Farewell to the Coal Harbour Years + Make it Happen

by torontogirlwest on September 29, 2015

Hello Friends:

Tonight’s blog post is coming to you from a hotel room high above English Bay in Vancouver. 

That’s right! Today we began the two day process of moving out from our Coal Harbour condo to our new (and very first) casa right by the Ocean, and very close to the U.S. border. It’s an exciting time but in that butterflies in my stomach kind of way. In fact, I’ll confess that I haven’t eaten much in these last two days. 

I think it’s safe to say that I am looking forward to going to my new home!! :)

Daisy on the other hand is somewhat stressed out and anxious about the whole move. She doesn’t quite understand what’s going on. We’re hoping she loves our new casa! After all, every place we went we had her on our mind. So many times we would ask each other, “Do you think Daisy will like it here?” It might seems silly but she’s our family and it’s been obvious to us for a while that she loves gardens (she’ll actually stop to smell flowers), catching some sun on a deck, and running up and down stairs. So we got her all of the above! <3


Farewell to the Coal Harbour Years

And this my friends, seems an opportune time to bid a fond adieu to the Coal Harbour years of our life.

We have spent the last four years living in a beautiful condo with magnificent views! We have loved walking to Stanley Park, strolling along the Seawall, partaking in a good chunk of the downtown dining offerings, marvelling at sunny beautiful days on the first of February, and generally having a grand old time!!!

These years have been good years, and honestly what we prayed for when we were still in the Kootenays. We have been blessed enough to make dear friends here, both of the furry and human variety.

But now it’s time to move on to a new stage of life. One that we both feel we are more than ready for. We may be trading the condo for a more spacious home, a yard, and trees but we will always look back on these last four years fondly!

The Coal Harbour years have been good indeed!! And in tribute, here are some of the pictures that most represent this time in our lives!

Coal Harbour view

Coal Harbour Condo

Chihuly Glass Vancouver

February in Vancouver

Sun Run from Above

Vancouver Water Views

Jack Poole Plaza

Coal Harbour Sunset

Coal Harbour Afternoon

Spring Blossoms Coal Harbour

Sun Run 2013

I Heart Stanley Park 

Sunrise Coal Harbour

Puppy in a Vackpack

Coal Harbour Clouds

A puppy in Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour Community Centre

Coal Harbour Sunset

Robson Square Skating

Siwash Rock Sunset

Coal Harbour Clouds

Golden Hour Coal Harbour

Puppy Sniffing Grass

Coal Harbour Family Selfie

Whew! That was a lot of pictures – hopefully you’ve still with me! :)


Make it Happen

Besides moving I’ve also been giving a lot of thought to the fact that the colder darker months will soon be upon us. Traditionally for me, I have found it harder to commit to wellness during those months. Surely I can’t be alone in this!?!? I guess there’s something about the winter time that usually makes me want to cuddle under a blanket, eat comfort food, and sleep in. Which is not to say that those things are bad – in fact I think they’re quite good but in moderation!

Since I obviously can’t enjoy long alpine hikes during the rainy season, I will instead be depending on my local GoodLife Fitness to stay fit this winter.

What’s your approach to staying fit during the colder times of year?

This year I’m going to acknowledge the fact that it’s not always going to be easy to get up during those dark rainy mornings and head to the gym. But I’m also going to pledge to make it happen! Because let’s face it, those summer bodies that we all want are made in the winter. And those strong lungs, and fit hiking legs are made during those same winter months as well. 

So here’s my invitation to you. If you feel like you’re having a hard time making fitness a priority I encourage you to visit the GoodLife Fitness, Make it Happen page. There you’ll find motivating stories from Canadians just like you, sharing their struggles and successes. And as a bonus on the same page you’ll be able to sign up for a free 3 day pass to any GoodLife Fitness location!!!


Until Next Time

And that’s all I have for now friends. Tomorrow is moving day and it’s going to be a long one!

We won’t have internet for a few days so I’ll be off grid in terms of the blog but as always you can find me by accessing the rest of my social media (links to my Instagram and Facebook pages are on the right side of this blog). Until then, wish me luck and say a prayer for a smooth move ahead!!

Disclaimer: This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Question: Have you moved a lot in your day? I feel like I have! I mean I wasn’t even born in this country – you can’t really have a bigger move than that! Any tips for me in my moving/unpacking process? Any and all words of advice are welcome! 


Hello friends!

Last time I checked in I mentioned that the highlight of my summer had been the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver! It was honestly a fantastic month during which I attended five games, including the finale!

It was so cool to host people from around the world in Vancouver again, to feel the energy of the crowd, to marvel at how during the USA games it didn’t even feel like we were in Canada anymore, to cheer for the impressive underdogs (hello Cameroon!), and to watch the Canadian girls make a run all the way into the knockout runs! Living downtown made it oh so easy to partake in the events, and I’m so happy it’s something we got to do before we moved away from our Coal Harbour Casa!

Oh and did I mention at one point during the dying minutes of a Canada-Switzerland game, a close-up of my stressed out face ended up on TV coverage everywhere!?!? I’m talking I had a cousin in Tennessee, Twitter followers from all over the place, and even people who hadn’t seen me since I was eight contacting me to say they saw me on TV! HA! Random!!


US Soccer Fans


Canada Red FIFAWWC

Waiting for FIFA game

Heading to the FIFAWWC Finals

Japan Soccer Fans

American Outlaws FIFAWWC



Question: Do you guys like watching any sports? I used to be a big baseball fan in the early 90s during the glory days of the Blue Jays! Around the same time I used to be a big basketball and tennis fan. Not sure what happened but eventually I stopped following the sports. Although I fully anticipate that as the Blue Jays of this year start their run towards the World Series I’ll jump on the band wagon again! ;)



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