Written by, Lizzie Morris is an avid coffee drinker, runner, true west coaster and complete book worm. She’s trying to explore and learn skills on everyday sustainability and teach herself a few lessons along the way.
I am from Vancouver Island and I was fortunate enough to be able to take the time off of work and school to visit my family and friends. My parents recently moved thirty minutes outside of Victoria. When they first shared the news of their move, I cried inside. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved their new house. It is surrounded by nature and the ocean is practically in their backyard. There are no high-rises or sirens, just quiet. The highlight of my weekend was seeing packs of seals from the shore every hour of the day. My response when people ask me about my Thanksgiving weekend is “Have you seen my seal photos?”
Being so close to my favourite part of the environment motivates me to protect the ocean and that beach in particular. When I came home from the weekend I was sharing these thoughts with a friend of mine. She mentioned that she brings a garbage bag when she goes hiking. She said it’s because she kept seeing litter on her favourite hiking trails and decided she could just pick it up. She suggested that I do the same back at home on the mainland to do my part and help keep the beaches and hiking trails cleaner! Being from Vancouver Island is something I am very proud of and I am so grateful that I grew up in a place surrounded by nature. I would never want the island to lose its natural beauty which is all the more reason why I want to help take care of it.
I am obsessed with the ocean.
Look closely, you can see the seal!
A great part of going home is seeing good friends. One of my closest friends, Caitlin (@Caity_vi) is an inspiring stylist, fashion guru and an advocate for the slow fashion movement. She helps run a locally owned store called Adorn in Oak Bay Village. I am always grateful for her advice, her fashion sense, and her passion for working for a local business. Seeing friends like her, who have such a positive outlook towards work and life help remind me of the importance of loving and believing in what you do. It’s easy to get bogged down by whatever life may hand you but I suggest making the time and spending an afternoon with someone who inspires, motivates and supports you. Moments with friends like these are rewarding and helps one realize the value of a good friend.
Family is also what makes travelling home worth it. I had a visit with one of my aunts and she gave me some homemade blackberry jam and apple chutney. I live for anything homemade, especially when all of the ingredients are from her backyard. I know you’re probably thinking, “Relax its just jam.” But it’s comforting to have a bit of home away from home and having something homemade from a loved one. Living away from home can be hard. Nonetheless, knowing that I can come home and see family members that I haven’t seen in months and receiving encouragement about school and my dreams is something I need and appreciate. Taking time off work and school isn’t something that can always be done, but spending time with family makes putting the homework on hold worth it.
Homemade jam and chutney, it can’t get any better.
Well now that I have shared a few things that I am grateful for. I encourage you all to take a minute and reflect on your long weekend, or whatever inspires you to do better. Taking a few a minutes out of your day to show gratitude is great practice. Being in touch with what makes you happy or motivates you helps ignite passion. Passion is what drives change and gives the greatest appetite for life!
Good luck with midterms, and remember we’re half way through the semester!