Lovely Little Weekend

Blue Jay has been home since March and has had little-to-no formal structure other than spending one day at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for a small day camp. Select day camps are open this summer with greatly reduced numbers and we managed to secure a week at the YMCA. Well, let me tell you what … Continue reading Lovely Little Weekend

Risk Management in the Outdoors

Trails in Southern Manitoba are bursting at the seams with new-to-the-outdoors explorers. While it is great that people are going outdoors, I am also concerned because risk management and safety may not be a priority or even on the minds of new hikers. Numbers have spiked in local Facebook hiking groups and many new hikers … Continue reading Risk Management in the Outdoors

The Tenderfoot Hiker and the Ten Essentials

I wrote the below post one year ago today for Backcountry Women. To my recollection, hosting the Ten Essentials of Hiking talk was the first event that I led with Backcountry Women. It felt like way longer than just a year ago when I saw the memory pop up on Facebook. Time flies when you … Continue reading The Tenderfoot Hiker and the Ten Essentials

Why I Journal While Hiking

I've had some writers block with my blog even though my head has been buried deep in my journal. I have documented my experience with COVID-19, from sun up to sun down. I have been writing in it numerous times a day from what political and medical leaders are saying to how things are going … Continue reading Why I Journal While Hiking

Keeping My Head Above the Water

I anticipated the layoff from my job. I understand how business works. My husband and I talked about the possibility of it happening and even though I wasn't surprised when my manager called me, it has been troublesome to adapt. I managed to keep my head above the water last week while trying to find … Continue reading Keeping My Head Above the Water

Should Provincial Parks Close?

A controversial topic has risen within the hiking community: to hike or not to hike? Our local National Park in Manitoba, Riding Mountain is closed, as are all National Parks throughout Canada. Some Provinces including Ontario and British Columbia have closed their Provincial Parks as well. Manitoba Provincial Parks are still open. I firmly believe … Continue reading Should Provincial Parks Close?

Layoff from work: Day 2

My husband and I are taking part in a 12-week parenting program to learn more about raising a child with ADHD. We have a coaching call each week that involves learning a new skill or tool and talking about our wins and misses over the past week. We build on skills week after week and … Continue reading Layoff from work: Day 2

Layoff from Work: Day One

I awoke this morning shortly after 7 A.M. and laid in bed, scrolling Instagram for a few minutes. I have grown accustom to being a productive member of society and starting my day like the rest of the Monday to Friday business crowd, except I no longer have anywhere to go. I drank a cup … Continue reading Layoff from Work: Day One

It Just Became Way Too Much

I took a leave of absence from work recently due to my mental health taking a sharp decline. My depression and anxiety combined with acute life stress made day-to-day functioning extremely challenging. Mental illness is one of those things that unless you personally have experience with it, either through loved ones or yourself can be … Continue reading It Just Became Way Too Much