In the words of Adele, hello from the other side… of the world! I know it’s been pretty quiet over on here over the past week and there is a good reason – I’ve been filling my days exploring every nook and cranny of beautiful Japan!
Hustle for happiness
I actually had this post scheduled for a different day, but when I realized yesterday marked one full month of blogging, I knew I had to post it – keep reading to find out why.
Alright, I’m just going to put this out there – I’m really hard on myself. Yes, I can feel some of you rolling your eyes right now… and I can hear you thinking, tell me something I don’t know. I know. I know. It’s something I’m working on.
I put so much prep work into launching this blog and, even though the first post was about putting fear aside I was still scared to press the “publish” button and shout out to the world, “hey friends, I’m doing this!” But, I did it anyways. And I have been blown away by the response (a huge thank you to all of you).
Truthfully, I have also been a little inspired by myself – I am truly committed to facing my fears and have already gained so much from this experience.
Coinciding with the launch of this blog, there was a lot of talk in my life about something called the CrossFit Open.
Six years ago this month, I applied for my first passport. Ever.
Those who know me, might be surprised by this. But in March 2011, I had only travelled in Canada and the US (ahhhh remember the days when you didn’t need a passport to cross the border?). I had never taken an international flight or been outside of North America. Travelling used to feel so unattainable to me.
Do you ever have those weeks when no matter how hard you try to stay upbeat and positive, negativity has a way of seeping into every nook and cranny of your life? It is soooo easy to spiral when it feels like every time you’re coming up for air life crashes another wave right on top of you.
The phone chimes, the number of unread emails continues to creep higher, and all it takes is for you to pick up the phone or log into your email *just to check* what’s happening. Before you know it, hours have gone by and your Saturday has been consumes by tasks, replies and BBMs (yes, I work somewhere that still uses Blackberries 🙈). But it’s okay, because you were too busy to have noticed the beauty that was brewing for you outside. And frankly, it couldn’t wait.
I have always loved to write. From as early as I can remember when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up my answer was always “a writer” (except for that brief period when Flipper was on TV and my obsession with dolphins tacked on, “or a marine biologist” despite a fear of the ocean…). I could always be found scribbling in notebooks – from short stories in elementary and middle school (featuring dolphins, naturally) to angsty poems in high school (ahhh being “misunderstood”).
While I didn’t become a novelist or poet, and I definitely took the route less traveled to my current profession, I now work in communications. I’ve been so lucky to work in many aspects of this career but what drew me to it when I was a lost 20-something whose first post-university job did not go as planned (post on that to come), was writing. Like I said, I’ve always love to write.