The Great Purge

Right now, I’m getting ready for a big move across the country. Preparing for this move, has been taking so much of my time. Trying to focus on anything else has been a no go. On top of that, moving during the pandemic has come with many headaches. Yet, some good things have come out of this move. I’m starting to realize that I don’t need so much stuff.

I have been looking at my things and realizing, why did I ever buy so much stuff? Most of it just fill up my closet and storage space. Why was I burdening myself with all of this junk? I’m starting to see why people live in tiny homes to experience the minimalist lifestyle. Even if I find tiny homes to bother me. Trust me, I could write a whole blog about why I’m not a fan of the tiny house movement.

To make the move a little easier, I have been donating a lot of my things. I hope people get better use out of it than I did.

It has been a busy couple of weeks which have taught me how to purge a lot of my things. I now realize that I can live a comfortable lifestyle without my things. Let’s hope I can stick to this new lifestyle.

I did donate my things to Goodwill. Here is a link to their site.

 

 

Being In a Rut happens

What happens when you slack off on your goals that you plan for yourself. In a previous blog. I have planned some goals for myself. I told myself that I was going to follow a strict plan to at least accomplish some of my goals. Yet, I kind of hit a wall.

I guess my mindset was thrown off because I was treating my goals as almost like a job. I kind of forgot at times that this was something that I wanted to do. I watched nine seasons of Seinfeld to distract myself. I’m not upset watching Seinfeld, it’s a classic show. When I did finish watching it all, that is when I came to the realization that I wasn’t working on my goals.

I was punishing myself. I should have been more focus and driven to work on them. My mindset made me feel awful. I don’t like to feel this way. So what I did was focus on the simple goals, like focus on my cardio, which I talked about in a previous blog. By working on the baby steps, I have gotten back into a rhythm.

I feel better that I am back on track. I do tell myself that it’s okay not to complete some of the goals. I shouldn’t be hard on myself. Now, I wonder what other show is going to distract me? I did hear Cobra Kai is pretty good.

Drumheller, My Hike Into The Past

Hoodoo Trail rock foundations

For awhile, I have been getting out of the apartment and checking out places to visit around me. I don’t want to stay cooped up in my place, but at the same time I want to make sure that I’m able to social distance with others. Hiking has been one activity that has become part of my routine. I’m not a big hiker. It was never my thing before the pandemic.  In the past month that has changed. This weekend, my wife and I went to Drumheller Alberta.

 

The badlands
The hills of Drumheller

Drumheller is often called dinosaur valley. It is known for all the dinosaur fossils found there and their world biggest dinosaur model of a T-Rex. There are other attractions that make it special, but the hiking in the badlands is on of Drumheller specialties.

The world's biggest dinosaur model
The mighty T-Rex

We also went to this place called the Last Chance Saloon. It was created around 1913 to quench the thirst of the miners who worked in the coal mine in the area. The saloon has so much history. Some of it good, but a lot of it is bad. I will say that I got a weird vibe from the place. They say that it is haunted, but I can’t verify it. I’m just going from my feelings there.

Bar in Wayne Alberta
It’s probably haunted

Getting to hike the Hoodoo trail, was pretty cool. The rock foundation was really interesting to look at. Hiking up the hill was slippery and a little dangerous, but it was an experience.

Hoodo Trail rock foundation
Hoodoo Trail

The trip was really fun. Travelling places close to me is something that I wouldn’t usually do, but I’m glad I took the time to do this. What this hiking trip really did was allow me to clear my mind and help me to refocus on my goals.

I hope that everyone can get out and have a chance to explore areas around them.

Travelling To Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

It’s always great to get away. I would love to travel to places around the world, but instead I have to travel the great land of Canada. This weekend, I was able to go up to the mountains of British Columbia. I really do believe that British Columbia is a beautiful province with amazing sights. One of the places that I went to was Emerald Lake.

Emerald Lake in British Columbia
Emerald Lake

The lake was so green and clear. I wish I could stay there forever.

Rainbow at Emerld Lake
There was no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Never in my life have I ever seen the end of a rainbow. I thought it was amazing to see.

Mountains of Emerald Lake
A field that was around Emerald Lake

To explore British Columbia has been an experience. Next, I will have to explore the east coast of Canada. I will plan to do that next year.

Just Biking Around

The weather outside has been amazing. The sun has been shining and the sky is clear. Sure, there are still a few things I can’t do like last summer. Yet, I can find ways to keep myself busy. During this pandemic, I have found the love of biking again!

For a while, my bike has been sitting in the garage. It would collect dust and the air in the tires has slowly deflated. Every time I parked my car, I would look at it, sitting against the wall. I would say to myself that I would get back into biking again. The truth is I was lying to myself. I had no interest of ever getting back on a bike.

During the pandemic, I have been keeping myself fit. I really didn’t want to pack on the quarantine pounds and let my mind rot away. I did everything to fight off the pounds. It has been working, but I did notice something. My cardio wasn’t the same as a couple months ago. That had to change.

Photoshop Peace Bridge
More Photoshop trickery on this black and white picture.

Once the weather was nice. I cleaned up my bike, put some air in the tires and oiled up the bike chain. I got on it and headed to the bike paths. I will say that I am glad that I did it. I love that I am strengthening my legs and improving my cardio. At times, I feel that I have been in the apartment for too long. Once I am outside riding my bike, I feel like I’m my old self again. I can’t express how much I love riding my bike.

Little bridge in Calgary
A small bridge that is along the Bow river, Calgary.

I know that everyone cannot go for a bike ride where they live. I would say that getting outside is something you should do for your body and mind. Just remember to social distance if possible.