I Moved Out – Thinking Out Loud

Believe me you guys, I am painfully aware of the fact that I haven’t blogged for a week. It hurts. I feel guilting. I miss writing. Blah blah blah. The truth is, though, I do sort of have a very valid reason. We’re going about this Thinking Out Loud style, because


a) Amanda’s link up is the bomb.freaking com

b) I can.

1. I moved out. 

I actually, legitimately no longer live at home full time. Last weekend was spent packing up all my favourite clothes, makeup, nut butter (obvs) and a WHOLE BUNCH of dorm decorations because we all know that’s necessary. And then on Tuesday morning I woke up and drove away.

Am I sad about it? HELL NO. I am SO excited for every single day to be a new adventure. Heck – it already is.

2. Cheap coffee = not actually so bad. I drank both Keurig coffee and coffee from a cheap grinder and guess what? I actually liked it. I know – personal growth, people. I’m not planning on spending $5/per day on coffee, and I am DEFINITELY not buying a $250 grinder, so this was a necessary adjustment. Be proud of me.

coffee3But let’s be real – We all know I’ll never really say goodbye to a $5 latte.

In terms of actual adventures, though, I had one of those too!

3. We hiked to the top of Mount Revelstoke! Is it just me, or does anyone else absolutely love that feeling standing over a cliff knowing that with one wrong step you would be a goner? I’m sort of an adrenaline junkie that way. But for the most part, I will keep getting my adrenaline fix from running – there are no crazy suspension bridge plans over here.


4. I’m sore from a 20 minute workout. I always plan to go running on trips since it’s so easy, but then I wimp out because I’m lazy/hungry/scared of getting lost. Yesterday morning I did a circuit of squats, lunges, and random bodyweight leg workouts and HOLY MAN ALIVE my poor glutes. Love that feeling.

5. Bees are my worst enemy. I have never, EVER been stung by a bee nor wasp. I’m not sure when I transitioned from “kinda scared” to “full-out terrified” but on our hike, every time I heard a buzzing I LOST IT. It is honestly not an attempt to be dramatic or get attention. I literally feel my heart stop and speed up at the same time when I hear/see one. And yet I can’t remember the last time I wore bug spray…

6. Apparently I’m not good with essential equipment. Do you want to know the one thing I forgot at home? AN UMBRELLA. Seriously. I am moving to THE rainiest city in Canada and I can’t even remember an umbrella. I’m hoping that there’s time before the nonstop rain for my mom to get home and mail it to me because I”m a poor student now and don’t want to buy another one. Still, though. #fail.

What is the dumbest thing you have ever forgotten?

How old were you when you moved out? 


The Last Thinking Out Loud.

1. Until I live in VANCOUVER! Seriously, is this real life?! I leave this coming Tuesday, on the road trip extraordinaire, and when we arrive on Thursday I will officially be in my new city. CRAZINESS. I don’t even know what to say. But don’t worry, the randomness will never stop flowing over here. Thanks Amanda. 🙂


2. Is it bad I still haven’t packed yet? I just have SO SO MUCH to do and I also don’t have boxes yet. Between confirming loans, bursaries, changing my area code and shopping (all the shopping – necessities, truly) packing just sort of hasn’t made it to the top of the to-do-list. Awkward.

3. Garmin > iPhone. Last night I had to choose whether to charge my Garmin or my phone. Clearly, the Garmin won. What can I say? Running takes precedence over texting. It was a tough call, though. Can you say #firstworldproblem?

7-milesPost run Garmin shot = non-negotiable. 

4. I only have 2 more shifts at work. You. Guys. I am such a mess. I was literally on the verge of tears all afternoon yesterday because I couldn’t stop thinking about leaving. And then it got worse when my coworkers started saying that they were so sad I was leaving and my boss asked when my last shift was and I had to say Saturday and ASKJHDASDKJH now I’m crying again.

5. I found a wine that I like! My mother was ready to disown me because I have nearly spat out every single wine I’ve ever tasted. She is SUCH a wino so seeing me only tolerate things like caesars and margaritas was making her cringe. Luckily she found me a sparkling rose that is the bomb.com. And yes, I definitely did feel tres chic drinking my wine.


6. In case we forgot math  is not my forte…Tuesday at the gym was my first time squatting in ~2 weeks thanks to the crazy calf scare and then my NYC trip! So smart little Emma over here, totally out of it, forgets that the bar weighs a very substantial 45lbs and loads 95lbs EXTRA onto the bar, and then tries to squat. Obviously she nearly dies, reduces the weight to 50lbs, squats, then spends the next 20 minutes of her workout wondering how she lost so much muscle in two weeks before remembering the bar weight. #fail. #thankgoodnessforartsdegrees

7. Dry curd cottage cheese + peanut butter + jam. Don’t question it. Just try it.

8. The fall cravings have begun. I blame all the leaves in New York. This girl is SO ready for jeans, boots, even pumpkin spice lattes (don’t judge me).


9. I’M COMING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING! Yeah. 🙂 Originally my mom was coming out to Vancouver but we changed plans and I am SO SO happy. I smelled fall at work yesterday and started reminiscing about last fall when I just started there and got really really sad. But now I will be back and so everything is well again. 🙂 ❤

Tell me one thing I should do before I move! Because I really need more on my to-do list. 😉

What I Ate: 18th Birthday // The Big Apple

I’M JOINING THE WIAW PARTY AGAIN! Yes, that absolutely deserved all capitals because I freaking MISS it! I don’t regret my decision to take a break, but with the plethora of mouth-watering food pictures taking up all the space on my iPhone, I knew a return was necessary. 🙂

This is almost all NYC pictures…



with a bit of alcohol thrown in there from my 18th birthday for good measure. 😉

Hey! I’ve gotta live it up while I can, right? In 6 days I will be off to the land of under-19-ness and therefore I am allowed to post lots of pictures of margaritas. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

In non-boozy news, the waitress at brunch brought this out to me after our meal!! It was SO sweet of her, especially because she probably thought I was an insane person seeing me sob all over my toast. (post NYC reveal – really not an insane person!)


We have arrived in the city. You. Guys. This was corn fried in butter, cilantro and who knows what else.


SO. GOOD. Delicious. Unbelievable. There really are no words. Pro tip: If you ever find yourself eating something similar, don’t try to be all dainty-like and scrape the corn off the cob with your knife. Pick the damn thing up and EAT IT LIKE A MAN! It will taste 900x better, I promise you.


There is an awesome story behind this one. I had just had a snack recently, so I wasn’t super hungry when my mom wanted to head out for an early dinner. I saw green apples in a salad on the menu and super nicely asked the owner if I could just eat an apple for a snack (I was planning on doing bad things to Ben & Jerry later). Not only does he actually bring me out a granny smith apple – and offer to cut it for me – he gave me champagne for my birthday! Of course, he had to give it to my mom to drink on my behalf (21…what is this) but STILL!

If that wasn’t enough, he later brought me out this beauty. By this time I actually was hungry so I totally devoured it. We watched the chefs make the food from the bar (there was a bar in front of alcohol and a bar in front of the kitchen) and it was all SO fresh and real. I have never before tasted fresh mozzarella that I actually liked until this moment. Divine.


Hands down the best thing I ate in NYC. This was a peanut butter acai bowl topped with bananas, peanut butter + cacao nibs and LAYERED with hemp granola so you get wonderful deliciousness in every bite. This is what dreams are made of folks. Eaten while people watching on Columbus Circle = heaven. Juice Generation, you WILL come to Canada.

 picnic-saladPicnic in Central Park.

 intelligentsiaMandatory Intelligentsia stop. 

And that’s it! The trip felt so long, but it also feels like 10 minutes ago I was waking up to get on the plane.

Have you ever been to New York?

What is the most amazingly delicious thing you have EVER eaten? 

That acai bowl for me…seriously #1 in my 18 years.

I’m Really Not an American.

Well…I suppose we all knew that already. But you guys – being in the United States for the first time in years was shocking on SO many levels. The amount of normal things that are just SO different! And so while I will always love NYC, it made me very happy and proud to be a Canadian. 🙂

Portrait of a boy with the flag of Canada painted on his faceI’m not sure I would ever go this far…but you never know. 😉

1. CRASH! In Canada, if two people are heading in the same direction, both will generally veer off to the opposite side so as to completely avoid a collision. I don’t know if this is just in NYC (but I do remember experiencing it in Texas) but people on the street will crash right into you if you are in there way! It’s like “You had better get the eff outta my way bitch ’cause I ain’t movin’.”

2. All the bags. Every SINGLE time I bought something in New York, the sales clerk gave me a bag! I kid you not – I bought one postcard from the Rockefeller Center and I was given a bag three times its size. I usually gave them back, and got the strangest looks when I did. It was like, eco – WHAT?

3. FUNCTIONAL FOOTWEAR! I did not see ONE person walking in New York with the ridiculous shoes I see at home. Everyone was wearing converse-style sneakers, full-out running shoes, or somewhere in between. It really makes me wonder about the amount of wear the shoes I saw at Saks get… 😉


What are some differences you’ve noticed while travelling? 

Canadian Once More, Adult for 1 Week + NYC Highlights!

I have returned to the land of the living blogging! Thanks for sticking around. 🙂

WOW. This past week has been SUCH a whirlwind. I woke up last Saturday morning, turned 18, found out I was going to New York City, flew to said city two days later, spent the best 5 days of my life exploring a city the size of my country, and then returned home in a frenzied panic trying to prepare to move in a week.

Yeah, I think WOW is pretty appropriate. Right now I don’t even know where to start with my New York recap – we did so much but were never stressed about it. My mom and I hated the idea of jumping from tourist spot to tourist spot, hopelessly trying to fit everything in (impossible). Here are some of the highlights:


Visiting Ground Zero. The plan was actually to go to Times Square, but (comparatively) small-city dweller Emma equated “downtown” with the main part of the city – nope, in NYC, downtown is the bottom! Funny how that works, hey? Anyway, we went into a Duane Reade and found out we were within walking distance of the 9/11 memorial. I honestly had NO. IDEA. that they were like this. When they televised the opening on the 10 year anniversary, I saw one square with (too many) names written around it. When we arrived, there were not one but two HUGE square openings in the ground, with water flowing down all the walls. It was absolutely breathtaking, in a tragic way. Again. Too many names.


Top of the Rock! Excuse my hair-covered face – apparently it’s windy on the 70th floor. 😉 We chose to do the Rockefeller instead of the Empire State Building, and I am SO GLAD we did! I loved seeing the city from that viewpoint. Also, the elevator – 1/2 second per floor! Insanity.


Walk through Central Park. You guys can see the leaves on the ground – middle of August, and it’s FALL! What is happening?! I was so weirded out when I saw it – on the west coast, we don’t get fall until maaaaybe late October. For a total fall/winter girl, I was jealous! And oh yeah, the park was pretty beautiful, too. 😉


Les Miserables on Broadway. So, yeah, this happened. And even though my legs went numb after sitting for 3+ hours, I totally sobbed my way through it like a little crybaby. I’m not remotely knowledgable in the theatre world so all I can tell you is that everything was done FLAWLESSLY, the actors were the most talented I’ve ever seen in my life and they kept someone occupied for 8 times as long as she normally is. Spectacular.


Top of the Rock (again). We went up at night, too! We got the Sun & The Stars package – best idea ever. We didn’t stay too long this time, since it was 11pm and we hadn’t eaten dinner yet (!) but I’m so glad I got to see the city all lit up like that. It was magical.

I have soooo SO much more to say but I will leave NYC at that for now! But it’s for a good reason, I promise. I’m sort of moving in a week. WHAT?!?! akshjdasd. Cue major panic attack. I’m off to go spend all my money (pretending I didn’t do that already in NYC), pack like a maniac, and oh yeah, hit up the liquor store. Yep, I just said that. I’m moving to a province where the drinking age is 19 so you had better believe I am getting carded every chance I get. 😉 Have an awesome Monday!


Officially A New Yorker.

Fooooor approximately five days. At my birthday breakfast yesterday (which I totally failed at taking a picture of, but imagine this: whole grain bread, cottage cheese, apricot jam + soft poached eggs. swoon. <3) my mom COMPLETELY shocked me with a trip to NEW YORK CITY! Leaving TOMORROW. I 100% started crying in the restaurant. I’ve wanted to go to NYC my entire life, almost went on a school trip two years ago but couldn’t because of Hurricane Sandy. So now, going to this amazing city with my mom for my 18th birthday is absolutely beyond recognition.


Seeing as when I get home this Friday I move to Vancouver in ten, TEN (!!!!!) days, I’m not going to be blogging this week. It’s my last chance to really experience something awesome with her and I am going to be living it up! I will most likely still be instagramming, though, so follow me @lifesarunner!

So far I’ve been imagining running through Central Park, checking out the New York Times, visiting Ground Zero, seeing Les Miserables on Broadway, and of course the obligatory pizza, hot dogs and bagels. There is SO MUCH to see and I know we won’t get to everything, but I would love any suggestions!

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and see you on the other side! 🙂

College Dorm Room Inspiration

We are at 18 days people!

Holy crap…yeah, things are starting to feel real now. I have SO MUCH shopping to do and things that I need to get ready before I leave. One of which is making sure that the box dorm room I am going to be living in is happy and welcoming! So far I have a pillowcase and some adjustable hooks…I need to get going. 😉 I have been pinning my little heart out looking for inspiration, so I figured I would share it with you guys, since I know some of you are in the same boat. 🙂


I am totally in love with the idea of making a bookshelf a focal point! This way you can use a bulletin board/pins/whatever and not have to worry about marking up the walls. I’m not 100% sure if my university provides one, but I think I will have to find a cheap one if they don’t. All those Harry Potter books have to go somewhere! 😉


I’m fairly certain that my dorm room won’t have brick walls, but how cool would removable brick wallpaper be?! It would definitely be a unique way to add personality, not to mention the fact that I would 100% shamelessly pretend it was the 9 & 3/4 barrier.


Skyline pictures + twinkly lights.<3 I definitely want some prints of London and Paris to stare at while drowning in homework and/or drifting off to dreamland.


Can you tell I adore twinkly lights? This would be such a beautiful way to frame memories.

I will be updating more when I figure out how I will decorate my own room. And then when I’m finished – DORM TOUR! Plus my own tips. I’m so excited!!

Any tips on small space decorating?

What would your dream room look like?