It’s About Love!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged… to be honest it’s just laziness or the fact I hadn’t had any motivation to post because it is pretty exhausting. Surprisingly it does take a lot out of you to write; I take anywhere between and hour or two to post a basic blog let alone one with full pictures and details. So I thank you for keeping your interest in reading my posts!

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I want to start this blog by discussing part of the book I’m reading which I’ve also let fall to the side a bit. The Valkyries has a lot of good material but there’s a lot in the book that seems almost useless… I guess it may have something to do with having such high expectations from reading The Alchemist. At one point the author Paulo Coelho writes about Love doesn’t create Peace and that we always destroy that in-which we love. I can kind of agree we tend to destroy the things we love to an extent, but the fact that he states it doesn’t bring peace… I dunno about that.

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Can’t wait for this to turn into a beautiful garden!

I feel like a lot of life has to do with Love… and I’ve discovered that more than ever since living out West; love is what drives most things from what you want to do in the future to who you want to spend your life with. If you can share love for something… for everything you are on a path to peace. I’ve found more peace of mind, of body, peace of life in the past year more than I ever have. Haiti was the start of who I was to become and continue to be. Once I started meeting similar minded people from Edmonton to Vernon to around the world! My general my outlook on life is a lot more joyous. I get deemed a Hippy from time to time just because a lot of people find me “chill” or super relaxed and caring, and I don’t mind that, I embrace it. We lack a lot of love in this world and it’s been replaced with money and things but if you can just find love in everything from day-to-day you’ll find you feel much better.

I don’t know the answers to life but I sure feel like I’m taking a step in the right direction… and you can too! When you wake up in the morning take some time to lay in bed and enjoy the sounds around you, think about the sun even if it’s behind the clouds. Once you’re up and going take a look in the mirror, tell yourself how beautiful and sexy you are even if you don’t believe it… do it until you do! Because you are only as beautiful as you let yourself be, your brilliance shines from within and will show on the outside. When you love yourself you’re ready to face the world. Maybe you think that you’re not good enough for someone because you’ve never dated or have issues dating… do you love yourself? Would you want someone who’s conflicted with themselves to be your partner; I say no because without self-love you can’t love someone else.

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Most days I’ll put on music in the morning whether it’s a vinyl record of the Beatles to some EDM on my computer or phone; it doesn’t matter what it is as long as you can appreciate that someone put love into their music and made it ring in your ears. Heck it could be Country or it could be Heavy Metal… what jives with you?

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New tunes!

Ever get mad at someone for making a mistake on your order or anything even? Ever heard of the word sonder? It’s a word I suggest most people to acquaint themselves with. To sonder is to really stop and think about how everyone around you has complex emotions as you do… maybe their dog is sick or they broke up with their girlfriend or even had the best night of their life and are in Lala-Land. Remember they are complex beings of life just like you.

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I was going to stop my tangent on love but on my idea board Dr. Who came up and his love for everything living… it may be a Sci-fi show but when it comes down to it the Dr. doesn’t want to hurt anyone and is against all discrimination from Humans to Aliens to Cyborgs, you are a being of the world… of the UNIVERSE! Everyone is something and should always be treated equally. Oh and I found the Dr.’s TARDIS in my town!

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That’s my little tangent on Love there’s a lot more I’d Love to share but I’ll save it for another day.

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Joys of the winter! About 2 weeks ago my pipes froze! I was without water for almost 4 days… it’s amazing how crucial water is. I knew from Haiti how important it was but it was a hell of a reminder. I couldn’t clean my dishes, wash my clothes and to cook… it’s actually really hard to cook without water. Luckily before I was at my wit’s end the pipes opened up and I went on a major clean spree.

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Dirtiest my place has ever been!

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I decided to finally get out and take some photo’s for people to look at and to fill my blog… since the snow has been out I’ve been struggling to get myself outside to take pictures, it’s just way to cold for my liking.

Cool Little bird house Daytpm and I found in the yard ^_^

Cool Little bird house Dayton and I found in the yard ^_^

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I was fooling around on Facebook and saw all the places I had visited and was just so grateful and am super excited to travel more of the world. As much as I’ve seen there is so much to discover as the maps below show where I’ve been for the most part.

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My wonderful adventures ❤

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“Things may seem like they are going in the wrong direct… but it’s to help put you in the right direction”

Up & Up

It’s been over a month since my last post and I do apologize, as I usually tell people ‘Life happens‘. I’ve been really busy getting my business up and running, working a lot, and visiting family in Ontario.

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My adventure to Ontario started when my first flight was cancelled due to Toronto’s outrageous  -40 weather… everything was pretty much shut down. I scrambled on the phone so that I could get another flight and push my time I had off for work. I decided just to fly into Toronto and then take the Robert Q (really comfy bus) to Windsor, which is usually a 4 hour drive or so. I managed to get a flight the following day (overnight)  and off I went. My travels went pretty well without a hitch. I landed in Ontario took the bus to see family in Windsor. I have to say that the sights really are strange to me now not having been able to see mountains around me.

Windsor is a really strange and interesting place, I was speaking to a friend about it and what we came up with was: Looking into a city/ culture from the outside; I guess I had lived my entire life within this place and never really saw how everyone there lived culturally. I almost had anxiety going out into public… not that I was afraid but more so I felt uncomfortable at the fact that everyone was in such a hurry and so impatient, along with just seeming to only want to help themselves. Living in Windsor I always seen that people were in a hurry and that you almost do have to take care of only yourself. Having travelled and experienced many different environments in the past few years has really opened me to see how important it is to be there for yourself but without being selfish; seeing the majority people in Windsor blasting around and just observing others in public really opened me to see how selfish we can be. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying all people in Ontario/ Windsor are grumpy and miserable, it was just a very common recurrence.

I did manage to see one of my favourite people and long time friend Natalie, we met through wrestling in high school and since both of our schools were french it wasn’t odd our teams saw each other as “team mates”. There was something spunky about this beautiful lady and we’ve been friends since, she’s one of those friends that you can always confide regardless the subject. It’s been a wild ride helping each other over the last few years. The one night I visited her family as we’ve all become rather close over the years, they always keep me on my toes with my french which I enjoy. Little Mich, Nat’s sister I could have sworn was 16 yesterday but is now 20… it’s wild how time fly’s. Since the St John’s have a hot tub naturally we took advantage, it was one of the most enjoyable nights in town sitting with her family talking jokes and catching up.

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One of the nights I teamed up with Em’s mom to surprise her… pay back for her surprising me at my fundraiser. It was a bit of a challenge because I wanted to post about my travels online but also didn’t want Emily to realise what was going on… eventually she kept asking questions so I just told her I was flying to New Brunswick to see the country. I think it worked because I walked in the door and Em was wide-eyed and we shared a haven’t seen you in ages hug. It was a fun night drinking wine and reminiscing on past stories and where we want to be in the future. I ended up spending the night since I had a few too many glasses of wine but it all worked out as I got to see a nice sun rise on my way home.

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I did get to see a few other friends and had a good time, but it was nice to see my family over dinner, and it was really great that my nephew enjoyed playing with me seeing as I’m rarely around for him to get used to me. He’s one smart little dude already talking about hexagons, octagons when I could barely do that when I was 6! As per usual my mom and I went for a nice meal at this little place called Ashton’s in my home town LaSalle, it’s a really nice spot :).

Jules and I have had our differences in the past, we’ve gone from best friends to probably not even wanting to see a picture of each other ever again. I know I’ve done a lot of growing and regardless of what happened I think we both made mistakes and grew past them. Recently we began talking again and even hung out while I was in town… I have to say I miss joking around with Julia, she’s a great person and even better soul. I always like seeing what she will come up with next, all of her creations… I find brilliant. For one one her most recent shows she was doing 90’s paintings/ sketches on “retired” cupboard doors. I’m excited to continue our friendship good and bad!

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Jules makin’ her magic

Coming back from Windsor was a rather great treat, I made it to Toronto from Windsor then from Toronto to Calgary but that’s where the ease disappeared. I was all the way on the plane buckled in and we heard news that the last four flights were re-routed to Vancouver due to fog… so we all disembarked and waited forever in line to be re-scheduled… I was at the back of the plane meaning I was the last one in line, so I just went and sat in a chair till the line died anyway.

I was put up in a rather nice hotel “Acclaim”, there was a sky deck with hot tub… which was occupied by a couple which I decided to leave alone. My room was stunning with a king sized bed tv in the bathroom with a ceiling shower head! I enjoyed it and the hotel restaurant was very nice as well, they are known for their wine and bread. I can’t remember the name of the wine a tried but it was yummy; half a glass had me feeling good. The rest of the night I watched movies from my king sized bed. The breakfast was great and because I was put up for the night I was given food vouchers, so yay free food.

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The next day I get my ticket and find out I’m on a waiting list; off to Tim Hortons for more free food… I had to spend one of the $10 vouchers all at once so I splurged on bagel’s, yogurt, and some hot chocolate with chai tea. They started making announcement asking for people willing to give up their spots, I realised I wasn’t getting on this flight and went and got my next flight booked and compensated handsomely I might add. The lady at the counter said I was smart to come up then. I was put up in another hotel which was… okay, the Sandman was not nearly as nice as the Acclaim but I did still get a King sized room. The restaurant attached to this hotel was Moxies, I had all three meals of the day on vouchers. Since I wasn’t going to be there for lunch and was going to have breakfast at the airport I combined them for supper… that means $32 for some yummy food! Moxies unfortunately didn’t have much of a vegetarian selection but I made do.

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My lonesome bag

One thing I saw a lot of was “global news” and to be honest it was a little sickening to see what they were reporting on, some things were kind of serious and others were outrageously dumb. I like to keep up to date on what’s happening in the world but the news I saw on TV seems so narrow and hides a lot. I pride myself on multi sighting pages that I read to get accurate information. One thing I learned in the past little while, it’s find the facts and become aware of what’s happening in your World. War, climate change, industrialising, humanitarian issues… none of that stuff realistically has borders, we breathe the same air look at the same sky. The only thing I would pass on to everyone this blog is to be aware. I read a question online recently: ‘If you could get rid of one thing in the world what would it be?‘ I read a lot of good answers most of which were “money” and I happily agreed, but I came across one answer that I think we should be agreeing with and it’s Ignorance. I think our biggest down fall is our ignorance… our lack of knowledge. Don’t let yourself be a fool, learn and investigate.

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When I left BC I didn’t get to see the mountains flying out since it was night-time but I did get to see them coming back and it was amazing! These huge peaks become nothing but little hills that go on as far as the eye can see… I was in awe most of the time and could do nothing but appreciate it. I actually spent most of the flight just watching them go by.

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Departure day had finally arrived without a hitch I made it back to Kelowna thankfully it wasn’t super foggy again. I had called Brent to pick me up and when I saw him I was in a bit of shock as he had shaved his long beard… now I know what kind of shock I put everyone through 😛 .

So far not much has gone on since I’ve returned home, just getting back into the swing of working and building my business. I will have a guest blog coming up in the next few days so keep your head up for a new post.

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**Oh yeah… I have yet to set off a scanner at the airport, I don’t see why people always run into issues. Tip just take the extra 30 seconds to check your pockets and take everything off and put it in the bin!

“No biggy;  Life Happens”

There’s a Time for Everything

I’ve been itching to write this blog post for a few days but one thing after another has happened, in a good way :). I’ve smartened up a bit and started to write everything down on one of my dry erase boards so I can remember more content for you guys to catch up on.

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Isn’t the green and black awesome?

On and off I think about this one question when ever I think about my blog… ‘do I really want people to read about my entire life?’ When it comes down to it I guess I now look at it more of an outlook of expression; I don’t expect people to read my blog but if they do awesome, if they learn something even better… if no one reads it I just get to re-experience what I did earlier in the week or month and even one day dwell back on it. I kind of look at it in a sense where if you’re grieving or dealing with “drama” expressing it to a friend or trusted person helps (immensely), stress drops and you feel that little bit better and sometimes feel completely better. If negatives can shed away through expressing, the good might just remind you of the good times and just make you that much happier.

I’ve been discussing with a few friends recently that I don’t regret anything I’ve done… even the dumb stuff for if I hadn’t done it I wouldn’t be in the exact place I am today, the consequences (good or bad) have made me who I am today. Think of it this way: you can’t go back and change anything, just go from where you are… This is such a cliché term but it stuck for a reason “Live in the now”.

Now for the updates:

I purchased some perogies which I haven’t had in ages and that I love so much and they remind me of an amazing friend (Natalie… Miss you!). Here’s the dilemma I was facing though. I didn’t have sour cream, actually let’s back up a second I actually wanted to make pancakes but had no milk and didn’t want to go to the store so I said ‘hey I have perogies!’ and that’s where I ran into the sour cream issue. I was so hungry and was too lazy to go to the groceries store but I used the excuse I needed to save gas haha. I got my thinking cap out and figured let’s try Dijon Mustard, well it worked despite being a little spicy it was worth the substitute until I got SC the next day. (apparently my browser says perogies is spelt wrong but the package says that’s the correct way, and not as the computer suggests “perigees”… *right-click, add to dictionary* haha)

Here’s some big new… I finally got the job at The Mobile Shop woohoo. Training has been going well apparently I learn quickly although I did used to work for WIND Mobile just not for sales. The people I work with are pretty darn awesome and the hours are good, so’s the commission. Soh if anyone is looking for a new phone anywhere in Canada let me know I’ll hook you up with the right deal and plan; bonus you supply me with commission and make me happy.

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I recently registered my business website with an official link instead of just a sub-domain so now I’m “official” (www.innerpaths.ca). Once I bring in some more cash from work and pay off some bills I’ll be registering my blog as well maybe along the lines of http://www.WalkofLife.ca … thoughts?

One of my Hostel-mates asked if I could help him clear up some space on his Macbook and make it run faster, so it lit a fire under my butt to do some cleaning on my own and I was able to clear wait for it… 200 Gigs of duplicate songs; Holy moly. I guess that’s 4 years of accumulated songs, now I have so much more room for movies and music. As for Brent’s Mac he has to upgrade his OS (operating system) before I can fix anything in-depth, he’s running a very old version, for all you Window’s users it’s like he’s using Windows XP that hasn’t been cleaned in years.

The other night John and Tabitha (former Hostel-Mates) stopped by for a bonfire with Rye and Brent and myself… it was a good gathering as usual we got a little rowdy but nothing too out of control of course. It’s good to have these little reunions, it’s really brings back memories.

Recently I was able to Skype with two awesome people one of them being Maeve my fav. Irish celeb from Haiti, boy do I miss her and her antics it was nice to catch up with a good friend and talk about our futures (remember when you tried to shove a Teddy in my arms while I was sleep and take a picture… not impressed  -_- love ya ). The other person was Lola who is one of my most favouritest people in the world. There’s just something about my gipsy friend I love so much, she’s so bubbly and awesome. We’ve kinda of decided that our Skype “dates” need to happen more often.

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Lola you are one amazing Human being… Keep it up ❤

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She introduced me to Festivals and I cannot thank her enough for the adventurous path I’ve been set on since.

 This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving which I spent “alone” this year, which is fine since most holidays to me I just consider another day on the calendar. As usual my neighbours Brent and Rye manage to be awesome and gave me a bunch of their great dinner of: Turkey, stuffing, carrots, yams, cranberries etc… I don’t have a microwave which is good, it keeps me from buying those microwave dinners of death. I tossed the leftovers into a frying pan with butter and a cover, turned the stove on low heat and within a few minutes Voila I had a warmed up meal!

A good friend of mine held on to a wicked cool crystal I ordered while I was in Haiti. I got it back recently and couldn’t think of a better person to have held it for me (thanks Christina 😉 ). Originally it was on a bracelet she had made me but it wasn’t really practical (I was the one who asked to have it on the bracelet), so I kept the bracelet which is rad by the way. Dayton one of my Hostel-mates does wire wrapping and I had him wrap it, and it came out pretty cool… thanks Dayton.

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Green Kyanite

So the other day I had to wake up early for work and what did I see on the grass… FROST! I am so not looking forward to the cold, don’t forget I spent the winter in Haiti last year and this cold is really killin’ me haha. Later in the day I had collected some chestnuts from the yard since our massive tree drops at least 20 a day, later I decided to try and roast a few… Well they didn’t taste very good. Maybe I didn’t roast them right but I followed all the instructions and video’s online and it looked correct, oh well I guess my pallet isn’t compatible. (oh yeah one exploded in the oven because I didn’t X it big enough)

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They do make a good centre piece though ^_^

Almost done this blog I swear thanks for the patients. I think this is some of the biggest news other than the job… I got a bed, a real one yes! I’ve been sleeping on a futon for 3 months with an already bad back from the army and two car accidents (not at fault). It is like heaven, I honestly rolled around on it giggling for a good ten minutes… Life is grand :).

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My back “I love you bed”

 Overall life is fantastic as I just stated, things are going great and I can’t help but yell how happy I am most days… in the confines of my Studio Suite or my car. Oh yeah I’ve also started talking to a girl no details yet because it’s not super serious but it’s looking good.

I took a bit of a break from writing this post to hang out with the Hostel-mates  and sure enough Brent offers me some leftover stew from Thanksgiving (Their pot was massive and filled). I brought a bunch home and some of it was my snack tonight. As a few of us were chatting earlier I also noticed how thankful I was for things and people in the blog today…  maybe I just caught everyone’s thankfulness from Facebook or just from the season, but Thanks every everyone for being a part of my life it’s really made who I am one way or another.

They had 3 times as much as this.

They had 3 times as much as this.

Need a good read? Click me —-> Everyone’s human show some love (Never know who you’re talking to)

You made it to the end and all I have to say as usual is ‘Don’t forget to smile!‘ ^_^

It’s a small world but have you seen it all?” (go out adventure love life! it’s waiting for you)

Maintained

The past two weeks have been up and down to say the least. I lost most of my motivation to blog the past little while, whether it was from just being tired or busy.

Some days I’m extremely busy and can barely find a moment to do anything and other days I don’t know what to do with myself.

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My Home ❤

It’s been a tough time lately as I’m practically scraping pennies out of my pocket to pay for things, but I keep my head up and work with what I have. Earlier this week my shelves and fridge were bare other than some bread milk and cheese. I have to admit I was a little scared about buying food and just surviving.

The reason I’ve been so tight on cash is the company I’ve been working for “can’t” advance my pay until the following pay because I made a mistake on my banking info. Despite it being my error I did resolve it but the employer is still saying I have to wait until the 30th to be paid (2 weeks after I was supposed to be!). I have to say at first I was pretty frustrated with this as I needed the money, the person I was corresponding with did everything in her power but she’s not head office. I ended up doing some research and found out that it’s actually illegal to withhold pay directly or indirectly 8 days after the end of a pay period. I made my contact aware of this but didn’t want to escalate anything.

So if you’re wondering ‘how are you eating and staying healthy?’ For one I’m buying things at the bulk barn which is saving me money and is actually pretty healthy. I’ve also had some great people around me from my mom to my Hostel neighbour-mates. I try to stay positive even though things are tough… you kind of have to. Its been almost a surprise everyday of generosity, someone invites me over for dinner or offers me leftovers, or just straight up gives me stuff out of their cupboard just out of their good heart.

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Thanks to awesome friends

It’s starting to get much colder out and I haven’t felt COLD in almost a year seeing as I spent pretty much the whole Winter in Haiti… oh do I ever miss it and the kids <3.

Our outdoor theater has been moved/ taken down due to the cold as well the nights are getting very chilly so we’ve moved back to the driveway hang out or just go into someone living space since it’s nice and warm :).

Our cozy bonfire

Our cozy bonfire

Theatre night

Theatre night

Speaking of warm I finally turned on my heater because this cold nonsense is not my cup o’ tea.

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Our new neighbour apologizing for not making it to one of the theatre nights ❤ such awesome people here

This past weekend I was invited to Fandango which is like a mini festival gathering that later turns into a “dance party”. Earlier in the day around 3pm there was what I believe is called an Earth Dance, this is where everyone in the world had set a day just to dance universally share the love and compassion of the world. The few of us who intended on going to it didn’t make it that early 😦 but we did happen to make it to the Pot Luck around 6 which was super yummy and 99% of the stuff was natural and healthy… I don’t think I even saw pop or chips.

The night at Fandango was fantastic I met so many amazing people who touched my heart to meet and hope to continue to grow with them all.

So overall everything is tough but manageable and on the right track… I’m getting there slowly! But still getting there ^_^. Oh yeah I had these Bison sausages the other night they were so good… I suggest you try them sometime.

My hostel mates and I still hang out a lot during the day when we are free and continue to be creative through song, creating events as well as painting and many other endeavours. I have to say I’ve got a pretty darn great group here. I’m keeping in my prayers I can stay here for a long time and make rent easier by starting a job soon. (Prayers and positive thoughts please… not just for me but everyone facing tough times… and even those who aren’t)

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Brenford being creative

I received a letter from my sponsor child in Romania… well my friend in Edmonton did since World Vision didn’t change my address in time. The letter is super cute and I can’t wait to correspond more often with her.

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From Maria… melts my heart

I feel like I had a lot more to post but this will have to do for now I hope you have had a great week and past weekend so far. If you haven’t the weekend is coming and you know what’s coming before the weekend… a fresh new day, tomorrow is another adventure in my life and in yours makes it worthwhile.

Before I close out today’s blog I want to suggest a movie/ documentary to everyone it’s called “I Am” directed & narrated by Tom Shadyac. It’s a acceptance of death and meaning of living story from that the producer of Ace Venture, Patch Adams, Bruce All Mighty etc… What he talks about was/ is very touching to me and I think it would be to many others as well.

“Tomorrow’s just another day… ENJOY IT!”

Chasing the Sun n’ Moon

where to even begin… there has been so much going on lately and I wish I had been able to write about it and share the things I’ve been experiencing as they’ve come. I’m going to give you a quick filler on what has happened in the past few weeks.

I had moved to Edmonton and started to work right away eventually I moved onto another job which was a lot of fun and great learning. I began working at Donorworx/ World Vision which was a super tough job that’s for sure; no one goes to the mall to sponsor a child but we still have to pull them in and excite them and let people know how much help is actually needed in the world… at the very least just educate :).

Edmonton was a great start for me in a means of independence and integrating back into “first world” since Haiti. I’ve been on a continuing path of learning and it’s amazing to say the least. Thanks to my friend Candace I was able to meet some new people pretty much the same day I arrived in town. I’m not one to normally go out but I know it’s a crucial part in discovering new things and finding new adventures. That night I ended up meeting some great people who I’ve since become pretty close with. I was able to meet some great people from Wold Vision and develop some great friends there as well.

My longboarding continues to get better every time I hit the pavement (with the board not my body). One of the best times of the last month was attending Motion Notion just outside of Golden BC, this would also be my first time in BC. The drive to MoNo was about a five-hour drive but the scenery on the way made it feel substantially less… it helped to have great company too! Once we arrived to MoNo we had to find a place to set up, we changed our minds about 3 times and had to run to the entrance at the top of the hill to change the sign we had written for our other friends coming to camp with us.

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The spot we found ended up being perfect with the Mountains on one side and nothing but huge green tree’s on the other. At night our site was just the perfect distance that all the music from the stages became ambient music and peaceful to help you relax/sleep.

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Most people know I’m all about new experiences and that I usually feel the need to try something to say I’ve done it and also not regret not doing it; there was a nice little river that was glacier fed… I knew it was going to be cold but when I jumped it in was COLD! The jump was totally worth it despite feeling like there was ice-cubes around me, and I had a hard time getting out because of the slippery clay… Totally worth the experience. 

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Later in the night we finally got all our glow sticks going, and off most of us went to enjoy the festivities. I dilly dawdled a bit trying to put just the right gear together. There were some amazing things going on at night from the hoopers to the Fire shows all the way to the fantastic music playing.

Going to a small festival like MoNo was super neat and I was able to get a new perspective on things compared to Electric Forest which usually brings in around 30,000 people compared to MoNo’s 4-6 thousand. I want to thank all my friends from MoNo and the new people I met, I know our friendships will be that much stronger because of that weekend, you’re all great people! Aaron, Kandi, Lance, Leanne, Heather, Kalan, Arianna… everyone. ^_^

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Since I started attending festivals a few years ago they have really been a big part of my life and meeting amazing people and just learning how to go back to living free even if it’s just for a weekend.

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I‘ve began reading a book, and I don’t normally read books but just felt I needed one and I happened to stumble across an amazing book called The Alchemist. I’ve had a few friends super excited about me reading this book, at first I really didn’t get it… now I do. This book has been so fitting into my life especially recently. I’ve been moving in the direction life is pushing me <3.

Most recently I have moved out to Vernon, BC which was a nice 8 hour drive from Edmonton… it was such a nice drive though, minus the suburbia part of Calgary, there’s just way to many houses that look the same and have taken up so much of the natural it’s a little sad, but other than that the mountains are sensational!

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Because my awesome new friends threw my an amazing going away party I didn’t get to leave for Vernon until the afternoon the next day… that’s okay because I ended up staying with Arianna for the night at the Ranch/ Farm she works at in Coldstream just outside of Vernon. Waking up and getting to meet the horses and walk with them was so exciting… with plenty more to be had!

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My new place in Vernon is absolutely unreal, the atmosphere is pretty much perfect for me and my continued evolution of character. The place where I’m staying is a retired hostel converted into renting suites. My suite is actually detached from the house above a storage garage, it’s super cozy.

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I’ve been integrating into the mini community here at the Hostel really well… the people are just great. Yesterday we went to the beach just because everyone had the day off, it was really nice to get away and not think about much. I’ve been doing a decent amount of longboarding here in Vernon but it’s a little tough going down some hills because they are pretty steep and I have yet to learn hard breaking.

I want to thank everyone for their patients and my blog writing or lack there of, I actually plan on writing a lot more often now that I have a proper computer set up… which means my book should be done soonish I’m aiming towards the New Year.

Vernon and the Hostel as I’ve decided to start calling it is going to a great opening for me to really find my centre, get back to my meditation, seeking God, and many other enlightening opportunities.

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I’ve decided to start making bracelets and maybe expanding into wire wrapping for a hobby other than writing so if anyone have any suggestions for me to practice feel free to let me know!

Namaste

When you try to find your legend, the world will do everything in its power to get you there.”

Long Haul

It’s been a month and a day since my last post… I would like to apologize for such a long time between posts but things have gotten rather crazy and there’s much to update you on.

So the whole Electric Forest thing has been benched, and it has made me extremely sad but it was benched for good reason. For anyone who doesn’t know I actually just moved out to Edmonton, Alberta. I had been looking online for work and wanted to move out West for a while. I had a friend that said I could crash with her until I got back onto my feet which was a huge help! I received an email about a job offer I called them up and had a quick interview over the phone… 4 hours later a call back came and I was hired.

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It was a Wednesday when I got the call and job offer and I was asked to start on the up coming Monday, and I wasn’t about to turn it down. I was super excited I told my mom… she wasn’t too happy; she was happy but not pleased I would be leaving within days and without preparation. I didn’t mind the lack of prep. it’s who I am I go and journey forward. The drive to Edmonton is a 30 hour drive from Windsor Ontario, I actually went through the U.S. because it’s 12 hours faster.

Here’s where things get interesting I had paid for a show in Detroit that was on the Friday night… that left me with less than 72 hours before I work my new job across the country! For one I got the tickets super cheap $10 for early bird and for 2 really great artist (Bare & Bar9). Getting $10 tickets to see these DJ’s is like getting $10 tickets to see The Doors or Kelly Clarkson. The venue was super small maybe 200 people tops could fit in there. It was such a small venue I had a chat with the 2 DJ’s and got they signatures… on my shoes (I had nothing else). Anyway I went to the show and left around 3AM the next day straight from the show… I was actually wired, the show was phenomenal and I just wanted to keep partying so instead I drove for hours… even made it past Chicago, and let me tell you it was worth it; I saw the most beautiful red sunrise and the city of Chicago glimmer around.

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I had to drive for as long as possible without taking breaks which I knew would be tough because when I lived in London just driving two hours from Windsor to London was a chore! Surprisingly my stints were averaging around 4-6 hour periods. I ended up only resting for about 2 hours at a time, I just couldn’t stay asleep longer it was way too hot and such a nice day out. A lot of the stops when I started to get really tired or hungry I pulled out my longboard which seemed to energize me huge. During the whole trip I felt a weird mixture of sickness and hunger, it was almost impossible to eat but I was sick because I hadn’t eaten; I knew the only way I could fix the issue was by sleeping… but I just didn’t have time to sleep.

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Driving through Wisconsin was probably the hardest part I felt like the road was never-ending. Three to four hours would go by on the road and there was still another 20+ or 15+ or 10+ hours to go… I felt like I was going to be driving for a week. Oh yeah did I mention it was kind of boring for scenery but much more exciting than south of London Ontario. I have to say that Minnesota was on of my favorite parts despite being one of the longest legs, it had such beautiful sites. North Dakota was nice as well but it got really dark because it was around 2 in the morning. I wanted to make it to Saskatchewan (Canada) before I took a rest. Unfortunately I was getting dangerously tired and finally found a rest stop…. it was massive there was even a restaurant attached, I decide to get some more fruit to eat (better than most gas station food right?). Then I forced my self to get some food to fill up on… real food not just gas bar stuff. All the food sounded so good I was so tired and had been driving for close to 18 hours the server probably thought I was high. I got some ham and egg sandwich that was super greasy, I finished it down with some chocolate milk. It was very hard to eat it all but I knew my body needed it. After everything I took another one of my two-hour power naps, the only thing was this time my body didn’t want wake up because it was cold out (around 3 AM) I was actually getting real rest. I got myself back up and headed North to the Great White Canada (not actually snowy where I was going ). I finally hit Saskatchewan got through customs with ease they check my car real quick and we talked about my trip and I was off. It’s a good thing I took a break when I did because there was no service stations for a few hours! Sask. needs to put up more speed signs I saw barely any every 20 or so miles.

Part 2 coming soon! keep following.

Little changes make big results

Good & Bad – Funny & Sad

The last few days have been a bit challenging. Despite all the problems that arise in Haiti I still find myself happy.
For the most part the last week or so has been nice, there’s only 1 volunteer and she’s been fun to have around. There was a few nights we went out especially to get emily out of the house. One of the nights we went to a nice place that Em’s friend owns, and it was a friends birthday. The three of us were actually pretty tired so we all almost feel asleep but waited for the cake to be cut etc… it was fun to be in the “VIP” section though. Another night we went to a sport bar/ lounge to grab a bite to eat and then head home… we were all tired like the other night. If you were wondering I had the Buffulo Shrimp Wrap, the pricing was really cheap compared to American standards! One thing I found rather comical was on the door it said the usual: no guns, must be such and such an age to enter and then… No protitutes. I don’t know why I found it so funny maybe that I though ‘How the heck would you tell that?’, I know there’s usually a certain dress but I’m sure just like in Canada some girls that go downtown to party dress… let’s just leave it at that.
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Before we left Emily noticed some adverts on one of the moniters and saw that Tuesday nights are Kareoki nights… Yes we ended up going and it was a crazy night. The lounge was pretty busy, Emily and the volunteer were buggin’ me to go and sing with them which I was totally against. After a while I was going through the song book and decided to man up. I picked Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. I got up on stage nervous but proud, unbuttoned the top button on my shirt to reveal some chest hair and the singing begain! After I was done I had a lot of people come up to me saying I did really well and that I picked one of the hardest songs to sing to but that I did amazing… I still thought it was bad but everyone else insists otherwise. There’s a video out there somewhere so I’m sure you’ll be able to watch it at some point (I’ll keep you posted).
Not everything is fun and games as my computer decided to conch out on me. I’m pretty certain it was the hard drive as my computer model was recalled for such reasons. I never had a chance to get it fixed because the nearest Apple shop was 2 hours away in Canada and 1 Hour away in the U.S. … I guess I’m paying for it now. I don’t trust anyone with a Mac in Haiti, if it were a PC I’d risk it… but not my Mac. I figure I’ll wait it out until I have to head home in a month or two. I joked about; since I can’t finish my book… I guess I’m not coming home; a few people didn’t find that funny.
The other day Emily, Maddie (volunteer) and I went to Montrouis to check out the house we helped build and to see if it actually got finished; Fortunately the important stuff did get finished but they were still asking for more money. At this point Emily and I were a little tired of being asked for more and more as they had been given plenty to have completed a decent house by now. Seemed like now they wanted finishing touches.
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Before we left we checked out everyone and their children as we usually do, we almost left when one of the babies that we usually play with… wasn’t so happy and he was very sick. The kids in the mountains eat rocks and many other dirty things, even after education they have a hard time breaking habits… but they are habits that will kill them :(. Em and I took the baby to a dear friend Maeve who helped us to a hospital, a very small one. We had things check out for the baby, after a bit things started to get kind of crazy as a women had recently died there and the family was very upset, we moved into a back room incase rocks started to fly… which is not unusual. After waiting a bit for things to cool down we had a knock on the door, they wanted to put the dead body in the room we were in, so we decided to leave. As we were leaving the baby hurled up everything we had just given him and all over Em… and a bit on the dead body… yikes. Funny thing was, I was litterally about to ask Emily if she wanted me to take the baby, I’m glad I waitied. Long story short we got the mom and the baby to Port Au Prince were he could be taken care of properly. It was a long day/ night and stressful but satifying.
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There was pretty much 2 reasons I was upset about my computer crashing. One is that I couldn’t keep writing my book, two was that I would have to write my blogs on my phone, other than that I was fine with losing all my photo’s etc… despite having compilled a lot of stuff. Today I took a shot in the dark… Ironically we’re in the dark since both our generators are ka-put at the moment. I grabbed my Bluetooth key board and tried to Sycn it to my phone… it worked! So now I’m writing with a keyboard. It’s better, but the screen is still only 2.5 inches.
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Oh today (Wednesday). I made a nice breakfast for Em and myself and two other guests in the house; Bacon eggs and juice… So yummy! We had some sac races and broke out some kites today as well… I don’t think I’ve every had so much fun flying a kite. Around 2:30 I felt like I had hit a wall and decided to take a nap, I’m all refreshed now though.
Since it will take a while to raise money to go home… yes I actually have to raise money to go home, I’m going to start raising money for my return flight before my Visa
runs out. As usual if you’d like to help contribute there’s a donation button on the side bar or you can contact me through email me at Justinparkinson@hotmail.com
Thanks in advance for the support I hope everyone has a great day/ night!

Ignorance is no excuse in life whether in the first or third world. We all have the right to educate our selves especially informally. Strive to reach your goals, dreams, and aspirations. Every action and lack there of has consquences. Be strong; keep yourself and other safe. Life is short but more so if you don’t try. Be happy with what you have and live life like you’re the boss.”

Heartache

Wow… where to even begin. I’ve made it home safe and sound, the trip home had some hiccups but over all not too bad. I spoke on my last blog about not wanting to go home and just staying. I have to say that feeling hasn’t left. As the plane started the decent into Fort Lauderdale my emotions started to stir up and the anxiety hit hard. I started to come to the realization that I found myself a new home and that these people now have a piece of my heart.

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The security at the airport was check point, after check point in Haiti. Once I hit Miami things got a little smoother, but my flight was delayed an hour or 2. The 8 hour lay over was spent mostly watching movies and attempting to ignore the conversations that I could actually understand. In Haiti I had picked up a fair amount of Creole and I could understand random conversations if I took the time to pay attention, being on The Main Land I could understand everyone; to be honest it’s a little irritating. After arriving into Detroit Julia and I found out that our bags didn’t make it to Detroit and were still in Miami. When I originally flew to Haiti all my bags were automatically transferred as the agent had told me they would… naturally I assumed that they would do the same for the way back (same airline, same destinations). I “investigated” what the process of the bags were, apparently if they are not claimed after being cleared through customs they are turned over to Spirit (my airline) later you are informed… My issue? I had an 8 hour lay over and they didn’t message me at any point in time. My bags are supposed to come in today so I have to drive to Detroit and pick them up. I messaged Spirit kindly explaining that I was upset and hoping to settle some kind of compensation. So I’m not bad mouthing Spirit but keep tuned to see what type of assistance they will offer.

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I forgot to mention a few things the last post, I was supposed to explain a certain picture… well those of you on my Facebook Page were expecting an explanation to the following picture haha.

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This is Bill and Emily with the new water purification system that we installed! Bill if the founder and CEO of Fountains Of Hope and received a donation to have a system installed at the orphanage, how awesome. Bill was a super great guy to meet. These systems are great, the one that was put in at Ke Kontan is 400 Gallons and can be purified in approximately 10 minutes. After purifying the water you might want to wait 6-12 hours to drink it though… Kind of tastes like pool water until the chlorine evaporates. Julia and I dubbed this water anytime we drank it as pool water, some conversations would go like this:

  • Hey I’m thirsty can you get me something to drink?
  • You want some pool water?
  • That all we got?
  • Yup
  • Pool water it is!

So if anyone knows of any projects or places that could use one of these systems or you want to help donate towards the organisation here’s the website FountainsOfHope.org

Another thing I forgot to mention in my last post was about heading to Montrouis for a Beach Day with the kids. We got to swim in the awesome ocean again where the Jelly Fish were last time… and many, many sea urchin’s. At one point I was trying to get out and pushed my hand onto a rock which felt too soft to be true and what do ya know I got Pricked/Stung by one of those ugly-looking black spike balls of death(Sea Urchin, not actually deadly) . My hand was burning for about 15 – 20 minutes but went away… Good story though!

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I think I got all the forgotten stories in now haha. Anyway I got into Detroit as I was coming down the escalators I saw my mom and best friend once I got down I dashed to Krystina and gave her the biggest hug and started to cry because I missed her so much; she proceeded to ask if I was okay and I said no, at that point I was on the verge of balling my eyes out and collapsing realizing I just left one of the hugest parts of my life back in Haiti. The memories flashed by in an instant and just remembering the kids saying goodbye before school and before I left stole my heart. Jenny (the oldest child -14) as well as Tattoumine (the nanny) told me the day before I left that they were going to miss me and that right there is when is really started to hit me.

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Me – Jenny – Emily+Norens – Tattoumine

Since I’ve been home I’ve felt a real un-ease that I can’t shake, I woke up at 5AM this morning having a panic attack not knowing where I was, scared and didn’t know what to do, I curled up in a ball observing everything for a bit then realized I was back “Home”.

Life is going to take some getting used to but I’m going to keep my head up and start planning for my next trip/ endeavours with Emily, I can’t wait!

See you again soon Christine!

See you again soon Christine!

Bad Timing

The last week just flew by and a couple of weeks ago I would have been super glad. Remember that blog where I said I was home sick and wanted to home etc? I was really in a rut and wished I hadn’t booked my flight to be in late January. Since Julia got here and starting filming the closing of the documentary I guess things really started feeling real, that it’s all coming to an end. I feel like my timing is off and I shouldn’t be leaving.

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Emily recently asked me to stay, whether jokingly or not I really wish I could, but there’s a few things that need to be handled back in the cold land Canada. I’ve really grown an attachment for this country and the kids… and just everything Haitian. When the kids and even the nanny told me that they are going to miss me it kind of stuck a cord… I felt emotion. I’ve never really experienced emotion on a continuous basis it’s usually extremes, so Sad or Happy and only for short periods of time. This last week has been a long tug at my heart letting me know that I’ve grown and learned so much.

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On the weekend Emily, Julia and I went to Jacmel/ Bassin Bleu, it was so beautiful, long trip but worth it. We go to see Haitian beauty, stuff that you don’t see on the news it was so refreshing! I fought some fears jumped off a waterfall that was huge and swam in some cold but stunning blue water.

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Haiti has made a dent in my life and changed me for ever, I was a Dad, Nurse, handy-man among many other things. I think this chapter of my life will be one that is forever bookmarked and shared as long as I live.

This will probably be my last blog until I get home or maybe until my lay-over tomorrow since it’s 8 hours. I just want to thank everyone for the support and encouragement. I look forward to the continued support in the future when I decide to come back to Haiti… My second home <3.

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Try new things, experience life, regret nothing… just be happy with the choices you’ve made.

~Justin Parkinson

Close To Perfect

Hello every one I just receive a message from Emily about looking for people to do fundraisers to help them get a house to accommodate everyone appropriately. Please just take a minute to read her message over I will be posting a link to her website, which is also on the side bar of my blog. I you cannot donate please at least pass the word, every little bit helps!

Dear Friends/Family,

Caleb’s House is desperately seeking relocation as the house, and as most of you already know is too small, unsafe, and also unsanitary for us and most importantly the children. The house we had previously planned to rent fell through as we would only be able to rent the house for 2 months and we need something more permanent. We are currently located on a highway road without a fence and have already had tires fly off of trucks into our yard where the children are playing. Have also had a few other security issues in terms of people entering our property that were unwanted. We also experience issues with electricity and water.. we only get electricity about once every two weeks and we have gone 3 times now without water for over 3 days each time which leaves the kids unable to bath, our cook unable to cook, and us unable to wash clothes. All of the children’s families are located in the port au prince/petionville area and where we are located now is about an hour and a half from them. They are unable to visit the children because they cannot afford transportation. We have desperately been seeking a house to rent in the petionville area and finally came across the perfect house. It has 5 bedrooms, it is 2 levels, has a huge living room, a big kitchen, two bathrooms, a large yard to play in, it is situated next to the hospital that I have the children registered at, it has a big wall and gate for security, and it is in a very quiet and secure area. However, the owner is asking $10,000 per year for the house- which is not in our budget at the moment. I am still negotiating the price with the owner but also looking around for other houses- so far, no luck !! We need to find a house by this week or we will have to remain in the house we are currently in for another year since I have to register the children at school on Monday ! I do not wish to take the children out of school half way through their school year. I am asking if any friends or family will be able to assist us with fundraising or if anyone has any ideas for us that will help us raise the money to rent the house for the year !! Any help will be truly appreciated. Every penny counts and even just by spreading the word it will help us greatly. Please help me to provide a comfortable home for my children who so badly deserve it !!!

Please message me if you have any fundraising ideas or are able to assist us in any way !
Thank you.
Much love,
Emily

Website: www.HimeForHelp.org

Email: Emily@himeforhelp.org

I’m feeling generous today with quotes.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

~Audrey Hepburn

Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.

~Bob Moawad

Here We Go Again

I’m finally getting back on my feet getting used to being home now, I’ve got the travelling and vacation all done and out of the way. As much fun as it was to travel and go on vacation I miss working on my Haiti project and I feel like I’ve fallen behind on updates, not only for everyone following but also from Haiti itself.

In the next few I’m diligently going to be working on getting back into the swing I was in before. Unfortunately when I was in England I didn’t get as much word out as I was expecting since family kind of took precedence. I still have some doctors appointments to make, shots to get and meetings to make.

I’m working really hard on trying to figure out where I want this venue to be honest I wish I had already chosen one but I want it to be the right location and for the right price, I don’t mind paying out of my own savings to cover the venue I just want it to be successful not just for me but for Emily so they can have some surplus to work with for the new orphanage. Once I finally get the date picked out, I have an awesome friend Julia Monk who will be shooting an interview for me to publish! Along with this video I plan on maybe throwing together a documentary once I get to Haiti and the endeavours we all encounter. If you’re wondering what I’m trying to get out of the documentary… Fame? No… Money? No; I want to being to show people what I experienced when they can’t feel what I felt just share to the world these great kids.

Washing day!

Recently Emily Hime called for a building team because the orphanages good friend/ Security guard & Haitian father (Tiny as they call him) lost his house on the 16 due to strong winds and a storm that came through their town. Tiny’s 6 children & his wife had been without shelter, fortunately his family will temporarily be staying with Emily & Montanna at the orphanage until they are able to find people and funds to assist them with rebuilding their home. If anyone wants to sponsor, donate, or come and help to rebuild please comment this post/ message me or visit Emily’s websitewww.himeforhelp.org and comment in the donation box that the funds are towards “Tiny’s house”.

Tiny’s Family

He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.

~Sunshine Magazine

The Sun Shines Where Ever You Are

Not much but a few updates and good news as usual, Emily and the kids will be moving into their temporary house soon and will continue to raise the $40,000 Dollars needed for the new orphanage, which I might add is not a lot of money; I’ve said it many times before “You can barely even build a shed for that here in Canada.”

Recently I was working for AM800/89X (Local radio stations) at a Volleyball event it was perfect weather out sun shining, decent breeze going a great time to start a base tan so I don’t turn into toast in Haiti! This posts title stands for many things, but one of them is the fact that the sun toasted me yesterday. I’m burnt from head to toe even though I wore sun screen, I got home and plastered on the Aloe Vera luckily I recover rather quick from burns and hopefully have a nice tan started. Besides the burn I also met some great people at the event, namely a few gentlemen from STC Construction. Without a blink of an eye one of them donated $100 which definitely put a spring in my step keeping me pushing forward as usual. I’ve met so many great people who have been to Haiti like one of the guys from STC to people already there like Seanna and Sarah.

Recently Brandon (one of the volounteers) just headed home, but the good news is we have more people headed out there real soon! I’m really excited to head over to Haiti and start helping out myself.

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Quick side note just had someone at work donate 25 dollars (^_^), and have had a steady stream of people giving change into my donations jar daily yay!

I should be getting my Haiti “art” bracelets soon from Seanna I have also ordered 10 extra which are $10 dollars a piece if anyone is interested. I will be paying for them myself so the Artisan gets paid and it will help support his family as well; the money you pay me for the bracelets goes straight into my Just’in Hime For Help donation fund; it’s a double win!

$10 each and they help support a Haitian family, made by Haitian Artisan

Apologies for the horrid grammar and spelling earlier, I believe it’s all been corrected.

This is my favourite quote:

“It’s not about weathering the storm; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain”

~Unknown