Although the month started off a little rocky, I’ve managed to turn it around as best I could this week. I’m excited to have some positive experiences and adventures to look forward to, especially because November is the start of the build up to the holidays – my favourite time of year! Looking back now I can’t believe how wonderful 2014 has been to us and how grateful I am to have made some of the most memorable moments in my life to date. As Christmas creeps nearer I can’t help but reminisce about last year and flick through my album of memories. I’m truly so excited to have another Christmas like the last.
On a quick side note: My last post published was my 50th! I can’t believe I’ve written and published 50 blog posts. That’s a major milestone for my little blog, i just want to say thanks again to everyone that reads along.
My blog is the home to an array of emotions and experiences; the roller coaster that is (my) life. I find the more I focus on my writing, the more honest I’ve become and so the more enticed I feel to share some stories (that I probably would have kept private this time last year).
I find myself writing a lot about about stepping outside your comfort zone (or my comfort zone) but I guess I’m starting to realise that this happens more times than not, are we aware of the times life is asking us to take that leap of faith? I definitely am, I’m so aware of it at this point that any important decision that comes my way is like a beam of flashing lights. Since moving away I hadn’t really thought about what I take as my ‘Canadian Comforts’, until the start of this month. What’s the point in having a lifestyle blog if you aren’t willing to share what’s happening in your life… so here goes. [Read more…]
Hitting the mid-20’s, I never thought I’d see the day (dramatic I know – you’d swear I was turning 100). But turning over to the mid side of things is kind of a big deal, we all know it’s when you tick the next box over on application forms. Although I’m still 12 in the eyes of my brothers, will always be known as the youngest of six and the baby to my parents..I feel like the past year has been a really significant one. The decade known as the bridge to the big 3-0, I’m almost half way through? How did that happen? Are your 20’s really meant to be the best days of your life? (so many questions…) The days you should be spending out exploring, experimenting and enjoying your freedom? I’m not so sure everyone believes in this and that’s okay, but I sure like to think people incorporate all aspects into their lifestyle. So far my 20’s are proving to be pretty gooooooood.
Turning 22 and signing up for a two year visa was the biggest decision in my life thus far. Everybody is bound to different paths and everybody is entitled to live the way that makes them happy. If we all were the same, what would be the fun in that?
We all have our own story to tell and that’s the beauty of life. This blog and these stories are mine. I intend on using it as a reflection in years to come, to see how I spent these years of my 20’s and how I became the person I will be at 30. This time last year I was only a newbie to Canada, still a little shy and anxious, but I had taken a big step in coming here. A short 3 months later I turned 23 and that’s when the ball dropped and everything changed. What I’ve learnt about myself and who I am in the past year will stick with me for the rest of my life. I changed in ways I never knew was possible and its only been 1 year. If turning 24 is only a smidgen of how amazing the past year has been, I’ll be a pretty lucky girl. [Read more…]
My favourite month is here at last, the first signs of the season change and the build up to the holidays is my favourite time of year! I’ve been kept busy in September, with training and preparing for the run taking up most of my spare time. But now, as October 1st unfolds, I can’t help but smile about everything I have to look forward to over the next couple of weeks! It starts off next week with my Mam & Dad coming to visit!! I’m questionably as excited about this month, as I am about Christmas. My current situation…
Last weekend, September 20th, was the Toronto Leg of the Sears Great Canadian Run for Sick Kids with cancer.
The 100km race took place across Ontario, from Caledon to Blue Mountain Collingwood. I joined my departments team and volunteered to run a 5.2km leg, while Gary also volunteered to run a 12.1km leg (plus my leg! giving him a total of 17.3km). The words from the website, couldn’t have said it any better;
This is more than a Run.
It is an incredible experience that will challenge you physically,
connect you emotionally, and inspire you long after the day has passed. [Read more…]
I’ve been struggling all week trying to pull together my last post about Dublin. It’s been one of the hardest posts I’ve tried to write and I think that’s because July has been a bit of a harder month than I would like to admit. Like everyday life you have ups and downs and the same comes with dealing with living abroad. I’ve decided that yes my vision was a little blurred when we returned, yes I didn’t realise reality would hit that hard and yes I miss my family. If anything, I want my blog to be honest and so yes for the first time since moving away my emotions went a little off the scale. The biggest issue was reverse culture shock going from living my focused, positive life in Canada and the culture I’ve been part of, back into my old culture and life for 3 weeks and then uplifting again and coming back. I think all in all, it was just a harder adjustment to filter in and out of the old and new than I thought. [Read more…]