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It’s Been a Year!!

It’s Been a Year!!

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What a Year!!

Wow – It’s been a year!!

It was 1 year ago today I arrived in Mexico to do my first out of the country house sit.

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Vancouver, BC

I took the red eye out of Vancouver leaving behind snow and ice – first time I saw snow stay in Vancouver for more than a day or two – little did I know at that time the snow would only continue coming big time over the next few months.

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Mexico

Within my first 10 days of arriving in Mexico I had my birthday, had to put my dog down – while my best friend and father of my kids held the phone so I could talk to Spirit as he transition, then next my relationship of over 21/2 years came to an abrupt end.

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Spirit

 

It was like my Soul wanted growth with no distractions – I didn’t know a soul in Mexico, couldn’t speak the language and had a little dog and cat to look after.

 

Fast forward a year now and the growth, healing, experiences, people I’ve met, things I’ve done, the programming and ways of being and earning an income that I’ve let go of was nothing I was thinking was going to happen when I came to Mexico – yet I was open to new experiences………I need to be really clear from now on! 🙂

 

I realized I truly wasn’t on the right path……I still had deeper work to do, experiences to experience on my own, people to meet, projects to start and reignite, places to see and photograph, journeys to take and to become more aware of energies and programs I was still running that weren’t serving me.

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Havana, Cuba

I went to Cuba and walked over 100 miles in less than 8 days and have over 2000 images that I shot while there.  I did Yoga teacher training, spent many hours doing Yoga and walking the beach meditating, participated in Temezcals (Mexican Sweat Lodges), created a Why We do Yoga book with over 60 Yogis on Amazon and did a lot of soul searching on my own.

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Why We do Yoga – on my blog & Amazon

 

In sharing all of that I want to extend a huge shout out to my friends that held space for me to process things and emotions – you know who you are, I am so eternally grateful and I love you!! Also had some amazing healers that helped me move thru things much faster – I love Energy Healing Modalities – all I can say is they work and work well.  Alina and Kare did Emotion code with me – you can find out more about it here or watch the documentary E-motion.  Neither has a website up yet but if you want to experience a session reach out to me and I can give you their contact info – they are both amazing!.  I did a Soul Retrevial with Jodi Parker who is someone I adore as she walks her talk and is very good at what she does –which is several things but you have to experience one of her sessions! Her site is Higher Living Journey.  Another person who I adore and is also very gifted at what she does is Sandra Wagman Sargeant – she has been reading for me for years and her readings are usually bang on! You can find out more about her and her readings at Readings with a Twist . All ladies work with anyone anywhere – love technology!!

Wow what a year it’s been.

No it was not always fun – but yet oh so worth it!!!

 

I also have had many amazing moments as well!!

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Sunshine Coast, BC

 

And I just got back from spending 6 weeks in Canada – not the right time of year I agree but it’s how timing works sometimes.  I did some photo shoots for friends, my project, learn to connect with Spirit (no not my dog 🙂 but he did come in), saw many dear people (alive :)), released more of my stuff to truly becoming a nomad (and sad to say some people too yet it’s all good) – that happens when you just are not vibrating at the same level any longer.

It was cold oh so cold for me which makes me appreciate being back in Mexico even more so despite it being cold here right now  too – it’s still warmer than Canada!! Lol

 

And I just started another house sitting gig with my original person – now it’s not 1 dog and cat it’s 3 adorable little dogs.

 

I feel so blessed to what has happened, is happening and what is coming in 2018.

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Greens & Superfoods!!!

Health and eating healthy will always be important to me, and I will always share as I do believe in superfoods (as you will see on my blog), live foods and more.  I had the privilege of photographing Troy and Sharon with their domes and towers and I am getting some towers – I think everyone could use these towers – we need to be growing our own foods!!  The info and link will be on my site soon if you want or know you should be growing your own food too!!

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Growing Towers for Nutrient Dense Foods!

I’ve also dived into the crypto world big time – I have had Bitcoin for a couple of years and got educated on that big time but sat back – now I’ve jumped in much stronger and also highly encourage others to do so too!!  Reach out if you have questions or don’t know where to begin!

 

Living outside the box is more important to me than ever before.  My time in Canada and USA re-enforced that.  The stress I see people under, the prices, the politics and more.

For me that is not truly living my highest potential – as that is not my path.

 

What is calling me more than ever, what is truly wanting to be expressed now is a deepening within my own self to my true potential of living life to the fullest and one of those things is expressing the creativity from within that I’ve kept hidden for a long time and breaking free from self limiting programming especially around emotional eating.  I have always had a love for photography yet I put down my camera for many years – doesn’t matter now why but I did – and as you can see I have no ‘niche’ I enjoy capturing many moments……….just wait!! 🙂

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What are Your Intentions?

2018 is going to be an amazing year.

 

I took a break from doing any posts as I was busy in Canada but also becoming much clearer on where I am headed and putting the final touches on my 21 Day Food & You program, with one more project in the works before I really dive back into the Raw, Naked and Beautiful project.

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Raw, Naked & Beautiful – Real, Authentic & Whole

 

I know adventure, health, quantum physics, self love, art and photography are part of 2018 – and what I do love is working wherever I am as being the Sagg that I am my freedom is what is important to me.

 

How is 2018 looking for you?

 

Life is too short to be doing anything that does not bring you true joy and happiness.

 

We do create our lives – even when the shit hits the fan – it helps to show us who we aren’t or what no longer aligns with our true being – so take it as an opportunity for growth not to play the victim.

 

Thank you for stopping by, feel free to reach out with any questions or share this post!!

 

Creating Love, Magic and Joy

Jodi

xo

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4 Men – Havana, Cuba

 

 

 

 

 

Superfoods Energy Balls

Superfoods Energy Balls & Veg Fest

 

image veg festGetting ready for the Veg Fest tomorrow on Granville St in Vancouver and will doing samples of these Superfood Energy Balls, having a FREE Draw and giving out $50 Gift Cards to people who are looking for Greens, Superfoods, live, raw, vegan, organic and Non-Gmo!!

So if you are in the area stop by and say hi – there will be some great vendors there!!

What a mission we are on and it’s so exciting to be part of this and connect with such cool people on the same path or journey!!

Just to be up front – this recipe does have several of the Purium products in it as you know it’s about Greens and Superfoods – but you can always substitute your own. These are tasty and will substain you for hours, so a great little snack to carry around and reach for when you get hungry, miss lunch or need a little boost!!

Energy Balls

Superfoods Energy Balls

–  3 cups Dates

–  11/2 tbsp Ric Bran Solubles (Rice Bran Solubles are the most potent, nutrient-rich part of rice. They are amazing plant complexes that contain a wide variety of nutrients not found in other foods.)

–  1/2 cup Activated Barley (is a unique, complex carbohydrate from pre-sprouted grain that is digested slowly, providing energy and endurance for hours. It is a great source of immune-enhancing beta-glucan and has extremely low gluten content. It makes a great addition to any green drink.

–  1/4 cup Hemp

–  2 tsp Spirulina (has been widely regarded as nature’s most complete nutrient source. Purium’s Organic Spirulina is a rich, whole-food source of vegetarian protein, chlorophyll, essential amino acids, anti-oxidants, and vitamins.)

–  11/2 tbsp Coconut Oil

–  1/2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

–  1/2 cup Raw Cocoa Powder

Optional is to add instead of the hemp or Cocoa Powder is L.O.V.E. – 1 tbsp –  which will really knock the nutritional value sky high!!)

Throw all ingredients in a food process and process until it forms a ball.  Then break off little pieces and roll into small balls.

You can also roll into shredded Coconut if you like. (both are shown in photos)

Keep in fridge in sealed container and will keep for a couple of weeks if sealed well.

Pop into a little baggie and throw in your purse, car, or fridge at work – great for an afternoon snack instead of coffee or sugary things!!

Hope you enjoy, thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share!!

See ya at the Veg Fest!!

Jodi

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A Moment in my Life

Good Day

Well I am a little behind in getting this out – busy but fun weekend and my computer crashed – not good timing but really when is it??!!

Yes mercury is retrograding and I am feeling the effects of it lol

Just wanted to share a few moments in my life with you!

Friday was busy with my daughter getting ready for Prom – my son graduated two years ago and I remember it being much simpler – ahhh the difference between boys and girls.  Nails, hair, getting car all cleaned for playing taxi, flowers, picking up, dropping off and lots of excitement and giggles.

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 I am proud to say I am very proud of her and her accomplishments!!

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Saturday morning I meet up with some fellow photographers that I just met and we did a real fun and funky photo shoot up at Lake Bunzten – I had never been and it was a gorgeous morning.

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I had a lot of fun with this shoot – stay tuned for upcoming photos

Walking on Water……

Sunday was another busy but fun day – started of at the Vancouver Veg Expo and I highly recommend attending one in your area if there is one.  Lots of cool products, samples and people!!

Adam Hart

This is Adam Hart – he wrote a book the Power of Food and is speaking on stage at the Vancouver Veg Expo

People  are wanting to eat healthy and be healthy and our world is demanding more of it.  I found alot of information on GMO’s – Jeff Smith was there who is also one the guest speakers at Purium this August, and companies making that part of their products.  Organic, clean, real and raw – these products are nutrient dense and I found many to compliment my way of eating and the Purium products – so it was very cool!!

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Then I finished off the day with some friends hanging out on the Drive – (otherwise known as Commercial Drive in Vancouver) experiencing Italian Days – lots of people, food, music and not just Italians!!

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Great little band playing on the side – they were fun and called Happy Hour!!

Summer is just getting started – love being outside more and connecting with like minded people and having fun – isn’t that how life should be?

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Jodi

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

It’s kind of interesting how we take one day and honor our mother’s and one day to honor our father’s.  I think we should do it more often and you don’t realize that until you lost a parent.  I often take a few minutes and remember my mom and the good times we had.  I had a great Mother’s day yesterday with my two beautiful teenagers – time flys.  My son just got back a few months in Europe so it made it even more special.

I also got the chance last week to photograph a dear friend as she is in her 8th month of pregnancy and I think she is just beautiful – there really is such beauty in a pregnant lady and they usually glow as Jane does here and comfort is the name of the game.  You amaze me Jane, the calmness, beauty and serenity that embodies you (she has two more at home) – maybe this one will be a girl!! 🙂

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I’ll leave you with a few giggles on Mother’s.

Hope you got to share the day with your Mother or if you are a Mother, you had an awesome day too!!

Jodi

REASONS I OWE MY MOTHER

My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
‘If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished
cleaning.’

My mother taught me RELIGION.
‘You better pray that will come out of the carpet.’

My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
‘If you don’t wise up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next
week!’

My mother taught me LOGIC.
‘Because I said so, that’s why.’

My mother taught me FORESIGHT..
‘Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.’

My mother taught me IRONY
‘Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.’

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
‘Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.’

My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
‘Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!’

My mother taught me about STAMINA.
‘You’ll sit there until those vegetables are gone.’

My mother taught me about WEATHER.
‘This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.’

My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
‘If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!’

My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
‘I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.’

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
‘Stop acting like your father!’

My mother taught me about ENVY.
‘There are millions of less fortunate children in this world
who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.’

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
‘Just wait until we get home.’

My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
‘You are going to get it when you get home!’

Challenge Yourself

Challenge Yourself

 

I had the privilidge of photographing a new friend last week that has really inspired me and I just wanted to share why.

I met him through a friend at his daughters new restaurant in Steveston outside of Vancouver – The Living Cafe – which I highly recommend stopping in if you are out that way – the food was amazing, and had choices of raw, live, whole and gluten free – what a great combination!!

Back on track here, well I met her father Kevin and we got talking and we ended up setting up a meeting to take some pictures for his new website and upcoming competition, which at the time I didn’t realize it was for a competition I thought it was for just his web site.

untitled (97 of 222)In the process of realizing that he told me his story of turning 40 realizing where he was at his age and health and found a book that got his inspired and committed to the 90 day program.  he had before and after pictures which blew me away.  Not that he was big and fat before, maybe could lose a few pounds but his after pictures in just 90 days were truly amazing.

He ate clean and committed to working out every day.

Since then he eats healthy, works out and feeds his mind with great things.

 

 

 

 

He also found this cool Gymstick thing that he is using, now promoting and creating videos for people like me showing me how to use it and what I can do with it and not have to go to the gym – how cool is that??

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Now he is entering his first competition and he is 50 something – that got me motivated.

As I hear so many excuses from people ALL the time – I’m too old, it’s that age thing, I’m not as young as I used to be blah blah blah

untitled (181 of 222)People like Kevin get inspired, make a decision, take action AND commit to it – therefore they get results.

I had to look at some areas of my life and ask some questions of where I wasn’t showing up and being the me I could truly be.  What excuses were I using and where was I hiding??

Are you doing the same thing?

This isn’t about beating anyone up it’s about Challenging you to stop playing small and be YOU.

I start a 10 day Transformation Cleanse next Monday – the day after Mother’s Day 🙂 – I will keep track of my progress and share – I’m stepping up and out.

Thank you Kevin

 

Step out of your comfort zone today and do something your future self will thank you for!!

Have an amazing day!!

Jodi

 

 

Early Morning Market

Early Morning Market

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When was the last time you were at the market and had room to move?

Well, it may not always be that crowded where you are but markets here especially  Chinatown in Vancouver are usually busy all day.

I like to think of it like my mind – when do I have quiet times?

My mind is busy, always planning, thinking, wondering, learning, dreaming and creating.

I have to remind myself to take time to quiet it sometimes.

I love early morning walks – before most people are up (except this time of the year when it’s still dark out lol)

Connecting with nature – connecting with self.

Just like going to the market for fresh foods – quiet the mind for fresh thoughts.

Be present and live in the moment.

Make it a great day!!

Thanks for stopping by

Jodi

Early Morning – Vancouver GM Place

Early Morning

GM-Place

i love being up early and sometimes even out to find places like this – Vancouver GM Place – where the stars and hockey players perform –  before anyone else does or so I like to believe or just when it’s a quiet time.

Whether it’s first thing in the morning, middle of the afternoon or night time – do you take some time to be quiet,

quiet the noise in your head or just be without having to talk, do something or be on any phone, computer

or other device?

5 minutes a day could make a big difference!!

Make it a great day!!

Jodi

Blow a Kiss

Blow a Kiss

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When was the last time you blew a kiss to someone or got a little playful?

Why not add a little bit into your life today or blow someone special a little kiss………Play!!

No matter what else is going on!!

Jodi

Phone Booth – Changes……..

Phone Booth

Phone Booth

Learning new things can be or feel a little overwhelming at first, but if you don’t take the first step nothing ever changes.

One step today, another tomorrow, keep repeating…..

Just think where you could be in 30 days or a year.

Live a Life YOU Love!!

Jodi Burke

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Where in your life could you be willing to change or make changes?

Steam Clock

Steam Clock

Steam Clock

I was up and out early this morning to shoot the old steam clock in Gastown in downtown Vancouver.

A couple of men passed by me with my camera and tripod and the one asked me a few questions.  On his way back he asked a few more questions and we got talking and he quickly shared with me his life story – owning a multiple million dollar company to finding drugs at the age of 43 to being homeless, living on the streets for quite a bit and then cleaning his life up.  He’s now 66, clean, loving life and asked me if he was too old to get into Photography as he wanted a hobby and this was of interest.

Hell no I said – you are never too old to do things you love or that interest you.

So what interests you? Are you doing it or is there an excuse holding you back?

Don’t let life pass you by – Live a Life YOU Love and Do It Now!!

Make is a great day!!

JB

Commercial Drive

Lately, I have been loving heading down to Commercial Drive or just ‘The Drive’ in Vancouver. Now I know some people have been hanging out there for years, but some of us have been hanging out in the back woods!!!

I love going down there, it’s alive, full of energy, artists, cultural, outside patios and little store front markets which of course I love seeing the fresh food, but all of it.  Living on the Sunshine Coast is great, I mean it’s beautiful here and so close to being on the ocean almost every day, but getting a little bit of different energy is always good too!!  And the fresh food is oh so cheap.

This past Saturday, I had to go into to the city for a bit and of course I headed over to ‘the Drive’ where I got as much as I could carry, fresh food and I soaked in the atmosphere even to a quiet, while I was there at least, protest for the G8.

For me, I find that when I can find little ways to re-charge myself, get my creative juices flowing again, it’s always good.  I come back  refreshed.  it’s always good to find the little ways to do that for yourself if no ‘big’ holiday is in the cards, squeeze some time out to re-charge yourself, you might be surprised at how good you feel!!

Healthy people find ways to unwind that build them up, not tear them down.

What could you do this week to do that for yourself??

Have fun!!

JB