thinking out loud thursday

{thinking out loud Thursday} What advice I would give to my younger self

“The secret of health for both mind andLast weekend I took my 19-year-old second cousin for a hike along one of my favourite trails on Vancouver Island, the Coast Trail in East Sooke Park. Along the way we chatted about life, school, photography, what he wants to do for a career, travel, and what we both want to be when we grow up (because I’m not sure I have that figured out quite yet either).

I told him that if I could go back and do it all again at 19, I would have travelled more when I had the chance. I wouldn’t have spent money on a brand new Jeep, would have stayed home longer instead of moving out with various boyfriends, and would have done a different university degree.

But would I really have been better off for it if I took my own advice at 19?

Maybe. Or maybe not. (more…)

{thinking out loud Thursday} Fears about reproductive health

Since Thursdays are for thinking out loud, I wanted to bring up a little factoid I read in an article last week in Chatelaine Magazine that concerns me.

I think most of us know that a women’s fertility starts to decline after age 30, but did you know that rate plummets between the ages of 35 and 37? Here are some more stats from the article:

“According to Health Canada, 91 percent of women can get pregnant at age 30. At age 35, that number drops to 77 percent, and by age 40, it’s 53 percent.) When they do become pregnant, older women are at a greater risk for miscarriage and complications in childbirth, and their chances of having a child with a genetic disorder, such as Down syndrome, are also higher.”

I didn’t worry much about my desire or capacity to have children until I turned 30 earlier this year. I always thought I’d start a family between ages 28 and 32, but since that’s not something clearly defined on the horizon for me anymore, I’m starting to get a little concerned. I’ve also always had this weird sense I’m going to have problems getting pregnant, or will have an issue with pregnancy. I have no idea where that comes from — it could be known family history, or it could be something else. My fears were almost realized earlier this year when I had something happen that could potentially cause reproductive problems down the line.

I know this is a negative way to think, is unnecessary worrying and I should just let it go — but I wanted to have a conversation about it and find out if I’m not the only one with these fears, unfounded or not. I’d also love to hear from anyone who started a family late by chance or choice, and if they had any concerns about it.


Thanks Amanda for the link-up 🙂

Are you over 30 and concerned about your reproductive health like me? Are you waiting to start a family until later in life? Why? Did you delay having kids and have had no problems, or were there some issues?

{thinking out loud Thursday} Is happiness a choice? (plus the winner of the free Spartan Race entry!)

Happy almost Friday! There are a few things on my mind this morning that I want to write about, but first I need to announce the winner of the free Reebok Spartan Race entry! And the winner is…


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{thinking out loud} Are you self-creating stress?

First of all, thank you everyone for your kind words, texts and comments about last week’s {thinking out loud} post. The positive vibes really did help 🙂 I’m feeling much more content about things this week, though not quite out of the woods yet. But that’s life, right?


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{thinking out loud} It’s okay not to be okay sometimes

Sometimes life isn’t all perfectly pretty latte art and #beastmode #gymselfies. Sometimes life is hard and you’re working your way through upsetting or messy situations. You rarely see Instagrammed #sadselfies or blog posts detailing the hard times. Everything on social media is double rainbows and sleepy puppies.


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