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Edmonton seems Entitled

As a girl who grew up in Southern Ontario, in a family that had a farm, I learned from a very young age what a work ethic was. My parents and grandparents taught me the importance of always giving 110%. They made sure I understood that when you're being paid to do a job, you do that job to the best of your abilities because if you don't, someone el...
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An Opportunity, A Change In Plans, Surgery and A Move.

The last couple of weeks has been slightly chaotic for me.This year I've tried to be open to any and every opportunity that comes my way.An experience is an experience, good, bad or ugly, it will teach you something. So I've made it a point to be as open to as many experiences as I possibly can. A few weeks ago when an opportunity to go look at a n...
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Perception is Reality, Except that it’s Not.

This morning my day started out with an argument that I couldn't wrap my head around until I realized that it had nothing to do with me at all. The argument wasn't about me and my actions, it was about the other person's perception of my intent when I took those actions (which for anyone who has ever taken a psychology class knows, is a hard thing ...
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Why Can’t I Have Balloons and A Fancy Dinner With Gifts?

I was chatting with a friend the other day who had just posted comments online to an article she had recently read entitled ""Why Don't Women Celebrate Their Travel Accomplishments The Way They Do Engagements?"Her comments and thoughts on this article were actually perfectly in line with what I was feeling. So I read the article myself and felt a s...
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Home is NOT a Pin on a Map

So I've been back in Canada a little more than a week now (don't worry I have lots of blog posts about Ireland to post still), but since I've been home I've felt sort of lost. Not that I don't know where to go or what I want, but lost in the sense of this place doesn't feel the same to me anymore.Most people feel a sense relief when they get home f...
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36 Hours in Transit

I can't even wrap my head around that number. I have now been officially awake for 35 hours and I'm not even in Dublin yet. I feel like my head is about to explode. I've been able to spend my time wisely. I visited with some people, I've been writing blog posts. It has been a productive 35 hours so far.I started this blog post on my way to Ireland....
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I Think I Need Copious Amounts Of Sleep

Is it possible to be so exhausted that you think you can function properly and not actually be functioning properly at all???I think this is exactly what's happening to me right now. I love to travel, always have. However, this is the first time I've ever traveled on so little sleep. This is also my first 12-hour layover somewhere.One of the things...
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Too Many Choices

So I decided to do this amazing thing and visit 35 countries since I'm 35 years old. I thought this would be super exciting. The number of places I could go. The things I could do, the things I would do that change me. The things that would help me grow. The person I could/will become because of this. The possibilities seem endless.And here is the ...
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Sunrise

On my flight from Edmonton to Toronto in January, I found myself looking out the window over the wings of the plane and watching the sunrise. On most of my flights I tend to watch TV or read a book, but this flight didn't have TVs and I wasn't in the mood to read at 7 am. So, I found myself looking out the window as the sun slowly came over the win...
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I’m 35, not Unhappy and Unfulfilled, Thanks.

We live in this world now that punishes people (women) by judging them if they don't live up to the "normal" standards of society's version of happiness. If you're over the age of 30 and you're not married or have chosen to not have kids the world stops to judge you and give you "advice" on how to be happy."How can you be happy, you're not with any...
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A Ride and A Realization

I used to love roller coasters. I used to love the sense of flying you would get as you would speed down the hills and go upside down on the loops of the fastest, biggest coasters we have in North America. I loved the speed. I loved the anticipation of not knowing what loop or turn was coming up next. I loved the banged up knees you would get on ol...
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Love, Distance and Chosen Family

I have made a lot of changes over the last year in my life. I closed up a business that I had barely started. I sold almost everything I owned. I packed up my life and moved across the country. I've changed how I take care of myself. I eat better, I exercise, and I take vitamins. The person I am today feels so far removed from the person I was just...
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My Birthday Reminder

My 35th birthday was spent with a friend hanging out and going to lunch. As we were on our way back to her house from the birthday lunch I saw this sign…..  I was instantly reminded of a guy I used to know. I'm going to label him (for privacy purposes) 'the boxer'.The boxer was a guy I met when I was a teenager living in Toronto. I haven't tho...
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Saturday Frustration

Over the last seven and a half months, I've been learning to be more accepting of myself. More accepting of my flaws, which has been hard. More accepting of my thoughts about my life. More accepting of my body because like most women I have body acceptance issues. More accepting of my feelings because I need to learn that my feelings have value and...
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I’m Not Sorry!

 I've been sick this week and have been feeling bad about it because I've gotten nothing done. Today was the first day this week I've felt like getting out of bed. I was going to write a post about how I haven't posted anything for a while and I should really do a better job at that, but as I was sitting down to write this, I realized……. I'm n...
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We all struggle

At the start of this week, I felt lost. I felt alone. I was starting to feel like I would never figure out where my life needed to go. I felt trapped in a dark room without a flashlight. I had no idea how I was going to get out. Funny thing is; when you seem eternally lost and have no light to guide you, life has a way of tossing you a match to lig...
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ART

When I was a child I loved art. I loved making art. I loved looking at art. I had this emotional experience when it came to art. I still have an emotional experience when I view art. People laugh at me when I try to explain it, but I feel paintings. I see a drawing on a wall of a girl playing in a field of flowers and my heart sings. I don't know h...
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Obituaries

 I'm reading this book One of the things the book suggests to do is write two of your own obituaries. One is the life you are headed for if you continue to live the life you have now. The second one is your ideal obituary. What it would be if you lived the life you wanted. At first, I thought this was a little morbid. I wasn't sure I wanted to...
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Finding A Purpose.

I'm trying to find my purpose in life. I'm looking for something that sets my soul on fire. I want to lead a life of purpose. I want to be happy. I'm still not sure what all of that will look like. I still don't have all the answers, but I have made a point of trying to find people in my life that I find inspiring. People that I can learn something...
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Being Accountable…..

I've been here in Alberta for a month now and I've become lazy with this blog. I didn't realize how lazy I had gotten with it until I opened the folder on my laptop where I keep all my written, not yet posted blog posts. It's not that I've stopped writing, I've just become lazy about finishing and posting them. This is unacceptable to me. I feel li...
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