An Open Mind + Will Travel

"For the weekend, live in your body, not in your mind" - Alexia Vernon

When I read this quote on the blog of one of my favourite fellow #girlbosses and kick a$$ speaker, Alexia Vernon,  I couldn't help but think of how true this was and how more people need to follow this motto. It is something I've been trying to practice more of on weekends,  learning to step away from the smartphone/computer (or at least from social media channels) to spend more time outdoors, which is something the corporate world doesn't allow a lot of during the week.

To enjoy the start of Fall, my favourite season, Andrew and I slipped away for a quick overnight getaway to Lake Huron last weekend. It was a quick and easy two hour drive that was literally in our backyard.

lake-huron

We did one of our favourite bike rides from Southampton to Port Elgin along the shores of Lake Huron before arriving in Bayfield, to stay overnight. The weather was perfection, the right transition between summer sunsets and the cool breeze of fall. And the views! We watched locals sailing on Lake Huron and took in the spectacular sunset by the local marina.

We happened to be in town at the right time too to take in the second annual Bayfield Volkfest... the picture above shows the vans parading down the historic main street in Bayfield on Sunday morning before they set up shop in the local park. We made sure to check out all the awesome stores on main street and before we left, we enjoyed treats from the local bakery Pink Flamingo which had the coolest vibe (see above photo of inside the bakery.. loved the pink fonts!).

I have to say, I am a sucker for weekend getaways like this. You can explore the most beautiful places that Ontario has to offer on an affordable budget and see what our province truly has to offer, only a few hours drive from home. With a quick pack and change of clothes, some snacks/wine to enjoy (and no airports or line-ups, woohoo!!) you can travel and enjoy the outdoors so quickly. We opted to take backroads on the way home to enjoy a more scenic route... I was blown away by the beautiful views and the number of farms we drove by that were so impressive.

Reflecting on the vitality of rural Ontario after seeing all of the impressive farms and towns we drive through, when I returned home Sunday night I tweeted: "After one of the most beautiful drives through rural Ontario today,can't help but feel so grateful for this beautiful province we call home."

I'm not sure if its because I was born and raised in rural Ontario, but the immense pride I have when visiting towns like Bayfield/Southampton/Port Elgin and discovering what makes these little towns so unique, makes me so proud to be from such a beautiful province. I'm sure so many fellow small town Ontarians can relate.

If your open to travelling and exploring new areas (literally in your backyard), it can be the best feeling when your taking in something new, similar to what I blogged about earlier this week about how summer 2016 has been the summer of so many firsts for me.

I always feel so refreshed, reinvigorated, recharged and so inspired while away on getaways like this. As a creative communications professional who is always churning out new ideas and thoughts, on getaways like this, I wish I had my laptop to capture all of the 'magic' that my brain comes up with. But then again, I'm trying to live up to the above quote and enjoy time with the people I'm with and the places I'm visiting, away from a computer or smartphone {note: the smartphone was only used to capture the amazing photos above!}

Explore Ontario, people, words can be put to paper when the weekend is over.

My Kind of Saturday

My Kind of Saturday

I always enjoy Saturday mornings back at home on my family's farm. I have always loved the 'routine' that accompanies a dairy farming lifestyle because you always knew you had to be at home in the morning and at night time to milk the cows and do chores (can you tell I like routine?!) Weekends including Saturday mornings are no different. I always love getting up to help with chores, knowing that once chores are done, we still have an entire day to ourselves to do whatever our heart desires. And to top that, you feel SO productive knowing that by 9am you've did all of that work to get the cows milked, fed and feeling comfortable... and the day is just starting!

One of my other favourite Saturday morning routines when I am home for the weekend is visiting our local, hometown coffee shop and settling in for a great coffee, a good read and sometimes, some computer work and blogging (they have free wifi, what an enticing service offered by a rural, small-town business!) There is nothing better than feeling so inspired & productive while enjoying the best cup of jo (better than Timmies dare I say!) and seeing people from your hometown at the same time.

THIS is my kind of Saturday.... there really is nothing better.

What does your 'best version of Saturday' look like?!

Happy Easter weekend!