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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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  • Mexico's Soundtrack | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    no roosters No 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 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 by email Notify me

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  • Wild and Precious | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    Try a new recipe You don t even have to leave home if you don t want to everything is online and available If you want to learn it it s out there One of those things might lead to something else and soon you re carving a unique and special path Let s follow those crumbs of curiousity you never know what might make you smile Smile Colleen Friesen And maybe it s ridiculous to go on in this vein but does it make any sense at all to know that it ends badly for all of us even the happiest of us and that we all lose everything that matters in the end and yet to know as well despite all this as cruelly as the game is stacked that it s possible to play it with a kind of joy from The Goldfinch by Donna Tart Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Authentic Life Creativity Travel Tagged art authentic life India living well motivation Photos travel 8 Responses Elena Sandovici October 7 2015 at 4 44 pm Permalink Lovely post I just finished reading Liz Gilbert s new book Big Magic and liked the part about curiosity being more important than passion Reply Colleen Friesen October 7 2015 at 4 46 pm Permalink Wonderful Elena Thanks for the comment and the book endorsement I ve been meaning to get that book and now I will for sure Let s get curious Reply Lynda October 7 2015 at 4 54 pm Permalink Amen If you want to be happy be Leo Tolstoy That caught my eye in a photo essay Be Movement Celebrating the Courage to Be from the Toyoko Inn Hotel magazine Volume 138 October 2015 titled Japan Endless Discovery Sorry No italics available Not go or do or act but be Which is where I am at this morning as I prepare to depart from Japan I am a few keystrokes from shutting down returning the wireless router via the post and saying good bye to a place which has entertained me as a stranger unaware After that it s being on the rails in the line ups in my seat in the air and home Reply Colleen Friesen October 7 2015 at 6 05 pm Permalink Love that quote Lynda Be with what is I ve loved following your posts from Japan Sounds like it was a wonderful trip Enjoy your re entry into the West Be well Be Reply Lori Henry October 9 2015 at 5 51 pm Permalink A tribe I didn t even know I belonged to Here s to curiosity And passion when it s the kind that you have no choice but to flame on with Reply Colleen Friesen October 10 2015 at 7 49 am Permalink We are definitely in the same tribe Lori It s so wonderful to share this curious world with you Reply Catherine October 11 2015 at

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  • Balkan Tour | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    of our time It broke down as follows Plitvitce Lakes National Park Croatia for two nights Split Croatia for two nights Super Genius Korčula Croatia for two nights Ferry back to Split Croatia for one more night and then Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina for two nights Mostar at Night Colleen Friesen Sarajevo Bosnia Herzegovina for two nights Sveti Stefan Montenegro for two nights then we dropped the car in Dubrovnik Croatia and spent four nights going up and down a million stairs and cobbled alleys War Wounds Colleen Friesen Flew to London for one last night and voila here we are back in Vancouver feeling slightly stunned by all that we absorbed and so much that we couldn t Buza Bar in Dubrovnik Colleen Friesen If you have the tiniest inclination to head to this part of the world do it Sit in a cafe in one of those grenade pocked squares in Sarajevo sip your wine and try to absorb it all I guarantee the Balkans will challenge and expand your view of the world Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Authentic Life Travel 6 Responses barb October 2 2015 at 6 39 pm Permalink It s now on the list Glad you are home safe and sound Reply Colleen Friesen October 2 2015 at 9 10 pm Permalink Hey Barb isn t it crazy that in spite of all our traveling the list gets longer instead of shorter Reply Mary October 3 2015 at 4 51 am Permalink Welcome home What a fabulous and enticing piece The pictures are amazing and such a good mix of subject matter tho I too am partial to laundry photos Oh now I want to go seems like such a culturally rich piece of the world And so much history Thanks for this It is now on my must see places to go Where to next my dear Mexico yes Keep those finger tapping at the keys Always wanting more From your big time fan on the East side Reply Colleen Friesen October 3 2015 at 4 45 pm Permalink Right back at you Mary Looks like we re each members of the other s fan club It was a really great trip I feel like I finally understand a little more of the basics of who and what was involved although having said that it still completely boggles my mind Yes Mexico in November Looking forward to being in one place for awhile and getting more writing completed fingers crossed Reply Catherine October 4 2015 at 3 36 am Permalink Thank you for sharing with us this interesting trip full of history I have followed you all the way Although I am still in the depth of rural France I feel that I have been with you Reply Colleen Friesen October 4 2015 at 8 10 am Permalink Thanks for your company on the journey Catherine It was wonderful to be able to share

    Original URL path: http://www.colleenfriesen.com/2015/10/01/the-genius-balkan-tour/ (2016-01-08)
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  • Mexico Writing Retreat | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    In the meantime I ll be an armchair traveller not that I m doodling my time away in an armchair as I really enjoy the gym swimming and walking Actually do my best thinking when walking I m sure you ll gain valuable insights fabulous ideas and meet wonderful people on your walks in Mexico Bon voyage Reply Colleen Friesen October 28 2015 at 12 38 pm Permalink It s funny Martha I feel like I ve been home for quite awhile but I realize that s not technically true I promise that you will love Kevin s margaritas He really is the master of the mixer Enjoy your walks I completely agree with you that my best thinking comes while walking it seems to shake things loose Have a fine time whenever you go to Phoenix and let me know how you like those cocktails Reply Laurie October 28 2015 at 1 28 pm Permalink Congrats on pushing yourself out the door and into a totally unknown environment I admire you very much for your sense of adventure and willingness to leave the familiar It s inspiring enough so that I may begin planning an adventure of my own somewhere new Reply Colleen Friesen October 28 2015 at 5 56 pm Permalink Oh Laurie Considering you already dive into everything with gusto I can t possibly imagine what further adventures you might come up with Still I m glad you found this post inspiring I guess this means I should start packing Reply Elinor Warkentin CTA Cosmic Travel Agent October 28 2015 at 4 05 pm Permalink I think I d like to run away to a little casita oops I mean rent a little casita to study the art of video making and teach myself how to make cool videos like you do Of course I would have to find a margarita maker to be my main subject And I probably wouldn t get it right the first time so I would have to drink the margaritas Oh boy Even imaginary life is hard elixir ps You can always come back home Changing our minds is not a sin Wasting good margaritas maybe but not changing our minds Reply Colleen Friesen October 28 2015 at 6 08 pm Permalink You re right Elinor Imaginary life just like real life can definitely be a struggle which is a very good reason to pay strict attention to that video please also note that Kevin was using a very large bottle of tequila a key point And yes we had to test many margaritas before we had it all down pat I like your take on changing our minds nice to keep all the options open Reply Elinor Warkentin CTA Cosmic Travel Agent October 28 2015 at 6 23 pm Permalink Options give us room to breathe I think our self confidence increases when we see multiple options Even if some are ridiculous the more options we see the less we

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  • Salad Days of Summer | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    month earlier than they were two years ago Reply Wandering Carol July 8 2015 at 2 46 pm Permalink This looks divine DIVINE I want it now so bring on the antioxidents Reply Colleen Friesen July 8 2015 at 3 17 pm Permalink Carol I ate an unholy amount for lunch cuz it s healthy right Takes about six seconds to make Reply Joan and Bill Wilcox July 8 2015 at 2 54 pm Permalink lovely salad I going to make it tomorrow venturing forward through the smog Thanks Coleen Reply Colleen Friesen July 8 2015 at 3 17 pm Permalink I know you ll love it Joan Glad you re going to try it Reply Kathleen July 8 2015 at 11 19 pm Permalink Looks delish but do you think it will turn out if I don t have B C Berries Haha Reply Colleen Friesen July 9 2015 at 8 59 am Permalink Don t worry Kathleen BC Blueberries are exported from the province even as far as Manitoba I can hear your sigh of relief all the way from here Reply Dora Dueck July 9 2015 at 10 07 am Permalink On the menu for tonight No mint or basil would fresh parsley do do you think Reply Colleen Friesen July 9 2015 at 10 15 am Permalink I think fresh parsley would rock I doubled the basil amount from the original mint that was called for and would probably do the same for the parsley Hope you enjoy it as much as we do Reply Leave a Reply 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 by email Notify me of new posts by email Get Colleen in your Inbox Type in your e mail address in the box below to have Traveling Light delivered directly to your inbox It ll be great Email Address Search Facebook Flickr Google Plus Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest RSS Feed Twitter YouTube Calendar of Posts July 2015 M T W T F S S Jun Aug 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

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  • Bring Me Your Weary | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    it Ask your God to fill your heart with love and then help someone or at the very least get out of the way of the people who are helping There is no other We are all in this together When we dehumanize our fellow beings we lose our own humanity Look in the mirror Right now some of us are acting like those people those people that failed to save their fellow man We have before us an opportunity to be bigger than that Doing anything else is a spectacular failure of imagination and empathy Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Random Observations 20 Responses Dee Dee November 21 2015 at 2 59 pm Permalink Well said I agree entirely Reply Colleen Friesen November 21 2015 at 5 24 pm Permalink Thanks Dee Dee I have just become so disillusioned with all the negative commentary I needed to vent Reply Mary November 21 2015 at 5 12 pm Permalink Yes Reply Colleen Friesen November 21 2015 at 5 25 pm Permalink Thank you Mary and thank you always for your encouragement Reply Maureen November 21 2015 at 5 40 pm Permalink Amen Reply Colleen Friesen November 23 2015 at 8 58 am Permalink Maureen I was actually going to end this blog with Amen I guess I knew you d do it for me Reply Elinor Warkentin CTA Cosmic Travel Agent November 21 2015 at 6 31 pm Permalink Thank you for your venting eloquence I agree on so many points And every once in a while I think about my parents age about 2 and 4 when they escaped persecution in Russia and my grandparents who left behind almost everything for a better life in Canada Maybe giving this some thought I am the daughter and granddaughter of refugees I think that s great I am so glad my family came to Canada It can be a beautiful country to escape to I will do my best to welcome newcomers and keep an eye open for my own racism and fears Peace Reply Colleen Friesen November 23 2015 at 9 03 am Permalink Blessings Elinor My mother was six months old when her family fled from Russia Her parents knew it was time to leave when all the young men of the village were being made to march around the square My uncle told me that his job as a young school age child was to shovel lime on the dead bodies I thank my ancestors for having the fortitude and wisdom to come to Canada How on earth could I ever not wish the same good fortune on people who are now fleeing their own horrible circumstances Reply Martha November 21 2015 at 7 58 pm Permalink I started to boil when your cousin had to have the last word with please read the Koran so I went outside to cool off Colleen your blog says what I was thinking but in a much kinder way You nailed it with all the right points I especially like Just be a good person In Grade One I was bullied and terrorized by 3 boys I especially remember running down a driveway near the school when they started pelting rocks at me calling me a stupid Mennonite and a lousy Kraut As if I had anything to do with WW2 As a result I missed the school bus and walked home crying all the way That was in 1950 and I remember it still Teddy Gosling of Gosling s Furniture in Abbotsford was one of those boys and he died of a heart attack a few years ago I didn t feel a bit sad when I heard These poor refugees have not caused the terror in their country or any country They are victims Most are Muslims Give them a break Imagine walking a mile in their shoes and see if your feet ache too Reply Colleen Friesen November 23 2015 at 9 07 am Permalink Oh Martha I have such a vivid picture of you as that crying little girl being bullied by those ignorant boys The sad facts are that many of those bullying boys grow up and become even bigger bullies like Trump and Cruz I really feel it is our job to speak out so that the dominant message is not one of fear and bullying but of love and inclusiveness You re so right it is all about empathy about walking a mile in their painful feet and hoping that somewhere someone some country will be kind Reply Sophie Berner November 22 2015 at 12 04 am Permalink Wow and wow What a powerful message and so full of truths that it touches me more than most other comments I ve read where comments and opinions are put to paper or the Internet Your passion and compassion give me the courage to speak up on behalf of those who have little or no voice power or hope Thank you Colleen you are simply amazing Reply Colleen Friesen November 23 2015 at 9 13 am Permalink Thank you Sophie I don t feel very amazing but I certainly feel passionate about this Yes we have to advocate on behalf of all these people There are so many refugees in the world And we who have so much who live in abundant countries and have rich lives are in a position to help I am continually confounded as to why people think love is a finite quality that is to be limited only to their own Love is infinite It has another amazing quality as well love grows the more we share it Reply Catherine November 23 2015 at 2 01 am Permalink Colleen how much I agree with you History repeats itself White supremacy has always been and probably always will be Personally I come from a family where others have always counted My parents were

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  • You May Say I'm A Dreamer | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    in Paris Massacres in Bagdad and Beirut Innocent individuals who are paying the ultimate price for the madness of certain individuals Where is justice I fear it is disorder and disharmony that lies ahead As a French citizen I am very touched by what has happened in my country My heart bleeds for the families left behind who have lost a loved one How do they reconcile themselves with this atrocity How do they carry on livng Where is justice My heart is full of anger Love is NOT the word that springs to my mind at the moment Reply Colleen Friesen November 21 2015 at 5 34 pm Permalink Catherine I share your anger at all that is wrong with these horrible attacks I too cannot begin to fathom the depth of grief that all those friends and families are left to process It is ugly and such a travesty And yet I still believe that the only way through is with love I thought this wonderful man said it so well http www dailymail co uk news article 3322348 Father wife killed Bataclan gunmen vows not hatred says 17 month old son insult happiness freedom day poignant message html Reply Catherine November 23 2015 at 1 49 am Permalink Colleen I have just read the article It brought tears to my eyes Reply Colleen Friesen November 23 2015 at 6 23 am Permalink It s such a beautiful tribute to his wife and oh my what a lucky boy to have such a wise and loving father Incredible strength and such integrity Reply Leave a Reply 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 by email Notify me of new posts by email Get Colleen in your Inbox Type in your e mail address in the box below to have Traveling Light delivered directly to your inbox It ll be great Email Address Search Facebook Flickr Google Plus Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest RSS Feed Twitter YouTube Calendar of Posts November 2015 M T W T F S S Oct 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 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

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