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Five years ago, in my senior year of high school, I travelled around Europe with a couple of my closest friends, hitting up eight different countries in the span of about two weeks. We had gone with EF Tours, focusing on countries with a great deal of history surrounding World War I and II; however, in between our visits to and from significant monuments, buildings, and other historical sites, we had tons of free time to explore the cities that we were visiting.
In that time, we unintentionally got lost in nearly every single city. When your cell phone data is turned off due to roaming charges, this only makes navigation (and communication with your travel group) that much more difficult — and consequently, that much more exciting.
In a world of texting, social media, and Skype, we increasingly rely on electronic communication to stay in contact with the people we care about, that are both near and far. I totally admit that I am often one of these very people, relying on Facebook Messenger group chats to reach out to my friends more than I ever pick up a phone to call them.
That being said, I’ve always liked to keep a balance in my life and to offset incessant reliance on electronic gadgets to keep me in the loop with all my friends and family. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing letters to the people I’m closest with on the topics of anything and everything. Particularly, my cousin and I write frequent letters to each other about the goings-on of our lives; it’s a routine I’m happy to have picked up and something I feel everyone should get into the habit of doing.
Spend nearly half a decade in university (or an actual half decade, in my case), and then graduate to find a job in the field you studied. That’s typically how these things work at my age and more importantly, what I “should” be striving for after devoting nearly my entire life to getting a proper education. When I was younger, I always thought about the job that I would work in when I finally finished the whole process of my schooling. It was always a “real” job that I envisioned: a veterinarian, a doctor, a clinical psychologist, a teacher. The latter profession, the final “real” job I planned on getting into, didn’t pan out partly because I only applied to one school and didn’t get accepted, but mostly because (I’d like to say) A) I wasn’t that into it and consequently, B) I clearly wasn’t aligning myself with an acceptance to teacher’s college, nor putting enough effort into getting to the point where I would get accepted.
As part of the Edmonton Attraction Pass, I visit the University of Alberta Botanic Garden this past July with my cousin Cassie! One of the prettiest sights in Edmonton, the gardens are brimming with beautiful flora and greenery. They feature several attractions, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and the Tropical Showroom filled with butterflies. You can visit their website for more information!
I’ve been going to Live Well Family Chiropractic in Ajax for the past few weeks, the result of severe knee pain I’ve been suffering with since early 2015: what my doctor diagnosed as patella femoral pain syndrome. He had recommended that I go to for physiotherapy, which I did for months without much of a positive change. I was still in chronic pain and often unable even to walk; I did more complaining about the pain I was in than actually noting any significant improvement. Because of this, I stopped the physio and decided to just stop exercising, stop moving more than I needed to, and just hope for the best.
Well, it didn’t. In fact, it just got worse.
Flash forward to this summerRead More
I realized last Tuesday afternoon, while doing my morning bullet journalling, business planning, and some blog prep, that I listened to James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go nineteen times in a row. NINETEEN. TIMES. IN. A. ROW. It was a pretty rude wake up for me — me, who has spent the last few years convincing myself that I’m not the same hopeless romantic that I was as a teenager. I treated it like it was something that could be changed with the right mindset, and that I could go from the girl who swooned over every romantic movie and book, or each love story I was told, to someone who could shrug rather indifferently and think, Well, that’s nice. Not to the point where I thought love was this totally stupid idea, but where I wasn’t consumed by absolute admiration every time it was brought up.
While planning my trip to Edmonton to visit my cousins, I compiled a list of must-haves while travelling on a domestic flight with Air Canada, within Canada, and it’s been fairly easy to sort out. I have a serious problem when it comes to condensing my wardrobe into just a personal item, a carry-on bag, and a single luggage; in fact, I’m notorious for going over the weight limit. This trip however, I absolutely refused to pay any extra baggage fees for my unnecessary over packing. This is why I limited the number of things I allowed myself to bring by making a list that I could not exceed. However, because there was about a week during my stay that we were on the road travelling through Alberta, I needed to pack a few extra things due to a lack of washing machines.
I have been planning on attending Toronto’s Veg Food Fest for years now, always interested in any place that offers the chance to try new varieties of food. I have been wanting to go vegetarian for several years now, spurred into the decision to move toward a cruelty-free lifestyle thanks to my friend Alexandria. When 2017 was approaching, I decided that I wanted to be fully vegetarian by the end of 2017. Though I have had some difficulties in maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle living at home, I’ve managed fairly well to do so when eating out and cooking for myself. It’s actually a lot easier than I would have thought, especially with Pinterest offering countless recipes catering to exact dietary needs and desires.
This year, as if by some divine intervention, I had the opportunity to go to the Veg Food Fest not only as a spectator, but as someone able to work one of the best booths.Read More