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How beautiful! A classic medieval silhouette and I can’t wear it.

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Can we talk about this dress and maybe gawk at it for a little? What a gorgeous piece. I wish I could put it on and do a fun photoshoot.

I saw this on Etsy and just had to share for #BlueFridays.

Every Friday we put on our blue accessories, clothes or whatever to celebrate and support those living with diabetes.

The #BlueFridays hash tag all started with Cherise Shockley. Check out how the initiative started here.

Wishing I was back in time,

J

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You can help Canadian athlete Aiden Brenner, who lives with type 1 diabetes, compete at the World Age Group Championships in Denmark

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I saw it on multiple Facebook posts. Crazy support for 14-year-old Aiden Brenner. He lives every day with type 1 diabetes while chasing athletic dreams as I look on YouTube in awe.

This kid is showing the world that nothing can stop him.

He’s got a fundraising campaign to help raise money for him to keep reaching higher.  His fundraising page states:

This week, Adin was selected to compete for Team Canada at World Age Group Championships in Denmark in December. The meet in Denmark is the absolute highest and most elite competition available in his sport at his age. He will also be competing at at a World Cup competition in Portugal in October. He will attend these international meets are on top of the Provincial meets, National Championship and Canada Cup competitions.

Check it out here and support.

We need to rally behind athletes like Aiden. To build awareness. To create an even stronger circle of support. Get out there and give it all you’ve got Aiden. We support you.

Xo,

Jess

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Another chance to be Minnie Mouse? I’m in! This week’s #BlueFridays outfit

Fun, cute, and reminds me of Minnie Mouse!

Glad to exchange the classic red for diabetes blue baby.

This week’s thrift store find takes me to my magical kingdom of sweet bg’s.

Every Friday we wear blue to support those living with diabetes. Check out how the initiative started here.

Show me what you got! Wear your blue with pride and start your weekend right.

Xo,

J

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Super comfy with a neckline of fake bling. This week’s #BlueFridays is here!

I’m all about being comfortable. Gone are the days where I would stuff myself into a dress way too tight for me or stay in an outfit that itched my skin.

My Blue Fridays thrift store find is all about being comfs! It’s cotton so it’s ultra soft and the neckline adds just a little punch that looks great in pictures.

Every Friday we wear blue to support those living with diabetes. How did this all start? It was the brains of Cherise Shockley. Check out her story here.

What blue are you wearing this Friday?

Xo,

J

150km in 2 days for Multiple Sclerosis #MSBike

Expect the unexpected. Isn’t that the motto when you have type 1 diabetes?

This was my second year taking part in this two-day event and I came much more prepared. I knew that no matter how much I planned, things probably wouldn’t go that way and THAT’S OKAY.

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When you’re out on the road for more than 3 hours each day, you start thinking. What really amazed me is that this time, I realized I was far more forgiving to myself. Skyrocketing blood sugar? It’s OKAY. Crashing low? It’s OKAY.

IT IS ALL OKAY. AND I’M OKAY.

What I love about doing the same races each year is that it acts as a marker. How far have I come since last year?

Here are some of my highlights of this event:

  • I cried the night before from the stress of the prep and the worry of new medication (non t1d related). How is this a highlight? Well it is because even though I shed some tears, I didn’t bash myself into the ground for doing so. I allowed myself to be accepting of my emotions and just went with the flow. Resisting and placing blame just makes the scenario that much harder. This is a lesson that has taken me years to learn.
  • My awesome cycling and t1d friend Steph Brodie was there and I got to see her cross the finish line on day 1. We only bumped into each other for a few minutes, but it totally made my day. Knowing other t1d’s were out there makes me feel so inspired.
  • During one of my pit stops I saw a fellow cyclist testing his bg’s. I couldn’t pinpoint the type of meter or if it actually was one but I leaned in and said, “Type 1?”. He responded yes and we had a great chat about never giving up and our mission to stay healthy. It ended there and we went our separate ways but before that, a quick, “Did you eat enough?” exchange that left me smiling for many hours after.

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The best part yet, I noticed these on my friend’s shoes. Her sister actually has type 1 (Hello Rebecca!). Co-incidence? I think not!

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What a difference a year makes.

More forgiveness. Less blame. And definitely, more riding.

To find out more about MS, click here.

XO,

Jess