The Magic in Me

“I want to be that person”, I’d say. For years, that was a dream. Restricted by routine, expectation, normality. That was just not me, rather a dream of who I couldn’t be.   Without the right opportunities, they seemed such distant dreams. “I can’t travel alone,” I would say. Excuse after excuse. Until I realized: life…

A Sincere “Thank You”!

At the beginning of the month, I made this pledge to follow through with the Blogging 101 and Writing 101 courses (I didn’t see last year’s attempt past the first week). I said I would finish every assignment and that I would edit/complete my saved drafts each week. Did I do this? No.  Is that okay?…

This Week’s Ridiculous and Awesome!

So, for the last Blogging 101 assignment, I need to start a feature… what an AWESOME idea!! I wondered, brainstormed, wondered some more, talked to a friend, and here’s what I’ve come up with: posting about something awesome and something ridiculous. The idea came from the past week or two having several news items that…

Is Your Kitchen Cluttered?

What does your kitchen space look like? Is it neatly organized? Can you easily get to those things you use frequently? Is it free of clutter? If you’re anything like my mom (and, as can be expected, like I used to be), you’re more concerned with having all dishes in one place, all pots and…

When the World Stops

As I sit atop the mountain, gazing at the nothingness beyond, I feel a sense of calm, that this is what life is really about. The sun slowly rises, shining bright – a welcome relief after the early morning hike in the cold darkness. I am subtly aware of the masses of people who surround…

Waiting For Perfection

Today, I stumbled across this quote on Rantings of a Third Kind: If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. Margaret Atwood This is my problem, precisely. I get all these ideas. I think through entire blog posts in my mind while drive, walking, or staring out a bus window. Sometimes I…

Misperceptions

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley As a perpetual wanderer, I’ve learned to assume that no country is as bad as people think it is. In teacher’s college, in the context of teaching overseas, we referred to this as The CNN Effect. We see the worst…

Regret

There are numerous songs telling us to “let it go”. Search for “let it go” and, once you waft through all the Frozen-related sites, you’ll find many artists who’ve sung about letting something go. Check out one of my all-time favorite songs (which I also referred to in this post), one I listen to anytime I…

The Tinder Experience

I’ve recently registered on Tinder – my first online dating experience – and it’s been quite an experience. One will find all types of guys on Tinder and weeding through the not-for-me-guys has been both entertaining and exhausting. I’m currently talking to (humouring) All-About-That-Drink. He starts the conversation with “Hello”. I respond with “Hello.” He proceeds with…