Happy Canada Day and July Goals

Happy Canada Day (yesterday) everyone! I don’t often show my patriotism, but I truly am a very proud Canadian. I can rave about this travel destination and that, but when it comes down to it there is no place I’d rather live than Canada. And sometimes the most beautiful places are right here at home. I love Canada – Happy 148th Birthday.
As I sat on a quiet train feeling a little under the weather from last nights celebrations, I took one of those rare and dream-like moments to take a look at my life lately. You’ve read it all in my ‘Life Lately’ posts, but living it has gotten me caught up in a crazy whirlwind and I feel I rarely get time to breathe. The days are long and busy, I know, and there’s not much I can do about that. But going forward I want to take a little more time to breathe. I want to spend more time with the ones I love, spend more free time at home, communicate better with friends abroad, and stress less about work and money.
After a spendy June, I think it’s about time to tighten the purse strings and spend a whole month saving (sigh, it’s hard to be an adult). I’m making future plans, but also trying to enjoy the here and now. Time to balance out my life, appreciate the little things, breathe deep, and enjoy my life! I live in this beautiful country, and I’m happy.

The True North Strong and GOLD – A Proud Canadian Moment

image image web-hockey-canada-olympic-gKirsten Wall, Dawn McEwen, Jill Officer, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jennifer Jones

Although July 1st is officially the day in which Canada celebrates its nationhood and celebrates the day in which it became a country 147 years ago , no Canadian is ever more proud of their country than the day we bring home an Olympic gold medal in hockey. I’m not really a massive sports fan, only really during tennis ATP season. But this morning, on the final day of the olympics, I awoke at 6:45am with the rest of this nation is preparation for the Men’s Gold Medal hockey game in Sochi. Already on a gold medal high from back-to-back golds in women’s and mens curling, as well as in women’s hockey, the stakes and the expectations were high. I think a large majority of Canada was already breathing a sigh of relief knowing that we were not going up against the USA, but we also knew that Sweden and the Triple Crown could give us a run for our money. But not quite….and Canada won 3-0. I don’t want to downplay any of the 10 golds, 10 silvers, 5 bronze and 25 medals in total that Canada won throughout the games, but with these 4 golds in the last three days, Canadians are proud to say that “we have won the Olympics”. Doesn’t matter if we won the most medals, or the most golds, but to all Canadians these medals have capped it off and have solidified a win in the hearts of all Canadians. So congratulations Canada – it’s moments like this that I’m so incredibly proud to be a Canadian from the true North strong and free.