Research & travel

IN THE HEART OF THE ISLANDS

Hope you are having a wonderful time enjoying the remaining of our hot summer.

As for me, I did enjoy some time away from home. Like I shared last month, I was heading to the Islands, on the East coast of Canada, to refuel (and do some beach explorations).

I must say that I was served with excellent weather (typically it's not that hot), and some time to reconnect with my soul. 

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View from the plane as we were getting ready to land... The colors coming from the sunset were unbelievable. I'm sure glad I was able to catch them. 

This trip has been a total blessing. It came out of the blue and surprised me with more beauty than I have seen in a while. It made me remember the road trip I took on route 1 in California a few years ago. Riding alongside the ocean, with the windows down, feeling the wind brushing throught. 

The islands were so calm. At the end of them, I was able to find multiple places of complete solitude. With nothing more than my heart and my laptop, I traveled to meet up with my muse. And she didn't disappoint. (She sent me great insights and inspiration for book 2! ;) 

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The pictures above are a typical representation of what you can find on the Islands... No trees, only endless lands of grass and sometimes, a few houses, here and there, popping from the ground like mushrooms. (That's how they describe it over there.)

The last picture, is the house Gabrielle grew up in. Not for real of course, but in my mind while I was writing the beginning of her story. I had only seen this house in my imagination, so when I went off-road on my first day and saw this beauty on top of the cliff, I knew. And funny enough, this house stands proudly in the middle of the Islands, in Havre-aux-Maisons, exactly where I had envisioned her family to be living. 

And what did I saw behind my rented home for the week? A beautiful horse, just like in the book! If this wasn't a sign from the Universe, I don't know what it was!

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During my stay, I would feel the earth shaking anytime she would run back to the barn, hearing her clip-clop from a distance. It was truly magical. Upon my arrival back at the house after a day at the beach, she would greet me with her neigh. I was fortunate enough to earn her trust and get this close-up picture.

What a beauty! 

This trip was needed. More than I knew at the time when I reserved. It allowed me to unwind completely, let go of my addiction to my phone, and recommit to my self-care practices. 

After six days, I was eager to go back home, integrate my learnings, and dive into my work wholeheartedly and with my muse alongside, thriving with joy.

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It is no surprise that Gabrielle has a deep attachment to the sea, as I do have a profound love for what it brings into my life. Re-uniting with the arms of the ocean, feeling its power and support, gave me the strength I needed to continue my journey.

I am grateful for the wonders mother nature offers us. What are you grateful for? 

Visiting the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

In the midst of the summertime, I wanted to come and say hi since I haven't been active on anything else other than getting my first book ready for launch. Now that that's done, I can focus on other things... like writing book #2... lol... 

But don't worry, I will take a break in between to restore all the energy I have poured into this beautiful passion-project and childhood dream. 

In a few weeks, I'll be spending some time away from the noise of the city and the turbulence of modern living, in a beautiful place called the Iles-de-la-madeleine

(Hint: this is where Gabrielle - the heroine of my first book comes from...)

I'll bring only my backpack, a notepad, and my camera. Wifi will be disconnected and days will be spent discovering the beauty of these islands. Can't wait to share these discoveries with you when I come back!

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I'm so looking forward to this trip since its been over 3 years now since my last solo adventure.

When I was single, I would make those solo trips every year, and I've enjoyed them so much that I've promised myself I would always reserve a few days of vacation for some me-time.

But, as you've probably guessed, I've been in a serious relationship for the past three years and have not been on one since. Now that I have a significant other to share my life with, I don't need to go out there in the crazy world alone. Well, I happen to be wrong. Spending time alone reflecting on my own life, what I want to do with it, and going to place I want to visit, sleep whenever I wanted to, wake up at 5 am because that's something that fuels me; all this is only possible because I have just myself to report to. No significant other. No kids. 

This might seem very egocentric, and maybe it is, but I've come to learn that if I do not take care of the fire that burns within me, if I don't take care of the love I have for Life, and if I don't show myself enough respect to do the things that I genuinely love, who will do it for me? And besides, everyone around you feels immediately better when you feel great.

Where would you like to go to unwide and enjoy yourself? Let me know in the comments section below!