste of Waterton food festival and part of their festival includes a pie cruise on the lake. It is exactly what it sounds like, a boat ride with pie. This time was a very special cruise as Country music star Paul Brandt hosted it.

Paul Brandt spoiled us with some music, and we cruised over to the United States side of the lake and back.

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It was anyway exceptional way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Waterton National Park is a very special area. In some ways, I am glad I didn’t know about Waterton prior to this visit as the shock and awe of its beauty went far past what my expectations would have been if I had heard of it. It left my imagination wide open. A bucket list must for all nature enthusiasts.

If you would like to watch my vlog about the visit you can have a peak right here.

The Enchanting Bridal Veil Falls In British Columbia

Strolling through what feels to be an enchanted forest full of mystical creatures and possibly little fairies flying around. That is the exact feel you will get when exploring the woodsy area around Bridal Veil Falls in British Columbia.

From the minute you enter the wooded area the smell of nature is intoxicating. It instantly fills your nostrils and then engulfs your whole being.

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With the streams effortlessly flowing the sound of water will create ambient music that will entice your ears. I don’t know about you; I find the sound of flowing water so soothing.

Ferns sprawl across the land in many areas. Which could also explain the amazing, clean, crisp, aromatic air.

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It was actually my first time in my life seeing wild ferns in their natural habitat. I am so accustomed to seeing ferns in homes as opposed to out in nature.

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The walk to the waterfalls is a very short distance. As you approach the waterfalls, you can feel the energy pulsing.

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Even with small waterfalls the energy always runs high, or right off the side of a cliff. It always amazes me how majestic waterfalls of all sizes feel.

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At Bridal Veil falls you can easily hike right up to the base of the falls where you will feel the mist lightly falling on your skin. While you sit there basking in all the splendour, you can feel your soul recharging. If you close your eyes, you can heighten your senses and absorb it even deeper into your cells. Like a powerful surge of pure healing bliss penetrating into the depths of your soul.

Of course, the shoes came off. I can’t be in the enchanted forest and not do some grounding a tree hugging.

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I was also keeping my eyes open for the infamous Sasquatch, as apparently, this area has had many Sasquatch sightings over the years. I am very intrigued about this whole Sasquatch possibility.

Have a peek at the video I made of my visit to the falls.

If you find yourself in the Chilliwack area in British Columbia, then a pit stop at Bridal Veil Falls to stroll around the mystical forest is highly recommended.

Forever Young – The Art Of Getting Better With Age

Here I sit at 35 years young, and if I have learned one thing about ageing in my time being alive, it’s absolutely that ageing is an art just like a fine wine. We can choose to embrace it or we can resist it. Although I will say, the path of least resistance is far more rewarding.

I don’t mean resisting it in a way of doing things to assist our skin in maintaining it’s young youthful appearance. Let’s be real here, a ladies gotta keep a youthful glow on. I mean more in the resisting the fact that time will keep on ticking and there really isn’t anything we can do about that.

Instead of dreading it, it is about embracing it.

To me, every year that passes just means that I have had another incredible opportunity to live, and being alive today means that I still have this amazing opportunity to adventure the heck out of life. That means through the good, the bad, and the ugly times. It is all about where you put your focus. It is possible to see the positive in every situation.

My laugh lines show that I have lived a happy life full of joy. I have laughed so hard that I was slapping the table and no sound was actually coming out anymore on numerous occasions. Those are the best moments. Laughter is the best medicine.

That being said, a sure fire way to look younger no matter what age you are is to be happy. It makes one look radiant. To be truly happy we need to make sure we are letting go of any sort of resentment and grudges. If we choose to hold resentment and always point the finger at others for our problems, that means we are playing the victim in life, and that right there will age a person. The first place harbouring negative feelings shows up is in our faces. Instantly making us look a bit more haggard. Those negative feelings if not released will then begin to take form inside our bodies as ‘dis-ease;’ and illness.

If you feel wronged by someone, or as though someone is not good in your life, it is so much healthier to just forgive them, forgive yourself, send them high vibrations, and wish only good things for them. You get what you give in life. Life is just too short to waste it on low vibrational stuff.

Make cleaning out the clutter of your life a consistent thing. Clutter weighs you down holds you back and ultimately ages you. This goes for materials and people. You become who you surround yourself with, so choose wisely.

Let’s not forget also that a little self-care goes a long way.

That means taking some time for yourself as part of your lifestyle choice.

Some of my favourite self-care practices that don’t take a lot of time or money are –

  • Reading
  • Being in nature
  • Dry skin brushing
  • A rose petal bubble bath
  • An at home facial
  • Working out
  • Meditation
  • Listening to music
  • Writing
  • Colouring or painting

It is truly just about doing what makes you feel good. Small steps accumulate to big rewards. When you feel good you are a magnet for miracles and shine out high vibe energy to the world. Plus, when you give and give to others without also giving to yourself, you become drained, and it is impossible to give from an empty cup.

That brings me to another point. Make sure to eat healthy and whole foods. You are what you eat. Think of it this way, the more vibrant, colourful and fresh food you eat – the more colourful and vibrant you will be. I am not one to eat a certain way. I eat a variety of things but I love veggie smoothies. I will say though, I am very mindful of where my food comes from and the life it lived.

Thoughts become things, and the more you think beautiful thoughts and tell yourself beautiful things, the more you will transform into beauty. No matter what shape, size, age or ethnicity one is if they are full of wonderful thoughts and energy you can’t help but take notice. They just exude beauty.

Of course, we must remember to take care of our skin! Nourish it, love it, protect it, supplement so the cells renew and restore themselves. I love doing things as naturally as possible. So for me, it is a great skincare line, top of the line supplements and nutrients, whole healthy and healing foods, and I would even throw in some micro-needling – if that is your thing.

All in all, love life and it will love you back. Age is just a number and life is an absolute gift, so stop and smell the flowers as often as possible. Art is beautiful and so is your age.

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Loving My Liver In October

Our livers are so incredibly important. It is the largest solid organ in our body which means it has one of the largest jobs in the body also. It actually has over 500 tasks to carry out in our bodies. Being classified as part of the digestive system it has the job of assisting with detoxification, bile production, protein synthesis, and the chemicals needed to digest food. Just to name a few.

As our health and emotions are very much linked, in Chinese medicine the liver is where we store anger. So if you are feeling overly angry, or if alcohol brings anger out of you, if your feeling lost and bitter, chances are your liver is taxed and is in need of some cleansing support.

When the liver is balanced and healthy we are able to move freely because of the liver’s responsibilities of governing the smooth flow of Qi in the appropriate directions.

The liver is actually the only organ that can regenerate itself.

Possible Symptoms of Liver Stagnation & Imbalance

  • frustration, depression or repressed anger
  • abdominal bloating
  • women – pre-menstrual tension, depression, irritability, distension of the breasts
  • belching, bitter taste in the mouth, sour regurgitation, nausea, vomiting, heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • contraction and/or spasms in the muscles, impaired extension/flexion, numbness of the limbs, muscle cramps, tremors
  • dark, dry or cracked nails
  • blurred vision, a feeling of dryness or grit in the eyes
  • bloodshot, painful or burning sensation in the eyes
  • irritability, outbursts of anger, red face, dizziness, tinnitus, headaches
  • lack of direction in life, feeling of being stuck

Interestingly enough, in the past year, I have been getting dry eyes quite often. I was putting it down to different lighting and possibly just being tired. After I got biofeedback done, it came back telling me my liver was in need of some cleansing. I also had iridology done and my eyes also said the same thing. As our livers flow straight to our eyes, it turns out the dry eyes were a symptom of my liver asking for some extra TLC.

Knowledge is power, and once you know the root cause of your symptoms you can then take inspired action towards healing. Not to mention it is far better to catch things before it is really a thing.

So my liver loving and cleansing regime are as follows

I am eating as alkaline as possible, avoiding – wheat, dairy, sugar, gluten and yeast. Plus making lots of green smoothies, drinking beet juice as this is very cleansing for the liver. I am eating Potassium rich food like sweet potato and banana as well, and eating lots of probiotic-rich foods.

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My supplement regime consists of – 

Milk thistle – it is known as the ‘king’ of detoxifying herbs.

It helps to remove heavy metals, environmental pollutants, prescription medication, and alcohol from the liver. While also promoting cell regeneration.

Hepa Plus – a gentle detox supplement from Usana. Hepa has a small amount of milk thistle, as well as turmeric and other great liver support additions.

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Usana’s products are the highest rated supplements in the world and the only ones in the world that have the cell signalling technology, which means their products have the codes of our cells imprinted in them and when you take them they unlock your cells so the product goes straight in and promotes cell communication and renewal.

Daily Multivitamins – It is important to make sure you are getting all the nutrition your body needs, as when it is properly fueled it will clean itself out more efficiently. I again use Usana’s multivitamin as it is the highest rated in the world for quality and has the cell signalling technology.

Probiotics – As the liver is part of our digestive system it is important to get the good bacteria in our gut, probiotics assist in getting rid of bad bacteria and help boost our immune system.

I am drinking a couple cups of dandelion tea a day as it is chalked full of loads of vitamins and minerals, and it is a natural diuretic so it helps the liver flush and quickly eliminate toxins.

Sipping on bone broth has also been in there. It is rich in the amino acid glycine which helps aid in liver detoxification.

Tumeric is also a staple in my diet in general and especially now to aid in the liver cleanse. There is turmeric in my Hepa plus pills, yet I still add it to food when possible and I love making one of my favourite hot cocoa drinks.

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All you need for this is almond milk(or your milk of choice, I would say stay away from dairy though), cocoa powder, turmeric a bit of pepper and honey or stevia for sweetness. Healthy, healing and delicious!

I have also ordered a coffee enema kit. I have never actually done this, yet I have been reading a lot about it and how amazing it is for cleansing your liver. So I figured why not?! I never thought I would see myself putting coffee anywhere else but in my mouth. Should be interesting! I will keep you posted.

I am just over a week into my liver cleansing, and I am already feeling the benefits. My dry eyes have stopped, my digestion is better, even my cravings have gone down and I am much more clear minded and feeling sharp. I have experienced a bit of acne on my face and back, yet when you are cleaning out your body, things like that are to be expected.

It is a well-known fact that when garbage leaves our body, it can be much worse than when it went in. I know too many people who start a cleanse or detox and start feeling really bad, so they think the cleanse is bad. When really it is your body cleaning out the junk and if you can push through that, the high vibe energy surge and mental clarity that will come afterward will be well worth the little bit of suffering.

With winter and holiday season in full swing, it is extra important to give our livers more love than usual. In addition, the cleaner and healthier we keep out insides, the brighter and younger we look on the outside.

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That is why I am taking this whole month and loving my liver in October. Don’t forget – if you love your body, it will love you back.

The Must-See Sights When Fall Makes A Brief Appearance In Calgary

Fall is such a spectacular time of year. With the leaves changing to hues of yellow, orange and red. The cooler crisp temperatures meaning more layers of style – which is always exciting. Plus Calgary’s skyline looks pretty picturesque from all of its colourful angles.

The only problem with fall is that it is far too short. It always feels that no sooner does it arrive, does it then finish. I make it a point to always be very mindful to get out and take it all in while I can. Especially being in Calgary, and knowing potentially fall will literally only make a peek-a-boo appearance.

The great thing about the city of Calgary is there are plenty of stunning spots to enjoy. It is so easy to take a leisurely stroll in the various areas of the city only to find yourself to get lost in it all and have suddenly spent the better portion of the day basking in its ambiance.

It is also very easy to take a couple short drives in a day to enjoy plenty of Calgary’s breathtaking beauty all in one go.

A great place to start is up at Cresent Heights. The view is spectacular.

You can park your car there for up to two hours, and then, take the stairs down, cross the bridge over the Bow River, where I highly suggest you stop for a moment to appreciate its beauty.

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Then you can head straight into Prince’s Island Park.

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I absolutely love Prince’s Island Park.

It has such various charming factors to it, and when you are strolling through you suddenly no longer feel you are in the middle of a city. Rather you are transferred to a magical little naturistic getaway.

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The architectural masterpiece the Peace Bridge is a short walk through Prince’s Island Park.

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It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Perhaps the fact that he is Spanish makes me a bit bias as to my grand appreciation for it. Spain is my other home.

That aside, it is a nice bridge to meander across.

While you are admiring bridges here in the city. It is also an easy and short trip to East Village, where there is another unique bridge surrounded by bike paths for you to cross.

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Climbing mountains and crossing bridges, that is what we do in life. Metaphorically speaking.

So go on then, what are you waiting for? Cross a few bridges in Calgary. You will not be disappointed.

From there it truly is only proper that you end the adventures by putting a cherry on top of your sightseeing day.

Or perhaps I should say a saddle. I mean this is Cowtown we are talking about.

Just another short jaunt from East village you will find yourself in the historic area of Inglewood. Where you will also easily find Scotsman’s Hill.

Here you get an unbelievable view of the Saddledome and Stampede Park, not to mention another angle to the shimmery city line.

The feeling up there is lush and serene. A whole mix of incredible things.

This is an extraordinary day of fall sights to take in, in Calgary. Believe me, it was a feast for the eyes the whole time.

Now let’s get back to the point about taking it in while you can. While it lasts. Within 24 hours of this day, winter arrived. With bountiful and colourful leaves still on the trees and fall begging to stay around longer. The snow just couldn’t resist flying.

It is amazing, in two days we experienced two seasons. Mother nature just loves pulling fast ones on everyone here in Calgary.

What can I say? Rain or shine, fall or winter – this city is a stunner.

9 Round – My Newest Workout Addiction

Happy endorphins, a good detoxing sweat, working your muscles, torching fat and getting your blood pumping. That is what a good workout is all about.

No matter where I am in the world, I love working out and keeping my body happy and healthy. We only have one body, and I intend to keep on adventuring the heck out of life, so my main source of transportation needs to be in tip-top shape.

I recently joined 9 Round at the Varsity location here in Calgary, Alberta. It is all about kickboxing, and up until this point in my life I had never done kickboxing, and I do love trying new things.

The best part is, is that it is only a 30-minute workout. Don’t let that fool you though, it is tough. You will get your butt kicked.

Every day the workout changes so you never plateau, the staff are phenomenal at this location(which is why I chose this location), and as per the name, you do 9 rounds, and each round is 3 minutes.

You can also wear a heart rate monitor to track that you stay in the fat burning zone, so you will then also know you will get the afterburn where your body will continue to burn extra calories after your workout.

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It is amazing how long 3 minutes can feel when you are pushing through some of the exercises.

Another realization I had was that I never knew that kicking and punching a bag could be so much fun! Seriously if you are feeling any sort of stress, then this is the best way to get rid of it. It is so satisfying.

Before you get going you have to get geared up.

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I feel so cool and badass when I have all my gear on.

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It’s the simple things in life really. Like wearing a pair of boxing gloves.

There have been days since starting that I have not been able to walk the day after. Which is awesome! And because you are having so much fun doing it you don’t really notice how hard you are working.

So many people get these incredible results from doing this workout, I am excited to see what my progress will look like.

Yes! To awesome gyms and always striving to be a better YOU today than yesterday.

A Day At The Derby – Packwood Grand

Derby’s and the idea of a derby just totally exudes class. At least to me, that is. I always see photos of my friends in England attending various derby’s and it has always seemed so appealing to me. The hats(fascinators), the dresses, the bubbly. After all, my blog wouldn’t be ‘Barefoot & High Heeled’ if I never donned some heels every now and then. I do love a reason to dress up!

Here in Calgary, Alberta, there is a yearly derby that began approximately 5 years ago. It is called Packwood Grand and is held at the Century Downs Racetrack & Casino. A classy event such as this in Calgary?! My attention was peaked a few years ago when I first caught wind of it. So, on the radar, it went!

This year as I am in Calgary, the time had come to attend.

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Of course, VIP was the only way to go, and so was taking the coach straight from downtown to the event.

Yes, I can honestly say, that is the first time in my life I have been on a bus that was totally full of people in their classy derby attire.

Upon arrival, it was all about the red carpet. There were a few different backdrops to choose from, and it felt fabulous to get our poses on.

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After the red carpet, we strolled across the track over to the VIP section where it was all about Veuve champagne, horse betting, and appreciating the endless amazing fashion.

The sun was beaming down, yet it did not feel unbearably hot, which was amazing! There would not have been anything worse than having all my hard work melt off of me in the scorching sun. The sweaty, shiny look – super attractive.

It was an afternoon event, from 1 – 6pm and the whole afternoon flew by! It was way too much fun. Mingling, laughing, sipping on classy cocktails and doing a bit of dabbling in some bets while gentlemen in their charming suits smoked cigars. It was as though I was transported to a totally different time and place.

I absolutely have a new found love for attending Derby’s. I was very impressed with Packwood Grand and if I happen to be in Calgary next year, you can bet I will attend this event again.