the return ticket | a fresh start

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It’s ready!

My new blog is up and running! I have chosen to call it “The Return Ticket”. If you want to find out why, you can pop on over and see for yourself! There isn’t much to look at yet but I am ecstatic to start writing, brainstorming, and photographing more for you all (and for myself)! I will be deleting this blog in about a week so make sure to go over and follow my new one. 🙂

Starting over is hard (and annoying to many) but I am really happy about this choice and I hope you will enjoy this change as much as I am/ will!

Check it out!: https://thereturnticket.com/ 

 

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changes.

I am evolving (totally picture a pokemon when I see or hear that word!). With this time of change, I want to create a blog/ space where I can share my photography and my life in the most organized way. This blog feels unorganized and I feel stressed every time I look at it, haha! I know, it’s weird but that is the type of person I am. With all of that being said, I am working on a new blog, which I will share when it is ready (ouu, secrets!!). I really want to take the time to learn how to blog efficiently, and learn the technical background behind it all. Most importantly, I want to create content that makes me happy but content that I would like to read/ view myself.

This is the fourth? blog I have worked on and I want to make it perfect! So, if I post less on here, it is because I am in the process of creating something hopefully wonderful!

This photo of myself is how I want the future of my blog, my work, and my life to be. Epic and awkward. Just like me. Haha!

 

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Your own backyard.

When you have moved as much as I have in the past 3 1/2 years, settling down and liking where you live is close to impossible. It took me over a year to appreciate living in the sparse and flat province of Manitoba, but I learned to love it’s differences from the East coast where I am from. There was no ocean in sight, hills and trees were far and few between, and the population is spread out like butter on toast. But I loved it and I will always have an appreciation for Brandon, MB, the city we lived near.

Now, I find myself trying so hard to like my life in Southern Ontario. There is water, there are trees, there are hills, and yet, I am having a hard time liking it. We bought our very first house here, I have a job here, but still, full happiness with this place seems out of reach most days. But there are some days, like the Sunday we went to Zwick’s park for a walk with our pups that made me see the beauty and potential for a place that I could appreciate! The lake was frozen solid which allowed for the ice fishers of the area to gather and enjoy a Sunday afternoon on the frozen water. There were families walking and skating along the white tundra of ice. And the best part about this park: the swans. We were lucky enough to capture some shots of these beautiful birds enjoying one of the few spots of flowing water. I always wondered when I would have the perfect photography moment, as if it was made just for me! This was that moment.

I am taking this moment as a sign to get out more, to see what is in my own backyard that I can capture, see, appreciate. It may not be Nova Scotia or Newfoundland or the east coast, but all of Canada is home to me.

Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge.

Just North of where we live in Ontario is just full of spots to venture to. The little town of Campbellford lies along the Trent river and is the location of Ferris Provincial Park. Along with it’s beautiful scenery, this place is also home to the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge.

The bridge itself is a masterpiece but the view over the river, of the cliffside, the trees… wow! And on top of all of that, the bridge leads to multiple trails for running, walking, snow shoeing, etc. This may be a little spot but it has a lot of beautiful things to discover!

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Too long. (LP)

Woah. Hey there! Long time no chat.

Well, I lost track of time and here we are, 2017. Time truly flies whether you are having fun or not. These past couple of months, I find myself torn to continue on this site or start completely fresh… I still have no clue, so, until that decision has been made final, I will continue here in the meantime.

When I was back in Nova Scotia for the holiday’s, I was able to photograph my favourite family in the world. My brother, Hudson, and his family are just the greatest! Mark and I always have the best time with them and never want to part from them. My niece, Charlotte, and my nephew, Wesson, grow so fast, I cannot believe that they will be 7 and 5! And Jackie, my sis-in-law, she is the best baker in the universe! It’s because of her that Mark and I can never not gain 10lbs when she is around – no complaining here!

These are just a few photos that I captured when we home and a special appearance from my other niece, Kamael, in some of the photos (she is the one in pink)!

Hello December.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (who can read this without singing it?)!

I love December. The air is crisper, (more) snow is on it’s way, the holiday’s are approaching, most people are a little more jolly and kind, and I actually really enjoy the hustle and bustle during this time of year. I am also the type of person who wants to make people happy so I am an insane lover of GIFT GIVING! It’s the best thing and seeing the faces of my friend’s and family light up with a smile when they receive that gift… it’s the best gift that I could ask for.

This month, I want to make sure that I am taking time to capture every possible moment that I can and to also take time every single day to write one thing that I am grateful for. So, I am going to get my camera every day and my pen and paper (what are these things I speak of?!) and I am going to 1) Photograph something every single day, and 2) Write down what I am grateful for every single day!

December 1st, 2016: Today (and every day!),I am grateful for my husband, Mark. He is my rock, my best friend, and my biggest inspiration. He works harder than anyone I know and never does he not give 100% – except when it comes to cleaning! He has put a roof over my head for the past 3 years; he has made sure that our stomachs are full and that we are able to get our Tim Horton’s fix whenever we want. He is such an incredible individual and I could not be more happy with my life. We may not be where we want to be (yet!) but I know, without a doubt, he is the one that will get us there! He is my everything. He is my home and my heart.

I want to know what you are grateful for! Let me know 🙂

Oh! One more thing: 24 days until Christmas!! ❤

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Day One: Keys (LP).

Today was the first day of being an official homeowner! Now, I will admit, it was as exciting as had hoped it would be. Going to pick up the keys and unlock the door for the first time was not fun alone. But, it still felt pretty awesome! Walking in on my own without a realtor was probably the most grownup thing that I have ever done, haha! I walked around, checked out everything with only my own voice to listen to – yes, I talk to myself a lot..! Finally, I stood in what will become our livingroom and embraced all of the natural light and space and these beautiful French doors! Like, how cool are they?

There is so much that Mark and I have to learn about being home owners but I am thrilled to be starting this next chapter of our lives!

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Growing Up (LP)

Growing up is scary! I hate 99% of things that grown-ups have to do. But one thing that is exciting about being an adult is going out and getting things that you really want! In my case, Mark and I are BUYING A HOUSE! A real house that we will own! It is both exciting and terrifying. In four days, we will be freakin’ home owners! It still baffles me that we have made it to this point in our lives. It seems like yesterday that we were 19 years old and just living life day by day. Now, we are 25 and 26, and we have to make big decisions, plan our days a little wiser and save our own money to pay bills and buy food!

Being an adult can be hard but it pays off!

I am excited to share this experience with you all! 🙂

November 13, 2016 (LP)

November 11th -Remembrance Day in Canada – has always been a day I’ve honoured . People become a little more aware of what is happening around them. Their manners shine, their smiles grow and they wear their bright red poppy with pride and gratitude. We all come together on November 11th to remember the fallen and to thank those who continue to sacrifice a “normal” life to fight for our safety and freedom.

Since 2010, when I met my husband Mark, Remembrance Day has become an even more special day for me. I, along with many others, live with a hero. A selfless individual who would give up their life not only for the ones they love, but for complete strangers to ensure that we live happily and safe from harm. Mark is such an incredible human who cares so much for everyone. He works so hard for us all and I am forever grateful for him and the sacrifices that he endures.

Remembrance Day is also about the families, past and present, who support and have supported their loved ones and their demanding jobs. It is a life full of fear, stress and confusion.

To all who have fought for us, who continue to fight, and to the families, I thank you for your service, your sacrifice and all that you do for this country. ❤

 

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Since moving to the Quinte West area, I haven’t met too many people BUT everyone I have met has mentioned places to go and things to see. The first weekend of Fall seemed like the perfect time to venture out to these spots (and dress up a little)! First stop: Healy Falls. Now, we didn’t have our hopes to high for this spot so when we arrived and saw that the water level was pretty low, we weren’t disappointed. The area itself is quite beautiful and lots of fun to explore. It is also great for photos 😉

Second stop: Bleasdell Boulder. This one was actually a lot cooler than what I thought. I have always been a fan of rocks and collecting them was my jam growing up. This boulder is said to be around 2.3 billion years old and you can find it just sitting comfortably in the woods. Yes, the woods. This big rock stands out like a sore thumb but in the most beautiful way! Along with the super old random boulder in the woods, there are some beautiful bridges and groomed walking trails that connect to even longer walking trails that are lined stunningly with maples, pines, etc. This is definitely one of my top spots in the area because not only is it in the woods but it is only a 7 minute drive from where we are living at the moment!

It is Autumn, so expect a lot more posts on this page because the leaves are changing which means that every photographer will have their camera in hand at all times! 🙂

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September 18, 2016 (Life Post).

Ontario: The giant province with a gazillion beautiful little towns! I mean, this place has an endless amount of places to explore. And we are only in a small section of it all! One of the most recent finds is the gorgeous town of Cobourg- Ontario’s Feel Good Town! It sure does make you feel pretty awesome! It’s beauty starts as soon as you reach it’s “border” and only increases as you enter the town. It has one of the nicest beaches in the area, a huge boardwalk, lush parks, and a stunning downtown scene. We were only there for a quick visit because we were curious but a longer visit in the very near future is currently being planned.  🙂