We’ve been meaning to go and see a TFC game since we got here back in the Summer of 2013. But somehow it always managed to slip off the radar, even though we live within 10 minutes walking distance of the Stadium. So when the opportunity presented itself to us to go this week for the second leg of the semifinal in the Canadian Championship we jumped at it. No time like the present to knock things off the bucket list. Only 2 weeks left in this beautiful City. [Read more…]
Back in January I posted about how I wanted to train to do a 10 km run in 2015 as part of my goals for the year. On Sunday May 10th I laced up my runners and set off to achieve this goal. I took part in the Sporting Life 10km Toronto Run in aid of Camp Ooch as my first registered run. For those of you that don’t know, Camp Ooch is a private funded, volunteer based organization that provides kids with and effected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. At Camp Ooch children and their families have the opportunity to have a fun experience while providing both newly diagnosed children to actively receive treatment and children in remission have the support that is required.
It isn’t mandatory to fund raise once you pay the sign up fee but, after reading a little more about the camp and it’s volunteers (open 365 days a year and in conjunction with Sick Kids hospital) I decided that I wanted to help out as much as possible. By raising $250 you send one kid to camp for a week. I’ve very thankful to everyone who donated to my fund raising campaign as I managed to exceed my goal of $250 and raise $380. A big thank you to everyone that donated! Most importantly I was only one of the 27,000 people that participated in Sunday’s run which fund raised a total of 2 Million Dollars for Camp Ooch! WOW! It’s truly amazing what raising awareness and coming together to part take in a physical challenge can create. [Read more…]
We’ve been meaning to go to the East End of the Lake since we moved here almost 2 years ago. We live on the west side of the City and so it’s always seemed easier to take advantage of our positioning being right across from the Islands and the west side of the waterfront trail. But we fancied a change last weekend and we had the pleasure of soaking up the first bit of 20 degree heat since last September. *Screams with happiness*
The Beaches is a neighbour hood in the heart of Queen Street East, its about an hour street car ride from Fort York. The streets are filled full of quirky, speciality stores that change as frequently as the weather. One of the things that makes Queen Street so cool is the fact that its always new, changing and different. There are multiple bars, restaurants and patios – perfect for the summer sun. The neighbourhood has a very homely vibe in comparison to the high rise financial condos and sky scrapers downtown. It has beautiful streets and rows of Edwardian and Victorian detached homes, with beautiful lawns and families to fill them.
Once you walk South to the Beach from Queen East, you are met with a beautiful shoreline of golden sand that stretches around the outskirts of the Lake. The Lake was clear blue and glistening on this glorious day. I think the Lake is definitely cleaner and less polluted at The Beaches than downtown at Harbour front. A wooden boardwalk runs the length of the beach and parallel is a bike track. We seen many people exercising from cycling, running, walking, rollerblading to even skate boarding.. a perfect location and back drop for a cardio workout. [Read more…]
Last weekend I decided to do something that has been on my bucket list ever since I started taking running seriously last year. Last Saturday I wanted to get up and run 5km into the Toronto Sunrise. And that’s what I done.
Thankfully, Gary came with me because who wants to run at 6am alone. I take the streetcar (tram) along the lakeshore every morning at 6.30am for work and I always contemplate getting off just so I can see the sunrise clearly. I want to snap some pics without buildings getting in the way and see the beauty of it without worrying about being late. Maybe it was the fact that the weather has gotten so much better the past week that made me want to get out of bed at 6am on our day off?! Usually we don’t do that lol, but we done it this day regardless of how tired we were. It was fresh, clean and brisk. This gave me another level of energy and I felt so pumped. The smell of the Lake made me hopeful that Summer is near and finally the ice is gone. The grass was almost green again and everything seemed to have life. [Read more…]
Last year, most of you will probably remember I took part in the Sears Great Canadian Run for SickKids, the Hospital in Toronto that is dedicated to improving the healthcare and lives of children.
You can read my post here, about how I began running and completed my first registered run. I began in May 2014 taking on the challenge of #mileadaymay with my friend Kayla who is an avid runner. Through-out the Summer I kept it up but didn’t start to enhance my distance or speed until August. Initially I found training on the treadmill easier because I could monitor pace and time. Secretly though, I was just scared of the swarms of runners that pound the pavements of the waterfront trail. Once I got past the intimidation and began running ( a bit like Phoebe) I realised that nobody actually cares what you look like when you run, and so my concentration shifted from caring about others to caring about the cause I was running for. [Read more…]
Why a roadtrip you may ask? Because the roadtrip is what makes the journey an adventure. Many people much prefer the convenience of a flight and that’s ok too but sometimes you just don’t have the money to splurge on such trips. That’s why I love to road trip. Something Gary and I have really become accustom to since moving here because lets face it, America is way too close to worry about saving pennies to make a trip. You can cross the border from an hour of where we live and drive into New York State.
Yes living in Europe is a different situation and come to think of it I never really thought about driving any where other than Ireland and the UK because flight sales can be relatively cheap and cost effective. But since experiencing the couple of road trips Gary and I have gone on over the past 2 years, I see now why people opt to take the scenic route.
Just the two of you, an open road, giddy with excitement, a map, a couple of road trip songs, food and a camera. The unexpected element of stumbling across a beautiful natural wonder, not the ‘typical’ tourist spots, going off the beaten track… I cherish those moments we made on our road trips to the US, the feeling of accomplishment when you see the whole city skyline in front of you. I’ve got wanderlust brewing inside and I’m itching to get back into the car and hit the open road! [Read more…]
Is it just me or have the past few months gone by in the blink of an eye?
One minute its New Years Day and the next it’s March…
Luckily (questionable choice of a word) Canadian’s hold on to winter for a little longer than normal – normal being Ireland. The snow and freezing temperatures seem to begin in November and linger on up until Easter or some time around April. I guess one thing that is for sure, is that you are definitely guaranteed seasons here. When it’s winter you know it’s -20, snow storms and windchill. But, when Summer rolls around you know it’s sunshine, +30 and rooftop patios.
If the Canadians are good at anything it’s ensuring that there is always something to do no matter what season it is. Whether it’s snow-mobiling, snow-tubing, skiing, ice-skating or even ice-fishing. The Winter weekends are filled up full or fun and memorable outdoor experiences. So while the weather was still in our favour Gary and I decided that it was time to hit the slopes for the first time! Neither of us had gone skiing before and we definitely weren’t going to turn down the opportunity to do something that both of us have had on our bucket list for a long time now. [Read more…]
I, for one love to travel. It’s one of my favourite things to do! I know a lot of people that couldn’t care less for travel or immigration and that’s perfectly fine because we all have our own hopes and dreams, desires and bucket lists to fulfill. That’s what makes everyones story so interesting and unique. I have not taken the same path as any of my siblings, instead I learn from what they’ve told me, mistakes and advice is a big part of the guidance they’ve provided me on my journey. They’ve encouraged me to do things that they may have missed out on, they not only love to see how happy I am to share my experiences with them but they are also there for me when the road gets bumpy. I’m very fortunate to be the youngest of six because I’ve learnt a lot from them all, every one of their stories. That’s why family is so important to me no matter where you are in the world, they still provide the best support and love even when I’m on a different continent. I read something recently that stuck…
‘The most dangerous risk of all is the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later”.
Well that was one hell of a long January. Lucky for me I welcomed February with open arms and a chest infection. No matter how hard you look after yourself being wrapped up head to toe.. there is nowhere that -30 wind chill won’t go. Until it finally creeps into your chest and sits there nagging you with an awful cough and a pain in your chest.
So I’ve been under the weather for a week now and I feel.. the same. It doesn’t seem to be easing up and that’s probably because of the fact since Feb 1st we’ve had multiple snow falls and storms. But besides feeling like crap, I’m really looking forward to February! It means that Spring isn’t too far away and it means that there is hope in the air. I haven’t blogged because to be honest I haven’t had the energy and who’s inspired when they’re feeling sick? [Read more…]
It’s just one of those months, isn’t it? Coming down from the highs of celebrating Christmas and such a special holiday straight into the depths of winter. When the days get shorter, the dark mornings and evenings tend to roll into one long week (which has progressed into an even longer month). It can be hard to find inspiration and motivation to do things we usually find enjoyable… hint* like blogging. I’m feeling a lot more inspired now that we can almost see the back of January and the longer days of Spring are near.
Feeling down in the dumps is common in the gloomiest month of the year. But what I’ve focused on over the past 4 weeks is how to raise my spirits and keep a positive mind & body! [Read more…]