Enjoying the ride: 2017 in review

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Someone asked me this question recently. The past year has been an adventurous one for our family. We sold our house in Canada, then a few days later bought a house in NZ via a phone auction, having only seen the house online in […]

Permission to feel

I was going to write about the few quiet days that I spent on the couch, convalescing after having rolled my ankle while on a beautiful trek. My ankle is better now and I am fairly certain that I have written before, numerous times, about how much we can learn about ourselves when we take […]

Working smarter

I have been contemplating the idea of Yin and Yang in relation not only to yoga and various forms of fitness but also to how we approach the myriad daily tasks on our calendars. My practice these days, both on and off the mat, is doing Yang (active / busy) things with a Yin (calm […]

Make something

Last night, Mr. Wanderlust and I watched an episode of a BBC documentary series about people who swap lives for a chance to walk in another person’s shoes. In this episode, a civil servant from London trades places with a hunter from rural Guyana. At the end of their adventure, each man felt inspired by […]

Finding Presence: The perfect avocado toast

It was a typical busy morning in the Wanderlust household as I served breakfast, packed lunches, ushered the Wanderlust Juniors out the door, then speed-walked after them as they rode their scooters to school. Later, returning home with a growling stomach, I finally had time to prepare some breakfast. I felt unsettled after a rushed […]

Nature is awesome

#natureisawesome. I have been using that hashtag when sharing new images on my Instagram page, which is peppered with photos of books interspersed with scenic images of NZ nature. Earlier this morning, while driving in loops with Mr. Wanderlust, in search of an elusive track around a waterfall, I rounded the corner and felt my breath […]

It takes effort to walk down a different street

I have been thinking about this poem as I move through my day, teaching classes, preparing meals, vacuuming my home, or picking up the Wanderlust Juniors from school. In my practice of mindfulness, I would like to be able to confidently say that I remain aware of each step along the way. Some days, however, I […]

Four things that are saving me these days

Photo: View from the Kaimai Ranges, by Mr. Wanderlust On Wednesday morning, I turned the calendar leaf to reveal the first day of a new month. It dawned on me that, although this new month doesn’t feel remotely like the Novembers I have come to know, with their cold gray rain-drenched streets and trees that […]

Open to Wonder

When the days seem dark and bleak, shrouded in misery, seek out sunlight. In a storm, light a candle, sip tea from your favourite mug, or call a friend whose brilliant smile will warm your heart. When the noises around threaten to overwhelm us as they grow increasingly louder and create conflict, seek a quiet […]

I have been phubbed

I was in the midst of leading a pilates class, guiding the group through a short meditation and breathing exercise, when a woman on a mat directly in front of me, in the centre of the room, nonchalantly picked up her mobile phone and began to scroll. Before I proceed with the story, allow me […]