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sharing [some] of my journal entries of lifelong learnings & mastering my true self (whatever that's supposed to mean)

Have you ever said you were going to do something, and then *POOF* many years pass by and you still haven’t tried or done it yet? Or if you did succeed, upon reflection, it took you YEARS LATER to actually get around to it? I HAVE! 

Laying it [almost] all out there, my blog is a collection of my “I’ve always wanted to” moments as captured from one of my many journal entries. 

In doing so: 

“I hope I will become more motivated to realize my dreams quicker, do all the things I’ve always wanted to, and hopefully inspire a few souls along the way.”

Who knows where or how this blog will evolve, I just know where it started… Because “I’ve always wanted to launch a blog!” #Enjoy #SalynasWorld

quote of the month [October 2021]

Today is the last day of some of your life. Let's make it count.

- Unknown

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Who got you into riding?

Yes, I know. I don’t look like your typical rider. But I ride, and I love it…  My journey went a little something like this.   …

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I learned how to breathe underwater! (well, sort of)

And off we went. Forcing yourself to breathe underwater was a challenge. It was like trying to rewire your brain to… well breathe underwater! It’s …

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I am hooked!

I was literally yelling to myself [aloud] not to grab the front brake, reminding myself to keep my arms straight, taking breaks when my legs …

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Eek! I went downhill mountain biking!

First few runs, adrenaline rush galore! After a little water break as we prepare for the fifth run. I was feeling super confident, and boom! …

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My First Vlog

I say “bring a blow-up bed, because I DIY’d the spare bed into the seat for my new reading nook!” 24 hours later, they were …

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An Entry For My Great-Grandmother

Yes. My favourite memory from Laos. Fearless? She was beyond fearless. Rest In Peace Mere-Thu-Mon. We love you. We miss you.  xoxo, salyna

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Journals – Writing to Forget

After reading a few of my old journal entries, I realized recently that I didn’t write to remember, rather I wrote to forget. Because it’s …

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Never in a million years did I think I would try downhill mountain biking, but here we are trying it for the first time today! 

Long version: The first time I ever saw downhill mountain biking was in Whistler, and the first thing I thought was "well that's just insane" and "that's just for the true redbullers." 

Fast forward to this summer, I wasn't much of a cyclist, so I started with a super cute city bike. It really belongs on the road, but I took into the trails anyways (because I was craving dirtbike feels). Fell absolutely IN LOVE with the trails. Got myself a mountain bike to really "ride the trails." And got a fix on a weekly basis ever since.

"Downhill is my favorite sport..." he says. Seed planted. Reluctantly I agreed to try it because hey, "how do you know, unless you try?" 

First few runs, adrenaline rush 100%. After a little water break, fourth run, I was feeling super confident, and boom! I went over my handlebars! Grabbed the front brake WAY to quick coming in/out of a berm, and kicked the wind right out of me. Collected myself after that fall, and finished the course on an AMAZING note. 

I am not sure what came over me, but I went through the rest of it LIKE A PRO! 

Maybe I was mad at myself for not committing to berm earlier, or the berm was my "ah-ha" moment, but everything post the handlebars incident, I just sent it. Even got some air on one of the moguls! (A total accident)

Anyways, I may be a smidgen hooked now. 

My addiction: Having to calculate in real time how much brake, pedal, body weight to distribute forward and back, what line you want/need to take, where your front tire needs to be, where you need to be next, etc. Like c'mon, how do you beat that? The only way out is downhill. Be one with the bike, make calculated decisions and then you'll be fine. 

Shout out to to this gem of a man for helping me up when I fell, fixing my chain when it popped off, and coaching me through the tough drops (and there were many). My mountain hero ❤

Videos from GoPro coming soon! In the meantime, enjoy my first "photo dump." 

#salynasworld #nofilter #horseshoedownhill #psAdventures
Missing the days when #socialdistancing meant going to the country and ripping it around the farmland #becausewecan 

#lockdownloopies #bikerchicksofinsta #hondanation #hondamotorcycles #johndeere4x4 #countrygirlatheart #closethick #salynasworld
"Oh cool, is that a BB-gun?" *already have it in hand and looking for the BB pellet box for refills* 

#closethick #countrygirlatheart #pewpew #mondaymood  #mondayvibes #salynasworld
Taking a hike at the bluffs during a #stayathomeorder is allowed, right? #livingontheedge #airandexercise #hikerlife #hiketoronto #scarboroughbluffs #happiness #LuckyGirl #salynasworld
Tried my hand on a trials trick bike... Smile says it all ☀️

#TrialsBike #NewToyWhoDis #TricksAreForKids #BrapLife #bikerchicksofinsta #tb #nofilter #blessed #luckygirl #happiness #salynasworld
When you're travelling alone, don't be shy/afraid to ask people to take your photo! And if you've ever teetered with the idea of a #SoloTrip, I would highly recommend it. Clearly, I am ready for a real vacation now. ✈✈✈

#TuesdayTips #TipTuesday #SoloTravelsTipTuesday #TravelTuesday #TestimonialTuesday #TakeMeBackTuesday #SoloTraveler #VisitItaly #romeoandjuliet #SalynasWorld
Got my M license today! 🥳🏍❤
#ipassedmytest #celebrate #easterweekend🐰 #wootwoot #riderchicksofinstagram #salynasworld
Blonde hair, don't care #ThrowbackThursday (ngl, kinda miss it... should I do it again?)

#ThursdayThoughts #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #NoFilter #Jeep #ItsAJeepThing #JeepWave #Jeeping #OffRoad #OffRoading #Happiness #SalynasWorld



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