word drift

a collection of musings and snippets from my life

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change: looking ahead

Change has always aroused a sort of anxiety in me, the type that makes me want to flee in retreat to my comfort zone. It’s something that often feels terrifying and unpredictable, unyielding in its capacity to force relinquishing of control and pull you along its turbulent path. Change is coming for me in the next couple months. After summer,...

forgiveness

You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things. -M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans *** A reminder for myself and other torn souls....

blue skies and bingsoo

Stanley Park was one of the attractions I knew I had to go to at least once while in Vancouver but I had never realised just how big it is – it stretches over 1001 acres according to Wikipedia. After filling ourselves up with pho and bubble tea in Kerrisdale, we caught a bus to Downtown and from there we...

van skyline

oh vancouver, how you took my heart

June was host to a blissful four weeks in the lovely Vancouver. It has been a week since I returned to the UK and while pleased to see my family again, I’ve been subject to a bout of post-holiday blues.  I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to go there: to my parents who paid for my...

happy list (I)

I started writing happy lists in my journal last year, a way to record moments and happenings of light and joy.  To find gratitude and contentment, especially in days that were particularly blue and foggy. These lists have served as wonderful reminders of cherished memories. You may have noticed the silence around here lately. I’ve been trying desperately to catch up on...

blue skies with wisps of cloud

open up, dear heart: on being vulnerable, the fears and joys

One night, less than a year and a half ago, I laid in bed on the phone to a friend, trying to balance my side of the conversation while resisting the pull of sleep.  We’d had many calls like this, hours lasting beyond midnight.  Our conversations flowed, naturally switching between topics with ease. I remember telling him that one night: ‘I’ve...

hong kong sai kung

how i want to live in 2017

Today was my first day of semester 2 at vet school and tonight I’m taking the opportunity to rewind. Lights dimmed, music on and a cup of tea by my side as I look to the year ahead. My last couple weeks of 2016 were blissfully spent with loved ones.  I only had two weeks of Christmas holidays and it...