{ LiFE ETC. }

On 2015.

2015

Isn’t it weird how day by day, nothing changes but looking back everything is different? 2015, I’m super excited to welcome you with an open mind and an open heart. MOAR ADVENTURES, PLEASE.

While you’re all making and breaking and keeping your resolutions, remember (I read this somewhere): “to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road – or when the bump hits you – you don’t have the fortitude, grace, and resiliency to rethink and regroup… plans or no plans, keep a little space in your heart for the improbable. You won’t regret it.” With that, I will leave you with words from one of my really good friends: let the goal crushing begin, but first let me have another piece of cake.

XO, MC

PS – I resolve to blog more in 2015.

Simple pleasures: The blank pages of a new day planner

Yes, it’s almost 2015 and I’m the weirdo that enjoys the tactile experience of writing sh&t down.

When I have to transfer birthdays and anniversaries into a new planner at the end of the year, I enjoy seeing the recorded memories of ideas, concerts, half marathon training schedules, lists, parties, dates, recipes, songs to listen to, movies to watch, hikes, events, travel itineraries, and more.

The blank pages of a new day planner hold so much possibility and I can’t wait to scribble down the cool sh&t that awaits me in 2015.Moleskine Day Planner

XO, MC

halfway there…

Remember my attempt at the mile-a-day challenge? I didn’t end up providing any update at the end of the 30 days because it was kind of a fail. *Note to self: don’t embark on any sort of “challenges” if they’re not done by Stampede week. Oops.

Less than a year later, I am back with a better form of self-induced “punishment”: RUNNING A HALF MARATHON (& ANOTHER IN AUGUST). WISH ME LUCK. I’m equal parts terrified, excited, and determined to smash it. My body hurts (hurts so good!) and there are days where I feel incredibly worn out but “the more I run, the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I’m capable of more than I ever thought possible.” Dear foam roller, I love & hate you SO MUCH.

I’m ~1.2 weeks away from my half marathon, so it’s been GREATLY appreciated that Mother Nature decided QUIT IT with the snow. I wasn’t sure if my heart could handle snowy weather for much longer!

Edmonton River Valley Stairs

I get serious heart-eyes for the Edmonton River Valley. This (below) was taken in November, a week before my first 10K. If you asked me in November if I ever planned on running a half-marathon, my answer would’ve been a HELL NO. But yet… here we are. Never say never, amirite?

Edmonton River Valley Stairs

Cheer me on on Twitter & Instagram :) If you have ANY tips, please let me know!

XO, MC

It’s been a slice, 2013!

This past year has been a blast – everything from settling into a new apartment, travelling (Coachella, Seattle, Belize, and a quickie in Houston for some Chuy’s tex-mex), getting in my first Stampede as a Calgarian, gaining more confidence in my career, summer flinging, picnics at Coal Harbour, concerts, gazing at beautiful prairie sunsets, folk festing, visiting old friends, weddings (not my own), turning 25, eating a lot of ice cream, running my first 10k, and revelling in all the other ordinary adventures in between. Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything’s different?

sparkler1

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” See you soon, 2014 xx

<3 MC

Milestones

If you’ve been following my blahg for the past few years, you’ll know that I have an undying love and fondness for September, as evidenced here and here. You’ll also notice that I tend to hit a career wall/epiphany in September – so a note to all of you new grads out there, post-university is a humbling experience so keep at it and never quit your daydream! While September 2013 isn’t filled with any crazy changes, it does feel a little more significant than Septembers of years past:

1. I’m turning 25. YIKES.
2. 1 year anniversary of living in Calgary.
3. 1 year anniversary at my job (today!) – time just flies when you’re having a good time.

Calgary Skyline

It feels like I’ve hit that elusive sweet spot where work is play/play is work and for that, I’m beyond grateful as most 20somethings can’t say the same… I wake up every morning looking forward to work and get paid to do what I’m interested in — what a concept! When everything came together after it fell apart last year, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “well now what?!” I was so used to chasing and always thinking of “what are the next steps?!” And after finally getting into the career/industry I’ve been fighting to get into for 2 years, I realized that I need to just CHILL OUT & ENJOY because the future is today; “the past and future are illusions. You may not be able to execute it perfectly, but you realize that living in the moment is the only non-delusional choice we have”.

This past year has been incredible & fulfilling not just in my career, but through travels, city living, amazing friends, independence, and pausing to delight in the simple pleasures of everyday life. I don’t even really know specifically what I want anymore, but I know that “beautiful things don’t just happen if you want something marvelous. You’ve got to make something marvelous”. So I’ve come to realize that turning 25 is all about that quiet, vague, but important of awareness of where I am in my life and being cool with it all. Life is good, isn’t that a fun feeling?

<3 MC

Natural Chaos

ImageElbow Falls, Bragg Creek.

Back in June, Southern Alberta was devastated by catastrophic flooding. I was displaced from my apartment for a week, but thankfully (miraculously?) our street remained untouched. However, Bragg Creek was one of the areas that wasn’t so lucky. In spite of Mother Nature’s wrath, it was so heartwarming to see the strength, generosity, and resilience of this province!

Anyways, it was a refreshing change of pace to get out of the city on such a beautiful day. Summer is on its way out but I’m not ready to let go just yet.

<3 MC

chambray & cowboy boots

So much delay in this post, but better late than never!

Despite the resulting fatigue and sea of denim on my apartment floor, my first full week of Stampede as a Calgarian was a good mix of work & play (but sometimes there isn’t much difference between the two in my life anyways). Thank goodness this thing only lasts 10 days, I don’t think I could last another day wearing those cowboy boots! I do wish I could wear chambray all day everyday, it actually goes with everything. Dress it up, dress it down. Wear it with (almost) anything in your closet. It’s my new favourite.

{ jcrew employee or stampede attire?}
mc jcrew stampede

 { Wit White Wheat Ale from Village Brewery, quite good}
mc gingham

{ sour patch kids & sticky hands }
mc sour patch

{ OUR FEET ARE SO HURTY }
mc boots

{ everyone loves a good carousel }
mc merry go round

{ i’m like a little kid excited about bright & colourful lights }
mc stampede lights

And I’m pretty sure it’s “yeehaw”, not “yahoo”.

<3 MC