February 28, 2014

Dealing with the post travel blues

Coming down from the high that is travel and adventure can be tough, add that in to the fact that we returned to Calgary in the middle of winter and boom you are dealing with the post travel blues. After the initial excitement of coming home after two years, seeing friends and family and enjoying your favourite foods, returning to real life can be tough.

This happened to me before when I returned home after being gone for a year and a half travelling around Europe. Knowing that I would probably start to feel the same way I have developed a list of things I like to do to try and push away those blues.

  • Moving into a new place, buying furniture, new or used and decorating your creative space. This has been one of the best distractions for me. Jason works away for a few weeks at a time so the majority of this has been left up to me which keeps me pretty busy. I have really enjoyed finding unique pieces for our home.
  • Start a project. I have been knitting a ton and have so far completed a scarf and will be starting a  throw blanket soon. I also have a few diy ideas for our place that I will share with everyone as I start them.
  • Stay active. In the cold and gloom of winter it is just to easy to stay on the couch and waste away the hours with bad tv. I make a point of getting out of the house at least every other day, even if it is just to go walk around the mall or go to Starbucks and read a book for a few hours.
  • Go through your pictures. Its been great to re-live our travels as I go through all the pictures we have. I am currently in the midst of creating a feature wall with all our favourite pictures. Its amazing all the little things I remember and it makes me smile every time I look through them.
  • Start planning your next trip. I am always going through travel books or scrolling through pinterest to get ideas for our next vacation. Even if it won't happen for awhile it is uplifting to start thinking about possibilities and writing down ideas.
  • Make the most of where you are now. If you are like me and are currently living somewhere that really isn't your favourite place it can be easy to descend into depression. Writing down all the things I have to be grateful for, buying myself little treats when I need a pick me up or visiting with friends really helps remind me that I am lucky to live the life I do.
Do you have any tips for people dealing with the post travel blues?

February 26, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Nakalele blowhole

Nakalele blowhole Maui, Hawaii

I randomly found this picture while browsing pinterest. It looks like a really cool place to visit and its now added to my ever growing bucket list.

February 24, 2014

A weekend in pictures

This weekend was bleak and cold with no sun in sight, so naturally I stayed warm inside. Here are a few pictures of what I got up to.

 Dinner for one

 My reading material for the weekend
 In a attempt to bring spring to me I bought some tulips

Pretty yarn for my new knitting project

February 20, 2014

Feature wall - Part two

Continuing my current obsession with feature walls I have been searching pinterest and other sites for more ideas. Below are some more of my favourites.

February 19, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Crystal palace, Madrid Spain

The crystal palace

Who wouldn't want to have their very own crystal place, but could you imagine cleaning all that.

February 18, 2014

Grey is the colour of the day

There is something so comforting about the colour grey. Do you agree?

February 13, 2014

Currently craving: tulle

Currently craving tulle


Ever since I have moved back to a city I have really wanted to go on a crazy shopping spree. Of course its so cold here all I really want to do is cozy up with big sweaters and comfy blankets. When the weather finally does start warming up I really want to find/make myself a really amazing tulle skirt or dress.

February 12, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - London Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

I went to the Natural History Museum in London the last time I was in England, about five years ago. I loved every minute spent walking around in this place. I could have spent a lot longer then the day that I had. My favourite part was the fossils and crystals not to mention the architecture.

February 11, 2014

A fascination with feature walls

Since moving into our own place I have been hit with a series need to decorate. I have spent many hours on pinterest browsing ideas, reading design magazines and writing down colour scheme ideas. One thing that I really want to create to make our space feel a bit more homey is a feature wall in our living room. We have so many great pictures from our year in Australia and I also have tons of pictures from my time in Europe. I would like to display these in a way that they sort of tell a story about us and what we get up to when we travel.

Below are some of my favourite ideas that I have found so far.

February 10, 2014

How to settle into a new place

Do you find that you have a routine that you continuously repeat each and every time you move to a new place? I know I do. Each time I move to a new place there are certain things that I immediately want to find, explore and get to know.

The local coffee shop - This is a must. Pretty much the first thing Jason and I look for in our new neighbourhood is a cozy little cafe that we can spend our Sunday mornings in. Relaxing with a large latte and a good book is one of my favourite things to do on my days off.

The closest library - As many of you know I am a big book worm. This hobby can be very expensive if like me you choose to spend many hours in bookstores. I realized eventually that my budget would not always allow me to buy as many books as I would like. But renting them from the library is just as great, especially when you realize you may never read a particular book again.

A friendly pub - We don't go out that often buts its always nice to go out and have a few drinks, watch a hockey game or catch up with friends. Its nice to have a pub a few blocks away from home. Nothing better then celebrating the weekend with a glass of wine.

Farmers market -  Whenever possible I do try and buy my groceries from local suppliers. I love the treasures you can find from the artists that set up their booths here. One of my favourite things to buy is local honey. It always tastes so amazing. I add it to everything I can.

February 6, 2014

The downside to travelling

What could possibly be the downside to travelling? the settling down part after the travelling is done, thats what. I love only having a suitcase to call mine, in fact I thrive on the limitations I am forced to place on myself because whatever I own needs to fit into that one particular suitcase.  I am finding myself totally overwhelmed with the process of settling down, anyone else had this problem?

Since returning to Calgary my time has been split between catching up with my sisters and friends and trying to find a place for Jason and I to call home. As if it wasn't enough to try and except that rent prices have really increased but due to the floods that they experienced last year there is a serious lack of available rentals. Combine that with credit checks, references and a million questions regarding my why I am not currently employed the process was exhausting.

I am happy to report that I have found a place, a nice although smaller then I would have liked place. Now with this comes a whole kind of other problem, finding furniture to fill up this space. I was lucky enough to have my older sister with me when shopping for a mattress. I have never had to shop for any kind of furniture being lucky enough to take it from home when I moved out or been gifted it from friends and family. When asked what I was looking for in a mattress I replied a comfy one. Seeing the panicked expression on my face my sister took over asking all the right questions and figuring everything out right down to when it could be delivered.

Have you ever been in a furniture store? Its absolutely terrifying. The sales people jump on you the moment you arrive in the door and even after you let them know you are just browsing proceed to follow you around the entire store until it gets to the point you just want to leave because you can't concentrate with this person watching your every move.

To date we currently have a mattress, box spring and a very comfy couch bought for the high price of $75 from the Habitat for Humanity re-store. This furniture shopping business will probably be a long one for me as I currently look around our place and am content with what little we have in here. In this experience I have discovered that I much prefer hunting for hidden treasures in the second hand stores. Pieces that have history, that are just begging to be brought back to life and for me to put my own mark on them.

Have you ever found anything extraordinary in a second hand store?

February 5, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Tuscany


For some reason I have been thinking a lot about Italy recently. Italy is at the top of my all time favourite vacation spots. Particularly the rolling hills and wineries.
I can imagine myself retiring here, spending my days drinking wine and eating pasta. 

February 1, 2014

Random wanderings: January edition

January is officially over. I assumed that by showing up near the end of January I would miss the majority of the cold Calgary weather, I was so wrong. Hello - 20. But it is a new month and I am looking forward to those longer, warmer days that spring will soon offer.

To celebrate the end of the the first month of the year I introduce to you a new series where I share all my favourite finds for the month. I realize I am a day late but I have been all about procrastination lately.

  • What career should you have. I got astronaut.
  • Where should you actually be living. Mine was Paris.
  • Do you know whats in your tea? This might surprise you.
  • Gala Darling has a great post about gratitude in a jar.
  • Not a morning person? here are some ways to change that.
  • Jess Lively talks about balancing your habits.
  • Do you follow your horoscope? Here is your forecast for 2014.
  • A Beautiful Mess shares tips on how to be more productive this year.
  • Don't date a girl who travels. Are you this girl?
  • Steph abroad talks about her take on the above article. I love this.
How to quit your job and travel the world. Kate talks all about it.

Have you read anything interesting lately? Share in the comments below.

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