Life lessons I’ve learned in my (almost) 30 years

IMG_4702The big 3-0 is quickly approaching. Might not sound very daunting to most people but it does to this 29 year old…maybe it’s that it’s such a milestone age? I don’t know, but I do still get ID’d wherever I go – bless you kind souls who think I’m significantly younger than I am – I’ll take it! And I will admit, I have found life hasn’t always worked out the way I may have anticipated when I was younger. When I was a little too naive to know what my future could really hold, and you know what? That’s ok, because I wouldn’t change a thing. I know that life really is all about timing. My 20s have been years to educate myself, to discover my true passions, to grow up and find my independence. I really consider this decade of my life to be a decade of learning and making mistakes that I would one day learn were crucial to shaping me into the person I am today – a person who continues to grow and make mistakes, but maybe also a person who understands and accepts them a little more so now than I did before.

I had my first dog, my first true heartbreak which wouldn’t be the last, I bought my very own car and apartment on my own, and I also found love – the kind of love that I didn’t think I’d ever find and am lucky enough to have. So many firsts, so many experiences which were so foreign to me at the time. I remember wondering if life could get any better at times. If only I could tell my younger self that it would and to hang in there; that I would one day understand why some things didn’t always work out, and the reasons for the struggles.

Soon I’ll be bidding adieu to my 20s. I might check the rear view a couple of times on my way out, but I know that I am ready for this next decade of my life because it’s bound to be even better than the last. So now without further ado, 30 lessons I’ve learned in (almost) 😉 30 years:

1. Do not under any circumstance change who you are to conform to society

2. Never lose yourself in another individual

3. Be true to yourself even if it means removing toxic people from your life

4. Always listen to your gut. It’s usually the keeper of your truest feelings

5. Dance in your kitchen every once in a while, it’s good for the soul. This is especially effective if you have the song Green Light by Lorde playing in the background

6. Sing it loud and sing it proud

7. People aren’t always meant to stay in your life, but they were there when they needed to be

8. Even if life gets hectic, make time for those you love

9. Be present

10. Be you and be a little wild sometimes if necessary

11. Taylor swift really can get you through many of life’s tough situations. Don’t let anyone tell you different!

12. Create a life you will love

13. Get a dog

14. Find your passion and don’t forget to make time for it

15. Decluttering your space will help declutter your mind

16. Don’t sweat the small stuff

17. Be yourself unapologetically

18. Remember you are human

19. It’s ok to admit you are wrong and have a little humility

20. Don’t take yourself too seriously

21. Make moves that will scare you, because they will enrich your life

22. Be fearless

23. Realize how beautiful life is and cherish it in whatever way you can

24. Keep your faith in humanity. Even when we disappoint ourselves and others, we can pull through for each other in tough times

25. Sometimes the best moments in life don’t involve technology – unplug yourself from it or you might miss them

26. Don’t leave anything unsaid, it’s better to say how you feel than live with regret

27. Cherish your family and friends and tell them you love them

28. If you feel alone, remember you aren’t. There are people who care about you even if you are so consumed in your thoughts that you don’t realize it at the time

29. Live and learn and understand that things will get better, your heart will heal, you will be ok

30. Don’t regret anything you do or say because in that moment you did the best you could for yourself

Have a great weekend all! 🙂



We’re Going To Disneyland!

It’s booked! September 30th to October 5th to be exact, and I am no less excited than I was 17 years ago when I went with my family for the first time. When they say Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, they surely weren’t kidding. I never met a Disney movie that I didn’t like, and if you haven’t either, then perhaps a trip there should be in your near future as well!

For as long as I can remember, I have been a Disney fiend. Being a 90s kid I was fortunate enough to be raised on all things Disney, and I think that’s what has attributed to the wild imagination that I have always had. This will be my 4th trip, and I have to say the most memorable was the one I was lucky enough to take with my niece and nephew a few years ago. Honestly, when you can witness the innocence and unfiltered excitement from a kid, it is quite simply the BEST! We went in the height of the Frozen craze, and my nephew Cohen who was 4 years old at the time, fell in love with Elsa. Prior to meeting her he broke down into tears because he was afraid she wouldn’t like him…this kid ❤ as if that could even be possible! He waited in line for over an hour to meet her and here’s the magical moment I was able to capture when he saw her for the first time 🙂

I meaaaaaan..❤️

The first trip I took however, was many moons ago and was pretty epic… AND worth sharing! It was comparable to a National Lampoon Griswold movie including loads of bad luck and shenanigans but a happy ending nonetheless. I was 12 years old then, and rather than travelling by plane, my parents decided to drive our brand new 25 foot motor home down the coast to California – and to give you a visual, this included all SEVEN of us – myself, my two older sisters, their s/o’s and my parents. My dad was perhaps the most excited of all and upon being questioned where we were off to by the Border Guard, he quickly responded in THE most animated voice “We’re going to DISNEYLAND!!” I truly don’t think I can ever forget the tone of his voice in that moment, it was hysterical and still makes me laugh to imagine it.

Disneyland circa 2000. Including a creepy brother-in-law lurking in the back 😉

The road trip was one for the books, stopping at sand dunes, seeing the Oregon Coast for the first time and having my dad teach me all about “sneaker waves”. It was running fairly smoothly until we discovered the faulty transmission and became stranded on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere…but by some stroke of luck there was a gas station not much further down the road from where we were and we had a tow truck take us to the local repair shop. This hiccup slowed down our adventure a little but as always, we made the best of it. After 3 days of travel we finally made it to our destination at an RV park, where we would later discover was infested with ants..and wound up with an entire colony inside our motor home. I still cringe remembering the feeling of ants crawling on me in the night..granted the ant traps did end up working – thank the lord!

I can’t wait to make more memories on this next Disney adventure with some of my family and one of the most special parts of all, is that I finally get to experience this magic with my kid-at-heart boyfriend, whom I know will have just as much fun as me! Let the September 30th countdown begin 😀


“In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn and fairy tales come true.” – Walt Disney



Healthy Lifestyle

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about healthy lifestyle choices. How do you stay motivated? Some people need to stick to one thing at a time and make it a priority while others can have many things on the go and function just fine. As I get older I have come to realize I’m a one-thing-at-a-time kinda person, otherwise I get too bogged down. When I find myself searching for motivation I sometimes need to just remind myself of how great I feel when I am more active and care about what I put into my body. I am not a garbage disposal – I repeat – I am not a garbage disposal! 😉

I found this energy ball recipe a while back and absolutely love it so had to share it with you all because: a) healthy can be tasty too and I can’t keep something this good to myself! b) it curbs a mean sweet tooth and c) it’s full of superfoods that have added health benefits. A Freshii recently opened at a local mall in the city I’m from and I noticed that they sell energy bites with similar ingredients as listed in the recipe below, but of course it wouldn’t be as cost-effective to purchase them there, and you can also modify them to your liking by making them yourself.

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  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (recipe says optional – I say mandatory)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together and let set in fridge for ½ hour. Roll into small balls 1 inch in size. Store in air tight container in the fridge. Makes 3 dozen.

These are SO good…I’d almost be so bold to say I prefer them over some chocolate bars(some)…and not only are they amaze-balls – there’s always room for a dad joke around here 😉 – they are also packed with nutrients including:

  • Flax seed: 1 tbsp of flaxseed approximates to 8 grams of fiber. It’s also full of healthy fats, and nutrients
  • Peanut Butter: Full of healthy fats and fiber and 1 serving amounts to 7 grams of protein making it a perfect energy boost and also keeping you full throughout the day. Also feel free to sub in a nut-free butter if you’re allergic.
  • Oats: Rich in fiber, protein and nutrients, also known to reduce cholesterol – a big win for me as high cholesterol is in my family.

Give these a go for a somewhat guilt-free healthy alternative! I will warn you though, they are highly addictive! I thought I’d also share my recent nightly yoga routine with you all tonight here as it’s about that time! If you’re like me and have trouble sleeping, this might help you out. I work in an office where I’m primarily sitting for most of the day, and this can really combat tense muscles! 🙂

– Amy

Namast’ay Inside

Pluviophile: a lover of rain;someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Call me crazy, but I have always been a bit of a pluviophile, of course I love my sunny days most and the motivation they bring, but there’s something very calming about a rainy day. It might stem from growing up in a family that went camping all year round rain or shine. A little bit of rain never stopped us, even if it meant sitting by the campfire with oversized umbrellas roasting hotdogs. To most, this wouldn’t be appealing, but to me it was what built my childhood.

I don’t camp quite as much now, a few times in the summer if I’m lucky, but I still find the same comfort in the rain that I did during these times – only now it’s usually while looking at it through a window from my warm condo. When I find myself moving too quickly and not taking enough time to myself, the rain almost makes it ok to take a day off from the usual hustle and bustle. Maybe I shouldn’t see it this way, but it validates staying indoors, and focusing on my introverted pastimes ie: reading a book, shamelessly binge watching a Netflix series or writing like I am now. Here’s the thing, I don’t let the rain stop me from getting out and living my life by any means, but sometimes these guilt-free inside days are much needed for me to feel centered again. That being said, I am ready for sunshine to return, we are all lacking some serious vitamin D in Vancouver!

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to have a co-worker come in on her day off and put a few of us through a yoga session. We had limited time but were able to do a few Sun Salutations and it’s amazing what a difference it made to a day that had a bit of a rocky start. We left energized albeit very relaxed. This is why I love yoga so much. It serves as a form of meditation, lowers stress and anxiety and improves your sense of well-being. To some it’s a mode of improving flexibility, strength and health, while also exercising the mind. For me it is all of the above, but most importantly it is a way to cleanse my brain of the overload of thoughts I occasionally have and brings me peace of mind.

What motivates you and gets you through the day? Maybe it isn’t yoga, but it’s good to find something that brings positivity to your life and to set aside time for it. If you do decide to give yoga a try, don’t feel discouraged if it takes a little longer to work through some of the poses. Most people aren’t born with the kind of flexibility that it requires but you can work your way up to it.

And for all you dog loving yogi’s out there, here is an adorable frenchie working that cobra yoga pose 😉



Risky Business

For those that know me, you know that I have never been much of a risk taker and don’t tend to waver from what feels comfortable. I think it is because of the many unknowns and being afraid in general that the outcome might not be what I could hope for it to be, but I also think it takes experiencing certain risky situations to truly feel alive and free. Of course there are some things that you still can’t pay me to do, but for the most part I am more open to trying new things than I once was.

A few years ago I took a trip to Mexico with my boyfriend. We decided to book an excursion that included zip-lining, something I’d never done before due to being petrified of heights. I don’t know what it is about ventures such as these but as much as they terrify me, they also ignite a part of me that is dying to dive in head first and try it. So there I was with my wobbly knees and shaky hands, getting harnessed up while plagued with fear but feeling excitement at the same time. I remember looking around and seeing the animated expressions on some of the kid’s faces as they were waiting in line. They didn’t display a shred of fear and were just thrilled to be there. So surely me, someone in their late 20s, would be able to handle zip-lining, right?? The great thing about where we went was that the elevation would gradually get higher each time and started off at a pretty decent height at only 8 meters above ground, which I greatly appreciated – baby steps please! Being able to experience the incredible view of the Mexican Caribbean didn’t hurt either, sadly we weren’t able to bring our cameras so there are no pictures to share, but take my word for it! By the time we reached the highest point at 45 meters, I felt pretty confident and conquered my fear of heights – even if it was just temporary 😉 but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day! I will probably encounter another situation like this at some point in my life but I’m ready for it, and will remind myself of this day if those feelings arise again.

I’m so glad that I didn’t let my uneasiness stop me from doing something that I later learned would turn out to be an incredible experience. Some of my best memories are as a result of stepping out of my comfort zone. I still have quite a few things I’d like to check off the ol’ bucket list but I’ll get there. In the meantime I will be challenging myself to explore the adventurous side of me because I like it, and we’re all capable of doing great things so the question is, why the hell not? 😀


Cycling in Playa Del Carmen


Positive Vibes Attract Your Tribe

Sometimes I have to slow down, take a breather and have some time to myself and that time is now – self-care is so needed every once in a while! I haven’t written in quite some time and it is simply because life has been a bit busier these days. In the past little while things have been looking up…way up! The pieces to my puzzle are seemingly coming together and I’m truly in a good place, a place I didn’t anticipate being in just yet, and for that I am so happy and grateful for life’s recent events.

I feel very fortunate to have such supportive people in my life. It isn’t always the case for everyone though. Something I’ve learned a time or two before, is when you are in a good place and you’re truly happy, certain people aren’t always genuinely happy for you. Misery loves company perhaps? Something that I try to take away from situations like this is that it’s merely a reflection of their own insecurities and certainly has nothing to do with you. You just have to be sure to keep those close to you who value your happiness and root for you every step of the way. They’re the ones that deserve your time and energy. People will always talk, people will always have opinions and advice on how you should live, but you don’t have to listen, and you absolutely don’t have to let it affect your life. Maybe it’s the INFJ in me, but people’s opinions have affected me to some degree throughout my life. It is an extremely freeing feeling though, to no longer care and it is something I’ve been consciously doing.

My mom is quite the wordsmith and we both laugh our heads off at some of the things she can come up with on the fly, but she said something to me tonight that I wanted to share: “It’s funny how you can be in a terrible storm but all of a sudden the fog lifts, and in front of you there is a beautiful oasis and it’s just a wonderful sight” – true that mom 😉 and she is so right..I always remained hopeful that my experiences would all line up and make sense to me one day, that there was a reason for the occasional storm and I needed to embrace it because eventually the light would come through again. Well it did, it has been and continues to. Hope you all have a wonderful week 🙂


PS here’s a lovely song I’ve had on repeat for days – seriously amazing ❤

The Space Between

For those that have been following me from the beginning of this blog, you’ll probably know that I previously mentioned being an auntie to two kiddos, a wonderfully brave, precocious 10-year-old girl Nevada, and an equally precocious and sweet 6-year-old boy Cohen.

Photo credit goes to their mom and my sister 🙂 – how cute are they!?
Nevada has always been a performer and loves to sing, she recently auditioned for a talent show and was one of the 12 kids selected to perform. She will be singing Fight Song by Rachel Platten in front of her entire school….is this kid brave or what?! Now I realize that I may sound biased because I am her aunt, but she is AMAZING! She is so full of artistic and musical talent for a girl her age and never ceases to leave me in total awe. I really admire her courage because it’s something that I definitely struggled with when I was her age…public speaking – no thank you!! So needless to say, I am a pretty proud auntie right now.

As adults we could learn a great deal from kids, their ability to not take life too seriously and how they are so capable of living in the moment without looking so far into the future. Yes, with age comes added responsibility and our outlook on life changes when we’re more in touch with reality, but as we get older it seems like we forget about what we need right now. There is this need to focus so much on a destination, and reach for something in order to feel whole only to be disappointed and let down if we don’t get it. It’s difficult to be truly happy if you’re constantly looking ahead for something that you don’t have rather than enjoying where you currently are in your life.

It’s easy to look at the big picture and see this life that you envision for yourself. As a little girl I knew that one day I would want a family of my own – ideally my 4-year-old self planned on marrying Jordan Knight from New Kids On The Block or Johnny Depp but that didn’t pan out 😉 … I am really working on trusting the “journey” (I’ve watched way too many Bachelor episodes!), enjoying today and focusing on the blessings that have come my way recently. I used to get myself stuck in this space between where I currently was and where I wanted to be, but everything happens for a reason…maybe in order to discover that reason we have to just be. 🙂


In the end, she became more than what she expected.
She became the journey,
and like all journeys, she did not end..
She just simply changed directions and kept going.

– R.M. Drake