Upon Awakening

On a cold winter’s morning, the distant sound of an avalanche bomb awakens me from my sleep. I have two choices - get up, eat some brekkie, grab my snowboard and get up to Fernie Alpine Resort ASAP, or, roll over, close my eyes and enjoy my bed for a little longer. Today, I’m taking option #2. It’s Sunday and the thought of a slow morning is too good to pass up. Sunday’s are my day. The day I don’t HAVE to be anywhere. It’s the day I always leave free to do as I please, and today it pleases me to drink tea, stay in my pj’s and read a book.

In the spirit of ‘Awakening,’ I’m going to take you on a morning journey of self-care with a few suggestions to help you relax and enjoy every moment.

First up, sheets, oh, glorious sheets. I am a huge fan of quality when it comes to bedding. You spend 1/3 of your life laying in them, make ‘em good! Urban Settler has a wonderful Canadian Made selection from Cuddle Down. They even have an option to customize your sheets, duvet covers or pillowcases into 57 different variations. Colour me impressed!

Pj’s aka loungewear (if you call it that you don’t have to change) is perfectly acceptable on a day like today. For the cutest loungewear set, check out No. 3 Boutique. They have a crushed velvet short and cami set from Z Supply that is so soft and gorgeous. If it’s a little chilly in shorts and a cami, pop on a Portofino Robe from Urban Settler, they are divine - so soft and plush. Wrap yourself up in luxury.

Caffeine. Caffeine is important — a big mug of it. If you head to The Green Petal you will find the hugest selection of mugs of all kinds; conveniently they also have the most delicious, locally made, free trade, organic tea made by the lovely Asteria Tea. Coffee more your thing? We are also lucky enough to have the local Rooftop Coffee Roasters, which you can pick up at The Valley Social, or you can contact them through their social media, and they’ll grind it up and deliver it to you for free. That’s Fernie service for you.

Is a bath calling your name? I live for baths. Locally made Soco Soaps have the most amazing Lavender Foam Bath, which is a luxurious blend of Epsom Salt, Himalayan Sea Salt, and Dead Sea Salt, AND it bubbles! You can pick some up from the Healing Hollow. While you’re relaxing in the bath, put on Aveda’s Intense Hydrating Mask, available at Three Sisters Day Spa and in only ten minutes your skin will be soothed from the excessive dryness, stress, and exposure that the winter elements bring.

After the bath, I’d suggest putting your robe back on and plugging in your diffuser from Healing Hollow. I love their Nature’s Coffee diffuser blend for the perfect pick-me-up.

By now you should be feeling good. All that’s left to do is grab your book, another cup of your tea and head to the couch. I recommend finding out what the hype is about The Hidden Life of Trees. It’s wonderful, and after learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. Polar Peak books have both the original version and an incredible illustrated version with photographs of trees from around the world. It is incredible.

Don’t think this morning. Just take your time and cross your fingers for many more pow days this winter.