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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 people who, like myself two years ago, have no idea what happiness is or how to find it in their own lives. People who feel just as confused as I did when I started this journey. I've even been able to connect with people who have changed their lives and found their own personal happiness in life in a number of different and equally fantastic ways. It's been an amazing two years and I feel blessed to be able to share with you all.
I sit writing this in the front seat of a car parked on a street in Edmonton in the middle of a torrential rain storm. Not exactly the day I had planned for the two-year anniversary of this blog but I'm not sad or upset about that. In fact, I think it's kind of perfect because this whole journey over the last two years has been exactly like this. I've made plans, the universe alters them in her own beautiful way and I'm learning to just go with it. I'm learning to accept the things I can change and just enjoy the things I can't.
Today I had planned on having a big outdoor photo shoot with giant pink balloons and as much confetti as I could find. The universe, however, has decided that maybe I need to be doing something else and I'm going to just smile and figure out a different time/date to have balloons and confetti. It's one of the many lessons I've learned over the last two years
"The only things worth worrying about, are the things you can actually control and those things you don't need to worry about."
Of course, I've learned a ton of other things that have changed how I view my life and how I deal with the things that come my way. When I went to Ireland in May of 2016 I learned a ton of things about myself (including but not limited to) 'It's okay to feel lost and confused', 'Emotional breakdowns need to happen if you want life altering changes', 'You are never really alone even when it feels like you are' and of course, Even if they think you're crazy you need to follow your own heart' and many other things that I won't take the time to list here.
The last two years have been incredible in ways I can't even put into words. Going to Ireland alone and traveling around the whole country gave me courage and the resolve to keep pushing forward with my own dreams. I got to meet amazing people like Lilly and learn about history and culture in a way that books just don't teach.
I had the amazing opportunity to spend a week in Orlando meeting with some amazing entrepreneurs and other people on journeys of self-discovery. I've been to The Northwest Territories, all over the province of Alberta, to California for the first time, to Ontario on more than one occasion to visit family and friends and of course I've done/seen more things in the city of Edmonton than some of the people who I know that have lived here their whole lives.
I'm taking this blog and turning into a community of people who support each other to follow their dreams and find happiness. I'm going to start telling your stories and that process will start this summer once we launch the new website. We now have a Facebook page and Podcast. This blog has turned out to be so much more than I ever could have hoped for. I'm growing every day and look forward to my continued personal growth over the coming years.
We all have the right to be happy and I hope all of you reading this, that you also find your own version of happiness. I hope that as this site grows, you also share your story with us either here, on Instagram or on Facebook. It has been an amazing two years and I can't wait to see what the next two years bring. Thank you for following the journey with me. I value each and every one of you.