My experience living in Revelstoke B.C

My experience living in Revelstoke B.C

Well, it’s now officially been one month since I returned home after yet another great adventure. It feels good to be home, to be honest, I feel happy, comfortable and safe here, which is a nice feeling to have especially right after the wild ride I just went on.

I feel like I am finally ready to talk about my experience in Revelstoke that I had this summer, because when I first arrived home from the adventure, I really didn’t want to do anything at all, and I normally need some time to reflect on the experience before I write about it…  Plus I felt a little depressed for the first couple of weeks upon returning home, but I am feeling much better now, and will be writing a life update about what I am up to nowadays very soon!

If you don’t already know, I moved to Revelstoke this past spring, which you can read more about here: Life Update: One month in Revelstoke! 

But basically what happened was, I moved to Revelstoke On May 23rd, 2017 as part of this job placement program called Mobilize jobs. They placed me working at the Dennys, which was located very conveniently for tourists right along the Trans-Canada highway, and it was by far the worst job I ever had…. No exaggeration.

They were the most dysfunctional restaurant I have ever worked in my entire life, and the management had no respect whatsoever for their staff, not in even the slightest way. They threw me on the morning, swing and graveyard shifts, all in the very same week, and then they didn’t understand why I was grumpy, tired and just downright exhausted. It’s like they had no clue a person can’t just re-adjust their sleep schedules in a single day like that.

Dennys is open 24 hours a day, which sucks a lot! But all my training was done on the morning shift, so I learned mainly the breakfast side of things. Once I actually was done training, I had a swing shift which is 5-11pm, and I had not been taught a single thing about alcohol, so that was not a very fun shift at all for me, I along with the one other person I was working with crashed very hard for a couple of hours to the point that I almost walked out on my shift.

Actually, I was tempted to walk out mid-shift more than once, there were several times when it would cross my mind. The only issue was I was living in staff accommodation so by walking out or quitting I would need to pack up my things and leave within 24 hours. I would have to say though that this was the one and only reason I stayed working there for so long. I hated it so very much, and I found myself constantly saying how ‘I hated my life” quite frequently while I was there.

They scheduled me for graveyard shifts too because the job placement program I came with, allowed the Dennys to basically schedule me whenever they wanted…. So I had no say in my availability. The manager one day actually told me that I had no rights… I didn’t like hearing that at all, it pissed me off royally.

So I get these shitty graveyard shifts 11pm-7am for 3 weeks in total during my two months in Revelstoke, and I absolutely HATED MY LIFE during those few weeks. The only plus side to working the graveyard shifts is that they are very slack, I could have gotten away with anything I wanted to on those shifts, but at the same time so could the customers, and there were quite a few times that I was either really mad that I was serving drunken idiots or young punk kids, or legit scared that a table was going to do something bad, like start a fight….  I also got to enjoy the nice days if I wasn’t busy sleeping, so that was also pretty nice! But for the most part, I dreaded work every single day, although my roommates were all in the shit hole with me working at Denny’s, so we helped each other through it, which made it OKAY. Plus they would come visit me on my graveyard shifts, which made it much more enjoyable…

These photos were all taken on the graveyard shifts,
I had to make some use of my time :p 

 

In the month of June though, I watched as people started to quit left, right and center, I think we saw at least 10 people quit in the month of June for one reason or another, right at the same time we were heading right into the busy season of summer. This was not a good sign at all. Being understaffed is the worst because you end up working twice, if not three times as hard, and make no extra money for it., as a server you end up making less money because you are running around like a chicken with your head cut-off giving poor service to your tables because you are just too busy, so then they don’t leave a tip.

Plus because this Revelstoke Dennys was so tourist focused, so quite a lot of tables don’t actually tip anyways because they know they’ll never see you again. What people don’t actually realize, is that when you don’t tip your server for whatever reason you have, the server ends up PAYING out of their own money to serve you. Yes, we still have to tip out on a percentage of your bill to the kitchen staff regardless of whether or not you tipped. So I had quite a few of those, not because of bad service but more likely because they were just passing through and just didn’t feel like tipping, although sometimes I did probably give poor service because I was so damn busy, it really did suck when that happened. One lady literally told me she wasn’t going to tip because they had an expensive vacation so far and couldn’t afford the couple bucks to leave a tip. It wasn’t even my table and I was mad.

When you walk into a restaurant and see the place full, and staff running around the place frantically, why on earth would you think “Ohh, this will be a nice, quick stop!” ??? It baffled me how many complaints we as the servers would get regarding food wait times like I personally was back there in the kitchen making the food for them, or I had some special way to put the ticket in front of the 20 other tickets to make it come out quicker.

Man, I am STILL bitter about this damn Dennys. Even though it has been almost two months since I worked there!

On the plus side my roommates and I were given free rent to work at this Dennys (we still got paid minimum wage plus tips on top of that) so we weren’t broke necessarily, but we were living in a 3 bedroom apartment in what is nicknamed by the town of Revelstoke as the “crack gardens”.

It was this low-income type housing that apparently was some sort of drug/ party hotspot for the locals of Revelstoke. So that was really nice, especially for someone such as myself that is going down the personal development & spirituality path. So the association wasn’t exactly the kind of people I wanted to be around. So I definitely distanced myself away from most of the Dennys people, knowing I didn’t really care much to get to know them.

SO I realized that I needed to leave this job as soon as possible because I definitely didn’t see myself doing it for the rest of summer like I was supposed too…  So I started making arrangments to get out. I waited first until I had at least $1000 saved up so that I wouldn’t have to worry too much about what I was going to do next. Once I had enough money,
I handed in my two weeks notice one morning after a long and grueling graveyard shift and instantly felt relief. I cannot explain how bad this place was to work because you really do have to experience it for yourself, but never in my life have I hated a job so much. The only saving grace was honestly working alongside my roommates, and the other staff was all really great! We were just basically slaves there, run off our feet every single shift.

I cannot explain how bad this place was to work because you really do have to experience it for yourself, but never in my life have I hated a job so much. We were just basically slaves there, run off our feet every single shift, wanting to cry half the time.


On a positive note, it was nice working alongside my two roommates, because we would come home every day from work, and spend half the night bitching to each other about how shitty our day was and sharing stories about the ridiculous customers we had, or something the management did or said… It made it all, okay, knowing that I had them to come home and bitch to at the end of my shift.

I honestly never thought that I would enjoy having roommates that much going into the experience, actually going in I was terrified that I would not like living with roommates and that I wouldn’t get along with them, but I was genuinely sad to say goodbye to them at the end. Although we have kept in touch since it is still sad because that adventure is over now. However, I did get to enjoy every minute of it, and I have some incredible memories to always remember!

 

On our days off we would go hiking or spend the day at the beach, or just kick around the house playing with our little Kiwi (the bunny we acquired during our time there)  We did have lots of fun, and went on quite a few adventures, we even managed to go on a road trip to Jasper at one point,  so all in all,  it made the shitty Dennys job somewhat manageable in the long run… I wouldn’t have stayed the first night had it not been for Tamika, my first roommate because she was the only reason I stayed at the beginning.

Here are two posts from when I was actually IN Revelstoke, at the very beginning!
Life Update: My first few days in Revelstoke B.C
Life Update: One month in Revelstoke!

Revelstoke B.C

I didn’t finish my last two weeks at Denny’s unfortunately and decided to just call it quits right after Canada day long weekend. I was bad, and just quit showing up, but honestly, screw that, I wasn’t giving up any more of my precious time for a job I actually couldn’t stand. I had too much anxiety going to work, and it just wasn’t worth it to me anymore. So from there, I stayed in the staff accommodation until they basically kicked me out, and I spent a couple of days soaking up the sun, enjoying BC as much as I could because I knew eventually I would come back home to good old Calgary.

My last few days in Revelstoke were quite sad, I didn’t actually want it to end yet, but knew that it had to. I spent as much time outside as I could the last week, just trying to explore as much as I could. To be fair I did expect to have more time to explore, but then after I quite Dennys, it became clear that my time was coming to an end so I had to do as much as possible during those last few days.

All in all, my experience in Revelstoke was one of the most incredible experiences of my life despite the job itself. I made some of the most incredible memories and went on some pretty great adventures with my friends. I am sad it is over but so grateful- that I was able to have that experience. If I could turn back the clock, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, even the graveyard shifts now make for a funny story to tell people.

Revelstoke will always hold a place in my heart, and whenever I drive through I will be sure to stop at one of my favorite restaurants for a meal, and maybe go on the pipe coaster again!


After I left Revelstoke, my one roommate also quit Dennys around the same time as me, and so we decided to go on a road trip together through B.C before she headed home to Regina, and I back to Calgary, we agreed to go to Kelowna for a couple of days cause we had both never been, and of course I fell in love with and wanted to move there right away, but knew that wouldn’t be feasible, so hopefully one day I will get to live there!

We spent a lot of time at the beach getting a nice tan going, and then spent an entire day at her families poolside enjoying the sun and a few drinks, knowing that it was our last full day together it was a bittersweet day. We had become really good friends during our time together, and saying goodbye to her the next day as she left on a greyhound wasn’t easy at all. However, we do have plans to go on more adventures once we get our finances in order again, so I look forward to that!

She actually was the reason I decided to eat a plant-based diet, which you can read more about here: My thoughts on Veganism

 

From there I embarked on my own solo road trip, which was about 4 days in which I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and went camping all alone for the first time in Naskusp, which was such an unbelievably beautiful town. Then I drove to Nelson B.C and stayed in a hostel for a couple days while I explored this quaint town famous for their coffee shops (which were btw really awesome) and Nelson is also a very spiritual town, so I especially enjoyed it. I met some pretty interesting people as well, who were traveling through Canada, one from Mexico, and a girl from Russia. The girl was my roommate, and we stayed up chatting both nights together. At that point, however, the forest fires were getting pretty terrible, and it was very smokey outside, so I decided to start making the journey home to Calgary.

Here are some pictures from my wonderful road trip through B.C:

Kelowna B.C

 

Nakusp B.C

 

Nelson B.C

 

 

 

My experience solo camping!

My experience solo camping for the first time

Back in the summer of 2017, I got to have an experience that I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever do, and that, of course, was to camp all by myself! It turned out to be a great experience, despite feeling very nervous towards the idea. I never thought I would be able to do this, and yet I continue to surprise myself by pushing myself out of my comfort zone and having new experiences all the time.

During this trip, I kept a journal to keep track of my experiences, and I did happen to write about it during the night I was camping which I will share with you below!



July 20th, 2017

I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be doing what I am doing right now. It wasn’t even a thought in my mind because I never expected to be able to do this. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be brave enough to camp all by myself, yet here I am!

I am sure that it’s really not even that big of a deal for some people. Some people do this all the time without a second thought. But if you saw me a few years ago you’d understand why this is such a big deal for me.

Back then I was scared of most everything, including but not limited to picking up the phone to order delivery, (oh who am I kidding I am still scared to do that)

However, looking back on my growth, I am amazed at how far I have truly come. It’s actually making me realize more and more every day that I can do have or be absolutely anything I want. Anything at all.

So back to the point, I am currently solo camping for the very first time. I know! It’s such an incredible accomplishment for me!!! Granted it’s still the daytime, and I haven’t yet officially made it through the night, but heck I’ll be damned if I don’t. I know I can do this!

It’s about 7pm as I write this sitting outside in serene beauty overlooking beautiful picturesque mountains, I hear water flowing in the background and am half considering going down to the water later for a midnight swim to cool off. It’s been a very very hot day. Naturally, though, I felt pretty tired earlier from lack of sleep the night before due to eagerness and nervousness for this new adventure to start: my solo road trip throughout BC Canada. I always have trouble sleeping the night before an adventure, I am usually just too excited and full of anxiety which prevents me from sleeping.

I started my adventure in Revelstoke which is where I have been living for the past two months, and I made my way south to the ferry on my way to Nakusp where I set up camp for the night in the small towns campsite. The people who run the camp were incredibly nice and understanding and even allowed me to choose whichever site I wanted to set up my tent at. I picked one that was away from other people because I am somewhat of a lone wolf and like my privacy, especially since this is the first time in the past two months I have really been alone since I was living with roommates in Revelstoke.

Read about My experience living in Revelstoke B.C here

Tomorrow, I plan to head to Nelson for a day or two, then across BC to Osoyoos and then up to Kelowna for a day or two where I want to go on a wine tour and explore that area. Then up to Kamloops for a night, then back to Revelstoke. That’s my plan anyway, but the plan never plays out how I expect…

I decided to go on this road trip after quitting my job and not being clear on what I wanted to do next. I am sorta hoping it will open the next door to what I want to do next and show me a great path, but at the moment I feel slightly lost. My idea for this solo trip is to spend some time alone, reflecting and learning about myself, I have been around people consistently for 2 months straight now, and it is a nice but weird feeling to be completely alone again. Although it’s only day 1, I am already missing the company, but I know it’ll be fine eventually, I am a person that enjoys solitude after all.

I didn’t really plan accommodations for this trip either, I thought at first I could just sleep in my car, but due to it being in the high 30 degrees Celsius, and not cooling down much at night, I decided that would be a bad idea. So instead I decided on camping, which would probably be better anyways than sleeping in my car, so I found a campground and set up camp…

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I decided to try to nap this afternoon because well what else have I got to do? But that proved to be a dismal failure as I lay there dying of heat in my tent. I woke up covered in sweat, it wasn’t very nice.

I got up and made some dinner, some dip veggies, and a sandwich because I have yet to purchase a stove and there is a fire ban in effect for B.C right now due to all the forest fires going on… After dinner, I went for a nice walk into town which was conveniently close. I got some snacks and went to the water and sat there watching the sunset. It was absolutely beautiful… As nature always is. Nothing is ever imperfect in nature…

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When I got back to the campsite later that night, I wrote in my journal for awhile and enjoyed a few alcoholic beverages… To be fair, I think I would have had a lot more trouble with this whole solo camping thing without the alcohol, it has really helped put me at ease with this whole experience.

I didn’t have the greatest sleep in the world, which is expected when sleeping in a tent, but I woke up this morning feeling pretty darn good about myself! I had accomplished a goal of mine, and now I can cross it off both my main bucket list and my summer bucket list! Two birds one stone!

With that being said, now I am heading to Nelson, which is a town I have been dying to visit for a long time now because I hear it is a spiritual town! Exactly the stuff I am into! I have to go pack up my stuff, check out, and I will once again be on my merry way driving solo through the gorgeous mountains!

If you want to do something in life, just do it! Don’t wait for your friends to get the funds saved up, or the time off work to be able to join you, just go! Heck, I would still be waiting for my friends if that were the case, but a while ago I decided that I needed to start doing things on my own again, thus leading me to my very first solo trip!

It has been a process for sure, but now I feel confident to do pretty much everything on my own, I can eat at a restaurant, go on an airplane, go to the theater, and now I proved to myself that I can even camp by myself! It’s certainly an incredible experience to be able to push yourself out of that comfort zone and start doing the things you want to in life!

The more I do continue to push myself, the more I am beginning to realize how much I am capable of here in this life time. I am 26 right now, and with my whole life ahead of me, I am excited to see the person I become and what I am able to accomplish here on Earth. I continue each day to learn and grow, constantly striving to become better than the person I was yesterday, I am very grateful that I am able to have these experiences, and enjoy a full and rewarding life!

You cannot grow when you remain in your comfort zone, so I encourage you to step out and push yourself to do something you have always wanted to but never had the courage to do. The simple act alone of stepping out of safety with the courage to know you will be alright is a tremendous step in the right direction that will lead you down a path to your greatest version!

 



Other posts you might enjoy!

My experience living in Revelstoke B.C

My experience the first time I solo traveled

The Journey to Self-Discovery

At a crossroads in my life…

“When life hangs you at a cross-roads choose to follow love. Let the light in your heart guide you” 

There are times in our lives when we come to a crossroad, and we have to choose what path we want to go down without necessarily knowing where the path will end up. This decision will usually always be a major decision that will define the rest of our lives for us. This can often be a very confusing and tough time for us because we don’t want to choose to go down the wrong path, yet at the same time you can never make the wrong decision, it always works out in the end…


Once again, I have come to a crossroads in my life. I am not sure what path I want to take next as there are so many available to me… I have now done more this summer alone than I had in the last 5 summers combined and I feel very happy with that. This experience that I started back on May 23rd when I up and moved my life completely to Revelstoke BC has been nothing short of amazing… However due to extremely poor working conditions at my current job, I have decided to quit and go change my life once again, which is why I am at a cross roads.

You can read about the experience more here: Life update: I am moving to the Canadian Rockies in 10 days!!

(However I haven’t fully written about the experience I have had in Revelstoke because I am still in the middle of it, and I normally don’t write about experiences until they are over, so stay tuned for that!) 

I thrive on change, and I also know my worth. I made a decision many years ago that I would never work at a job that I hated or felt disrespected at, no matter how good the money was. A lot of people may think I am crazy, because quite often I will quit a job with absolutely no money in the bank and no other job lined up, but for me I say that just kicks my butt more into gear. I would choose to be happy and at peace with my life over having a big bank account any day of the week. Luckily for me I am learning with age and so this time when I quit my job I actually had some money saved up, so I feel a lot more secure now than I did the last time I did this sort of thing. I find that I am always okay in the end and that’s all that matters.

But anyways so right now, I have no job yet again, and I barely have a place to live due to the fact I am living in staff accommodation and I am still not sure what is going to happen now that I quit my job. They may come at any point and kick me out and then Ill be sleeping in my car, or in a tent in someones backyard, but I know whatever ends up happening will be a good story to blog about!!

I am in a transition phase right now, which means I am trying to decide what my next adventure will be… The thing with crossroads is when you choose a path, you say no to all the other paths, and you have to fully commit to the one you have chosen. You have no idea where you will end up when you do choose a path, and a lot of the time it can be pretty scary when you are making a big decision that changes your current life. I tend to do this fairly often now, because I do get bored sitting in one place for too long, and I really like change because I find as a person I grow so much during these periods. I also love to explore, so I am always traveling or adventuring or uprooting my whole life just to go find something better that will make me happier. I am definitely free spirited!

Its a pretty exciting way to live, and I highly recommend it!

As for this crossroads I am at, I don’t worry about choosing the wrong path at all, I know I will always make the right decision in the end and I never regret anything once I decide. Once I make a decision, I’m pretty firm on my decision. Which can also make me selfish.

The only thing I worry about is what will make me the happiest? As selfish as that sounds, I look out for me and only me, because when I am happy, I can make other people happy in return, and its as simple as that. That’s how one person can change the world.

I have a few ideas on what I would like to do over the next few months, and here they are listed below..

My options include:

  1. Going back home to Calgary to live and work once again.See this option would definitely be the safest option, and two years ago when I moved to Vancouver (read about that experience here) I ended up choosing to go back home after only two months. This time however, I don’t feel inclined to go home at all, and I know already that I want to stay here in the mountains, so I can rule this option out altogether. ***(update: its funny because I actually did end up coming back to Calgary after all! The party in BC ended, and so I decided this option would be the best one)
  2. Stay here in Revelstoke, find a new job and a new place to live. This is likely going to be what I push for the next month that I am here, and if it all works out, I will stay, but if not then I will take that as a sign from the universe telling me to get out of here… I feel somewhat inclined to stay because I have made friends here, and I feel I still have things to do here in Revelstoke, but at the same time I do still have an entire month here and I am not working anymore so I have all this free time to go explore and do what I need to do before I leave… ***(update: BC actually started burning down around me, it was kinda scary for me, so I did not choose this option)
  3. Pack my stuff and move to Nelson B.CI am feeling a strong pull towards Nelson recently, it would seem to me that it is exactly what I am looking for in a small town, being a spiritual community, coffee shop culture and eating out lifestyle, which makes my work as a server very compelling to go down to Nelson. This will likely be what I end up doing around the middle of the month of July if I am not finding what I want here in Revelstoke. Only time will tell I guess!  I will likely be taking a day trip out there sometime this week to see Nelson since I have never even been there, and if all goes as planned, and I fall in love with it like I expect, I will move there. Moving for me is not hard since I have very little stuff to take anyways.***(update: I did take a drive to Nelson on my road trip through BC, and while I did really love Nelson BC, it just wasn’t where I needed to be. I needed to go home)

There are other options I have, all of which are even crazier and even more life changing than the 3 mentioned above, one of which includes me moving back to Vancouver, which I know would be just the worst idea ever… I feel like I am here now and doing what I need to do, I am back to writing again because that wont leave my thoughts no matter how hard I try to keep busy and distract myself, it just isn’t going away, so I may as well try to design a life that allows me to continue to write everyday with joy and excitement, and not seeing it as a chore I have to do after a long day at work.

I moved out to Revelstoke 43 days ago now, and it is an incredible lifestyle I am living, I feel like I am on permanent vacation and it truly is a life I don’t need a break from, however my job was draining me and causing much unnecessary stress so I have made the decision to quit. I will definitely write about my experience working at Denny’s in the next couple of weeks here, because it truly will be a good and hilarious post…

I have much to write about still, and I plan to set a few hours each morning to do so. There is definitely something intriguing to me about waking up in the morning, brewing a pot of coffee, and sitting outside with my laptop to write stories on my blog. This makes me excited to get up everyday, knowing I have something to do that is launching me forward in life!

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Life Update: One month in Revelstoke!

It has now marked officially 30 days that I have been here in Revelstoke. As I write this I look outside my window at a beautiful mountain scene. It sure has been an incredible experience so far. I have been keeping a diary of my day to day adventures, and it blows me away when I look at how much I have already done in such a short period of time! It seems like every three days I am embarking on a brand new adventure. From road trips to camping to crazy adrenaline pumping activities, the opportunities here are endless.

Summer has just officially started, and I feel like I have already had so much fun that for me it feels like the end of summer, not the start. I feel like I am here on vacation permanently and I have successfully created a life that I don’t need a vacation from. It feels like my life is just full of amazing adventures right now and I am learning more and more each and every day to be happy in the moment.

We also got a new roommate the other day, and I believe she was the answer to my prayers because I really wanted someone that was on a spiritual path in life. Coming here it was my main focus, and  I feel like I haven’t been progressing overly quick here, and that was really beginning to bother me. So now that she has arrived, I have already noticed I am progressing again and focusing on self-improvement again.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have been keeping my connection pretty strong to God, source, universe, whatever it is you want to call it, over the past month. But I felt like I hadn’t been doing as well as I would have liked, but that also could just be me being hard on myself. I was getting a little bit down actually because I am not overly enjoying my job, but I know it is just temporary anyway and I am only there for a few more months, so I can put up with it for now.

Anyways, so Revelstoke is amazing, it is absolutely gorgeous here and I just can’t get enough of the beauty. It blows me away to put it simply. I am going to spend the summer going out and exploring as much of it as I can because there are so many amazing sites to be seen. These two views are literally 2 minutes away from my apartment!

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I literally feel like a kid again when I am riding my bike! 


We went on a road trip last week, my one Roommate and I to Jasper Alberta, and now I definitely feel like I can cross Alberta off because Jasper was the last place that I really wanted to see.

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Pictures from a road trip to Jasper Alberta


But what I really need to do is just continue living in the moment and going with the flow, as that is when and where the magic seems to happen. I sometimes forget this and then I get absorbed with thinking about what I want to do in the future so much that I forget to enjoy the present moment.

Every time I manifest something in my life, such as the camping trip I went on the other day, I just stand there and I am simply amazed that this was something I had asked to happen, and now it is happening. I stood overlooking this beautiful river that we were camping beside and watched the water flowing by and I was fully present in the moment. I feel like everything that I think about or ask for eventually happens, and well that is how I have come to understand the power of the universe working alongside with the law of attraction.

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It is really crazy how that works, I simply wrote out a bucket list a few months ago, and now it seems like I am continuously crossing things off of it at lightning speed. I think that I am able to do this because when I think about something happening, I genuinely believe that when the time is right it will happen, it cannot not happen… And I believe this 100% without a doubt in my mind.

I imagine myself one day in the future writing my blog and traveling the world financially free, never having to work a job again or worry about money… That is my ultimate dream… I know without a doubt that eventually will happen, it can’t not happen in my life because I have such strong faith and belief that it will, I am just not sure when it will become my reality, hopefully, sooner than I expect!!

This is seriously a crazy life, and a crazy experience, and nothing at all is impossible I have come to learn throughout my experience here. It will definitely be very interesting to see what happens next in my life as I’ve come to realize that anything can happen, and usually it is even better than I expect in the first place. The universe always is working in my highest favor, and even now when “bad” stuff is happening, I realize that it will all work out for the best in the end.

Right now, I know that I need to start surrounding myself with spiritual people because I know that the power of association is extremely important, and since Revelstoke is a party town, I definitely don’t want to get absorbed in that crowd. I have to be very very cautious with the type of people I surround myself with as it usually is the type of person you end up becoming. I really don’t think I will at this point since I have already been approached to join that party scene and I have rejected it down right. It just isn’t my scene anymore, I don’t like being drunk, or hungover the next day, and apart from weed, I am not interested in doing any other drugs whatsoever so I avoid the party scene like the plague.

Anyways, I have to get ready now for my next adventure! My life seems to never rest, every day has the potential to be something phenomenal and I never know what it is going to bring! I am so grateful for the choice I made a few years ago to change my life and improve myself. I don’t know where I would be had I never made that decision, I would likely still be sad, depressed and hopeless for my life, but now it is the opposite, I am happy, positive and full of potential. There is no telling what will happen next!

My blog is my outlet to document my journey, and possibly inspire others to going after their own dreams and goals. If I can continue writing about my journey to the life of my dreams, it in return might help someone have the courage to go after their own. If you have ever seen someone online living their dream life and wondered well that’s all fine and dandy, but how exactly did they get there? They didn’t just wake up one day living their dream lives, they worked for it, and that’s what I am in the progress of doing now, working towards the life of my dreams, and I am here to write about every step of the way. Onward and upwards!

The biggest adventure you will ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
-Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 

Life Update: My first few days in Revelstoke B.C

So I have officially made it to Revelstoke and settled in, and like holy crow has is ever been an amazing adventure so far!! As I write this, I am sitting outside on my little patio enjoying the sun while I stare at a gorgeous mountain view. It is breathtaking to say the least…

Here’s the view from the apartment I live: Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous!?!?

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The first day was kinda strange, and I was pretty tempted to leave and go back home on the very first night… I had arrived around 7 pm and was told to go to the place I am working so that the manager could bring me to my new home. As part of the employment agreement, we are given free housing as a very positive perk in order to encourage us to pack our bags and travel across the country, but it is the employers choice where they want to house us, and for the most part we are stuck for 6 months with whatever they want to give us, which can be pretty nerve racking when you first arrive…

I don’t think any amount of preparation could have prepared me for what I was about to walk into the night I arrived because it was not even close to what I was expecting. Granted I had already gone into this with very low expectations, they were definitely not met on my first night, which is why I almost left.

So I arrived here at 7 pm that night and went over to the Denny’s which is where I will be working for the next 5 months, and I go in feeling pretty anxious about the whole situation because I am about to be taken to my new home and meet my new roommates. So naturally, I felt a little panicked and apprehensive.

I sit there in the lobby for about 30 minutes waiting for the manager before finally saying I will come back later because a tour bus had just shown up, and it was just too busy for the manager to take off for a few minutes to show me to my place. So I just went back to my car and went and drove around the town I would be calling home for awhile.

It is a beautiful town… The mountains are absolutely gorgeous and a huge river runs right past the small town of just over 7000 people. I could hardly wait for a nice day to go do some exploring because that first night it was cold and rainy, so I opted to just drive around town and explore that way. after 30 mins, I decided to go back to the Denny’s because all I want to do is go see my new place and meet my roommates and finally get this whole thing over and done with so I can start settling in and unpacking and what not.

After 30 mins, I decided to go back to the Denny’s because all I wanted to do is go see my new place and meet my roommates and finally get this whole thing over and done with so I can start settling in and unpacking and what not.

So by this point, it has slowed down enough so he takes me to the apartment and he’s saying how its 4 people there, but one is leaving in about two days, and there are “kids” living with us… My first thought is “what the fuck… Kids??? what is he talking about, why are there kids here!?” The program mentioned absolutely nothing about being allowed to bring your kids with you, also why is someone leaving already!? That is not a good sign at all, the program just started at the start of May!

So we pull up, and he literally waved at a 6-year-old child standing on one of the balconies, and I am freaking out at this point. They never said anything about kids! I don’t do well with children, I can’t live with them… WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INOT!?!?

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO!?!?

So we walk up and knock on the door, and this about 20-year-old girl answers, and we both kinda exchange looks, and it becomes pretty clear that she isn’t impressed with this place either. So I start looking around at this shit hole of an apartment, scanning the floor for children shoes. I don’t see any, so I feel slight relief, but as I continue to observe my surroundings it becomes clear that this new home of mine is not going to be very pleasant.. Granted I wasn’t expecting much, this doesn’t seem to be living up to even my lowest expectations. The place smelled like cat piss and cigarettes, and it was very clear that no one had cleaned in a very long time…

The manager and this girl are talking about something I am not paying much attention too. So he gets ready to leave and I ask for a key, and he says he doesn’t have one for me…

Wait… WHAT? Why don’t I get a damn key!? Is that not a requirement… How will I get into my place without a key!?

Then he leaves, and I am left with alone with my new roommate, and the first thing she says is:

“You think this place is shit don’t you?”

I am relieved to hear that it isn’t just me thinking that. So we start talking about the whole thing, and I realize that we are living in a place with non-mobilizers, (aka people not in the same program as me) which I find uncomfortable. My first impression of this place was, I don’t want to be here, I should just leave now, fuck this.

It is a 2 bedroom house, with 5 people living in it. One like 60 year old dude sleeps on the couch and two young 18-year-old boys who have never been away from mom before are sharing a room, which leaves me and this other girl sharing the other room. I am happy and relieved that she is pretty cool, and not crazy or mean but at the same time, I’ve never shared a room with anyone before, so this will definitely be quite the challenge for me.

We had a decent first night, and went over to the liquor store and got some beers and just hung around chatting about stuff. The old guy came home around 11 pm, and he was a strange fella, he reeked of weed and wasn’t very clear with his words, he kept talking about his mother, and my only thought was how old is she!? I ended up drinking quite a few beers, mostly because I was super anxious and it was calming me down and putting me at ease.

We went to bed around 1 am, and right before I passed out due to the alcohol I remember thinking,

“Welcome to your new life… What on earth have I done!?”



I woke up the next morning to the sound of pouring rain and a pretty bad headache. Great I thought, a perfect way to start off my time here. As I lay in bed that morning trying to cope with what I had gotten myself into, I realized that I slept in the nasty bedding they provided me that smelled like mildew or mold or something very unpleasant… I brought my own bedding but in my desire to drink the night before I forgot all about changing it. My roommate and I went out for breakfast together at this adorable little cafe in downtown Revelstoke and then wandered the town for a little while. Eventually, she had to go for a tattoo appointment so I was given the chance to do some exploring of my own.

My roommate and I went out for breakfast together at this adorable little cafe in downtown Revelstoke and then wandered the town for a little while. Eventually, she had to go for a tattoo appointment so I was given the chance to do some exploring of my own. It was kinda cloudy and cold that day, but I still managed to get a cool picture of the river that runs right through the town.

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I decided that I really wanted to go swimming at the leisure center, so I went back to the apartment hoping someone would be home so I could get my stuff, cause remember I never received a key…

Luckily someone was home, so I got my stuff and made my way to the pool. It only cost $6 to go in, and I swam for over an hour and hung out in a beautiful hot tub over looking the beautiful mountains. It was a really nice pool complete with one of those crazy river’s, and a waterslide, which I believed was closed for maintenance so I didn’t go on.

When I got back to the apartment I found my roommate locked outside of our place because she also doesn’t have a key. So we had to get the super intendent lady, who was actually pretty pissed off about our living situation and she ended up bringing us to a new apartment which is where we will be staying for the duration now. We walked in and it was immediately 100% better than the place we were currently staying. She said she would let our manager know that this was our new home and told us to move our stuff in tonight.

We didn’t waste a moment and got right to it. We both hadn’t unpacked as we both knew this was new place was expected eventually anyways so the move between rooms only took about 30 minutes. We both got our own rooms for the time being as the other mobilizers have not arrived yet, so it’s pretty great. The view from my bedroom window is absolutely gorgeous.

That night we went to a cool bar for dinner and made some plans for the next day as we were both off. We both want to do lots of fun stuff which I am super excited about. We decided that we would go check out the Revelstoke pipe coaster the next day.

So on Thursday, May 25th we woke up and got ready for what would become the most adventure filled day I think I have had to date. First, we went to the pipe coaster like we talked about, bought our tickets and went on a nice gondola ride up the side of the mountain. We got to the top and took a few pictures before heading over to the coaster. The coaster ended up being really fun, as you go down the mountain in this little cart that is attached to a steel pipe. It lasts about 3 minutes, and you are in control of how fast/slow you go. You are also greeted with amazing views of the mountains.

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IMG_3276.JPGMountain Pipe Coaster: Revelstoke

That didn’t take as long as we expected it to take, and it was only 12 pm at this point, so we started to think about what else we could do. She suggested we go to the sky adventure park which I thought was an amazing idea, so we set off to our next adventure!!

We arrived around 2 pm after stopping at the grocery store for some snacks for the day. We went all through the enchanted forest, which is super cute and also has B.C’s tallest tree house which we, of course, climbed up. The walk is filled with many fairy tale characters and tiny little cabins and homes that you can explore. It took us about 30 minutes to do the whole course.

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The three little pigs! 

From there, we made our way to the sky adventure park and decided to do the aerial trekking course, which is this crazy high tree obstacle course, designed to test your mental and physical abilities. Tightropes and wooden beams placed high off the ground test your agility and balance, not to mention your fear of heights. Several zip lines throughout the course as well which give you a little fun break from the physical endurance that the rest of the course brings you.

I surprised myself completely with how well I did. Usually, with those types of things, I start freaking out, especially with heights, and I start shaking like a leaf… But this time I was able to remain in control of myself and didn’t let my thoughts of how scary this was overtaken me although there were several times where I had to stop and gather myself, I was for the most part very calm and confident throughout the course.

One of the final obstacles I went on were these 4 swinging logs suspended by ropes high off the ground that you had to side step to get across. I came up to it, and I looked down to the guide down below and said,

“I can’t do this one”

He responded with “yes you can, you got this.”

Whenever I find myself saying I cant do something, I actually ponder the reason as to why I said that which has been an extremely powerful thing to do. A lot of the time when I say that I can’t do something, I end up saying yes you can! And I proceed to do it.

Which ended up being the case with the log obstacle course. I ended up doing it quite flawlessly after all, and felt pretty proud of myself after.

The course is divided into three parts, Green (easy) Blue (intermediate) and Black (Difficult) I ended up doing both green and blue courses, before I decided to bow out right before the black course started. The thing is once you start a course, there are only 1-2 exits within it, and since you are high in the trees you are kinda stuck once you start.

My roommate being as fearless as she is, decided to do the difficult course, and even she was struggling near the end, finding the course extremely challenging. At the very end they have what is called the “leap of faith” which you basically jump off a platform while attached to an auto belay. I think she sat up there for a good 10 minutes before she finally jumped off. It looked easy from where I was standing at the bottom, but I am sure it was terrifying from way up top.

After that, we weren’t even done yet, we still had one more thing to do, which was the SKY SWING!!!

Again I surprised myself with how calm I remained during the entire experience. I knew this was going to make my heart race, as this had to be the most extreme thing I have ever done. We went over to the area the swing was at and waited our turn. They took us in and brought us over to this extremely high swing, 15 meters I believe it was off the ground.

We got all harnessed up, and securely fasted onto this two person swing, then they proceeded to pull our swing back as high as it could go. I used to be deathly afraid of heights, but I guess somewhere along the way I lost that because I looked fearlessly down towards the ground. Yes I was scared, but I knew it would be a great experience so that made it all okay.

They started counting down from 3, 2 and my roommate yells stop counting! So they stop thinking something is wrong. Shes like “just dont count, just let us go whenever, counting makes it worse”

So the guy (following the rules) begins counting down from 10 but not in order, so he goes 10, 8, 6, 9, 7, 3 and then he stops and we wait what seemed like another 10 seconds before they finally let us go, and we go swinging through the trees.

I am screaming on the way up and the way down, but my roommate sits beside me not screaming at all, and I am like “WHY AREN’T YOU SCREAMING!???!!!”

She is like “because I like it!!!”

After the initial terror, the swing becomes extremely enjoyable, and I just am thinking “I love life, this is absolutely amazing!”

It has only been a few days since I arrived here in Revelstoke, and already I can tell this is going to be the most incredible experience ever. I look forward to see what the next few months will bring for me! Life is a pretty wild adventure indeed, and I want to share my positive stories of overcoming challenges and facing your fears with others to push others to do the same.

I think I am going to like it here!

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Summer 2017 Bucket List

So although I already have my main Bucket list,  I figured I should make a list of all the things I want to do this summer due to the fact that I am living in an adventure playground (Revelstoke British Columbia) for the next 6 months!!!

So without further ado, here’s the list of things I will cross off this summer!

Summer 2017 list

Update- My experience living in Revelstoke B.C

Meet amazing friends to hang out and do awesome things with! 😀
Go hiking on a weekly basis
Start doing yoga outdoors
Go camping in the back country   :June 17th 2017
Go camping in a campground: Nakusp July 22nd
Spend countless days on the beach soaking up the sun
Spend the night in a cool Airbnb
Go on a short road trip around B.C
Take a bus for a fun day at the beach
Go on a wine tour in the Okanagan
Sleep under the stars
Go berry picking
Go to Jasper Alberta
Spend the night in a bed and breakfast
Go horseback riding
Go kayaking
Go paddle boarding  :June 28th
Learn how to mountain bike
Ride up the Gondola and sight see: $45 Revelstoke mountain resort
Go on the Revelstoke roller-coaster: $25 The pipe mountain coaster
Go whitewater rafting- $100: Apex Rafting
Go Skydiving!! -$250: Skydive Salmon Arm 
Go zip lining- $45 Skytrek Adventure Park
Go on the sky swing- $25 Skytrek Adventure Park
Go Tandem Paragliding- $220 Revelstoke Paragliding

Life update: I am moving to the Canadian Rockies in 10 days!!

The previous post was written on: Monday, May 8th- Life update: The universe is so incredible! 

I go on a bit of a rant about how awesome life is, and how excited I am for this amazing opportunity that I had just discovered!   



Written on: Friday, May 12th, 2017

So in 10 days, I am moving to the beautiful mountain town of Revelstoke British Columbia! Mainly known for an amazing winter ski resort, it is also a summer destination surrounded by several lakes, rivers, and countless hiking trails. I will be moving and be living there for the next 6 months, which is mind boggling since I have no money in my bank right now. Moving away like this should be impossible for me to do, but yet again I have found a way.  I never in my wildest dreams could have even imagined this up, which is why I am pinching myself to make sure this isn’t a dream…

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View of Revelstoke in British Columbia, Canada
View of Revelstoke and the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, Canada  (Note: Pictures not taken by me) 

I will give you a little back story because it is pretty crazy what happened…

So less than two weeks ago on April 29th I hit a rock bottom, I had no job, was broker than I had ever been in my life, I was living off the cheapest food I could think of, being peanut butter and honey wraps (cost me about 0.50 cents each), and I literally sat around for the entire month of April because I couldn’t afford gas to go out, and I basically spent the time dreaming of the day I could get out of Calgary and go travel and see the world.

So I said to the universe,  “Get me out of Calgary as soon as possible.”

There was absolutely no way I could foresee any way I would be able to leave Calgary anytime soon, what with having literally $33 in my bank account, but I asked anyways and truly believed that it would happen eventually, I just figured oh you know like 6 months down the road or something. I trust in the timing of everything 100%. So I asked for it, and then I let it go.

However, if there is something I have learned from using the law of attraction for many years now is that when you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. The universe will bring a person or event into your life that will move you towards your ultimate goal. Which for me, is to travel. I want to see the world.

So a few days after I asked the universe to get me out as soon as possible, is when I discovered Mobilize jobs… Which is by far the coolest thing I have ever seen. It was like this program was seriously made for me… I don’t even know how to explain it other than it is freaking incredible!

Basically, this program is designed to help young Canadians find a full-time stable job for 6 months to a year (or more if you wish) at a resort town in Canada for the busy season whether that be summer in lake towns or winter in ski towns. I guess employers have a hard time finding and keeping staff for their busy time of year, so that is where this program comes in and sets them up with motivated and eager to work young Canadians.

So mobilize sends you somewhere amazing in Canada for the adventure of a lifetime, and you get to meet amazing people that are also in the program, they set you up with a full-time job before you go and also did I mention you get free housing?? Yes I know, I can’t quite believe it either, I am still waiting for the catch, which I don’t think I will find at this point in my process… Like holy smokes! This is incredible!

Upon discovering the program originally back on May 1st, I ended up waiting 4 long days before I finally sent in my application. I mainly waited that long because I watched an information session which answered a lot of questions about the program, but also in the video, he said once you apply be prepared for it to move pretty fast, like be prepared to be leaving within 10 days…

By chance, it did happen to be the 1st of the month, so I made the decision that same night that I would definitely try to get into this program, so I emailed my landlord and told him I would be gone by June 1st. (Luckily I don’t sign leases and do month to month so this was not a problem)

I spent the next 4 days thinking it over and making sure this was something I definitely wanted to do because I do tend to make fairly hasty decisions sometimes, like when I decided to move to Vancouver.  I started to slowly pack knowing that once I did apply I would be leaving pretty fast. It was a very long 4 days though, and I kept getting worried that I might be waiting too long and they might not need anyone anymore when I did decide to apply…

So on Friday, May 5th, I sent in my application at like 4.30pm not realizing the staff had probably gone home for the weekend already, so then I waited with anticipation for the entire weekend to end and for Monday to roll around when I would hear back from them. I was slightly worried though because I didn’t want to get too excited yet until I heard back at least, so I was sitting on pins and needles all weekend.

But sure enough, Monday morning I received an email first thing in the morning setting up a time for a skype interview, which I quickly accepted with excitement. I have never been so happy on a Monday as I was on this one, I was freaking out!

The very next day, I had probably the most important (skype) interview of my life, but it ended up going really quite well and I got a conditional offer right on the spot! I was even given my location which will be Revelstoke British Columbia, which is amazing, and I won’t be terribly far from home (it’s a 4.5-hour drive to Calgary)

Plus I was also told what I will be doing for work, which I was happy to hear I will be serving at the Denny’s there, which is great because I know that Dennys is very busy being right on the trans Canada highway, which means I will make good money as a server, plus I really enjoy serving breakfast as I’ve been doing it for over 5  years now!

I was told from there to go celebrate because things were going to move pretty quick, which it certainly has been, luckily I was prepared for that after watching that initial information video. (To celebrate I danced around my room for several minutes and then proceeded to text as many people as I could with the amazing news, I was beaming!)

So all week now, I have been running around a lot, and getting everything sorted out because they want me to leave on, May 23rd, which was only two weeks from the day I had my interview

So I have been freaking busy! Apart from actually packing my stuff and getting all my ducks in a row for this program, (filling out paperwork and doing the online training) I am also spending some time just mentally preparing for what is ahead.

I learned this was very important to do when  I moved to Downtown Vancouver. Because I failed to spend a single moment before that move actually preparing myself mentally and I ended up paying for it later. I became very sad and lonely when I lived in Vancouver, which inevitably brought me home early from my adventure, pretty shaken up by it all. I remember thinking I was going to die and I was having massive panic attacks because of it.

Anyways, I guess the number one reason people leave this program is due to homesickness, which makes total sense, to be honest. Sure it’s all rainbows and sunshine for the first few weeks, but eventually, once that begins to wear off, and people sink into their normal routines and they start getting sad and lonely and missing their friends and family back home, which in turn might make them pack up and head back home early.

For me though, I already know what that is like, I’ve been through this before, so I know this time it will be different. I am more prepared this time… I hope. I kinda have a challenge though that I have given myself, which is I want to leave on May 16th, 2017 and be away from my hometown (Calgary) for as long as I possibly can.

I am thinking of being gone for several years here… That is my dream anyway…
To travel the world for as long as my heart desires, going wherever the wind takes me, but also not having to concern myself over the money aspect of travel, I would like to make my money anywhere in the world using my computer so I would be like a digital nomad!

Yes, I am a little nervous, and sure I will definitely still have days where I wish I was back in my hometown of Calgary, but because this time I am much more mentally strong than I was in the past, also, I have developed spiritually over the past year quite a lot, (aka why I freaking love the universe, and I love myself MWAHHH) I know this time I will be alright, and I will make it through.

This program is a 6 month to a year long, and you are welcome to stay for longer if you wish, or you can leave after 6 months and go do something else, it is totally up to you. This is commitment-free, which is primarily what I like about it. personally, I cannot commit to anything at all that tells me I have to do something for longer than 6 months, it just freaks me out way too much. Like I can’t even sign a yearly lease because my life can change way too much in a year for me to take on a commitment like that.

Like when I look at even the past 4 months from January to April 2017, I am blown away by how much I have accomplished, and I wasn’t even really trying. I was actually unemployed and sitting around for the entire month of April, but I have still done more in those months than a lot of people do in a year.

From January 1st- May 1st

-I quit the Amway business (I am writing a post on that lol)
-I went on a solo trip to California for my 26th birthday
-I started going to Canmore/Banff on my days off
-I started seeing someone who lived in Banff
-He taught me how to ski quite well 🙂
-I quit my job I worked at for 4.5 years
-We went to Fernie for 3 days together
-We broke up after seeing each other for 1.5 months
-I became extremely broke because of no work
-I sat around all of April, getting to know myself better and living off peanut butter & honey wraps because I couldn’t afford much food…
-I started this blog because it was always on the back of my mind, and I realized how much I loved to write
-I started writing a novel which I will continuously work on
-I hit rock bottom on Saturday, April 29th
-On May 1st I discovered the mobilize program!

So I tell you this, not to be like “hey look at how awesome my life is!!” No no no, none of that. I just want to show you that you, yes youcan do a lot of stuff too in a few months.

“We tend to overestimate how much we can accomplish in a day, and underestimate how much we can accomplish in a year”

A year is seriously a long time, and we can all do so much. That’s when our human potential kicks in, and we start realizing how much we are truly capable of. Just look back on your own life, and see how much you’ve accomplished over the past 6 months or a year even. You will most likely be shocked!

I am definitely a free spirit, and I understand that some people aren’t like that. See my life is pretty fun and exciting, but it is also extremely uncertain. I have absolutely NOT A SINGLE CLUE where I will be this time next year. I couldn’t even guess anymore because it seems like every time I try to even slightly plan out my life, something happens that steers it completely into another direction, but it always turns out far better than I could have ever expected, so that’s amazing!

Though for some people, they like structure, and security, and knowing exactly where they will be and what they will be doing one year from now. But for me, I am not like that at all. That actually is what terrifies me the most… Knowing exactly where and what I’ll be doing a full year from today.

Now you don’t have to pack up your stuff in a suitcase and go live in a new town like I am doing, to live a great life. You need to find whatever makes you happy and never ever stop pursuing that. I wrote a post about Why I plan to go after my dreams, and you should too! which is pretty crazy because I wrote that a couple weeks before I found this program, and now it seems like my dreams are actually coming true as I write about it. In a few weeks, I will be one step closer to living the life of my dreams… You just need to get extremely clear on what you truly want in life. Don’t settle for anything less than you know you deserve. And don’t quit, keep trying, even when the odds seem against you.

Life is what you make of it. It can either be something you take full charge of and turn it into one hell of an amazing ride, or it could end up slipping through your fingers faster than you could ever imagine… The choice is yours to make. (hint go with option A, it’s so much better!!)


So anyways I feel like I got off track there, but it kinda works for the point of my post anyways. I am a free spirit!

I am also moving in 10 DAYS! OMG OMG OMG. I will write here on my blog about my journey and adventures, as that is kinda what my blog is for. It’s become my way of keeping tabs on life, allowing me to trace back to events that happened, as well as I love to share my stories with others!

I feel like I have many stories to share, and this is just the beginning. This blog is currently just over 1 month old, and I have fallen in love with it. Even if I can just inspire one other person to go after their dreams, that is really all that matters to me. I hope by sharing my own journey of going after my dream life, it will make you realize that you can go after yours!

I am super excited to see what the next 6 months will bring for me living in the small town of Revelstoke! I really hope that I can cross several things off My Bucket List specifically some of the adventure type things…

I definitely want to do lots of hiking and camping, as well as I have a pretty strong desire to go SKYDIVING!!!!! So let’s make it happen universe :p

Here is my Summer 2017 Bucket List

The mountains are calling and I must go -John Muir

 

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