Photo: Keira-Anne on Flickr
If there's one thing that I have realized over the last few months, especially in travelling to different parts of the country, it's that I am, without any doubt, a West Coast girl through and through. I love Vancouver, I really do.
When Keira, another true West Coast babe, suggested a Saturday morning seawall walk, I knew that getting up and out there bright and early with her would do me a world of good. I couldn't have imagined a better way to start the weekend. The two of us walked and talked for hours in the rain, taking time to explore the incredible starfish on the beach, leave our footprints in the sand and photograph the beauty around us. It was an amazing morning.
On Saturday afternoon, Shando popped by for tea and girl talk. She brought me an original work of art as a gift. To say that I am touched would be an understatement. I am beyond honoured to hang her work in my apartment. Shando's creative flair and passion for following her heart are a true inspiration to me.
"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful: yourself." Alan Alda
Last night, I busted out to Langley for an evening of drinks, laughs and Vanessa's trademark potatoes. After watching the Canadiens lose to Philly in game five (and subsequently, having a minor breakdown about it), we were off to the pub for a few more cold ones and some quality time together. Casual nights of this kind are my favourite. Good friends are the greatest treasure in the universe.
I've realized over the last few days how much I am blown away by authenticity. This has been a weekend rich with authentic people and authentic experiences. Time goes by quickly, and with that in mind, I think it's important to take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because, as they say, "every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back."