I'm a writer, photographer, traveller and coffee lover. This is a travel & lifestyle blog about charting a less conventional path through life. I believe that travel can change your life - when I was a teenager I spent a year and a half living aboard a sailboat with my family. We sailed along the east coast of North America and the Bahamas. I've had a serious case of wanderlust ever since. Check out my blog and sign up for less ordinary letters. Thanks for stopping by!

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

~ Zora Neale Hurston

2017 was a year of getting back on track.

The year before, I closed my freelance copywriting and web design business to return to full-time work. In reality, I was recovering from a bout of severe depression that had made it difficult to work or pursue my business for a couple of years and  as a result, I racked up quite a bit of personal debt. I started taking anti-depression medication, saw a therapist and took a job . 2016 was beginning the journey towards a healthy life.

2017 was about completing that journey. I worked hard all year, scrimped and saved, and paid off my debt in full in December 2017. It was a huge accomplishment and a massive weight off my shoulders.

2017 was also a year of deciding that I really wanted to focus on travel-themed fiction and non-fiction writing. Since I was working full-time, I’ve begun by telling the stories of my previous travels during my teen years, 20s and 30s.

I also decided I wasn’t going to pressure myself into making money from my travel writing — at least not initially. Instead, I’m focusing on the art and craft of writing and sharing it here, and eventually in print and online publications.

Since I stayed close to home most of the year. I went on several mini adventures around Toronto, mainly in the city’s many parks and nature areas.

I did travel to Corte Madera, California to attend the Book Passage Travel Writing and Photography Conference. You can read my blog post about my experience here.

I also tried my hand at travel sketching — something I want to do more of this year.

What will 2018 bring? I’m working on what I hope will be the final draft of my memoir about living aboard a sailboat as a teenager. I’m also working on an ebook about creating a daily journal writing practice. I’m also working on a bunch of personal essays that I want to share here on my blog as well submit to publications.

Working full-time means I won’t have as much time for travelling as I would like, but I will continue to explore my city. Despite having lived in Toronto for more than 20 years, there are still areas I don’t know that well. I am also hoping to take a couple of short trips to Montreal and Quebec City, as I’ve been learning French for the last year.

If 2017 gave me the answers I was looking for, than 2018 will be the year of living them.


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