Blogging 2.0?!

Hey guys! So I don’t know how many people will actually check this out, but I hope it’s more than just me! This blog was created in the later part of my grade twelve year at Sturgeon Heights as a creative writing class assignment. Throughout the semester I really enjoyed blogging and when the end of the year came, I figured, why stop? Unfortunately, this summer has been INSANE for me and I haven’t had much time to add to my blog and transform it from a school based blog to an actual blog based on my lifestyle. But I’m getting there, slowly but surely! I’m going to try my best to post as much as I can about what I’m doing with my time and the adventures I undertake in the next little while. I’m hoping to gain a larger “fan base” for my blog and hopefully have a lot more readers/followers than just myself and maybe like two other people. I promise, I’m not that boring! Anyway, like I said, this blog is intended to be a lifestyle blog about my life, my adventures, my style and my dreams. There are already a lot of posts on here from the school year that I plan to keep (some are quite interesting??) but I’ve added a few personal touches to the blog as well. I’ve linked my personal Instagram on the very bottom of the blog (scroll to the bottom on any page), added a few extra pages of my dream travelling experiences and my most recent exciting adventure, as well as a gallery of photographs I have taken over the last few years. Hopefully it works out and anyone that reads it will relate and enjoy it on one level or another.

Helping Others

On June 12th, 2015, two of my best friends, Sam and Courtney, and I, went to the Ed Sheeran concert. One of the things every person has on their bucket list is to meet a celebrity. For Courtney, that was particularly important. During the concert, we decided to stand at the back of the floor level seating, so we could get a better view of the whole stage. At this point, the concert was almost over. As we were standing there, singing and dancing to our favourite Ed Sheeran tunes, we saw four guys walk by and continue to stare at us as they passed. We kept on staring right back, trying to figure out who they were. They all looked so familiar. We had no idea who they were. Then it dawned on us. The four guys that had just passed us were the British boyband, Rixton, who had opened the concert for Ed Sheeran. Once we realized who they were, we were all starstruck, Courtney especially. All she wanted and all she talked about for the rest of the concert was getting a picture with one of them. When one of them, Connor Montgomery, turned around to come back, I immediately grabbed her and dragged her over to him, asking him to take picture with her. He agreed, but asked us to wait until the end of the concert. When the show was over, he returned and kept his promise of taking a selfie with Courtney. She was absolutely overjoyed as was I as I knew I had helped her accomplish something she had always wanted to.

Another Now What

This summer I will be crossing another thing off of my bucket list when I go on S-Trip. We will be going to Cozumel in Mexico. Here we are going to spend some time helping to rebuild a school and help to teach and play with underprivileged children. This item is particularly important to me and I cannot wait to cross it off.

Now What?

One of the smallest, yet biggest, things on my bucket list was to conquer my fear of heights and upside down rollercoasters. I completed this task on vacation in California. Years ago when I went to California for the first time, I stood in line for this rollercoaster and when it was my turn, I walked right through…twice. I couldn’t do it. Years after that when I returned, I was ready for redemption. We went to the rollercoaster, first thing, and stood in line, yet again. I was terrified. Once we got to the front, I had this strange feeling of nervousness and excitement all in one. I really don’t know what I was afraid of. I sat down and pulled the bar down over my head. Then we started moving and out came the tears. I was so afraid that I was bawling my eyes out. My dad, while being semi-supportive, laughed at me, along with my friend. I guess my fear was kind of ridiculous but none the less, the terror within me did not subside. I knew I had to do it though. Plus at this point, it was too late to get off. So off we went. I had the time of my life. The ride was so much fun and I wanted to go on it again and again. Throughout the day, we returned and went on it two or three more times. After that day, I was fine on any other ride that I experienced on that trip and every other ride that I have experienced since. By going for it and not letting myself have anymore regrets about what I was too afraid to do, I accomplished it. I survived “California Screaming” and conquered my life long fear.

Author’s Note

Completing a bucket list is something most people only dream of doing. At some point in their life, almost everyone will write the list, but when it comes down to it, only a few will successfully complete it. Some lists may be longer than others and some may be more adventurous and that’s okay. Each list is specific to that person and to what they need to make them feel like they’ve lived a fulfilled life. Writing the list is easy, trying to successfully complete it is where the challenge comes in.

I have written many bucket lists, none of which I have completed. However, this one will be different. I am giving myself more motivation with this list. I have written the list itself and I have also put every item on the list in a jar so that as I complete the items, I can take them out of the jar and add more when the jar starts to get empty. Once I have completed something, the piece of paper from the jar will be stuck on the wall or placed in a book so that I can see everyday what I’ve completed. This will not be easy. I have always been the typer of person who’s shy and quiet and not all that adventurous. But it’s time that changed. I am at a point in my life where everything is changing, so why not change my thinking too. There is nothing to be afraid of in living an adventurous life. It might have it’s challenges but it will be worth it and in the end, I’ll be glad I took the risk. I want to complete my bucket list so that when I am old and sitting in my rocking chair, I can say that I am proud of the life I’ve lived and the stories I have to tell. I don’t want to leave everything until the end because I simply won’t be able to finish if I do. We must fill our lives with the big moments, not the small meaningless ones. We all have our time to live, and my time starts now.

My Buried Life List

  1. Move to California
  2. Help build a school
  3. Get married
  4. Add to the lock bridge in Paris
  5. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  6. Be in Times Square for New Year’s Eve
  7. Ride an elephant in Thailand
  8. Go to India
  9. Learn to surf
  10. Hike the Diamond Head Trail in Hawaii
  11. Zipline in the rainforest
  12. Go to Carnival in Rio De Janeiro
  13. Attend an Olympic event
  14. Adopt a child from Africa
  15. Complete university
  16. Have a successful career
  17. Play with a baby tiger
  18. Attend a Hollywood movie premiere
  19. Go on an African safari
  20. Be in the audience of the Ellen Degeneres Show
  21. Safely watch a volcano erupt
  22. Meet Jennifer Lopez
  23. Find a koala bear in Australia
  24. See the Great Barrier Reef
  25. Explore the pyramids in Egypt
  26. Learn to speak as many languages as possible
  27. Help to reconnect a lost family
  28. Rescue stray dogs in poor countries
  29. Help clean up after a natural disaster
  30. Study in a new country
  31. Meet my family in England
  32. Skydive
  33. Win the lottery
  34. Go to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas
  35. Parasail in a tropical place
  36. Go on a Disney cruise through the Caribbean
  37. Work at a Disney Park
  38. Attend the Christmas Day Parade at Disney
  39. Make on stage at a concert
  40. Go on a date with a celebrity
  41. Camp in the mountains
  42. Ride in a Nascar race car
  43. Ride a double decker bus in London, England
  44. Take  a tour of Buckingham Palace
  45. Become friends with a celebrity
  46. Learn to snowboard
  47. Own a huge, gorgeous, fancy house
  48. Become rich
  49. Donate large amounts of money to charity
  50. Appear in a movie
  51. Be noticed by/meet a celebrity (completed x3)
  52. Sit on the floor, close to the stage at a concert (completed x3)
  53. Conquer my stage fright (in the process)
  54. Ride a gondola up a mountain to conquer my fear of heights (completed)
  55. Complete a scrapbook
  56. Donate my hair to Cancer Care
  57. Swim with sharks
  58. Ride a dolphin
  59. Help save an endangered species
  60. Do an act of kindness that makes the national news
  61. Have my own child
  62. Write a book
  63. Graduate high school
  64. Invent something cool
  65. Dog sled
  66. Own a beach house
  67. Get a tattoo
  68. Get my nose pierced
  69. Make an app
  70. Take my mom on the vacation of her dreams
  71. Audition for So You Think You Can Dance just because….
  72. Take a year to travel, relax and explore
  73. Ride a camel on a Wednesday
  74. Go to Dubai
  75. Spend a week without electronics
  76. Run a marathon
  77. Conquer my fear of upside down rollercoasters (completed)
  78. Become better at public speaking
  79. Get abs
  80. Try every item on the menu at Starbucks

Ed Sheeran

On June 12th, 2015, I attended the Ed Sheeran concert at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. I went with two of my best friends and it was great. It was probably the best concert I have ever been to. We sat on the floor in row 28. We were right in the middle and had the best view of the stage. The part that made the concert the best was that he played so beautifully. The way Ed sings about love is truly beautiful and brings tears to my eyes every single time. He is also extremely talented. When he performs, he is the only one that performs. Every musical instrument, every voice, all comes from himself. He uses just his guitar to make various sounds, even sounds of different instruments. It is truly amazing. I hope that one day I will be able to experience a concert as amazing as that one again.

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Imagine Dragons 

This week, I went to the Imagine Dragons concert with two of my close friends. We bought the tickets so long ago, we were all so excited. Our seats were in section 104 which had a perfect view of the stage. The concert itself was amazing. They put on such a great show. From the lights and the effects, to the singing, to the friendliness of the band to the audience, it was great. The opening acts weren’t the best but that’s not what we came for. When Imagine Dragons came on, the horrible openings all of a sudden became worth it. I’m glad I got to experience the concert with the people I did because it wouldn’t have been the same otherwise. We laughed and danced and sang our hearts out until we could barely speak. We also saw quite a few people that we knew, most being coworkers. I guess we know a lot of people that like Imagine Dragons. But I mean, how can you not?

California 

A few summers ago, Erin and I went to California with my dad. Lately I’ve been missing that trip. It was so much fun and it was so cool to experience that place and that time with the people I was with. In the time that we were there, we did as much as we possibly could. The first day we went to Disneyland, because who doesn’t love Disney? The second day, we went to Huntington Beach. This beach is the biggest, most beautiful and diverse beach I have ever seen. You could walk down that beach for miles and miles, watching the surfers, checking out the marine life or just chilling. On our third day, we went back to Disney to the other park, Disney’s California Adventure. This park was fun because it’s very different from the main Disneyland park. The next day, we drove to LA and did some shopping. We found stores such as DASH, Brandy Melville and Urban Outfitters. We then decided to check out The Grove, a popular shopping place for celebrities. Turns out, while we were there, Mario Lopez was filming an interview with the current Bachelorette, Desiree, for his show EXTRA. We were lucky enough to be able to watch the interview and later take pictures with the two. To our surprise, later on, we were having dinner when Mario Lopez walked by us and we didn’t even notice. Once he left the building, we were like “hey was that….omg it was!!!” That was exciting. That night we spent some time on the Santa Monica Pier and just hung out. The next day, we drove to Universal Studios where we had a whole new experience. We got to do a studio tour where we saw them filming CSI, The Voice and a few commercials. We also got to see the sets of many famous shows/movies such as Bates Motel, Jaws and Desperate Houswives. That was very cool. Our favourite part of Universal was getting to meet the Transformers. We got to take a picture with these huge, walking, talking transformers, just like the ones in the movies. On our last day, we drove and walked around the city, doing the random things we could think of. We finished off the trip with a nice dinner in Hollywood, and headed home the next morning. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. I hope that one day I will be lucky enough to experience something like this again.