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Week In Review: The Newfoundland Edition and Starting A New Year

Week In Review: The Newfoundland Edition and Starting A New Year

Goodmorning and happy (official) New Year to you!

…and a welcome back to the blogosphere for many of you who – very supported by me – took a little leave of absence in these last few weeks. I managed to put out my annual Christmas and Year In Review post, but otherwise, had zero inclination to be on a computer screen over the holiday season. 

My last two weeks have been very focused on time with family, and very full of relaxation. A true vacation, it actually felt like.

(I also saw Star Wars so am now stuck in Yoda mode….  it happens).  

Since officially being back in Toronto, man oh man has it ever been feeling hard to get back to “life.” With all the time I spent away and all the time I spent relaxing, I really thought I would be gung-ho and ready to “get back to it,” but now that I’m here I’m more like….. “um…how do I do this again? What is this to do list and why can’t I get myself to cross anything off?”

“You expect me to do what in this extreme cold!??

Not to mention a rise of, “oh yes, it’s a new year… what if things don’t happen for me like I hope they will? Wow I’m really super scared for my future. What am I doing with my life!?!?……….”

I’m trying to keep those latter thoughts at bay. 

But that cold though…… that’s one thing I can’t control. It. Is. COLD. And it is making getting to and from work, not to mention getting out to do ANYTHING extremely unpleasant. Sigh. But it seems we’re all in it together. I hope you are staying in and finding comfort in multiple layers, comfort food, and hot drinks.


Anyways, we are back to it with the Week In Review. I don’t have many pictures since being home – apparently something else I’m having a hard time getting back to – but I do have a collection from my time in Newfoundland. So here’s a little accomplishment list for how I’ve been trying to get back to life in this first week of 2018. 

Last week I…

Spent New Years Eve and the two days following with my entire family in St. John’s Newfoundland, where my brother and sister-in-law live. It was wonderful, and like I’ve mentioned, very relaxing. 

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We had our day of “post Christmas” where we finished off our gift giving

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We explored the area in short burst – in car and on foot – and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the winter scenery 

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Cape Spear – the most easterly point in Canada

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…even Dan found it a wee bit chilly

We got Chinese food, ate french toast casserole, homemade eggs benedict, leftover turkey soup, and splurged big time on an east coast pub dinner where I downed a massive bowl of seafood chowder, fried calamari, tempura shrimp and sweet potato fries.

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We drove up a mountain to welcome the new year with fireworks, and bid a fond farewell to 2017

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best view in the city 

To fill in the holes (and to warm up) I spent the rest of my time relaxing in the living room watching TV movies, drinking tea, chatting with the family and snuggling with my niece.

Oh yes, and we saw Star Wars. 

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blankets and coffee….blankets and coffee….

Since being back…

Like I’ve said, it’s feeling hard! “Things” still aren’t back into the swing of things – people and businesses and casting companies are still on holiday etc –  and yet I’m anxious about not having things going yet. Work is super boring and super, super cold, so it’s been a huge slog. Basically, I just need to get back to the things that fill my soul and then I know I will start to feel better. But a few things I have accomplished…

I took myself out for an unplugged coffee date when I was feeling super off and scattered. I continued to read my current book, “The Law Of Attraction.” Interesting stuff. I look forward to finishing the book and then going back and giving the exercises a try. 

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Dan and I went on a pizza and wine date – no pictures because it was a dark underground cave – where we also had a big talk. Big talks aren’t easy. 

I deleted and organized all the pictures on my computer from last year. 

I recorded a song, put together and sent away an audition submission 

I booked a singing lesson, acting lesson, and chiropractor appointment 

I bought a toaster!

I also bought a waffle maker, which had been on my list for months now. Then I came home to take it out of the box only to see that it was completely smashed. So, I went back and exchanged said waffle maker. Then I came home once again only to realize this one was missing one of the iron waffle plates. I phoned the company, left an angry message, and then asked Dan to return it… for a second time. Grrrrrrrrrr.

me…having to trudge back out into the cold…

I hope next week starts to feel a bit more fruitful. I know a lot of that comes down to how I choose to spend my time and the thoughts I choose to have, so I hope to be able to garner that for myself. 

Happy start of 2018!

Tell me,

How was your New Year?

Do you find the start of a new of year difficult? Do you feel a bit scattered or extra focused?






  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 8th Jan 18

    Those pictures of Newfoundland are so gorgeous, they look like they came from post cards! I’m so glad you got some time to enjoy a real vacation with your family, and snuggle up with lots of coffee and blankets. It’s been tough motivating myself over here in this cold too – I barely want to leave the couch!

    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      It was beautiful! But yes. This cold just makes things so hard. I thought it was over….and then we got a massive dump of snow. Sigh.

  2. Jamie@TheMomGene | 8th Jan 18

    Newfoundland look gorgeous! And cold. Very very cold. I totally get you feeling of needing to dive into something right now. Everything seems to be moving as if underwater.

    Also, I was in bed by 10 in New Year’s Eve as I told you I would be. So I’m glad you did it up right for the both of us.

    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      Actually, it felt like a summer vacation. Only -2 vs the -38 that I was coming from! And they had just gotten one of their first snows. Damn coasters.

      I was thinking of you at midnight. This was the most “raw raw” I’ve been in years! Meaning, I actually stayed up past 12! I applaud your choices, however.

  3. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 8th Jan 18

    Happy New Year! I’m with you…I can’t deal with this cold πŸ™ Those photos are beautiful–I absolutely need to visit Canada…and you! πŸ˜€ Let’s wait until both of our cities thaw out a bit though…
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    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      DEAL. But yes. πŸ™‚

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 8th Jan 18

    P.S. Did you like Star Wars? I loved it and was shocked people didnt!
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    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      I…did actually. It’s been getting good reviews around here. Dan thought it was the best one yet.

  5. Evangeline | 8th Jan 18

    The pictures are stunning! I can only imagine how lovely they were in the moment. Blankets are the hippest accessory of the winter season. I have two extra cozy ones on rotation that I’ve been living in. The waffle maker experience sounds annoying. Fingers crossed the next one is fully functioning.

    Happy New Year! Wishing you the best this week.
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    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      Ooo if they are hip then maybe I’ve finally fallen into my fashion diva prowress! I do sport a mean fuzzy blanket.

  6. Emily Swanson | 8th Jan 18

    Oh boy; I LOVE LOVE THIS POST! So much of God’s incredible majesty in His creation; it makes me so happy. That seafood you got to have sounds amazing; I would very much love to visit Newfoundland some day.

    And I know what you mean about the New Year’s; in some ways I feel extra focused and excited, in other ways I feel a bit scattered and unmotivated because I get overwhelmed by all the things I could do; but I’m praying for focus and peace in wanting to do God’s will this year. . . I think it will definitely be another year of learning and stumbling and falling and God holding me up and Jesus being with me through it all. <3

    LOVE YA CORA!!! <3
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    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      That’s exactly It! It can become so overwhelming when you put pressure on yourself to make all these changes or improvements. Sigh.

      I think you’d love Newfoundland! But may be go in the summer, aha.

  7. Alyssa | 8th Jan 18

    aw yaya for buying a waffle maker!! I love mine and use it a lot. Same with my toaster. I’ve been loving the blankets and coffee combo. That book sounds great too. I have a ton of books sitting on my shelf I got for Christmas that I’m itching to start!
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    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      Here’s hoping the next one is in one piece! Can’t wait to get my waffle on! Add it to my morning with a blanket and coffee and I’ll be in bliss.

  8. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 8th Jan 18

    Newfoundland looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors of the buildings and the boats in contrast with the water and snow.

    It hasn’t even been that cold in OR (it’s much colder in PA, so I’m mentally preparing myself) and I’ve been to wanting to leave the house and stay inside with a book and a blanket instead.

    Ugh to the waffle maker ordeal. But yay that you have a toaster. I’m pretty sure the main thing I’m excited about as far as having my own apartment/house someday is that I’ll get to have all my own kitchen appliances. Never would have thought I’d be so excited to be a hand-mixer owner…

    Hope your week is off to a good start (and that you get your waffle maker situation sorted out. Waffles are important.)! <3

    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      Yes – they are important!! Here’s hoping the next one arrives in one piece.

      I think we all just need to stay inside right now with our coffees and blankets and waffles. Nothing else should take presidence.

  9. Miss Polkadot | 8th Jan 18

    Oh you know how I can relate to those thoughts finding their way to the forefront of our minds too often. In a way, I think it’s because even if we’re not in the group of people making resolutions, the beginning of a new year brings about this atmosphere of “learn from mistakes of the past and do everything right/get off to a better start”. Which – at least for me – is adding such a lot of pressure that we [I] don’t even know where to start and get completely overwhelmed by everything.
    Dangit regarding the toaster. I had a similar situation with a sound cube a few years ago. The first worked once, then was dead. Called the company, was sent another one that didn’t work, either, and then gave up because it wasn’t worth it anymore. Plus, I had all those broken devices lying around. Fingers crossed the waffle maker you have now does its job!
    On a final note, Newfoundland looks stunning. Even a little unreal in the first pictures.
    Also, I hope you’re not too hard on yourself. We don’t have full control over our thoughts at all times and spending some time doing non-achievement things aka idle time is good, too. You got this and I’m sure 2018 will be filled with achievements and good feelings among the doubts, too.

    • Cora | 12th Jan 18

      That’s exactly it. I didn’t plan on putting any sort of “new year pressure” on myself, but it’s just so easily carved into your psyche. It’s hard to fight off. And then can get soooo overwhelmed if you have a perfectionistic mindset like me. I’m trying to remind myself to slow down.

      Dang technology! That must have been a supremely aggravating experience.

  10. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 8th Jan 18

    Happy New Year Lovely.

    I’m so glad you got to continue the family fun in a new location. Newfoundland looks amazing, so beautiful and quaint. I love it, and like you, I’m having a little trouble getting back into the swing of things. Sigh, it’ll come when it’s ready. We just gotta shake off a few cobwebs. πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      I’m shaking shaking shaking away…

      I feel like you guys would like Newfoundland. So relaxed, people are so chill, lots of fiddles and beer…. what’s not to love?

  11. Hannah | 8th Jan 18

    I’m with you – it’s hard to get back in the swing of things after a good vacation. And I think I would have been tempted to just stay in Newfoundland…how gorgeous!

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      You’d love the Canadian east coast! Ever think about adding the Cabot trail to your bucket list of hikes??

  12. Kaylee | 9th Jan 18

    I completely agree. Over the past few weeks I actually felt truly relaxed. It’s a strange feeling. And yes I am struggling to get back into the routine of my life too. For sure on the scattered side. Jetlag doesn’t help either.

    Yay for a waffle maker! What are you going to waffle first? And yay for those difficult big talks! Especially when it is accompanied by wine. As hard as they are, I think it’s really a testament to your growth and adulthood πŸ˜‰

    As gorgeous as those surroundings are, I am glad Texas is a tad less chilly than that. Hope you are staying warm!

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Haha. Yes it was beautiful, but I still probably would have chosen a more southerly – warm – destination for my scenery needs. That is, if my family could have joined.

      First up on the waffle game? I don’t know!! Too many options!!!

  13. Kat | 9th Jan 18

    OMG is that place real life?! It is absolutely breath taking! I would never want to leave – no wonder its been tough getting back into the swing of things, but I’m glad you were able to unplug and focus on nothing but family, life and blessings πŸ™‚ I had alll the plans to unplug and go on vacation but I ended up staying home while my hubby went with his family – so my holiday wasn’t as full or fun as I had hoped. Either way though, I’m excited for the new year and ready to take on whatever life is going to throw my way!

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      I hope the change of plans was because of “okay” circumstances? Yes you’ve got a fierce year ahead for you. I’m excited :).

  14. Misti | 9th Jan 18

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I never wanted to visit there before, but now I’m questioning my (uninformed) decision!

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Haha. The east coast is Canada is my favorite place on the planet. A hidden gem.

  15. Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off | 9th Jan 18

    With all the posts about feeling super motivated and setting crazy goals, no one really talks about the scatterbrained and scary reality of turning over a new leaf. It’s definitely a little overwhelming, but it helps to think about it one day at a time. Mini goals lead to big goals. Newfoundland is BEAUTIFUL , and what did you think of The Last Jedi? πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Yes. Thank you. No one really does talk about. The potential of hopes and goals can quickly become all too overwhelming. Damn pressure.

      I liked the last Jedi. I’m not a huge fan of all the movies but this one was higher up for me.

  16. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 10th Jan 18

    My eye balls are basically coming out of my head at your pictures. GOOD GRAVY.
    Big talks are intense, but tehy aren’t something to be scared of. They just mean that you can continue to develop your relationship.
    Please come and organize my photos too????
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    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Sure! If you are okay with them getting done in a year from now. Seeing thats how long they took me….

  17. danielle | 10th Jan 18

    happy 2018!!!
    your photos look like glorious vivid paintings, i had to stare at them so many times and then just wanted to be in all of them. they look so lovely, so serene! so beautiful and tranquil. i just want to be there. that setting – the cold with the snow and lovely calm – that is my idea of relaxing. that is how i dream of finishing off a year one day. one day! but for now i am grateful for your beautiful photos. those colors bring a sense of calm that i am so hungry for.
    speaking of hunger, my year started off with a hunger for change. i am done with doing things which don’t serve me. i am working on my communication skills at home, my reaction to things, and dealing with feelings from my childhood.. forgiving my mother for events from my youth has been quite challenging but so necessary. i finally realized that her actions with me caused me to feel worthless, sent me down a path where i didn’t feel worthy at all. it made me realize that i absolutely do not believe in physical punishment because it is demeaning. it is dehumanizing and gross. i just don’t believe it helps anyone, in fact i believe it only hurts. and hurts deep. i know the old ways were different. my mom did what she knew but even she knew better when she had my brother. thankfully she never lay a hand or fist on him… i had to finally forgive my mother for hurting me and causing me to live with fear. i love her and love spending time with her, and never wanted to admit that she hurt me. but i have to because i want positive change. i see so many fears in me and my anxiety, it just needs to stop. i am no longer being hurt and must stop behaving as someone who is. this is my truth and my acceptance. i am free of pain and now i am free to embrace all the love… i will walk in love and make positive change πŸ™‚ peace to you my friend

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Holy…. moly

      The inner work never ends, does it?

      Danielle. My goodness you are working so hard. SO HARD. To fight against all those inner demons, those past traumas that have left you with those fears and blocks. You are learning so much and constantly digging deeper within yourself to discover your real truth. Your purpose. Why you are so deserving and capable and loveable and amazing. Keep fighting. Keep digging. Keep speaking up for yourself but also keep forgiving. Keep letting go. Holding on to hurts only keeps us in prison, no?

      May this year show you even more how amazing you are. Thank you, friend. Thank you for your bravery.

  18. chasetheredgrape | 10th Jan 18

    Slowly slowly getting back to speed and catching up with all the goings on of my favourite people!
    Oh it looks so pretty and calming in Newfoundland, just bliss. Although I wish I could take some of your cold away… Or you could come here πŸ˜‰
    And I am going to look into that book. If it’s recommended by you and you think I will enjoy it then it’s a must read for me!
    This time of the year is aways super confusing for me anyway because my body still thinks I am in winter and the sun and the heat contradict everything it’s telling me. New Year? Summer? Makes no sense!

    • Cora | 11th Jan 18

      I’m not sure what I think about the book, to be honest. I think there are lots of different books on the topic – so maybe there is a much “better” one out there. But the concept in general – I would be interested to see what you thought about it. I think there’s something in there that I will be able to take with me, and which holds the possibility of improving my outlook and positivity, but I still have yet to see. I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts, and let me know if you look into it at all.

      And yes – your “new year” must be feeling even MORE wacky than anything I experience, aha. But hey soak up some of that Vitamin D for me, k??

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