Oct 12, 2014

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Gratitude and Thanksgiving Abroad Memories...

Gratitude and Thanksgiving Abroad Memories

In case you didn’t know, it’s Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend. To me, a proud Canadian, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the turkey, the stuffing with the crispy bits on the edges, or the cranberry sauce, or the apple pie with ice… or the pumpkin pie. To me, Thanksgiving is so much more. Thanksgiving is by far my favourite holiday, and has been for the past 10 years.  I’ve always loved this ‘holiday’, for a few reasons; turkey dinner...

Jan 22, 2014

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On Leaving Home, Again

On Leaving Home, Again

Standing in the kitchen, I bawled as I hugged my little sister. I hugged my pug and sobbed some more. Standing at the airport with my parents, the waterworks turned on again. When I left Nova Scotia in 2009 to study in New Zealand, I was going for one year to study, but I’d bought a one-way ticket. The chances of me coming back were pretty slim and I didn’t know when I’d be seeing my family again....

Jan 21, 2014

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What I’ve really been up to

What I’ve really been up to

One quick peek at my life, and you might notice me traipsing across the countryside from west to east, living out of our Ford Explorer. You might think I’ve spent my days without a care in the world, and that my ‘holiday’ has been that of a two week vacation, on 8 months longer than most people’s usual holiday. Well you might be right. It’s been pretty dang amazing taking a step back from the ‘real world’, stopping...

Jan 14, 2014

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Saving money to travel

Saving money to travel

“Oh, what a tough life you’ve got” and “you’re so lucky” are two common responses I get when telling people about our plans to travel home (across Canada, to Hawaii, then to Fiji). It’s easy  to believe I’m lucky. People don’t particularly want to hear that I’m hardworking – maybe it’s just easier to discount that, because they too are hard working, but still it’s not happening to them. Like most other long-term travelers, I had a fire...

Jan 12, 2014

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Fear and Opportunities: Why Life Outside My Comfort Zone?...

Fear and Opportunities: Why Life Outside My Comfort Zone?

I’m happiest when I live my life outside my comfort zone. I get myself into ridiculous situation, but I usually land on my feet. It’s not always comfortable, but it works for me. It’s taken a long while and a bit of reflection to realise this. I also realise how easy it can be to slip back into that comfort, to quickly become stagnant without even realising it, and I don’t want that. I’ve set myself 52 challenges...

Jan 11, 2014

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52 Challenges for 52 Weeks

52 Challenges for 52 Weeks

You hear it all the time, the new years resolutions that flow from December through January, grasping for a ‘fresh start’. And then for the next 10 months you hear nothing about them again. This year I’ve resolved only to design a life that I am completely and honestly in love with, by doing more of what makes me happy. A big part of achieving that, is identifying what I want and then making it happen. The idea...