26 Years!


Twenty Six. двадцать шесть. sechsundzwanzig. veintiseis.  

dau ddeg chwech. tjugosex. divdesmit seši. dvadeset i šest.
двадесет и шест. dvacet šest. fiche sé. ventisei. vint-i-sis.
dvadeset šest.  二十六. Дваесет и шест. Sitta u għoxrin.
tjueseks. seksogtyve. zesentwintig. kakskümmend kuus.
二十六. kaksikymmentäkuusi. Vinte e seis. sechsundzwanzig.
εικοσι εξι(eikosi exi). huszonhat. Tuttugu og sex. dwadzieścia sześć.

Vinte e seis. douazeci si sase. veintiseis. hogeita sei. дваццаць-шэсць.

No matter what language it is expressed in Today I have now walked the earth for 26 years!
In the past 26 years, I have lived a life some may never know, I would not change it for anything. From the kid who was always told she was too chatty in class to the winner of a young writers award to the girl who had 3 jobs while in business school to almost losing my life in 2016, its certainly been a hell of an adventure and I look forward to more memories!
For fun I am taking a Bday questionnaire:
  • Nicknames: Manda, Manda Panda, Pumpkin, Patootie… I have many!
  • I am OFFICIALLY 26 years old!
  • My favourite food is: Steak & Seafood, caesar salad & stuffed baked potato nom 🙂
  • My favourite book is: Gosh I have so many!
  • My favourite movie is: Nightmare before Christmas or Factory Girl.
  • If I could change my name it would be: Hmm Maybe not something so ordinary.
  • When I grow up I want to become: Better at adulting?
  • When I was little I used to: Wear a diaper on my head and rubber boots. That’s it.
  • My best friend is: Amazing.
  • The snack I would eat every day if I could is: Cheezies and Diet Pepsi.
  • My best memory is: Times spent with my Gramps
  • My favourite breakfast food is: Bacon!
  • I want to go on vacation to: Europe.
  • My favourite toy is: hmmm not sure I should answer that.
  • My favourite game is: Monopoly & Scrabble or Sims 3!
  • My favourite colour is: Red & Black.
  • My shoe size is: 7.5
  • My favourite thing to wear is: Black on Black on Black with a cute choker.
  • I like my house because: It is in a location I love near my family and favourite places.
  • My signature looks like: A toddlers.
New year, a new website (Mkhipz.com) and a whole new outlook!
I hope you all enjoy!

Retrospection: 730 Days

Retrospection is such a profound and important, human reaction. When we review our own actions, experiences and consequences it can really impact our self-growth, self-esteem and our plans for moving forward in the future. Every year I try to reflect, with the anniversary of the day I wasn’t supposed to live anymore being only 14 days from my actual birthday my reflection begins around now. It has been 730 days since I was admitted & faced 6 weeks in the hospital, some intense surgeries and awakening from a coma my parents were told I may not awake from. Two years later, it seems hard to believe still.

This past year has emotionally and growth-wise been one of the hardest but very impactful…
In December I returned home to YYC and I can promise you anytime you pursue serious life moves with distinct expectations, they will not go the way you planned. This year tested so much of me, I am coming on 26 and I am happy to say I feel much farther through the clouds then I thought I could be.
Below I am going to share my blog post of some of the lessons I wrote about from my reflection in May 2017 but first I want to state my 2018 reflections/goals.

Some of the most important things I learned this year are:

  • Learning to resolve challenges on your own is empowering
  • Connect with those who enjoy your company as much as you enjoy theirs
  • You are never done working on yourself!
  • Setting goals is essential, completing them is imperative
  • You can run from your problems but they will always be next to you.
  • Find the balance between healthy alone time and hermitting
  • Love yourself, always.

This year has most importantly taught me that you always have 5 million things more to learn! I wish everyone a fabulous next year below is a copy of last year’s reflection in case you missed it!

Reflection: 365 Days Later

It is not the experience but instead the drive for change that turns miniature successes into achievable contentment (in life, self and our own personal version of the human experience.)
In my short time on this earth, I have had many experiences both positive and negative. No experience, however, can compare to that of opening your eyes to the bright stark white lights of a hospital room, family around me, tears streaming from all.
Today marks the anniversary of the day I could have lost my life, one year ago.
The astounding changes that have come to form my new life are nothing short of unbelievable.
Through the tremendous support of my close family, my amazing team of doctors and more recently the newly formed friendships of some awe-inspiring individuals.
I by no means think I am any life expert or think my growing is done but I would like to share some of the lessons I have learned throughout these past 365 days.

The Importance of being comfortable alone
As I was in a substantial long-term relationship from a young age I’d never experience being without a teammate and although I wouldn’t say it’s always fun, I’ve enjoyed my past year as a free agent. It is very hard to build yourself when you’re building a relationship. It’s one of the best lessons I’ve learned and I now quite enjoy my time to myself.
Loving YOURSELF really must come first.
I know I pretty much outlined this in the paragraph above but there is much to be said for this statement. It took me 24.5 years to learn it but I can truly say that although I always have my list of self-improvements to do, I love my weird crazy self immensely.

Be your own cheerleader
Make choices that you are proud of, this gives you license to share. There is no shame in telling others how you can contribute to their lives or how you are improving your own.

The relationships you take for granted are, the most important.
Parents, children, friends, doctors, heck the barista who makes your coffee each morning these are the constants in our life that we very rarely take the time to thank or acknowledge.

In your most vulnerable time, you will know who has really has your back.
This is pretty self-explanatory, when my life and health completely fell apart I found out who cared and who only cared when it suited them best. I think everyone eventually learns this, hopefully not all after a coma.
Someone who takes all your power: does not love you.
Whether it is a family member, boss, friend or your main relationship if someone is making you feel weak, trapped, lost and alone they are toxic. I know it can seem impossible to break free of these types, especially when you surround yourself with them, know that you can break free. When you do, consider getting help. These relationships can bring us down to our darkest points, leaving us with a defeated attitude, low self-esteem and a sense of loss. It’s definitely hard to cleanse our lives of toxicity but it leaves more time to build up our other relationships and ourselves.
Last but not least:
I was in pain for two days before I went to the hospital and I almost waited another day which would have for sure killed me. Sassy is cute but stubborn can be deadly.
Overall this experience actually changed my life for the better. I can say I am happier, healthier and calmer than I’ve ever been. I am a strong confident young woman and I am eager to continue to experience all life has to offer me.

New Year, New Everything?

Hello hello,

It has been quite some time since I checked in but I am in the process if setting up a regular routine for myself again and hopefully that includes regular weekly blogs again.

ALOT HAS HAPPENED since my last blog!

I moved cities, moved provinces, I am in a career transition, new home, new life… yipes.


When my father and I began the 7 hr drive on January 29th we were skeptical. With weather predictions grave my mom packed sandwiches, water and blankets in preparations for an emergency that may occur.


We laughed as the temperature climbed slowly down as we travel further from the Okanagan into the prairies.

I arrived home from my visit to Calgary on the 17th, and was moving back by the 29th, aka I have the best family ever!


Even though of course a bunch of hiccups and glitches have arisen it’s important to be grateful and keep pushing through.

Looking forward to writing more and exploring where I can take the blog in 2018.

Have a great day y’all!

Farewell Halloween 

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of the year. The season sets in with the aroma of pumpkin spice and carries us through with unique displays of grizzly ghouls popping up in stores, time honoured movies like the great pumpkin and finally concludes with the parade of little faces calling out joyfully for treats.

In many years past Halloween has been a month long obsession for me with various costumes and spooky activities. Although not a permanent choice, this year I lay low, pj’d up & contently worked.

I have been perusing my various galleries and decided to share some of my best, weirdest and cutest costumes.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Family Adventures

Think about your favorite places to go in your city, your neighborhood, your street?
Your favorite coffee shop or bakery?
How long did it take you to form these as your go-to?


When my sister and godmother gifted me with a mini staycation in Kelowna  it was originally intended to be a vacation in the city downtown Kelowna. Little did we know it would be a week into living in Kelowna I’d be living meer blocks away from the hotel.

Now the weekend it happened it was perfect as my other roommate was moving in so I was able to make myself scarce so perfect.

Now normally when your family comes to visit you show them your spots. This however was a brilliant way to get to know my new home!

Upon their arrival I showed them my home and we then made our way to lunch at another family members home. With the afternoon gifted to us I took them to the delicious creamery Moolix! We took our cones to the pathway near the water and I showed them the docks. Pictures taken and ice cream gobbled we carried to the lovely paths guiding us along Kelowna’s lakeside.

Checking the time we headed back to relatives for one of my newest favourite dinners, spit roasted roast beef. My mouth salivated even now months later recalling it.

After a lovely family visit we arrived back at the hotel dropping our things and headed out in search of snacks.

Salty delights located we returned ready to plot our adventures for the following day.

As the sun caught the curtains I peered out realizing there was the making of a beautiful day! We set out to breakfast first checking with the hotels restraunt. Although the place seemed dead we were given a 40 min wait estimate so we wandered out onto Bernard.

Hmmmm-ing and haaaa-ing  we made our way back to the restraunts voting that if nothing else a hot caffeinated beverage was needed for all.

As we were seated, we were warned about the wait. Shrugging our shoulders we ordered our drinks and settled in. As my perfectly poured chai latte was placed in front of me I smiled. It was time for catch up anyways we didn’t mind the wait warning.

15min later our food arrived….
Perfectly made French toast and eggs Benny. All that warning for what appears nothing.  Oh well it was a great start.


Next we strolled our way down to the downtown farmers market. This was my first time attending to, it was great to experience. We had our faces painted including a very awesome Pikachu being portrayed on my cheek. After purchasing fruits, falafel and naan we dropped our food off at our very close hotel fridge.


Tummies grumbling I suggested a place i knew was great… Pho! Two orders of the house special later, you could have rolled us out of there!


After a dropping off the leftovers we decided it was time to walk off some of the eats and we started going into each of the stores on Bernard. Again I just moved here so it was extremely thrilling to be scoping the lay of the land together.

As the evening set in I took them to the fabulous roses where I had previously had amazing mussels. Now I had only been to roses during the day and hadn’t a clue how popular the spot it. We were very lucky to snag an outdoor corner patio seat with a view of the docks and lake.

We started with an order of the delicious mussels, true to form they were amazing!


For my main I had the heavenly mushroom Swiss burger & fries, the girls had fish & chips. All the food was extremely delightful.

The sun set a long the lake as we listened to the musicians in the park, making our way to our quarters.

Snuggled up with salty snacks from the previous evening  we reflected on our day.

Catching up, laughing and sharing our years accomplishments, these moments are often the most connecting.

Tucking ourselves in we bid goodnight and prepared for our next day of adventure.

“Coffee we need coffee, coffee and eggs Benny?” We threw out statements about our breakfast expectations, slinking up to the eatery “The Bread Company” we saw on their board out front “Eggs Benny”.

Inside we went, all of our first time, we reviewed the vast selections of culinary deliciousness. Placing our order we found our seats and discussed more of life and planned intentions.

When breakfast arrived our table purred with mmmmms and yuuuuuuums.
This was a wise choice & is now a regular destination for me.
With tummy full we got our check out moved to late and began store hopping again.

A couple hours later we were famished we decided on Mexican! I have to say I am a supreme loved of Mexican foods and this place did not disappoint even carrying my favorite hot sauces.

Bellies stuffed we continued exploring the shops and sites downtown, with another stop at the ice cream shop we headed into the park. Enjoying our final moments together.

As the clock reached the time to go we quietly returned to the hotel.
Cab called, hugs given & away they faded into the street.
Sad but smiling I waved them off, dreams and promises of more visits.
Au revoir. Goodbye for now my dears.

MMMMMmmmm… Misato

Tucked away in downtown Kelowna is a darling little sushi restaurant called Misato’s kitchen. They have an amazingly charming atmosphere and wonderful staff. On a lovely warm evening I found myself and my appetite strolling into their location. Greeted with pleasant smiles I ordered my drink (classic diet coke lol) and waited for my company to join me. Upon arrival we studied the menu and requested the following delights:

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Beef Don: Searing mushrooms, onions and beef piled delightfully high on broccoli and rice. Truly heavenly.

Miso soup: aka the soup of the gods, my all-time favorite soup since I first experienced it in grade 10.

Summer California rolls: a delicious take on a delightful classic.

Tempura: Crispy crunchy and full of flavor these prawn filled delights added the perfect crunch to an already gratifying experience.


Tummy stuffed and rawring back at me, the table was cleared. Appetites satisfied as stroll out into the night, another satisfying food adventure!

#Throwback Blog


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Knox Mountain Knox Mountain Knox Mountain

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The day began with murky overcast threatening a dull, dismal and dreary tone.

However no fowl moods would be in allowance for this fine day was one of my favorites aka Halloween!!

My very first spooktacular in the valley was not what you’d expect. However it was a great way to begin my new memory making! As you’d probably expect I have a vast collection of costumes, to experience a complete Halloween day one must costume up as early as possible!

As the last curl is set, my cherry lips puckered…time for a selfie…

Then on to fill our bellies!

My lips wrapped around the perfectly medium rare Angus deliciousness! With sautéed mushrooms, cheese as well as crispy bacon the Feenie burger was just what my tummy was craving. The show stealer however was the garlic mayo dip that I got with the fries holy man! Perfectly portioned, textured and seasoned steak fries scooping up the dip like it was going out of style!

On to some exploration…. costume edition!

Up Knox Mountain the setting was both mystical and breathtaking. The mist kissed my cheeks as I peered out to the gorgeous view. My eyes dazzled throughout my field of vision.

Sadly it had appeared that the rest of Kelowna had decided Halloween was already over by Monday so I only saw a few other costumed out individuals but it was still one of the best days I’ve had out here!

Next year? Corn maze!

#Throwback Blog: My first week in KTown

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Touring Around

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The wind howls as it blows into the open windows of the truck, smile on my face as we pull into town. The little houses spread neatly across their streets filled with old town charm.

 Today was my first look into my new surroundings…

 There are beautiful flowers in the gardens and pots hung around. The buildings, clearly re-stored all have an antique cheek feel. Rustic architecture with hip new cafes, art galleries and shops contained inside. I do not quite have the strength to walk the streets yet but that will be for the next visit, for now touring around is making me smile. We drive down the streets and to the beach, it was busy although I imagine Canada Day must have been even busier. We see the statue of the dolphins and view the beautiful beachside Delta. Now… time for some lunch! We find some parking and although we come to find our first restaurant choice is not open we soon find a suitable replacement Karen O’Malley’s Irish pub, delightful service, delectable eats and a very interesting décor. Then we hit the road, opting for a longer more scenic path home. Passing through the fields and farms, viewing the playful calves and lush shrubbery.

 I’d say it was a good day. 🙂

#Throwback Blog

As the sun set the plane was an interesting adventure, I met a very nice fellow passenger and we giggled the hours away. The evening brought a beautiful Toronto skyline filled with the mass amount of lights, my eyes felt wider than my face. Our plane had to circle so I got a very beautiful full view of the gigantic city. Being from a town of 500 the city can really shock your senses.

After arrival the glory of enormity continued, the airport was gigantic and filled with cool moving walk ways. I was ambushed by cab and limo drivers trying to get me to my destination.

Finally as I rode to my destination the driver pointed out all the sites to see. Beautiful.

 Exploring the city upon arrival was breathe taking! A burlesque show randomly on a Wednesday night, live music in the local tavern and the city lights creating wonder in my mind. The daytime spent exploring  graffiti alley, Kensington market, little Italy and little Portugal. Amazing!

I road my very first subway, I saw the Toronto City Hall, the giant Toronto sign. Visited an adorable pin up shop and had a blast at a fun Goth night party at Nocturne.

One of my favorite parts of the adventure was that I attended the Andy Warhol Exhibit, Andy Warhol: Revisited on Bloor Street. They had a tonne of his original pieces as well as very informative descriptions. An experience I will definitely never forget.

I visited the Retro Suites Hotel in Chatham, very interesting time. It’s filled with beautiful retro artifacts and has a lovely staff. As a lover of pin up it was a great pleasure to experience.

I spent my day in Chatham exploring the little shops and there was a delightful giant bookstore and very unique clothing store. My final day there I explored their mall and the mom and pop shops on the other side of town. I had very very delicious bruschetta and exquisite pinot grigio at Mama Mia’s before boarding the train back to Toronto also quite the interesting experience.

The trip came to an end and I can’t wait to return again.

Toronto I miss you.


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