I seriously can't get over how incredible this year has been so far.
I've been attending Leafs games, exciting career opportunities continue to present themselves, working hard to maintain my health and getting started with some charity work. Speaking of which, I'm very excited to announce that I am partnering up with BetterBracelets!
As I've previously shared, 2018 was a disaster when it came to dealing with my anxiety and depression. I'm extremely grateful for my support system and I don't want anyone to ever feel how I felt when I was at my lowest. BetterBracelets serves as a platform for people to share their personal stories relating to mental illness in a comfortable and impactful way. In an effort to continue to improve mental health outcomes, $2.50 of each BetterBracelet sold goes towards mental health initiatives and institutions dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness.
Wear the bracelet colour that coincides with the mental illness you or someone you know has struggled with. If you are wearing the bracelet for yourself, you are encouraged to share your story on a social media platform with the hashtag, #mystory. If you are wearing the bracelet because someone you know has struggled with mental illness, you are encouraged to use the hashtag, #ourstory. The simple act of wearing a bracelet allows you to become actively involved in the conversation related to mental health and wellbeing.
I am looking forward to working with the founder, DJ, and hopefully be able to help at least one person see that there's light at the end of the tunnel. For more info, click here.
My two favourite ladies (on screen and off screen) are back!
They're both still stubborn and full of wit slowly coming to terms with the fact that they're aging, but not really. I fell in love with this show because of the stellar casting and rawness of the storylines. It's the perfect show for anyone of all ages hence why they're on their fifth season (where does time go?).
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's characters aren't the only ones making you feel all of the feelings - their children and former other halves are just as great. I think this season the children got a bit more camera time than previous seasons, and I liked that. I wasn't sure how or if they could keep this show going after season 2, and yet here we are.
Once you're done bingeing Grace and Frankie, you may also want to check out The Kominksi Method starring Alan Carr and Michael Douglas. You can check out my review here.
Well 2019 has already been a year to remember.
I had the chance to chat with my favourite current NHLer, Ryan Reaves of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. He's mostly known for being a royal pain in the ass to his opponents on the ice, sticking up for his teammates, and all around fun guy. Now, he has something new to be recognized for - his new craft beer company, 7FiveBrewing. Recently, Reaves teamed up with Able Baker Brewing Company to launch a golden ale in Vegas called Training Day.
Check out our Q&A below:
How did you get into the world of craft beer?
Out in St. Louis, I was out with a couple of buddies and was starting to get into it wanting to test out some home brew. Fast forward to getting traded to Vegas, I just kind of saw that the Craft Market is not really a big Craft Market in Vegas. It's just kind of on the come-up. There's you know, there's something like I don't know the exact number but between 20 and 30 and you go to places like Portland and there's that many on a block. So I just started doing something for once my career is done, but obviously it's going to be a slow process because hockey always comes first.
You were quoted saying you want to take over the world and compared yourself to Pinky and the Brain so does that mean you'll eventually bring the beer to Canada?
Yeah, I'd like to. Obviously, I'd like to expand as much as possible but first we're going to test things out in Vegas.
There's a lot of competition out there so what do you want your beer and company to be known for?
I mean, we're not really thinking this is a hockey beer. It's the beer for everybody. You know, we got a good story that we'll be releasing soon that I can't get into yet, but it's not a 'Ryan Reaves endorsement, make a beer and kind of make a quick buck and get out'. It's a company that I take pride in and I want it to be for everybody.
I first came across Ben's story when he was featured on Hometown Hockey a couple months back and immediately reached out because I wanted to learn more and share it with all of you. He was kind enough to spare some time to answer a few questions. Check out our Q&A:
How did it all begin?
When I was chasing my dream of playing in the National Hockey League I sustained a hit that left me in the hospital bed with no idea how I got there. I woke up to the news that my brain was bleeding in three different places. I took two years away from the game and then returned for 3 more seasons. I was honoured to be the captain in my final year and with pro opportunity offered to me and a dream come true… I decided to step away from the game and chase other things.
When did you decide to create your podcast, "Heroic Minds"?
During my "post career transition” I was trying a bunch of different things in the way of hobbies and social venture start-ups. I wanted to give back and make an impact like the community did for me during my recovery. I started a foundation to share and simplify research in head injury in sport. I then started a fitness program that was going well but not well enough for me. My good friends and partner on the Heroic Minds project said I should start a podcast because I love public speaking, working through problems and empowering others. Heroic Minds started as a hobby. Now it continues to become more and more exciting and open more and more doors.
How did you overcome the darker days in your journey?
My dark days were not as dark as they could have been because I was constantly around people that pushed me. My teammates, my billet family, my coaches and even my parents though they were did not want me to return to the game. I never had time to dwell on the bad, or the rough times, I had too many people around me supporting me. Simply I overcame the darker days by getting back into routine even though that routine was a little different than everyone else, I pushed myself even though that looked different than it did for others. I stayed in my lane and competed against myself from yesterday always trying to be better and having the people around me to help facilitate that.
What advice do you have for people in similar situations?
I would say that the TOUGHEST part of any journey through adversity is accepting where you are and that is also the key. For me it was accepting that I had a 1% chance of ever playing again. If I wanted to play again I would have to do X to get to Y (which is playing again or finding a new passion). So if I don't accept where I am (X) I won't know where I am to then start my journey towards Y. This may sound confusing. What I am saying is today with social media with the rat race of life. We always tell ourselves in our head we are in a different spot than we actually are. “I am smarter than that person, I should be making more money already, I should have a better job by now, etc etc.” We never tell ourselves “I am here, now lets find a way to get to where I want to. I believe that acceptance is the key to resilience, toughness and success.
For more on Ben's story and his podcast, click here.
Savour this moment because this is as sentimental as I'm ever going to get.
The 2018 highlights flooding social media make me a tad nauseous, but my new year's resolution is to be more mindful and less judge-y.
Last year started off as a complete clusterfuck, but ended the complete opposite. It found me battling my mind on the daily, experiencing a big health scare leading me to do more of what makes me happy (read: going to multiple Leafs games), I got myself a nutrition and lifestyle coach (Adam Loyd, owner of ALP Training Institute), and finally a few new career opportunities presented themselves over the last month.
I am determined to kick this year in the ass and I truly believe that your actions on the first day of the year set the tone for the rest of the year so my January 1st went a little something like this:
- First day of 30 Day Yoga Challenge
- 3 loads of laundry
- Coloured a page in my swear word colouring book (thanks, Mom)
- Read a few chapters of a mindfulness book that I received as a gift for Christmas
- Got in a workout
- Ate clean
- Went to bed at 8:30
If I had watched hockey and grabbed an almond milk cappuccino from Starbucks, it would have been the perfect day, but I am still content with what I did with my time.
I think last year, I was overwhelmed with everything life was throwing at me that I didn't have enough time and energy to commit to this little blog. Another one of my resolutions is to set aside time to publish a couple posts a week, and well... Here's the first one!
Wishing you all an amazing year filled with good health, happiness and success!