10 Highlights of 2022

I’ve been fairly absent from this space for the last couple of months and miss it dearly, so for those of you that are still here and reading this- thank you! Although I have tried my best to keep up with posts from the blogs I follow, I do long for a more consistent connection with this community. My life has been quite busy since the fall, with unexpected and challenging changes as well as personal pursuits. I have many ideas and drafts percolating for future writing topics and hope to re-solidify a balanced routine in the new year that supports my creative side. But in an effort to post one quick hello to you all, I would like to share 10 highlights of my year. Going through difficult times can often blind me to the beauty and joy in life, but reflecting on some of the wonderful memories I have created fills me with gratitude; I hope to carry this state of mind with me into 2023.

1) January 2022: Seeing the sunset of the year in downtown Victoria, BC

I was driving home from work this day when I noticed that the sunset was quickly transforming into something otherworldly. I had to pull over so that I could take it in properly and it only got more awe-inspiring from there. This may have been the most spectacular and vivid display of afterglow I have ever seen, anywhere in the world.

2) February 2022: The start of cherry blossom season

Every year on Vancouver Island, I anticipate the arrival of cherry blossom season. The experience of this is new to me since moving to Victoria, as my previous city did not have a comparable spectacle. The beauty of these blossoms filling the streets truly makes me feel as though I am living in a fairytale- they provide such a whimsical atmosphere. The plum and cherry blossom trees in Victoria begin to flower as early as February and it is a completely magical sign of spring.

3) March 2022: Tofino/Ucluelet road trip

My brother flew from Ontario to Vancouver Island to visit me in March, and along with my friend and roommate we embarked on a road trip across the island to one of Canada’s most westerly towns, Tofino. Facing the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, this area of the west coast is rugged, wild and soulful. Showing my brother this part of the island was so special and I will never forget hiking the Wild Pacific Trail with him in nearby Ucluelet.

4) May 2022: My parents and sister visiting me in Victoria for the first time

I was lucky enough to have several visitors out west in 2022- welcome reunions after the isolating years of the pandemic. My parents and one of my sisters ventured to the coast and I was able to show them around my beautiful home. We took beach and forest walks, visited one of Canada’s National Historic sites- the Butchart Gardens, went whale-watching and simply enjoyed cozy family time.

5) July 2022: Kayaking trip with Spirit of the West Adventures

If you have read this post, then you already know how much this particular adventure meant to me and how nourishing it was for my spirit. I will definitely be planning a sequel to this trip with Spirit of the West in summer 2023. The wilderness setting, wildlife sightings and incredible company made this kayaking trip easily one of my top memories of the year.

6) Summer 2022: Taking a writing course + reviving my blog

I started dreaming up the idea for this blog several years ago, after taking a travel writing course through my local college. Initially, I was posting only travel content and felt called to pursue this path, but somewhere along the way I lost my motivation and my direction became unclear. I longed to write about a variety of topics, but wasn’t sure how to incorporate the vastness of my creative expression. As a result, my blog sat dormant for a long time which caused guilt and sadness (discussed further in this post). I was inspired to sign up for a writing course this summer which re-lit my creative spark; it was during these course lessons that I slowly started posting on my site again (beginning with this post about awe) and allowing myself a bit more freedom with subject matter.

7) October 2022: A special visitor for my birthday weekend

My final visitor of the year, also from Ontario, was my longest friend of almost 20 years. We went for hikes, watched sunsets (and even spotted whales off the coast on one occasion), explored downtown, reminisced, watched movies, laughed and simply enjoyed being reunited. There is so much inherent joy and comfort in seeing an old friend after a long separation and picking up right where you left off.

8) October 2022: Sombrio Beach road trip

Late October was a difficult time for me, with some unexpected changes disrupting my work/life balance, established routine, as well as time and space for my writing. Right before the anticipated chaos, I managed to get away for a memorable day trip with a friend of mine to take in the start of storm season along the beaches of the west coast. It was such a rejuvenating and energizing day, and reminded me of so many reasons why I chose Vancouver Island as my home. You can see more photos from the adventure in this post.

9) December 2022: Beginning my yoga teacher training journey in Tofino, BC

I have a draft post in progress to discuss this journey in more detail, but I was elated to begin this deep dive into the world of yoga, a practice that I cherish which has supported me through some of the most difficult times of my life. I have been intrigued but daunted by yoga teacher training for a few years now, and eventually decided to go for it with the goal of deepening my own personal practice. I travelled to Tofino for the first module of the training in early December and was immediately captivated, as always, by the beauty of this west coast community.

10) December 2022: Enjoying the magic of the holidays on Vancouver Island

I decided to stay close to home for the holidays this year and not travel back to Ontario, where the rest of my family resides. As we experienced some anomalous snow storms on the island leading up to Christmas, I was quite happy to have avoided the holiday travel chaos and stress! Victoria puts on quite a show at this time of year, with multiple light displays and cozy traditions. I took in as many festive sights as I could and felt the glow of the season permeating my spirits. Winter on the island is an enchanting time, indeed.

Please share a highlight of your year with me below- I would love to know one of your favourite memories of 2022!

Wishing everyone a warm and meaningful end to the year.

22 comments

  1. Have a great new year and here’s wishing you a happy and healthy 2023. With regard to sharing our best memories of 2022, we did that earlier today by, like you and other fellow bloggers, doing a year review month by month. But I think you’ve alread taken a look at it! Feel free to take another peek at our best moments! Happy New Year once again, Laura.

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    • Thank you so very much for your well wishes and I send the same to you! I have loved following along on your recent travels and can’t wait to see where you end up in 2023! βœˆοΈπŸ’•

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    • Thank you and yes, I took all of them myself! I love nature and landscape photography and living on Vancouver Island provides endless beauty to capture on camera πŸ“ΈπŸ˜Š

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  2. It seems like you had a year filled with beauty, family and friends. Tofino is so beautiful, I’d never heard of this place before reading your blog. We’ve had a busy year, but some of my favourite moments include seeing family and friends after a prolonged period of absence, especially my 84 year old grandmother. Happy New Year! Here’s to a happy, healthy and travel-packed 2023.

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    • Happy New Year to you as well, Leighton! It is nice to hear that you also reconnected with friends and family members in 2022- seeing grandparents is always particularly special. I’m also so happy to have introduced you to Tofino- it’s such an incredible place and renowned for its surfing scene.

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  3. Lovely way to round off the year with some wonderful snapshots! πŸ™‚ Sounds like you’ve got plenty of cool plans lined up & hope you have a blessed 2023! ❀

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    • Hi Tom- thank you, and wishing you all the best in the upcoming year! Happy to have connected with you in the blogging sphere in 2022. πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

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  4. How nice to have so many friends and family visit you in 2022. I am in love with the scenery on Vancouver Island. Your pictures are absolutely stunning. It’s funny because I feel the same way about yoga and have been contemplating attending some training to improve my practice. Wishing you good health and happiness in the New Year! Take care, Linda

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    • Hi Linda- thank you so much for your feedback regarding my photos- I am touched to know that you love the scenery on Vancouver Island, because I sure love to share it! I can tell you that the yoga teacher training journey has truly transformed my personal practice. If you do end up taking any training/workshops that speak to you this year, I hope you find them rewarding as well. πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

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  5. Hi Laura – happy new year to you! All I can say is wow – what a beautiful set of pictures. That January Sunset is stunning! You’ve done so much over the year and I also feel some of the headache of how to present all the different things into one blog.
    I hope your Yoga training continues well too. Have an amazing 2023!

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    • Happy New Year, Simon, and please forgive my lateness in responding to your lovely comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures in this post, they are some of my favourites from last year as well. Thank you for the well wishes- your support means a lot to me! 😊

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      • Thank you Laura, there nothing to forgive is all good… Life is Life right? You’ve always got my support and I love your pictures, there great, I hope to see more this year πŸ™‚

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