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  • Create or Consume? | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    right it s certainly not as perfect as the million dollar model but I think that s where the charm lies I ve decided that s one of the reasons I adore Mexico so much Everyone is an artist If they need something painted or designed or whatever then they do it It s not a perfect decal it s someone s free hand artistry and that s what makes it feel human and real I like your 2016 challenge Acts of creation every day keeps the ridiculous consumption at bay Reply Gwen December 22 2015 at 7 43 am Permalink I think the creating thing definitely has legs Am thinking realistically here but what about 52Creations2016 One per week Reply Colleen Friesen December 25 2015 at 3 24 pm Permalink I think that does have legs Gwen especially if we can count a new recipe or anything that is new and is creative Starting the first week of January Reply Dee Dee December 17 2015 at 9 58 am Permalink I enjoyed your article I too went through mental acrobatics about purchasing things for my family Then I realized that time and love were the greatest gifts of all so I made 3 freezer meals each of Turkey Chili con Curry my own recipe for my busy kids I included the chutney lime pickle yogurt and cilantro that can make anything taste good This year I made energy balls instead of shortbread they never really liked my cookies and mixed nuts 3 days of work lots of love and deep satisfaction for me My sons took me to Cirque de Soliel for my Christmas present I nestled between 2 sets of large shoulders for the performance and I couldn t have been happier Best to you Colleen and to Kevin Merry Christmas Reply Colleen Friesen December 18 2015 at 11 10 am Permalink Yum Made with love food is always a welcome gift Do you remember that movie Like Water for Chocolate She talked about how our emotions were transmitted through the food we made into the recipient I always loved that scene How wonderful to imagine your big boys adding more love into their bodies Merry Christmas Dee Dot Reply Elinor Warkentin CTA Cosmic Travel Agent December 17 2015 at 4 18 pm Permalink Love that Funny how the shopping energy can take over so quickly with a kind of numbing false gratification One important key to a life well lived for me at least is paying attention to when I am happy and then reveling in it And I don t mean at the cashier checkout I mean when I see snow glistening and recognize such magic can t be bought Or when my body starts to move to music and I feel alive all over Celebrating the moments of joy that are from within and not from stuff helps remind me where my true happiness and gratitude come from Thanks for your reminder Reply Colleen Friesen

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  • Create or Consume? | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    see And you re right it s certainly not as perfect as the million dollar model but I think that s where the charm lies I ve decided that s one of the reasons I adore Mexico so much Everyone is an artist If they need something painted or designed or whatever then they do it It s not a perfect decal it s someone s free hand artistry and that s what makes it feel human and real I like your 2016 challenge Acts of creation every day keeps the ridiculous consumption at bay Reply Gwen December 22 2015 at 7 43 am Permalink I think the creating thing definitely has legs Am thinking realistically here but what about 52Creations2016 One per week Reply Colleen Friesen December 25 2015 at 3 24 pm Permalink I think that does have legs Gwen especially if we can count a new recipe or anything that is new and is creative Starting the first week of January Reply Dee Dee December 17 2015 at 9 58 am Permalink I enjoyed your article I too went through mental acrobatics about purchasing things for my family Then I realized that time and love were the greatest gifts of all so I made 3 freezer meals each of Turkey Chili con Curry my own recipe for my busy kids I included the chutney lime pickle yogurt and cilantro that can make anything taste good This year I made energy balls instead of shortbread they never really liked my cookies and mixed nuts 3 days of work lots of love and deep satisfaction for me My sons took me to Cirque de Soliel for my Christmas present I nestled between 2 sets of large shoulders for the performance and I couldn t have been happier Best to you Colleen and to Kevin Merry Christmas Reply Colleen Friesen December 18 2015 at 11 10 am Permalink Yum Made with love food is always a welcome gift Do you remember that movie Like Water for Chocolate She talked about how our emotions were transmitted through the food we made into the recipient I always loved that scene How wonderful to imagine your big boys adding more love into their bodies Merry Christmas Dee Dot Reply Elinor Warkentin CTA Cosmic Travel Agent December 17 2015 at 4 18 pm Permalink Love that Funny how the shopping energy can take over so quickly with a kind of numbing false gratification One important key to a life well lived for me at least is paying attention to when I am happy and then reveling in it And I don t mean at the cashier checkout I mean when I see snow glistening and recognize such magic can t be bought Or when my body starts to move to music and I feel alive all over Celebrating the moments of joy that are from within and not from stuff helps remind me where my true happiness and gratitude come from Thanks for your

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  • What's Your Story? | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    NOT a Colleen thing to do And yet I just did it wore it said it or otherwise lived it so perhaps it follows that it IS a Colleen thing Just to clarify I too have said these kinds of things to my friends I m not suggesting this is done by me or others as something malicious Often it really is a funny observation that is true of a friend s personality It s pretty easy to tell the difference between box slamming and a funny comment You ll feel the intention of the comment in your gut Trust that feeling In writing memoir the subject and the need to be objective get tangled together like some crazy helixed bits of DNA I observe me and as I watch my actions my behaviours my words and my writing I learn a little bit more Not all of what I learn about myself shockingly enough is great news But awareness of where and how I am right now grants me permission to try another way next time I refuse to be stuck in the Triggering Action Inevitable Reaction loop Meditation has helped Endless hours of sitting and watching my mind leaping and jumping like a skittering chicken has made me well aware of what a work in progress I am Writing too has helped me find out what I think In the process of laying down the words and then by rearranging removing and rewriting I often find the path leading me somewhere wholly unexpected I want to be open to new possibilities I don t want to be forever stuck in some B grade series doomed to play on reruns I prefer the walk on parts the joy of improv the fluidity of the space between action and reaction So if you hear me say That s just my luck I want you to know I mean it in a different way from the usual mutterings I mean that I truly feel blessed and lucky Lucky to have the health and opportunity to inhabit the world in the way I choose Lucky most especially to have the space to choose my reaction I may not be in charge of what rolls my way but I get to choose my lines And therein lies the freedom to create a new story Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Authentic Life Tagged aging happiness healthy living living well memoir Mexico Photos simple life Travel writing 8 Responses Liz Jansen December 9 2015 at 10 10 am Permalink More food for thought Thank you I can t wait to read it Liz Reply Colleen Friesen December 10 2015 at 10 40 am Permalink Thanks Liz I finally got to the Apple store and they ve restored my words to my Scrivener program Whew I can get back to working on it again Not sure when it ll be done but I m still working Reply

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  • What's Your Story? | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    so NOT a Colleen thing to do And yet I just did it wore it said it or otherwise lived it so perhaps it follows that it IS a Colleen thing Just to clarify I too have said these kinds of things to my friends I m not suggesting this is done by me or others as something malicious Often it really is a funny observation that is true of a friend s personality It s pretty easy to tell the difference between box slamming and a funny comment You ll feel the intention of the comment in your gut Trust that feeling In writing memoir the subject and the need to be objective get tangled together like some crazy helixed bits of DNA I observe me and as I watch my actions my behaviours my words and my writing I learn a little bit more Not all of what I learn about myself shockingly enough is great news But awareness of where and how I am right now grants me permission to try another way next time I refuse to be stuck in the Triggering Action Inevitable Reaction loop Meditation has helped Endless hours of sitting and watching my mind leaping and jumping like a skittering chicken has made me well aware of what a work in progress I am Writing too has helped me find out what I think In the process of laying down the words and then by rearranging removing and rewriting I often find the path leading me somewhere wholly unexpected I want to be open to new possibilities I don t want to be forever stuck in some B grade series doomed to play on reruns I prefer the walk on parts the joy of improv the fluidity of the space between action and reaction So if you hear me say That s just my luck I want you to know I mean it in a different way from the usual mutterings I mean that I truly feel blessed and lucky Lucky to have the health and opportunity to inhabit the world in the way I choose Lucky most especially to have the space to choose my reaction I may not be in charge of what rolls my way but I get to choose my lines And therein lies the freedom to create a new story Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Authentic Life Tagged aging happiness healthy living living well memoir Mexico Photos simple life Travel writing 8 Responses Liz Jansen December 9 2015 at 10 10 am Permalink More food for thought Thank you I can t wait to read it Liz Reply Colleen Friesen December 10 2015 at 10 40 am Permalink Thanks Liz I finally got to the Apple store and they ve restored my words to my Scrivener program Whew I can get back to working on it again Not sure when it ll be done but I m still working

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  • What's Your Story? | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    is so NOT a Colleen thing to do And yet I just did it wore it said it or otherwise lived it so perhaps it follows that it IS a Colleen thing Just to clarify I too have said these kinds of things to my friends I m not suggesting this is done by me or others as something malicious Often it really is a funny observation that is true of a friend s personality It s pretty easy to tell the difference between box slamming and a funny comment You ll feel the intention of the comment in your gut Trust that feeling In writing memoir the subject and the need to be objective get tangled together like some crazy helixed bits of DNA I observe me and as I watch my actions my behaviours my words and my writing I learn a little bit more Not all of what I learn about myself shockingly enough is great news But awareness of where and how I am right now grants me permission to try another way next time I refuse to be stuck in the Triggering Action Inevitable Reaction loop Meditation has helped Endless hours of sitting and watching my mind leaping and jumping like a skittering chicken has made me well aware of what a work in progress I am Writing too has helped me find out what I think In the process of laying down the words and then by rearranging removing and rewriting I often find the path leading me somewhere wholly unexpected I want to be open to new possibilities I don t want to be forever stuck in some B grade series doomed to play on reruns I prefer the walk on parts the joy of improv the fluidity of the space between action and reaction So if you hear me say That s just my luck I want you to know I mean it in a different way from the usual mutterings I mean that I truly feel blessed and lucky Lucky to have the health and opportunity to inhabit the world in the way I choose Lucky most especially to have the space to choose my reaction I may not be in charge of what rolls my way but I get to choose my lines And therein lies the freedom to create a new story Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Authentic Life Tagged aging happiness healthy living living well memoir Mexico Photos simple life Travel writing 8 Responses Liz Jansen December 9 2015 at 10 10 am Permalink More food for thought Thank you I can t wait to read it Liz Reply Colleen Friesen December 10 2015 at 10 40 am Permalink Thanks Liz I finally got to the Apple store and they ve restored my words to my Scrivener program Whew I can get back to working on it again Not sure when it ll be done but I m still

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  • 05 | November | 2015 | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    26 27 28 29 30 Popular Tag Cloud Comments Blogging Writing and Spring Clean Up 1621 views Posted April 26 2010 SideStix on the Dragon s Den 1388 views Posted November 30 2011 Maasai Sandals 1343 views Posted August 11 2009 Delicious Reasons to Love Olympic Village Vancouver 1308 views Posted October 28 2013 Hell on Wheels 1149 views Posted July 13 2009 aging Arizona art ashram authentic life Books British Columbia cycling cycling trips death food France friends happiness healthy living hiking Hotels India kayaking life living well love memoir Mexico motivation New Mexico packing personal photography Photos Poetry reading recipes simple life South Africa Sunshine Coast travel Traveling Travel writing Vancouver video walking Writing writing advice youtube Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year Thank you so much Laurie Laurie Beeman on Acts of Creation A New Year I really enjoy all your Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year What a beautiful quote from Donna Janke on Acts of Creation A New Year Your post reminded me of Colleen Friesen on Create or Consume Merry Christmas to you and FEATURED VIDEO Get the Traveling Light Ebook FRIENDS FANS From Instagram Colleen Friesen Colleen Friesen is a travel cappuccino junkie writer mixed media artist and photographer living in Vancouver s Olympic Village with her business consultant golfing wine aficionado husband Kevin Redl View Full Profile TRAVEL TIPS TRENDS The world s most magnificent railway stations January 6 2016 Malicious acts surpassed accidents as the chief cause of airline deaths Industry tally January 5 2016 Where to go in 2016 Our annual roundup of travel suggestions January 4 2016 Anti theft backpacks hailed as one of best travel products of 2015 January 4 2016 Virtual reality explodes in travel December 29 2015 WATCH Top 6

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  • Music | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    S S Dec 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Popular Tag Cloud Comments Blogging Writing and Spring Clean Up 1621 views Posted April 26 2010 SideStix on the Dragon s Den 1388 views Posted November 30 2011 Maasai Sandals 1343 views Posted August 11 2009 Delicious Reasons to Love Olympic Village Vancouver 1308 views Posted October 28 2013 Hell on Wheels 1149 views Posted July 13 2009 aging Arizona art ashram authentic life Books British Columbia cycling cycling trips death food France friends happiness healthy living hiking Hotels India kayaking life living well love memoir Mexico motivation New Mexico packing personal photography Photos Poetry reading recipes simple life South Africa Sunshine Coast travel Traveling Travel writing Vancouver video walking Writing writing advice youtube Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year Thank you so much Laurie Laurie Beeman on Acts of Creation A New Year I really enjoy all your Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year What a beautiful quote from Donna Janke on Acts of Creation A New Year Your post reminded me of Colleen Friesen on Create or Consume Merry Christmas to you and FEATURED VIDEO Get the Traveling Light Ebook FRIENDS FANS From Instagram Colleen Friesen Colleen Friesen is a travel cappuccino junkie writer mixed media artist and photographer living in Vancouver s Olympic Village with her business consultant golfing wine aficionado husband Kevin Redl View Full Profile TRAVEL TIPS TRENDS The world s most magnificent railway stations January 6 2016 Malicious acts surpassed accidents as the chief cause of airline deaths Industry tally January 5 2016 Where to go in 2016 Our annual roundup of travel suggestions

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  • Mexico's Soundtrack | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    dogs barking In Puerto Escondido I love the tortilla vendors in their VW bugs the gas vendor with the musical gas de Oaxaca song on loudspeaker and there s even a guy selling baked yams who has a whistle that delivers an ear piercing 90 decibels in case you really need a vegetable in a hurry You never feel alone when surrounded by so much life I ve heard there s a museum in Mexico City dedicated to preserving Mexico s sounds as so many of them are disappearing Reply Colleen Friesen November 5 2015 at 11 04 am Permalink Ah yes Michele I forgot the roosters Though they don t seem as close as the lovely ones near your old place in Puerto Escondido And how could I have forgotten the gas man Too I think it s only fair the yam guy whistles loudly who knows when you might desperately need a baked yam You have to be ever on the alert to yam deficiencies I m glad there is a museum dedicated to this aural soundtrack because it would be a real shame on the day this music dies Reply Donna Janke November 5 2015 at 8 29 am Permalink Love this post You made Mexico come to life with its sounds The VW roof speaker shouting political messages reminded me of our visits to Cabarete in the Domincan Republic There always seemed to be an election of some sort going on and cars driving down the main street blaring political messages Reply Colleen Friesen November 5 2015 at 11 08 am Permalink Thanks Donna I think this is why I love the whole Latino culture It s bright and alive and loud As well no one thinks they can t sing Men boys girls and women everyone joins in No one has told them it s only for performers Likewise no one has told them that art is only for special people If a mailbox needs a flower they paint it on They don t need to buy a perfect one It s all quite wonderful Reply Laurie November 5 2015 at 9 09 am Permalink I love this post You put me right there and I can see hear smell and taste everything Mind you I don t know how you get any work done Reply Colleen Friesen November 5 2015 at 11 10 am Permalink It s funny Laurie it all starts to become background after awhile though when it suddenly stops I realize that there s a gap and wonder what the heck has happened And at night when I m finished with listening to the non stop musica outside and want to sleep I simply slam in the earplugs and turn on the fan Reply Leave a Reply to Michele Peterson A Taste for Travel Cancel Reply Name Email 7 232 Spambots Blocked by Simple Comments JavaScript must be turned on to leave a comment Comment Notify me of follow up comments

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