Throughout December I am Kickin’ It Old Skool with my sister Shannon and a group of creative bloggers! We’re having a blast blogging our way through the month and bringing back the days when blogging was fun. You can join in any time! Today we’re sharing a classed: 10 Things About Me.
1. I love alone time.
One of my very favourite things to do is to go to a much-loved coffee shop with a pen, a journal and a good book and while away the hours. Going to the movies by myself is also a treat, one I haven’t indulged in in ages! I love long walks, camera safaris and window shopping on my own. It’s lovely to be at my own pace and in my own mind. It makes me much better company when I’m ready to play with others :)
2. Sometimes I’m embarrassed by or shy about what I love.
In the past couple of years I’ve been really learning how to just let myself love what I love. As a girl who loves downtown and big boots, I can be embarrassed about watching kitten cams and loving to stitch felt. As a girl-and-guitar-loving free spirit, I can feel weird about loving luxury, spas and chandeliers. But what I know, down to my bones, is our contradictions are where our superpowers live. These things go just fine together because they live together in me. They are the truth of who I am. As Shannon says, “Put a banana and a blueberry beside one another and no one’s going to say they clash!” Okay, that example makes total sense to me. I hope it makes sense to you too!
3. And then other things don’t embarrass me at all.
4. Justin’s the best gift the Universe ever gave me.
From the moment we met in the club, there was magic. We danced around each other for weeks and now we live our lives together. I feel blessed every day.
5. I became a more confident traveller.
A couple of years ago I set the goal to become a more confident traveller. Since then I have been to the Kripalu Centre in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Portsmouth, Montreal, Portland (twice!), Halifax, Lunenberg, Peggy’s Cove, Paris, Avignon and Nice. There are still lots of growth opportunities but I have faced travelling by myself, flying in a small plane, flying over the ocean, traveling between cities on one journey, traveling in a country where I don’t (really) speak the language, not to mention all the things that started the exploration like, figuring out how the airport works!
6. I love transformation.
Ever since I was a girl so many of the stories or experiences I’ve been drawn to have been about transformation. One of the things I’m proudest of is transforming this neglected mud patch of a yard into a bit of a garden. This picture is when we first moved in to our house. The soil was full of nails, concrete and garbage. There was nothing growing but a few persistent weeds. Even the first year I planted these hopeful little annuals and that was just the beginning. Now there are peonies and a mock orange and a lilac to welcome spring. I still don’t know very much but I’m learning and I’ve made a difference on my little patch of land.
7. I went whale watching.
I am terrified of deep water but still, I did it! Suzie, Reg and Justin were so supportive, letting me determine the size of the boat. I sure couldn’t do the wee zodiacs but I did manage a smaller boat. I am so thrilled that I had this experience and I will absolutely never do it again.
8. I taught Nia.
I fell in love with Nia the moment I saw it. I got myself into a class immediately. I danced my way back home to my dancer’s heart and then onto a white belt, then a blue and then to a year of teaching.
9. I have always loved animals.
For a while, I even wanted to be a veterinarian specializing in big cats. I even took grade 13 biology so I wouldn’t rule that out. When I was a girl I wanted a dog so badly I would ask for one for my birthday and for Christmas every single year. Because there were severe allergies in our family, I’d get a stuffed animal instead. I would cry and cry and cry. As soon as I could when I moved out I got a cat, Bascha. Soon after I fell in love again and came home with a second cat, Jinx.
10. I miss my mom.
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