Browsing Category : Life

Apollo’s Infected Foot Saga


There’s something I haven’t been talking about the past couple of weeks, my little border collie Apollo is once again nursing a foot injury. It started off with a simple little tear on his left pad. Earlier this summer he sliced off his right pad on our fence which was another saga of infection and antibiotics, but this time the tear was smaller than…

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Freaking Out Won’t Change the Situation


As a Type A overachiever dealing with anxiety is a part of life. When life feels out of control I have to clean and organize my house, car, and yard from top to bottom merely for the sake of feeling in control of something. But in life you can’t control everything and earlier this summer my brother Bruce and sister-in-law Lauren…

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Canadian Olympians I’ll be Watching at Rio


I am a self proclaimed Olympic nerd! As a child I dreamed of the Olympics first in gymnastics, then in figure skating. Through high school and university I hoped to sprint but alas, I’m not that talented of an athlete though I tried really hard. As an adult now, I live through others and will be pretty glued to the…

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Another Fur Baby Down- How to Treat a Torn Pad


Dog owners take note that your dogs pads are extremely sensitive and very susceptible to tearing and abrasions. We had issues with Rocky tearing his pads on hot asphalt a few years ago and over the long weekend little Apollo torn an entire toe pad right off on our chain link fence! A cut like this was much different than…

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2016 Goals- Halfway Check In


We’re actually more than halfway through 2016 now- how is that possible?!?  I realized  I haven’t done a halfway check in of my 2016 goals so it was time to revisit that post. My goal was to streamline- to make life as simple and uncomplicated as I could. Dogs I have yet to do any focused dog training and I…

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Livin’ Carefree


Doing the name change paired with the warm summer days  got me thinking about the original inspiration for Betty LIVIN. Betty was for my Jeep Wrangler that I was absolutely obsessed with and LIVIN was after the Dazed and Confused quote “Just keep livin’! L-I-V-I-N!” That quote always struck a cord with me. I fell in love with the movie when…

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Heartbroken for my Hometown of Fort McMurray


Several times throughout this blog I have proudly called myself a “tar sand” baby. When people hear I’m from Fort McMurray some say “I’m sorry” to which I always reply “It was an amazing place to grow up and I miss it a lot.” I cried myself to sleep last night thinking about this amazing place I grew up in…

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My Sister, Seattle, and the Space Needle


I don’t know what it is about April but both this year and last I travelled a lot this time around. Last year I went to Vegas, LA, Vancouver and Seattle and this year I hit Jasper and Seattle in a two week period. My baby sister Laura and her husband Nick (and their three dogs) are moving to Oslo, Norway…

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Amazing Jasper Weekend & Romance for One at the Fairmont


My weekend in Jasper was so amazing but a little lonely at the same time. I went up to Jasper for two days to run the 10k in the inaugural Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon. Ryan was going to accompany me and we had both been looking forward to the trip for weeks but our damn water heater sprung a…

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Getting Focused with TruBrain


I have been mentally exhausted balancing school work, student teaching, two part time jobs and squeezing in workouts. By 3 p.m. there isn’t enough coffee in the world to wake my brain up and over the course of this past year I’ve discussed struggling with maintaining my energy and focus for a full day. A nootropics company called TruBrain approached…

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Saying Goodbye to My Wonderful Grandpa


When I was a girl of 10 my father was killed suddenly in a car accident. A couple days after the accident my entire extended family was gathered at my home and I saw my grandpa sitting off in the corner. My grandpa was the toughest guy I knew, a Korean War Vet and farmer, I knew that he was…

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Mentally Tough


I’ve always known I’m a strong woman but I learned how much grit I had this past week. As I’ve said before, I’m pretty overwhelmed this semester with a heavy homework load, class schedule (so many group projects) and working two part time jobs. Oh- and running errands, preparing meals, cleaning my house, spending time with my grandparents, trying to…

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Observations From the Classroom


I have now been helping out in a Grade 2/3 classroom seven times this semester and the amount of things I have learned already is astounding! But I’m looking at it from a different perspective than my 18-20 year old peers because my step mom goggles on are on and I find myself observing how parental behaviours influence children’s behaviours.…

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Life Lately.


Hello dear readers! Besides my Friday Fitness Recaps you may have noticed a lack of posts this month. January is always my most boring month. I spend way too much in December on adventures that I have to reel it in for a month or two to get caught up and I hate it! But on top of that my…

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2016 Goal- Streamline


I like to set one or two goals or habits each New Year’s and this year my word is streamline. I’m very happy with where life is going, happy with where my training is going, pretty content overall actually. But i would like to streamline things to make them run more smoothly and more efficiently. Here are some examples of…

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2015 Year in Review


2015 was a year that I will always remember! It was year of big life changes, of happiness for one sister and devastation for another, of travel and adventure, and of acceptance. LIFE  2015 was a year of transitions for me. Ryan and I downsized our home and I was finally able to quit my job and go back to university…

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