#GOALS2017

New Year – new you, right?  I’ve been reading so many blog posts about how to actually follow through with the goals you set, and different goals that different blogs have set for themselves (both personally and professionally) and I think I’ve been inspired.  I’ll be the first to admit, I have written in a journal on January 2nd about all the goals and resolutions I have for the year.  And, yes, they are very predictable.  Things like staying ahead of my studies, working out more, and eating healthy all topped the list.  Year after year though I have never really followed through.  So, this year, I have decided to write my goals down on a bigger platform, and hopefully keep myself accountable for the things I say.  AKA, I’ve told you so now I have to follow through!

This year, I am taking a semester off.  After being in school for well over the majority of my life, it is kind of weird not going back and hitting the books.  Although I do plan to go back in September, and am going to do some ‘personal studying,’ I am taking this time to appreciate not having major deadlines, multiple chapters to read, and the all-consuming stress that comes along with school.  Instead, I’m going to take some time, focus on myself, commit more time to my photography, and potentially work three jobs (…yes, I just said three jobs, I believe I still qualify as a “starving student”).

So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2017!

  1. Go the gym
  2. Drink more water
  3. Save money
  4. Eat out no more than twice a week
  5. Focus more time on my blog, and make it something that I love and am proud of
  6. Take more pictures
  7. Cook supper for Shaugn more often
  8. Read more often
  9. Eat healthier
  10. Get outside more

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to follow through with these as best as possible!  I’ll also try to document as much stuff and I can so that all of you can keep me accountable.  If you’d like to follow me throughout the year and see what I’m up to, be sure to check out my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr pages!  I’m also going to try to keep this blog as up to date as possible, and maybe add some more content, such as lifestyle, recipes, etc (I know, me cook?!).  Here’s to 2017!

#GOALS2017

The Holidays

Hello 2017!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years.  I decided not to post a blog for the last week of 2016 because I was between being home and heading to Montreal, and I decided to prioritize spending time with friends and family over worrying about what my next post was.

My Christmas was spent at my parent house, and I was lucky enough to get almost 4 days off.  It was so nice to be home for the holidays and not have to worry about driving home in any bad weather or trying to get back to town to go to work.  It was also great because my uncle was home from Alberta – whom I haven’t seen in a year and a half – so I got to see him most of my time home.

After Christmas, I jumped on a plane to Montreal to spend New Years with Shaugn and his family and friends.  Although our trip was cut a day short as we decided to drive home before the bad weather hit, it as a great time!  We spent New Years at his friend’s house, where we had a huge supper, and spent the night outside by the bonfire and driving snowmobiles around.  At midnight, we all popped some bubbly and set fireworks off.

While we were in Montreal, Shaugn and I did go on a tiny adventure to Sandy Beach to go for a hike through the woods and take some pictures.  The “tiny” adventure got even more exciting when we got the car stuck off the edge of the road…

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Although no one ever really wants the holidays to be over, I am very excited to see what 2017 has in store!

 

The Holidays

Christmas Lights & Presents

WOOHOO, exams are officially over!  I finished my last exam on Tuesday night (pray for my marks, please..), and to celebrate, Shaugn and I went out to North Rustico to look at all the Christmas lights.  If you are from the Island, you should definitely check out the lights in North Rustico.  It all started (I believe) with a family who lost their son over 20 years ago, who decorate their yard bright enough for him to see from heaven.  From there, multiple homes within the community have also gone to insane levels of decorating, and it is definitely a sure way to get you into the Christmas spirit.  You’ll even be greeted by a boat covered in lights as you enter the community.

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Also this week, Shaugn and I had our early Christmas.  We did this last year and, keeping with tradition, did it again this year!   Shaugn and I don’t really get to see each other over the holidays because he spends his in Montreal and I spend mine on lil ol’ PEI.  So, our options are have Christmas before he leaves for the holidays, drag all the presents to Montreal and have Christmas on the 28th when I get there, or wait until after we get back on January.  So, we have elected to do an early Christmas!  I do have to admit, it feel weird opening presents early, and we even cheated and opened them a day earlier than we said we would this year, but it is so great to watch each other open the presents, and guess what each gift it, and just spend our little holiday together 🙂

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Christmas Lights & Presents

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 🎄

That’s right, it’s December, which means Christmas is just right around the corner!  Now, this is something that I don’t normally partake in (Christmas decorating, that is) until after exams.  I’m very much so bah-hum-bug until the semester is officially over.  This year, however, I decided to celebrate early.  Shaugn and I decorated his apartment this past Saturday, and even went up to my parent’s home on Sunday to decorate their tree (Mom insisted that it was to be decorated by us as she drank red wine on the couch – “managing”).  All in all it was a great weekend to separate the end of classes and the beginning of stu(dying) for exams!

The big difference between Shaugn and myself when it comes to decorating is that I love simplicity, white crisp lights, and a more modern look, whereas Shaugn loves the different colours and more traditional decorations.  Last year, I surprised him by going out and buying lights to wrap around his deck, as well as some bows to tie to the posts (which have since blown away in the wind, RIP).

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According to both Shaugn and my mother, my tree “floofing” skills are sub-par.

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If this smile(?) doesn’t say holiday spirit, I don’t know what does…

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Already planning on how is going to tear the tree down before we even finish putting it up.

Side Note: the tree lasted roughly 48 hours before ornaments started becoming toys.

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One of my favourite things of spending the holidays with someone else is learning about their traditions and how Christmas was for them and their family.  This summer, Shaugn and his folks went on vacation to Cape Breton, and along the way his mom picked this up.  She intended on hiding it for him to find when it came time to decorate, but she ended up showing him where it was hidden before leaving (probably for fear that we would break it lol).  I’m so glad that Shaugn gets to go home to spend the holidays with his family, even if I will miss him like crazy until I head to Montreal for New Years.

Finally, we tried to get a “family” photo.  As potentially unsuccessful as this was, I am not surprised that the cat took this opportunity to show his love and affection for us (well, me.. Shaugn feeds him the most so he’s in the clear).

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Hope everyone has as much fun as we did decorating and getting ready for the holidays!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 🎄

Hello, It’s Me

It’s been a snowy, and quite frankly gross, week on PEI.  With the roads being sub-par, adventuring in my little 2002 Jetta was probably not in my best interest.  So, I’ve decided to post yet another picture from the Hopewell Rocks (I know, I know, I’m sorry!).  But don’t worry, I am looking forward to getting out once this wet and yucky snow ends, and getting some pretty wintery pictures, and maybe even some festive ones as the holidays approach!  (PS kudos to Shaugn for actually taking this picture for me, xo).

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Now, I know I can’t just post a picture of myself and call it day.  Instead, I have decided to do something similar to what I did in Shaugn’s post, and let you all know 10 different things about me!  Enjoy 🙂

  1. I want to by a physiotherapist when I “grow up” (whenever that happens…)
  2. If Shaugn has his way, we will have two dogs, a Boxer (his) and an Australian Shepard (mine)
  3. I have a Youth Olympic Bronze Medal in curling
  4. My (current) favourite past time is watching Gilmore Girls
  5. Although I said I would never need a coffee to get me going in the morning, it is best recommended that you do approach me before I am at least half way through my cup of joe in the mornings
  6. My favourite blog is The Uncommon Law
  7. I absolutely love the outdoors
  8. I want to someday travel to all different parts of the world
  9. I will only clean my room/apartment/Shaugn’s place while listening to 2000’s one-hit wonders
  10. Chocolate covered almonds are God’s gift sent from the heavens

Also, if you haven’t forgotten, this is still one of the best songs there ever.

If there is ever something you would like to see on the blog, please comment below any post!

Hello, It’s Me

Kid at Heart

Rule #34 in life: When asking your significant other to pose nicely for you, you should expect them to do something silly 97% of the time. (Don’t believe me? Check this out.)

As mentioned in a previous post, Shaugn and I were recently over to New Brunswick, and spent our morning hiking at the Hopewell Cape Park.  It was a great morning, with many silly pictures!

Kid at Heart

As this is (I believe) Shaugn’s first time officially being on the blog, I’ve decided to do something different! So here are 10 random facts about Shaugn.

  1. If you are on the island, you can listen to him weekday afternoons on the radio
  2. He is originally from the far away land of Montreal, and is persistently trying and failing to teach me French
  3. The puns will never end, and never really get any funnier
  4. Along with trying to teach me French, he has a degree in Music Performance (Classical Piano), and is succeeding at teaching me how to play
  5. He has a cat named Jack(ass), who he loves and hates more than most things
  6. Although he just turned 26, he acts 7, maybe 8, at best (please refer to picture above)
  7. His favourite shows are HIMYM, Friends, and Scrubs
  8. He will ruin almost every cute, loving, or serious conversation we try to have by cracking jokes or making a funny face
  9. He hates curling, but tolerates it around me
  10. He has the biggest heart and the kindest soul
Kid at Heart

Hopewell Cape

This past weekend, Shaugn and I made the ‘big trip’ over to Moncton, mostly to go to Costco (no surprise there).  When we decided to go on a Sunday, we both thought it would be a great idea to get up a few hours earlier and do some exploring.  As it had been years since I was at the Hopewell Rocks, Shaugn never being there before, and only a 30 minute drive past Moncton, it was determined that this would be our adventure.  Unfortunately, though, when we looked at the tide table, it was going to be high tide.  This meant that the 40 feet of water would slightly hinder the experience of walking on the ocean floor!  We still went, and hiked throughout the park (as Shaugn told me all the ways that the animals in New Brunswick can kill me), and had a great time!

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The really cool thing about the Hopewell Rocks, and the Bay of Fundy, is that they are some of the highest and fastest tides in the world.  When we were there around mid-morning, the tide was around 40ft.  If we would have gone back around 2 or 3, we would be able to walk where the water once was.  The tides rise around 6-7 feet per hour, meaning that in the summer you can hike on the ocean floor, go grab some lunch, and then kayak later that same day.  We did not have time to wait for the tide to go out, however we were able to watch the water rushing out when we got back to Moncton, as some of the rivers that run through the city are connected to the Bay.

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The Lookout

One of the best parts of Mooney’s Pond is the trail that surrounds it.  It only takes about twenty minutes to complete, if you’re a speed walking demon like me, but it is so beautiful with many benches and lookouts. If you wanted to take your walk a little further, an extension around the pond leads you right to the confederation trail!

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I also wanted to give a shoutout to all the people who shared my last picture from Mooney’s Pond.  CBC Prince Edward Island, Views PEI, Tourism PEI, Canon Canada, and everyone else who liked, commented, or shared my picture on Facebook and Instagram.  It’s things like this that motivate me to keep taking pictures (other than the desire to procrastinate studying!).

See you all next week!

 

The Lookout