Sneak Peek at my Winter Adventures in Northeastern Ontario

Dog SleddingDog Sledding
I finally had the opportunity to check off one of my dream bucket list items in Northeastern Ontario: DOG SLEDDING! A true northern Canadian adventure! What an incredible experience it was to enjoy the ride and lead the pack. Not only am I hooked, but now I want a husky! Continue reading

Slovenia’s Extraordinary Postojna Caves



Red Room

Slovenia is a country I never thought I would visit, but after visiting I can say that it is a beautiful country and that I want to see more of it. I understand now why movies were filmed there including The Chronicles of Narnia. It makes perfect sense now. Aspects of Slovenia remind me of Switzerland–the flower pots beneath each window, lush green grass, orange and red ceramic roofs, and brightly coloured stucco houses (white, peach, red blue, lime green, etc…), yet it has its own unique features. Continue reading

Turquoise Compass: Behind the Name

Freedom lies in being bold. -Robert Frost

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

I was born a teacher, but my true love is travel and adventure! When I am not working, I am living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, and traveling! Some of my past travel experiences are volunteer opportunities; a perfect combination of tourism and volunteering—”voluntourism”. Yet my favourite type of travel and most recent travel experiences include adventure travel, backpacking, and authentic explorations. In each destination that I visit, I aim to try something new by completing yet another item on my bucket list. During my travels I’ve always been fascinated with documenting my explorations through photography and writing. I now have thousands of journal entries and pictures which represents each of my unique trips. I decided to start a blog to share my experiences with others! Aviation has also become a part of my life because my husband is a pilot–travel runs in our veins. Like me, he is also a teacher in a sense because he taught others to fly for many years. Currently, he is a commercial pilot and when he is not working we love to fly and travel together. Being married to a pilot has its perks. I’ve always been captivated with airplanes since I love flying (and traveling) so much; now I get to learn about it firsthand.

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Coming up with a title for my blog was the most difficult part. I wanted the title to represent me, while also summing up what my blog is about. Turquoise Compass encapsulates everything that is significant in my life and connects all of my passions well. Turquoise being my favorite colour reminds me of the ocean, the beach, the earth (the natural turquoise gemstone), and my travels. I usually do not travel too far from the coast. Even if I do I find my way back to the sea. After any inland vacation, I often find my way back to the beach somehow. There is something magical about being close to the sea. It is as if I am “at home”. Sometimes I wish I could live and breathe underwater. The word compass is also relevant because I have often questioned my personal journey and the direction of my life. As a teacher, I challenge my students to reach for higher learning opportunities, while being in control of one’s life compass.  As a pilot’s wife, I have learned the significance of a compass in the aviation world and how a pilot uses such a simple (yet complex) tool to guide a plane safely to its destination. A compass can have many meanings. Turquoise Compass goes beyond its literal meaning–it’s more than just a turquoise compass; it;s a LIFESTYLE! Although, that would suit me just fine as well. Turquoise Compass is the perfect fit for me! FOLLOW YOUR COMPASS: LIVE, DREAM, TRAVEL, do YOGA, and be YOUnique!

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“Conscience is a man’s compass.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

“Men  go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea,  at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the  circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without  wondering.”
-Saint  Augustine

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Live, dream, travel, and do yoga! Welcome to Turquoise Compass!

BA, BEd, MEd, Certified Registered Yoga Teacher

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Turquoise Thursday Special: Receiving My MEd

Month 4 Update: 4 Months In and Never Been Happier

MEd Graduation

MEd GraduationMy top 2013 bucket list item was graduating with my MEd! I can now say that I have received my MEd in Curriculum & Instruction/Administration, while also attaining my principal’s certificate and teaching certificate upgrade! I finished my Master’s in June 2013, but did not walk across the stage to receive my MEd until October 24th, 2013. It feels so good to have accomplished one of my greatest goals and to have done it so quickly. I started my Master’s in April of 2012 and finished only 14 months later. I completed the majority of my Master’s while also teaching middle school English full time. I don’t know how I did it. I just did it. I wanted it done and I made it happen. It feels good to see my MEd certificate framed in my house and to know I have an MEd. Continue reading

Five Fun Fall Favorites

Fall in New Brunswick

Fall in New BrunswickEvery fall I look forward to the leaves on the trees to change colour. The vibrant red, yellow, and orange hues splashed across the landscape in New Brunswick, Canada is incredible. The Maple tress all change colour and “pop” admits the common and abundant Ever Greens. There is something about fall that I love! I don’t know if it’s the cool crisp air or that Thanksgiving is near. With the pumpkins adorning Maritimer front steps, I know that fall is here. Continue reading

Turquoise Thursday: Ohau’s 12 Best Turquoise Beaches

All over the island of Ohau in Hawaii you will be sure to find amazing turquoise beaches. If you are a beach lover then you will love the island of Ohau! Coast to coast, I was left amazed and often speechless. Part of my experience on the island was searching for the best turquoise beaches. What I found was more than I expected.

Waikiki, South Shore


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Maita’i in Hawaii

Maita'i Catamaran

Hawaii is known for its Maita’i’s, yet my experience with Maita’i was not from a drink, but from an experience with Maita’i Catamaran. I was excited to go sailing and snorkeling in Hawaii with Maita’i Catamaran on their Underwater Adventure Sail. Hawaii is known for its snorkeling and ocean adventures and I didn’t want to miss my chance to fully experience Hawaii by being on and in the water. Maita’i Catamaran’s state of the art twin hulled sea vessel got my hair blowing in the wind and had me relaxing under the late morning sun.  Maita’i means excellence in Tahitian and Maita’i Catamaran exemplifies just that. Continue reading

Swimming with the Sharks

North Shore Shark Adventures

As some of you may know, I have a huge love for the ocean and a fascination for its creatures. Nothing says marine life experience better than swimming with Galapagos Sharks in Haleiwa, Hawaii with North Shore Shark Adventures. My ultimate dream would be to go in a shark tank in Africa with the Great White Sharks. My shark experience in Hawaii is preparing me for that thrill. North Shore Shark Adventures shark encounter begins at Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor to sail 3 miles from Haleiwa Bay to the deep blue waters off the North coast of Oahu. The anticipation of leaving the boat to enter the cool water to meet the Galapagos Sharks face to face was both thrilling and nerve wrecking. Continue reading

Sunset SUP on the North Shore

Rainbow Watersports Adventures

Rainbow Watersports AdventuresMy new favorite water sport is now stand up paddling, otherwise known as SUP! I’m ready to go out and buy my very own stand up board! I’ll be sure to also buy a wetsuit which I will need to wear during the colder months in Canada. I tried SUP for the first time in Haleiwa, Hawaii on the North Shore of Oahu with Rainbow Watersports Adventures during their sunset paddle. With my lesson beginning at Haleiwa Beach Park two hours before sunset, the sea turtles were active all around me as I made my way to one of Oahu’s most beautiful rivers. I could relax throughout my the two hour lesson because it took place on a protected bay and calm stream; I didn’t have to worry about the waves crashing down on me during this experience. Continue reading