10 more days. 10 more days until I leave this place I’ve called home for almost a year and move on to new adventures. Vancouver you have been amazing.
Currently I’m sitting in Starbucks sipping on my grande caramel machiatto reminiscing of all that I’ve experienced and learnt. Cliche. A writer in a coffee shop, the most popular coffee shop in Vancouver.
10. Culture. Living in a different city, you really become absorbed into the culture and start to see just how diverse the world is and how much it and people have to offer to create an open perspective of change and growth.
9. Public transportation. It’s not as scary as I thought it would be. Having a car for so long in Winnipeg and moving to Vancouver without one forced me to learn a new way of life; it forced me to not take for granted all that I’ve been blessed with.
8. The Scandinave Spa in Whistler. I feel really amazing experiencing the tranquil ambience and experience not just for myself but also introducing and sharing the experience with Ashley and my boyfriend Graham
7. The Sea to Sky gondola. I’ve never seen anything more beautiful. It was just by chance Ashley and I stumbled upon the new attraction in Squamish and it turned out to be the most beautiful place on earth.
6. Running the Sea Wall. Running the sea wall with Samantha was uplifting, motivating and a game changer for my thought process. It really made me believe and transfer the belief into my own life that you really can achieve your goals if you just put your mind to it and keep running with it.
5. Sense Spa; my place of work. Amazing co-workers that I’m sure will be life long friends. Professionalism is key being a 5 star spa in a 5 star hotel. My standards of professionalism and sales and marketing has improved drastically!
4. The beaches. It’s surreal to think that you have access to a beach even being downtown Vancouver. I’ve been to both English Bay and Kitsilano Beach. Kitsilano Beach is my favourite. The sound of the waves of the ocean helps keep me grounded and is a friendly reminder that life is constantly in flow.
3. Island life. Traveling to the island to visit a long time friend from high school, Nicole, was awe inspiring as we caught up on life and talked about sustainability and environmental issues. Island life was also my first time swimming in the ocean.
2. Snow shoeing in the mountains. There is nothing more beautiful then submerging yourself in nature in its most peaceful state. Connecting in a way that sparks calmness in the mind.
1. Self discovery. Vancouver is very much a lonely city. A big city that it’s easy to just slip under the radar and not be noticed. You really learn a lot about yourself being surrounded by the comfort of yourself. You find out exactly who you are and your interest based solely on you and your experiences and not swayed or influenced by anyone else.
10 more days. I loved every minute of it. I wouldn’t change anything about my experience, even the times when I felt my loneliest and lost. It’s those moments that helped me grow more beautifully into myself.