Let's Talk A Little About Travel

I love to travel. I talk about it often and I am lucky to be able to say that every few months I find myself on a flight to somewhere. I get a lot of people emailing me about this because many people wonder why I enjoy it (traveling) so much when it can be such a stressful thing. After all, it's not as simple as just getting on a flight and poof yo...
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The Art of Doing Nothing

I've recorded a podcast about this but it seems that Apple Podcasts and I are having some issues right now so my web team is working on hosting the Podcasts on this site for you while we work with Apple to get this all sorted out. In the meantime, I am going to fill you in on the podcast here on the blog and hopefully, in the next few days, we can ...
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Adulting Is Hard, You Need To Take Care Of Your Mental Health

Let's face it we all have days where we think "I wish I could go back to being a kid and have nothing to worry about" right? The truth is there are some days where we as adults think 'Why is this so hard?' I've spent the last week trying to fix problems with my Podcasts and Website so they work together and I don't seem to be making progress. I am ...
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Let's Talk Podcasts

I don't know how many of you actually subscribe to podcasts but since I started the Chasing Happiness Podcast last year, I now have a list of about 30 podcasts I subscribe to. This may sound like a lot but in the world of podcasting, it really is a small number. I know people who subscribe to hundreds of different Podcasts. So today I thought we sh...
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Judgment and Children

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"You're more of a mother than most women with children. People use this 'mother' title to feel value within themselves not realizing it's the capacity to love that makes you a true woman."   Wise words from a very wise soul who I am blessed to know and love.These words came to me in response to a short article I had posted on my personal ...
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You can be happy and have the life you want

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The last few months or so I have watched as a number of people express to me "How lucky I am that I don't have kids, or a husband or a house to worry about. You can travel and work when you choose to do so." Frankly, I know I have a sense of freedom that not everyone has, however, I'm sick of people telling me that they can't do what I do beca...
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Change

 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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Me Too

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 women...
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Thankful

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...
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Six Years

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...
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Losing My Purpose

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 pl...
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My LUG Review

   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...
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Two Years

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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...
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Staying the same

​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 l...
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Brave ???

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 ...
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2016 A Year In Review

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 we...
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The Downside To Living Across The Country

I've spent my whole life living close enough to my family and friends, that when something comes up I can always be there. Normally a few hours or so drive away, but nothing that required any real planning in order to drop what was going on and rush to someone's side if needed. Hell, I remember when my little sister (who is actually my cousin but t...
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Let the Podcast Begin

In October I attended an entrepreneur conference in Florida. One of the things they talked about at this conference was Podcasting. Now, I'll be the first to admit when I saw that on the agenda I didn't think it would be interesting at all. I figured "Oh some person is going to say it's a good thing and I'll make a note of it for a few years from n...
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Happy Birthday Bubba

Today is my brothers 37th birthday.  (These are not his balloons, I just can't find a picture of him with balloons)  It's not the first birthday he's had that I haven't been around for, but it's the first birthday he's had where I haven't seen him on or around his birthday for my whole life. It's actually been seven full months since I've...
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It’s NOT All Cupcakes and Sprinkles

Social media has given us this amazing tool to share our lives with friends from anywhere in the world. We no longer have to sit and wait for weeks as snail mail travels from one continent to another to check in with the people we care about. However, it's also given us a false sense of reality. If you check out friends Instagram accounts you would...
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