Ireland my emotional first day.

I don't know if it was jet lag or just lack of sleep in general but on my first morning waking up in Ireland, I was awake and out the door by 4am. This is very early back home let alone in a country that, unbeknownst to me, doesn't even begin to wake up until 7am (which I did not know at 4am). As I walked downtown in the Dublin city center looking ...
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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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Ireland

 I've been traveling around the country checking things out for the last few days. This place is amazing. I promise more detailed posts are coming but for now, because it's 4:30am and I have to head out, here are some pictures of the beautiful places I've visited.
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Travel can be exhausting

I had a friend tell me this before I left and I didn't think much of it. I've traveled before and although I've had 'vacations' where I did come home exhausted, I thought I could handle it. However, there is a big difference when you travel overseas. Jet lag sucks and when you combine that with a busy schedule trying to fit in as much as you can ev...
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Kilkenny

Yesterday I explored this amazing little place along the Irish countryside called Kilkenny. It's a tourist city, a lot like Niagara On The Lake back home, however, most of the building are thousands of years old. All the little shops are small, independently owned (with the exception of a large grocery store and a subway) shops with extremely frien...
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Jet lag is a 4-letter word

Jet lag has always been this thing I've heard about but never experienced. I know people who say it takes days for them to recover from it. I thought that was crap. Sleep is sleep, it can happen anywhere (or so I thought). Maybe it's because I've always had issues with sleeping normally. Maybe it's because I don't have a normal sleep pattern that I...
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History is everywhere and it’s FREE

 I spent today walking around in the city centre. I had no idea just how large this city is. After about 8 hours or so my legs started to hurt and I couldn't figure out why until I checked my phone I think this is more walking than I've ever done, Walt Disney World included. There is history all over this city and right now they are celebratin...
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4am in Dublin

I've never had jetlag, I'm not even sure if I actually have it now. My sleep was screwed up before I got here so this could just be my body trying to find it's normal balance again. All I know is its 4am and I'm about as wide awake as I could be. I don't have any idea what time transit starts here but I since I'm up I figure I might as well go out ...
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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 thin...
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Sleeping at the Airport

I did this once, not by choice. It was years ago and I had decided to go on a dive trip with friends to Florida. Most of them were driving to Florida and I was unable to do this as I was still in university. So after my exams, I got on a plane and flew to Jacksonville airport to meet up with them. I had done some online searching before hand to mak...
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35 Countries Because I’m 35, not just stamps in a passport

Last year I made a decision to change my life. I decided I wanted to travel and see the world. I wanted to start living. I wanted to be brave and take chances. So I changed just about everything about my life, including where I lived and started the process to change the rest of my life. Since I had just turned 35 I decided I wanted to see 35 count...
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A Not So Magical Trip

Maybe it's because I've grown up a Disney kid. Maybe it's because I've come to expect a certain kind of customer service whenever Disney is involved. Maybe my "Disney Standards" are just too high. Whatever it is, it led me to believe that my very first trip to Disneyland in California would be an amazing, magical, once in a lifetime, first experien...
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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 an...
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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 35 th 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 t...
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Water

We take a lot of things for granted, especially here in North America. We have a habit of expecting to have access to all the things we are used to having. We figure no matter where we go or what we do we have a right to it. Whatever IT happens to be. For some people, this changes as they travel to other countries because there is so much we have a...
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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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