Remember to Breathe...

As many of you know, or those who have been reading my blog for awhile, I was born in Alberta, Canada. For the most part, my entire family originates from Canada. My family moved to San Diego when I was only three years old, so San Diego is home to me. 

But every time I visit Canada, I can't help but feel a strong connection to my history, my past, and feel like, it to is my Country. It as well has a sense of home to it. I grew up hearing stories of my parents upbringing, how my mother was on the hockey team, ski racing team (and many more teams actually!)... how she dearly misses being able to order fries and gravy.

How my dad spent six months out of the year living and working in one of the most beautiful National Parks I have ever seen at his family's hotel. How they lived in the farm lands, how they skied, and played in the daylight until as late as ten at night.
While the smell of the salty ocean brings back memories of my childhood, the lavish beauty of mother natures finest forests and landscape are what hold my family history's memories.

I often wonder how I would be different had I been raised in Alberta versus San Diego. Would I be that different? How much of our ancestors get passed down to us anyways? While I have debated the little differences that would probably have come from being raised in two very different places, I can't help but feel like I got the best of both worlds. While I have my own love for the sea, the canyon lands, and beach coast, I also get to have a connection and love for the mountains and vast wild life that my family has so long been apart of.

At the end of the day, God's earth is the world's finest master piece. The beauty of all the forms of mother nature is seriously breathtaking, and not to be taken lightly. Just felt like sharing these thoughts along with this beautiful video of my home land, my history and heritage, and the message to Remember to Breathe.


Life is meant to be enjoyed. Don't miss out on the moments of beauty that surround us in our everyday lives. 
Remember where you come from. Remember God's beauty. 
Remember to Breathe.



*For those of you wanting to visit Canada, you should also check out British Columbia, my grandparents live in Nanaimo and I must say, that part of Canada is probably one of THE most beautiful places I have ever been.



54 comments

  1. That was a beautiful video. Stunning. I had no idea you were originally from Canada. I live in Toronto and I love the gorgeous lakes that dot Ontario but I've always wanted to see the gorgeous mountains of Alberta. My sister lived in Calgary for 2 years and I'm so sad I didn't get to see her before she moved back. Thanks for reminding me of the gorgeousness of this country :)

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  2. Wow, so beautiful! What a wonderful country! Definitely on my bucket list to go back one day! xxx

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  3. I live in Alberta Canada :) It is beautiful here!! xo

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  4. Ah. Such a great post. Alberta girl right here. :) It is a beautiful place. You should come visit. :)

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  5. My grandma is from Canada and I've always wanted to go. Maybe we convince the ward to have an enrichment activity where we all go to Canada! Eh? Eh?

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  6. There's an artist that I enjoy particulary, who sings a song called, "Don't Forget to Breathe". His name is Alexi Murdoch. The song is about life, and how you don't get a second chance at it. It's absolutely one of my favorite songs, EVER!

    I live where I was born and raised, and I wonder how different things would be if I wasn't. My husband was born in the State we live in now, but grew up in Tennessee & then moved back here. I always seem to forget that, when he doesn't know where some places are around here. For me, it's always been here...for him, it's only been a few years. Strange.

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  7. You will have to visit the lovely East Coast of Canada sometime. I am a Prince Edward Island girl, born and raised and I love my country. Oh Canada <3

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  8. What a beautiful place! Now Alberta is on my must see list. ;-)

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  9. Alyssa, my grandparents live in British Columbia, probably THE most beautiful place I have ever been!

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  10. What a beautiful post - and from the video it appears to be a beautiful place, too! I've always wanted to go there!

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  11. Had no idea you were from Canada!! Me too! The west coast down in Victoria (just about 2 hours south of Nanaimo) I must agree Canada is such a beautiful country! Lovely to hear your connection with it!

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  12. i often think about if i had been born in a different place, and how i would be different. or not different... canada looks gorgeous. i've been to prince edward island, which i loved. but it would be so fun to see some of the mainland sights. looks breathtaking!

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  13. I didn't know you are from Canada. Very cool. Your life would have been totally different, I'm sure.

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  14. I can relate. I too am Canadian, Born in Toronto Ontario then when my mother married my stepfather we moved to New Jersey when I as 9 years old. I spent a good portion of my time in New Jersey wishing I could move back to Canada until I got older and grew to love New Jersey. For college I went back to Canada as it's cheaper here and eventually met my husband and decided to say here. My heart is totally in both places, its like choosing between your children!..not to mention my "adopted child" New York!

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  15. Canada is gorgeous! I've enjoyed each time I have been there. So cool you are from a different country!!!

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  16. I loved this video! I'm an Alberta girl too, and it's sometimes nice to be reminded of the beauty surrounding me. (mind you, I don't live in the mountains, but it's still beautiful, nonetheless). We're moving to BC's west coast in September (Thetis Island, off of Vancouver Island) and can't wait! I agree with you, BC is gorgeous!!

    Loved your writing today, you have such a beautiful heart. xoxo

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  17. Oh beautiful post. Isn't funny to think what might have been? That song is absolutely gorgeous also!

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  18. Great post and perfectly spoken. I think its only natural to think what might of been, but San Diego? Your a lucky girl anyway you look at it.

    Shauna
    www.ShaunaWyrick.com

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  19. Spirit Island is one of the most beautiful places to paddle to. I love it. I was raised in Alberta and I wouldn't want to be raised anywhere else. I think where you're from and where you go are a huge part of who you are and become as a person.

    I feel blessed to grow up by mountains, lakes, prairies and forests.

    Wren
    http://www.houseofwren.blogspot.ca/

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  20. Spirit Island is one of the most beautiful places to paddle to. I love it. I was raised in Alberta and I wouldn't want to be raised anywhere else. I think where you're from and where you go are a huge part of who you are and become as a person.

    I feel blessed to grow up by mountains, lakes, prairies and forests.

    Wren
    http://www.houseofwren.blogspot.ca/

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  21. My fiance has friends in Canada and we took a trip to some of the beautiful wineries in Ontario this past summer. We're also planning a visit there this summer for their wedding. I agree, so beautiful! I would still like to travel the other parts of Cananda as well, I hear there are some neat hideaway vacation spots to see.

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  22. My fiance has friends in Canada and we took a trip to some of the beautiful wineries in Ontario this past summer. We're also planning a visit there this summer for their wedding. I agree, so beautiful! I would still like to travel the other parts of Cananda as well, I hear there are some neat hideaway vacation spots to see.

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  23. This is gorgeous! Life is meant to be enjoyed!

    xo
    Rachel
    http://picklesandchapstick.blogspot.com/

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  24. what a lovely video! i really want to visit canada! it is def a top 10 place of mine to travel, i always here such wonderful things!

    xo Kelly

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  25. We vacationed in Canada a few years ago and it's absolutely beautiful! The husband stillllll talks about how delicious the fries + gravy was...he would fly back just for those :)

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  26. I think it is wonderful how tightly you hold onto your roots. So many people don't care or don't even think about their heritage, but is is a part of who you are!

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  27. I'm a Canadian girl through and through. Born in Nova Scotia, raised mostly in British Columbia (Vancouver Island, holla!), and now I live in Alberta. And on top of that, I've driven from coast to coast five (5!) times. It's a beautiful country; I can't get enough of it! So many people dream of travelling the world and going crazy far places (okay, I dream of that too) but there is so much to see and do in our own back yard! North America is just as awesome and exciting as everywhere else :)

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  28. absolutely beautiful! i have always wanted to go there:)

    <3
    Kenzie

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  29. Great thoughts on our roots and what that can mean to us today. I'm very much looking forward to visiting Canada someday!

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  30. Good Evening! I am so glad you found me as well, so nice to "meet you" :)

    I LOL when I read your title as I thought, wow, we were both blogging about breathing, teehee!!

    Have a great evening,
    Daph

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  31. Beautiful! Have a great week.

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  32. Never been but it looks beautiful! I'm originally from South Dakota (but live in Ohio), and I often wonder how I would be different as well if I grew up back in SD!

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  33. Wow! That looks like such a gorgeous place. I am dying to visit now. You are SO lucky that you are from there, and get to visit often. xo

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  34. Beautiful words and video :)

    XX,
    Miranda

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  35. I love how certain places give you that sense of familiarity, and reminds you of the things/people/places/memories that connect you to that place. I'm fortunate to have more than one place like that!

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  36. I'm from Vancouver and I haven't been home in over 2 years! I miss it so much, but I'm hoping to get back there this summer for a visit. It really is one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

    Also, i think it's cool having a connection to 2 places. For me, the way I feel about Colombia (where my mother's from and where I spent the first few years of my life before we moved to Canada) is similar to how you feel about Canada. And now I live in Australia so that just throws another country into the mix! Loved reading your thoughts x

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  37. Beautiful video! It's so crazy, if one forgets the mountains, Canada could very well be Finland, the forests look so similar :D

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  38. oh it looks amazing! I'm suffering from city-itis at the moment so I just want to jump in that video and stay there!

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  39. I´ve always been very curious about Canada - one day I´ll go there. I´ll wait until our boys are a little older though since it´s a long journey from Sweden where we live. :-)

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  40. My Grandfather is from Canada and we have family up there. We ski in Quebec when we can....being on the East coast. And, Ski racing is awesome :)

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  41. I've never been to Canada, but I would love to go explore it one day!

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  42. My whole family (including me) was born in New York. I also wonder if I'd be different if I'd grown up there instead of the entire Eastern seaboard.

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  43. Is that video really where your from?! It looks AMAZING. And I love what you said about the earth is God's finest master piece. Amen lady!

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  44. Great Video!!

    I am also a person who loves the country home =). Portugal. Although it is a small country, Portugal has no equal.

    New follower
    xoxo
    M.
    http://asiwish-m.blogspot.pt/

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  45. Wow, so beautiful. I've been wanting to go to Canada for the longest time and this video definitely reignited that thought! Love your blog :) You and your husband are just adorable.

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  46. Such a stunning video and I loved to read some of your family history here.
    One of my dearest friends is now living in British Columbia (Vancouver) and she's in love with that place. I hope I could go and visit her before she returns to Italy <3
    Life is a romantic poem

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  47. Wow, gorgeous video and post! I absolutely ADORE your blog!!
    xo, Jessica
    Fanciful

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  48. Hi Alycia!!

    I actually grew up in Upstate Ny and my fam and I would go to Toronto/Niagara falls all the time...some of my favorite childhood memories. Me and the Hubs are definitely planning a visit to Vancouver BC in the next couple of years. Just like the states Canada is so diverse :-)

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  50. My brother lives in BC. It's gorgeous!!!

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  51. I love this, such beautiful thoughts!! I'm definitely going to be breathing in the beauty of what God's created around me today!

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  52. Yay for Alberta!! Love this post. So happy live in Alberta. Lived here my whole life, and while I've travelled many places, this province and it's natural beauty just continues to take breath away. So happy that you're from Alberta and that you feel a great connection to it. Its a great place to be connected to :)

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