Find Your Zen in the Canadian Rockies this September

Back into the grind after a summer of road trips, cottage time and holiday-ing? Here’s my latest piece for Avenue Magazine about finding Zen in the mountains. (You’ll have to head to the Canadian Rockies to take advantage of these ideas!)


Autumn brings with it a change of colours and, more often than not, a mountain of stress. As summer vacations give way to the familiar juggling act, consider leaving the busyness behind to tap into what matters most.

If Zen is what you’re after, look no further than the Canadian Rockies, where these six activities will let you reflect, refocus and recharge.

Continue reading → “Fall Into Focus: September’s Best Ways to Find Zen in the Mountains.” 

Check out the September issue of Avenue Calgary.

Check out the September issue of Avenue Calgary.

The Reverse Bucket List

At the beginning of this year, as many people were talking about setting resolutions or goals for the year to come, I found myself reflecting a lot on 2013. So, as I planned my next blog post for Women’s Adventure Magazine, I had the idea of bringing a concept to that community that I had benefited so much from in the past: the Reverse Bucket List.

In 5 Tips for Writing a Reverse Bucket List, I walk the readers through the benefits of writing such a list, as well as five ways to make the process easier.

Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.


Benefits of Writing a Reverse Bucket List

At first it sounded like a fun, perhaps silly, activity, but the process of writing my reverse list had a profound impact on me. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • It gives you the chance to reflect positively on the past, and acknowledge how important certain milestones were to the direction of your life.
  • It gets you thinking deeply about the events and accomplishments that left you feeling happy and fulfilled.

Read the rest of the post here

New Publication: Iron Deficiency

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 11.32.31 AMOutdoor, travel, adventure…if I could add one more area that I am truly passionate about, it’s wellness. Some of you know that for the past two years I have been involved in the launch of a healthy living website for Canadians called tuja wellness. I have contributed as an editor, writer and marketing lead and this project has been one of the most gratifying for me thus far.

Working on a project that is inspiring Canadians to make healthier choices has encouraged me to keep pursuing my own wellness journey and has educated me on many aspects of healthy living I had not ever considered before. I would generally consider myself to be a healthy person, but there is always opportunity to grow. tuja wellness gives people the tools they need to keep growing and learning.

In my latest piece for tuja wellness, Get Your Iron, Girl: Preventing Deficiency, I didn’t delve into my own personal story, but it is what ultimately inspired the piece. A few winters ago, I was really struggling with low energy. I would head out ski touring and feel unusually wiped. Each stride was a struggle for weeks on end and I began to feel really discouraged. I finally went to the doctor and discovered my iron levels were rock-bottom. This is a really common issue, especially amongst women, and I decided to do a little bit of digging. So I called on my friend, holistic nutritionist Samantha Peris, of nu roots nutrition, and put together an interview.

You can read the article here and also view my author archive to see other posts I’ve written.

Thanks for tuning in!