my kitsilano sandwich

kitsilano beach

I recently arrived home from a week-long vacation out west, visiting both sets of grandparents. As you can imagine, I was treated to all sorts of special things - dinners out and shopping trips, among other activities.

On one particular lunch date, I sat down and started the often-difficult task of deciding what I was going to order.

A particular dish immediately caught my eye: the Kitsilano Sandwich. It sounded like a yummy option – chicken breast with melted sharp cheddar, asparagus and seasoning, wrapped in warm naan bread. For more than its taste, I loved the name.

Kitsilano has a special place in many a lululemon educator’s heart. The small community was the location of the first lululemon store, just over a decade ago. It was the place where this very special company began.

For fun, I thought, what the hell! An ode to lululemon. I’ll have the Kitsilano Sandwich. I never thought any more of it.

Several days later, for some reason, the Kitsilano Sandwich crossed my mind once again. It reminded me of one of my two-year goals: to be living in Vancouver, working at the lululemon Store Support Centre.

lululemon in kitsilano

As I thought more and more about my sandwich, I began to realize how choices in our daily lives can contribute to achieving our goals.

Even though that goal was not to be achieved for more than another 700 days, the point is, I was already thinking about moving to Vancouver, and it was hanging out in my conscious mind.

If we were to treat every single goal this way, always top of mind, what opportunities would present themselves simply from awareness?

Perhaps my sandwich is an extreme example – but I think the point is clear. Your conscious thoughts can translate into real-life opportunities, if you make them. I chose to choose that sandwich.

For those of you who were wondering – my sandwich was absolutely amazing – and the day I become a citizen of Vancouver, I will think back to the little sandwich that started it all.

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cheddar, asparagus, and naan bread? ummm YUM.

and when you move to van tiffers, as im certain you will, make sure you get on a ferry ASAP and come visit me in vic!!

Comment by sarah connolly — September 17, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

Wow… insightful AND that sandwich sounds delicious. It’s very true about keeping our goals at the top of our minds, but it is always so hard to do that. I know from personal experience, without meaning to, that often even my daily or weekly goals are masked over and sent to the back of my mind just because it is sometimes easier to worry about the small things than to keep your dreams alive. Not that eating and working on my thesis because I have to are small daily things but I forget to look at the bigger picture with even those – what food do I want to it and what effort I want to put behind it (local, organic, balanced and healthy) and why I want to get my thesis done and what I want to get out of it.
Also… Clue #4 – one more to go!!
Meredith Boccanfuso

Comment by Meredith Boccanfuso — September 17, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

Yay Tiffany welcome back!

It’s true.. we do have to always keep our goals in our thoughts, even though it can get pretty hard sometimes :) I think we always need to take more chances.. we never know what might happen!

The sandwich does sound pretty yummy!

Meaghan Paine

Comment by Meaghan Paine — September 17, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

To start off I would like to tell you that that sandwich sounds amazing! Yummy!
I think this is a great story because something that seems so small is what reminded you of your bigger dream! I believe that it is always important to have your goals as some of your most important daily thoughts. Unfortunately it is sometimes easy to forget about our goals and forcus on our daily tasks. When it comes to my goals I like to wake up every morning and go for a refreshing run to remind myself of what goals I have set out for myself and what I still need to do to achieve them (and sometimes I zone out)!

-Kate Bryson (Lulu Clue #4)

Comment by Kate Bryson — September 17, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

Tiffers, I would love to hear more about your “sandwich”! What else came with it? What will it bring in the future? You know what I am getting at… ;)

I Loved your examination of your Kitsilano and found it inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing!
xoxoxo Patrika

Comment by Patrika — September 17, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

Tiff! how inspiring!! i know you will be at the SSC and you will be making the company a better place for not only educators but our guests!

I am taking a risk of my own this week in an attempt to accomplish my goals and i have signed up for auditions for three different shows within the Kingston community! my goal is to be on Broadway by 2012.. so fingers crossed!!

Comment by Emma Fleury — September 17, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

That was very inspiring! I believe we can tell that our goals are really aligned with “the person who we choose to be” when these moments happen – you simply look at a sandwich and you fell in your heart that is right!! Once I read a quote from Jim Rohn that says: “The major value of reaching a goal is not to acquire it, but it`s the person that you become while you`re working to acquire it”.
I’m sure you`re gonna love this person Tiff!!
Paula Bertagna

Comment by Paula Bertagna — September 17, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

Great blog Tiffany! You tackled two of my favourite things: goals and food. :) Make sure you introduce yourself when you make it to Vancouver!

Comment by Elissa Joy — September 18, 2009 @ 6:42 am

Yummmy, Insightful and delightful!
good work Miss Tiffany!

Comment by allessia — September 18, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

love it. but you have now made me very very hungry – both for the sandwich and opportunity to catch my eye. xx

Comment by Emma Nicholl — September 20, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

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