Good to be back… (YEG)

…but it was also awesome to be away!

While I often follow up the previous statement with a message talking about how time away allows one to have a greater appreciation for what you have when you return, while that may be true, today’s message is a little different.

I didn’t spend my time away reflecting on what I was missing at home. And there was a lot going on in Edmonton and it looked like fun…Taste of Edmonton, K-Days, concerts, hot weather, NP, etc. And while I checked in (meaning I dropped into Instagram once in the morning and once in the evening) I made a conscious effort to truly be away even though the opportunities to experience FOMO could have been in full effect. I chose to leave my phone in our room for our trip to Sandpoint. It was actually a really nice break. I was glad that my cousin enjoyed being on picture duty to capture our joy. And it was joyful – laughing, boating, floating, eating ice cream, BBQing, and sharing time with family and friends.

I’m sharing this because I think it’s important for us to remember that there will always be many things in which to be involved and you will always be missing out on something. I think the key is that you choose to be present in your chosen space rather than focussing on what you might be missing. When you focus on what you’re missing you will also miss out on what’s right in front of you. That doesn’t honour your time or the people you are with. Be okay taking a break, choosing the less popular thing because it’s what you actually what to do, or missing out on a thing or two…and trust that your community will still be there for you when you return.

Great job on the deck today. Sometimes the luck of the draw gets you 6 red cards in a row and don’t worry, my feelings weren’t hurt when I was being blamed for the card flip, I can shoulder those complaints 😉

#justshowup 6 AM

  • Wednesday – Commonwealth Stadium Gate 2
  • Friday – Walterdale Hill – Grassroots Tagging Day (bring one light/bright coloured top, we tag in black and on the front of your top)


  • Wednesday, August 28 – Old 96er & the Gristle – last chance of the season
  • Monday, September 2 – Sunrise 6K

Until next time…SMILE! J

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