There are a lot of choices that you will have to make in your lifetime. Sometimes the greatest influencers aren’t even related to the economy or political matters, but are the opinions and values belonging to our social groups (family and friends). Things like selecting which college to go to, where you should buy a home, if s/he is the right person is to settle down with can be decisions heavily influenced by your social circles. Social support systems can be great at times, but there are some choices that you should feel confident in making because it feels right and not necessarily because they align with the majority vote.
I thought I would write this week about really opening up to those close to you. Most of us wear our ‘professional face’ for the majority of our interactions with colleagues, acquaintances, strangers and even friends, displaying “social acceptable behavior, opinions and attitudes”. But there are a few select individuals, namely close friends and family, who have seen what you are truly capable of - the crazy and truly outspoken side; a select few who have been exposed to the silly and sometimes bizarre side of your personality…
There’s nothing like getting a surprise from your Boo, especially a nice one. Being in a successful relationship undoubtedly must include acts of kindness and thoughtfulness towards your partner. It can be something as simple as making dinner when you know s/he is working late or something that involves a little more planning… like a day or weekend trip somewhere secret! It’s all part of the surprise and it keeps day-to-day life fun and spontaneous.
Last weekend, Dan and I stayed at The Pinery overnight for some R&R and outdoorsy time. This was our third trip to this location (my fourth), which is about 2 hours from home, and is a park that we enjoy every time we go. People generally associate camping with kids/families/budget travel options, but camping offers more than that – it is time outdoors, being active via hiking/swimming/canoeing/etc., while ideally disconnecting from the busy world at home (minimal phone/Wi-Fi use) and just enjoying the scenery and the company. AND it can be quite fun – even for childless adults like us!
I am WAYYY behind on photo processing and sharing my images on my 'official' channels, but moving forward, I will be sharing some of my recent photos at least once a month via my blog. So here is a photo post dedicated to June’s Summer Solstice! Bring on the flowers and the sunshine, baby!
One of the perks of committing to one area for several years is discovering the best local foodie restaurants near home. Having lived in Toronto for over 6 years during my university days, I knew of numerous local hot spots that my friends and I would gravitate to, and often. Now, living out of the city and in the suburbs for the last 5 years, I’ve had to rediscover what constitutes ‘the best restaurants’ in my neighbourhood – the best in the ‘Tri-Cities’ area. Here are a few of my favourites!
Let’s be honest – life is busy! There’s always a to-do list, new additions to your routine and sometimes even setbacks. We are often focused on future tasks and plans, BUT, it is also incredibly important to be in the present. To ‘stop and smell the roses’ more often than we do and just be mindful of the moment.
Post #101 and thanks for the last two years of reading my posts! This week I would like to share more about the activities we signed up for on-site at Glendorn. You may have seen a few of my pictures from our Glendorn getaway last week (if you didn’t, you should check ‘em out), so this week, I’m highlighting the fun experiences we had with Jim and Charles learning about shooting, as well as fly fishing!
I did it again. I spent my week traveling and taking photos instead of writing a blog post. Shame on me right? Well, here's a few highlights from our trip to The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, Pennsylvania this past week. The experience was AMAZING! All wanderlusters need to add Glendorn to their bucket list - a truly special place in the middle of Allegheny National Forest. More on what we did at Glendorn to come in next week's post...
Talking about beauty products is not generally something I focus on, but this is one that if you struggle with acne, you should definitely try!
Product Name/Model: Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Cleaning Foam
Purchase cost: Retails for $15.00 at The Face Shop
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.