I learned how to breathe underwater! (well, sort of)
What do you do when you think that the summer weather is coming to an end? Load the jeep with your pup, GoPro, tank/goggles, and head to Lake Simcoe!

It was back in February when he first said “Oh, you want to learn about scuba diving?!” and proceeded to give me a full demonstration of the ins and outs of the equipment, what to do in case of an emergency, and the proper hand signals for “I’m O.K, I want to go up, and I am ready to go down.” I was mesmerized.

Note: Thumbs up actually means “I want to go up!”

Fast forward to August 21st, 2021, “Wanna go make some bubbles?”

Right before we go down he says “Just DON’T hold your breath and shoot up. You could blow a lung.”

WAIT, WHAT?!

“Just don’t forget to breathe, we’re not diving deep. You should be fine.”

This doesn't sound safe, but ok, let's do it...

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 not and shouldn’t be a thing… but in this world, it is. 

Then there’s the visibility… Where we were, the water wasn’t very clear so seeing a big rock ahead came “quick.” 

I am not a strong swimmer so I just held onto him, and focused on my breathing. Trust the process, after all, he was a scuba diving instructor. He’s taken out many tour groups with zero fatalities… I am in good hands. Trust your boyfriend. 

Because I was focused on my breathing, I noticed that I was breathing faster than normal. When we went up, I explained my challenge with regulating my breathing. He just responded with “it’s your first-time babe, don’t worry about that. You did amazing.” 

He’s amazing. 

Watch episode 4 of my Vlog here. If it made you smile, please like and subscribe! It helps with the YouTube algorithm. 🙂

xoxo,

salyna

Be like water, my friend.

- Bruce Lee

More Articles

When these moments remind him of me 🥰, it's love 

#onewithnature🍃 #psAdventures
Did you know that when you open a vacuum cleaner and clean it... You BECOME a vacuum cleaner. 🤯🫠

#psAdventures #couplesgoals #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
⛸️⁠
⁠
#psAdventures #CouplesGoals
Throwback to our first massive snowfall... So what's on the agenda, babe? ⁠
⁠
Instagram vs. Reality 
⁠
✅ Snowboarding in the ravine⁠
⁉️ Parked blocks away so we don't 'accidentally' get stuck. Carry our snowboard to the ravine. Board through the trees... Have you ever boarded down ungroomed snow?! #HardStuff!⁠

✅ Strap in and street-Snowboard behind ⁠the car
🥳 K, this one was super fun. Where people opted to stay indoors and not get into their cars, we turned out block and roads into a playground. Kids and parents applauding our thirst for fun (and a few 'Karens' throwing a few f-bombs bc of the "danger" aspect of it) 
⁠
#psAdventures #couplesgoals #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
The right place at the right time had us flying towards the sunset for many hours on end. Hello, the longest sunset we've ever experienced 🌇 

Also, a few gorgeously frigid shots of Canada 🇨🇦 

#psAdventures #couplesgoals #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
Is it riding szn yet? 🏍 We're debating on selling our bikes and investing in a legit electric downhill mountain bike. Anyone have one that can share their experiences? 

#psAdventures #couplesgoals #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
What's in the pipeline? ⁠
⁠
🧊 and darkness... ⁠
⁠
Of course, this was his idea, but I am glad he made me do it. ⁠
⁠
There's a zen-like feeling from the crunch of the ice, the shift from a little bit of light to complete darkness as you walked further in... and pushing your comfort level just a little bit further with every step. Imagine even the sound of silence echoing in the distance. That's that moment. ⁠
⁠
Would you go down a dark hole where every sound is echoed? ⁠

P.S. bonne année 2023 🎊
⁠
⁠
#psAdventures #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
"Do you guys hear that? It sounds like rain in the forest but it's not raining... What is it?"⁠
⁠
Answer: Caterpillars pooping.

Learn something everyday... 
⁠
⁠
#psAdventures #CouplesGoals
I am dating a fish. ⁠🦈
⁠
#psAdventures #couplesgoals #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
Just a pretty serene moment on our icy hike. No soul in sight. Just us, Cartman, and these frozen balloons adding colour to the set. ⁠
⁠
#psAdventures #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
It feels like a vacation. ⁠
Oh, it IS a vacation. ⁠
⁠
What is a vacation?⁠
Life. ⁠And whatever you make of it. 
⁠
#psAdventures #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
🌽🌽🌽
You know how I know he loves me?⁠
⁠
He sends me random pictures throughout his day. ⁠
⁠
He loves his mushrooms... He's French after all. ⁠
⁠
What's your love language?
⁠
#psAdventures #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
"Where do you wanna wake up tomorrow?" he'd ask, and I'd always respond "by the water, with a view." ⁠
⁠
And he never disappoints. ⁠
⁠
Kind of boggles my mind that around this time last year we woke up at our final van-life destination. ⁠
⁠
We drove to... I am not sure where. He looked at the map and said "well if we wake up there and if the sun decides to come out, we'll wake up with a beautiful view."

Parked up on a picturesque backdrop, with a lighthouse to bat. We celebrated with an amazing steak and pasta dinner, and winter fire. One of those nights where we didn't want to fall asleep because we didn't want the night to end. ⁠
⁠
But of course, we're only human so we passed out. ⁠
⁠
Lesson learned? Don't park on a landing overnight. The wind is INSANE and will wake you into a state of "WTF is going on outside? Is someone there? Why is our van moving? Babe! Wake up, I can't sleep!" ⁠
⁠
Of course, he'd come to our rescue and moved the van to a less windy spot. 

Thank you, babe. Xo 🥰⁠
⁠
#psAdventures #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #RunnersOfInstagram #summittraining #ClimbersOfInstagram #climbinglife #climbingtraining #bikersofinstagram #cyclinglife #cyclefamily #cyclist #cyclistsofinstagram #bikerchicksofinsta #dirtbikelife #dirtbiking #dirthonda #betatrialsbikes #vanlife
It's been a while ❤️ Have a safe long weekend everybody 🌇

#nofilter #psadventures #sunriselover
A few moments from our hike at the secret bluffs yesterday. 🥰

Completely a diff scene from our winter hikes here. 🙃

If you wanna check it out, be prepared for random high folks and no-warning nudists beaches.

Hahaha, ew. 💀

But otherwise, hike was pretty perfect... lots of beautiful sights and moments to take in. Great climb as well 🧗‍♀️

Love you babe! 🤗

#psAdventures #hikerlife #hikersofinstagram #hiketoronto #yesterdaydateday #nofilter

A JILL OF MANY TRADES & A MASTER OF ONE

Chasing my dreams and maybe inspiring a few along the way

Let's be pals.

Sign up below to get my journal entries (and more!) sent straight to your inbox.