I love photography. I love images. I love nature. And I love being outside. I write about my adventures, but hardly ever post any images of myself doing those adventures because I have been hiding behind my camera.
As part of my journey to learn to love myself and who I am, I reconnected with my love for the outdoors 4 years ago. I allowed myself to not believe what most advertisements showed me (that anyone who does outdoorsy activities are super thin, flawless looking people), so I gave it my best shot at finding appropriate clothing to wear at MEC to get myself started with reigniting my passion for being outside. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much luck at MEC so have been wearing my favourite jeans and whatever shirt works for the temperature of the day. I don’t need appropriate clothing anyway, the point is to just enjoy being outside.
Part of learning to love myself is to accept what I look like in pictures. So, I’m going to start taking more photographs of myself and posting them so that I can accept myself completely. I am a beautiful person inside and out. And, I hope to inspire a more authentic representation of the people who love adventure and outdoor activities.
This year I have done the most challenging adventures yet! I did my first-ever 4-day solo canoe trip in Algonquin Park just a couple of days after the ice melted off the lakes. I had rainfall warnings, snow and wind to deal with. But I did it and it was an incredible accomplishment!
In August I did a 320km, 12-day canoe trip in Quetico Provincial Park with my husband and averaged about 26km/day of paddling and portaging (working on a 4-part blog and video series). I have been building my skill level for the past 3 years to do a trip of this magnitude and I can thank my husband for making it all happen. I honestly didn’t know my body was capable of such hard work and by the end of the trip I felt amazing and super strong. When you paddle for 20+km/day, you can really notice it.
So here I am, a person who is absolutely in love with nature and the feeling it gives me when I am surrounded by it. There is no need to hide behind my camera anymore.