Motivation to get out the door so early every morning doesn’t always come easily.
Laying out my clothes so they’re staring at me in the face as I drink my coffee helps, looking at posts from some of the amazing Ovarian Cancer advocates out there helps push me too. It reminds me why I’m doing this and pushes me to not procrastinate and focus on my goal.
Do you have anything you like doing to motivate yourself? #OvaryAct#OvarianCancer#CrossCanada
Vancouver - Halifax
Ok, in reality it’s 5996 ..ish but either way that is FAR.
My ride last summer to San Francisco wound up essentially being a training ride and I started training for this one immediately.
By the time I leave it will be a year and a half of training that has gone into the preparation.
Honored beyond belief to have officially become a member of the renowned Explorer's Club of Canada! Their dedication to engaging youth to connect to Nature, and engagement with the Sciences and Exploration is outstanding!
So grateful to have the support and advice of their members help us inspire youth to reconnect with nature through Citizen Science involvement from coast to coast to coast as we trek across Canada along @thegreattrail!
My hip flexibility has been getting better leading to better and stronger range of motion on the bike (stationary). This will lead to more comfortable rides on the bike when I’m outside, longer time on the lower handles in a more aggressive and aerodynamic position - ‘cause speeeeeed - especially when it’s windy it’ll be an ideal way to not block the wind while I’m trying to go fast.
Although it is ironic that doing something to save ladyballs hurts the ladybits 🤷♀️
This is exciting because it’s the fastest bounce-back I’ve had recovery wise following one of my long workout days.
24 hours later, I’ve been recovering faster and faster over the last few weeks which means all of this is working and I’ve been on the right track!
It’s nice to see these things fall into place and see that my training is piecing together properly.
Had a rare 24 hours off with @lifeofan.alan today after going to see one of our favourite comedians @cheetosantino last night.
We did a push up pyramid of 100 push ups each today, and I also added 5 minutes of planking (one minute at a time, I’m not completely insane...yet). I’ve been really working on hitting my upper body in workouts lately so that my wrists and arms and shoulders are ready to be locked in one position for 12+ hours a day.
Feeling strong and ready for the week ahead.
What did you do for the long weekend?
Cranked the training for the big ride up a notch last week. I did not know snow shoeing could be so difficult 😂
We trekked across the Cape Breton highlands over the course of 4 days with @livelifeintents leading the charge. More than anything, this gave me the mental preparation I need to bike across the country. My body and mind are more than ready.
1 3117 February, 2020
It's MOTIVATE MONDAY! And that means it’s time to introduce another member of our leadership team!! Today we’d like you to meet Kurtis Briand (@kurtisbriand) from South Harbour, Nova Scotia! Kurtis was first introduced to Motivate when he was selected to attend the #ViaYOUTH 2018 Atlantic summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia!
Kurtis attends Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia in his 4th year of Community Studies. Majoring in communication and minoring in Psychology, Kurtis was hand selected by the Communication Department to become a Peer Lab Facilitator where he facilitates lab sessions consisting of public speaking, interpersonal and digital media.
Kurtis comes from a fishing family but has opted to become a member of Law Enforcement.
He has an exceptional background in volunteering for various youth organizations, being a tutor/mentor, a program assistant and a co-facilitator/community representative for the Island Community Justice Society which deals with restorative justice for a wide demographic.
Kurtis is very passionate about sports and physical fitness and hopes to one day provide an example and support youth in their journey for a healthy lifestyle.
He is super appreciative of Motivate Canada reaching out to him to be on the 2020 Pro Team and is sooo excited to meet everyone and connect in Vancouver!!! Some fun facts about Kurtis are:
🦌 He had a pet moose (no for real he really did - if you're attending the summit in March we're sure he'll tell you the story if you ask).
🤓 He is a full time facilitator with Cape Breton University.
🏍 He used to race motocross.
🚨 He popped is kneecap out twice (ouch)!
🍝 He's a big time fan of pasta.
Learn more about Kurtis today on our instagram takeover series of "a day in the life" of our leadership team!
APEX OBSCENITY MMXX 🇨🇦 We are heading cross country to kill our owners with @protosequence
4.02 PRINCE GEORGE
4.12 THUNDER BAY
I can tell you about the numbers and statistics around Ovarian Cancer but what that loses is the real impact this has on women, their families and loved ones.
The mental and emotional impact of feeling like Ovarian Cancer is the one the world doesn’t know or care about.
That’s how I felt hearing that there hasn’t been a major breakthrough in 50 years.
Bringing a message of hope and sharing stories of the research and efforts taking place are a big part of this ride. I’ll be speaking to the OVACARE team at Bc Cancer next month and I’m so excited to get to share these things with you.
For the women fighting Ovarian Cancer right now and those who will be diagnosed, I want them to see hope on the horizon, see all the people who are coming out to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer, participate in the Walk of Hope and all of the efforts by people around the world to bring some much needed attention and change to this disease.
Some great accounts to look at: @talk_peach@ovariancancercanada@ovariancancerandotherstories@ovarcome@chezilme
There are women and families behind these statistics who need to hear there are people who care.
Me in December : 2020 will be the best year!
Buuuut the new year has been really stressful and it’s been affecting me quite a bit, trouble sleeping and feeling pulled in lots of different directions.
It’s forced me to take a harder look at things, I’ve been trying to narrow my focus and what I’m putting my energy into.
Until July when I’m finished the ride across Canada the most important thing is being as prepared as possible.
I started feeling really drained last year as I closed in on the takeoff date. I felt guilty for not spending time with people like I had before and it left me feeling like I was failing in multiple areas of my life.
The goal of this is to raise awareness and do the best I can for Ovarian Cancer awareness.
I made sure I was mentally ready for this part of the challenge this year, it’s still tough and lonely at times but being clear on my purpose and why I’m doing this has been a massive help.
This is 7 months of my life that I am lucky to have, spent preparing for something I can remember forever.
In 1912, there were only 16 kilometres of paved road in Canada. Nonetheless, two men set out on a 52-day journey from Halifax to Vancouver to be the first to cross Canada. It was a story of running out of gas, getting stuck hundreds of times, and driving on the edges of mountains.
It was also the story of two men who hated each other. One was a pompous English writer who insisted on being called sir and sitting in the back of the car. The other was a Canadian mechanic who couldn’t wait for the trip to end.
This is the story of that trip.
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The past couple of weeks have been crraaazy. We thought the 2 weeks we gave ourselves to prepare was enough. Oh! We were sooo wrong. It’s the start of week 4 now and we are 90% done with the exception of a few last minute things to sort out (like the driver's license situation) and we will officially be ready to start our trip. With the winch, awning, aux battery and the diesel heater, we feel a bit more prepared for what we are getting ourselves into. Wish us luck and follow along as we explore the great white north, all its culture, people, beauty, wildlife and lots and lots of snow.
One of the biggest things for your health is to know your normal.
This applies to everything!
When you notice something has changed and the feeling persists going to a doctor is the best course of action.
When it comes to Ovarian Cancer, the symptoms are subtle but persistent.
Many women are turned away when they first mention what they’re feeling. One of the benefits of social media and women sharing their stories means that more of us are aware of what the symptoms are and more likely to keep pushing doctors to find the underlying cause.
I have some personal experience dealing with doctors and it can be so disheartening and frustrating when care providers aren’t taking your symptoms seriously.
It’s so important to hear these women’s stories so that as patients we know when to insist and our doctors will know when to listen.
I’ve enjoyed training to get ready for these rides, but some of the extra details and coordination can really drain me.
I have to remind myself to stay focused on the end goal, not worry about the stuff that I can’t change and put in as much work and effort as possible.
The ride itself is a celebration of all of the work and planning that goes into it.
But it is a drain at times. Working 40 hours a week, training for 25 doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for much else, but big dreams take big sacrifices.
I had a great workout today, feeling extra ready for my 8 hour training day tomorrow. •
Donate to my ride through the link in my bio
Cycling Across Canada for Ovarian Cancer June 2020 🚵🏻♀️ #OvaryAction
1 477 February, 2020
I spy with my little eye...something that is green.
HAPPY FRIDAY!!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?! It’s #FEATUREFRIDAY !! Our second weekly alumni showcase we’d like to introduce you to Brent Foote. Brent is an alumni of our ACTIVATE program and attended our National Summit in 2014 followed by becoming a Motivate Canada volunteer facilitator! Swipe to read some of his thoughts on Motivate Canada, below is a little hello from Brente himself:
• “Hey Motivators! I’m Brent Foote, from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. I am a community practitioner in recreation & sport. In my spare time I play the drums, hike and watch Disney+.
I love to travel and find adventure-though that’s always been a part of my personality, my MC experiences have really brought that aspect out. A big goal in life is to travel to California to see the beaches & sunsets.
One of my favourite Motivate memories was during the ACTIVATE 2015 Closing Ceremonies. We e all sang “See You Again” in a full group circle. It was one of those rare moments in life where you feel most alive. I knew it then and know it now. Another one of my favourite and most memorable moments at Motivate was FINALLY hosting a ViaYOUTH Atlantic Event in Halifax, NS that was a real highlight! #EastCoast .”
0 207 February, 2020
If you haven’t heard about the @cross_canada_volunteer_tour I’m biking across Canada to raise money for people living in shelters. I’ll be stopping at shelters along the way to volunteer, buy in need items, donate and meet awesome people. If you want to donate click the link in my bio 🙏🏼
. @ana_almedia had me on yesterday to talk about the ride and it was a super fun time! Check my story for the full interview.
12 8396 February, 2020
Fueled by hope and a crazy dream. (And also snacks)
I’ve been dreaming of and planning this adventure since last year. It was an outside shot in my mind that I’d be able to do it but after ending the 9.5 day ride to San Francisco feeling strong and full of energy I realized that I was up for the challenge.
Looking forward to the beautiful solitude and silence of an open road.
Well I'm going back on tour. This is my 6th time touring, and the best part is that I get to do it with my Mentor @robbieg.hiphop
This is a major thing to happen in my life and I thank every single person who has supported me from the beginning. From the days I would spit a single rhyme and give up due to lack of self confidence, to when I released my first self made project, and now having tour dates across numerous provinces in this beautiful country.
The first thing I did when Katrina was diagnosed was google Ovarian Cancer. What I saw scared me enough to make me close my computer. I didn’t face it again until after she had died.
Today is World Cancer Day.
Worldwide everyone is affected by cancer directly or indirectly in one of it’s many forms.
Ovarian cancer hasn’t seen a significant change in 50 years. Years ago breast cancer had similar survival rates, however, because of the mass movement in raising funds and awareness survival rates have dramatically changed for the better.
Help me change the face of Ovarian Cancer with a donation today on World Cancer Day.
Packing is overwhelming!
Here is some useful advice: * Put heavier items on the bottom, lighter items on the top * Fill in empty spaces in the boxes with clothing or towels * Do not mix items from different rooms in the same box
Happy New Year everyone!!🐶🐾
We are so glad to be back posing pictures once again. Mom suffered some serious injuries and was offline for awhile. But good news!! She's okay now and we're back.
Hope everyone is well and we missed you.
See you soon
November 6-10, 2019 🚂 I took the @viarailcanada across Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver. 🌃➡️🏔 It was a five-day four-night journey that was such a unique experience. There was so much time during the day to just stare out the window of the train and watch the world go by. The changing landscape of Canada is absolutely incredible. 🇨🇦❤️ Here are a few videos of the journey, from leaving the suburbs of Toronto, to the snow-topped evergreen trees of Northern Ontario. 🏡 🌲 From the prairies to the lakes and rivers and mountains. ⛰ 🚂 This trip showed me so much of the scope and diversity of this country. A journey I will not soon forget. 💗
📍Day 16: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan (3/3)
Saved the absolute best for last. This is the night sky that lit up Grasslands National Park right above our teepee’s and it was THE most beautiful night sky any of us had ever seen ✨ If you want to explore the most beautiful park of Canada, start thinking about hopping on the FML Adventures Ultimate Cross-Canada tour coming to ya next summer 🤘🏼
📸: the man, the myth, the legend @lewis_lamey
✨ Sleeping in teepees in the middle of Saskatchewan’s rolling hills is an experience like no other ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Come experience it with FML Adventures this summer 🤘🏼
7 1088 January, 2020
Mom and Dad celebrate their anniversary in the mountains!⛰💟😂 #results
4 11525 July, 2017
Now that summer classes are over, I'm making sure to do tons of summer activities before everyone heads back to school! Luckily for me, packing for one last summer vacay is one of those things! If you need help picking what to bring, click through the link in my bio for my fool proof packing list #summertravels#packinglist
21 18118 August, 2017
Van is insulated, floors are in, mega roof box secure! Road trip has begun!
So many thanks for the hours of help from my sweet love @jf_thor 💖
Upgrade from the Passat who is still part of the family and being cared for sweetly by @after108 🙏