In the blink of an eye, I swiftly seemed to have went from summer straight through to winter. With a packed schedule, life’s distractions, and a week in Newfoundland, I missed out on a lot of my autumn traditions this year. No pumpkin carving, no roasting seeds, no visit to the farm and pogo eating, no Halloween costume, no handing out candy, no raking leaves, no demolition derby… I had a few nice walks and back-country drives to admire the colourful fall foliage, and a pumpkin spice latte. Honestly, that was it.
My plan is to make up for my fall failure ten-fold this winter. Continue reading “mistletoe”
My darlings, this is not my typical kind of Thanksgiving Weekend post. This post is going to be raw and honest. It deals with a heavy topic that could be triggering for some. Please reach out if it is. We’re all in this life together.
This week, I opened up for the first time about being sexually assaulted when I was young. It’s a conversation that was long overdue. There have been tears. There has been a flood of suppressed emotions. And I heard the words that I desperately needed to, which I’ve been trying to convince myself for over 15 years now – “It was not your fault.” Continue reading “overexposed”
This is the weekend that the stars were supposed to align.
We had picked the date because it was a New Moon*: a time of fresh beginnings and new challenges. The start of the next chapter of life. This was the day that I’d finally get a check mark on that ungodly “Life Check-List”. The check-list that I have spent my entire life worrying about, and striving for – but mostly, of not measuring up against. It was finally my time.
And then I realized it wasn’t. Continue reading “just not today”
Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in worrying about the future. After watching a silly romance movie and spending some time with my budget, I found myself in that precise predicament this weekend.
The downward spiral ensued.
It’s weird how your mind can start with just one small negative thought and have it manifest itself into total destruction. And so quickly, too! It’s actually quite impressive, despite how much it sucks.
To turn things around, I decided to give gratitude a try. Continue reading “in this moment”
As many of you know, my world has been quite the adventure this summer, filled with spontaneity and lots of random road trips. Last weekend was no exception. It was a little bit different this time around because I had more of a plan than usual; I knew where I was sleeping. Also, someone else was taking the reigns and was responsible for planning a memorable and exciting 24 hours.
As part of this trip, I was instructed by my local companion to “write an essay” reporting on what I learned about community, and what I learned about myself during my weekend adventure.
Since I haven’t been in school for quite some time, and my hamburger-style essay writing skills are a little rusty, I’m just going to go with what I know: blogging.
With that, here’s my assignment, reflecting on what I learned while I was exploring the roads, ruins, trails, and rock walls of Grey County and South Bruce Peninsula. Continue reading “My Weekend: My Assignment”
I know it’s easy to ignore things that make you uncomfortable. Homelessness isn’t like cancer – not every person has a story of how they have been directly impacted by it. But believe me when I say that if you care about your community, you should care about homelessness. Continue reading “Ride for Refuge 2016”
Recently, myself and a colleague were invited out to Elmhirst’s Resort to experience their Guided Fishing Experience on Rice Lake. Thankfully, I had just renewed my fishing licence, and was pumped to get out on the water for the first time in years! Continue reading “gone fishing”