You Belong Among The Wildflowers

Have you ever experienced something so wild that it was sure to be fate because there just couldn’t be an explanation for how it could possibly happen to you? Me too.💁🏼

Specifically this past weekend. The bf and I went to Seattle to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with The Lumineers as the opening act – our personal fave. And the entire experience was nothing short of magical. Let me tell you why!

The concert was at Seattle’s own Safeco Field and can I just say that this was the most EPIC venue – aside from The Gorge amphitheater – that I’ve ever been to. We were among 40,000 people and it was surreal to hear just about all 40,000 of us sing Free Fallin’ in unison. I’m telling you: pure magic. But that’s not how it began…dun dun dunnn…

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Pre-concert photo – before we knew of the chaos we’d be in for…

We arrived at a time we thought might be early enough…spoiler alert: it was NOT! The lineups were like nothing I’d ever seen. I’d say most of said 40,000 people were in line with us at this very moment. I would later find out that security were performing some new methods which caused the major delay getting in. Both of us were worried and came to terms with the notion that we would likely miss the opening act entirely…disappointment ensued….but….by a stroke of luck we finally made it in.

At this point it was 8:00 and the Lumineers came on stage at 7:30. We knew we had missed a few songs but hoped we would at least make it for some of our favourites. Once we made it passed security, Ramsey took my hand and we raced as fast as my ankle boots could take me – impressively fast might I add – up many stairs and through crowds of people to discover we were just in time for the next song. We were beyond thrilled! And this next song that we had arrived just in time for just so happened to be it…the one…the one I’ve proclaimed to be ours. I can’t begin to express the sappy typical-emotional-Amy feelings that followed. Many months of anticipation and excitement led to this moment and we hoped for nothing more than to be able to hear one of our favourite bands play this particular song. It proved to be one of my favourite moments we’ve ever had together.

The concert was nothing short of incredible and I’m so grateful to have been able to experience it with my person. I gotta say, I really do live for moments like this with people that mean so much to me.

That’s what it’s all about ❤️

-Amy

PS – couldn’t end this one off without a Tom Petty classic:

 

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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 🙂

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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.

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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 😀

-Amy

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

 

 

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? 😀

-Amy

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Cycling in Playa Del Carmen

 

Always Take The Scenic Route

A couple of months ago I craved a getaway, an adventure of sorts. I began to research destinations with one of my sisters. We knew we would only be gone for a short time, and needed to take into account that wherever we decided on would certainly be a road trip! We came up with many feasible options but none that we were completely sold on. It was then that we stumbled upon Oregon – it was perfect! Beautiful, serene, relaxing and about an 8 hour drive from Vancouver, BC, where we live, which by our standards was doable. Our online quest for accommodation led us to a lovely little condo directly across the street from the ocean in Cannon Beach…SOLD! I packed a weekend’s worth of clothes, adult colouring books, a good camera and off we went!

My sister ditched her usual road trip Glee soundtrack mix (forever grateful heh heh) and agreed to listen to my Serial Podcast suggestion (which I highly recommend), but not before making me sit through Jenny McCarthy’s talk show on satellite radio – but if I’m being honest, I didn’t hate it. Couple of pit stops and some stale whopper chocolates later(they barely made it out of Walmart before I was seeking out the nearest trash can) and we were nearing Astoria. Considering I am a HUGE Goonies fan this excited me greatly, because for those that don’t know, Astoria is the birthplace of The Goonies. We were only passing through but managed to scope out some areas where the movie was filmed, including the iconic house – though from afar. Understandably, the owner doesn’t appreciate trespassing fans so if you’re interested in checking it out, it has to be from a distance!

We of course opted to take the scenic route from there and I’m sure glad we did because if we hadn’t, we never would have encountered the porcupine along the side of the highway – yes, my sister and I are an excitable pair and there was no chance we weren’t going to seize this opportunity and risk getting quilled for a couple photos. So we made a sharp u-turn, parked just close enough and treaded lightly to get a photo, which was also from afar – porcupines don’t appreciate trespassing in their territory either and we respect that. The scenic route tacked on more time to our drive but we didn’t mind, it was nice to be unplugged and not feel like we needed to rush. Life is busy enough, to be able to take our time and enjoy the drive was so necessary.

When we finally reached Oregon and I saw the ocean that I so vividly remembered from a trip I took with my parents over 15 years ago, I was overwhelmed with emotion because I just knew this was exactly where I needed to be, I needed this trip. Of course having one of my sisters by my side made it that much more meaningful. Oregon was like a dream..it was so surreal and even my camera couldn’t capture it’s true beauty – though I tried my hardest! My sister and I explored each day to the fullest getting our boots wet in the ocean, carving images in the sand with sticks that had washed up on the shore, eating glorious food and getting bitten by the same little a-hole dachshund (though he be but little, he was fierce – we had the puncture wounds and bruises to prove it!!). We spent the evenings colouring like the true adult children we are, watched Pete’s Dragon and ate some of the best pizza we’ve ever had. Oregon, you were good to me, and I can’t wait for the day that I can return! It was truly a trip for the books, or for a blog in my case 🙂

-Amy

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My First Entry! :)

Hello Friends!

I wanted to start the year off with something new, something a little risky, and something I’ve been contemplating doing for a while. So I decided to start this little blog here, and I’m not exactly sure what direction it will take, but considering I am a person with a pretty active mind, I thought, what if I shared some of it with you! Maybe it could help some of you along the way, or you can just follow me in my simple, a lot of times boring, but sometimes pretty adventurous life 🙂

I’ve always believed living life is about balance and it took me a long time to realize that it’s ok to say no to things that don’t serve you but to also be brave and take on things that might scare you a little, because quite often those are the things that fulfill you most. It’s completely ok to not have everything in your life figured out, so don’t let it discourage you from continuing to live your truth. You might find that if you sacrifice what is most important to you or try to race through life, you could really lose out on the moments that you don’t want to miss. We all have a purpose, we just have to figure out what that purpose is at our own pace.

This year I am opening myself up to new challenges and new adventures. So let’s see how this one goes! 🙂

-Amy