The Year of Me

Year-of-Me

Apologies as I have not posted in a while, life has been crazy and I have moved to this fancy new website! I don’t usually do personal posts but I felt the urge to share recently. I feel like talking about the quality of life and how each individual has the choice of making the most out of life.

This post might lean more towards the cliché so if you aren’t about that, now is your cue to exit. Now you’re asking what can I, a 25 year-old woman, tell you about living and life? Truth is I can’t tell you anything for sure, I’m still figuring it out for myself. But what I can tell you is that the last few years have been hard.

I have struggled with anxiety and insecurity but in this last year I have overcome so many obstacles and proven my strength, to myself and others. I have become healthier, both physically and emotionally and I’m back to my overly optimistic self. My favourite thing to say over the last year has been, “I’m just being Miley”, from the Miley Cyrus song “See You Again” (I’m not even really a fan but the saying somehow suits how I’ve been living for the last year).

Looking back I realize for a period of time I wasn’t myself. Letting people into your life is a risk, a risk we make almost every day. It’s a risk that can change you for better or worse. For about two years after I graduated high school I felt like I needed a boyfriend, I craved that kind of affection. I became obsessed with finding someone to fill the void and I did something very unlike myself; I found someone and became so dependent on them that I forgot who I was.

After taking some time to put that behind me I started to find me again. The clock struck midnight and I have turned back into my confident, independent and wonderfully optimistic self and I could not be happier. So you want to know my trick? I have been single for about a year and a half now, it hasn’t exactly been by choice but I think it has been for the best. Basically, I am writing this to tell you what I have learned in the past year and a bit of being with my true soulmate, me (and maybe my sister).

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The Year of Me

British Columbia – Day 1

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I have been a little emotional the past 2 days having to say goodbye to my boyfriend who I will be away from for 3 weeks. He told me I was going to have a great time and that I should stop being a “rainy face”, I tried my best not to cry and failed.

So today was a lot of driving and a lot of sleeping through the prairies. The picture above it probably the highest point between Winnipeg and Calgary and we stopped here for some lunch. We left at around 5am (Winnipeg time) and made it to Calgary at about 5:30pm (Calgary time). We are staying with my darling cousins at my aunt and uncles house and currently watching some 21 Jump Street.

Anyhoo, more exciting posts to come but I promised to write everyday of my trip so stay tuned for mountains!

British Columbia – Day 1

California – Day 4

img_9453Walt Disney, what a beautiful, imaginative and magical man. honestly who doesn’t enjoy Disney? Today was for my grandpa who went into surgery yesterday and for my grandma (Rest In Peace) who, with my grandpa, took my father and his brothers to this magical land in the 70s and made them ride “It’s a Small World” twice after they made her ride the Matterhorn Rollercoaster. It’s a Small World was fantastic though the song does stick with you. The Matterhorn was closed today to my dismay, but my family took solace in Splash Mountain… We rode it 3 times.

img_9517The first one we gravitated towards was the Thunder Mountain Railroad and being that Space Mountain and the Matterhorn were closed it was a pretty darn good rollercoaster. We took some easy rides like the train around the perimeter of the park and the Jungle Cruise but some of my faves were Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean and Tom Sawyer’s Island where you take a raft to an island and get to explore pirates caves and secret hide aways. All in all it was a very tiring day. If you decide to go wear good shoes and write down where you parked your car because we forgot. Just sayin’ anywoo goodnight chumps, it’s Universal Studios for me tomorrow.

California – Day 4

California – Day 2

img_8731BooYah! Today we spent our day at California Adventure which is an extension of Disneyland and home of Paradise Pier. If you do not like rides don’t waist your time sailors. California Screamin’ which is the roller coaster literally takes your breath away. It count’s you down then shoots you into a series of drops twists and turns and you don’t catch your breath until you hit the deck. Another awesome ride that is fun for most… Unless you don’t like getting wet is the Grizzly River Run. You take to the rapids in an 8 seater raft and get soaked along the way.

After MUCH convincing we got Courtney on to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and this is what she looked like…

img_8780Yeah some chick is covering my face… Thanks! We had some dinner at Downtown Disney just outside the park at the ESPN restaurant. We closed the night with World of Colour which is the water show that plays every night. The water follows along with the music and projections are shown on a fan of water and the music is fantastic.

img_8890Tomorrow we will be Hollywood swingin’ and I will finally get to see Marilyn’s Star!

California – Day 2

California – Day 1

img_84881What I have learned on my trip so far:

  • They love Jack in the Box, there is one about every mile.
  • If you blast Katy Perry’s “California Girls” in your rented car with the windows down the locals WILL stare.
  • Around mothers day they sell bouquets of flowers on the street.
  • Putting sand on your sisters tongue WILL make her stop talking.
  • Kelp fights are hilarious to watch.
  • You can ride a mobile hammock.
  • I must own a beach cruiser or a quike.
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So I made it to California with my family, my clothes and two fully inflated lungs. Yesterday involved a lot of travelling and resting so I am going to count today as day one. We went to Huntington Beach to soak up the sun. The day began pretty cloudy, all you Winnipeggers are laughing, BUT the sun prevailed despite what the KTLA news man said this morning.

QuikeWe lounged for a bit then decided we wanted to get a little exercise so we took out a quike and it was hilarious. We raced with a few other families… and we won no big deal. We walked out to the pier and found some street performers doing flips and asking for my money. We did some shore front shopping and then went to Ruby’s for dinner.

img_8631Ruby’s made another one of my dreams come true, eating in a 50′s style diner. It was really cool, right on the end of the pier in the middle of the ocean. They wore red and white striped dresses and diner caps the Coca-Cola memorabilia littering the walls, checkered floors and black topped bar stools. It was a very quick get in get out kind of place but good food none the less.
img_8635We ended off the day with a walk along the beach and a view of the lovely California sunset. It’s off to bed for me soon tomorrow we are taking on Disney California Adventure Park and Paradise Pier Roller Coaster, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Golden Gate, Cars Lot and “A Bug’s Land”. Tyler and I are going to take on all the rides and we will try to get Courtney on some too.
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California – Day 1

British Columbia – Day 17

Today we went to Edmonton and went to West Edmonton Mall and went to the water park, it was awesome. I went on the sky screamer five times, so did Court. We went on Nessies Revenge four times. I also went on the Sun Runner, Raging Rapids, The Howler, The Twister and Blue Thunder wave pool. We got a cabana while we were there too, it was neat.

We checked in to the Comfort Inn and then went to Boston Pizza for dinner, went shopping and then went to bed. Tomorrow we are driving to Winnipeg all day.

British Columbia – Day 17

British Columbia – Day 16

Today we drove to Calgaryit was so long and I cried during my very first movie and it was “A Walk to Remember” it was soo sad but a really great movie. When we got to Calgary we walked to Husky then watched “So You Think You Can Dance” and Musa got kicked off and he is so good but Dimitry should have been off. We just chilled for the rest of the day then went for sleep.

British Columbia – Day 16