Beach day

Vancouver has been hit with a sun, and you know what that means: Kaitlyn is going to find a beach and lay on it. The weather has been so sunny and warm and it has been perking up my mood. I love it.

Last week, I an and I packed a bag and walked down to Kits beach. We saw many doggos, had popsicles and came home a little burnt. No regrets, though.

The walk down was so pretty. Vancouver is showing signs of summer everywhere.

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Once at the beach, we set up our blanket and pulled out the snacks.

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The beach was fairly full this day and the sky was blue.

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Overall it was a 10/10 day

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Mental Health Break

I’m currently dealing with a lot of anxiety in my life, that I believe to be fairly universal to people in their early 20s, so I thought that I would share my thoughts with you to help some of you feel less alone.
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These thoughts have prevented me from posting the past month but I’m hoping that they will also lead me to a new chapter. If you relate to these thoughts, have questions, or advice on how to cope with anxiety leave them below or tweet me. Let’s get a conversation started.

Hike Review: Burnaby mountain

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Vancouver was recently hit with some beautiful sunshine and  I decided to take the most of it by hiking Burnaby mountain. It was a lovely 25 degrees and the skies were blue so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out a new mountain. The Burnaby mountain trail starts at the SFU campus making it easily accessible. If you are travelling by transit you can take any bus from downtown that leads to SFU or the skytrain (Production Way/University Station) and then take the 145 to campus. We took the 95 B-line from from Burrard station and ended up really close to the trail opening. If you drive you can park in the parking lot near the park.

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The trail is lush, really nicely maintained, and has nice views until about halfway down. If you take the same route as us (down the mountain then back up to the bus stop) you will be rewarded with great views at the top. The hike is pretty simple until you hit the stairs, of which there are 512. If you decide to hike back up you will have to hike the stairs twice and they are significantly harder on the way back up. At the top of the mountain there is a park with a rose garden, open spaces, a restaurant and a playground, leaving you with many options for after your hike. We decided to picnic under one of the trees because we were in dire need of shade. There are also many dogs, so if that is something you look for (we certainly do) then you’re in luck.

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This trail was a nice challenge, especially for the first hike of the year. I would definitely recommend it. However, if you have knee injuries or do not do well with stairs I would suggest doing some of the smaller trails. What trail do you want me to review next? Leave your suggestion in the comments or tweet me @kaitlynabarrett.

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Profile Study: Jenica

This summer I will be working on expanding my photography portfolio. I started by photographing my friend Jenica, both because she was staying with me (access) and because she wanted a new profile picture. It was over the period of two days at four locations. This project was to work on my profile shots. Let me know if you have any recommendations or critiques.

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Our first location was walking down arbutus street. It’s covered in cherry blossoms right now and made for a beautiful location.

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After this we headed down to Kitsilano beach. The lighting was too bright here so I did not get a ton of shots.

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Day 2

We started the day with coffee and decided to step into Olive & Ruby. This coffee shop was so adorable I just had to take a picture of her with the plants.

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From there we moved to Pacific Spirit Park. I love this place! It’s such a nice place to escape. You may recognize it from some of my other posts.

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I thought we were done for the day but when we were waiting for the bus outside of trail, the sun was so lovely that I had to get a few more shots in.

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That’s all for my profile focus project. Let me know what I should photograph next!

Get to know me!

Hello! I decided to make a youtube video to do the get to know me tag. This blog has been pretty impersonal up until now and I want to change that!

Click the video to watch and feel free to subscribe!

Let me know if there are any other videos or tags that you would like to see me do 🙂

Birth Control and Sex Q&A!

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Hello! I’m thinking of doing a Q&A about sex education.

Being a twenty-year old female I have gone through a few trial and errors and have done my own research on the topic. I would love to start a discussion with you guys!

Leave me questions in the comments or tweet me @Kaitlynabarrett.

 

Desert trail

Some photos I took on a hike back home in the okanagan.

The trail was converted from a railway, so there were iron cans and spikes pilled on the sides.

I’m always amazed by the color of the water here. So pretty.

Kekuli bay, BC 16/04/17

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Voodoo Aesthetic Project

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For my romance studies class final project I decided to make a photo essay about voodoo aesthetic. I organized it like a fashion spread in a magazine.

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In our class we learned that vodou is a religion in Africa and voodoo is a construction made by popular culture. Some of the traits overlap but voodoo is mostly a Hollywood fantasy used in films. It has come to mean magic, curse, dark, spooky. I tried to include all of these elements in my piece.

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This project was fun to create and I’m excited to have more free time this summer to create new ones.

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Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions for new posts below!

 

What I eat in a day

I’m always interested to see what other people eat in a day both for inspiration and recipes but also because it feels personal. We are what we eat after all. Seeing what someone eats in a day is a look a their routines, values, and methods for dealing with life. Most people have 100% healthy food diaries… I am not one of those people. I try to be but sometimes life gets in the way. Today I was in the peak of my period so I was less focused on health and more focused on what my body wants. Sometimes my nausea can stop me from having an appetite, so when I have one I tend to follow it.

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I start every morning with a lemon water. I love the taste of lemon, so it is a good incentive for me to start my day with water in my body. I try to drink at least half of the glass by the time I eat and then I spend the rest of the morning sipping on it.

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Most days I will eat oatmeal for breakfast because I really love the taste and texture. I add cinnamon, almonds, ground flax, and brown sugar or maple syrup. As much as I like oats, I can’t not sweeten it. However, I don’t add too much sweetener, I tend to add more cinnamon to compensate.

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After breakfast I water my plants (some every two days, some once a week). I got a new plant this week, a rose bush! It’s so cute and was only $2.00. Also look at the progress on my succulent. It has grown so much! I am a proud plant mom.

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After breakfast I had a lot of work to get done (midterms, work learn applications, and an essay), so I hopped on the computer for about 3 hours and got to work.

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I started to get hungry again so I grabbed a bowl of berries. I usually do not have fresh berries on hand in the winter but they were on sale this week so I treated myself. I also filled up my water again- sans lemon.

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After my break I worked a little more then realized that it was almost 1pm and decided to it the gym. After my workout I made a peanut butter and chocolate protein shake. I usually make one with chocolate protein powder and espresso but I decided to switch things up…. its was not a good decision, haha.

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After the shake I was still pretty hungry so I toasted two slices of my homemade bread with some butter. I have been loving making my own bread lately. It takes so yummy and is a nice relaxing Sunday activity. 10/10 would recommend.

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Tacos are a very common dinner meal in our house. They are quick to make and soo yummy. If there’s enough interest I may put up a taco recipe. For dinner we had chicken tacos with avocado and lettuce with baby carrots and mushrooms on the side. Very filling and fresh.

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For dessert I was craving something sweet so I made some lemon tea and had some pieces of this dark chocolate. It hit the spot. I always crave chocolate on my period so I keep some around so that I don’t turn to the bad stuff.

If you like these types of posts, like the post and I will be sure to make more.