I am a creative soul, adventuresome traveller, wife and mom of 2 boys who I'm guiding with a simple and consistent phrase..."Grow up to be fine young men. Make choices you will be proud of and contribute to your community." The 'three' boys at my house are hockey players so I guess I'm a hockey mom, too. Hockey might be my favourite spectator sport but cycling, skiing and kayaking are the sports on the top of my list of many.
I work as an educational consultant. I help others tackle complex content, explore meaningful connections and form opinions and choices of their own. What I love most about my work is creating experiences that matter... whether it's a participant in a workshop, youth in a leadership program or a talented member of our team. For me, focusing on empowerment and capacity building has kept me busy and jazzed about what I do.
I play through curiosity with everything I do. Sometimes I think I could just teach others the art of asking questions and make that my life's work! For me, a perfect day connecting with people I already know would include outdoors, food and great ideas. I believe in picnics with real china, my grandma's linens and sunsets at the beach. If you can pull this off out of a kayak on a week-long camping trip, you've got something good happening. A perfect day on my own would be wandering outdoor markets, second-hand stores, architectural salvage yards (I've even had fun at the dump) and connecting with all the interesting and new people along the way. If all I do is walk to the beach with Cooper (my best buddy and Golden Retriever), it can be called a perfect day --- even in the rain and wind of a winter in the Pacific Northwest!
I've had a lot of adventures in my life and I'm always up for more. I'd rather plan my own itinerary than leave it to someone else who caters to tourists. For me, the best days are off the beaten track. I like to get immersed in my surroundings to learn about a place and its people by walking, cycling or using local transit. One of the best ways I've found for getting immersed is to shop in a grocery store. It says so much about daily life in a place. I know I'm on the right path when I travel if I'm mistaken for a local. Getting behind the scenes is high on my list. This might be spending time in the kitchen instead of being waited on to learn local specialties and eat what you make with new friends!
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