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…]
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
– Jim Rohn
Anybody else frustrated with the amount of conflicting information, books, diets, fads and weight loss information that’s out there on the market? I certainly am. One minute you’re being told to eat one thing and the next your told not to. I’ve become more and more frustrated by the food industry and I felt it was time for a change.
I won’t lie and say I didn’t try different “diets” through out the past few years. Lets be honest, us girls we like to look and feel good. It’s not shameful to want to loose weight or look a certain way. But this is where the issue lies. We can easily get caught up in trying the latest fad just to shed a few pounds.. the effect this has on us mentally is huge never mind our health. But we don’t really notice at the time, well I sure as hell didn’t. I was mainly concerned with how I looked rather than how I felt or how healthy I was.
Since I moved away I’ve started cooking more and experimenting with different food. I guess it was a good thing that I was in a new country with a whole new array of foods to try. I can’t believe how closed off I was to trying different cultural foods back home. I had never tasted Indian food!? The shame. [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…]
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”.
If I sat here and told you that everyday was a bed of roses I’d be a liar. I think yeah, it’s great to highlight all the good in 2014 but I also can’t be ignorant to the bad. The ‘bad’ isn’t necessarily days we felt homesick, it’s days we struggled to set up a whole life in a new county. When you don’t realize the hard work, determination and focus it takes to build everything from scratch in a place where you have no comforts. One minute you’re on cloud nine high on life and the next minute gravity is pulling you back down to reality. Ronan was telling the truth after all, life really is a roller coaster. [Read more…]
As Gary and I pack up the car and get ready for our final adventure of 2014, we just want to wish everybody here and at home, A Very Merry Christmas! From our families to yours, we hope you have a safe and memorable Christmas and Happy New Year!
Before we depart for the holidays I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the Christmas festivites we’ve been up to over the past week or so. The weather has been relatively good (besides those 2 major snow storms we had) considering this time last year we were a good few inches into the snow by now. With the weather on our side, we’ve been able to go outside a bit more than usual. We went ice skating for the first time at Nathan Philips Square along with Ali, Phil and her lovely Irish friend and two kids that are here for the holidays. The scenery is so beautiful and the ice rink is in the heart of the city. The lights, music and cheery skaters all help to really get you in the Christmas spirit! [Read more…]
Apologies, as my blog has been slightly neglected this week due to the fact that I’ve been having a semi-nervous breakdown while applying for our Canadian permanent residency. Our close family and friends know by now that we love Canada, a lot. So much that we want to stay.
I never imagined back on July 1st 2013 when we boarded that plane to Toronto that we would love it here so much. That we would be in the dilemma of fearing going home and not fearing staying. The stress and anxiety with the application has been tough and now we have a 14-16 week wait to know whether we made the 8,000 cap. So I’m feeling a
lot bit worried and I did let the negativity creep in a bit over the past week, but in the words of Elsa and in the spirit of Christmas… I gotta just LET IT GO. [Read more…]
Happy December 1st (yay!!!), It means we can finally open that first window of our advent calendar and officially count down to the most wonderful time of the year. As weekends come this time of year, they seem to bring plenty of Christmas festivities in Toronto. It’s hard to believe that this is our second Christmas away from home, I honestly don’t know where the past year has gone. But in the blink of an eye we found ourselves all set for The Late Late Toy Show on Friday night once again. Thanks to RTE we had the pleasure of streaming it straight from the RTE player and we were able to bring one of the biggest Irish traditions home. First things first, we got the tree up (with a glass of wine in hand) and had the perfect setting for the evening ahead. This year our friends came along to watch with us, we were a little concerned that there would be a language barrier (those little kids can sound a little mumbled sometimes!) But they genuinely loved it just as much as us, especially the epic 9 year old ninja. [Read more…]