Next Adventure: South East Asia- Feb. 12th-??

I have a pretty bad case of wanderlust, and I think a lot of my generation (millennials) also has it, considering all the people who are out there in the world traveling, full time, without a typical 9-5 job. Working instead from their laptops, poolside on a beach in Phuket. Sounds like the ultimate dream doesn’t it?

We get a lot of rap from the older generations, but honestly, we know one thing, and that’s how to live the good life… We want to have fun, and enjoy our time here, and of course, we seek to find ourselves at the same time...

Wanderlust got me as a young child and has been with me ever since, and I highly doubt it will ever go away. Human beings are explorers, we want to explore and discover the world(s) around us, and throughout that process, we get to discover ourselves.

Wanderlust- a desire to travel and to understand one’s very existence. 

It’s only the beginning of the New Year 2018, and I can already sense an adventure is brewing, I see it on the horizon, it’s on its way! It’s an adventure that I have wanted to do now for a very long time, and it would be to solo travel to South East Asia for 1-2 months. It has been a dream of mine ever since I really started to recognize that I wanted to travel, so for about 9 years now, since I turned 18.

I have known for a very long time that I wanted to travel since I was a child, but when I was a child it was more of a fantasy, imagination thing, because of course way back then there was no possible way for me to travel, so I imagined it in my mind.

I am turning 27 this February, and I cant think of a better time to go, I will buy myself this trip for my Birthday, and head out the day after for the adventure of a lifetime!

Seeing this adventure from some points of view I would be crazy to go travel right now, especially as a solo female traveler, to a  different country, with the world in its seemingly terrible state, as the news would present… But that doesn’t scare me, fear only gets power if you give it power over your life, and there really is nothing to fear at all. I believe that humanity is genuinely good, and I do have protection against negative energy anyways.

I have my guardian angels looking out for me. Sure bad stuff might happen, but its how I handle it in the moment that causes me to grow anyways. If I handle it poorly, I learn from the mistake for next time. If I handle the situation well, I reflect back on what I could have done better. So it’s really a win-win no matter what happens, nothing truly bad can happen.

Yes, of course, I will probably go through a period of doubt, and anxiety wondering to myself what the hell have I gotten myself into? I can see myself on the airplane freaking out about what I am about to throw myself into.

I am flying to a completely different world basically, with a whole new language, culture, beliefs, society. I have never done such a trip in my life! It will push me so far out of my comfort zone it’s not even going to be funny. But I do intend to try my very best to write about my experiences. It’s going to be a 1-2 month trip, and I am not planning anything other than my first flight, so it’s going to be pretty interesting what takes place.

I have been preparing for this trip for years now, knowing very well that the day would one day arrive when all would line up for me to actually go. That’s where my life is right now, everything is lining up, and not to mention this is the first time I have actually felt ready and capable to go on such a trip. I had a lot of growing to do over the past years, because I had so much anxiety, depression, weight issues, and I also knew deep down there was no way I could have taken this trip a few years ago, but its my dream in life, so I worked on myself keeping that dream at the forefront of everything I did.

I see these experiences I get to have in life as great opportunities for growth, which is my soul purpose here regardless. I also believe that everything happens for a reason, even the bad stuff, I can always see the silver lining in everything I do.

Travelling for me has always been the dream for me. I’ve spent countless hours daydreaming of the day when I would be on a one way flight to some foreign country I’ve never been too. I want to see the world, I even got a little airplane on my wrist to remind me of this in case I get distracted by life, it always reminds me of my number one dream.

Everything I have been doing for years now has always had this vision in mind. I would be sweating my ass off at the gym on the stair master, but in my mind, I was actually climbing the stairway to heaven. I definitely believe that I visualized this dream into my reality, for another way to look at it, I created it, because after all, our thoughts create our realities. I am a true believer that we manifest our realities, and I also know that manifestation is now speeding up in the year 2018, so we can expect great changes to be coming!

I’ve always imagined going alone, at least for the first part. Who knows who I could meet along the journey. But I want to start off solo, its something I need to do on my own. Its great for self-improvement too, solo travel. I have no doubt that I will grow in profound ways during this trip.

Read: My experience the first time I solo traveled

Nothing is set in stone yet, I don’t have anything booked, and I probably won’t book anything other than the cheapest one way flight I can get to that area of the world. Once I am there, I go with the flow. Some of the best trips I have ever had were ones that I didn’t plan and just went where the wind took me.

It’s hard because I love to plan, and I want to plan where I will stay each night of the trip, and where I will go. But it never, and I mean never works out for me that way. So it would be silly for me to plan this again knowing that it’s not going to work out, and I will likely just waste money doing so.

Before I do go there’s still a few things I have to do. I must get my passport up to date, apply for any visas needed, save money, get vaccinations, and buy travelers insurance. Oh and make sure all my payments are up to date so I don’t need to worry about any of that during my trip…

It seems that the timing of this trip to happen is perfect too, which is whats pushing me to really follow through on this trip this time. I had tried to take a trip like this or similar in the past, but my courage wasn’t there yet. I simply wasn’t ready yet, I had a lot of fear still. So I had to start with smaller trips to build up that belief in myself, and now that I have done that, I think I am ready for the big trip. The trip I have been thinking about for many years since I was 20 years old!

All I will bring is my backpacking backpack, and just a few things inside. I have gotten good at packing only the basics when traveling now, it’s crazy how much stuff we think we need when we live in a permanent place. I have moved a lot over the past few years, and every time I get rid of more and more stuff, and it’s mindboggling!! I will pretty much become a minimalist once I pack for this trip, and get rid of another large chunk of my stuff…

So I don’t really need much stuff, plus I can buy things I need there. So I will try my best to pack as lightly as possible. I will sleep in hostels and cheap Airbnb which are great for someone like me that needs to be alone often and doesn’t want to spend the entire time in hostels. I want to stay in hostels sometimes thought to meet fellow travelers, but I know there will be days when I just need to be alone! I am kind of a loner… Or I like to call it Hermit, I think I would be just fine in a silent ashram for a while, which actually be something else I do if and when the opportunity comes up, but I am not planning this trip!

I have no idea what will happen, and that is part of the excitement! The world is my oyster, and I intend to keep a full account of my adventures!

2018 is going to be a fantastic year, I can already tell and it’s only just begun!

With love and light
Lindzay


Other posts you might enjoy:

How to overcome Self-doubt

The Journey to Self-Discovery

Travel Posts

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!?!?

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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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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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Life update: The universe is so incredible!

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” 
-Paulo Coelho

 

So my life is seriously crazy right now… I am finding it hard to write because I honestly don’t even know what to say right now. That’s how amazed I am by what’s been happening in my life…

I will give you some background information before I tell you what is going on…

So about 2 months ago now, I quit my job because enough was enough, I was bored there and just pissed off by the way I was being treated… So one day when I was extremely sick at work, I was getting yelled at for leaving 1 single jam caddy on the table, and I just decided today was the day to quit. This rather hasty decision, (which I don’t regret at all btw)  led me to two months of unemployment where I sat around all day living off peanut butter and honey wraps because I couldn’t afford much else.

I literally became broker than I had been since I first started working 11 years ago. What the hell was I going to do!! I easily could have sunk down into a depression-like state, but I also trust the universe in what it is doing and knew that everything would turn out for me in the end. At this point, I just didn’t know why all this bad stuff was happening to me, it just was.

So anyways, during this month of unemployment, I finally decided to start this blog, so that’s what I started spending my time on. I started this blog at the start of April 2017 and I would sit and write for hours every night. I literally have 35 drafts going that I promise I will finish and post one day.

Starting a blog has always been in the back of my mind, but I just never could get over myself and actually sit down and write about myself. I used to care far too much what people thought about me, and the thought of writing about my stories, terrified me, so I never did it. But finally I did it, and I haven’t regretted doing so yet, so that’s great! It has actually helped me a lot with my own understanding of my life and how everything is connected and the beauty of it all.

But anyways, so one day I created My Bucket List which was something I always wanted, and I had created several lists in my life all in various journals, but this time I posted it on the internet for everyone to see, which would, in turn, hold me accountable to actually follow through on some of these goals I put down for myself. (It seems to be working so far btw)

My main focus in life is to travel, which is all I really want to do, and I get very restless whenever I am stuck in Calgary for too long. I was actually getting incredibly bummed out because the thought of me spending another summer here working my ass off to try to save as much money as I could so hopefully I could go travel in the fall was actually making me sad. I’ve been stuck now in Calgary since I moved back from Vancouver which you can read that entire story. But I hadn’t been able to travel much for about 1.5 years because, well I am still embarrassed to admit it, but I got roped into the Amway business for an entire year, which I will share that story one day because its a good one 🙂

But I didn’t want to wait any longer, I wanted to go now!!!

But with $33.00 in my bank account, and no stable income source or job, that seemed literally impossible for me to get going anytime soon…

I was growing very restless, as I do whenever I want to travel. But I decided to challenge the universe anyways, so I said:

“Universe, get me out of Calgary as soon as possible.”

And then I just let it go. Trusting fully that it would get me out into the world as quick as it could, and not a minute too soon.

A few days later, I was on Indeed sending out my resumes to many employers, I don’t even know who I even applied to, I just applied everywhere, hoping I would get someone to hire me.

I didn’t get a single call back btw, so that sucked…

However, I guess in my applying randomly to everyone, I applied to this job recruitment program, and they actually contacted me 2 days later…

It was literally exactly what I wanted, I couldn’t believe it!

It is this incredible program called Mobilize Jobs, that basically recruits young Canadians, and sends them to resort towns across Canada to work in the hospitality industry for 6 months seasonal work. You get free housing. And full-time hours. And an incredible adventure.

I was sitting there, floored by this. I would get to travel somewhere new and exciting in Canada, work for the summer without paying rent so I would be able to save up money for the fall which is when I want to go travel the rest of the world. But I realized why the hell don’t I go see some of Canada before I take off to see other countries.

So currently I am in the application/ interview process. There are a few things I need to do before I head out to an unknown location in Canada. I won’t find out where I am going for a couple weeks yet, but I basically just go wherever they send me, but all the locations are resort towns and beautiful.

If I for some reason don’t get into this program, which I can’t count my chickens until they hatch, but I will still be leaving to a resort town in the Canadian Rockies for the summer. No matter what, I will go somewhere this summer, and it will be amazing regardless!

I will be leaving in about 20 days time, which is like oh 200 days sooner than I had originally anticipated. So that is a little bit terrifying, but I know that everything will be okay, and it is going to be a crazy story to tell! I plan to leave Calgary, and go travel for as long as I can, which could be years actually!

Don’t worry family, I will still be home for Christmas, well, I will do my absolute best to come home for December each year anyways 🙂 

It’s my dream to travel the world. and see this incredible planet and all its beauty. I told the universe what I wanted, and now it is coming to me at full speed. Life is so amazing!

UPDATES: My experience living in Revelstoke B.C

Life update: Revelstoke is over… Now what?

 

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