October Reflections

October Reflections (and Our Trip to Vancouver)

By natashamiller

February 21, 2018

Sitting down to write this post I can’t help to think, what just happened?! October flew by in the blink of an eye. The month was filled with new creative challenges and a recharge in Vancouver to see family and friends.

Creative Milestones

In October I took part in a number of creativity challenges through Instagram. I managed to finish 2 of them but picked up a new one half way through. It pushed my creative boundaries both in terms of drawing and doodling, and then in having the confidence to share my work with the world. I managed to grow my Instagram account from just 2 followers (my immediate family) to almost 100. This was over the span of 3 weeks which I consider to be a short span of time. If you’ve paid any attention to Instagram’s and Facebook’s stupid algorithms and processes, it can be hard to be seen/found by people. Therefore, I’m really proud of this accomplishment.

October Doodles

Halfway through October, I found #Wild30. It’s a planning group and I am having a lot of fun with it. Drawing on my card making/scrapbooking background, I’m really feeling inspired again. This challenge continues into mid-November so there are before and after pictures coming soon.


Vancouver Trip

The last 2 weeks of October was spent visiting family and friends in Vancouver. Unfortunately, we don’t always get to see everyone but we still have a good time. This time around my son got to spend a lot of time with his Auntie (my sister). Turns out she’s a lot more fun than mommy (she is also younger with a lot more energy :P). I got to play tourist in my old Hometown again visiting Lonsdale Quay, and Granville Island, and thanks to my sister, we were also able to hop on board with Land Sea Tours and tour the Capilano Fish Hatchery, Grouse Mountain, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We also got to go on the Stanley Park Ghost Train which my spook-loving son really enjoyed.

Totem Poles

My favourite part of the trip was probably when I got to wear nice clothes and hang out in purely adult situations. My husband had a conference so I got to tag along with him and some of our Calgary friends who were in town too. We had dinner at our FAVOURITE Chinese restaurant, Peaceful Restaurant, we ventured to the now gentrified Chinatown were we enjoyed cocktails at the Keefer Bar. We also had a good dinner at Joe Fortes, which I had never been to before and I would say meets the hype. But then again we are suckers for seafood towers.

We returned home just before Halloween so that we could try to attend festivities down here in the US. We actually ended up missing everything since the events were Friday and Saturday (travel day). Monday saw the start of a new workout program and eating structure that I will talk about in a later post. It’s only been 3 days but so far so good. I have not touched any Halloween candy which is pretty big accomplishment for me.


Overall, October was a blast. A big, blurry blast! Hoping November and December meet my expectations of US holiday craziness because they do holidays BIG down here. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed based solely on the collections of dairy/soy free Christmas beverages already available in stores. The copious amounts of baking supplies and turkey-cooking paraphernalia excite me too. Now we’re just trying to decide if we should completely embrace the US Thanksgiving Spirit. If we do, you may hear about it since I would have to cook the turkey and normally my husband takes on that challenge. So we’ll see!

Hello November


Please feel free to share your favourite part of October and what you’re looking forward to most in November. I’d appreciate any turkey tips and tricks as well as vegetable side dish recipes. We’re also hosting Christmas this year so I will definitely need tried and true recipes.

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