CHELSEA BOYD GIBSON | MEET A LOCAL
POSTMARK: MAY 2017
Chelsea Boyd Gibson—the heart, body and soul behind all things Meadowsweet (yoga! tea! photography! etc!)—metaphorically stops by the blog to say "hello" and leave behind a bunch of great tips for getting the most out of a life lived (or a visit visited) around Highway 95 eh.
WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Chelsea Boyd Gibson and I am a Kimberley local with a gypsy spirit. After leaving Kimberley at eighteen, I spent about eight years travelling, learning (exploring the world is great way to get an education) walking hundreds of kilometres across countries like Spain and Nepal and of course, joining a travelling carnival in Australia. I then moved back to our incredible little town here. I am fortunate enough to say I have had a pretty amazing life so far, sprinkled with tragedy and many opportunities to grow.
I was lucky enough to meet my life partner in crime Craig McIvor, aka. Mr. Meadowsweet, while working in the world of Heli-skiing, and even more lucky to have convinced him to migrate home to Kimberley with me. Once we got back, I dived into entrepreneurial mode. This was possibly the scariest thing I have ever done.
My job summed up in a week could include teaching Yoga, doing massage, blending herbal teas, brewing up herbal salves & deodorants, photographing a wedding, making mass batches of sauerkraut, teaching a fermentation workshop or working on my websites. That all sounds a bit ridiculous when written down and makes me smile.
There is never a dull day and I feel so immensely grateful that this jumble of passions has managed to become a career in a town like Kimberley.
WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?
Growing up in Kimberley, now that I look back on it, was amazing. There are the reasons that everyone can list, such as the skiing and hiking and biking, etc, but to be honest, you can find that in any Kootenay town. The reason I came back to Kimberley was because of the community and the support.
When life gets tragic, because at some point it undoubtedly will, this town will be there to pick you up and set you on your feet again, all while filling your belly with good food and pointing you in the direction you need to go.
I knew if I was going to try and start my own business, there was nowhere better than Kimberley to do it.
IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN THE AREA FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?
My favourite kind of summer day here would start with an early morning hike up the ski hill, with coffee in a thermos to share at the top. I would spend the afternoon making lunch with goodies straight from the garden then pack some Overtime beers in a bag and go float the canoe aimlessly on a calm lake, such as Stony or Rock lake. Finally, I'd finish with dinner on a patio in the platzl. Ahhh summer days are so good.
I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM?
Ok, has anyone had the sushi buffet on Saturdays at Kinbari lately? So good! Or grabbing a panini from Creme Cheese Shop (preferably the Gibby with extra Kraut) a Stoke Juice from Centex, with some good chocolate, and making your way out to a secret spot on the St.Mary's to dip your feet in the water and picnic in the sun.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?
Yoga! The teachers we have at Meadowsweet Yoga & Wellness right now are so wonderful. I am humbled to have these ladies on board and sharing their knowledge and love with the Meadowsweet community. Other than Yoga, I am in love with the biking, hiking and canoeing access in the area. If you have a full day to hike, make sure to get up Teepee or Fisher at some point: unbelievable views.
FINALLY… PLEASE SHARE ONE LAST KOOTENAY TIP / RECOMMENDATION / THOUGHT / WHATEVER THAT YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO GET IN DURING THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONS.
Find somewhere to sit quietly in nature. No noise, no light, no distractions.
OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
Get your hands dirty, grow a garden, play with your food, learn to ferment, don't think about things too much, do Yoga, learn to laugh at yourself, especially when you fall (try not to laugh at others though, they don't like this).