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New Year Swellness: So long, 2014. Hello, 2015!

With my bestie on the beach in Anguilla

As I’m sure many of you have been doing as well, I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on the past year, which has flown by. Even faster than the year before — is that possible?

And I wish I could say I look back at this year fondly, but it’s been a relatively rough one. Many ups and downs and, well, it’s been tough to keep a light heart. So much so that great things that I realize should stand out just seem a blur because I’m just going through the motions and not appreciating them for what they are. I happened to look back on my Instagram account yesterday (I’m @healthandswellness — follow me, do it!) and realized it’s been less than a month that I was on the sands in dreamy Anguilla (where I managed a scary untethered climb down a cliff that absolutely terrified me — but was patting myself on the back for completely, shaky legs and all). And just eleven weeks ago, in Chicago I ran my best marathon. A very unexpected feat that when I actually spend a sec to think about that morning and how everything just came together and how I came less than two minutes from qualifying for the Boston Marathon, I’m astonished and proud. Yeah, that happened. No, scratch that. I did that.

But lately these good moments are being overshadowed. And that happens. And that’s OK; it’s OK to feel this way. All I think you can do is try really hard to focus on the things that are good and that you’re grateful for, until those things and and thoughts are the ones taking place front and centre and things shine a little brighter. And so, if the holidays or the year as a whole has been a bit of a rollercoaster, think of the highs, surely there have been some. Do it with me now. Yes?

For me, I’m proud of running a personal best not only in the Chicago Marathon, but in Around the Bay 30k, Sporting Life 10k, and in the Nike Women’s San Francisco Women’s Half-marathon. I love that I had the chance to explore Texas not just once or twice, but three times this year (I think Frederickburg was my favourite). I had the opportunity to travel with one of my best friends to two tropical paradises (Bonaire, where I truly hope to return so I can get better at windsurfing, and Anguilla. which once again proved itself to be a foodie’s dream).

Anguilla and Ani Villas

In addition to my incredible group of friends, I added a few new friends this year to my life — all of whom I simply don’t know how I’d survive without. I ate so very well with these friends, both here in Toronto and abroad. Work continues to inspire and challenge me, and I was included in a nomination for a P&G Beauty and Grooming Award this year for a piece I contributed to for Glow magazine. And there’s the random fun-ness; I mean, I did happy hour on a helicopter, for crying out loud; I skiied with an Olympian; I went to some great concerts (JT, OVO Fest, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Nick and Knight, ha ha, and best of all, in the freakin’ pit for the Backstreet Boys, eeeeeeeeek! If you know me at all, you know how major that was).

Alright, so 2014 has had its moments…

As for 2015, I haven’t made specific goals, yet. I still aim to devote more time to sleep; a healthy sleep schedule continues to be a struggle for me. For running, I’m gunning to qualify for Boston, but am giving myself until the end of 2016 as my timeframe to reach this goal (I’m giving myself more than a year since I can only manage to try two or maybe three qualifying marathons a year). As for everything else, it’s all a work in progress.

Skip into the new year with me, with high hopes for it being the best one yet. Make it happen.

— Karen xo

Skipping on the beach, Sandy Island, Anguilla




2 Comments December 31, 2014

Fitness Swellness: NTC Week


Today is “Blue Monday.” A day many of us are apparently feeling more down than usual, thanks to the bad weather, debt, the blues after the festive holiday season, and resolutions that we haven’t managed to maintain even just a few weeks into the new year.

(in any case, I don’t believe in Blue Monday — one day we all feel depressed, puh-lease — and in fact, it appears it was a PR ploy…)

But there’s no denying that some of us may be feeling a bit unmotivated and as grey as the skies here in Toronto.

To help kickstart your motivation to feel better and get healthy, Nike is launching NTC Week this week, starting today. To take part, download the Nike+ Training Club app and do one workout from it a day for the entire week. Think of it as a way to recommit to your fitness resolutions if you’ve faltered already.

I’ll be taking part — the Get Focused workouts are as short as 15 minutes. I can commit to that even on hectic days.

BTW, if you’re in Toronto, if you screen capture one of your N+TC workouts, Instagram it with the comment “Count me in” and the hashtag #NTCfit, you can score an invite to a live NTC session with Eva Redpath (there’s brunch afterwards!) being held this Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Sound Academy.

So, how about it? Count you in? Let’s do this!


Leave a Comment January 20, 2014

Beauty Swellness: Beauty rules you can break

beauty products

I shampoo daily. That’s right. Sometimes even twice daily. And I don’t always go to the same colourist or stylist. I cheat. Ok, not often, but I do.

I’m such a rebel.

For this, and other beauty rules you, too, can break, check out my article over on ElleCanada.com. Think of them as beauty resolutions you’ll can easily follow through on!

2 Comments December 19, 2013

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