Canada 150

Happy Canada Day!

I am super stoked for this Canada Day, like cheer the national anthem at the top of my lungs excited. I mean I actually really like Canada Day every year, I’m proud to be Canadian plus it’s always just a day filled with fun and celebration. But this year is a big one, and it’s my first big milestone type of Canada Day celebration; it has been hyped since like the beginning of the year and now it’s finally time and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously, I’m like smiling right now while writing this. It’s Canada’s 150th Anniversary and it is big deal, I mean on a global scale we are a very young nation and even if our population is really small, our hearts are still strong.

We may be known for apologizing, maple syrup, ‘eh,’ polar bears, forests, peace, hockey and our ‘adorable’ terms, like toque and toonie, not to mention the loonie, but there is still so much more to us. Besides Canada being one of the safest countries in the world and having free health care there is a lot to be proud of. We are one of the most educated countries in the world, patriotism, great tap water, Santa Claus is actually a Canadian citizen, the invention of chocolate milk and basketball, the list really can go on. What I love is the evolution, I mean our history isn’t perfect, even dark at times, but change was demanded and made. Now Canada is one of the most multicultural and accepting, whether it be gender, sexuality, religion, and so on, countries in the world. Like I mentioned we are flawed but evolving and I feel like as time passes there is only more to love about being a Canadian.

In honor of the occasion, I even spent hours hunting down for the perfect Canada Day shirt and a one time only Canada 150 memento. Turns out the excitement turned into a near Canada Day slash tourist in her homeland shopping spree. If I’m being honest though I have no regrets, how can one deny some national pride.

Summer Solstice​

Happy Longest Day of the Year!

Want to know why I love this day so much because it is also the first official day of summer. Spring may be my favorite season but I have to admit that I always have a soft spot when it comes to my love of summer. It just feels like summer is this point where you can take pause, possibly because growing up it was summer vacation, but now I’ve just linked it to something nice, calming. I always want just want adventure in the summer, I make bucket list starting with all the tourist type stuff I can do and get all the way to my summer wish trip. This year it was Germany and I was so close until my mom pulled the plug at the last minute, again. That aside, adventure, books, writing, beaches, all the recipe for a perfect summer that offically started today, I haven’t done anything yet though. But as an added bonus for this glorious day, it is the first sunny day with clear, blue skies.

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! The day to celebrate some of the most important women in our individual lives. Not only did they birth us but they’ve always been by our sides to support us. A mom is your first and loudest supporter and guaranteed confidence booster; she’s the one you want when your sick or just having a bad day; she’s the one you can always count because she’ll thrive to be whatever you need, be it a chef, storyteller, lawyer, therapist, you name it. Eventually, you realize she’s become like your best friend but no matter what she’s always been there, as a safe haven.

Mother’s Day isn’t just about celebrating our moms but it’s about recognizing the women in our lives that have always been there for us. For me today is about celebrating the two women who have had the greatest influence in my life; my amazing mom and my incredible aunt.

First shout out to my mom, the incredible woman who raised me to be who I am today. She is flawed and dependent on others but she is also one of the strongest people I know. Despite periods of unemployment and having basically nothing she never showed it, she worked to make sure that I wouldn’t live any differently, to ensure that my life stayed good. And she continues to do that and more for me today, every day. She’s a mom in the most basic of ways, where all she has ever wanted was for me to have the best that life can give. Even when life tried to push her down and succeed in leaving her with nothing she never let it show and protected me from it all, almost like a superhero.  I really don’t know what I would do without her, she’s a valuable and irreplaceable person in my life. She’s the best mom I could ask for and I love her for that and so much more.

As for my aunt, she gave me a role model to aspire to and has a work ethic that I can only describe as goals. Beyond being one of the kindest people I know she is successful and has proven herself to be resilient. No matter what life has thrown at her or how it tried to tear her down she’s always pulled herself up and put herself back on top, all the while providing the best for her family. Honestly, I think she has been my role model since I was a little kid because she always was this superb person I witnessed in my life; she is my example of having it all. She is a good parent but what makes her amazing is that she’s a hard-working, career woman. As I got older I started to realize truly how much she’s accoplished, and that I really admire her. Her strength is what make her a role model, who she is on a daily is why I consider her my favorite aunt.

To my mom and my aunt, I wish you both the most beautiful Mother’s Day, which I will ensure you both use as an excuse to relax for a day because you deserve it and so much more. As for all the other mother’s out there, you deserve the same, today is the day you get to be celebrated. And remember, we may not always show it but we cherish you every day.

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Today is a day to not only celebrate our beautiful, wonderful planet but also to encourage us to become educated about Earth. It can be recognized as a movement for raising about the environment and the issues that it faces. The environment is being destroyed, and we as a global community need to work together to fix it. We need to maintain our quality of air and water and other natural resources that humanity has not only grossly overused but also neglected. Let’s use this Earth Day as our beginning in helping improvement the environment and save our planet.

Personally, I have decided to use Earth Day as a way to make a resolution on how I am going to do my part in helping our planet. I still suck at the small things so I’ve decided to be more realistic and pick some everyday things that I can do to help. This year I have chosen:

  1. Use reusable shopping bags, beyond groceries
  2. Keep a water bottle on hand (no more plastic bottles)
  3. Find a way to plant a tree
  4. Buy more local
  5. Recycle more than just paper and bottles

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