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Winter Wonderland

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Some of you are probably not going to like this post, and that’s okay. But it seems that Christmas Day is the one day everyone wants to see the scene in the picture above, and most of the time (at least where I am) it doesn’t come. The white stuff seems to be plentiful once the holidays are over. Which isn’t convenient because we are all back at school, work, etc. By now, some of you are depressed from all the snow and the thought of listening to any song praising snow and winter just makes you want to punch something – or someone.

Here in the Great White North, we are accustomed to long, cold and snowy winters. Many decide to head down to the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, while others less fortunate opt to hibernate and binge on Netflix and the like. Nothing wrong with that, however, I choose to embrace winter. That’s right, I actually love seeing the snow, though I hate it when I have to drive in it. But I mean winter is part of what makes my country unique. There is something celestial about hearing the snow crunch under my boots, gazing at the white stuff while inhaling the frosty air. And I want to share a few things to help you embrace winter since you can’t always rely on the possibility of an early spring.

Here are some of the ways you can enjoy winter. For those of you living in warmer climates, feel free to laugh or share this with friends in colder climates.

  1. Skiing – my favorite winter pastime since I was eleven. It’s great exercise and it really gets the adrenaline going. You don’t have to go to the Rockies or the Alps to enjoy skiing (unless you want to). Even a local ski hill will do just the trick. I am fortunate to be within 100 miles of at least six ski hills, and I currently have a season pass to one of them.

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2. Skating – another favorite of mine, and often a more economical winter pleasure. There are bound to be lots of indoor and outdoor choices near you, and if you don’t own skates, you can rent a pair for a modest fee. Plus, it is a great thing to do as a couple or a family. You can even indulge in hot chocolate afterward.

3. Snowshoeing – if skating or skiing isn’t your thing, snowshoeing can be a substitute. All you need is a pair of snowshoes and access to a forest or hiking trail. You might even spot a few furry creatures along the way, such as squirrels.

4. A simple walk through the woods – no equipment needed, just simply take a long stroll down your favorite walking trail. I am also fortunate enough to live close to a mile-long trail that cuts through a forested area. It’s good exercise, fresh air and a chance to get in touch with nature. One thing I love about winter hiking is no mosquitoes, which means a relatively peaceful walk.

Now you don’t have to do the following every day. With our daily grind, it is just not possible. But just once a week is better than nothing. It would be a shame to spend all winter cooped up, soaking up screen time.

One way to bring calmness into your life is to appreciate the present moment. We often get so caught up with what lies ahead, we forget to pause and reflect on what is happening right now. Instead of hating winter and wishing it away, it is better to appreciate it while it is here. Spring will eventually come around.

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Happy Canada Day!

Today is the 151st birthday of my country, and I wanted to dedicate this post to her. On this day, we honor my homeland, which is renowned for being diverse, tolerant and accepting of others. A land where men and women are equal under law. Here you can come as you are and keep your traditions. Today, I celebrate being Canadian, especially as I will soon be working abroad for the next year.

Whether you’re at the cottage, watching the fireworks at home, or just celebrating with friends and family, Happy Canada Day! And a special shout-out to all the Canadians currently living/studying/working abroad!

“I am a Canadian,
a free Canadian,
free to speak without fear,
free to worship in my own way,
free to stand for what I think is right,
free to oppose what I believe wrong,
or free to choose those
who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom
I pledge to uphold
for myself and all mankind.”

– John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada

 

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25 Things I Love About Canada

 

It’s hard to believe my country will be 150 years old on July 1st. I feel privileged to be around to witness this milestone. In fact, this will be the only big Canadian birthday that many of us will be around to experience. When Canada reaches its bicentennial in 2067, I will be in my eighties (if I’m lucky to live that long). Only our children and grandchildren will shall be fortunate enough to witness Canada’s big 2-0-0!

I’m proud to be Canadian. On July 1st, I will walk around wearing a Canadian flag like a cape. I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing that day. I wish I could be in Ottawa with the masses for the big fireworks, but sadly that will not be possible. So in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, I’d like to share 25 things I love about Canada. I wanted to share 150 things, but I realized that I would likely repeat myself, and while 150 things is great, it’s a pretty long list! I’m sure your eyes would be glazing over after 50 things!

So here it is, 25 things I love about Canada:

  1. Diversity
  2. Democracy
  3. Tim Horton’s coffee
  4. Vancouver – my all-time favorite Canadian city
  5. Pierre Elliott Trudeau – probably our greatest prime minister!
  6. Snow
  7. International food in grocery stores
  8. The wilderness
  9. Alexander Keith’s beer
  10. People waving car flags during the European Championship and World Cup
  11. Ketchup chips
  12. Salmon
  13. Michael Bublé
  14. John Candy
  15. Hockey
  16. Maple syrup
  17. Government regulated salaries
  18. Roots clothing
  19. Rideau Canal – the world’s largest skating rink
  20. CN Tower
  21. Niagara Falls
  22. Toonie (our two-dollar coin)
  23. Mr. Sub (Canadian version of Subway)
  24. Canada Goose (the bird, not the parka)
  25. How we embrace newcomers and let them be who they want to be!

 

Happy birthday Canada!!

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