Author Archives: Brina Schenk

Festival Of Lights Workshop With Michelle and Brina

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Communal Living Revisited

We’re living with a family of four for a week and I’m already thinking about communal living again. I believe I mentioned it after our multi-family trip to Costa Rica, about how great the idea is, in theory. Or, perhaps, I didn’t mention it but just thought about it. Either way, I love the idea of sharing a space with another family. It feels easier, although I know there would be kinks to iron out. Such as, will people be bitter about their roles in the household? How would chores be divided? How much of the space is shared and what space is your own? What if a family wanted to move? Who replaces them? Would friendships be ruined? Would couples be afraid to fight? Would we judge each other for our imperfections?

I’ve been thinking about it.

It seems to complicated when I start thinking about it.

So I keep thinking about it.

backlit dawn foggy friendship

Fernie On Instagram : Warm & Frosty Morning

Fernie On Instagram : New Rooftop Location

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BIG NEWS – We moved! After operating in a 229 square-foot room for the last 2 years (swipe to the end to see our old broom closet roasterie) we are so pleased to announce that we have scaled up to a space with a bit more breathing room. Popping a little bubbly after hauling in the last of the burlap sacs left us feeling extra thankful this weekend 🍾 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖. To spread our excitement, we have a little something for all of you… Use the offer code MOVE at checkout to receive 20% OFF your entire order until October 20th! Consider it a thank-you, for supporting Rooftop and helping us roast delicious coffees for you everyday! Much love, and stay caffeinated my friends🤘🏻#rooftopcoffeeroasters #ferniestoke #coffeesale #coffeetime

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Confessions Of A Lazy Person : Rise and Fall Running

Fernie Fall Trail - James White Park Path

What expectations I had on myself this September to get back into running! And I have been running. I’m running more now than I did in the summer. SO there’s that! But I’ve got to be easy on myself because I don’t enjoy feeling bad about things. Me feeling bad about not running is not making me want to run more. What makes me want to run more is actually running because when I’m done, I feel good. I realized one of my kids is like this. I would get so frustrated and I would start yelling but then the situation would escalate – of course! We’ve been trying so hard to teach with love and it actually does make a difference, although it’s not as easy as you think – because kids can be SO frustrating. Unbelievably, excruciatingly frustrating but it’s because I’m an adult now and I don’t find their intolerance and rude behaviour the funniest thing in the world. DEEP BREATHING! But really, they’re good kids and I am a good person so I should love myself and love my kids and just breathe very deeply.

School Of Fish Art Project In Revelstoke

9 Years!

Party At El Guapo With Optimus Prime

I started Small Town Social 9 years ago today! What a special day today is. It’s been an interesting experience, writing for a blog like this. When I started STS it was because I found there to be a lack of communication between local businesses and the public. Bands would come and go and I would usually miss it. I had to read Fernie Fix religiously, and even they can’t list everything that’s happening, especially if it’s planned after the issue goes to print. I tried to fill a gap and to have fun with it. Now it’s hardly needed because of Facebook, Instagram and all the other online resources this town has, yet, I’m still writing.

I’ve tried to quit a few times and I failed at that. I keep coming back to it. It’s nice to have a place to put your thoughts when you want to share them. I don’t like sharing thoughts on Facebook but I like sharing thoughts here. Maybe, I feel like this is my space and no one else’s. I have more control and, perhaps, I enjoy not getting responses and encouragement – not to say you can’t encourage me. I don’t want to put value in my posts based on the amount of comments or likes I get.

My life isn’t that important and special. I know that! But having a blog doesn’t mean you’re any of those things. Blogging is just about sharing and I find sharing meaningful, just like painting.

So, thank you for reading my blog!