The first story I would like to share with you comes from when I stayed with my friend Amy, who has been a real inspiration to me since I met her. Before getting started, here is a little bit of information about her. Amy purchased her first property at the age of 19 years old; at that point she knew that real estate would be a big part of her life. At the age of 21 she purchased another property. She did all her due diligence, got an inspection, but as she was about to take possession of the house, she discovered that the foundation was cracked which would make the house unlivable. She tried to get out of the deal but ended up having to take possession. Unfortunately, because the house was inhabitable she had to foreclose the property.
In the past two years, my life has been all about clarifying who I am, what I want to do with my career, how I can improve other peoples life, and what will get me sooo excited to get up in the morning and feel like nothing would stop me to achieve my goals. I had a rough idea but nothing was very clear. Since I was a small child, I always knew I wanted to own a business that would enhance people’s lives. Because of my old beliefs it was still unclear what my business would be and how I would make a difference. Continue Reading →
November 28, 2013
by AudreyDuval Comments Off on My journey as a Gipsy, enjoying the simple things in life!
Sometimes I wonder why I make drastic decision that just don’t seem to make any sense, that almost nobody would expect from me; like leaving real estate to live in my car for 3 months or quitting CEGEP/college to move to Alberta to become a ski bum. Living in my car was probably one of the best experiences that I have had the chance to live, besides moving to Alberta. Because I loved it so much I decided to keep living this way through the past fall. After I lost my best friend this summer I decided to leave my place and return to live in my car, living like a gipsy, going back to what really matters, back to simplicity: a bit of food, little spot to sleep in my car, clothing, gorgeous landscape and my bike. I had everything to fulfill my curiosity, my recipe for a great trip.
As part of my yoga teacher training we have been ask to have a home practice. In the past while I was “trying” to practice my mind was going ON like crazy. I kept wondering when this would be done, making a to do list, thinking of what I will be doing next, the mind was just keep going on and on. As part of our assignment to have a home practice at least twice a week, so I personally commit to do my own sequencing, practice on yogagloand take a break from the yoga studio, to fully immerse myself into this journey. The goal to have a home practice is to deepen your understanding of your body, immerse yourself into the moment & do pose that your body needed. Continue Reading →
August 8, 2013
by AudreyDuval Comments Off on Look Where You Want To Go…
While I was riding yesterday I was thinking about the concept of “look where you want to go” and how it applies in life. I found that this key phrase is the one which helps me the most when I mountain bike. When I teach mountain biking I’m always amazed at the difference it makes for my students when they actually look where they want to go. Everything seems so much easier for them.
When I find myself riding very challenging terrain or simply having to go over roots on the uphill, I always remind myself to look further ahead. Continue Reading →
June 30, 2013
by AudreyDuval Comments Off on Business vision, reflection and goals
Friday I took the day to read about self-growth, and renew my business vision and what I wish to manifest in the next 6 months. Here is what came up from my reflection day.
One element that has been extremely strong in the past months is the inspiration to complete my yoga teacher training. Being able to include yoga into my ski and mountain bike teaching feels very powerful. Plus yoga helps me so much to be grounded, stay without injury, relax and stretch my muscles, and go through challenging times. Yoga also allows me time to simply be and connect with myself; I want all my students to be able to experience what yoga has to offer. Continue Reading →
June 19, 2013
by AudreyDuval Comments Off on 4 Steps To Ride Lines That You’ve Never Done Before!
What I love about mountain biking is that there is always a line that will scare you; always a new challenge, something to look for, and something that brings you back to the same trail over and over again!
In the last week I have been surprising myself by riding lines that I never been able to do before and doing trails that last year I would be scared of. This year I simply nail it! It has been quite incredible to get that adrenaline rush of doing something that used to be so scary.
How has this transformation happened? Read below and you will learn how to ride lines that you wouldn’t have imagined yourself doing before. I will share four tips that will help you to rip that line that you’ve always been afraid of – and show the guys that you can do it too!!!Continue Reading →
June 5, 2013
by AudreyDuval Comments Off on Riding your bike with your dog
Last week I had one of the students in my mountain bike course ask me, “How can I go riding with my dog on a leash?” In Canmore there are few off-leash areas because of all our wildlife (bear, cougar, elk, deer, etc.)
I wanted to give her many ideas, so I turned to the internet. While I was searching on YouTube, I came across this spectacular video of a dog biking!
From the chaotic life of being in real estate to starting a business organizing retreats, I couldn’t imagine creating a better life. I remember when I moved to Alberta dreaming of owning a scandinave and even before that wanting to own a zootherapie business, but I always kept getting distracted by wanting to make money and be rich. I forgot about what I truly love which at that point was skiing and thought real estate would bring me success, money and happiness.
In February 2012 I started to practice yoga and it quickly became clear to me that I was in the right place. Yoga helped me redefine who Audrey truly is, that I should be living my passion and not only going for the money.