Tropical Melon Blast Smoothie

It has been a windy road these past few months. There have been ups, many downs and sharp turns in unpredictable directions, explaining why I haven’t contributed to this little space of mine on the internet in over 3 months. At least I have stayed active on Instagram, right? My last post was from when I was still living in NYC and I can’t believe it has been that long since I have been back home in Montreal. So many things have happened in such a short amount of time and i’ve faced a lot of challenges and forks in the road along the way. With that, I have learned some valuable lessons and am coming to terms with the fact that life is just one big surprise and that the key to living a happy life is to not take it all too seriously and roll with the punches, but ask me if I find that easy?? At least I am working towards it becoming my mantra, and that alone has made me a happier person. I can say that for sure.

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I am finally starting to settle down now after being in complete limbo for the past 3 months. With all these big changes happening all at once, the challenge is finding my rhythm again, but as the dust settles I am finding it easier and easier to get back into my old, but good routines, like making weekly meal plans so that I spend less and eat well and making fruit and veggie packed smoothies every morning to start the day off on the right foot. Here’s where the point of this post comes in. While I don’t think smoothies need a recipe, sometimes the concoctions you come up with need to be written down so they can be enjoyed again and again, and this is one of them! I’m a smoothie fan, not only for their delicious nutritional value, but because they are a really convenient way to stay full in between breakfast and lunch while at work. You can just sip on them in between phone calls and emails, it’s great!

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Having recently learned about FODMAP’S (Click to learn more) I wanted to create a smoothie using only low fodmap fruits and veggies. Having a fickle stomach, which I am sure many of you can relate too, I want to see if this could be a solution for me. Haven’t figured that out yet, but i’ll keep you posted.

This smoothie is packed with sweet honeydew, hearty kale and a tropical twist with banana and pineapple and some chia seeds for that extra nutritious boost. This is a super refreshing drink to have on a hot summers day. Hope you enjoy it!

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Tropical Melon Blast Smoothie

(Serves 2)

1 cup of cubed Honeydew

1 cup of frozen pineapple

1/2 frozen banana

Small handful of kale (ribs removed)

1 cup of rice milk

2 tbsp chia seeds

Blend all the ingredients together and serve it up nice and cold for a nutritious morning or afternoon snack!

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Snapshots of Life Lately and to New Adventures

I don’t really talk much about my personal life on this blog, I’ve used it more as a way to express myself creatively, but I realized that my favourite blogs are the one’s that delve a little deeper. So my goal for this year is to open up just a little more on here. As you may already know, or have figured out from my photos here and on Instagram, I have been temporarily living in NYC the past couple of months with Zack. I knew that after 6 months, if I could’t find a way to extend my visa I would have to leave, and unfortunately my time here is coming to an end. Fortunately, an opportunity came up for me right at the perfect time to go somewhere new, which makes the whole thought of leaving a lot more palatable! For my next adventure, I will be moving to Vancouver! Having lived in Quebec my whole life, minus the few years I lived in Florida before I was 5,  going somewhere new seems like the right thing to do. I always love a new adventure and luckily I have family and a few friends there. I have actually never been to the west coast of Canada, so this will be my first time visiting Vancouver, let alone living there but I have heard only amazing things about the city so I am really eager to explore and find out what it’s all about for myself.  While I am still living in NYC for a couple of weeks, I am going to try and soak it up as much as possible. Here are some snapshots of life lately.

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I am used to a good snowstorm, being from Montreal. Our winters are always long, cold and very snowy but I wasn’t expecting that to be the case in NYC. Unfortunately it has been just as bad here and despite how much I hate winter, I love how beautiful it looks especially in this city. I always feel like I’m walking through a movie set here, the history is so fascinating that I can’t go anywhere without imagining what it must have looked like in the 1800’s and I often stare in awe at the buildings wondering how they were built with such limited resources and how long they have lasted to tell the tale! So inspiring.

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When the snow falls and blankets the streets, trees and buildings, it quiets the bustling city sounds. It was really only then that I realized how many ambient sounds I was hearing on a daily basis in this city. Back at the end of January when we were experiencing what was supposed to be one of the worst snowstorms of the century, “Snowmageddon” (which you know, ended up being a total dud of a storm) the city shut everything down as a precaution at 11pm. I laughed because these storms are a typical winter occurrence in Montreal but it was actually a really amazing experience. We went out to walk Winslow and realized that the city that never sleeps was asleep. It was so surreal and the snow made everything all the more quiet. I snapped a shot of the empty street which you can check out here.
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Everywhere you turn there’s something to feast your eyes on from the architecture to the stonework, to the rod iron fences and the views, to the fact that you can stand in the middle of the street and have an unobscured view to other side of the city (it’s unique grid layout is fascinating). There is just so much to see in one place that it’s almost overwhelming at times.

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There’s always something worth capturing here, and like I mentioned in my last Snapshots of Life Lately post, I don’t carry my DSLR camera around with me very often because it’s bulky, but I do snap pictures with my iPhone constantly. I will miss that in a big way.

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There are so many things I will miss about New York. From it’s energy to it’s beauty, to the fact that you can get anything you want delivered to your door and I mean anything… starbucks coffee, fro-yo, a chocolate chip cookie, your groceries, your laundry, alcohol… you name it. That you can drop your laundry off and it will be washed and folded for you for pretty much the same price as you would pay doing it yourself at a laundry mat. That you can get a Mani-Pedi for 20$. That there is always an exhibit, book signing, concert or event to attend and that you can walk the streets for hours and never get bored of the views. There are so many other things, but I’ll stick to those for now.
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I am always excited to try new things, so I am eager to start the next chapter of my life in Vancouver, but I am leaving behind a lot of greatness, especially Zack and Winslow and while I don’t know what life will throw my way next (no one ever does), I just keep reminding myself that what is meant to be will be. All we can do is keep pushing forward and I have so many great memories to carry with me that I’ll never forget. I am really grateful for the 6 months I got to spend in one of the greatest cities in the world, and look forward to discovering a whole new one. So here’s to new adventures!

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Mickey Smith: Darkside of the Lens

Sometimes you come across something that speaks to you, that moves you in one way or another. Something that sends chills down your spine, and you feel some sort of connection to it. I remember watching this short film for the first time over 4 years ago, and feeling just that. I was in the final year of my undergrad degree and I was at a point where my career was all I was thinking about. Fast forward 4 years and nothing has really changed, I still think about my career all the time and this film still brings chills down my spine. Figuring out what it is you want to do for the rest of your life is a big deal, and while money is an important factor, it has never been my driving force. I believe that if you love doing something, the money will come through the passion, drive and focus you have for what you are doing. If you care about something enough you can move mountains and you won’t mind the hardships that may come, because you know in the end they will all be worth it. This is what came across to me in Darkside of the Lens and why it spoke to me so much.

“If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping. If there is no future in it, at least it’s a present worth remembering. The fires of happiness, the waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering with a photograph, or a scar. I feel genuinely lucky to hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And though I may never be a rich man, if I live long enough, i’ll certainly have a tale or two for the nephews. I dig the thought of that.”

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Mickey Smith, a surf photographer released this short film, quietly on the internet in 2010. What was created for his nephews in memory of his sister, who was his biggest fan, ended up winning multiple awards and drawing heavy attention to his work from all corners of the globe.

Every aspect of this film is beautiful. The narration alone is powerful, but combined with the mind blowing imagery of a cold, wet paradise it delivers a strong message of passion, gratitude, determination and the desire to do something that is worth living for.

If there is anything that keeps me motivated to continue searching for that passion, to continue practicing gratitude, and to take full advantage of the cards i’m dealt every step of the way, it’s this film.

Enjoy,

Darkside Of The Lens from mickey smith on Vimeo.