Lunch Time with the Bears

“It doesn’t get much better than this,” I thought to myself as we drove through scenic Banff. It was day eight driving from Ontario to BC. As enjoyable as this trip had been I did have one disappointment: I had not seen any wildlife. The highways in the provinces had signs for animal crossings. My…

Calming Anxiety using your Senses

Just over a year ago I participated in group therapy on stress management. One of the most important things I took from those sessions is figuring out what to do to relax and calm your anxiety. We had a session devoted to learning about how our senses could be used to calm us. The following are…

Always Check for Gas

I scanned my surroundings, salty wind and loose hair whipping my face, as I tried to think. To my right at the bottom of the cliff was the normally calming sight of the sea. As I studied the distance I amused to myself how the rocks were thought to be the petrified bodies of those…

A Tale of an EQWIP Hubs’ Gender Advisor

“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” Kofi Annan In celebration of International Women’s Day I thought I would share my experiences as a gender advisor for EQWIP Hubs. In January 2016, I was on my way back to Tanzania for the third time to work alongside Tanzanians and Canadians…

Paris, the City of Just Friends

You want to talk about anxiety, I just decided at 1:30 am while trying to fall asleep that it would be a fun idea to write a post about a gentleman I developed a bit of a crush on while traveling. It is Valentine’s Day after all. The anxiety part comes in thinking about how…

Struggling

It’s so much easier to write about anxiety when you’re doing well, to write about past episodes. It’s so much easier to do pretty much anything when your anxiety is managed. This is just a reminder that I have not “cured” myself of anxiety or that I am any sort of expert on anxiety. I am still…

A Drive through Ontario

We spent four days driving through Ontario. To put that in perspective, our entire trip was eight days and included five provinces. This is a look at our journey through Ontario. We started in London, Ontario which is where my mom is from and a place I have been many times. The first day didn’t…

Self Care for Any Day of the Week

Every Sunday I upload a self care Sunday post on Instagram to remind myself and others to take time out every week to look after yourself. You need to make yourself a priority and it just can’t happen every now and then. Don’t wait until you are feeling worn down and exhausted, be proactive! Luckily self…

10 Lessons Learned: Road trip addition

Book accommodation: Our biggest mistake was not booking ahead of time and expecting to arrive in small town Ontario and be able to get a room. At 9:00 pm we were calling every motel, hotel, or lodge in the area and everything was booked on a Monday. We ended up sleeping in the car in…

Ontario will Never be the Same

Today I am flying to Ontario. This is a trip I have done many times in my life. It was my very first flight as an infant. Just this April my mom’s best friend was telling me about the time she picked my mom and I up at the airport when I was just a…

Planning an Epic Road Trip?

Road trips are the perfect way to satisfy your wanderlust when you are short on time or funds. Whether it is a quick weekend getaway or a month long tour of a country, road trips are always a lot of fun. There is just something about belting out your favourite songs with the windows down and…

The Cat Lady of Mykonos

The Aegean Sea is a place of lost cities of mythic proportions and a playground of the world’s foremost adventure seekers. Thankfully, though, it is also home to the unforgettable cat lady of Mykonos. I visited pristine beaches and explored ancient ruins. I hiked active volcanoes and raced rental quads. I sailed sapphire seas and…