I've been living at home and working for the past month and a half; even though I haven't been able to travel far I've been having a great time exploring the nearby cities I can day trip to. It's scratching my constant travellers itch and I'm having so much fun doing it.
One of my dearest friends recently moved to Hamilton and she's turned me on to her new city. Specifically I have a new love for James Street North. First I want to tell you about my friend, her name is Kelly Toffner (instagram: @consciouslyshining) and among a bunch of amazing things she does, she's a world class yoga teacher. Every week she teaches yoga at a vintage shop on James Street North in Hamilton called Hawp and Sparrow. This yoga class is what brought me to downtown Hamilton and I loved the vibe so much I went back in the morning.
An empowered community is coming together at Hawk and Sparrow (not to mention INCREDIBLE vintage pieces). This community is engaging in yoga classes and other interesting workshops. I'll be teaching an astrology workshop on December 3rd which you can read more about here. Follow Hawk and Sparrow on facebook and instagram (@hawksp) to stay in the know about their events.
As we walked in the sunlight I was amazed by how many great places there were to visit; in a city I totally underrated. The Brain is a great place to grab a drink in a cozy but trendy atmosphere. Shine could very well be one of the cutest stores I've ever been in. There website says it best: "At SHINE, we believe in supporting the rockstars who make it possible to bring you our eclectic and whimsical artist-made fashion and home accessories."
Mulberry Coffee House has quickly become my favourite place to enjoy their delicious menu while reading, writing or working. The cherry on top of my day was some great vintage finds at Newolds.
The reason I am writing this post is because I've become inspired by the hidden gems around me. A willingness to explore new places, even nearby ones can add a new level of fulfillment to your life. I am thankful for these local wonders which I can easily explore without having to travel far. Take a walk down James Street North and experience the artistic culture that's down there. I know I will be back soon!
If you follow me on Instagram (@shannonhugman) or Facebook (Shannon Hugman) you know this past week I have been gushing over the breath taking Florida sunrises.
I’m spending time with my family in Ormond Beach, Florida and intended to drag myself out of bed and make it to the beach to see the sun rise from the Atlantic.
I had no clue the profound impact this would have on my time here.
First of all as some who loves their sleep on vacation I’m usually crawling out of bed no earlier than 10:30am. I vowed to change my ways this time. I’d wake up at 7, make my way down to the beach and jog along the coast during dawn. Afterwards I find a nice spot on the beach for some deep breathing and meditation. I’d finish the routine off with morning pages (free flow writing for 3 pages inspired by Julia Cameron’s book; The Artist’s Way).
It would be 9am and I would have already completed SO much and feel incredible.
I had been struggling with time management. “How am I going to fit everything in?!” was the constant struggle going on in my mind. I continued to affirm to myself “there is time for everything I need and want to do”. My intention to watch the sun rise was simply to get some great pictures and fit in my workout before it got too hot; without realizing it by waking up early I was essentially expanding time (DUH).
It’s funny how I always seem to get exactly what I want in a way that is surprising. This is definitely a habit I am going to continue to practice while traveling (because then there is so much for time to wander and explore). Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up at home too.
I will leave you with some of the pictures from the dawn at Ormond Beach.