Q&A No. 1

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award! Since I’ve posted two Liebster nominations previously (Liebster-1Liebster-2), I’ve decided just to fulfill the question and answer aspect! I’m inspired by The Learnify, who participated in a Liebster nomination with the same approach! Thank you!

A heartfelt thank you to Avid Travel Foodie for the nomination. He writes of all things travel, food and awesomeness! If you live in Pennsylvania you’ll love his blog, as he posts reviews of local restaurants and travel spots! Definitely check out his page.

And now, to answer his thoughtful questions:

1. What’s has been your biggest challenge when you blog apart from writer’s block?

My biggest challenges with blogging have been sharing my personal, deepest feelings and the fear that others will judge my writing. I am typically very private when it comes to my writing, I used to get nervous handing in essays! I was terrified what people would truly think about my writing. I’ve definitely come a long way, and I really have the blogging community to thank for that. Everyone I’ve connected with so far has been so supportive and uplifting, it’s so encouraging!

2. What is your favorite color?

I just love turquoise and blue.

3. If I were to hand you a 1-way ticket, where would you go?

Right now I’m tempted to say Jamaica. I am really in the mood for relaxation and white sandy beaches. If you asked me tomorrow, my answer would probably be different.  I want to go everywhere and anywhere!

4. If you were given $100,000, what would be the focus of your social enterprise?

I’d aim to help the people who lost so much in both Fort McMurray and Orlando.

5. What’s your biggest achievement so far?

Graduating university was huge for me. I think my trip to Vancouver was my ultimate personal achievement. It has been an experience I will never forget and I got to cross a huge experience off my bucket list!

6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Writing for a living- complete independence!

7. What’s your favorite dessert that you can have after every meal for the rest of your life?

Mcdonalds’ triple thick vanilla milkshake. Mmmmmm.

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve want to do but have never done?

I’d love to go skydiving. I don’t know if I’d be able to go through with it because I have quite the fear of heights, but it would be exhilarating.

9. Who is your inspiration?

My dog Marley inspires me. He’s so lovely and happy and active. He makes me want to be better.

10. If you were to partner with a fellow blogger, who would it be and what would you do?

I’d definitely partner with my boyfriend, Trhippie. He has a passion for photography and I believe if we combined our two mediums with our love to travel, we could have a pretty wonderful blog!

11. Describe yourself in 4 words without spaces using a hashtag in the beginning.

#WhenCanWeEat. I just love to eat…

How would you describe yourselves in a 4 word hashtag?


Liebster Award Nomination Pt. 2

I’ve been nominated for my second Liebster Award!

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Initially I was weary about posting a second Liebster Award blog, but I love its purpose and I genuinely have fun writing and reading other bloggers posts! To those of you who don’t know, the Liebster Awards are a fun way of supporting small blogs of 200 followers or less. It has also helped me get to know my fellow bloggers, and gives others a little insight into who I am (If you care at all).

First, I’d like to thank everydaychick for the nomination. I love her page and her writing ability. She can write about absolutely anything and make it enjoyable. My favourite post is Growing Pains. Her story inspired me, teaching me to always know my worth, personally and professionally. I definitely recommend checking her out!

The updated rules for 2016 are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post on your favorite blog. (not your own.) Explain why this blog is your favorite and link to it.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5-11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for this award.
  6. List the rules in your post.
  7. Inform your nominees that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link to their blogs.
  8. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

Favourite Blog

My favourite blogger is Behind the White Coat. She is at the blogging level I hope to achieve. She has been featured on Discover and Freshly Pressed, and for good reason. Her posts are a deep, raw look into the life of being a medical doctor. Her posts are often short but sharp. One of my favourite posts is Speak Up.

10 Random Facts About Me

  1. I hope to make writing more than a hobby. My dream job is to work for myself and write. I just don’t know where to begin.
  2. I like beer but it makes me sleepy.
  3. I spend most of my days at work dreaming up what I want to post on my blog page. 90% of my thoughts don’t make the cut.
  4. Often I miss my parents so much that I cry. They live on the other side of Canada. If I could see them right now, I’d hug them forever and tell them how much I love them.
  5. I still only have my Learner’s Permit (G1 if you’re Ontarian like me). I’m almost 25 and I still am learning to drive. I put it off for far too long but now I am finally practicing my driving and by the end of this summer, I will have my license. It’s my mission and my goal to do this for myself.
  6. My boyfriend and I have started growing some vegetables (yellow and green beans, chives, tomatoes). It’s a very small start as we just have a couple of planters on our patio, but it is so satisfying to watch something you created develop and grow.
  7. I love coffee cups. I have a couple “special” coffee cups that no one can use except for me. I’m a little crazy about my coffee.
  8. My ideal Sunday night is spent like this, writing a blog post on my couch while my doggie naps.
  9. Since moving to Vancouver, I’ve been loving oysters. I want to go to all of the oyster bars and try every variety of oyster there is. Nom.
  10. There’s so many hats I want to wear in my life. I want to write, I want to teach yoga, I want to have a few babies, and I want to travel the world. I hope I can squeeze it all in.

Everydaychick’s Questions for Me…

What is the one food you can’t stand? Pudding. The texture, the taste…BLEH!

When is the last time you embarrassed yourself? I embarrass myself on a daily basis, mostly because I’m not usually too aware of my surroundings. Off the top of my head: Recently my boyfriend and I were enjoying a bowl of popcorn and I absent-mindedly asked, “What is popcorn made out of?” Airhead moment.

What is your favorite genre to read? I’ve been loving Science Fiction lately, specifically anything Dystopian, or with focus on Artificial Intelligence, the development of technology and its pros and cons. I love the idea of writing Science Fiction as well, you can truly allow your imagination to run wild.

Who is your biggest blog supporter? I am very grateful to have supportive family and friends. My biggest supporter has been my sister. She reads all of my blog posts and always leaves thoughtful comments.

What age would you do over again? I would do 16 over again. I had such a happy and fun high school experience and I don’t think I really knew how lucky I was at the time. I was too self-conscious and too ungrateful for the wonderful things I had. If I could be 16 again, I would worry less and enjoy the moment more. I’m sure in 10 years I will be thinking the exact same thing about myself now.

What is your guilty pleasure? YouTube. When I have downtime, I’m usually binge-watching YouTube videos.

What is the best tv show of all time? Breaking Bad! The Office! Sex and the City! It depends on my mood.

What do you do to de-stress? Nap. Write.

What is your favorite recipe? I am not much of a cook, but my boyfriend cooks some amazing meals. Recently he did this chicken with brown sugar and God knows what else, but it was delish.

Who makes you laugh? My boyfriend, My dog Marley, my friends Julia and Kristen, to name a few.

“Most people don’t know that I _____” am an introvert. Well, I suppose more people know now that I’ve posted about it, but previous to my blogging about the topic, it wasn’t known to many. I have developed ways to overcome my introversion in many social situations, but sometimes I succumb to it whether I’d like to or not. I push myself to start conversations with colleagues even if I don’t know what to say. It’s the little things.

My Nominees Are…

Cafe Diaries

A Floating Speck

Out and About in Scottsdale AZ


My Questions for You

  1. Do you have a fear you’d like to overcome?
  2. Why did you start blogging? If you don’t already, would you like to write as a career?
  3. Best advice you’ve ever been given?
  4. What advice would you give to other small bloggers?
  5. What is your favourite memory?
  6. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  7. Have you read any great books or series recently?
  8. What is your remedy when you’re feeling down?
  9. Favourite broke meal? (Example- in University when I couldn’t afford proper meals, I ate an excessive amount of PB sandwiches.)
  10. Favourite show to binge-watch?



I’m nominated for a Liebster Award!?

I was nominated for a Liebster Award! To be honest, I didn’t know what it even was until I was nominated. After some research I’ve found out that the Liebster Awards are a fun way to support and promote bloggers of 200 followers or less!


I’d like to thank the lovely Miss Apple Abroad for nominating me. My absolute favourite post from her is Quiet Riot: When Your Existential Crisis Moves Abroad With You. This post is so relatable for the wandering souls out there, and written very beautifully. Check her out!

Here are the rules:

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My answers to Miss Apple Abroad’s questions:

  1. Is there a chance you regret never having taken in life? What was it?

    I like to say that I have no regrets, but I do wish I had gotten more involved in university. Carleton University in Ottawa had a student newspaper called The Charlaton, and I wish I had believed in myself enough at the time to submit some writing of my own.

  2. Name three non-material items in life that you just couldn’t live without.

    Wow this is a tough question. I’d have to say 1. My Labradoodle, Marley. He is my saviour when I feel any kind of upset. 2. Writing. I hate to state the obvious but, writing. 3. Sleep. I love a good nap.

  3. What’s your secret talent?

    It’s a not-so-secret talent to those who know me, but it’s something I haven’t shared on my blog yet. I grew up playing a lot of ice hockey!

  4. Is there anything in life you’re afraid of? What is it and why?

    I fear ending up discontent with life. I don’t want to wake up one day wondering how I got there, why I didn’t go after my dreams, and feeling wholly unhappy with how  my life turned out. I always want to be true to myself.

  5. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten whilst traveling?

    I thought I wouldn’t have an answer to this, BUT ALAS, I’ve racked my brain and come up with one: When I was a baby (maybe 2 years old) I was on vacation in the Bahamas with my parents, and I swallowed a penny. My dad had to fish it out of my throat, poor guy.

  6. Have you ever been in a scary situation whilst on the road? How did you get out of it?

    In my latest blog post The Road to Vancouver: Part 3 I discuss how we almost got hit head on by an 18-wheeler. We got out of it with sheer luck and fate.

  7. What’s your dream destination and why?

    The world is my dream destination. I want to explore everywhere and everything. I feel as though I wouldn’t be able to answer this question until I see everything there is to see. But my next destination will be Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. A place I’ve always dreamed of visiting is Italy.

  8. If you could have a secret power, what would it be?

    I’d have to choose flying. I live across the country from my family and friends and I’d love to be able to fly home anytime I wanted to tell them how much I love them. Also, I’d fly all over the world!

  9. What’s your guilty pleasure?

    When I’m having a night in by myself, I love to watch Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw has the dream life, writing in New York City and always wearing beautiful shoes. I want to be the Canadian version of her, except I usually just wear Vans.

  10. Who do you have a, “life crush”, on, i.e is there anybody out there doing amazing, inspiring things that you’d like to get to know better?

    MalalaYousafzai! Her fight for female equality is so inspiring it gives me chills. She is so outspoken and honest, I wish I had a role model like her when I was growing up.

  11. What do you do to shake up your routine when you get bored?

    Quite literally move across the country. I’d like to say I was kidding about this one, but I’m not. Travel is my answer to boredom.

11 Random Facts About Me:

This section appears to be optional, but I thought I might as well:

  1. I am an introvert
  2. I have an LG G4 phone (R.I.P Iphone)
  3. I bite my nails (I know it’s gross)
  4. I only recently became more confident in sharing my writing online
  5. Pizza is my life
  6. My boyfriend and I have a Labradoodle named Marley
  7. I ache to travel more
  8. I dislike drinking
  9. I love yoga
  10. I am not religious but I love the study of religion
  11. I love connecting with other bloggers

My Nominations and Questions:

  1. The Files of a Traveling Daydreamer
  2. Trhippie
  3. Love, Life & Linguistics
  4. Eat.Travel.Live
  5. A Writer’s Blog

My questions:

  1. Something embarrassing that has happened to you?
  2. What is your all time favourite book?
  3. What is the biggest life lesson you’ve learned?
  4. If you could be or do anything you wanted in the world? what would you be/do?
  5. Something on your bucket list?
  6. Who is your role model and why?
  7. Who is your favourite blogger?
  8. What do you order when you can’t be bothered to cook?
  9. Your all time favourite place to travel?
  10. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
  11. Is there something you wish you could have said but never had the chance to say it? If so, what is it?

What a beautiful start to my morning!