January 8, 2016

How a Whiskey Ad Made Me Cry

In June of last year I travelled to the UK on a dream trip. My days in Scotland, and most notable on the Isle of Skye, were some of my favourite places for scenery and rugged beauty.

I had many preconceived notions of which areas I would fall in love with. I was certainly surprised that Scotland won me over way more than England or Ireland (though I loved my days in those areas, too!).

When a Facebook friend shared a whiskey video advertisement, located in Scotland on the Isle of Skye and made by two film students, I was immediately drawn to watching it.

I watched, I got all teary...then I had to go back and watch again and I got all choked up all over again.

Wow! Just wow!

Music, beautiful scenery, poignant words, people's faces and relationships with one another can certainly have an impact on us in something so simple as a commercial.

Turn up the volume.
Pull up the video full screen.


Then watch again.

Kudos to Dorian Lebherz & Daniel Titz.

Did you see it?
Did you get it?

So good.

Side Note:
Many of the places in the video are places I walked or saw on my trip, Kilt Rock cliffs and the Old Man of Storr. 
They also crossed the Sligachan Bridge in the video and I walked across that bridge on my first full day on Skye! 
See photo comparisons below.

January 7, 2016

Thankful for...100 List: #76-100

As an exercise in positivity, I am continuing to make a list of the:

100 Things for Which I am Thankful.

Note: They are listed in no particular order, other than my rambling thoughts at the moment.

76. the ability to create with my hands - crafts, jewelry, gifts, graphics
77. the simple act of colouring in a colouring book
78. Timmy's French Vanilla caffeinated drink
79. clothes that are not only comfy but make me feel good
80. finding inspiring stories about other women who have faced similar circumstances to my own
81. my amazing dream trip to Ireland, Scotland & England last year! (read posts here)
82. God who provides even when it seems everything is stressful and difficult
83. my Mom, who loves me for me and treats me like a close friend
84. my Dad, who also loves me for me and is always there for me 
85. my sister, who I can always talk to about movies, or books or shows, or anything
86. my brother, who is a social male butterfly and strives to always keep in touch
87. my sister-in-law, who is patient and fun and fits right into our family
88. my nephews, who are all such fun and make me laugh so much
89. my niece, who is such a little cutie and so smart and independent even at 2.5 years
90. last-minute road trips to explore our amazing island (Tofino, Mt. Washington etc)
91. people I work with, who are fun and encouraging
92. learning new skills, like programming fancy lightning
93. grabbing sweet opportunities, like a trip to Costa Rica in less than 2 weeks!!
94. the multitude of cute little hummingbirds who I feed all year outside my patio
95. the experience I've had for the last three years selling my creations at an outdoor sumer market
96. making new friends from all over the world on my travels
97. two words: pretzel bagels
98. the amazing, funny and 80's-filled novel I just finished listening to, "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, read by the hilarious Will Wheaton
99. people who "get" me - my humour, my geekiness, my likes
100. animals - I love them all! big, small, cute, furry, feathered, scaled...I love touching, holding, playing with and learning about them all.

What are you thankful for?  

 Start making your own list.  

(PS - It does wonders for your current state of happiness.) 

January 6, 2016

My "List" for 2016

Do or do not, there is no try.

As an excellent list-maker, though usually my skills are used for grocery lists or Christmas gift check lists, I am not one to normally make huge New Year's Resolutions.

However, I have, in the past, jotted down a few items I wish to see or do or create for the year ahead.

January of a new year always seems to be a great time to make a fresh start and plan ahead.

I love planning!
Whether it be a vacation or trip, a party or just a day adventure, I love researching and planning my brains out! I still am open to some spontaneity, but I like to be well prepared.

Back in 2012 I made a "My List" for that year.
I'm recreating that idea here with new plans for this coming year.

My 2016 List: (in random order)

1. Go to Costa Rica! (This is happening in less than 2 weeks!!)
2. See a sloth...a baby sloth, even better!
3. Jump from a waterfall
4. Finishing writing about my UK trip last year! (check out past posts here)
5. Start walking more
6. Write more regularly on this blog (I'm trying!)
7. Train more volunteers to cover my media job - a must!
8. Join a co-ed small group at church
9. Clean my spare room
10. Organize all my craft supplies
11. Sell my jewelry via a local store or two
12. Set up my Etsy Shop to sell my jewelry online
13. Put up photos and art on my walls (3 years and I still have empty frames!)
14. Go horseback riding
15. Go somewhere snowy next winter
16. Get a Tattoo (just a tiny one)
17. Keep up a more positive attitude every day
18. Do my best to help others around me
19. Go skiing/tubing/sledding more next winter!
20. Make healthier eating a priority
21. Read more (less TV!)

Okay, I'll admit that a few of these list items are a direct response to my upcoming trip to Costa Rica!! Gaaaaahhhh! So excited!!! I'll tell you all about it soon and I'm sure I'll be posting loads of photos of this new crazy adventure.

What's on YOUR list for 2016??

January 1, 2016



2015 was quite the year for me and my little corner of the world.
I had awesome family times, fun with friends and even a dream trip for 3 weeks to visit Ireland, Scotland and England!

I am welcoming 2016 with open arms, ready for all of the new adventures set before me.

I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and happy and ready for the new year ahead.

I plan on writing much more in the coming days, so watch out!