I saw this on a blog and put it in my drafts because I wanted to try this sometime. I’m not always good at thinking of things to write so sometimes I need a little help with ideas. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today so most of these will be old pictures.
5 Things I have a passion for…
In no particular order.
1. Travel – I think everyone needs to travel. I have traveled to several countries. Its opened my eyes to different cultures and people. Food and languages. I’ve learned and I’ve grown through my travels. My time in Israel was life changing. Not only for my relationship with God, but it gave me confidence. It was my first time really and truly doing something on my own. It was one of the hardest and scariest things I’ve ever done. Everyone needs to experience other parts of the world. I may have gone into debt for that trip but it was worth every single penny.
2. Reading – I love to read. It makes me happy. I feel peaceful. Relaxed. Books feel like a safe place. They make me laugh. And cry. My parents instilled reading good quality books. And always read the book before you watch the movie. The book is always better. The movie steals away your ability to imagine the characters yourself.
3. God – I grew up in a Christian home. As I have grown my relationship and grown and shifted and changed. God is the center of my life. He is the reason I am here today. The reason there is a baby growing in me. The reason that I have an awesome marriage.
4. People – I am an introvert. I don’t do well in large groups. I don’t like parties or places where I have to small talk. But I love my friends.I am fiercely loyal. I have a small group of close friends. I would do anything for them. Anything. I love them dearly. Through thick and thin they have been beside me. We’ve laughed and cried together. I may not do well with lots of people – but if you are in my circle of friends – you have a friend for life.
5. Family – As I said before I am very loyal. You hurt someone in my family, you hurt me! I love my nephews and nieces. I love being an aunt. I love having 2 families – my family and Rob’s family are very different and I love that. I love family and I am so excited to be starting my own and be doing it with the love and support of both of our families.
5 Things I would like to do before I die…
I’m dreaming here people…
1. Own/rent a cottage – preferably on a body of water with a nice beach. I grew up going to Sechelt. Its on the Sunshine Coast of BC. You have to take a ferry to get there. Our cottage (pictured above) was directly on the ocean. My sister and I would sleep on the porch – falling asleep to the sound of the waves and the calls of the loons. We would wake up to the seagulls. We would swim, make sand castles and forts. Bird watch. I want my kids to grow up with fond memories like that.
2. Travel – Like I said I’m passionate about travel. There are so many other places I want to go. The east coast of Canada, Greece, Scotland, Iceland, Turkey, Holland….the world is a big place there are so many places to go.
3. Have a family – I know its something I’m in the process of but – its something I’ve always wanted so its going on the list. I’ve always dreamed of having kids. My 2 closest friends both have young kids and I want my kids to be friends with their kids. My best friend and I are friends because our parents were good friends and I would love to carry that tradition on.
4. Continue to do things that scare me – I’m not a thrill seeker. I like to do fun things but if it is at all “adventurous” I don’t think I want to do it. Thankfully Rob is very adventurous and gets me to do things that are waaay out of my comfort zone. I always enjoy myself but on my own I would never have the courage to push myself to experience those things. I need that little push and I want to keep getting pushed. Although I don’t think Rob is ever going to get to push me out of a plane – he can skydive all he wants but that thrill is all his!
5. Take more pictures of the people I love – I love seeing old pictures of my relatives. I wish that they had more. I know that I don’t take nearly as many pictures as I used to. I want to take more so my kids have lots of pictures and memories.
5 Things I say a lot…
1. “Good Morning/Afternoon Victaulic Emily speaking” – I say that way too often! That is how I answer the phone at work.
2. “I love you” – I also text and type that a lot too.
3. “There is a problem in this house“- I say that to Rob when I want a hug and I don’t think I’ve had enough yet in the day.
4. “Let me look into that and I will get back to you” – Another work phrase. Code for “I have NO idea what is happening”
5. When I get really worried or stressed (which I tend to do) I pray that “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus”. I used to get really, really scared when I was younger (to the point I would make myself physically sick) and my mom would pray that the peace that passes all understanding would wash over me. It always did and that has something that has always comforted me. Whenever I start to panic I pray that and I calm down.
5 Books I have read lately…
1. Beautiful as Yesterday – by – Fan Wu – This wasn’t the most rip roaring book. I was expecting a little more from it based on the reviews but I enjoyed it. It was a nice story that got all wrapped up at the end.
2. Book Thief – by Markus Zusak- I’m currently reading this. It took me a while to get into but I’m hooked now.
3. Cuckoos Calling – by J. K. Rowling/”Robert Galbraith” – Written by JK Rowling under her pen name. Its a crime/mystery drama. It was a really good story with lots of twists and turns. But there was a few times were it dragged and then picked back up.
4. Four to Score – by Janet Evanovich – This is a fun series about a female bounty hunter. A quick, easy and humorous read.
5. Mr. Monk Gets on Board – I’m currently reading this. I love the Monk books (and TV show) we buy every book as soon as it comes out. The author has just recently changed but the books are still just as good. These have to be read in order though!
5 Favorite Movies…
1. Princess Bride – Hands down best movie ever. I can literally quote the entire movie. I’m actually serious. I’ve read the script. Multiple times. We have watched it countless times as a family. I made Rob watch it when we got married. He hates it. We almost got a divorce. It is an epic movies – after all it has it all fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…
2. Ever After – I don’t know why I love this movie so much but I can watch it over and over. I guess its the grown up fairy tale and I’m just a little girl at heart!
3. Sweet Home Alabama – ” Why would you want to marry me for, anyhow?” “So I can kiss you anytime I want.” So many good quotes from this movie. It always makes me laugh and I get a little teary at the end too.
4. Anne of Green Gables – Childhood favorite. We didn’t own many movies growing up, but we owned this and I’ve watched it a million times. I’ve read all the books. Multiple times and while the movies aren’t as good I still love them. Except the Continuing Story. It was terrible and I actually threw out my copy of it!
5. Scarlet Pimpernel with Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews – “They seek him here, they seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel!” We had a copy of this when I was younger and I loved it. Its been a few years since I’ve seen it but I know that its a classic!
5 Places I would like to travel to…
1. Italy – we went last year but I would love to go back – probably now not until the kids are grown up – but I would love to go spend some time in the countryside. Exploring, eating, drinking wine and relaxing.
2. Greece – I’ve always wanted to see once of those white cities on the side of a hill with the beautiful blue water below.
3. East Coast of Canada – I’ve been to Prince Edward Island – but I’d love to go back. I’d also love to go to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
4. Scotland/Ireland – I’ve got some Scottish in my blood so I’d love to see some rolling hills and castles
5. Iceland – Same thing – I’ve grown up with an Icelandic last name – which when I got married I was happy to have a name that was easier to spell and pronounce I was a little sad to loose that Icelandic tie. Iceland is beautiful and I’d love to see where my relatives came from.