the crowd

It’s easy to fit into a crowd,

To go with the state quo,

There’s no pushing, no shoving, no spotlights around.


But then you don’t shine as brightly,

Your uniqueness is lost in the sea,

And the crowd misses out on your beauty,

So vibrant, so pretty.


Switzerland: the beauty


Did you know that we don’t have to destroy nature to live in it? The outstanding beauty of Switzerland is a prime example of the possibility of harmony between nature and development. The rugged landscape has limitations on where development can happen, but the unique character of the landscape has not been ruined, rather celebrated.


In such a small country, there are a variety of fabrics that run through the country. The rugged countryside, dotted with small, preserved farms are incredible in their own right. These operations run on the side of steep slopes, and new buildings blend with the historic architecture of the land. The cities are condensed. They save space and create an intimate, colourful atmosphere.


I learned a lot and was inspired by the design of their cities. As I live in a country where new development is always happening, and where physical space is plenty, the way we develop our urban spaces isn’t quite the same. Maybe new isn’t necessarily better, and if we could apply some of the principles of old European city planning and architecture, more farmland could be preserved and the natural beauty of Canada could be preserved, while the urban fabric could become a more accessible, intimate experience.


HTS: Part 8 \\ Enjoy the Moment

Setting goals is good, right? Looking to the future, definitely smart. But what about right now? I often overlook the present, and quickly push it to the past. As a really exciting experience looms ahead of me… I'm trying to enjoy right now. But how?

Step 1} Be proud of what you have accomplished. Stop for a second and think about all of the amazing things you have done in your life and the moments that you truly were happy.

Step 2} Now think about the daily tasks that you enjoy; the routine that feels safe. Being able to find the a sense of accomplishment in your daily routine goes a long way to enjoying the moment.

Step 3} Finally, think about the things that matter most. The people in your life you love, and the beliefs and values that lie close to your heart. It's with these people and values that you can truly enjoy the moment.

Remember, tomorrow will always be there, but enjoying what you have right now, that's what makes the best memories, and the most happiness.

PS} Stay tuned for some travel blog posts in the near future! 🌎