Good morning, guys! How was your weekend?
I almost feel settled into my new Rocky Mountain routine. I feel different. And not just because everything is new. It’s difficult to describe other than, for the first time in my life I feel completely at peace and on track. A sense of knowing that my dream has manifested and taken form.
My dream wasn’t just about living in the Rockies (I’d settle for Hawaii, too ). It’s always been about creating a life and career that I’m passionate about IN a place that I love. As you know, travel, tourism, photography and social media are my main interests – it’s what I went to school for. My new job position has become another outlet for just that. (!!!)
Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky and maybe it was just a fluke, but then I remember this:
I think some people initially had the perception that I wanted to escape my “old” life and they’re absolutely right. The city I lived in didn’t support my career goals or lifestyle. For a long time, I tried to make it work and desperately wanted to adapt and pursue other interests, but it didn’t feel right. I always knew this was what I wanted and it took years to come to life. And now I’m living it.
Before I left my old job position, I had a long discussion with my boss about my plan. When I asked him what his thoughts were, he said something that will always stick with me. “You have a dream and it’s hard for anyone or anything to compete with that.” It’s true. There’s nothing more powerful than a soul on fire.
This transition has been easier than I thought it would and I’ve received a few small blessings along the way. For instance, I was able to move into my apartment earlier than expected. I love my new place so much. THIS IS MY BACKYARD:
I can literally walk out my backdoor and into the forest. All of this fresh mountain air has left me in a state of relaxation and euphoria. My body feels different too – I was carrying around so much tension and stress and it’s completely lifted. The best part: I’m actually sleeping again. I’d been suffering with insomnia and sleep interruptions for several months and now I’m enjoying restorative, quality, death sleeps again. Once my head hits the pillow, I’m out. I logged over 10 hours of sleep on Friday night!
In case you’re wondering what life in Canada is like, check out this local newspaper headline:
HAHAHA. Last week, there was an editorial about a stolen polar bear hide on display in a Canmore window shop.
It’s starting to feel like spring in the Rockies – this past weekend, the sun was out, restaurant patios in Canmore and Calgary were open and in true Canadian fashion, I saw multiple people trudging through melting snow piles wearing sandals and shorts.
A few photo highlights from my weekend:
Sushi from Chef Studio Japan (THE BEST in the Bow Valley!)
Mimosas, raw cheese platter and eggs benedict from Farm in Calgary
Mighty Kale smoothie with coconut water instead of juice + chia seeds, from Jugo Juice.
Other than that, I unpacked more boxes, watched Catching Fire and ate too many almond M&Ms.
I’m looking forward to this week – my Dad is arriving later today and I can’t wait to show him around my ‘hood. I’m thinking a walk, followed by Thai food and beers would be a good way to start his mini-vacay.
What’s the gutsiest thing you’ve done?
Have you seen Catching Fire? Are you getting excited for Divergent? I started reading it two years ago and forgot to finish it.
Why can’t I stop eating almond m&ms? How have I never tried them until now?