I recently spent a week in Fredericton, NB for work and was exploring yoga options in the city. With countless yoga studios to choose from, I decided to try Yogagrow as I’ve heard rave reviews about the downtown vinyasa flow studio. I went out of my comfort zone to try their Monday night advanced strength yoga class. Due to the class being deemed “advanced”, my first reaction was that it was not for me and that I wouldn’t be successful. Even though I’ve been practicing a variety of yoga styles 4-6 times per week for 6 months, I don’t consider myself “advanced” by any means. I’m always up for a challenge, so I wouldn’t let myself give up that easily and attended the class with reservations. I couldn’t be more proud of myself. Not only did I not ‘fail’, but I surprised myself at just how far I’ve come in the last 6 months. Continue reading
Yesterday’s, guess this turquoise gem is none other than…Carter’s Beach in Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada! Would you have expected this turquoise gem to be located in Canada? Let alone Nova Scotia? It’s not only the Caribbean and tropical destinations that have fine white sandy beaches. Yet this white sand beach is lined by evergreens, not palm trees. The water may be colder up here in the Atlantic Ocean, but this particular beach is still pretty TURQUOISE. Continue reading
My happy place is the beach. I am in my element if by the sea. No matter how rotten of a day I’ve just had, if I make my way to the ocean I know I’ll be alright. My heart has always belonged to the east coast of Canada, and maybe that’s partly because its my home. Even after visiting 32 countries around the world and putting my toes in the sands of countless beaches, I’m still partial to Canada’s east coast beaches. I would prefer if the waters were a bit more turquoise, that palm trees lined the coast, and that the temperatures were a lot more tropical, but my heart and soul belongs to Atlantic Canada’s beaches, especially the ones in southern Nova Scotia. Continue reading
When people who haven’t tried Crossfit think about trying Crossfit they automatically think I can’t do that, Crossfit is for athletes, I won’t be able to do what they do, Crossfitters are crazy, or something alike (possibly even worse). The truth is, you won’t know until you try it. Before I tried Crossfit I had a similar mentality, but it wasn’t until I gave it a shot that I realized I could do it. I recently went back to Crossfit in the beginning of September after 14 months off while I was traveling full-time. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop Crossfit while I traveled, but I found it difficult to fit it into my hectic schedule while I transitioned from country to country. WOD’s (workout of the day) soon got replaced with yoga, walking, hiking, and swimming. My prior year of Crossfit training prepared my body for the extreme bucket list activities I tried while traveling, including (but not limited to) wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, body boarding, paragliding, and surfing. Crossfit made me strong, confident to try new things, and it taught me to trust my body. It was then that I finally realized that Crossfit prepared me for real life. There is no need to be intimidated to try Crossfit, especially if you find the right box (gym) for you! Continue reading
Where will I be traveling now? While I’m saving up for my next big expedition abroad (14 months of full time travel was hard on the bank account/pocket) for next year, I’ll still be traveling. Now just not too far from home this time. So where will I be going you ask?
- Traveling within Canada
- Traveling within Atlantic Canada
- Traveling within the United States
- Traveling within my home province: New Brunswick
- Becoming a tourist within my own city
Over the last couple weeks, as I’ve been summarizing my last 14 months of travels, I have been asked the question: what’s next? by numerous bloggers. That’s a really good question! I’m unable to answer this question in entirety, as I do not know what the future holds. I do know that I’ll be starting on another journey. When one journey ends, the only thing to do is start another one. Regardless if I am traveling, my journey continues. Each of us is on our very own unique journey. Continue reading
In a world where so many are out of work, I am thankful I have a job. I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken a leave from my teaching position to travel for 14 months. Few jobs have such flexibility. Yes, of course I’d like to continue traveling the world, but unfortunately my sabbatical is up and my funds have run out. The time flew by. Time to be back in the classroom. At this point, I’m just thankful to have a job. I need a way to save up for more trips right?
Although I am no longer in a tropical destination or exotic location, there is no reason why I can’t still enjoy my favorite place–the beach. Now that I am back in Canada, I can appreciate being in one location for longer than a couple weeks. I am lucky enough to live by the coast so I can enjoy the place I always want to be–by the sea. In this moment, I can savour in the ability of still experiencing my passion in my home country: Canada. Continue reading
After traveling around the world for 14 months, visiting 34 one of a kind destinations, I think my 5 favorite places are Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy/Greece (yes I know that’s technically six places). Don’t get me wrong, I love ALL of the places I visited and would be happy living in any of the destinations, however, there is something about these 5 destinations that have a special hold on my heart. I’ve also spent the most amount of time in these 5 places which definitely does impact one’s connection in that place. The more time I spent in the locations the more I fell in love with them. Europe as a continent stole my heart, but Italy and Greece by far are my favorites (oh, but Croatia is so high up there too). After reflecting for days after my sabbatical I think I can say with assurance that these are my favorites.