Travel and exploring new places is one of the biggest forms of self care for me, but with the pandemic going on, my dreams for a trip to Spain + Portugal in 2020 have been completely dashed. To be honest, I don’t know if I am ready to travel too far away from home in the near term future, so all my big trips have been sidelined until probably at least late 2021. So instead, I decided to take a page out of my friend Linda’s book and explore off the beaten path within Alberta. One of the things I love are road trips with some of my best friends as we always have a fun time and the rides are always filled with good convos!
This past weekend, we decided to head down to Red Deer and wander beyond Gasoline Alley for an afternoon. It was pouring rain when we left home and I was very concerned that we wouldn’t be able to do more than have lunch, but just as we were pulling into Red Deer, the skies cleared and the sun started to shine!
One of the things that I have been working on over the past few years is trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle by making conscious choices in what I buy and how I shop. Some of this has led to focusing on shopping local, focusing on slow/ethical/sustainable fashion, and buying less in general. In addition to that, I have been trying to reduce the amount of plastic in my life and I wanted to share the start of my sustainability journey as part of Plastic Free July.
Oof… It’s been a really long time since I’ve updated this blog (-_-). To be honest, as my domain has come up for renewal the past few years, I have been thinking – is this the year I finally shut it all down? The last 2.5 years have been difficult in different ways and lol would not be what I would consider the best years. Finding the time and energy to commit to a blog that wasn’t working/relevant anymore didn’t seem to be worth the effort, although 2020 might be the year I try to pivot and create a space that makes sense to me and not worry about whether or not it generates likes and views. In this current time and place, I feel like a blog dedicated to reviewing food etc. is not the right thing for me anymore. If that is what you’re looking for, Instagram is probably a better fit! Of course, there are many people who do a much better job than I would, especially those with beautiful photos and reviews in their stories and captions. Truthfully, I have reached the point where I am a not great influencer – I am not interested in it as a side hustle and am tired of the politics and drama around influencer communities, so I say no to opportunities and events, which certainly isn’t the most brand friendly. The pressure to post and constantly chase the new is tiring and it turns out – too much for this procrastinator.