I believe that life is an exploration. I grew up asking questions, pushing buttons, and seemingly always taking mental notes. I’m fascinated by people, their stories, and their different approaches to this beautiful and bizarre existence we share (which partially explains my constant and insatiable “travel bug”). 

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For 4 years, I delved into studying stories of groups in various societies. While my classes often captivated me, I also often daydreamed. As is true for many others, I learn best by doing. 

 

I knew that, in order to maintain sanity, I would need to complement my educational pursuit with some global exploration. So, in the frigid winter of 2012, I left the Canadian prairies and moved to the Czech Republic. Luckily, my erratic school schedule allowed me to take week-long trips between classes, and I began soaking up knowledge and experience in an entirely new sense. By the end of my three-month semester (and the two months of solo backpacking that followed), I had visited over 20 countries. Needless to say, I’d gained most of my knowledge outside of the classroom.

 

After a semester back in Canada, I had the opportunity to do my final internship anywhere in the world – so long as the organization would accept me and my university would approve it. Naturally, I went to Africa. Having been to South Africa twice prior, I felt the country calling me back. And, if I’ve learned anything from author and conservationist, John Muir, it’s this: when something is calling, you must go.

 

Finally, after studying on three different continents, I graduated with my Bachelor of Social Work in 2014. I returned home for my graduation ceremony and stuck around for my regular five-month stint before moving to the Caribbean for a contract with a travel company. Following a two-week lesson that all that glitters is not gold, I flew back to the prairies, stuffed my world into my car, and headed west. 

Everything changed in the last few years. Since moving to British Columbia*, where my equally-eccentric other half and I nestle ourselves between mountains and thick-barked sequoias, I’ve shifted my world to focus on writing and online business. In my continued quest for self-discovery (or, perhaps more likely, self-creation), I withdrew from the realm of stable and secure full-time employment to explore my cornucopia of curiosities. 

 

I went through a bit of an awkward transition from a full-time social work job to blending together scattered contract opportunities in yoga, writing, and coaching. In all honesty, the blending and balancing continues (2017 is my year of YES! – especially when it comes to growing my online business), but I now love riding the wave of constantly learning and growing while moving in the direction that feels right for me.

 

In my spare time, you’ll likely find me hiking or cycling local trails, expanding my ukulele strum pattern repertoire, perfecting my guacamole recipe (watch out, Jeff Goins!), and working on side projects in pursuit of my dream of living simply, creatively, and holistically.

 

*Since spending the last half of 2016 backpacking Southeast Asia, I’ve decided to spend most of this year away from my beloved mountains to be home with my beloved family, friends, and those fiery prairie skies. (I’m also a new dog mom and spend as much time as possible with my absurdly cute husky-shepherd rescue, Penny.)

WHAT FUELS ME

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COUNTRIES EXPLORED

90K

WORDS PUBLISHED

2K

HOURS OF YOGA

65

CONTENT CLIENTS

3K

CUPS OF COFFEE

MORE IDEAS!

WHAT I’M DOING NOW

Most recently updated on April 24, 2017

 

My focus for 2017: FRIENDSHIP, FITNESS, FOLLOW-THROUGH

A year of deepening relationships, building strength, and saying “hell yeah!” to life.

PERSONAL PRIORITIES

Publishing my first book! (Target: Dec, 2018)

Exploring and investing in my local community

Exercising regularly (focus: yoga, climbing)

Writing prolifically on self-care, travel, growth

Trying out new activities and creative outlets

PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS

Writing actionable self-care newsletters, blog posts

Expanding self-care coaching, developing a podcast

Productivity coach at Productivityist

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Productivityist | She Owns It | YogaBasics | InnerSpartan

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