It’s been two weeks since I last posted. Not for lack of wanting to, but I was getting ready for family holidays. The last few years, every time my dad’s side of the family has gotten together, it’s because something bad has happened. Last year, we celebrated a lot of good (more on that in another post). We’ve decided that a year holiday where we meet up together and just spend time with each other is much needed. Especially since we are spread out between a few provinces. This year, my cousin found some cabins for rent at Pike Lake Provincial Park just outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It’s pretty much a mid point between where everyone in Alberta and Saskatchewan lives. The wood cabins are small but there is enough room to sleep and get food ready, and when camping that’s all you really need.

I’ve been missing my dogs as it was supposed to be a “no dogs allowed place,” but I have seen them everywhere and if we comeback here next year, I am bringing mine! It’s been great having a break from the ‘everyday’ monotony that you can get sucked into. I needed a break to just rest and recharge. I like being busy, but it’s also nice to just slow down and enjoy the little things.

Being by the water and sand and just amongst nature is general, has been just what I needed. I forgot how at peace being near water makes me feel. I definitely need to do it more often. This summer it’s been hard to get out and enjoy the outdoors as back in Edmonton we’ve had rain pretty much every single day this summer. And while I love me a good thunderstorm and rain, a girl needs some sun! And I know my doggos haven’t enjoyed being indoors most days! (Thank goodness I work at a dog daycare, so they can run around and play!)

This holiday has also reminded me that I love to travel and need to be able to go and explore the world around me. While Edmonton will always be home, I need to see and experience more than just what’s in the city. I want to go camping and explore Canada, and I want to do it with my dogs. I have some plans in mind and as I work on those and make them more concrete, I’ll share them here. So stay tuned!

Journalling has also been big for me on this little holiday and it’s helped reignite my need for the written word. Ever since I was a child, I found writing to be so cathartic. Healing even. It’s always been a safe space for me, and while sharing what I write is scary, I feel like it’s something I need to do.

This post is a bit all over the place, but it sums up most of the thoughts that I’ve been having. Hopefully, things will become clearer as I go!

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