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Make Time to Escape

My contribution to August’s issue of ViBrant Magazine


Life can get busy, and time escapes us. Sometimes the days can fly by and before you know it, your first days of summer have slipped into crisp autumn evenings.

I don’t know about you, but I appreciate a break from the busy. A timeout from work, yes, but also a mini escape from those regular days that manage to be full of errands. I’m talking about going on adventures close to home that you normally don’t get around to doing – staycations, if you will.

Recently, my partner and I went out with some friends to an area along Irvine Creek, near Elora Gorge. We were able to traverse the stone-laden terrain down to the water and, equipped with sandals and water shoes, wade through the refreshing creek. We trekked along the ravine, finding a few shallow caves carved from the rocky walls for us to explore.

irvine-creekMy favourite part was sitting upon a log that had fallen in the stream, my feet in the water, watching as the minnows swam against the current. In that moment, I was carefree and captivated by the natural beauty around me. Try and picture it: tiny fish darting around by the feet, the sound of trickling water flowing by, green trees along either side of the creek, the warmth of the sun on the skin, and the towering walls of rock encompassing it all.

It could have easily been one of those wilderness scenes from a fantasy novel, except I didn’t need to go to New Zealand to find it. Picturesque retreats are within reach and Ontario is full of them! You just have to look a little.

Whether you have one day or one week, you can get away from it all by planning an inexpensive adventure somewhere in the province. A forested park full of trails is always a great way to escape the city and get lost among the trees. Or perhaps a boat cruise is needed, say, near Tobermory, Gravenhurst, or Bobcaygeon – a few of my favourite places to enjoy gliding along the water. Other, more recurring trips, could involve themes like waterfall hunting in the Hamilton region, picnics in national parks, or even something like the Butter Tart Tour in the Peterborough region. A great place to start looking for ideas is www.ontariotravel.net. Keep in mind, many of those packaged “deals” are really just advertising hotel costs in between day trips.

Whatever it is that you think might be interesting, I encourage you to try something out and enjoy the beauty of nature. Everyone needs to escape; make time for it. Break the routine, have fun exploring, and for the love of god, put that phone away – unless you’re taking some pictures!

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2016 in Life, Travel, ViBrant Magazine, Writing

 

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Busy Bee; That’s Me!

Dear World…
Dear Blogosphere…
Dear Friends…

School is kicking my ass. Like, really.Nap Time

I have been out of school for, say, five or six years now. I started it back up this September at Conestoga College for bookkeeping, as an accelerated full-time program. Because of this, I also quit my full-time job and got a completely new, part-time job. Well, the combination of school, crap-tons of homework, and working nearly 60 hours bi-weekly resulted in my free time diminishing to a big, fat zero.

As I’m sure some of you have noticed, I haven’t followed up on My Happiness Project since… oh boy… since August! To be honest, I haven’t had time to even read the book past August because of my choice to completely change my life’s schedule. For this, I’m sorry – to you, and to myself.

I’ve realized I can’t continue like this, as I’m burning out, so I’ve made a decision. I quit my part-time job to allow me to focus solely on school and the abundance of homework that comes with it. Today I can say that I’m a free man (from the clutches of shift work)! And I gotta say I’m already feeling a weight lifted off of my shoulders! So, yay to that! Bring on the “broke-ass student” status!

In regards to the Happiness Project, I haven’t quite figured out how I should proceed… I’d rather not drop the project altogether – I want to finish it! But it’s also not feasible to cram four-months-worth into December. So, maybe I’ll take December as a month to recharge and refresh myself with the things I enjoyed the most from January-August. Then, come the New Year, I’ll finish up the remaining four months!
I know the original goal of the Happiness Project was to last a year, but there’s no harm in making it last a bit longer, right? The ultimate goal, after all, is to learn from these ideas and suggestions to improve our quality of happiness to last a lifetime – not just one year!

That’s what I’ll do then! Sound good?!

Hope you are all doing fabulous! Xoxo Miss yous!

 

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Life, My Happiness Project, Writing

 

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