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17 Things About Me

17 Things About Me
17 Things About Me

Thanks to Jo at Living Mint Green and Jen at Peanut Butter Runner for sharing this survey on their blogs.

I thought I would switch things up today and share a little bit more about the person behind Wild Coast Tales: me! Here are 17 things about me. 

MEC North Van 10 km Trail Race

What brings you the greatest joy?

Running and hiking, exploring in my own city and in new places, spending time outside in the forest, climbing mountains, chasing and photographing sunsets, and finding hidden gems. I get such a thrill out of exploring! I also love to try new restaurants and good food, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and really connecting with people. One of my favourite things is when I unexpectedly find something in common with a person I’ve just met. A lot of things make me happy apparently!

Sulphur Mountain Banff

What are your vices? 

I do drink a lot of coffee, but I’m going to say that’s not a vice. I can over-commit, get overwhelmed by my busy schedule, and then cancel plans. I am working on saying no more often and only saying yes to what I really want to do. I am also terrible at sitting and doing nothing and it can take me awhile to relax. If you were to ask my Dad, my inability to follow a budget would also be another vice!

What is on your nightstand?

Clock, a lot of unread library books, candles, BBQ lighter (to light the candles), my sleep mask, gratitude journal (which I haven’t filled out in a long time), and a fan that my friend Karen brought back for me from her trip to China.

Sunset Beach Vancouver

Do you have a secret talent?

I play the flute and the piano. I went to an arts high school and completed my undergraduate degree in music. I also have a special talent for breaking things and causing kitchen disasters. Also I cannot forget my signature secret dance move, the chicken boob dance. That’s a story for another day.

What is your greatest indulgence?

Dark chocolate and nut butter! I’m also well aware running and fitness can be extremely selfish and indulgent things. I try not to forget that and be grateful for the time and ability I have to do those things right now. Running, exercise, and spending time outside everyday have such a positive impact on how I feel mentally and physically.

What should everyone try at least once in their life? 

There are a lot of things I look back upon now and am so glad I have had the chance to experience. They have really helped shaped my life. A few of these experiences include: climbing mountains and getting over a serious fear of heights (somewhat!), training for a race (running consistently and having specific goals really changed the game for me), travelling, living on my own, living in new cities, living with roommates, throwing surprise parties, and going on spontaneous adventures.


What makes you laugh?

It is pretty easy to make me laugh! Sarcasm, hilarious and unfortunate situations, pain. My response to probably too many situations is to laugh.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I can be a pretty anxious person and I get really worked up about big goals. I.e. crying and feeling like I was going to barf everyday the 2 weeks leading up to my first marathon. I also worked in property management for 2 years and I hated sports with a fiery passion when I was younger. Arts kid all the way!

MEC North Van 10 km with friends

What is on your bucket list?

Probably the better question is, what isn’t on my bucket list. See my list of ongoing adventures to do. At the top of my list currently: travelling to Portland a week today, run a 50 km trail race in spring 2017, start a consulting business with one of my friends by Dec 2016, and try the new plant-based pizzeria Virtuous Pie.

What is on your feet right now?

Pink Jefferson Native shoes. They’re super comfy, bright pink, and I’ve had way too many occurrences where I’m wearing the same pair of shoes as a 5 year old. What’s not to love?

How did you make your first dollar?

I taught piano in high school as my part-time job in my basement, which was pretty sweet! Before that, it probably would have been a lemonade stand or selling homemade jewelry to my neighbours.

Prince Edward Island

What superstition do you believe in?

I never read my horoscope before getting on a plane.

What items in your closet do you wear the most? 

At work: blazers from Kit & Ace (love that they are machine-washable) and skirts and wrap dresses from The Bay (seriously a great place to buy inexpensive, high-quality work clothes – so many sales). Workout: I generally stick to Lululemon, Old Navy, and Zella workout clothes. I shared some of my favourite running clothes here.

2016-08-06 MEC North Van 10k 029

What is the best gift you’ve received?

In the past several years, my parents have gifted us with family vacations to Italy and Alaska. Those have both been very special. When I was a kid, I fondly remember the cardboard puppet show theatre I received.

What is on your liquor shelf?

We have a ton of liquor at work (I work in the liquor industry) so I don’t have that much at home. My go-to drink right now is pinot noir.

Point Prim Lighthouse

What is on your kitchen counter? 

Probably way too many appliances for a small kitchen! My slow cooker, blender, kettle, French press, a bowl of bananas, and fresh flowers.

What would you never leave home without? 

In high school, my friend Trevor joked that I was a bag lady so that gives you an idea of how much stuff I bring with me everywhere (although I have improved things). One thing I never leave home without is snacks! Hangry is a thing, and it ain’t pretty.

Leonhard's Cafe

Over to you: I’d love to hear your answers for any of the questions above. 

  • I love these types of posts! It was a delight getting to learn more about you!

  • Nikki says:

    Love this and love you!!

  • allison says:

    love this.
    I 100% think every person should climb a mountain – big or little – the view is the greatest reward and no matter how long the trail or high you climbed, you will feel really, really good about your achievement.

    • says:

      Thanks Allison! I couldn’t agree more, I remember the first time I finished a really tough hike that I was so scared to do. Such a cool feeling of accomplishment!

  • I love this. We have so much in common! I was (and still am!) the ultimate bag lady. I can never go anywhere without snacks. My nickname in college was “snacks” because I would literally bring a whole box of cereal to class with me. I used to play piano too and miss it dearly – I loved recitals. I think it would come back quickly – I’d love to rekindle that passion some day!

    • says:

      Haha I am glad I am not alone in my bag lady ways! So fun we have so much in common. That cereal box is some next level snacking! Haha I am impressed. I’d love to get back to playing more music too!

  • Love this! And coffee is the BEST vice ever…

  • Laura says:

    This is fun! I can relate on a number of levels- obviously the love for running and outdoor adventures and travel. Love your big goals for the next year, too!

  • Syd says:

    That was fun to read! Now I am wondering, where did you go to high school? I am guessing ESA or Haig?

    I hope you don’t feel like you’re going to barf all week going into this next marathon! I think you’re going to smash it 🙂

    • says:

      I went to ESA! Where did you go to high school?

      No, I’m feeling much better this time around – still nervous but definitely calmer and *knock on wood* no wanting to barf! Haha

  • I loved learning more about you.
    I too am really bad at being still and horrid at doing nothing – I have to plan it out.
    And I am a bag lady too, my purse is so heavy it keeps setting off the passenger seat belt alarm in my car!

  • Carmy says:

    Trips are the BEST gifts ever.

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