4:30am wake-up time. Why do all flights seem to either leave obnoxiously early in the morning, or late at night? Anyways – it is what it is. My partner and I packed our bags into our friends SUV and headed to YYZ airport. We arrived in Las Vegas at approximately 11am (thank you time zones). … More My Journey to the Grand Canyon
Recently I have begun meditating. After reading some books and blogs, after practicing yoga and after seeing a Naturopath who suggested the practice of mediation as a way to balance my anxiety. I have always been intrigued by meditation. The practice of being in the moment and silencing the mind. It is something many of … More 20 Minutes of Perfect Meditating, Imperfectly.
Every day, you go to work. You support people during some of the saddest parts of their lives. You listen to stories, which should only be that. Stories. Yet unfortunately, are realities for so many of the people you serve in your day to day work. Neglect, crisis, mental health, addiction and societal injustices are … More Dear Social Workers, Take Care of You
I opened my eyes, and lay in bed. This was my final day in Peru. I had the morning and afternoon to myself, and needed to catch my flight around 5pm. Emmie and I went upstairs to eat our last breakfast, and made plans to meet up later with Iain and Matt for lunch. I … More My Journey in Peru: Day 7 – Saying Goodbye and Lessons Learned
4am. That is the time we needed to be up for to begin our hike to Machu Picchu. Those who know me, know I am far from a morning person. Before I left for my trip, my friends would laugh when I told them about this part of the trip. Surprisingly however, it was not … More My Journey in Peru: Day 6 – Machu Picchu
Waking up on the morning of the third day was tough. I hadn’t slept most of the night and was grumpy. Oh well. At least today was the easy day of hiking! I had that to look forward to. I was a quick downhill hiker. And, it had luckily stopped raining. We all ate breakfast … More My Journey in Peru: Day 5 -Descending Tears
I heard Fletcher whispering my name at approximately 6am “Jessy…Jessy”. I was pissed. It was early and I was cold. And sore. And not ready to start my day of hiking up the mountain. Day two of the Inca Trail hike is said to be the hardest day of hiking by most who have completed … More My Journey in Peru: Day 4 – Sweat and Altitude
Your mom and dad made you. They brought you into this world. They love you. But even though mom and dad love you, they hurt you sometimes. Sometimes they use their hands – other times, their words. Sometimes you are not fed. Sometimes they don’t come home. You know that something isn’t right, and that … More Swimming Against the Current
The next morning we ate breakfast and weighed bags which were given to us at the beginning of the trip. The bags would carry items we did not need throughout the day and would be carried by Porters. Porters are very common in Peru. They assist many hikers and travel groups in their journey to … More My Journey in Peru: Day 3 – The Hiking Begins!
Day two. I made it through the night and joined everyone for breakfast in the morning. I had bread and a crap ton of coca tea. Lesson learned. I wouldn’t be eating heavy food for a while. After breakfast, the plan was for us to all get on a bus and have a tour of … More My Journey in Peru: Day 2 – Mud and Colours