All Good Things Must Come to an End

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last year at this time I was about to enter the first blog of my year off.  It has been a great year.  Just a glimpse back at some of my posts, I am having a hard time putting the whole year into words.  This year I had the opportunity to dive with the sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, see some amazing sites in Australia, stand along the side of a volcano in Nicaragua, help build a school for children, travel to Cuba on a family vacation, celebrating  my 40th in Chicago with a great friend, among other great adventures.  As it is now Labour Day, I am sitting here doing some reflecting and thinking how lucky I am to have experienced what the past 12 months have held. It would not have been possible without the language in my collective agreement that allows me to defer a percentage of my salary each year leading up to the year off.  I will say that if you have the opportunity at your job, and can make it work financially, then it is worth it for sure.  I have already started thinking and vaguely planning for my next adventure which will hopefully start in September of 2017.  Here are a selection of photos from this year.

First Day of What?

First Day of What?

Trained for and completed the Colours 5k run in Bancroft.

Trained for and completed the Colours 5k run in Bancroft.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.

Koala

Koala

Holding a baby wallaby

Holding a baby wallaby

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night

At the wax museum in Sydney

At the wax museum in Sydney

Great Barrier Diving

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Rafting the Tulley River

Rafting the Tulley River

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Random Beach in the Daintree Rainforest

Hiking in the Outback

Hiking in the Outback

Meeting new wild friends in Tasmania

Meeting new wild friends in Tasmania

Diving in Cuba

Diving in Cuba

Relaxing on the beach in Cuba

Relaxing on the beach in Cuba

Volcano in Nicaragua

Volcano in Nicaragua

At the school build in Jardines de Apoyo Nicaragua

At the school build in Jardines de Apoyo Nicaragua

Celebrating the start of a new school in Nicaragua

Celebrating the start of a new school in Nicaragua

Being a Cupper (yes an actual title) tasting coffee right from the plantation.

Being a Cupper (yes an actual title) tasting coffee right from the plantation.

Fun with Shelly in Chicago

Fun with Shelly in Chicago

Sears Tower Chicago

Sears Tower Chicago

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Watching the sun go down. Final weekend of my leave.

Watching the sun go down. Final weekend of my leave.

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