I don't know about y'all but this is my third week in self-isolation and a lot of my day revolves around creating Tik Toks, video chats and watching IG Live workouts (and sometimes even doing them!) We've all joked about how our homes are cleaner than ever and some of us have indulged in those Instagram challenges which is 2020's version of a chain email. One of the challenging is to share your work from home space and I have some serious envy seeing everyone's workspace - particularly those that have more than one room (hello studio apartment life.)
While a lot of us, understandably, aren't shopping at the moment, there is something to be said about an at-home workspace that helps you get into productivity mode when it's time to buckle down and Zoom non-stop.
Here is a list of some Vancouver-based business & people to make WFH a little bit easier, plus they're all smaller accounts (10 thousand followers or less.) I am a firm believer that the companies we support now are the companies that can continue to exist and thrive post-pandemic so I don't want to hear about how Bezos could be doing more if you're still buying everything off Amazon.
You can blame it on Marie Kondo or this new trend of living minimally but I have been in a purging mood and getting rid of so much useless shit I had in my apartment for years. I have gone on so many rants about how people gift one another useless crap that isn't functional, desired or even special. This year I have told all my friends and family not to buy me anything (because I'm still on team #funemployment and I'm not buying shit for anyone) but I still pride myself on being a great gift giver.
Some of the key attributes of being a great gift giver include:
Which brings me to my list of experiences worth gifting (extra points if you also gift any of these with homemade cookies too).
Also, sorry in advance - this list features and experiences in the lower Mainland area because this is where I live and I don't know if any experiences elsewhere. Just come visit me and we can do these things together. These are all things I've done and maybe this is my way of sharing gratitude for some of the bomb dot com activities I have had the privilege of experiencing.
Also if you want to make the link for this post your Bumble prompt of your ideal first date I think that would be a great idea.
There was a time in my life, not too long ago, where if anyone asked me if I wanted to go to barre I would have assumed that they were asking if I wanted to go to the bar. While both bar hopping and barre class will leave you sore the next day, one of them is the good kind of sore and not the hangover kind of sore.
So what is barre class? It seems to be one of those fitness trends that seem to be ultra-popular, primarily with women. It fires up your muscles with a combination of moves based of ballet and utilizes a ballet barre for some of its' signature moves.
While douchey gym bros may disregard it as a "girly" workout trust me when I say, barre is not for those looking to take it easy. Also, let's stop assuming because something is feminine/popular with women it means it's not as hard, yeah?
I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but I turned into one of those anomalies that enjoys working out. Trust me, it surprises me too. Prior to moving to Vancouver 5ish years ago I had almost no fitness routine. I had a gym membership and worked out fairly often (ish), but I had no idea what I was doing and only went because I told myself it was good for me. My workouts back then were not well balanced and I would show up at the gym to do whatever I felt like doing that day. Elliptical for an hour? Sure, why not? Free weights when I have no idea what I'm doing and don't know anything about form? Yeah, okay.
Then I moved to Vancouver and was a broke post secondary student so I stopped working out all together. "Das esspensive," I told myself and I also lack the motivation needed to work out on my own. It has only been within the last two years that I decided to make fitness a priority for me again and found that studio classes were the most motivational way for me to work out because; a) group workouts are always more motivating, b) it fosters a community and c) I am cheap AF and will refuse to miss a class because I am not paying a cancellation fee.
Lagree West is one of those fitness studios associated with a high price tag, a monstrosity of a contraption you use to work out, wireless headphones and giving your muscles that uncontrollable shake. Lagree West does offer "promo" pricing for their first timers (I use the term "promo" loosely because $20 a class is still a hefty price) so me being the frugal fitness fanatic that I am decided to try it out.
"How hard can a 40 minute workout class be?" I told myself. Famous last words, trust me.