Breaking up with Whistler… again

Yes, my darling, this is the end for us.

Maybe because we weren’t able to overcome a few small problems…  like me actually wanting to live with my husband. But I know we will always be close to each other – we will bump into each other on ski vacations in the future, I’m sure.

Massive mountain hugs


For now, lets just remember the good times…

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Inhale the good shit. Exhale the bullshit.


Yesterday I breathed for over an hour. Like really breathed in. I filled my lungs with a super powerful life force and it was a bit crazy.

I attended a workshop by this guy Robin Clements  at the Nita Lake Jivamukti Yoga studio. I wont go into the details of his technique here (cause I want to keep this brief) but there is a ton of info on his website.

Exhaling the bull shit : I felt out of sync with the class. I didn’t belong. They were serious hippies and I am an out of place fake. Repetitive thoughts kept bubbling up… you are not good enough Madeleine.

Inhale the good shit: After a while, I decided that I didn’t need to connect with them. My flow was deeper, my connection was to the earth and that was all that mattered.

So in summary of the knowledge this workshop gave me: I have some serious doubts about my self-worth, but I am supported enough to have the courage to dive in and have a look around.

Kombucha looks nasty


DIY detox tea for under $1 per litre

Normally I have the slowest metabolism in the world, but not when I drink tea that looks like it is made from an alien’s fetus…!

Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea. One of its greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is also said to aid in cancer prevention.

I started making it at home a couple of weeks ago and it is keeping me feeling light and energised.

It is made from water, tea, sugar and a fermenting culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast).

A code for braveness


Imagine floating on your back, you are looking up to the sky…

There are cloud puffs, warm sun is blanketing you, it makes you want to close your eyes.

Gentle waves beneath you, the ocean is supporting you.

Your eyes are closed and the water, it’s silencing.

Nothing can disturb this calm. Not your iPhone, not the fight you had about doing the dishes, not your unfulfilled dream to marry a Lumberjack.

In fact your phone, family commitments and self-doubt are all back on the beach. Even if they were calling off the hook, you wouldn’t be able to hear them.

You are blissfully floating and your ears are semi submerged in beautiful blue water.

The gentle waves are holding you up, they flowing and rhythmic. You can breathe in time with them.

Breathe in for 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4

Breathe out for 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4

You are still floating in the water and a bottle floats past, it has your name on it, and a letter inside. You open it up it says: this a code for braveness. Have the courage to ask what you need you will have access to anything you desire.

Breathe as the ocean flows. Think about where you want your courage to show up.

Breathe in the wave – 1, 2, 3, 4

Breathe out the wave  – 1, 2, 3, 4

Put that thought back in the bottle with the note, and let it float off. The tide rolls out and takes the bottle with it.

The tide also takes with it the need for a certain answer, beacause the answer you get may not perfect – but it will be correct.

The tide sweeps away the opinions of others, because they are of no use to you…. It isnt any of your business what other people think of you anyway.

It is a relief to get rid of all the mind junk that clutters your artistic vision. All that is left now is the real deal, the meaningful stuff… all that you value.

Breathe in – your ideas are luminous and bright.

Breathe out – you feelings and thoughts align and flow with who you are.

Open your eyes, the water is so clear.

Go ahead, dive right into the rest of your life

Words by Madeleine

Photo © Stephen Govel

Plane perspective


I enjoy the view of what was, the best summer in Sydney yet.

And I’m excited to think about the next destination, Vancouver, Canada. Back home to Whistler!

But it is also kind of odd to think you might die at any moment and neither of those 2 places matter at all… I’m just saying.

The vicious triangle.


Impossible leave, yet impossible to stay.

Is the grass always greener, or is it just a case of incurable travel bug?

Steve and I watched the sunrise from our amazing home in Curl Curl for the last time. I did some stretching and he took some photos, before saying thank you and goodbye to Beach Street.

If your heart says start a new chaper the you’d better hurry up and turn the page…. or start a blog!