positivity y’all

PositiveVibesthese past few months have been immense in terms of personal growth. i have been doing a lot of daily personal development as well as taking the time to reflect on gratitude. though i’ve always been an optimist at heart, i have to say the biggest thing that i have learned in these past few months is the monumental power of positivity. i have seen it work first hand a boat load times and i am truly a believer. i really believe in the idea that we can manifest our own realities and i think that once we let go of limiting beliefs, such as: “i am never going to be able to get the job i want”, “i am never going to be pretty enough”, “i am never going to be able to loose 15 pounds”, and open ourselves up to the endless possibilities that are out there for us, we are capable of anything! A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G! that’s why i think positivity is key to manifesting the life we dream of. i have been really focused lately on letting go of negative thoughts and energy and doing everything in my power to think positively and put out positive energy. i also believe that we get back what we put in – so we put out positive energy, we get back positivity.

maybe this sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to you, or maybe you’re sitting there reading this screaming DUDE YES! – either way, i wanted to share these things i’ve learnt in the spirit of sharing my journey. if you are interested in a good read on this subject i highly recommend the book you are a badass by jen sincero. no joke y’all it has literally changed my life.

the other day, i was feeling a little gloomy so i broke out a new lettering pen and pad i had bought a few days before and practiced lettering this phrase. just doing that was so therapeutic to help get me back in a good mood. i took out my favourite and stuck it to the wall above my computer so i am constantly looking at it and constantly reminded to stay positive. a few lovely folks on instagram mentioned they would like to do this too, so i thought i’d make a wallpaper and printable version for you all to enjoy too : )

how do you stay positive in tough times - i’d love to know? i hope this brightens your day and i hope you all have a stunningly wonderful weekend! i know i’m super excited for this weekend because we’ll be bringing home our new puppy and i’ll be planning my new tattoo while troy gets his first tattoo ever. happy friyay!

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for your closet: camp vibes

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hey friends! long time no talk – and boy have i missed this space. i have been wildly productive as of late and sadly i’ve had to take a bit of a step back from this space. but don’t worry, i’m easing back into it and carving out the time to make this a priority because it is such an outlet for me and so so important.

so i thought i’d share some things i’ve got my eye on lately with camping season coming up! ahh summer : ) i cannot wait for trips to the great outdoors, feeling the sun on my skin. this weekend, the long weekend, will be the first (of many) weekends out camping this summer. i am deeply looking forward to a little break to refresh, reconnect, re-inspire and spend some time with good friends! lately i’ve been pretty obsessed with geometric prints and graphic tees… oh and headbands – i have a serious obsession! also, how cool is this handmade football?! i duno about you guys, but a football when camping is a must for me, troy and i keep one in the trailer at all times. my dad taught me how to throw when i was a kid and it’s one of my favourite things to do when we’re relaxing in the sun!

it feels good to be back in this space, i’ve got lots of ideas flowing around for upcoming posts and things that have been going on that i want to share with y’all! but in the meantime, enjoy peeking these goods and get outside and soak up the sunshine! what are your plans for the weekend??

 

field bed  |  tea kettle  |  cooler bag  |  tee  |  headband  |  hoodie  |  jeans  |  vest  |  sandals

yoga in the mountains with dear kate

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a trip to the mountains, whether long or short, always feels like a breath of fresh air. i feel intensely grateful that this is my backyard and the older i get, the less i seem to be taking it for granted. the quick getaways, the unexpected adventures, planned weekend trips and the day hikes are embedded in my memories and continue to grow my wanderlust.

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this particular trip was a short one out to banff to find the perfect spot to do a little outdoor yoga in my new dear kates, then grab some tea at my favourite tea shop for the ride home. please excuse my terrible form, i’m very new to the practice! 

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since i’ve started dipping my toes into the yoga pool, i’ve found it so freeing. something about pouring all your focus into breathing and your body’s strength makes me feel like i am capable of absolutely anything. learning how my body moves and constantly nurturing it’s flexibility and strength has been an amazing journey that i know i will continue to stick with.

the freeing feeling was intensely multiplied by the freedom of being in the mountains. the fresh air, the wind, the views, the sun peeking through the mountain tops – it was surreal and i loved every minute of it!

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i’ve come to be a bit sentimental about these yoga pants for a few reasons. the first being that they have been with me since the very start of my recent decision to start living a healthy lifestyle. the second being that i would have been so scared to post pictures of me in yoga pants 6 months ago, but being on this journey and knowing the voice behind dear kate, has changed that for me. their complete acceptance of all body types and their constant encouragement to love yourself with confidence, gave me the confidence to feel good in these pants. i feel friggen awesome strutting these around knowing that the brand stands for something seriously amazing – it’s ridiculously empowering. add that in with the fact that these are the highest quality, best fitting yoga pants i’ve ever owned (no joke) and i couldn’t not share my love for them!!

though these photos are only a short time into my journey, i know that i’m taking steps to get there and loving myself is the first and most important step to take. so these pants have become a constant reminder of that – and i’m kind of obsessed with them!

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do you guys have a favourite place to do yoga?? how bout a sentimental piece of clothing? i would love to hear!

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get the look:
+ sweater from forever 21 (similar)
+ tank top from local shop (similar)
+ pants from dear kate
+ yoga mat from jogi by joe fresh (similar)

 

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huge thank you to dear kate for providing the piece for this shoot. please note all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

studio files 01: prioritize

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since going full-time with my studio, hatch & harbour, i wanted to create a series on the blog to document everything from things i learn along the way to business tips . knowing full well i have much to learn, i want to share about it all mostly to help anyone that can relate, but also for accountability.

the first thing i wanted to talk about is time management, which is something we all practice in life, but something i’ve become more focused on since starting out as a designer in school. we all have to find our own way of tackling time and we never stop learning about. since going full-time, i’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me immensely.

there is a constant saying i think we’re all guilty of uttering a great deal during out lifetimes “there’s never enough time.” i recently read a quote that really stuck with me when it comes to this:

“…our first waking thought of the day is “i didn’t get enough sleep.” the next one is “i don’t have enough time.” whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. we spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… we each have the choice in any setting to step back and let go of the mind-set of scarcity. once we let go of scarcity, we discover the surprising truth of sufficiency… it is an experience, a context we generate, a declaration, a knowing that there is enough and that we are enough.
sufficiency resides inside each of us, and we can call it forward. It is a consciousness, an attention, an intentional choosing of the way we think about our circumstances.” – Lynne Twist

 

i think constantly repeating “i don’t have enough time” is a debilitating thought. instead, i try to stick to the present and focus more on the tasks at hand and what i can accomplish during the work day. here’s a few things i’ve learned about time management.

make lists + prioritize 
i’ve come to be an avid list-maker. it seriously helps me prioritize my tasks. i use the bullet journal method, but i colour code it for what the tasks are for (ex. studio client, blog post, finances, etc). I also put a red star next to the things that are most important – like ones i need to get one that day or that week. if you find it too overwhelming making a massive to-do list for your whole week, make one per day. write down all the tasks you would like to get done that day and go from most important to least and start tackling.

be realistic
sometimes we can get a little over-ambitious in our to-do lists. pay attention to how long tasks usually take you when you make your day list and how much time you have to work that day. if you know a task will take you 8 hours, don’t bank on getting it all done in one day if you have multiple things to do. pick out parts of the task you want to complete first and tackle them to start. and don’t get down on yourself if you don’t complete it all – it happens – other things come up like time sensitive jobs or calls from clients.

set time limits 
this is something that has been HUGE in helping me manage tasks and timelines since starting full-time. i use a self-made version of the pomodoro technique. i don’t use a timer, but i like to set goals and time limits. so say i have a bunch of revisions to do on a client brochure but it’s almost lunch time. well, i make a goal that i’ll get those revisions done and then i can go make lunch. then i don’t move from my desk until the task is completed. it works really great to maintain your focus.

eliminate distractions  
if you’re like me, at times social media, phone or catching up on the latest blogs can be a big source procrastination. i suggest using the time limit technique to get your tasks done. allow yourself the time to complete whatever it is you need to get done, separate from these distractions (ie. turn your phone on vibrate) and then you can browse through your feeds and check your texts.

make time for rest + play  
this is key. respect your bodies’ need for renewal. becoming overworked and overtired can be detrimental to our jobs. if you are living your dreams and love what you do don’t loose that by becoming exhausted. create meaningful work that doesn’t drain you and try to stay aware of when you’re becoming overworked. i am completely guilty of taking on too much, and sometimes i need to take a step back, reflect and take on a little less so i have time for rest and play. those two things are so important to our creativity, drive and inspiration. it’s difficult to function riding on coffee alone!

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i am constantly learning about prioritizing, time management and rest, but the more i practice these things, slowly but surely, the easier it seems to get. what are some of your favourite time management tips and tricks? 

a healthy invitation

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i mentioned here that i’m doing the 60 day insanity max 30 fitness and nutrition challenge and this week is my last week of the 60 days! i’m getting excited to share my results! month 2 has definitely been more challenging fitness wise than the first, but it’s been amazing. with progress and determination i’ve seen my body and mind change these past 2 months. one of the best parts for me is seeing my body gain strength – slowly being able to do things i couldn’t when i started this journey. it’s a remarkable thing!

i’ve been doing a lot of personal development lately and learning a lot about owning your story and how if we share our story, the right people that need to hear it will find us. i know (from past experience) sometimes nutrition and fitness can be difficult and can leave you feeling hopeless and helpless. that’s why i wanted to share my journey from the very start and be totally open and honest with you guys. i have no plans of stopping this journey any time soon and i wanted to extend the invitation to you guys to join in and do it with me!

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everyone has different reasons for wanting to dial in their fitness or nutrition, some of you might want to shed a few pounds to get ready for the upcoming summer months, some of you might just want to feel better in your skin! whatever your why, you are all welcome! i’m putting together 2 challenge groups – one strictly for nutrition and one for fitness and nutrition. what this means is everyone in the challenge group (including myself) will be doing the same things offering total support the entire time.

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FREE 5 day clean eating challenge: 
+ introduction to healthy food choices
+ shopping guides
+ some of my favourite recipes
+ support from myself and other challengers
+ a 7 day commitment (2 instructional days)
+ gluten free, vegetarian, paleo friendly!

21 day fitness & nutrition challenge: 
+ workout and eating plan
+ portion control guide
+ different skill levels workout plans available
+ all participants following the same program
+ support from myself and other challengers
+ gluten free, vegetarian, paleo friendly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

one of the things that has helped me a ton is being in groups like this to gain support, motivation and inspiration. i am super excited to dive in to these challenges and i hope that some of you will be just as stoked! if any of you are interested in joining either of these groups you can leave your email in the comments below or shoot me an email at [tara.ludgate@live.ca]. if you have any questions about any of the things i’ve been talking about feel free to give me a shout too! cheers to a new week – let’s tackle it head on!

make it: flourless banana pancakes

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since switching to a paleo lifestyle, i’ve had so much fun finding and inventing different recipes to make. one thing i have not really missed is carbs (due to the heavy and painful feeling they leave in my stomach) but finding alternatives to carb foods has been really fun. i stumbled on a recipe for flourless pancakes and decided to give it a go! from the original recipe i found, i made some changes to my taste liking and also came up with a paleo friendly syrup to go along with it. these are hands down the simplest creations and they are unbelievably delicious! i had to share my version and the syrup solution with you guys. i hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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the ingredients and how quick they are to make will blow your mind if you haven’t heard of these before:

ingredients (makes 4 small pancakes):
+ 2 eggs 
+ 1 medium sized banana
+ 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
+ 1/2 a tsp. of pure vanilla extract
+ coconut oil cooking spray (optional – i use this one)

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simple fruit syrup:
+ strawberries
+ pure vanilla extract (to taste)

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to make the pancakes simply mix the eggs, bananas together (i recommend blending these two so that the banana is smooth – not chunky). take the blended mixture and pour it into a mixing bowl, add the cinnamon and vanilla and stir it all together.

in a regular sized frying pan on medium heat, spray some coconut oil cooking spray, and pour a ladle-sized scoop and cook until lightly browned on both sides.

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for the syrup cut up some strawberries and blend with vanilla. i don’t usually measure the amount of vanilla, instead i add a small amount and taste test, then add more to desired taste. top with a few cut up strawberries or other fruit and enjoy! these are also amazing sans-syrup, combined with berries.

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i have always been a big fan of weekend breakfasts, taking the time to make something you wouldn’t normally make during the week. this has become a staple saturday morning breakfast for troy and i (with a side of bacon). what are some of your favourite weekend breakfasts??

 

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