Motivation Monday: 6 Travel Intentions for 2016

Travel Intention #3: visit more National Parks like Elk Island National Park.
2016 Travel Intention #3: visit more of Canada’s National Parks like Elk Island pictured above.

Happy New Year!

I’m a fan of New Year’s resolutions and goals. Call me a planning nerd, but there’s nothing like opening a new calendar, writing down dates, goals, birthdays and/or deadlines. This year instead of writing down some hard/fast resolutions (save more money, eat more greens, sleep more, snore) I thought I’d set some travel intentions to act as little nudges for the next 366 days. Sharing these with all of you will hopefully keep me on track.

So here goes – my most public list of travel intentions yet: six ways I’m going to explore, embrace and giggle more in 2016. Happy 2016 – hope your goal setting process was as fun as mine.  Read more

Motivation Monday: You Can Do Hard Things

No. XXX in AJ Staples awesome Instagram series
No. 374 in AJ Staples awesome Instagram series

So for the next few weeks I’m switching things up a bit and featuring some guest blogger/writer friends. First up is my life long bud AJ Staples. She started a project a couple years back where she wanted to post/write something for 365 days to Instagram. Her posts combined stunning photos, inspirational/motivational/ass kicker nuggets of knowledge and mini-essays on the thought/image. I loved them so much I want a coffee table book of them? She continues to write her missives today – follow her on Instagram if you like the next month or so of Motivation Monday guest posts.

No. 374 
Hard things are subjective. What people find difficult is very different depending on who you’re talking to and what they’re facing. There is a commonality though, and I believe that is self-doubt. We don’t believe in our ability, we think failing is worse than not trying; we want to stay comfortable even if that comfort is causing us harm or pain.  Read more

Motivation Monday: Canadian Crush

Quote by Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni.
Quote by Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni. Photo by me: Ottawa train station.

Currently crushing on Canada….

And the look of a red and white flag with a maple leave flapping in the wind. Positive leadership. The sound of red/yellow/orange leaves crunching under my feet. The gravelly tones of Leonard Cohen’s voice. Holiday traditions. Pancakes slathered in  maple syrup. Conversations in train stations. Million-strong cheers for Olympic hockey games. Mountains carpeted in conifers. Long road trips. Short road trips. River swimming holes. The taste of salt on my lips, neoprene on my body. Endless canola fields. Buffalo scratching their heads. The way the Rocky Mountains stretching towards the sun. Northern Lights dancing on the horizon. Local, fresh produce, meat and dairy. Poppies on left lapels. George Stroumboulopoulos djing in our living room. Snow on the ground. Visions of totem poles on my hard drive. Small town Chinese food. Big city croissants. Parks, parks and more parks. Salmon swimming upstream. Whales spouting in English Bay. Moose strolling across our front yard.

Canada is so vast – I’ve only seen a small portion of it but I’m so excited to travel more, because of all these things. I’m feeling pretty excited to be living in Canada these days – like the future is sunny though we’re heading into the season of short days and low temperatures. Oh Canada, I do adore you so.

What do you love about your country? Is there a smell/taste/feeling that instantly brings you ‘home’?