In closing…

A part of me feels like 2015 flew by, and part of me feels like it dragged on forever. It has come time for me to reflect upon the years accomplishments, as I do every year at this time (although this time without the whiteboard because I gave it away!).

Things to be proud of in 2015:

  • Strength training. While I admit I have lacked in that department for the past 1.5 months, I am picking it up again very soon. It’s a great feeling to gradually build up your strength. I could not believe what my body was capable of until I started doing it.
  • Participating in MyCanadaFilm. A documentarian put a call out for video submissions that reflect traditional lifestyles of Canadians all across our great nation. The resulting video for my town has a great amount of my footage! 🙂
  • Relationships. This is kind of an odd one to include in the list, but I feel like it’s important. I’ve tried, failed and learned in a couple of different personal relationships this year. I’ve made new friends and subsequently removed some from my life. “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” – Hans F Hansen.
  • Photography. Some of my pictures were featured in a gallery showing at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre with the Tamarack Camera Club.
  • Photography 2.0. Some of my pictures were also featured in a slideshow in partnership with the great pianist Sarah Hagen. Here’s the slideshow.
  • Celebrated 5 years blogging. From Travelling Infinity to Color of Outdoors – it has been a thought-provoking journey.
  • Poetry. I took an online course over 6-weeks called “How Writers Write Poetry.” It was an extreme privilege to participate in this free course that introduced me to many terrific writers, and gave me some excellent insight into how I write and how I can write better.
  • Workshops. Participated in photography workshops run by my former instructor, Jeff Ducharme. It was great to see Jeff again and re-learn some old photo techniques and reapply them!
  • Bouncing. Weird title, right? For a time (July to October) I stepped wildly outside of my comfort zone and was a bouncer at one of the local bars. I didn’t entirely ‘hang up my shirt.’ It’s still in my closet and I’ll bring it out again on the occasional Friday night 🙂
  • New Tattoo!

In closing… here’s to 2016 being our best year yet. Enjoy these northern lights photos that I took tonight!

Love always,


Classic fill-in, 3 Things

Three names I go by

1. Mandy
2. Mannemo
3. Man-panda

Three places I lived

1. Corner Brook
2. Stephenville Crossing
3. Goose Bay

Three places I have worked

1. Destination Labrador
2. Labrador Motors
3. Blizzard Corporation

Three things I love to watch (I took the less traditional route and didn’t mention tv shows or movies!)

1. Grace playing
2. Light snowfall
3. Waves rolling on Shoal Point

Three places I have been

1. Nain
2. St. Pierre et Miquelon
3. Battle Harbour

Three things I love to eat

1. Steak
2. Rice
3. Sunday dinner

Three favourite drinks

1. Water
2. Chocolate dream lattes from Tim Hortons
3. Red Bull

Three things I am looking forward to

1. Going home for Christmas
2. Biking this summer
3. Choosing a destination for next years Air Canada ticket I need to use

Three of my favorite books

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
2. That Night We Were Ravenous by John Steffler
3. The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult

Three of my favorite movies

1. My First Mister
2. Jurassic Park
3. Titanic

Three of my favorite quotes

1. For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. – Van Gogh
2. You know the truth by the way it feels.
3. I know what I bring to the table, so trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone.


maybe we don’t align
maybe we never align
lost in hopes of syzygy
we need to swallow the truth
keep it down
and continue on
the uncommon ground is
becoming too common
a shift in thinking
persuading the poet
standing on ground frozen with tradition
long legs carry the weight of resistance
we will never cross those lines again
just meander the edges
tempting the tempted

this love is not a democracy


Question and suggestion

Question: How do YOU start a conversation?

Suggestion: If someone asks you, “How are you?” be as honest as you can be with tact. When people respond, “Good, you?” it’s simply a pattern and is just as effective as being anti-social. Maybe it’s time we start saying how we are truly feeling. Maybe then we begin to change the conversation around mental health and wellness.

Sometimes a simple hello and a smile can mean all the difference in the outcome of someones day.

Hello, reader. How are you?