And Then It Happens

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Machu Picchu, Peru (December 2018)

“And then it happens. 
One day, you wake up and you’re in this place where everything feels right. 
Your heart is calm. 
Your soul is lit. 
Your thoughts are positive. 
Your vision is clear.
You’re at peace, at peace with where you’ve been. 
At peace with what you’ve been through – 
And at peace with where you’re headed.”
– Unknown

What A Mountain Person Understands

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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

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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

More & More To Become

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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

Kindred Spirits

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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

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!