A few weeks ago Rye and I headed into the mountains to get some more coveted shots of Moraine Lake before they close the road for the year. To our surprise, there was already a plethora of snow blanketing the roads and the mountains. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the mountains in the snow (it is probably one of the most beautiful sites there is and also so iconically Canadian), but it is not a site I want to see in mid-September. Is anyone else as sad as I am about the sudden end of summer?
So here it is, last I mentioned about my career I had decided to leave work due to the unhappiness and stress the environment was causing me. While I mostly left with little to no plans, there was one thing I kept from the story. During that time I took a long look at how my life was, would be and what I wanted from life. Often while we are in University there is so much confusion and on top of the assignments, coursework, and exams we are also expected to figure out how the rest of our life should look in a four-year span. Well for me, I was good at economics and finance, so it just seemed like a natural fit for my life and what I should do. But often just because we are good at something does not mean it is what we are destined or meant to do.
Over the last few months I have taken some time to really focus on spending time with family, friends and enjoying the things that summertime brings. As most know by now, summer is by far my favorite season and every year as the days grow shorter and the weather begins to turn cold once more, I again feel sad to see summer go. No matter how much sun and time enjoying the nice weather I try to soak up, it never even seems to be close to enough to get me through the colder months.
This past weekend Rye and I braved the cold and woke up early to head into the mountains. We hadn’t been in awhile and decided that because it was not going to be an absolute polar vortex that we would finally enjoy the winter weather (versus our usual bundled up inside the house with tea). It was great to get some fresh air and also do a bit of relaxing at the hot springs (after freezing our butts off for some amazing sunrise photos).
I am currently enjoying Mountain Views from the Heart of Banff. I won’t lie, I have worked in worse places in my life, there is no doubt. I am tagging along with my mom for a quick trip to the mountains as she attends the Travel Alberta Conference at the Banff Springs, and I reap the rewards of getting to work while watching the sun rise over the mountains. It is days like today when I am reminded of how blessed I am, for where I live (and how close it is to these beautiful rocks), for the people I am surrounded by and for the life experiences I have had and will continue to have!
Hoping everyone is finding beauty in their Monday also even if it is something small!
There is something peaceful about being out in nature with just the fresh air and your hiking companion. Being from Calgary, I am so blessed to have the mountains at my backdoor and it has created an obsession with these rocks that I hope never goes away. Nothing like massive trees and and jagged peaks to remind you just how small you are on this big earth we call home.