Beautiful Alien

Jul 5, 2016 by

  Capitol Reef National Park was my first taste of the strange landscapes and logic-defying combination of cute, fuzzy plants, sheer rock faces, saturated red earth, ancient petroglyphs and resilient cacti. While driving through the park, I continuously leaned forward in my seat, and repeatedly said, “Weeeeird.” Mind blown. Never have I seen textures, colours and life forms in this unusual cocktail before. On the one hand, that’s not saying much; coming from the Canadian prairies, a cactus excites me. On the other hand, Capitol Reef is world class, and I would recommend it to anyone given a fraction of a chance.  Truly, I was transported from planet Earth. I could have been anywhere: Mars, Planet X, a place even my overactive imagination couldn’t procure. I still have lots to share from Capitol Reef and Utah’s other...

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A Love Letter To My Bod (And Yours)...

Jun 19, 2016 by

This is not my best angle. Nor is it my best work posing. It’s easy for me to look at this photo and pick apart my flaws. Why? Simple… years and years of conditioning. It probably started growing up in a society consumed with physical appearance, a lack of cellulite, flawless skin, the perfectly balanced and proportional form. It probably wasn’t helped by the fact that I danced competitively for many years, and since I didn’t have a dancer’s body, I picked, analyzed, criticized. I have lived, for far too long, in a continuous pattern of body shaming. I know I’m not alone.     I’ve had grey hair since I was 7 years old, cellulite and veiny legs since I was 14, I’ve battled pimples most of my life, and I have scars and...

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Park Sampler

Jun 12, 2016 by

Capitol Reef National Park   Goblin Valley State Park   Been too busy livin’ life to get around to post anything! There’s so much to recount: Capitol Reef, Goblin Valley, Utah Pride, Las Vegas, Arches National Park, and all the food. Seriously, I made a list of restaurants that I’ve tried and want to try, and let’s just say that will be a looong post when I get to it! In the meantime, here’s a video of the highlights from a recent whirlwind trip: Salt Lake City to Torrey, Utah, then Capitol Reef, Factory Butte and Goblin Valley.   [vimeo https://vimeo.com/167830884] ____________________________________________________________________ Don’t be a stranger! Stop by my social media and say hi! Find me on Facebook, twitter and...

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You’ll Get There

May 26, 2016 by

  From time to time, I’ll liken optometry school to piano playing. If I went to piano playing school without ever having touched a piano before, and spent every day practicing and learning music theory, how good would I really get in four years? The first year will be rough. Everything is new, strange, and adapting will feel like trying to shove a square block into a circular container. (That’s how I felt in first year, anyway.) Second year will be better. Things will be more familiar, and there are oodles of opportunity to build on the awkward, sometimes shaky foundation begun in first year. Come third year, you now have skills. You’re eager to try them out, get into a concert setting and perform. But. You’re nervous. You’ve only been playing and learning...

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The View From Here

May 20, 2016 by

  On my mind: Taking the time to really care for another human. I just completed my fourth week at the clinic here in Salt Lake City. It’s been a real treat for socially anxious, introverted little me, to take a good chunk of time out of my day and just listen to someone else talk about what’s going on in their life, with their eyes. Being able to dedicate my schooling and three hard years of learning to actually helping(!) someone, is an incredible thing. In school, I’m usually so selfish, 100% in self-preservation mode. Here, I get to chat with people and find out all sorts of things (like the story of the firefighter who doesn’t like to slide down the pole). In between problems of dry eye, haloes, and even things like...

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Miles & Fahrenheit, I Suppose...

Apr 26, 2016 by

  2,978 km. 3 days, 2 nights. 4 hotel room beers. Countless potato chips. The stuff of road trips. The landscape evolved from the cloudy prison that is Waterloo, to the massive, sprawling freeways south of Chicago. The roads whittled down once more, and we swayed our way through the shire-like hills of Iowa, trees already in full bloom. Nebraska took me to my home – the (Canadian) prairies – where nothing but flat farm land stretched ahead. Some call it boring, but I know it’s all about the sky. We slipped through a quixotic dream of windmills, transporting us to an alien land, a place altogether extraterrestrial. Then, came Wyoming. I’d been there before, a year ago, on a trip with my guy. The familiar ground had me nostalgic for our time together....

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