Because I believe that what we focus on grows, I know putting time and effort in to celebrating friendships (one of the most important things in my life) will bring me further happiness.
“It’s about taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they’re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our existence. It’s the difference between surviving life and living life.”
– Jenny Lawson in Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
Living life to the full for me, is all about having adventures—big and small. While I could find joy having adventures by myself, I prefer to share the journey with those I love. My good friend Alex and I have talked about the importance of living an adventurous life. No, we’re not going to sell everything and backpack around Europe, or train for a year to hike in the Himalayas.
Adventure is a state of mind. Adventure is about wondering “what if?”—to get curious and take steps towards exploring possibilities.
During this first year of our friendship, Alex and I had many adventures (near and far). Living in two different (and far apart) cities in the Lower Mainland (greater Vancouver area) has meant discovering new places and returning to familiar favourites each time we get together. And every time we get together we talk about other places we’d like to spend time together and travel to.
This anticipation in itself brings happiness. Anticipating adventures with my friend extends the joy of the actual adventure.
You’ve got the ideas. Now make ’em happen.
If you’re like me, you have no shortage of ideas floating around in your head. How many of those ideas do you actually end up acting on/making happen? Maybe it’s shiny object syndrome, or. . .”squirrel!” Whatever it is, it’s time now to start moving forward on some of your ideas.
Here are five key ways to get your ideas off the ground: [Read More…]
Australia has been near the top of my travel bucket list for a long time. I thought I’d be able to make it over there when I lived in New Zealand for a year, but it just never happened.
When it comes to making the trek to far-flung areas of the world, I can’t help but feel nervous and anxious about the long plane ride I’ll have to endure. I didn’t have a great experience with the airline I chose for my long flight to Auckland, New Zealand. When I do go to Australia, I’ll definitely choose an airline I’ve had good experiences with!
I recently learnt about Air Canada’s new daily non-stop flights to Brisbane, Australia. Flights will operate aboard state-‐of-‐the-‐art Boeing 787-‐8 Dreamliner aircraft that offer 20 International Business Class lie-‐flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 210 Economy Class seats. All seats, including Economy Class, feature upgraded in-‐flight entertainment, including personal seatback touchscreens.
Here are seven reasons why culture hounds and sun seekers alike will love Brisbane:
Sometimes, I really want to get out of the city, but still stay relatively close to home. The Britannia Mine Museum is beautifully situated on the Sea-to-Sky Highway just before Squamish. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Vancouver on a very pleasant stretch of road.
I’d driven past it many times before, not sure exactly what the giant structure jutting out from the side of the mountain was. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was a a mine – no longer operational – turned in to a museum. Most people who drive the Sea-to-Sky Highway north from Vancouver are heading to Whistler.
Like other cities and areas of the world, Vancouver has a distinct style, and there are certain essentials one needs in order to both fit in and make it through weather-wise. My friend’s girlfriend is moving to the city for the first time and in order for her to successfully make it through the rainy spring and the rest of the year, I put together this Vancouver travel must-have list. Whether you’re here to stay or you’re visiting, there are a few things that will help make your time here more enjoyable: