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My Spirit Animal is a Moose!

Do you believe in spirit animals?

This may very well be when I lose you and you think I am absolutely crazy, haha!

BUT…..

I have, since I was quite young, noticed that from time to time certain animals would show up in my life in what seemed to be odd coincidental spurts. It wasn’t until the internet and google was born that I made the connection of them possibly being spirit animals.

If you think I’ve lost my marbles…….sorry, bare with me!!

Obviously, living on a farm I am surrounded by animals all the time so it is kind of hard to explain when you know a “spirit animal” has came into your life. It’s just a gut feeling you have. It maybe happens to me once or twice a year but lately it has been quite a long time since I have noticed anything.

Until yesterday!

I was driving home from Moosomin (which makes this even more ironic) and about 40 minutes into my drive a moose and her calf nearly ran out in front of me on the road. Okay, it is definitely not everyday I see a moose but I didn’t think anything of it because I am after all in moose country! Smack between Moosomin and Moose Mountain Provincial Park, ya, I am pretty sure they have a moose or two around there!

I continued on with my day not giving it another thought.

Later that evening Liam had a ball game in another town and on the way home, about 15 minutes from our house we come over a hill and standing just off the road are……you guessed it. TWO freaking moose.

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Random picture for attention! I definitely did not have time while driving to snap pics of the actual moose I seen!

Okay, I don’t get out as much as I would like but I have travelled a fair bit across our great nation and NEVER have I seen FOUR freaking moose in one day. And yes we do have the odd moose around where we live…..but it is pretty rare to see them!

Like I said, you may think I am crazy but I dare you to google the symbolism sometime if you have a hunch a certain animal is showing up more frequently in your life than normal and see what it says! They might be sending you a message!

My mom actually has a spirit animal book and this is what it says for the moose as a spirit animal……

“You can feel proud of your recent accomplishment and share it enthusiastically with others, not to be boastful or competitive, but for the simple joy of sharing.

It’s important to encourage others with their dreams and visions.

You have the strength and ability to endure this emotionally turbulent period.

Others will soon be looking to you for direction, inspiration, and guidance.

This is a time to explore new depth of awareness and be prepared for increasing sensitivities.”

Ya that pretty much sums me up to a tee!

So wether you believe in it or not or think I am an absolute loony, haha, I challenge you to keep your eyes and heart open to it, you just never know!

{I will update this with the name of the book I quoted once the hour is more reasonable to text and ask my Mom….or better yet, Mom, when you read this want to text me the name of the book, haha}

I promise you this is as weird as I get and if you have made it this far double thumbs up for you!

I would love to know if you have had a “spirit animal” in your life lately and was the meaning significant to you?

Have an amazing day!

Cheers,

Kimberley

Thoughts on the Road

I had a whole lot of time to myself today while driving home.

Just me and my thoughts……that could seriously get me in trouble, haha!

The main thing on my mind is how the hell I am going to get everything I need to get done by myself in the next five to seven weeks.

And yes, I won’t be afraid to ask for help. You can’t be afraid to lean into those that are willing and able to help.

But I couldn’t help but also think of the crazy roller coaster that has brought us to where we are now and how much everything that happens to us is just building us up for something bigger and better.

You just have to see it as opportunity and grab it by the horns!

My husband HATES it when I use the “everything happens for a reason sign” but I think he just might be turning into a believer.

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He has had a lot of shitty hands dealt to him, as many people have (it’s good to know you are not alone) and at the time the “everything for a reason” line is the last thing you want to hear.

But you know what. If you are able to stay thankful and stay positive the light will eventually shine and you will realize that everything that happens to you sets you up for something bigger and something better.

At the time of darkness it is hard to see the big picture but you have to believe there is something better on the other side. You also have to choose to not wallow in pain and self pity and keep pushing and fighting through it or you could very well miss that opportunity.

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You are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Cheers,

Kimberley

A Kick in the Butt and Quick Update

Life has been a crazy whirlwind and I really can’t complain……although it has been a tad hard on the nerves!

I left off with our house hunting adventures and where we are going and I have barely been able to keep my s#!t together to get the essentials done this past week…..it has been ridiculous.

Thank goodness for my awesome husband who has been helping me way more than he should have to or I would be so far behind in mailing packages and getting my work done!

He leaves for his new job very soon so I need to get my act together pronto!

On the bright side we found a house. Super excited about that. I will have to wait until its official official before I make any announcements as to exactly where we and The Dusty Road Boutique will be located.

In other excitement my family also has been getting ready for a wedding. When your busy you might as well be insanely busy! My brother is getting married this weekend and today we spent some time helping get ready for it!

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The light was amazing at the ceremony location…..that’s my old photographer coming out in me! The weather was also beautiful. The mosquitos were savages!

In all of this craziness and hustle and bustle I am definitely learning a lot about myself! Firstly, that it is okay to lean on others for help and support. There are times you really need them. I have never been one to seek out help but I am learning.

When I am in a rut and a little down on myself I look to youtube for some inspiration and a kick in the butt. I always seem to find just the right video and just the right time to open my eyes.

This time it was Mel Robbins speech “The Secret to Self-Motivation” and the thing that hit me was “you are never going to feel like it”. Those things you need to do to get closer to your goals. Those things you know you should be doing. If you wait until you “feel like doing them” it will never happen. You just have to do them, regardless of what you feel like at that moment.

Obviously she explains it better so watch the video. Absorb it and live it! It is life changing advice and exactly what I needed right now as I struggle to figure out how to adjust to my new reality and overcome a big emotional rut!

I knew better but I didn’t “feel like it” and I was starting to sabotage a lot of what I had been working so hard for!

Of course nothing is a quick fix but I feel like I am back on the right track.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Cheers,

Kimberley

My Own Worst Enemy

<<This is a bit of a personal rant but perhaps some of you may be able to relate>>

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I am my own worst enemy.

If I  treated others like I treat myself…..I would be so ashamed.

I know this, yet I keep doing it.

I continue the negative self talk. I continue to not make myself a priority. And I continue to not take care of myself.

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It’s a mental game I struggle with.

I try to chase that “life balance” but I am a workaholic and I love it. It is hard for me to slow down and take the time to do what I need to do for myself.

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But it needs to stop because I hate myself for it. I despise myself. And I am so mad at myself.

I need to start loving myself and giving a shit about ME!

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This is definitely one of, if not the biggest flaw I have. I am going to start working on doing better starting with making promises to myself and following through.

There is nothing worse than saying you are going to do something (for yourself) and then not doing it. We all know what that feels like when someone else does it to us…..why should we do it to ourselves. Over and over again.

I am going to eat healthy starting today (and then you don’t do it).

I am going to work out 4 days a week (and then you don’t do it).

I am going to go to bed at a decent time and get a good sleep (and then you don’t do it).

We keep letting ourselves down and that has to stop.

Of course we have to give ourselves some grace. Life can be crazy. But when it keeps happening and the self talk just keeps getting worse and worse you have to draw the line. It’s not good for you.

Sorry about the rant….I hope someone was able to relate to this and perhaps be inspired to take the step to start loving themselves more. And if you are already awesome at this I would love to know what your strategies are to make time for yourself and make yourself a top priority. Because we are all busy and we all have the same 24 hours in a day and I know it can be done!

Cheers,

Kimberley

Prairie Therapy

Prairie Therapy.

Those who live or have lived on the wide open prairies know this is a real thing.

It’s not a secret. Just overlooked.

Today was one of those days. Putting out metaphorical fires left and right. One thing that I tell anyone who asks me advice about starting their own store……you must have thick skin and get real good at putting out all kinds of fires.

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Little fires pop up here and there. Your email quits working. Your website has a glitch. People you depend on won’t get back to you. You dated a cheque wrong to your supplier and now your account is overdue. A customer has a concern. An internet troll comes out of the woodwork.

Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

Just another day as a business owner!

It can be stressful at times but you start to actually enjoy taking on the challenges. If you don’t it will be a long road (or a short one if you really can’t hack it).

But sometimes it is just good to step away for awhile. Take a deep breath. Do something totally unrelated.

I had to pick up my hubby from the pasture today, he was moving the tractor down there to do some work. While I was waiting I took a few moments to be still. To reflect. To enjoy the warmth of the sun. And take in the beauty of the most amazing sight that spring has to offer us on the prairies.

Crocuses.

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It was only for a few moments but it was just enough to renew my spirits, change my perspective and reenergize so I could get back to dousing those fires.

Ahhh, prairie therapy.

You are the best!

I hope you have an amazing day and don’t have as many flames roaring as I did!

I had to remind myself of this a few times today, like I always say….. ”you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Cheers,

Kimberley