Summer Planning!

It’s that time of year again – Summer Time! (Also known as Vacation Time!)

Obviously, I have started making plans. If by any chance you’re interested in coming to visit me and/or seeing me during my travels this summer, please leave me a comment or send me a message so I can make sure to fit everyone in!

My first plans are already for next week!

Solo Road trip #1 – Cheticamp in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 

I’ll be landing in Cheticamp Thursday, June 29th late at night – not making any plans other than crashing at my best friend’s house. I’ll be spending the entire day there on Friday June 30th, hoping to do supper with family, then heading back to Moncton on Saturday morning so I can spend Canada Day with my better half.

(Side note – if you want to make plans for Canada Day at night, let’s meet up for the fireworks!)

Solo Road Trip #2 – Cheticamp, again! 

I’ve marked this down as a solo trip because Max and I are both aware that he probably won’t be able to tag along. Summer is the hardest time of year for us to make plans because we just don’t have the same days off. I had requested to get Sunday-Monday off, but it wasn’t possible, so I’ve got Friday-Saturday, which are the only two days that Max works every week.

Despite being disappointed that I’m doing the trip home by myself again, this time it will be to visit the LeBlanc/Bourgeois family, all of whom will be camping out at the Beach! It’s gonna be a fun family weekend, and we’ll even be celebrating my step-mom’s birthday!

Although that was the main point of my trip, I was fortunate enough to get an extra day off work on Sunday to stop by the Inverness County Centre for The Arts where they will be hosting the grand opening of a Tiny House Exhibition! Really looking forward to attending this event and meeting some people from the area to talk about Tiny House Living! If you plan on going to this event, let me know!! And if for some odd reason you need a drive from Cheticamp on the way there, and a drive to Moncton on the way back, I have room in the car! 🙂

Garage Sale

Ok, so that’s not exactly a trip, but it is a part of our summer plans! We don’t have a date picked yet, but I’m hoping in early or mid-July! We’re going to have a ton of stuff to sell for cheap, so make sure you keep an eye out for our poster or Kijiji ad in the coming weeks so you don’t miss out!

Magic Mountain Day with the Mills Family

Nothing is set in stone, but my mom and all of my step-dad’s family usually come up to Moncton once each summer and we spend an entire day at Magic Mountain water park! My mom mentioned it might be in mid-July, so fingers crossed for good weather and that everyone can come visit at the same time!

Camping in Cap Pelé
Ok, we won’t be the ones doing the camping, but the Bernard’s will! Max’s parents have been camping in Cap Pelé every summer for quite a while now, and we are really looking forward to seeing them and spending time at the beach together! Weirdly enough, this is actually where I met the entire Bernard family for the first time ever, when Max and I had JUST started dating! Pretty special spot. 🙂

Halifax Buskers Festival

So this one isn’t even written in my scheduler, but I haven’t attended the Buskers Festival in at least 4 or 5 years now, and I really miss it. Plus, Max has actually never been, so I’m going to try to see if we can squeeze it in, if he’s not working. We could even do a day trip and just get home super super late… (fingers crossed!)

CHANTAL’S WEDDING!

And the most exciting event of the summer… my university roommate’s wedding!!! I am so incredibly excited for this! Did I mention I’m flying over to Winnipeg for their marriage?? Yeah, it’s gonna be quite the adventure!!

During my stay, I’m hoping to visit with some of my friend in the area, and most definitely check out the Assiniboine Zoo!! Any other suggestions on what to see during my 4-day stay? Let me know in the comments below!

It’s gonna be an amazing summer, I can already feel it!

Reality Check

Let me tell you that spending an entire week by yourself is a lot harder than you might think. I legitimately could not have been more wrong with my expectations about what I do during a full week of being alone.

Usually, when I’m alone at home, I feel very motivated, I get a lot of stuff done, and I feel happy doing my me-things. Except this time, I didn’t feel any of that. I felt sad, I felt lonely, I felt drained.

I didn’t really understand everything that I was feeling at first, but it was pretty new to me. I had made all these plans, this huge To Do List that I was so pumped to get started. But then I didn’t want to. I just… didn’t want to.

Ok, it wasn’t like that every single minute of everything single day. The upside was that I currently work 40 hours a week so that kept me pretty busy during the daytime. I would get up at my usual 6:30/7AM, do some meal prep or small chores around the house, eat some cereal and then head to work for the day. We’ve been pretty busy at work too, so time goes by quickly, especially because I love what I do. But then, I get home and I’m tried and I’m hungry, and there’s no one there. I never realized how much I relied on my better half – for everything.

Some people always complain about how their partner isn’t doing this, or isn’t helping with that, and I’m guilty of that too. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed and I wish he would help more, or do more than one chore per day. Except I think maybe I was a little blind sighted, because now that he’s not here, I realize how many things he actually does do.

He hugs me, and kisses me, every day.

He comforts me, no matter what.

He makes me smile, and he makes me laugh.

He makes me supper, and he does the dishes.

He does the laundry – even if it’s just the washing part of it.

He loves my kitty, but he hates admitting it.

He watches TV shows I like, but that I know he hates.

He spends time with me every day, because he knows how important that is to me.

And best of all, he is ALWAYS willing to be silly with me!

I can’t believe it took me so long to realize this. But at least now I can be more mindful, and appreciative of all the things I know he does for me. I can’t wait for him to be home – just one more day to go!!

Reflections on life

The sun is going down, but I am going no where.

That is, I will be going no where if I don’t focus on what matters the most, if I don’t put effort and energy into my priorities and my life goals.

The sun is going down. Where am I going?

Up?

I’m not sure. I don’t even know where “up” is. I suppose forward is a better word.

Yes. Forward.

There is no place I would rather be. And perhaps I sometimes wish I was there faster than I should.

Rushing… always rushing. I wonder why that is.

Regardless, I have this feeling. This feeling that won’t go away. This feeling of hope, of anticipation, of elation.

I don’t know what the future holds, but what I do know is that I am on the right path in life, and it will guide me to where I am meant to be.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that I think I believe in fate.

But I also believe in hard work, in patience, and in overcoming life’s obstacles.

Ups and downs. Day in, and day out. Every day of your life.

Isn’t it beautiful?