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Breathe 1You work hard, you look after your family, you give to your community, you have more things on your to do list than time in the day…you are stressed, your mind is overwhelmed, your body is not happy, your spirit is missing, internally there is just too much clutter!

 
You are just trying to survive the day moment by moment without totally losing it!  

When do you think would be a good time to take a breather?

I can tell you from experience that my breather came when I landed in the hospital in the middle of the night undergoing emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer I did not even know I had.  It was caused by too much Ibuprofen (Advil) that I was taking for a sore back and hip…that I did know I had, but did not do anything about.  I chalked it up to old age and let it go for years! Yup, that was me in 2015!  

6 weeks of recuperation…down time that for most of it I had to rely on others to look after me, drive me, look after the house and family….and I could not work.  No work, no income when you run your own business! It hurt on multiple levels!

The lessons I learned from that are many, but one of the most important is that I need to take time to look after me.  I need to listen to my body.  I need to listen to my mind. I need to listen to my spirit.  The way I learned to do this was by retreating.  Taking time away from the everyday busy-ness of life and give myself time to think, dream, release and breathe.

In today's over stimulated world taking time out is more needed than ever. Depression, anxiety, mental & physical breakdowns seem to be at an all time high. I experienced it myself and see it often with my clients.  Our brains and bodies have not caught up to the speed at which technology has things coming at us, the speed in which we are 'expected' to react, to do things and the amount of crap that is accumulating around us and in us. 

That is why I created Camp Exhale Women's Retreat! It is time to give ourselves permission to look after us.  To take the time our bodies, minds and spirits crave to just breathe and think! 

Studies show that taking time to regroup, dream and just breathe helps our brains, our moods, our productivity, our relationships and ultimately our bodies cope with everyday life. Learning to release and cope with this internal clutter can literally save your life!!

Don't wait for a crash like I did to take this time needed! 

Join us in saying yes to YOU time!

Camp Exhale Women's Retreat 
June 1-3 Square Lake Resort, Alma NB
$699 (+tax) includes 2 nights accommodations, all meals and workshop sessions at the private Square Lake Resort

Register TODAY to guarantee your spot:  https://campexhalejune2018.eventbrite.com

PS if you are a guy reading this, please pass it along to any women in your life you feel could benefit from this retreat or surprise your honey and register her.

xox Kim

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Hug a treeThe Daily Exhale: Hug A Tree

I have been having a crazy couple of days...things were not going the way I wanted them too, I was not feeling well and generally feeling a little overwhelmed when I realized it was only Tuesday and there was still plenty of time to regroup and make the most of the week.  but first I needed to take a little breather.  For me the best place to decompress and breathe is in the woods, which I am lucky enough to live in walking distance to the beautiful Centennial Park.  

So here I am in the woods, talking myself through the tough stuff and releasing my worries to the trees.  Best way to do that is get up close and personal...go hug a tree.  Mother nature has wonderful healing powers and I know she can handle anything I release to her.  

The next time you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, go find a little piece of nature and touch it...feel it, smell the flowers, touch the leaves, hug the tree!  Feel that negative energy release from you and send it on it's way!

Wishing you all peace and calm!

xox Kim

bath time 1The Daily Exhale:  Bath Time

Today was a busy day for me, doing a client move after a sleepless night was a tiring day.  It is not often I have trouble sleeping but so much was going on in my head it just would  not stop!  One of my ways of coping with crazy days, tired body and running mind is to take some time out for bath time.  Just 20 minutes soaking in a hot tub listening to some meditative music can totally change my day and the way my tired body feels.  

If you find yourself stressed out and needing a break from the chaos, grab some epson salt, turn on the water and jump in for a bit of bath time! Your body, mind and spirit will thank you!

Happy Soaking!

Kim

ice Storm LessonsThe Daily Exhale: Ice Storm Lessons

So we just spent 40 hours without power...yup you heard me 40 hours. Although that seems like a long time and it was getting pretty chilly in the house by day 2 I have to say that it was actually somewhat pleasant as well.  I never realized how much noise surrounds us in our house, whether it is the fridge humming, the air exchanger blowing or the radio playing.

The instant silence was a refreshing change in this constant noisy world!  I could think, I did lots of writting and it was just peaceful and calm!  I challenge you to try and shut down some of the noise that is going on in your house.  Turn off CNN, turn off the radio, turn off technology and see how it change the feeling in your home and how it can change the behaviour of those that are in your space.

and of course don't forget to take time to BREATHE!

Peace and Calm xox Kim





 

affirmationsThe Daily Exhale: Affirmations

I start my morning routine by reading affirmations that keep me focused on my goals and keep my mind/thoughts positive. The power of keeping a positive mind focused on what you want is so important! I truly believe that where my mind goes, energy flows. If I find myself in a rut, I pay close attention to what I am thinking, it normally is my mind that is in a negative space. I can flip that pattern by simply shifting my brain to a more positive thought, it really can be that easy!

So I challenge you today to go write some affirmation, a few sentences, words that motivates you, inspires you or keeps you focus on what you want! Put those affirmations in a place (or places) where you see them EVERYDAY, even several times a day. Keep that mind of yours focused on the positive! and remember to BREATHE!

Keep affirming!

xox Kim