Picture of the Week #6

Picture of the Week #6

Hello friends,

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Here is my picture of the week!

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This picture was taken at the Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit. It was hot, humid and over crowded in there with the little butterflies – but it was also a school assignment so I had to go! haha I don’t enjoy seeing animals trapped like this, I prefer observing them in nature. However, I thought I would post one of the few good pictures I got from this experience since it taught me how to shoot over peoples heads while being rammed into by little kids running around.

Tip: high shutter speed is ket when dealing with little kids in a small room!

Have you ever been to a butterfly exhibit? If so, did you enjoy it? If not, would you like to go see one?

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Until next time,

xoxo

17 Things 2017 Taught Me

17 Things 2017 Taught Me

Hello friends,

In today’s post I will be sharing a few things that I have learnt in 2017. This year was an interesting one to say the least. Some things did not go as planned, both a mix of better than expected and worse, but none the less it’s all life lessons.

  1. There are many stepping stones in life. Your first job won’t be your last, so just be grateful that you are employed.
  2. Everything takes time. You can’t rush anything in life. I can’t rush into an amazing environmental career just like I can’t make this blog blow up in a day. You need to work hard towards what you want and in time you will get there.
  3. Saying no is harder then saying yes. We have all been in situations where you don’t want to say yes, but saying no feels impossible. Well its not, so next time you want to say no try it out.
  4. Its okay to do things that scare you. Breaking out of your comfort zone is scary but amazing. It will do wonders for you. If I never broke out of mine, I would not have this blog today or be able to share it on facebook for my family to see.
  5. When in doubt listen to your little voice inside you, it probably knows what its talking about. Unless you have anxiety like me, then sometimes you have to ignore it and go grab experiences by the …. well you know 🙂
  6. Less friends = more.  I have never had a large friend group and I don’t need one. I love having a few close friends who are truly there for me.
  7. Don’t be afraid to do things by yourself.  This year I have really started to do this and it was challenging at first (and still is sometimes). I go exploring for pictures by myself and also edit/write in coffee shops alone. Now I am growing to love me time.
  8. You’ll grow as a person every year.  Its okay.
  9. Don’t judge people. Everyone around you has a story that you have no clue about.
  10. You are stronger than you think. Until you are pushed, you will never truly be able to know what you can handle.
  11. Don’t waste your energy on things you can’t control.  This is something I need to work on.
  12. Stop overthinking every little thing about your life.  Another biggie I need to work on, I have over thought way to much about my life so far. I am young and need to chill out.
  13. There are unlimited things to learn in life.  You are never to old to learn!
  14. Listen to your elders even if you just met them, they have some life experience that you don’t.  I have met some very intelligent people this year that have come into my life for one conversation and let me tell you, some things they have told me have stuck.
  15. You will never have your life perfectly worked out so just relax and enjoy the ride.  Go with the flow! Life is not perfect and neither are you!
  16. If you aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves you will never lose your shirt. (Love ya dad)
  17. Believe in yourself. It does not mater if everyone else believes in you, if you don’t, nothing will happen.

 

Let me know if any of these resonate with you and if there are any other things you have learnt in 2017 that we can add to the list! Leave them in the comments below 🙂

I hope you all learnt at least one thing in 2017 and that you can use it to improve in 2018!

Until next time,

xoxo

My 2017

My 2017

Hello friends,

Todays post will be a summary of my 2017 year! Boy oh boy was it an adventure.

From January – April I was finishing up my Bachelors degree and I remember thinking how quick those months flew by. Now looking back on it, I wish they would have slowed down a bit. For those of you who don’t know, I went to Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. It is absolutely gorgeous there so I suggest you pop over to the east coast of Canada if you ever get a chance. Now don’t get me wrong, I was not a huge fan of the gloomy/rainy days, but every place has their beauty.

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So once I finished my last exam ever in April, I flew home back to Fort McMurray Alberta. I was there for a few weeks and then my parents and I flew back to Nova Scotia for my graduation. We went about a week early so we could tour around and explore every little corner of this province. It was well worth it. However, my boyfriend did the same thing with his mom and sister and they went to like all the places we did in 2 days! haha like what!

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Anyways, graduation was great. It is such a feeling of accomplishment, especially because all of the hard work you did for the last 4 years has payed off. My parents were so cute at graduation too, it was my moms mothers day gift to watch me graduate…kind of cute how it worked out.

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So when it was all said and done we flew back home to Alberta. Then my boyfriend and I went on our graduation trip! We had just moved to Calgary, Alberta Canada and wanted to explore everywhere. So we drove to Jasper, stopped in Emerald Lake, Golden, Revelstoke, Radium, Kelowna, and oh my gosh so much more! It was a trip and a half let me tell you. We did so much that instead of being rested after (like you should be after a vacation) we were exhausted! I have so many blog posts up from this trip so feel free to browse around my blog if you want to see more pics from that trip!

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Now back in Calgary, my boyfriend started his internship for the month of June while I job hunted. I have a degree in Environmental Science however, it is hard to get a entry level job in that field! So I ended up applying to an Anytime Fitness by where we live and I got hired and am still there today. I definitely feel grateful to have gotten that job. The people there are great and I can for sure say my personality has grown since I have started there.

In August I got a second job in retail at a store called Atmosphere. I did this job weekday mornings, while I worked at the gym in the evenings. It was a very exhausting 4 months, but I had to do it. In the new year I will only be working at the gym full-time, which will be a lot better! haha

So the last few months of 2017 have been busy, stressful, but also great because I know that whatever I set my mind to do I can achieve. I was working 58 hours a week plus uploading 2 blog posts and doing all my other adult responsibilities…and sure I was tired but I got it done. So I am so excited to see what 2018 will bring with this blog when I don’t have to work so much. I can really dedicate more time to it.

I have something very exciting coming up in the new year that I will fill you guys in on later. It will benefit my blog greatly.

Now to wrap up 2017!

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Until next time,

xoxo

Peggy’s Cove, NS | Pt. 1

Peggy’s Cove, NS | Pt. 1

Hello again,

I’m back.

Todays post is from my first round of Peggy’s Cove pictures from my trip back to Nova Scotia for my university graduation. The entire first day we were there it was raining and then finally in the evening, once we arrived to Peggy’s Cove from Halifax, the rain let up and we got to see part of the sunset. My parents and myself were all exhausted, sleep deprived, as well as jet legged, but the lighthouse was too pretty not to explore the first night there.

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The next post will be at Peggy’s Cove, but in the day time where it is not so overcast. Hopefully both of these variations of the same spot will please you.

Until next time,

xoxo

Hello Again…

Hello Again…

Hi friends,

I know, its been a while since I have posted. To be honest I lost motivation with this blog, as well as ran out of new pictures to post or ideas to write about.

I always wanted to have a successful blog when I was younger, I thought it was so cool. I would google recipes or places to go and I would find these amazing posts and such beautiful pictures. That is what I aspire to have on this page for you. My little corner of the internet.

Anyways, let me catch you up. I have recently graduated from my four year bachelors degree and moved to a different city. In a few days I will be going on a almost two week trip throughout the rockies of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. I could not be more excited.

From flying back East to graduate, I took a lot of photos and those will be posted shortly along with many others to come. My goal is to write one post a week, whether it includes pictures or not, maybe a recipe or maybe just some random topic I feel passionate about. I will hopefully choose a day of the week to be consistently posting so you will know when to check your inbox for a notification 🙂

Well, I believe that is all I have to say for now.

Until next time,

xoxo

The Port Pub Bistro | Port Williams, NS

The Port Pub Bistro | Port Williams, NS

Hello friends,

Today I wanted to write about an amazing restaurant I went to the other night called The Port Pub. It is a wonderful restaurant that uses local food and beer. Their cocktails are to die for and the beer is so smooth… went down a little too easy if you known what I mean.

We got their Korean BBQ style chicken wings for an appetizer and let me just say, I have not had wings that good in a while! Then for the entree I got a Thai style breaded chicken burger with their house cut fries and my boyfriend got their regular burger with the same house cut fries…nothing survived. We demolished those meals.

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Lastly we split the apple crumble for desert. It was warm when it came out (my favourite) and was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce. So good.

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My verdict: if you are ever in the small town of Port Williams in Nova Scotia, its a must.

Until next time,

xoxo

End of an Adventure

Hello friends,

Tomorrow I will be going to my last first day of classes. Tomorrow is day 1 of my second semester of fourth year. Holy cow, where has the time gone.

I can remember it so clearly, the first day of frosh week when my dad dropped me off at my dorm room. We made each other a promise not to cry or to extend the goodbye for too long. And then that was it. Alone, at the mere age of 17, in a different province across the country from my parents.

The first two years were a blur. They dragged on as I was going through the motions of having to get every assignment done on time and studying day and night for all my exams. It was insane, nearly killed me. I hated my life, but I thought that once I was done these four years everything would be figured out. I would have my shit together and life would go as planned.

Thats where I was wrong. Third year came around… same old stuff only easier now since I have had so much practice. I had much more spare time on my hands and I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do with this degree. Do I even like it anymore? Yes the environment will always be important and people need to protect it, but it that what I was interested in? Third year was a struggle, I wanted to switch my major to nutrition, but I never got around to it. I did not want to add anymore time onto my degree than I had to. I am homesick for Alberta and am pretty much done with living over here on the East coast for a while.

And now we have arrived at the last stretch in fourth year. Where has the time gone… more lost then ever these days trying to figure out what I am going to do once I graduate in May and scared as hell to go out into the real world. People may say university is the ‘real world’, but I can assure you it is not. Most of the people you meet here have only the knowledge from classes and the books they read. Many have not travelled at all and do not understand what is out there. Not saying by any means that I do, but at least I know that I am just a tiny blob in this massively confusing and competitive society.

I have been told that people grow up with age…I can also assure you that is not true. Drama that you dealt with in high school and were so happy to leave behind continues into university only at a higher degree. It then continues in most workplaces because people are just bored with their lives and need to gossip or hurt others to feel better about themselves.

I don’t want to be one of those people. I don’t want to settle for a job that won’t fulfill me or that I have no interest in, which is where the hard part comes in. How do you know what you truly want to do with your life? You can’t limit yourself. Passion is the biggest driver.

I wish you all luck in your future, whether you are returning to school too or already have a career.

Until next time,

xoxo