... With the End in Sight

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What a beautiful #fall2016 it was.

I had so much to say and share from this fall. Stories to share from travelling, events, conferences and ideas/thoughts of inspiration.

But the truth was, life got in the way this fall, both personally and at work....  in a good way. 

And I let it take over.

I wanted to take it all in and experience it all without feeling the need to overshare on social media or on the blog.

So I took a break.... since October.... and I'm happy I took the time to take it all in.

I love seeing how transformative fall is and how it is a time of change for so many people. A lot of my friends and colleagues began this fall by changing jobs, moving and starting fresh.

Fall can do that too you. It breathes new life into you with the change in air.

With the end of year in sight (how is it December next week?!), fall provokes people to take action before the end of the calendar year.

I've always loved fall. But as each year passes, I think I enjoy the Christmas/holiday/winter season even more. I love it because of the ‘hibernation’ that we all get to deservedly take without feeling guilty. Its a time to relax, watch as much Netflix in our PJs as possible with those we love and recharge for the year ahead.

There are no shortage of posts to share. I just decided to write them after the fact than in the moment. Look forward to seeing more in coming weeks as we begin to unwind, relax and take in the holidays.

30 days until Christmas folks, I can’t contain my excitement! 

Where is the Pause Button At?

Say it with me... where is 2016 going?! Can we just push the pause button so we can slow this year down? And then on the other hand, I think of all the things I've did so far in 2016 and I'm not surprised we're already into August.

2016 has been an incredible year of travelling and 'firsts' for me including trips and experiences enjoyed in Mont Tremblant, Quebec; Banff, Alberta; wine tours to NOTL and discovering new little towns across Ontario like Jordan. And there are so many more towns and adventures I want to see and do before the summer begins to wind down.

My husband and I typically get a chance to visit my in-laws over the holidays back home in Manitoba but this summer, we were able to head to the prairies to take in the beauty of the western skies and canola/sunflower fields during the beautiful summer months.

Another first I got to experience with my in-laws was visiting their cottage on Lake-of-the-Woods near Kenora, Ontario. The views were spectacular.. as fellow blogger and friend Jen commented on my social media accounts when I posted the top photo, it looks like a photo from the group of even artists. Experiencing the beauty of the wilderness in the heat of the summer was so refreshing.

One of the best parts about my recent trip to Manitoba and cottaging in northern Ontario, besides seeing family and friends of course, was enjoying Lake-of-the-Woods and the outdoors without internet connection. I'll blog about this in a follow up post to elaborate more but the thrill of not having to answer emails and social media accounts was a healthy blessing in disguise for a society of people that now depend on these devices and mediums to keep us stimulated throughout the day.

Because of that, I was able to fish, canoe, finish the summer-fiction best seller 'The Nest' in two days, enjoy Ontario craft beer at the local famous brewhouse, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, hike to Rushing River provincial park, and see the Northern Lights for the first time in my life! The pictures don't do these moments justice.

Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful summer... I think I can smell fall in the air already!

 Manitoba 2016