FlashBack Friday: Cancun, Mexico!

38314_410435867129_8361007_nBack in 2010, my graduating class and I took a trip down to Cancun, Mexico for a week of adventure. I remember it being my second time travelling alone without family so I was incredibly nervous but also extremely excited for what plans we had ahead. The idea that I was travelling with my fellow peers did put some of my nerves to ease though.

We stayed in the beautiful Gran 37492_410437117129_1068305_nCaribe Real Hotel right on the shores of the blue watered ocean and right in the heart of the touristy side of Cancun. The staff were incredibly friendly and the atmosphere of the place felt very comfortable and safe. There were many amenities to keep us busy, unique restaurants in each direction, private balconies and two large lavish swimming pools to bask in and enjoy the Mexican sunshine.

34940_410442627129_6780428_nThere were many highlights about this trip that I can remember and will probably remember for a very long time. I have shared some of my favourite photographs I snapped while on this graduation trip and I hope you enjoy them. Starting at the hotel, besides the beautiful scenery, lavish pools, wonderful staff and unique restaurants there was also many exciting activities that they offered such as the parasailing which myself and a high school friend went on.

34607_410436857129_3771729_nAfter they drove us out to a boat on a water sea doo, they buckled us into the seat and launched us into the sky.The view I seen from up there will always remain in my mind, it was beautiful, you could see the entire coast and the ocean stretching as far out as you could see, fading into depths of blue and meeting with the skies. If you ever get the chance to parasail, please do it because you won’t regret it one bit and you’ll experience a feeling never felt before.

37492_410433327129_3516729_nAnother exciting unforgettable experience was the excursions we had the chance to go on including the trip to a natural swimming pool, I remember feeling envious of those who were smart enough to bring their bathing suits or brave enough to jump in with their clothes on. It looked like a fun time and cool experience that I wish I did. Another place we were fortunate enough to visit was the famous wonder of the world, the Chichen Itza ruins. I remember it being a hot, muggy day but I was in awe of all of the manmade structures and pyramids that had survived after so many years and the intricate carvings of stone and special placement of stones. We weren’t aloud to climb any because they were trying to preserve the sites as long as they can. It’s amazing to think about how on earth Mayans and their communities had the ability to create this structures so far in the past. It was amazing to witness and walk around these sacred lands.

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On ano37890_410440372129_5972108_nther day we ventured off as a group to the local markets and escaped a little of the touristy side we were used too. It was exciting to go out and witness the local community and see more of Mexico. I remember this one fellow who had his guitar and was singing aloud for the whole bus to hear and his voice was amazing. He was singing songs that we knew including, “All My Loving'” by the Beatles.

34608_410441177129_2651194_nThis young man inspired me and surprised me since we aren’t used to singing on busses in Winnipeg due to it being banned which I think is stupid haha! Another highlight was the day we spent out on the ocean on a boat. It was a gorgeous day with blue skies and high temperatures. We sailed along the waters enjoying music, activities and relaxing in the sunshine.  They even stopped at a shallow point along the coast for a chance to swim in the calm blue waters.

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After that day in the sun we concluded our night at a fun unforgettable foam party just down the street from our hotel. I’ve never experienced that type of party before and I thoroughly enjoyed the night, dancing in waist high foam and foam constantly pouring over everyone.

There is probably much more moments that I’ve left out and many more photographs I’ve left out but I think those were the most memorable parts of my trip. Someday I hope to travel back to a destination such as Cancun and experience that relaxing, vacation like vibe again and to marvel among the gorgeous scenery and wide open ocean. S-Trip made it possible for my graduating class and I to take this trip and book all of the exciting excursions we were able to join. I truly recommend it if you are looking for a student deal for your next trip or class trip.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing more “Flashback Friday’s” of my trips I’ve taken in the past.

Hope you enjoyed!

Do you have any memorable trips? 🙂

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5 Reasons To Have More Live Music In Your Life.

IMG_7237 IMG_7226 IMG_7225IMG_7229 IMG_7234          I recently had the pleasure to take a break from studying and clear my mind to go witness beautiful live music with the smokey, flawless voice of Shakey Graves himself along with his musical buddies and opening artists, Esme Patterson and Rayland Baxter.  Shakey is an amazing singer/songwriter from Texas and embarked on a tour with two evenings in Winnipeg at the Park Theater. It was a quickly sold out show but on the morning of his performance they released a handful of tickets which I was able to pounce on and grab. I was so entirely grateful and I couldn’t contain my excitement as I had to finish my day of university classes. Even though it was a cold blustery evening and I was exhausted from my busy day I knew that I definitely did not want to miss this. Sure enough, I was not disappointed. I had entered into a theater full of like-minded individuals who were excited to see this one man and his guitar on stage. This particular night of music instilled the deeper love I have for live music and here are some reasons why:

The Energy Is Contagious
When you enter the room of raw emotion full of excitement and with groups of friends reuniting or the meeting of new friends, the sounds of laughter, cheers and hilarious outbursts from those witty tipsy people in attendance it can be rather contagious. The entire vibe of the room can envelope you into it’s world. Sounds incredibly cheezy; but it’s true. Those of you who have witnessed this know what I mean.

It Can Transform Your Mindset In An Instant.
I remember at one point during the show I just simply looked around the room and saw how the music was just flowing through everyone. It put an instant smile on my face to see so many people just letting loose, letting go and dancing like nobody was watching, it put an instant smile on face to see the pure joy plastered on everyone’s faces, to physically see how the music was just transforming their mindsets and everyone was just living in that moment and for that moment.

You, Yourself Can Get Lost In The Moment.
When you are surrounded by the sweet sounds of the artist on stage and surrounded by people who are letting all their worries go and fully enjoying that moment, you can’t help but get lost with them. All your worries seem to dissipate, reality is nothing but a blur for a while and your just there, in the moment, simply enjoying every bit of that universe and everything there.

Simple Pleasure Of Exploration And Discovery.
There’s something beautiful about going out, exploring, to find those hidden theaters or venues in an area of town you haven’t been to. There’s also something pleasurable about discovering a new band or artist such as the various opening acts or one that the artist themselves recommends. There can also be the discovery and meeting of new friends along the way.

Inspiration.
I don’t know if this is just me or if anyone can relate but in most cases when I go watch live music, I become instantly inspired and leave with that inspiration that lingers in my mind after for quite awhile. It can inspire and motivate many things such as pursuing that deep passion to create music yourself or to let out that singing voice just a little more into the world or to simply be yourself and not be ashamed of it. To enjoy the music you enjoy, to wear what you want to wear and do whatever your little heart desires because it what makes yourself happy that’s the most important.

If you have read this far, I thank you so much and I hope you agree with what I have wrote, what are other things you enjoy about live music? Leave them in the comments below! 🙂 Also I’m always up for suggestions for future posts so you can do that as well through contacting me or leaving some in the comments. One more thing to add, I’m always looking for new blogs to check out and follow so you can send me a link and I will for sure check them all out! Thanks!

Hope all of you are doing great! Take care for now!

Self Doubt, Insecurities, Etc.

332Self doubt. we all have it from time to time. some more than others. In fact, I’ve had major self doubt about this post. I haven’t written anything in awhile because I’ve been over thinking on what kind of content to write. Should I write about serious personal stories? perhaps a comedic piece? or how about just some photography? maybe a story about an upcoming event? so many things crossed my mind and then I would scratch them out because I would think that it wasn’t interesting enough. Then I got to the point where I was questioning my previous posts. After way too much thinking about what to write next I realized how ridiculous I was being.

I started questioning myself, why do I always worry about what others think? why do I always compare myself to other people or other blogs? I can write about whatever the hell my little heart desires! Then I got to thinking that I’m not the only one who does this. Just by reading this post so far you can imagine how deeply I think into things and how my train of thought can be crazy sometimes. Anyways, after all of this wondering I starting thinking, why do so many of us doubt ourselves? maybe it’s the messages and images put out by the media or the way society raised us or maybe it’s just all simply a part of human nature. I guess no one really knows. This is starting to turn into a ramble which is alright and I’m glad that I warned you about ramblings in my blog title and my first post entitled, “New Beginnings”. So don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.

Anyways, after all this thinking of self doubt, insecurities and things related to this I started wondering about how it would be if more of us started to not worry about what others thought, if we lived in a world without self doubt. Sure, there must be a balance of consciousness obviously, we don’t necessarily want murderers to be running around our neighborhoods confidently. But what if that boy down the street wasn’t afraid to go after his dreams, what if that woman went beyond her self doubt and created a masterpiece of art, what if YOU moved beyond all that self doubt, all those insecurities and purely did what you loved without worrying about what the outcome would be. Sure, they may be individuals out there who have come to this epiphany way earlier that I did and they are doing this as we speak but my point is, we all have the potential to do great things, we all have the potential to create wondrous things! It may sound incredibly cliche but it’s true. We may fall down sometimes and we may fail but with hard work, passion and moving beyond those fears we can all bring great things.

There is so much things I would love to do and things I’ve been wanting to do or try for a very long time. I also find that I compare myself to other people  who are doing all these cool things which lead to me saying, you know what..I can do that! Instead of holding back in fear of being judged, envying others who are doing them and forever being to afraid to try, I should just get off my lazy ass, shut up my loud insecure mind and do it!  I’m taking it upon myself to move past my comfort zone and finally do all the things I’ve been wanting to try or do and I challenge all of you who are reading this right now to do the same! Life is all about experiences and learning from them, I know that far off in the future I don’t want to regret not trying something just because of fear of being judged or fear of failing. But please take into account, I am not advising that we all go try the new drugs or that new cocktail at the bar. Everyone has their limits, everyone has their choices so please move past your comfort zones responsibly.

Let me know in the comments below what you’ll do next!