J.K. Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s Birthday

This is one of my favourite days of the year, because it is J.K. Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthday, and to celebrate I watch Harry Potter movies, and read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

I love how different and how groundbreaking it was when Harry Potter was first published. I became obsessed it with because my aunt and uncle bought the books for my sister as a Christmas present. She let me borrow them and that was when I fell in love with Hermione Granger. I love her because I was able to relate to her the most.

I am so thrilled to have grown up with a magical series. My favourite characters are Hermione Granger, and Luna Lovegood. My favourite book and movie is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Feel free to share any of your favourite characters, quotes, movies, and books, and whatever else Harry Potter.

What I love about this quote is that Rowling is encouraging us to be adventurous and to not let fear hold us back from what we would like to achieve. This quote has gotten me through so much since I was one of those people to stay in my comfort zone and watch life pass me by. But now I have learned to be more daring with my life. Being brave, within reason, and not worrying about life is an amazing feeling. I mean reasonable adventures, not ones that will either result in you getting arrested or something that will get you killed. Mistakes are life’s best teachers. Never miss an opportunity to learn something new.

My Grandparents

Today, 68 years ago, my wonderful Grandparents got married. They are the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

I remember growing up, they would take my sister and I to their cottage over our summer vacation. It was amazing, since the beach and an ice cream was near their cottage. They were our babysitters during the summer holiday when my parents went to work. We always had so much fun.

My Grandma was on the phone to her sister-in-law, when we were getting ready to leave for the cottage, so my Grandpa was able to teach me how to tie my shoes. He showed me with the bunny ears, and 18 years later, I still tie my shoes like that. Teehee!

We had amazing sleepovers at their house as well. My Grandpa would be the first one to go to bed, and my sister, Grandma would stay up watching a movie. And then she would tuck us in to bed in their guest bedroom. She would tell us a bedtime prayer, and some jokes, as well.

“Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my Soul to keep
If I should die before I ‘wake,
I pray the Lord my Soul to take.”

In the morning, my Grandpa would make us a delicious breakfast. We had bacon, French toast, cereal, fruit, hash browns, and cup of tea. My Grandpa is the one who made me fall in love with tea.

When I was sick, and both my parents had to work that day, they would come over and take care of me. I loved that my Grandma would make us turkey or chicken noodle soup and delivered it to whoever was sick in our family.

My Grandma was an amazing cook, she made a delicious roast beef, turkey, desserts such as butter tarts, date squares and cherry cheesecake. My Grandma was the best cook ever!

When I was younger, I remember whenever I left my Grandparents’ house, I used to put my feet on top of my Grandpa’s feet, and we would dance for a bit. My Grandma would give us her spare change from her purse as well. Every holiday (like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween), my Grandma would mail us a card and have a $5 bill in the card. I always loved getting mail.

When I was 10 years, I burned myself and my Grandparents used to visit me everyday. It was a third degree burn, so I needed a skin graft. So when my surgery day came, my Grandparents waited with me, and my parents until the surgeons were ready for me. My other Grandparents picked my sister up from school and made her dinner that night.

About 20 years ago, my Great Uncle (my Grandpa’s brother) passed away, so they would always take us to visit my Great Aunt, since she was lonely. We played card games and talk a lot, over cups of tea, and fudge. And I am so glad because she is my second cousin’s Grandma. And now I get to tell my second cousin all about my adventures. She loves hearing all about it.

My Grandparents have their birthdays in June, just like me, so every year we would combine our birthdays with Fathers’ Day. It would be such a fun day. I always looked forward to celebrating our birthdays together.

Some time ago, my uncle, and aunt and cousins moved to another city. But because my uncle worked in the same city my grandparents and I lived in, he was able to pick us up to visit my cousins for the whole weekend. It was a lot of fun. I am forever grateful for those nights.

I am also happy that I met my now boyfriend on July the 19th, six years ago. It makes me believe that we are destined to be with each other even more.

I feel very fortunate to have amazing Grandparents. I love them dearly. This is what has been making the whole pandemic the hardest right now, since I can’t visit them at the moment. But at least I am able to call them.

26 Facts About Me

In honour of my 26th birthday, I am willing to share 26 facts about me.

  1. My favourite hobbies reading, blogging and cooking.
  2. I have a lot of wisdom and share it with others.
  3. I have a bad habit of buying new books before I finish the ones I have previously bought.
  4. I am quotes obsessed. I love reading quotes and passing them on to my loved ones when they are having a bad day.
  5. I have moved five times.
  6. I have had two surgeries.
  7. When I was younger I wanted to be a nurse.
  8. My absolute favourite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy.
  9. My favourite non-alcoholic drink is tea (roobios tea and matcha are favourites).
  10. My favourite alcoholic drink is a bottle (or two) of white wine, but I also like red.
  11. I am known to have a big heart and I am a caring person.
  12. I took the Myers and Brigg Personality Quiz and my personality type is INFJ-T Turbulent Advocate. This means I know how to reach my goals and I make an impact.
  13. I can speak French (not at an immediate level, yet, still practicing). English is my primary language.
  14. Some activities on my bucket list include visiting the Seven Wonders of the World, buy a house, save up a lot of money and find a career I am passionate about.
  15. Places I want to travel to Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I.), Bali, Italy, Ireland and the Giraffe Manor in Kenya, Africia since I love giraffes. These are just a few places I would like to travel to. Personally if I could I love to see the whole world if I could.
  16. I am known to give people amazing and creative gifts. For my sister’s first mother’s day I developed all of the photos I had of my niece as well as the ones my sister had shared with me and decorated the binder. And a framed photo of her holding her baby.
  17. I’ve never been on a rollercoaster. I’m more of a Ferris wheel kind of gal.
  18. My dream house would like three bedrooms, one for an actual bedroom, one for my office so I can blog and do my future homework when I go back to school, and one for my exercise room for yoga and meditation. I would like to have an open style kitchen, with white cupboards and an island, with bar stools around it and a formal dining room. I would also like to have a balcony from my bedroom and a wrap around porch out front. For my backyard I would like to have a deck and a nice garden filled with plants, flowers, fruits and veggies. I always wanted to have a garden but I never knew how to get started.
  19. I am really intuitive. Every time that my inner voice tells me something, it’s usually always right.
  20. I have never driven a car before.
  21. If I had a time machine I would change my spending habits so I could have started saving money sooner than I have.
  22. I’ve been stung by a bee twice.
  23. I believe in having a vision board.
  24. In grade 11 I memorized the order of the U.S. Presidents.
  25. I have a sweet tooth. I love chocolate and ice cream and cherry cheesecake. My favourite ice cream flavour is cotton candy and my favourite chocolate bar is Kit Kat.
  26. My favourite meal is steak and fries or mashed potatoes with gravy.

Take Risks

Today I am learning to take risks that will shape my future. Although it can be scary but at the same time it can be a fun adventure.

I am learning to trust my journey and realizing that everything happens for a reason.