I honestly didn't know much about Yellowstone before my younger sister started talking about the trip she was planning. After seeing many pictures I am really intrigued and am looking forward to seeing her pictures.
So as I mentioned before I flew into Calgary last week. What I didn't mention is that we have actually decided to move here. Calgary is where we lived before we took off to Australia and although its not the place we see ourselves settling down in, it is currently the best location for us. Jason works in Northern Alberta and living here makes his commute that much easier. I will be taking yoga teacher training this year in July which will also take place in Calgary so we figured we might as well stick around for a few months
I am happy to be back here to visit with friends and family again and I have missed the sight of those beautiful rocky mountains but I can't help but look forward to the next place that we might live/explore.
Today is my birthday. I love more then anything to just relax on my birthday. Plan a spa day, get my hair done ect. Last year Jason and I spent the day relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun. This year I made it back to Calgary just in time to celebrate with my sisters and friends who I haven't seen in all most two years.
I actually can't believe I am 28, how time flys when your having fun. Years 26 and 27 were packed full of excitement and adventure. I embraced my gypsy soul whole heartedly and followed my every whim. We lived with few belongings and even fewer responsibilities which I must say was refreshing. Of course there were some hard times along the way which we managed to deal with.
I have no problem with getting older, every year I learn new things, visit amazing places and of course learn from my mistakes. For some reason now that I am 28 I find I am thinking more and more about buying a house and putting some roots down. Not that we won't always want to travel, but the idea of having a place of our own to come back to is becoming pretty appealing, especially with raising rents costs.
This year I want to focus more on learning new things, challenging myself and being a great friend, sister and girlfriend. 28 is for embracing who I am, focusing on all the positive instead of the negative. To enjoy the place that I live with and have adventures closer to home and to try and always find the beauty in things.
It never occurred to me that the plane I would be on for my flight from Sydney to Halifax would be tiny, I was thrilled that I had found a very good deal on a flight to Calgary right from Sydney allowing me to skip the painful four hour drive to Halifax. But as I sat at the airport waiting to board I looked out the window to see this extremely small plane pull up. I immediately start heating up and break out in hives at the thought of being stuck on that thing, Not only does it only have nine rows but we are all so close together that I feel like a can of sardines. At least it was only an hour flight and we had zero turbulence. I love flying but turbulence not so much.
I love people watching at airports, do you? I'm always curious about where everyone is off to. Watching all the emotional goodbyes. My own goodbye was nothing short of emotional. I'm really not good with goodbyes, I tend to just start walking away rather then face all those emotions. Jason's mom was kind enough to drive me and wait at the airport until my flight boarded. I had been pre-warned that she gets very emotional and its why she never sees any of her boys off when they leave. True enough as it came time to say goodbye and for me to board, tears start streaking down her face. I felt so bad for her because for the last 5 months she had graciously given Jason and I a place to stay and I have really enjoyed getting to know her. But I have promised to text her when I arrive and look forward to when she flys out to visit us.
Travelling is exhausting, even though for the most part you are sitting around waiting, sitting on the plane. You really don't do a whole lot but by the time I arrive at my destination I feel dirty, exhausted and ready for a nap. Maybe its all that stale air that you get to breath in during the flight.
I will arrive in Calgary a few short days before my birthday, just in time to celebrate with my sisters and friends that I haven't seen in all most two years.
Ever since watching Eat, Pray Love I have thought it was a fantastic idea to have a word that describes you and your life. I have yet to find that word although a few have come close to fitting. Maybe I'm to ready to fully commit to one just yet.
After reading several blog posts I have noticed that its becoming a trend for people to chose a word to focus on for the current year, what a great idea. Allie from Between Dreams has chosen the word vibrant, read more about why here. Melyssa from Nectar Collective has created an entire creative collective for 2014. You can link up with her today and share your word.
So whats my word for 2014? after careful consideration I figured out the word that best describes my vision and hopes for this year
The first time I heard the word contentment used to describe your state of mind was in a yoga class. One of my favourite instructors was walking around me and my sister while we were in chair pose, this pose I was not a fan of and constantly struggled with. I was getting so frustrated to the point I was ready to lay down on my mat the rest of the class. The instructor started talking about letting things go, completely emptying your mind and focusing on nothing but the current pose. He spoke the word Santosha - the art of contentment. He looked right at me and said contentment, remember that word when your struggles feel to overwhelming.
That has stayed with me every since, so this year I have chosen it as my word. To remind myself to be content with my life and all the great people I have in it. So even as I work towards the goals that I have set for myself this year, some things may not work out but that doesn't mean that I didn't try.
A few weeks ago when I talked about how I would love to visit the redwoods in California a lot of people also pointed out that Yosemite National Park wasn't far away and also something that everyone should see. After looking through pictures on pinterest I can see why. Who wouldn't want to spend a week relaxing with this view.
Do you ever have so many ideas floating around your head that when you go to write them down it all comes out in a bunch of random words and sentences that wouldn't make any sense to anyone but yourself?
The energy of 2014 is fantastic. Its in the resolutions being posted on Facebook, the blog posts outlining goals for this year and the articles showing you how to be a productive and positive person. I have a million things that I want to write about, ideas to share but haven't figured out how or where to start just yet. Its a process for me, I can stare at the blank screen for hours and not type a single thing, other days I'm out wandering about and all of a sudden a fantastic thought crosses my mind and I have to immediately sit down and write before I lose it all together.
I have a notebook filled with these ideas, random thoughts, the making of a book if I could just figure out how they go together.
This year instead of writing down goals that I know will probably be tossed aside and forgotten within a month, I have decided to pick a view things that I would like to focus on and improve in my life.
Eat a whole food diet
I have really been slacking on eating healthy, instead taking the easy way out and grabbing whatever is fast. I feel so much better when I stick to natural, organic meals and make sure to have a green smoothie every morning. I have picked up a whole foods cookbook and hope to work my way through it this year.
Live in the moment
I love planning our vacations and adventures but I tend to lose myself in that task and forget to make the most of the present. This year I will focus on what every day has to offer.
Shop with intention
For some reason I tend to focus on a single colour when I go out shopping, then I come home and my entire closet is the same colour. I have 3 pairs of green boots. I also get sucked in when I see a sale sign and ending up buying things that I'm not 100% sure about. This year I will buy quality over quantity and only buy things that I am really excited about.
Focus on learning
By now everyone who reads this blog knows I love to travel, it usually comes ahead of anything else, I would rather give up clothes shopping to save just so I can go on one more vacation. Although this year we still plan on taking a few trips (more on that later) I have a strong desire to focus on learning. I have wanted to go to a blog conference, take a photography class and a few others just for fun. This is the year its all going to happen.
Today I am hosting the fresh face Friday blog hop with the lovely Casey from We Took the Road Less Traveled. Follow the rules below and join in. Be sure to stop by some other blogs, great way to make new friends.
I have mixed feelings about 2013. The first 5 months were fantastic but then it just seemed to be an emotional roller coaster after that. I feel like the 13 at the end had something to do with that. I couldn't wait for the year to be over and to watch that 13 disappear and be replaced with 14. I all ready get the sense that 2014 is going to be a fantastic year.
Here are a few of my favourite things about 2013:
We celebrated my birthday by going on a romantic dinner cruise on the Kookaburra River Queen.
Took a day tour to Stradbroke Island, one of my favourite places in Australia
Visited our good friends Jeremy and Leana and toured around the Adelaide Hills wine region
Said a sad farewell to Australia and all the wonderful friends we had made
Made it to Michigan in time for the start of the summer
Spent many hot summer days at the beach in Nova Scotia
Drove around the Cabot Trail and took in the fantastic fall colours
Spent the Christmas holidays with Jason's family and had our first glimpse of snow in all most two years
These pictures are a bit late but I have been enjoying the peace and quiet and lounging around with a good book and an endless supply of coffee and chai latte. Its a great feeling to know you don't need to go anywhere when the weather is nasty.
Christmas was great, it snowed big fluffy flakes all day making it feel extra festive, especially since we spent last Christmas on a beach in Australia. We spent Christmas this year with Jason's family and had a terrific feast on Christmas day and sat around listening to Christmas music and enjoying each others company.
Jason's mom loves to decorate, and I mean really really decorate. Below are some pictures of her collection, I don't really think it captures the overall feel very well, you just had to be there,
This guy is my favourite
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.