So Climb That Mountain

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Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks Resort (August 2017)

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in your office or mowing your lawn. Climb that god damn mountain.” 
– Jack Kerouac

Note To Self

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Bass Coast Music & Arts Festival, Merritt, British Columbia (July 2017)

“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.”
– Robin S. Sharma

New Heights

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Graduation Ceremony, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia (June 2017)

I’m not sure what to say. Graduating from university with my second credential was a mixture of emotions that has left me jumping for joy.

I would describe my university career as if I have been hiking up a very tall mountain. There have been some strenuous patches of loose gravel where I felt like I was gripping on for dear life. There were moments of pure exhaustion and some filled with much needed rest. I had moments of pure elation and celebration, with my heart bursting with pride, joy, and happiness. I have learned so much both in the classroom and beyond the walls of this great post-secondary institution. I’ve made incredible friends from around the world who climbed most of the way, or all of the trail with me. I have travelled across North America and in Europe throughout my studies as well, which has given me the most amazing life experiences. As I stand here at the top of the mountain that I worked so hard to climb, I am incredibly grateful for every experience that has brought me here today. It is quite the view from up here – Wow! On my first day of university, I never would have guessed that I could push myself this far. And here I am, a completely different person than I was five years ago.

Thank you to my family, friends, mentors, professors, employers, and colleagues who helped me to reach this new height. Without your support, I would not be where I am today.

Now, I do believe it is time for another adventure! Cheers!

Give Me Contrast

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Austin, Texas (January 2017)

“To me, a rich and satisfying life means one full of contrast. Give me sleep ins. And soft rains. Coffee shops and conversations. But also adrenaline and adventure. And drunken bellows to the stars. I am determined to embrace this life for all it has to offer.”
– 
Beau Taplin

Keep On Chasing

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Austin, Texas, USA (January 2017)

“Every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero is always ten years away. I am never going to be my hero. I’m not going to attain that. I know I’m not. And that’s just fine with me because that gives me something to keep on chasing.”
– Matthew McConaughey

Why Do You Go Away?

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Friendly Cove, British Columbia, Canada (August 2016)

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
– Terry Pratehelt

Challenges Make Life Interesting

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Cape Scott Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada (September 2016)

“Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life more meaningful.”
– Joshua J. Marine

Along with five other family members, I hiked over 50+ kilometres into the Cape Scott Provincial Park nearly a week and a half ago. My mother actually did this trek twenty nine years ago, and it was a great experience to visit again with her, and celebrate my step father’s 55th birthday by a campfire with tiny cupcakes. This three day trip was one of my greatest feats yet, as I really had to push myself and learn my own limits of endurance. It was my first time hiking more than a day trip and with a very heavy pack. I have nothing but great things to say about the trip, as I saw amazing views, incredible eco-systems, slugs the size of my hand, and stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Next time I go back, it will be time to check out the North Coast Trail! Whew! But for now, take this a helpful reminder to set lots of small goals, challenge yourself to try new things, and explore EVERYWHERE.

Video Blog – August 2016

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Well everyone, I have returned to Kamloops, British Columbia and I have begun my last year of university to complete my double degree in Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University. This will be my last video blog for a while, as the most excitement I will have over the next few months will be drinking coffee, hiking in the Thompson Okanagan, late night study sessions, and catching up with friends and family. The past month was filled with a mix of emotions, exciting adventures, and fantastic memories. It began by celebrating a dear friend’s birthday in a small village of the Netherlands, and ended by hiking through Cape Scott Provincial Park, along with an exploration of Vancouver Island all the way from the bottom to the top. All I can say, is thank you dear world, for the beautiful memories. It’s already time for a new adventure!

Last First Day Of School

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Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia (September 2016)

“Don’t let your anchor hold you down forever. Eventually, you will have to sail to a new adventure.”
– Unknown

And That My Dear, Changes Everything

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands (August 2016)

“I urge you to travel. As far and as much as possible. Work ridiculous shifts to save your money. Go without the latest IPhone. Throw yourself out of your comfort zone. Find out how other people live and realize that the world is much bigger than the town that you live in. And when you come home, home may still be the same. Yes, you may have to go back to your same old job. But something in your mind will have changed. And that my dear, changes everything.”
– Unknown

Video Blog – July 2016

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July was an incredible month filled with amazing memories and smiles shared with friends. I graduated from NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. I cycled to Belgium, and to the highest point in The Netherlands, where I was able to stand in three countries at one time. I spent many afternoons and evenings in Valkenburg Park, by the beach, or at free electronic dance parties in the city. I attended the largest dance music festival in the world, Tomorrowland; where I felt free, inspired, and united along with 100,000 rave lovers. Among other things, I have also been saying goodbye to friends as they are slowly heading home for the summer or relocating for new endeavours. I am returning to Canada in a few short weeks, though rest assured, I will enjoy every moment to the fullest.

Take Me Back To Tomorrowland

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Tomorrowland 2016 (Boom, Belgium)

Yesterday is the past. Today is a gift. Tomorrow is a mystery. 

It has only been one and a half days since I left one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland. I am already keen to go back to next year as this past weekend was one of the best experiences I have ever had IN MY WHOLE LIFE. There are so many amazing things to say about this festival, and as a festival geek, I was absolutely blown away by the excellent organization and incredibly detailed experiences in every single aspect. I met lots of great people from all around the world. I danced for at least thirteen hours a day, for three days straight. I saw the sun come up over Dreamville on the last night of the festival. I enjoyed so many sets by artists that I have listened to all my life, and enjoyed new-to-me artists as well. This weekend was filled with nothing but good vibes! It was a dream come true to go to Tomorrowland. One of those bucket list moments. And to think, I almost sold my ticket and didn’t go… This is a perfect example that you have just got to jump in with both feet.

Be All There

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Grote Kerk, Breda, The Netherlands (July 2016)

“Wherever you are, be all there.”
– Jim Elliot

I have been fascinated by the beautiful church of Breda since I first saw it. It is stunning at all times of day and night. It stands proudly in the bright sun and even on gloomy, cloud filled days. I can even see from the window of my flat which is a treat. Today, I finally climbed to the top of the tower of Grote Kerk. I have been meaning to do this for many months, and I was waiting for the perfect day; though with a lack of time and a lack of sunny afternoons, now proved to be a good as time as any.

The tower is 320 feet in height and it is the fifth tallest church tower of the Netherlands. It was built in the late-gothic style as a church and city tower between 1468 and 1509. The main purposes of the tower in this time were to indicate special moments and events for the church through bell ringing, indicate the time, and give alarm in times of fire and war to citizens of the area. There are 287 steps up to the look out point. In clear weather, one can see as far as Antwerp and Rotterdam.

The views from the look out gallery were stunning. It was great to see my beautiful city of Breda from another angle. I’m still very in love with this quaint, Dutch town and I will be sad to say goodbye when the time comes.

(For those who may be wondering, it costs five euros for a guided tour to climb the tower. For more information, click here.)