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 The last few months, hell the last six months even, have been so hard to classify for me. I don't even know where to start with trying to describe all of what has gone on. I've moved back across the country, I've lived with some amazing friends of mine. People who I can never thank enough for taking me into their lives. People who gave me mor...

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When I woke up today I saw a Facebook post from my sister in law (she has been away for a couple of weeks and I didn't realize she was now back at home and online again), I posted a short comment to welcome her home without understanding what the "Me Too" that she had posted actually meant. As I scrolled through my Facebook I saw more and more wome...

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving. I haven't put much thought into holidays over the last couple of years because I was living across the country. This year, I'm home, back in Ontario and although I didn't spend this Thanksgiving with my family this year, I'm grateful to be home. I'm grateful to be close enough to everyone that I'm within...

Today is October 3rd. For most people, today is just a normal day. A day like any other. People go to work, go shopping, do normal things. Today is not a normal day for me. Today is a reminder of a loss that even now, six years later, I'm still not recovered from. Six years ago today Nikita passed away in my arms. Yeah for most people the loss of a...

I've been back in Ontario about a month now. As you know I haven't posted anything on this blog since returning. I've barely posted on social media. I haven't lost interest or decided consciously to walk away, I've just lost the energy to do it.   ​ When I first got back to Ontario my life became very chaotic, very quickly. The plan I had in p...

   A little over a year ago the amazing people at LUG headquarters surprised me with a HUGE box of lug goodies. They had heard about my plans to travel and wanted to have me test a bunch of products on my adventures. They gave me a few different types of bags, packing cubes and other products. I like the variety of colours you can get the...

It's hard to believe that I started this blog two years ago. So much has changed in my life, in the world over the last two years. I could never have imagined this path that I'm now on. This blog has become so much more than just a way for me to document my personal journey of change and self-discovery. It's become a way for me to connect with peop...

​People want things to stay the same but they can't….. It's a simple truth of life. We are all afraid of things changing. We all have this fear that the world will fall apart if it changes. How will we manage that? How can we hold on if we don't know what's coming?  The truth is everything in life changes. It changes because it has too. That's...

I was talking to a friend of mine a few weeks back about something someone had said to me. I explained to her how since coming back from my first truly SOLO trip people keeping telling me how "Brave" I am, or how much "Courage" I must have, to be able to travel by myself to a country that I've never been to before. It doesn't matter how often this ...

Wow, it's hard to believe that 2016 is already over. I feel like the older I get the faster it goes by. Time becomes a larger part of who I am and what I value, as it seems to shrink with each coming year. I've found myself over the last year thinking "Wow, you really haven't accomplished a whole lot Crystal" which, of course, is not correct. But w...