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

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.

Life Is A One Time Offer

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Netherlands-Belgium Border (July 2016)

“Life is a one time offer. Use it well.” 
– Unknown

This weekend, I was able to check another item off my bucket list! I cycled from my city to a small village in Belgium called Meers. The round trip was close to 40 kilometres and I completed this in just a few hours. Best of all, the weather has been finally looking up as it did not rain all afternoon.

The Breath Knocked Right Out Of You

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Valkenburg, The Netherlands (June 2016)

“Sometimes is knocks the breath right out of me, realizing how lucky I am to be here and alive with you. To be the one you feel safe with. To be the one whose ones you curl up into when its cold. To be the one whose mouth you drowsily kiss when you are half asleep in my  arms.” 
– Beau Taplin

Video Blog – June 2016

Inspiration, Study Abroad, Travel

Well, June has been another month of exciting adventures to say the least! A lot of miserable rain, incredible live music (such as Paul McCartney and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), numerous birthday celebrations, camping, getting lost a few times, and exploring new cities in the far south of Holland and Germany.

“Take me to the docks, there’s a ship without a name there,
And it is sailing to the middle of the sea.
The water there is deeper than anything you’ve ever seen…
Jump right in and swim until you’re free.

I will remember your face,
‘Cause I am still in love with that place.
But when the stars are the only things we share…
Will you be there?

Money came like rain to your hands while you were waiting,
For that cold long promise to appear.
People in the churches started singing above their hands,
They say, “My God is a good God and He cares”.

I’ve got a plan, I’ve got an atlas in my hands.
I’m gonna turn when I listen to the lessons I’ve learned.
I’ve got a plan, I’ve got an atlas in my hands.
I’m gonna turn when I listen to the lessons I’ve learned.”

Growth Happens In The Valleys

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Eygelshoven, The Netherlands (June 2016)

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” 
– Robin Sharma

Change is a beautiful thing. Really, it was a scary thing for me when I boarded a plane and moved to a country that I’ve never been to by myself last August. As my time is slowly winding down here, I can see such dramatic changes in who I am right now compared to who I was. It is a beautiful transformation to reflect upon. Now, not only am I totally content to not bathe for three days and go camping with people I’ve only just met… (see the post camping/music festival selfie from above), but I have learned how to love myself, make healthy choices in my lifestyle, find balance, look at everything from different points of view, and thrive in saying yes to new experiences. I’ve travelled, mostly alone, to ten different countries in the past ten months. I’ve seen beautiful works of art, both in museums and in the natural world, experienced many other cultures through food, language, art, landscapes, and mostly importantly, by meeting new people. When I first arrived in Amsterdam, I had never stayed in a hostel before. Looking back, I had no expectations on what was to come, but I am grateful for every moment and I wouldn’t change a single thing. Change, it’s a crazy, beautiful thing.

Carpe Diem

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Kinderdijk, South Holland (May 2016)

“Stop waiting for Friday. For summer. For someone to fall in love with you. For life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.” 
– Anonymous