Nature Inspires – Follow Your Passion

I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. In fact, that is how I choose to live my life. If one door opens, you walk through. I don’t see any point in analyzing my decisions and worrying about if I’m making the right one. I choose to be a positive thinker. It’s amazing how a positive mind can impact life happenings.

Sunrise on Cox Lake, Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (2014)
Sunrise on Cox Lake, Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (2014)

I have been thinking about going back to school for 8 years and for most of those years I couldn’t decide on what I wanted to go back for. It’s been obvious to me since living in the Yukon, enjoying my camera, and my outdoor adventures, that photography could be something I would want to pursue.

Beauty in nature
Beauty in nature

My husband and I moved to Guelph after the Yukon so that he could go back to school and get his masters in planning. I landed an awesome job working for a non-profit agricultural organization. I was only supposed to be on for a 16-month contract, but 3 maternity leaves later, I had been there for 29 months!

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An autumn paddle on Beaver Creek

I was even discussing opportunities to stay on permanently with the organization when my husband decided to apply for a job in Muskoka. I didn’t think much of it because I was excited about working toward becoming an official part of the team where I was working, but when he was called for an interview I realized that I had to start taking a move to Muskoka seriously.

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Culture and history from the Yukon

The interview was successful and only a week or so later he was offered a full time permanent position. He moved to Muskoka 2 weeks later while I stayed in Guelph until my contract ended 3 months later.

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While this was happening I believed  an opportunity now opened up for me, and that opportunity was to finally go back to school for a 2-year photography program at a nearby college. Everything fell into place and I made the decision to finally do it!

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I start my program next week! It’s been over 10 years since I have been in school. I’m a little nervous, but so excited! I’m excited to discover new passions in photography in addition to my love of shooting landscapes, nature and wildlife. It’s a huge change from my 8 years of experience working for non-profits (which has all been fulfilling and for amazing organizations).

Black bear on Freeland Lake
Black bear on Freeland Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

I was first inspired by Yukon landscapes, and dabbled with my own personal blogs (with great positive reviews from family and friends) before I found a website called Backcountry with the Kids. I’ve noticed that Jen’s blog has now expired and she hasn’t been active, but she inspired me to start Waboose Adventures – a Woman’s Adventures in Nature in June 2014. We emailed back and forth and then I met Jen (unexpectedly) at the Outdoor Adventure Show in February 2015.

Cache Lake, Algonquin Park
Cache Lake, Algonquin Park

I was also inspired by Kate Ming-Sun (Kate Ming-Sun Outdoors) who was kind enough to give me some advice through email about changing careers and being in school again. She started her own consulting service for small businesses with her background in finance, and after changing her career by taking the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program at Algonquin College. Kate is even featured as a success story on Algonquin College’s website. Congratulations, Kate!

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George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

My passion for nature and being outside guided me to where I am now. I have an active website/blog with followers, a Facebook, Twitter, and newly discovered Instagram account. I love having the opportunity to share adventures of my own (and other people’s), but hope to inspire others to become more confident in nature and do their own exploring. I also love the outdoor community that I’ve discovered through this love and passion for nature, wilderness, and backcountry camping. I appreciate the positive comments on my photos from The Passionate Paddler (who is an amazing photographer, himself), the likes and interest from The Happy Camper (and his ability to be honest, humble and fun in the outdoors), and the sharing support of my blog from CamperChristina and Sometimes Eventful. There are so many other individuals and bloggers who show interest and support as well through sharing my blog and liking my posts.

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I want to thank each and everyone who has visited my website, and commented on my posts, tweets and grams. It means so much to me, and is encouraging me to keep going. I’m not sure exactly where it’s going to take me, but I know that it will involve a camera, my passion and more natural spaces. I’m excited for the next steps in Waboose Adventures like having a logo designed, potential collaborations with other outdoor adventurers, and seeing where my 2-year photography program takes me.

10:30 AM on the Alaska Highway. Marsh Lake, Yukon
10:30 AM on the Alaska Highway. Marsh Lake, Yukon

I feel so unbelievably lucky to have this opportunity to follow my passion and change my career. With positive thinking, drive and luck, I hope you are given an opportunity too!

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Thank you so much everyone for your support and encouragement through Waboose Adventures – a Woman’s Adventures in Nature. It really means the world to me.

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Thank you for reading! Let me know if you ever have any comments, questions or feedback. 🙂

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Cobi, this is amazing! I’m very happy for you. I’m also going back to school in a week (eek!) after first graduating 6 years ago. I’m going to be a decade older than most of my classmates but WHO CARES! Going on adventures and writing stories about them just makes me so happy, as I’m sure it does for you with photography. This is the coolest!

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    1. Amazing for you too!!! What are you taking? Is it completely different than what you graduated with? Are you following a new path? It’s all so exciting.

      I was a little concerned at first about being a decade older than most, but eventually cared less. I’m more mature to take school seriously. And, knowing that this is what I want to do adds so much confidence!

      Good luck next week! I don’t even know what school supplies to buy anymore! LOL.

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      1. I’m taking journalism! Quite a departure from theatre studies.
        School supplies! LOL. Yesterday I bought a notebook and then realized I’ll probably be using my computer for everything.
        Good luck to you too! This is exciting stuff.

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      2. So awesome! I had thought about a journalism course too! Before photography I was forever thinking about writing. I love writing too. I’m lucky to add a couple of writing-type communication courses. I totally geeked out when I saw that I had to take a Communications Essentials course (or could opt out if I scored high on a test). Learning about sentences and proper grammar is where its at!

        You’re a great writer, and this program will make you even better! Good luck!

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