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Wharton Wednesdays: Want Ad

Guest Blog Series written by my dear friend, an epic graphic designer and a rad chic in my life book,  Caitlin Wharton.  Featured every Wednesday for Wharton Wednesdays!

Read on and enjoy:

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THIS IS A WANT AD:

I’ll admit, thousands of readers I’ve never met, I’m going through a MAJOR dry-spell. I’m not proud of it and… I’ll admit… in my state of desperation, I was going out for late-nights with just about anyone with high hopes that I’d go home lucky.

A dry-spell indeed. Of friends, that is. Steamy, beautiful, inspiring, fantastically wonderful friends. Those awesome, no-judgy move-a-body friends.

So here it is.

Wanted: My Tribe.

About Me: {Relatively Normal} Female seeking Males or Females. I love long runs in the trails with my little blind dog, Oscar.  Long walks on the beach bore me to death, though it’s on my bucket list to visit the World’s Greatests. I’m a designer (and snob about typefaces), and love painting, drawing, singing & knitting (just being honest!). I love road-trips, adventures abroad and most recently drank spicy chai with a gorgeous Indian family in Kerala. I have been a mountain junkie since birth, and a good splash of coffee or wine is the way to this girl’s heart.

Interested?

When I first moved here exatly 2 years ago, I would spend every weekend of my new Vancouver-life exploring my city or diving headfirst into fresh snow in Whistler, and every weeknight working too late or drinking wine with my awesome hometown friends via SKYPE.  I am lucky enough to be blessed with remarkable human beings and call them co-workers, so it took about a year and a half to realize that what I was missing was missing my Vancouver tribe.

So, to follow in the New Year’s in September accountability, I hereby publically declare my Septembery goal for the month: I surround myself with remarkable human beings. Once a week, I invite someone new out to play and have him or her bring someone I don’t know so we can all hang (threesome?!). I’ll write about it here every Wednesday, so you can track my progress, of course.  #accoutable  #newfriends

Tribe of 100 or tribe of 1, we could all use a new friend-romance, no? So… with me down on one knee, join me in this epic month-long love affair, won’t you?

Caitlin and her Tribe of 1

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Dear August, I Love You

Let me tell you something:  AUGUST has rocked.

And, it went a little something like this:

I met Brene Brown on July 31 and was vibrating into August1 from the Bucket List check (numero 87) to the reality check that she is actually as epic as I thought she would be.

My Dad crossed his first ever finish line in Vancouver with me right next to him during the Seawheeze 1/2 Marathon on August11.  We laughed, danced and cried through that 13.1 miles and that memory is stored for life.  So grateful.  Finish lines and family are where it’s at, people.  #finishlinewithdad

The day after on August12, @lululemonpeople rocked an amazing evening of inspiration at an event on Granville Island called Beyond Luon.  I had the opportunity to host and my Dad  and many, many others sat in the audience and truly experienced what we are up to, what I am up to at lululemon with amazing people.  And, it is some epic shi*t.  #inspired

Following that trip of a weekend, on August13, I embarked upon the annual Leadership Conference hosted by lululemon.  Development, delicious yoga and connection with friends all over the World clad in luon is one sweet ride.  What a week.

At the Conference, I was asked to intro Brene Brown on August14 for a speaker spotlight she did and I freaked out, cried and freaked out again with the utmost honor to bring her on stage.  Question:  Is this real life?  Bring it on!

The final evening of Conference that was August15, I was selected as a recipient of an amazing award and lululemon gifted different people a dollar amount to support a goal or fund a yoga retreat.  #joblove  #forreal

So here we are, August18, and I am home to my ever-so-patient boyfriend and sweet pup in Venice, CA to unwind from that Vancouver whirlwind.  And some times it is the simple things.  I love love love sleeping in my own bed in the arms of my Midwest man and a snuggly pup.  I love love love my my feet in the sand, a Vespa ride and palm trees at dusk.  Home, sweet Home.

Well that was sweet and short, I am up and in the sky again back to Canada-land to hit the joyous adventure that is Wanderlust Whistler from August23-25.  My heart cracks wide open on the yoga mat, my mind is left racing from the Speaker sessions (hello Danielle Laporte, Kate Northrup, Susanne Conrad and Marianne Williamson…to name a few) and I am so connected to my team, it feels like magic.  #joblove  #again

And then, this past Sunday, August26 arrived via car on a roadtrip from Whistler to Penticton with my friend, Wharty, her even-more-patient boyfriend, Trout-y and their sweet Nova Scotia Ducktrolling Retriever named Oscar, to experience the most radical manifestation of GOALS ALIVE that I have ever seen.  Our unreal friend, Steph Corker, completed Ironman Canada in under 11 hours.  And, totally sealed the freakin’ deal to grab her spot to KONA.  Yes, that would be numero uno on her bucket list.  I’ll tell you what, at hour 10 and minute 58, seeing your friend run to the finish line after swimming her @ss off, biking her legs up and down that glorious course and running a full marathon, you cry.  You cry of joy, you cry of inspiration and you cry of happiness.  #agoalCRUSHED

And now, my friends, the final days of Summer are here in August28, and I am back home in sweet Venice, CA.  Back in the arms of the man I love, walking the dog I so greatly enjoy and sipping sweet coconut water at my picnic table of a kitchen table.

I am truly grateful, inspired and rocked by this month.  I am truly grateful, inspired and rocked by this life.

For now, dear August, I love you.

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Pull the Triggers

So here I am, the stubborn 7 year old version of myself –  knowing I should go say sorry for throwing sand and continue to play on the playground, but I don’t want to.

As you might recall, I went on Adventure: Aspen a couple of weeks ago, and I just have not been able to bounce back.  I feel stressed from playing catch up (which should have been no surprise), I am seriously avoiding my practice (or any type of real sweating, for that matter), I think I am addicted to twitter/facebook/instagram/zite/newtumblraccount/iPhone, and I keep pressing play on episodes of Mad Men at 12am.  Don Draper.  Period.

I am literally choosing to reject all the things I love to do and instead, sitting in this mud of a funk space that is post-vacation-social-media-addict-catch-up-junkie-overacheiver-do-not-want-to routine.

Well, this evening I dragged myself to yoga and passed way out at the end of the class in Savasana (kudos to a phenomenal teacher). My favorite flannel shirt placed gently over my eyes, some amazing drums sequence bouncing from wall to wall within the space and breath like the Ocean waves, I woke up refreshed, smiling and finally feeling myself again.

Blissing out on my scooter ride home, I realized I really love myself in my yoga practice.  I take care of my ever-moving brain, my home of a body, and my big heart.  And, I am right where I am supposed to be.   And it hit me, there are life triggers available to pull for your favorite life, the life you most love.

Here I have written down my Top 10 favorite-life, life-that-I-most-love triggers:

1)  Jacki, get your @ss on that bold blue yoga mat.  Breathe, take time, care for you and listen to life through the practice. #flow

2)  Dog park trips sans iPhone.  Unplug in the middle of the day, soak in the sunshine and love that Bear of a rescued puppy.

3) Peace rides on my Vespa Scooter.  Honestly, I still just feel so cool on it.

4) Make epic sh*t happen and go on life adventures with Mister Chris Hynes. Know that your life rocks with this kind of love. Every. Single. Day.

5) Get in the bath tub.   #practicewhatyourpreach

6)  Run near the Ocean.  Breathe it in and take a life pause.

7)  Any type of piping hot drink in a big, round, colorful mug – preferably with whip cream.  Outside.  Daily.

8)  Write down what you are grateful for.  Then, actually be grateful.  #actionsspeaklouder

9)  I love flannel.  Maybe, just maybe, I really am a hipster.

10) Setting goals with other people.  I feel so juicy in this space, at any moment, at any time.

These are my triggers.  I will pull them on the regular.  And I’ll rock my favorite life!  #triggerhappy

What are your life triggers?

#triggerhappy

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Project Inspiration: my Mother, Marti Carr

As I dig deep and look into who I really am, I look into who I invest my time with and how they have moved me in what I have called Project Inspiration.

I wanted to take this time to tell you how my mother, Marti Carr has inspired me and been a part of my life evolution. You probably have one of these: the do-everything-talk-through-anything-ridiculously-good-looking-super-woman-best-friend-rockstar of a Mom. Let’s compare notes.

Dear Mom,

You are the beginning. There for the first breath, to the first step, my first dance recital and as my PE teacher, from boyfriends to the mother/daughter talks to friendship.

You’re my hero, Mom.

What I wanted to let you know is that who you are, has and continues to shape who I am every day.

You love what you do and you do it damn well. You are a great teacher. And you are a teacher not only to your students, but your friends and family, as well. You teach from your heart, you teach for greatness and you are ones of this life’s greatest leaders. The passion you have inspires me to live a passionate life in all domains, even when it is not easy.

Mom, you cry at everything. Absolutely everything. Your tear ducts are on overload and it is a beautiful thing. Some people see crying as a weakness, relate it to pain or sadness. I look at your tears and see you feeling life. Allowing life, people, love and conversation to move you to an emotional state, and it is so empowering. I used to be naively proud of ‘never crying’ because I am so ‘macho’ or ‘hardcore’. Lame. Now I look to feel, be and have more moments in life that rock my emotions. Thank you for being open and feeling the World around you; it inspires me to do the same.

My life evolution has been so interesting, as I am sure most can relate when their relationship with their parents begins to shift to a radical friendship. I recall watching you teaching when I was young as one of your many students during Lap Day standing for kids’ health, watching you at 6am when we used to work out together before school and we were quite the mother/daughter duo, and watching us now in conversation for possibilities at the kitchen island in our home. You are there for it all, you are my Mother, my teacher, my hero, my friend. The ability to shift and transform in relationship is one that takes patience, listening and kindness. Noted and you are appreciated to the infinite.

I am in love with your relationship with Dad. Quite the pair, I am grateful for the life I have, the family you both built and foundation you have paved for me. You both hold hands, kiss in public and smile at one another. I hope that Chris and I are as much in love as you and Dad are 28 years later.

And finally, Mom, I love you. As I sit here thinking of my final note to type out – I cannot put words together. Tears scurry down my face behind my horn-rimmed thick glasses, my heart beats a beat faster and I sit here in such gratitude and amazing peace for a mom, a family and a life that moves me to tears. I am you, crying over something I cannot explain. And that is beautiful. Thank you.

Thank you for giving me life and loving me, Mom. I am inspired every single day by you, your work for possibility and greatness, your stand for your family and your ability to shift and cry over the unexplained in this beautiful life that Mom built. You are my mother, my teacher, my hero, and my friend and I am forever grateful for you.

As you continue to rock in this life, keep being who you are. And I promise that I will do the same.

Your Inspired Daughter,
Jacki Carr

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Project Inspiration: Matt Hoglund

As I dig deep and look into who I really am, I look into who I invest my time with and how they have moved me in what I have called Project Inspiration.

I wanted to take this time to tell you how my best friend, Matt Hoglund has inspired me and been a part of my life evolution.  You probably have one of these:  the talk-for-hours-yoga-loving-possibility-seeking-share-your-goals-and-dreams-with-brutally-honest-and-well-dressed best friend.  Let’s compare notes. 

Matty,

I remember that sunny day you walked through the glass double doors at lululemon athletica Santa Monica and thinking, “Hmph, how did this guy get the job I applied for?”.  Ego talking.  Recurring theme, I am aware.  From our shared yoga dates to work drama, our amazing coffee evenings or late night wine chats, match.com winks to cleaning out my closet and sharing possibilities, I am so happy you got the job and walked into my life that day.

What I wanted to let you know is that who you are, has and continues to shape who I am every day.

You, Matt, are possibility every day.  I envision when you wake up there is an inspirational book of quotes next to your bathroom sink to read while teeth brushing, you have a daily declaration on your mirror every morning,  and  you leave the house standing upright and walking with an air of “today is the day to be great”.   And I envision this because when I speak to you via phone, you ooze with greatness.  I am inspired by your mentality, your ability to believe in yourself and who you choose to be each day.  And, I believe in you.

Matt, you look good.  And I mean really good.  Your fashion sense is unreal and you have no qualms sharing what not to wear.  As I recall, you saved me from the insanity that was packing to move from LA to Chicago by shipping out 3 large black gallon garbage bags to goodwill.  It was not the sheer and utter honesty when you held up the pink and black polka dotted skirt that was size 2 and you looked at me like “that is never going to happen every again”; what it really was:  is who are you are.  We had a great time cleaning out my closet, we had a great time making fun of my fashion sense and you allowed space in my life.  Space that was not there before.  I am inspired by the space you allow people by being you.

Your decision to leave a job to create one that would fulfill all areas of your life is inspiring.  You choose possibility over fear and that in itself is a rare gift.   Go ahead, check him out:  www.matthoglund.com.  You’re not going to live a mediocre life and neither am I.  Knowing we are in it together keeps me excited – and calling you every other day for accountability.  Thanks for picking up the phone.

The ability to be open and patient definitely allows you a leg up.  A long leg up.  You thrive on feedback to be better, you listen listen listen then ask questions and you allow yourself and others time with no judgment.  I yearn to write ‘envious’ – however, that is not the correct word.  I am inspired by you as a great leader in my life.  I continuously work on patience and listening and you are such a guiding light.

Lastly, I will not leave out our one night of amazing dance moves at Circle Bar.  There it comes up again – that fearless movement, literally.  We showed that dance floor and Santa Monica community who was boss that night.  And to me, that sums up how you live your life.  Create it, show them who is boss and dance because you can.  So inspiring and I will continue to shake my groove thing with you.

Thank you Matty for going against the grain, having a different conversation and beautiful worldview, and for teaching me everyday to be a great human being.  The experiences I have from our friendship are ones that I am forever grateful.  I will continue to be a name that shows up on your caller id, and I look forward to every encounter; as every time I am in a different and greater space than I was before we connected. 

As you continue to rock in this life, keep being who you are. And I promise that I will do the same.

Inspired,

Jacki Carr

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Adventure: Project Inspiration

I had a moment last night.  Or, it could be a culmination of moments in the past weeks in which I was really questioning, exploring and demanding answers of human possibility.  My own human possibility and who I want to be, who I am … for the World.

A Mumford & Sons song lyric played on repeat in my head:

“where you invest your love, you invest your life…”

So, I have decided to dive into the evolution of Jacki Carr and take a deeper look at where I have invested my life.

In doing so, the next adventures will be coined: Project Inspiration.

You’ll see….

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