Life Lately :: September Musings 2016

So I had really high hopes earlier this year. I was so convinced I’d get back into blogging again, sharing more travel stories, re-hashing some crazy experiences and… yeah, nevermind. Scratch that. This is my first post again in a super long time.

What excuse do I have this time? Real life I suppose. Although I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

It’s unbelievable when I look back on what has happened so far this year. I haven’t been blogging much because:

A) I had to edit and wrap-up a short film project before leaving for New Zealand

B) I was in New Zealand in March

C) I somehow caught mono and was out for a a few months

D) I picked up a couple more writing gigs

E) I started experimenting with acrylics and gold leaf, got kinda obsessed, had this lightblub moment to finally do something with these blank rings and cabochons I bought a few years ago, and now I want to venture into artist/maker/entrepreneurial territory

F) I hit up LA in July, then Vancouver two days later, then the Okanagan early August and finally Victoria at the end of August

Throw in some hikes, local festivals, three weddings in the span of a week, and its already been a jam-packed year. It’s not over yet though because…

Something I’m ecstatic about—my first solo trip in October! And to London it is! This was a bit of a spontaneous move on my part, but after agonizing over the fact that I didn’t take advantage of a really cheap flight I found before, I made the move to book a flight there anyways (after getting all the applicable permissions). Regardless of the increased flight price, I know I need this right now.

It’s no wonder though that I find myself contemplating how to find balance–with life, this blog, my new ventures, and honestly, everything else in between. Is it possible? Am I spreading myself too thin?


Lake Louise

A hiking day trip with the fam at Lake Louise in early August (taken with an iPhone 6).

It’s difficult to be so personal online or offline, it’s not in my character or my nature (INFJ here) but at the same time, there’s been fire, and lava, brewing and bubbling in the pit of my stomach and my soul for awhile now. It’s a feeling of change, of a journey I feel I need to embark on, of taking the steps to figure out… even more about life. Perhaps where I’m headed, or where I ought to be headed.

Call it what you want–a millennial issue, a quarter-life crisis, a rebellious act to stray from the norm–but more than ever I see the present as a time for exploration. An exploration into unknown territory, of trying something new, of trying something not because people think it’s the right time or move in life, but exploring something because it feels more in line with my authentic self.

So what do I mean by all this? Well, I want to blend my passions and strengths into something I enjoy doing on a daily basis. If I really simplify it, it comes down to creativity and travelling. As a multipotentialite, it’s not easy, there’s no straight-arrow path or one line answer. I want to merge all these creative facets together into something that works for me. The thing is, I don’t want to give up one thing for the other, but I’m slowly realizing that I may have to (temporarily).


A welcome and farewell gift--brilliant sunsets in Victoria, BC.

A welcome and farewell gift  in Victoria, BC–a place I will always call home.


Whether it’s being overly ambitious, or saying yes more often than I should be, I know it’s important to take this discomfort, this unknowing-ness, completely and wholeheartedly in stride.

So to try and stay accountable to myself and this blog, I have a few posts I’m going to hit publish on pretty soon because it’s time to start sharing again, whether or not I think my words are ready or good enough.

Over the next few weeks expect to see and read:

And so I ask you all this, what sounds the most interesting to you? What would you rather read first over the others? Let me know!


What would you rather be reading here? (See above).

Migrant Muse


  • Emily

    I love this post. I just posted my first blog series since February today for quite a few reasons, but it has reinvigorated me. I love blogging, and knowing that other people “take breaks” or much needed time off is great to hear!

    • Thanks for stopping by Emily! So good to know we’re not alone in this. I hope this new energy continues for the both of us 🙂

  • eatrunsail

    You are in my part of the World… I think Portland is weird too! Hope you find your stride and get back into the regular blog groove soon. Enjoying your posts so far…

    • Thank you!! Do you live in the PNW? I think every city has its quirks or “weird side” but Portland is definitely one of a kind haha. I’m hoping I’ll find a regular groove soon!

  • Gareth Thompson

    Wow, that does sound like a busy year and I think we can all understand the difficulty in maintaining a disciplined blogging schedule. Nevertheless, I hope you manage to and look forward to catching your guide to the Okanagan

    • Appreciate the encouraging words Gareth 🙂 It’s nice to know that other people can relate and understand. I’m determined to keep at it though. Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Claire

    Sounds pretty manic, but it looks like you’ve got lots of exciting things coming up!

    • Hi Claire! It does sound a bit manic now that I think about it haha. I’ve always been one to try and keep busy but I know it’s a lot to try and commit to it all sometimes. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • Vyjay Rao

    Time is indeed really precious, it just seemed yesterday that we we welcomed the new year and already we are talking about the year ending. Time really keeps slipping away like sand. There is so much still to do and so less time. BTW I am INFP 🙂

    • I agree! Every month this year seemed to have come and gone just like that, but I think it’s because I was so busy that I didn’t stop enough to notice. Good or bad I’m not sure, but I’m starting to consciously realize that time is always ticking away so to speak. Thanks for your comment and hope you’ll stop by again soon!

  • Eric Bravo

    Very relatable to me especially not wanting to give up one this for another even if it is temporary. I have a hard time following though with one thing because I end up missing the other thing. I hope you figure out a way to do it all! Also, I’m looking forward to the Queenstown guide!

    • Hi Eric! I totally know what you mean with feeling like we’re missing out because we’re not doing it all. For me, it’s kind of a balancing act where you have to figure out a sort of hierarchy of what’s really the most important, and this can change day to day even. I’m still working on it and I hope you find your stride too with everything you want to do! Thanks for such a thoughtful comment and I’ll definitely work on getting that guide ready 🙂

  • Traveling Seouls

    Great recap of your year and what you plan to do in the future. I have heard strange things about Portland, but maybe that was because I watched Portlandia. 😉

    • Haha I love Portlandia! I think the show exposes the strangeness too but I’m sure they draw inspiration from the city 🙂

  • Katrina Leoni

    Getting back into blogging after a long break is not easy to do so well done!

    • Thanks Katrina! I’m determined to keep it up even if it means starting again, and again 🙂

  • Amanda

    Sounds like a busy year. It is totally normal to get overloaded, we all do. But a crazy life is a happy life in my book. Haha! I’d love more on Portland since I’ll be traveling there myself soon.

    • Hi Amanda! So true, it’s easy for any of us to get overwhelmed, and I agree that life is a tad bit more interesting when things are crazy or busy! When are you heading to Portland? I think fall is an awesome time to go! So far it looks like Portland is getting the most votes so in that case, I’ll be posting that one next this weekend 🙂

  • Camesha

    This all sounds really good. I like the word multipotentialite! Looking forward to that post, for sure!

    • Thanks for stopping by Camesha! I’m excited about the multipotentialite post as I’m curious as to how many other people can identify as being one too.

  • I feel my multipotentiate-ism all the time. My right brain and left brain are equally strong and I need to feed both of them. Enjoy the journey

    • Thanks for stopping by! It’s definitely good to exercise both sides of our brains, and I feel that’s exactly what travelling does!

  • Priya

    Love the term multipotentialite, I’m totally with you I’m the same trying mixed media art on one side and travel blogging on the other… and everything in between! Great recap, hope you keep the blogging going!!

    • Hi Priya! That’s awesome how you’re into both art and travel blogging! How do you manage to balance the two?

  • Wow you have been busy! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures though. And enjoy London!

    • Thanks Sophie! I’m sooo excited for London and will definitely have to do more research before I leave! Do you have any upcoming trips planned?

  • Oh wow you have been busy. I love the jewelry biz idea – did you take it forward? I know managing travel & blogging is my biggest struggle as a travel blogger. When I am on the move, I just need to bask in the moment – though topic ideas are constantly on my mind and a camera in my hand!

    • That’s what I do too when I’m travelling–savouring the moment and taking it all in. So far I only blog when I return from a trip but I know if I want to take my travel blogging one step further, it’s gonna have to involve blogging on the road 🙂 And the jewelry biz thing is definitely in the works! I was making good progress on it until I ran into some issues with this glazing liquid and the adhesive. I do want to get back into it though and open up an Etsy shop one day!

  • Sounds like you will be busy! So sorry about the mono – that’s never fun for anyone!

    • Oh man, tell me about it… don’t think I’ve ever experienced being that sick before. Wouldn’t wish mono on anyone!

  • Hi Portia!

    Wow, you’ve had a busy year with lots of fun traveling. We just came back from London in July and it was so much fun although short (we had a one day layover on our way to Santorini). Can’t wait to see your Portland post, it’s on my list of places to visit 🙂

    xo Gennifer

    • Hi Gennifer! Ah I bet it was still lovely in London on that one day 🙂 I can’t wait to go there! Two weeks and counting. Oh and the Portland roundup guide is already up on the blog! Feel free to check it out whenever you plan to be there 🙂

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