This photo is significant to me because it was my very first time traveling to the other side of the world alone to live for 6 months. I took this photo in 2002 at Piha Beach in New Zealand within hours of arriving into the country. This was right before the rain started pouring like I’d never experienced before and my new friend, Haley, decided would be the most perfect time to paddle out for a surf. I think back to that time and laugh at how jetlag never held me back, excuses didn’t occur to me, everything was all so new and exciting and I was constantly running on pure adrenaline. I also laugh at the fact of how out of my comfort zone I was at that time and how much I’ve changed since. This moment here was pivotal for me because it was the first time I truly jumped out of my comfort zone in not knowing anyone, but also knowing that I wasn’t alone. Myself, my surfboard and my big backpack travelled all around the north island meeting new and interesting people, eating different and delicious foods and learning how to go with the flow despite the differences between the ways I was raised and the ways other people did things. After this trip to New Zealand, I went to Australia for half of a year....then Western Samoa... and the list goes on from there. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of adventure and life...and in my own way living life I believe it is meant to be lived....real and raw...constantly being stretched, constantly growing and learning how to both give and receive. This trip forever changed me. https://instagram.com/p/21tFldJTRU/
When I left Ottawa to relocate to Australia, I decided to live in Western Canada for a few months first. I knew I wanted to see more of my own country before flying to the other side of the world for an indefinite length of time. This was the first time I had spent more than a week or two in one place besides my hometown of Ottawa and the first step of a grand adventure that took me to many different countries. The intentional space I created for myself when I made the move allowed me to change my life in so many ways. I learned how to take care of my body, mind and soul. My awareness increased on so many levels. I reconnected with my aunts and cousins and made some other great friends. I also soaked up the breathtaking beauty of the very different landscape out west, and for the first time really felt like I was living day-today as a part of nature and in the flow of life. It was hard not to feel that way with these mountains always in the distance. https://instagram.com/p/213cRWHvjB/
For me, the 3.5 months I spent backpacking through #CentralAmerica had the greatest impact and most personal transformation. It was on this trip I realized I did not want to return to a 9-5 job and that exploring new places and learning through travel is what I want to do with my life! Here I am walking along the beach in #Bocas del Toro, #Panama at the end if my time in Central America! https://instagram.com/p/22EZtzSzUj/
Day hike to Chukkung from Dingboche https://instagram.com/p/22UoetOMvY/ 48
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