What A Mountain Person Understands

Inspiration, Travel
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Nub Peak, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia (September 2018)

“When you are a mountain person, you understand the brilliance and beauty of contradiction. The way land can be your greatest teacher. How something can be both grounding, yet elevating, intoxicating yet soothing, wild yet serene, intensely primal, yet patient, and cycling yet predictable within shifts and rhythms. Mountains keep us on edge and wrap us up in safety all at once. I don’t know of anything sweeter or more magic inducing than that.”
– Victoria Erickson

Some People Are Hostels, Others Are Homes

Inspiration, Travel
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Black Diamond, Alberta (September 2018)

“By all means, go out into the world and explore. Kiss strangers, kiss friends. Fall in and out of love until your hands and heart are libraries of all the people they have touched. Before long we learn, right down to our bones, that some people are hostels and others are homes.”
– Beau Taplin

Why I Travel

Events, Inspiration, Travel
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Skookum Music Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia (September 2018)

“I travel because I need to. …Because my wild, adventurous spirit can’t live according to the ‘norm’. I travel to regroup, to reinvent myself. To be the best me I can be. To find joy in the ordinary and peace in exploring. I travel to just be.”
– Unknown

More & More To Become

Inspiration, Travel
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Shambhala Music Festival, Salmo, British Columbia (August 2018)

“Who you are right now is the culimination of years of editing and becoming. And you’re not done yet. No, not even close. You have more and more to become.”
– Liz Milani

Choosing To Rebuild

Inspiration, Travel
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Mount Rohr, Lillooet, British Columbia (August 2018)

“There is nothing more powerful or radical or stunningly beautiful than a woman who chooses to rebuild her life day after day after day. No matter how many pieces there are to pick up or how many mistakes she must spin into gold.”
– Carol Leybe

Note To Self

Inspiration, Travel
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Mount Peter, Kamloops, British Columbia (October 2017)

“I am going to be that girl who wakes up with purpose and intent. I am going to be that girl who shows up and never gives up. That girl who believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it.”
– Unknown

Book of Life

Inspiration, Travel
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Pete Murray’s Corn Farm, Chase, British Columbia (October 2017)

“Open your book of life only to a few people. Because in this world, only a very few care to understand the chapters, others are just curious to know.”
– Unknown

That’s Why We Dare

Inspiration, Travel
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Mount Paul, Kamloops, British Columbia (September 2017)

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains, or swim in oceans – because we can. We have some impulse in us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we dare to paint, why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.”
– Maya Angelou

Kindred Spirits

Inspiration, Travel
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Willow Point, Victoria, British Columbia (September 2017)

“I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of an ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain and a starry night.”
– Brooke Hampton

Photo Credit: Katie Kershaw Photography

Wash Your Spirit Clean

Inspiration, Travel
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Yak Peak, British Columbia, Canada (August 2017)

“Keep nature close to your heart. …And break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” 
– John Muir

So Climb That Mountain

Inspiration, Travel
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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

Inspiration, Travel
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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

News
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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

Travel
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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