All posts tagged: family

| love, an ocean a part |

It’s hard making a decision to leave; and yet, it’s so easy. I knew before I even decided where I wanted to be that I’d be living abroad. That I’d be thousands of miles away from my family and closest friends – but somehow none of that bothered me. I made my choice; I moved across bodies of water and country borders; I left my life as I knew it to create a life I dreamed about; I’m here now; I’m happy and I’m sad. It’s something that doesn’t quite hit you until important events start passing and you can no longer just drive up the street to be apart of it. It’s a phone call, a skype date, a letter which keeps you in touch. There’s nothing physical about it anymore — just love that somehow keeps you together, even though so much distance keeps you a part. It’s these friendships and relationships I cherish the most – yet hurt me so much at the same time. I’ve missed one friends wedding shower; I”ll miss …

| the beauty of couch surfing |

When I say that I use CouchSurfing [CSing] to meet new people when I travel or while living in my own city, I get mixed reactions from isn’t that really dangerous? to wickedddd. When I first heard the idea of CSing it seemed a bit odd to let a stranger into your home, possibly give them keys and trust them openly with your things. But then I realized that’s essentially what you do with moving into a shared apartment with strangers – except you live there a bit longer than a few days. I started little by little with CSing and decided to make a profile. I went to visit a friend of a friend in London and we made references for each other and so it began. She was the first one of my friends to actually use it for real while traveling through Spain, and little by little I started to become more involved and more open minded about the idea. Since then I’ve travelled through nine different countries using CSing to meet locals …

| grateful: last week of sept |

Starting in mid-August I started a project called 21 Days of Gratitude. I wrote down three things a day for which I am grateful. Since the project came to an end I haven’t been writing down my gratitude daily – however, I’d like to make it a weekly routine. I’d like to consciously take time out of my day to think about what makes me happy, what I’m grateful for, and share it with you all. I know those 21 Days helped me to take each day and find what’s beautiful around me – even if I’m feeling down. The simple fact I can read and write should remind me of how lucky I truly am. So for the last week of September I have the following to be grateful: Weddings – seeing the happiness first & love between two people. Makes me believe in the tradition despite all the divorces and people abusing the right to be married. Smiling or saying hello to a stranger. When people say thank you when you’ve helped them.   So, what are …

| I’ll MISS THIS |

Driving to Augusta this morning with the country radio station revving me up for an all day conference I needed to be awake for – it hit me: I only have two weeks left in this country for a long time. I only have two weeks left driving my truck, listening to country music on the radio, and living with my parents. Some things I’ll miss more than others, some will just become fond memories. I’ve realized these are some of the things I’ll miss the most from the USA: My family My friends Snuggling with Lily Driving the yota a.k.a. my toyota tacoma Blasting country music and driving down back roads The way the leaves change & the smells of fall in Maine Not having to pay rent (or the heating bill, the electricity, etc.) Relatively cheap peanut butter – but let’s be honest, I’ll probably still buy it in Spain I’m sure as time goes by once I’m in Spain I’ll realize more things that I miss about this country. But I can’t dwell on …

| ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE |

This is an article I wrote last winter for a journalism class at King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I came across it tonight as I was digging through my computer looking for samples to use for internship applications. So, I thought I’d share with the rest of the world as well: A Second Adoption “All of my neighbours have siblings,” says Tighe, lying on her bed, stomach-down and elbows propping her up, talking with me on Skype before her basketball game. “So, when I was home alone during the summers and they were doing other things – that’s when I’d feel lonely.” The idea of adopting a second child first came up for the family when Tighe asked her parents for a sister because she “was bored.” The neighbourhood where the Lochs live has proven more than just a place to call their home. Many of the residents have children that Tighe has grown up spending summer after summer playing with in pools, playing basketball, and riding their bikes and scooters around the cul-de-sac. …

| HAPPY UP HERE |

I’ve been away for awhile. But now I’m back. Last time we spoke, I was just getting back from London and telling you about my love affair with the city. To say the least, much has changed (except the fact that I’m still madly in love with London). Now, I’m sitting in my bed in Kennebunk, Maine. My hometown. My comfort zone. I love being back in my small town, I love seeing faces I recognize on the street, I love driving by the beach every-single-day. I’ve made a few new friends in town, but I love being so close to my high school friends. They have become such an important part of my life, and I can’t imagine a world without them. Although, now having been away from Halifax for a year and a half, I can say I miss it dearly and all the amazing people I created memories with in that city, that country. You all will hold a special place in my heart and it saddens me that that part of …

| A TIME ALONE; A REFLECTION |

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” – Oscar Wilde This quote struck me today. It’s exactly what I sought to do during my travels at the beginning of the year, and that’s exactly what I got. I have always been an independent person, making time for my friends, family, and past boyfriends while still managing to find time for myself. However, I felt that I had never really spent time alone – away from the people I cared about – and I wanted to experience that. I found I could take care of myself at my lowest points and I could push my boundaries and put myself out there to meet new people. Some of whom have become great friends. – – – – These are just passing thoughts on the time I spent roaming around Europe. I can’t believe it’s already been nine months since I began that journey. I’m that much stronger, self-sufficient, and happier …

| HAPPINESS, FOUND |

Twenty-one days ago my friend and I watched a video talking about happiness. The speaker said it’s not about looking forward to happiness, it’s about creating it in the here and now. We can’t attribute happiness with achievement and success, because once we attain those objectives we’ll only set new ones – continuously pushing away our “ideal” happiness. Unfortunately, this is how most people operate. I only hope that everyone I encounter I’m able to help them realize that its how they choose to celebrate each moment that will bring them happiness and it’s not something we have to push away until we achieve something in particular. After watching this video the speaker left us with the challenge of finding happiness by taking the following steps in our day to day life: 1) Exercise 2) Do Random Acts of Kindness 3) 21 Days of Gratitude – Write down 3 things a day that you’re grateful for … 4) Journaling 5) Meditation So – along with my regular exercise, journaling, small amounts of meditation (whether its …