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A life changing experience

When I was living in Calgary, I went through a lot of changes.

I was finally living somewhere that no one knew me or my family. I no longer felt invisible – and I was able to be myself and have friends of my own that no one else knew. It was life changing for me.

I was working at a big law firm in downtown Calgary, and one of the things I noticed was how healthy everyone was, and I was not. So I decided to form a group at the office to do a “Biggest Loser” competition, and whoever lost the most weight won the pot. The first competition, I did well but didn’t win. The second one I did win. I lost over 30 pounds in 5 months – I was so proud of myself and I was able to do a 5k run, and I felt great. My IBS was no longer such a hindrance to me – it still flared up but not nearly as often as it had before. My stress level was lower, and I felt great. I started dating again at this point.

I think one of the most inspiring moments of my time in Calgary, though, was when two of my friends and I got tickets to go and see Jillian Michaels at SAIT. Jillian Michaels was one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser and she was very inspirational on the show, so I was very excited to see her.

Her talk changed my life. Her talk inspired me to get healthy for me. Her talk inspired me to be more active and eat right. But the biggest thing she inspired me to do – was to get out of my comfort zone and do something that would the way I see myself in the world. It was late that year (2013) that I started thinking of going in another direction in my life – and then in early 2014, I applied for the TEFL course in Prague.

Calgary did so much for my future – and changed so much about me. Calgary, and Jillian Michaels, are what made me the way I am today, mentally. I need to find that inner strength I had back then to get myself healthy again.

The Most Beautiful City in the World

I have travelled quite a bit over the past few years and while I haven’t seen a lot of cities, I have seen enough to know what I think, in my eyes, is the most beautiful City in the world.


For anyone who knows me, they already know my answer.  It’s the city that changed me forever.  The city that touched my heart and soul and will forever live there, no matter where I go and what I see.  The city with a magical and mystical feeling to it.  The city where so many people made me feel like I belonged and I truly found myself.


That city is Prague – the city of 100 spires.  Set in Central Europe, it is a city that is drenched in medieval history and yet has a modern touch to it.  The amazing sites to see, the friendliness of the people and of course the cheap and delicious beer!!!  In my opinion, this is the City that EVERYONE should see in their lifetime.  It is forever etched in my memories as one of the most memorable times of my life.