Hello, Bonjour, Hola and Kia Ora
I'm from Victoria, BC, although I was born in Cape Breton, NS and spent the first few years of my childhood in Rocky Mountain House, AB. I grew up in my dad's backpack, in the forest and on top of mountains. I've always had a passion for mother nature (thanks to my parents) and will take any opportunity to get outside. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be involved in numerous sports and always loved a good camping trip.
After high-school, I wanted to be an outdoor guide, but I was too young to apply for the program I wanted - plus I didn't have the courage in myself that I could do it. I went to Camosun College for a Diploma in Exercise and Wellness, which set me up to take my CSEP Certified Personal Trainer exams. I didn't even want to be a trainer until my ex-boss came into the classroom one day to speak about his company, Innovative Fitness (IF). IF was a huge stepping stone for me; throughout my whole life, I had always been shy and reserved, just trying to fit in like most other kids. Throughout my 2.5 years at that job, I blossomed into the person I truly feel I am. I went through many personal growth exercises, 2 management positions and faced many challenges physically, professionally and emotionally (including completing a Half Iron Man, finding my independence by making several lifestyle changes and letting certain people go, and discovering what I actually wanted in life). It was amazing, it was hard and it was exactly what I needed, and at the time I needed it most! It's important for me to mention IF because it is a large reason that I feel ready to embark on this journey by myself. I am so grateful for my time there, and for everyone who has helped and supported me along the way.
Other jobs that have helped fuel my passion for outdoor adventure include being a Climbing Gym Instructor (ACMG CGI 1) and Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBIA 1). I hope to get more into guiding through the next few years, as well as step into some position involving environmental conservation.
My mission with this blog is to provide honest insights into the world of solo traveling, share and create awareness of the beauty of the natural world, demonstrate the strength of personal growth and connection and to express humility and vulnerability because we need more truth in this world of money and power. My time on this planet (as far as I know) is for self-discovery, connection to nature and all living things and to share my experiences with others so they may feel powerful enough to follow their own dreams. I hope to encourage and inspire others to travel solo, to embrace who they truly are and, build trust and connection to this world and universe.
Traveling is something my soul has always craved.