Challenge of The Channel

Lake Monster SwimmersFive local swimmers take on the English Channel this Summer.

When Brent Hobbs swam the English Channel in 2008, he hoped his swim would inspire others. Five years later, it has done exactly that as a team of five local swimmers, the Okanagan Lake Monsters, plans to undertake the very same challenge this summer.

For those familiar with the English Channel, they’ll know swimming across it is not for the faint of heart.

“It certainly takes a commitment, you have to train–a lot” says Brent, whose first-hand experience has already played a key role in the Monsters’ training. Swimming the Channel is as much mental as it is physical, and swimmers must be well prepared if they want to cross it successfully. It’s almost an understatement to say the Channel is a complicated body of water and it demands a healthy dose of respect.

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How Important is it to Become an Organ Donor? Read 8 year old Evannes’ story!

Evanne poses with her mom Tamara in May of 2012
Evanne poses with her mom Tamara in May of 2012

In my life there is a very special spirit that captures the hearts of everyone she meets, with her love of life, her wonderful imagination and storytelling…my granddaughter. It is her spirit and courage that inspires me daily.

You see, an abnormality was found on my daughter’s routine 20 week ultrasound. An abnormality that would eventually lead the doctors to tell us that the fetus would not survive. But she defied them and not only survived but thrived. Much to the specialists surprise and joy. Her first month of life was on lights, beeps, iv’s, tubes, tests. Evanne received a heart transplant at 5 weeks of age. Now while we knew a transplant was not a cure – it exchanges one set of problems for another , we were so grateful for that chance. Continue reading

12 Tips to Eating Healthy and on Budget!

Eating healthy foodEveryone wants to eat healthy, but one of the most common pre-conceptions is that it is too expensive. So to help make life that little easier, here are my top 12 tips to eat healthy and stay on budget;

1. Know how much you spend on food in an average month. If you want to track your spending, and to make improvements and savings in the future you need to start with a benchmark. For the first month change nothing of your spending habits but record everything – Include eating out! Continue reading

Rejuvenating Mind, Body and Cells!

Rejuvenating Mind PicWhen asked about rejuvenation, many people think of a relaxing trip to Mexico with sun, sand, a slight breeze, a tropical drink and maybe even a day at the spa. To others, rejuvenation involves going to a yoga class, playing a round of golf, or, on the other extreme, base-jumping. And still to others, rejuvenation may involve using a cayenne pepper and lemon water cleanse to shock the body back into order! While some of these methods may hold some scientific validity, the truth to rejuvenation lies within every single one of us, and it’s in our cells. There is no magic potion or lotion that will create the kind of cellular change, turnover, and replication that your body does. Continue reading

How I Woke Up with Yoga

Lisa DumasHow I Woke Up with Yoga

Written by local Yoga Instructor Lisa Dumas

It wasn’t part of the plan. I had left my career as a radio broadcaster to raise my young daughter and support my husband as he focused on his own flourishing radio career in a brand new city. My little family of three had accepted the adventure to move off to San Diego, leaving our loved ones behind in Canada. Life had offered me a beautiful new city to explore and the opportunity to spend time with my daughter. I never could have imagined that soon I would shift my entire way of thinking and become a teacher of yoga. Continue reading

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