My Thoughts On Blogging

It has been a whole month since I last blogged.

I started my blog in July 2010 with the intention of sharing my travels with all those I know. And, I did. I blogged about my highs and lows, my stories, my experiences. I blogged, a lot. I loved every moment of sharing my travels.

Then, I came home last Summer, re-vamped my blog and focused on blogging my journey towards becoming a teacher and my journey to living a healthier lifestyle. In this past eight months of blogging, I have learned so much from the blog world and I have loved connecting with others.

But, then, last month, I became crazy busy during my teaching practicum and, for the first time in several years, I was truly happy. I woke up feeling ready and excited for every single day. Finding my passion – in teaching – helped me feel so much better about every aspect in my life. I can honestly say that I never knew finding my career would lead me to see my life in a different way. I now have a purpose – one I believe in and one that will shape my life from here on out.

So, somewhere between being crazy busy and very happy, I stopped living to blog – I stopped taking pictures, I stopped thinking about blog posts – that entire aspect of my life just disappeared. And, I didn’t miss it nearly as much as I thought I would.

I stopped living to blog. I started living my life.

And now, a month later, I still don’t know what I want to do with my blog. It has been a scrapbook of my life for the past two years but I don’t feel like it is something I want to use everyday. So, for now, I have decided to stop blogging. My blog will still live and I imagine that I will blog again one day – maybe in a month or a year or five years. But, for now, I am going to stop posting and start soaking up every moment of this lovely life I have.

Thank you for reading my blog! I have loved sharing my life on the vast world wide web 🙂

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Four Days.

In four days, one of the greatest experiences of my life will come to an end.

It is hard to believe that these past few months have gone by so quickly. I loved and savored every single moment. Being a teacher is definitely what I am supposed to be!

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I’ve Been Away…

I can’t quite believe my last post was on March 9th…that is craziness! Life, lately, has been wonderfully busy. Thankfully, I have been taking time to breath and catching up on sleep this week in California 🙂

{Crystal Cove, Newport Beach – March 2012}

Life and blogging will return to normally soon, I pinky swear!

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Hard at Work

Earlier this week, I met up with two of my friends and we spent the day hanging out a local cafe while marking and catching up. The thing is…when you put us three together, I feel like we did more catching up than actual marking 🙂 We also did things like taking goofy pictures…

Oh well, at least we had fun! 🙂

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Hockey, Hockey, Hockey

As I mentioned on Wednesday, when it rains, it pours hockey 🙂

On Wednesday evening, my friend, Laura, had two extra tickets to a Vancouver Giants game so my friend, Heather, and I tagged along to the game with her. It was fun to have a girls night out!

I am heading in a tad late to school today (it is a Pro-D Day), first I am running errands and seeing the Specialist (as a follow-up to my surgery in January). I am ubber excited that it is Friday and that I have the whole weekend free to do marking, planning, yoga-ing and maybe even some baking 🙂

Happy Friday all!



PS I have decided that hockey games might be a good place to meet guys! Thoughts?!

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Facebook Free!

Two weeks ago, I pledge to go Facebook Free for two weeks. My goal was to take time away from being “on” and connected all the time.

I am happy to report that I totally and completely succeeded in my goal! Yay 🙂

This means, I also succeeded in completing another 101 in 1001 goal! 93. Give up Facebook for two weeks – done and done!

It was harder than I imagined it being once the goal was set and I was telling myself I could not go on it, it made me want to go on it even more (isn’t that how it always works?!). But, as the two weeks wore on I found myself forgetting Facebook even existed. I did go on it twice (very quickly!) but other than that I was Facebook Free 🙂 I am hoping that now that I know I can do it, I will just stay off more and only go on it once in awhile. I am going to keep it logged off on my iPhone and computer and see how it goes 🙂

Unplugging felt so good! It is definitely something I need to continue to work on doing!

Do you ever feel the need to “un-plug”?


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Delicious Black Bean Brownies

Recently, after making an amazing brownie recipe for my family, I was craving a chocolaty, gluten-free version that I could eat and not feel (completely) guilty about. I stumbled upon Forgiving Maratha‘s Black Bean Brownie recipe and knew I had to try it. Coincidentally, I had a bunch of black beans defrosted from making Black Bean Brownies. Me making these brownies was meant to be 🙂 hehe

I found these brownies to be both delicious and moist. They did not taste like black beans at all and, unlike a normal brownie, these actually worked as a middle of the day snack, that filled me up. Yay for chocolaty goodness and protein!

Black Bean Brownies
Adapted from Forgiving Martha

1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup sliced pecans

Drain and rinse black beans.  Add beans and melted butter into the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Add in cocoa, vanilla, eggs and salt and blend until completely pureed.  Stir in chocolate chips and pecans then pour into an 8″x8″ greased pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting.

I tried two variations with these brownies. On the first batch I used no nuts and, on the second, I added in sliced pecans into the mixture and put them on top. Both were delicious!

Next time, I may add a little bit more sugar or increase the amount of cocoa just to make sure the taste of the black beans is completely gone. All in all, these are an amazing alternative to regular brownies and will definitely be a mainstay in my kitchen. In fact, I need to go snack on one right now…

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A Canucks Game + Sibling Time

Last night, my siblings and I went to a Vancouver Canucks game. Thought the team lost, we had fun hanging out! It has been a long time since just the four of us have gone out and done something and I am looking forward to many more nights like this in the near future 🙂

{on our way to the game! so exiting.}

{pictures at the game + beer!}

{all four of us! too bad our eyes our so scary looking!}

I spent the day doing work at a local coffee shop and, shortly, I am off to another hockey game (the Vancouver Giants). When it rains, it pours hockey 🙂 hehe

Have a fantastic night!

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Taking A Stand

{spending yesterday morning, participating in my first strike with the teachers}

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A Family Milestone: 400,000km

Recently, my family celebrated a little milestone – the Suburban, that has been the car that has driven us all around, reached 400,00km. Funny enough, a few days later, the insurance expired on it and, since it is so old, my parents decided not to re-insure it.

Though it may seem silly to some that we celebrated this milestone – this car has been in our family for a long time (since I was about 10 – so 15ish years) and it has taken us on countless trips, including:

– A massive 6 week road trip from Vancouver all the way down to San Diego, hitting 7 states along the way (and towing the trailer behind it!)
– Many trips to our cabin and, all around Vancouver Island
– Multiple trips to Alberta
– Summers spent traveling the province, towing the family trailer
– Daily trips around town and picking us up from school
– MANY other adventures 🙂

{snapshots of the car turning from 399,999 to 400,000km! and some celebratory fizzy apple juice!}

{dairy queen ice cream to celebrate! we had to go somewhere on the ride :)}

And, a wee little video I filmed as the car rolled over 🙂

Fun, fun!

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