Summer in Calgary

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share some of the pictures I took when I was home in Calgary this summer.  I hope you enjoy them, especially my favorite, the beautiful blue Alberta skies.


Day 12: Somewhere You’d Like to Move To Or Visit

Well, isn’t this a tough question for someone in a nearly constant state of wanderlust…

There are quite a few places that I’d like to visit right now, in fact, I should probably shorten my bucket list. My dream trip right now would be to travel around Europe, particularly to Germany, Spain, and Italy. I’d also love to go to Austalia, New Zealand, or Peru for an adventure. Hopefully, I’ll get to all those places one day and also have travelled the rest of the world.

I’d also like to visit home, or Cowtown, sometime this summer. Like I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I definitely miss Alberta a little bit. I’m sure I’ll try to make a quick trip to the mountains and Banff too, since they’re only a short drive away from Calgary.

As for places I’d like to move to, that’s one of my big question marks for after I graduate university next year. Given that I hope to work for the government, Ottawa seems like the most practical choice. However, I’ve really enjoyed living near an ocean these last few years, so I’m also tempted to stay out in the Maritimes or move out to the West coast. Overall, I’m probably not going to move outside of Canada anytime in the foreseeable future.

What places do you guys want to visit or move to? Let me know down below!


Day 15-Your Favorite Memory

If you haven’t seen my post Bliss yet, that’s one of my recent favorite memories.

Otherwise, I have so many favorite memories that it’s hard to choose…so I chose a few categories!

My favorite childhood memories are my mom singing me to sleep and the petting zoo in Victoria, B.C. I also really cherish all the shenanigans that me, my sister, my best friend, and her stepsiblings got into when we were kids. We had some pretty cool top secret clubs and definitely abused our walkie talkies many a time on the playground…

My favorite school memories are mostly big events, like graduating and things like that. However, the friends I made and the memories I made with them are pretty awesome too. As well, my first year of university was one of the best years of my life so far. I love my Xaverian family already.

My favorite work memories mostly come from my current job. Even though it’s stressful with all the tourists sometimes, the people I work with and the fact I work on a mountain every day make it worth it.

Other than that, I cherish almost every moment in life that I spend with those I love or doing what I love. As well, every time I’ve traveled has always been a highlight in my life!

What are your favorite memories? Leave them down in the comments!


Day 13-Something I’d Like To Try

Well, a relationship would be nice…just kidding guys.

I’d really like to try kayaking or canoeing sometime this summer, which I can easily do one of my weekends off.

Other than that, I’d love to go to a gun range and learn how to shoot. It’s been on my to do list for a while, and I’d like to get that checked off sooner rather than later. And I have a few willing volunteers to go with me now, which is awesome.

I’d also love to go backpacking solo in either Europe or South America, just because I’d love to travel to both. I’ve never been backpacking or travelling solo, so I’d like to have the experience while I’m still young and have the time to do it.

What do you guys want to try? Leave it below in the comments!


Day 5-Five places you want to visit

This question is tough because I’d visit most places in the world if I could. But these places are top 5 because I’ve considered visiting them multiple times.

  1. Venice, Italy: This has been a dream of mine since I was young, so I’d love to see it before it gets flooded and doesn’t exist anymore…
  2. Peru: I have a few Peruvian friends now, so I’d love to visit them there, not to mention Peru is a cool place to visit with places like Machu Picchu.
  3. Australia/NZ: This is technically two places, but again, I have friends that live there, and they both seem like great places to visit. Not to mention, New Zealand is beautiful.
  4. Germany (Berlin): I want to visit where some of my ancestors are from, not to mention seeing the remnants of the Berlin Wall and the art on them would be great.
  5. Scotland: I’ve been to most of the UK except Scotland, so this is more of just a completion of seeing all of the UK. Plus, I’d probably go to London again, which is one of my favorite cities that I’ve been to.

Where do you want to travel to? Or if you’ve been to any of these places, what was your favourite place?


Day 1-Basic Things About Yourself

I honestly hate this question, because I never know what to say, but here goes.

My name is Melissa, I’m a first-year university student at St.FX, taking a bachelor of arts.

I’m originally from Calgary; I was born and raised there, until moving away for university. The rest of my family lives there, including my parents, my little sister, and my silly goof of a dog.

Some of my favorite things are history, politics, and watching far too many sci-fi shows and period dramas. I also love travelling, and I usually already have my next trip planned by the end of my last one.

Like any normal student, I spend most of my time studying, going to class, going to interesting lectures, and going to get coffee way too many times over the course of the day. And of course, I have a bit of fun every now and then with my friends on campus.

Most of the rest of the things you’ll get to know about me the next 30 days, so stay tuned!



Almost a year ago, I was riding on the back of a pick-up truck towards Totogalpa, where I would stay with my host family and counterparts for the next five weeks. There wasn’t anything extraordinary about the day, just a lot of travel, and the big reveal of counterparts and host families later on in the day.

But then riding on the back of that truck, holding on for what seemed to be dear life going up and down the mountains of Nicaragua, I experienced a feeling that I’ve never encountered. It was like happiness because I was travelling to a new place to do volunteering, one of my favourite things. It was like freedom, riding on the back of the truck with the wind in my hair, with no idea where I was or where I was going. It was a stress-free moment, as the only things I needed right then were taken care of. And even though I was totally out of my element, I knew I needed to be there at that moment. It was bliss, it was peace, it was tranquility.

To this day, I don’t have a name for what I felt that day. And there probably is a word, but I don’t really want to know what it is. Instead, I want to savour that moment forever, and the feeling of being on the top of the world.

So, since then, I’ve strived to get to that feeling again, but in the right way.

By that, I mean living each day to the fullest I can and living each day with as positive a mindset as I can. I want to live life appreciating the small things, and knowing that as long as I have food, water, and somewhere safe to but my head at night, I’ll be fine. Everything else is extra, but welcome in my life. I want to take chances, to explore, to spend that extra minute talking to a special person in my life, because I believe this world needs more positivity brought into it.

I know I’ll have bad days too when, it will be a struggle to get out of bed, when I’ll want to punch someone. However, the most important is knowing that I have the things I need in life, and as much as the bad stuff will drag me down, I am stronger than it.

At the end of the day, I hope to have made myself happy by what I’ve accomplished. And hopefully, if I do enough good things for myself, my impact on the other people in my life will be positive as well. If not, at least, I can go to bed knowing that I have not gone out of my way to hurt others, and bring negativity to another life.

And that’s enough for me, because I know that’s all I need now.

So, Nicaragua, you taught me an important lesson in the place I least expected would change my life. Thank you, a million times over.



Thoughts About: Trips

So if you were following my Tumblr account of Courage to Continue this will look familiar…I bringing back Thoughts About! I will be reposting some of the old ones (like the one below) from my old Tumblr but updated with the addition of my current thoughts. Anyways, enjoy!


Going on a trip is always one of the most difficult and exciting things I ever do or have done.

They’re hard because I’m headed away from my hometown, my family, and my friends. I wish I could banish the feeling of homesickness that comes with every time I am away for longer than a week and the wave of it I get when I touch down on a runway that doesn’t lead me home.

However, the excitement of being in a new place in the world and experiencing a new culture and people makes the hard stuff easier. I love the feeling of wandering without any purpose than to wander and stumble upon the small but important things in life. I love living the dream I’ve been planning since I started planning my newest trip.

After each and every trip, I have a love-hate relationship with the bitttersweet feelings of coming home and leaving a newly discovered place. I’m always experiencing wanderlust for places I have been to and miss, but also for those that I want to visit.

Overall, trips are amazing. Go on at least one in your lifetime, and it will change your perception of the world and yourself. So, my lovely followers, book yourself a ticket to your next adventure. It’s worth more than the price of one plane ticket to travel the world.


(I’d also like to give a shoutout to Ireland, Britain, Nicaragua, Nova Scotia, and New Mexico for giving me the best lessons in travel to date)